Pintail: Classic gentlemans motor cruiser / fishing boat. From Andy Seedhouse Boats



Classic gentlemans motor cruiser / fishing boat.

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LOA: 21' 0" Beam: 6' 6" Draft: Max: 2' 6" Min: 0' 0" Berths: 2 Built: 1963By: C.H. FoxConstruction: Clinker - Mahogany on oakRig: N/AKeel: Displacement Hull Engine: Stuart Turner P55 ME needs attentionTrailer: No
A lovely classic cruiser with inboard engine, 2 good sized berths, fitted galley, sea toilet & all usual equipment.Quick sale
Details as supplied by our client.

Sale of Pintail – 23 foot canal/river/estuary cruiser built in 1963
Retirement project anyone?
For sale is Pintail a clinker hulled canal/river/estuary cruiser built by CH Fox and Son of Ipswich in 1963. She has been ashore for the past eighteen months at North Kilworth Wharf in Leicestershire.
The hull comprises copper rivetted overlapped iroko strakes all of which are in very good condition, as is the keel. I have cleaned, painted and antifouled the hull though it will need to be prepared for launching in the usual way for clinker hulls that have been allowed to dry out. Frame components are all in good condition but could do with painting.
Pintails engine is a Stuart Turner P55M which is a two-stroke marinized twin cylinder motor based on a 1930s design. It runs like a sewing machine, is quite powerful but could do with a smaller propellor making it more suitable for speed limits on canals and rivers. Included is the original engine manual. Pintails gearbox is in first class condition too. Currently, the cylinder head has been removed awaiting replacement of broken piston rings. These will need to be replaced by the new owner.
The decking on Pintail is in fair condition but it has been repaired in places. It is this part of the boat which is most vulnerable to rainwater ingress so it would be advisable to cover her completely when not in use for longer periods (rear cover and side screens have been removed in the photographs). A long-term objective for her new owner would be to re-deck and to make any repairs to the stringers underneath. These are mostly visible internally and seem to be in good order where inspection can be made.
Pintail was originally designed with fishing in mind, so the wheelhouse and rear deck area are spacious with plenty of seating/stowage. Most fixtures and fittings are original with seating and bulkheads in original mahogany. Some surfaces will require re-varnishing.
The cabin has good seating/stowage capacity, a collapsible table and a small galley. Again, there are many original features such as bakelite light switches, original sink and brass pump tap which draws fresh water from a tank in the bow. The seating can be used as births which I have found to be comfortable for overnight stays. However, standing headroom generally is a little restricted. The original head has been removed though the closet remains, but a chemical toilet could easily be installed. There is stowage within for fenders etc. Again, some surfaces will require preparation for re-varnishing.
The trailer is home-made but copied from a plated design so is not designated as road worthy without the necessary tests. Im reluctant to include it on this basis, so it is likely Pintail will likely need to be craned on to a lorry or transferred to a plated trailer before being moved to another location.
As all wooden boats are, Pintail is an on-going project and I dont really have the time (Im not retired) to make sure shes kept to her best. So, Id like to sell her to someone who enjoys fishing, woodworking and owning a piece of beautiful hand-made history so that she survives the next sixty years with the same grace that she has done so far. Pintail is a registered historic boat. 6/6/24 Our client now needs a quick sale so she is reduced to the "giveaway" price of £950 !!
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