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 3.66m
Draft 1.52m
Displacement 16880kg

Deck Equipment

  • Stainless steel pulpit, stanchion posts, stern pushpit with capping and double guard wires.
  • Side access boarding gates.
  • 20kg CQR anchor with 45m of chain.
  • 10kg deck mounted fishermans anchor.
  • Mooring warps.
  • Fenders.
  • 3m fibreglass dinghy.

Hull, Deck & Keel

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


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

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 movable 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 & Accommodation

Fitted out to a high standard in varnished mahogany with lovely deck head beams and period stoves alongside modern nice to have's.

  • Wheelhouse upholstery "Oatmeal".
  • Saloon and aft cabin "Tartan".
  • Forecabin "Burgundy" vinyl.


Port and starboard berths with drawers below. Deck opening hatch. Full standing headroom.

day heads

Thwart ships compartment with doors to forecabin and saloon. Baby Blakes marine flushing toilet to port and sink with pressurised H&C  water system.


Dinette, settee berth to port and table drops down to make a double berth when required and there is a pilot berth behind and above the seating. To starboard in another settee berth with pilot berth.


Good work surface area and plenty of storage for provisions and galley equipment. Copper sink with copper hand pump and mixer tap with pressurised H&C water system.

  • Taylor's paraffin 2 burner gimbaled cooker with oven. 
  • 12v Engel fridge.
  • Hot water via calorifier tank.

wet locker

Good sized wet hanging locker opposite galley.


L shaped bench seat aft to starboard with access to owners aft cabin to port. Wooden ships wheel with helm seat forward to port with access to the lower saloon to starboard.

  • Traditional pennant store.
  • Cabinet to port housing Reflex cabin heater with shelf above.

owners aft suite

Large double berth with shelf/child/baby's pilot berth outboard. Plenty of storage and hanging locker. En-suite heads with shower.

Navigation Equipment

  • Pinta autopilot.
  • Garmin GPS.
  • NASA video Navtex. 
  • Apelco radar with scanner on small mast on the wheelhouse roof.
  • Seaferer Voyager echosounder.
  • Sealine VHF.
  • Sestrel Major magnetic steering compass.
  • Mathway Marine rudder indicator.

Machinery & Propulsion

Perkins 120hp, 6 cylinder marine diesel engine under wheelhouse floor. The engine compartment is large and accessed via 3 floor panels.

  • Engine returned to the factory and fully reconditioned in 1989.
  • Shaft drive to 30" 3 blade prop.
  • PRM hydraulic gearbox.
  • Single lever morse engine controls.
  • Serviced each year by the owner - Oil filters and coolant change.


G&M 220v diesel generator in sound proof box in the engine compartment. Start panel in wheelhouse. 

  • Very quiet.
  • Owner serviced.

Rig & Sails


Solid wood masts. Ketch rigged with gaff on the main mast and Bermudan on the mizzen.

  • Main mast new 2014.
  • Mizzen new 2013.
  • masts mounted in steel tabernacles which are counter balanced and can be lowered to the wheelhouse roof by hand.
  • Main mast stainless steel standing rigging replaced in 2014. Mizzen mast not replaced.


  • Mainsail by East Coast Sails in Tan Terylene, 1989.
  • Mizzen by East Coast Sails in Tan Terylene, 1989.
  • Genoa.
  • Working Jib.
  • Storm Jib.

Electrical Systems

  • Generator.
  • 2 x engine driven alternators, supplying 2 independent but cross linked sets of deep cycle batteries.
  • 2 x 12v engine starting batteries, 2017.
  • 2 x 12v domestic batteries, 2017. 
  • 2kw invertor 24v/220v.

systems & Tankage


  • H&C pressurised water system.
  • Calorifier tank for hot water.
  • Eberspacher diesel fired hot air heating system throughout the boat with thermostat control and day timer.
  • Taylor paraffin heater in saloon.
  • Reflex wheelhouse heater.


  • Water - Approx. 1591L in 2 x stainless steel tanks.
  • 3rd water tank under saloon cabin sole.
  • Fuel - Approx. 545L in 2 x stainless steel tanks.

Canvas work

  • New sail cover 2014.
  • Named dodgers.

Safety Equipment

Any safety equipment such as life rafts, Epirbs, fire extinguishers and flares etc. are usually personal to the current owner(s) and if being left on-board as part of the sale of a used vessel may require routine servicing, replacement, or changing to meet a new owner’s specific needs.

  • 2 x horseshoe lifebuoys.
  • 3 x fire extinguishers.
  • Fire blanket.
  • 2 x life jackets and harnesses.

1989 refit

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

Please Note:

The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.

General note on safety equipment: Any safety equipment such as life rafts, Epirbs, fire extinguishers and flares etc. are usually personal to the current owner(s) and if being left on-board as part of the sale of a used vessel may require routine servicing, replacement, or changing to meet a new owner's specific needs.

Whilst we make best effort to obtain documentation from Vendors it is advisable to check what is available before travelling to view or making an offer.

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Rhu Marina,
GB, G84 8LH

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