Edinburgh , GB

Sole Bay Motorsailer

£ 37,500 VAT Paid

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  • Year 1964
  • Length 39.99 ft | 12.19 m
  • Beam 3.66 meter
  • Max Draft 1.52 meter
  • Engine Perkins  

Boat Details

This is one of three 40' Sole Bay Ketches built, of which 2 survive. This Sole Bay Ketch is a lovely classic motorsailer built by skilled craftsmen and exhibits all associated qualities. She has a strong purposeful hull and is capable of offshore passages. 

This Sole Bay Ketch is very well maintained and looking lovely! 


  • LOA 12.19m.
  • Beam 3.65m.
  • Draft 1.52m.

Hull, Deck and Keel

The hull is constructed in planked Iroko, carvel laid on 2" x 1.75" sawn oak frames at 8" centres, copper fastenend. 

The hull is sheathed with the Mitchell Mariner copper nickel patent sheathing system.  This amazing treatment, similar to ordinary copper sheathing, is done to order by the inventor, Fred Mitchell of Poole and has an estimated life of 40 years and requires no antifouling.  Repairs can easily be made if torn.

Long keel incorporating iron ballast, a slightly raked stem and a vertical transom with transom hung rudder. 

The deck is 2 layers of marine ply, epoxy bonded, epoxy sheathed and painted.

Midships wheelhouse with coachroof fore and aft.  Toe rail of about 6"/9" all round.  The deck is 1.25" in 2 layers or marine ply, epoxy bonded and sheathed in epoxy/glass scrim and painted. 

The coachroof and wheelhouse were also rebuilt as part of the refit with coamings in solid Iroko continuous under wheelhouse doors with ply coachroof, decks, epoxy/scrim sheathed. 

The coachroof has round and oval bronze ports in the coamings, those in the sides open whilst the aft are fixed.  There is additional access/ventilation/escape hatch over the aft coaming and large moveable swan neck vents on Dorade boxes.  Varnished handrails on forward coachroof and wheelhouse top.  The clear forward coachroof deck allows easy access to the mast and stowage of a dinghy.

The wheelhouse is raised in marine ply panels incorporating the windows on Iroko framing, also with ply/epoxy/scrim roofing.  All painted on the exterior and varnished interior.  The 2 aft windows of the wheelhouse are aluminium and open, all other windows are fixed and the forward window incorporates a Kent Clearview screen Sliding doors port and stbd. 

Interior and Accommodation

Fitted out to a high quality in varnished mahogany. With lovely deack head beams and period stoves alongside modern heating.

  • Wheelshose upholstery "oatmeal".
  • Saloon and aft cabin "Tartan"
  • Forecabin "Burgundy" vinyl.

Fore peak cabin -

  • Port/starboard berths with drawers bellow.
  • Full headroom.
  • Deck head opening hatch.
  • Bulkhead door to lower saloon.

 Day heads - 

  • Thwart ships compartment with doors to forecabin and saloon.

  • Baby Blake marine flushing toilet to port and sink with pressurised hot and cold water system to port.

Lower saloon -

  • Dinette to port.
  • Small pilot berth behind and above dinette.
  • Table drops down to make occasional double.
  • Starboard settee with pilot berth behind at a higher level.

Galley -

  • Taylor's parafin 2 burner cooker with oven on gimbals.
  • Good worksurface area and plenty of storage for provissions and galley equipement.
  • Brass sink with Brass Patey hand pump and mixer tap on pressurized water system.
  • 12v Engel fridge.
  • Hot water from calorifier on the engine.
  • Parr pressure pump and system on the cold supply.

Wet locker -

  • Good sized wet hanging locker opposite galley.

Wheelhouse -

  • L shapped bench seating aft to starboard.
  • Wooden ships wheel and helm seat.
  • Traditional pennant store.
  • Cabinet to port housing Reflex cabin heater with shelfe above.

Owners Aft suite -

  • Owners aft double berth.
  • Shelf or small child/baby's pilot berth.
  • Plenty of storage and hanging locker.
  • En-suite heads with shower.

Deck Equipment

  • Stainless steel pulpit, stanchions and guard wires.
  • Aft secured by wrap round rail with varnished wooden capping.
  • Side boarding access gates.
  • 45lb CQR anchor with 25 fathoms of chain, deck mounted.
  • 23lb Fishermans anchor.
  • Various warps and fenders.
  • 3m fiberglass dinghy.

Navigation Equipment

  • Pinta autopilot.
  • Garmin GPS.
  • Nasa video Navtex.
  • Apelco radar. Radar scanner on small mast on whelhouse top beside mizzen.
  • Seaferer Voyage echosounder.
  • No speed/log.
  • Sealine VHF, not DSC.
  • Sestrel Major magnetic steering compass.
  • Mathway Marine rudder indicator.

Rig and Sails

Rig -

  • Solid wood masts, Ketch rigged with gaff on the main and bermudan on the mizzen.
  • Main mast new 2014.
  • Mizzen mast new 2013.
  • Masts mounted in steel tabernacles which are counter ballanced and lowerable to the wheelhouse roof by hand!
  • Stainless steel standing rigging replaced with the new main mast in 2014. Mizzen rigging not replaced.
  • Internal galvanized chain plates.
  • Slab reefing on the mainsail.
  • Mizzen halyard mast winch.

Sails -

  • Main by East Coast Sails in tan terylene 1989.
  • Mizzen by East Coast Sails in tan terylene 1989.
  • Genoa.
  • Working jib.
  • Storm jib.

Machinery and Propulsion

Perkins 120hp 6 cylinder marine diesel engine.

  • Situated under the wheelhouse floor. The engine compartment is large and accessed via 3 floor panels.
  • 1970 engine returned to factory and completely reconditioned in 1989.
  • Shaft drive to 3 blade 30" bronze prop.
  • PRM hydraulic gear box.
  • Single lever Morse control.
  • Serviced each year by the owner. Oil change, filters and coolant.
  • Fuel polishing system.
  • Spare starter motor.

Generator -

  • G&M 220v diesel generator in sound proof box in the engine compartment under the wheelhouse floor.
  • Start panel in wheelhouse.
  • Very quiet.
  • Owner serviced.

Systems and Tankage

Systems -

  • Hot and cold pressurised water systems.
  • Hot water from calorfier on the engine.
  • Eberspacher heating system throughout the boat with regular thermostat control and day set timer control.
  • Taylor paraffin heater in the main cabin.
  • Reflex heater in the wheelhouse.

Tankage -

  • Water - approx 350gal/1591L in 2 x stainless steel tanks.
  • 3rd water tank under lower saloon sole.
  • 2 x stainless steel fuel tanks - total capacity 120gal/545.5L.

Electrical Systems

  • 2 x engine driven alternators supplying 2 independent but cross linked sets of deep cycle batteries.
  • 2 x 12v for engine starting new 2017.
  • 2 x 12v domestic = 24v ships supply at minimal noise level. New 2017
  • 2kw Invertor 24v/220v.


  • New sail cover (2014).
  • Named dodgers.

Safety Equipment

"The safety equipment listed below may not be serviced up to date at the point of sale and is sold “as is””

  • 2 horse shoe lifebuoys.
  • 3 fire extinguishers.
  • Fire blanket.
  • 2 lifejackets and harnesses.

Refit in 1989

  • New deck and most of the beam shelf.
  • All new superstructure.
  • All new electrical wiring.
  • New keel bolts and floor bolts.
  • Specialised hull sheathing.
  • New water and fuel tanks.
  • New fuel and domestic plumbing and pumps.
  • New shaft and tube.
  • Reconditioned prop and rope stripper.
  • Major engine overhaul.
  • New generator.

Manufacturer and Design Information

Designed by J. Francis Jones and built by Gordon Armstrong marine Ltd, Scarborough in 1964.

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