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"Thanks to Richard, we stopped short of buying a total shocker of a boat from another boatyard and Richard found us a better, cheaper equivalent. Also being 'first timers' he and James told us about all the things we should know/buy/be aware of. Thanks for being so helpful and we look forward to a nice summer of sun and sailing (please)"
Karen Dresser, Essex

“I would just like to thank you for delivering my yacht Reverie from Sandwich to Ipswich. It was done in the most efficient and professional way at a very reasonable cost and the feed back from the passage was very useful. I enjoyed my stay on the mooring at Highway, I found everyone most friendly and helpful.”
R Parkin, Ipswich

"In October 2012, James from Highway Marine assisted me in moving my boat from Sandwich to Hayling Island. I can honestly say that I would trust him to move any boat of mine, anywhere in the world. James organised the entire trip, he supplied charts and planned for the correct tide/weather windows. He took great care over every procedure and was always fully in control. We had the perfect day and James was more than happy to have me come along for the ride, during which I was able to pick his brain on all manor of boating questions.
If I ever need my boat moving again and did not feel confident enough, or have the time to do it myself, my first port of call would be Highway Marine. Thank you so much guys for all your support in getting Paws back on to the water and a special thank you to James, who helped me move her on her first, of hopefully many journeys”.

A Sanderson, Oxford

“Just wanted to drop you a quick line to say thank you for all your help in the sale of ‘Phoenix’ and thank you for the 2 life jackets - you might see me and Jasmine going along the river in our dinghy! ;-) Thanks again.”

“James took my dutch barge Roma round the Kent coast and up the Thames to London. As well as being immensely competent he was a fine company. It was a first rate passage and his piloting/delivery was a first rate service.”
Dan Re'em, London

"I imported a boat from England to Sweden through Highway Marine Group. When investing so much time and money in your dream, you don’t want anything to go wrong - especially doing it from abroad. Richard and his team did a great job. They are very service-minded and helped me with every matter along the way, including paper work, transport etc. Above all, they are honest, straight people that care about their customers and reputation. I would definitely buy another boat from through Highway Marine Group."
Michael B. Gothenburg, Sweden.

“Just a quick email to congratulate you on the purchase of our lovely ‘Reverie’. We wish you very many happy voyages aboard her. Thanks, too, to Richard for all your help in the sale process.”
Michael & Felicia Foster

“I would like to say how enjoyable it has been dealing with yourself and your company. You are not only knowledgeable but incredibly helpful, in fact you are the first broker I have been pleased to deal with. I have always bought privately in the past.”
Neil Sutherland, Dorchester

“Hi James and Richard, I would just like to thank you for delivering my yacht Reverie from Sandwich to Ipswich and for the feed back afterwards. It was done in the most efficient and professional way at a very reasonable cost and the feed back from the passage was very useful I enjoyed my stay in the mooring at Highway I found everyone most friendly and helpful. Thank you all very much. I hope to meet you all again sometime.”
Robin Parkin

“Finally purchased the 1997 Four Winns Vista 258 for £18,500 accepting a slightly higher price because it had had a new engine so I think your valuation was spot on.”

“Thank you very much for the cheque for the sale of Mergarer. Thank you also for your help over the last few months and the speedy completion of business once an offer had been made.”
Nick Lockhart

"Just a quick note to say thanks for easing through our purchase of the yacht ‘Dreamcatcher’ with the minimum amount of fuss. Thanks also to James for the excellent delivery service of the boat from Ramsgate to Chichester.  My apologies for not organising the right wind, and for him having to motorsail for nigh on 23 hours. The boat was delivered smack on time too. Great doing business with Highway Marine – highly recommended."
Mike Nicholson

Hello Gents. Bill of sale now in the post which hopefully concludes everything. Just want to say a massive thanks for all your help. What was turning into a nightmare finished beautifully once in the hands of the Highway marine boys. Amazingly quick sale which is great for all. 
One large worry off my mind. Thanks again and see you soon. Cheers

Jim Woods, Beaumont, Essex



MILLER FIFER 33 (available)


Year: 1960
LOA: 10.7 m
Beam: 3.15 m
Draft: 1.22 m
Construction: Carvel
on oak
Hull / Keel: Long

andquot;'Thistle' is a motor sailing ketch with a hull shape based on Scottish North Sea Fishing boats...long keel slightly raked bow, straight stem and canoe stern. Carvel planked on sawn oak frames. Accommodation is all forward of the wheel house. Aft of the wheelhouse is a deep open self draining cockpit. Carvel planked robustly built with 12andquot; oak beams, planking is 1andquot; larch and mahogany. In 2015 she was entirely recaulked and splined with a number of the planks were professionally replaced. In July 2018 she was lifted out of the water for more recaulking and re antifouling. She is predominately used as a motor vessel.
The spars and rig require work and attention. There is also some re-planking required on the starboard side. Deep open aft self draining cockpit with seating. Wheelhouse and coachroof are constructed of hardwood, varnished and painted. Decks have been sheathed and painted. High solid iroko bulwarks with iroko capping around the decks. The keel band requires replacing. Internal ballast of lead ingots and cast pig iron. Keel bolts are galvanised mild steel.andquot;

Engine(s) and Electrical:
Thornycroft 230, 50hp, 4 cylinder, water cooled diesel. Maximum speed: 7kts. Drive type: shaft through to a triple bladed bronze propeller. Fuel capacity: 150 gallons.

Accommodation and Below Deck:
4 berths in two cabins with a double berth in the forepeak. The bulkhead door shuts this off from the saloon with two opposing 6' 2andquot; settee berths. Fixed wooden drop leafed table on the centreline. Furniture and fittings are varnished/ polished mahogany. Plenty of stowage cupboards throughout. Some painted peg board headlining giving ventilation to the inside hull surface. Before the companionway steps there is the head (chemical toilet) to port, U-shaped galley surfaces to starboard with a Origo 6000 gimballed oven and hob. Helm seat and two further single seats for guests. Door access to aft cockpit and aft deck.
Manual pump cold water (60 gallons) to heads and galley only.

Deck and Canvas:
Ketch rig, pushpit, pulpit, stanchions and guard wires, Lofrans Tigres 12v windlass, stainless steel bow fitting for a large Delta anchor to sit and chain, chain locker accessed from forepeak below decks, white foresail on furling gear, mainsail, mizzen sail (it's boom extends over the canoe stern of the vessel), all varnished timber spars (in-boom tracks for the main and mizzen sails).

Navigation and Safety:
Compass, autopilot, Raymarine GPS, Standard Horizon chart plotter, VHF radio, depth sounder, clock, barometer, 2 automatic bilge pumps.

Last surveyed in 2015. Viewings are by appointment only.

The particulars detailed herein are intended to give a fair description of the vessel, but their accuracy cannot be guaranteed. These particulars are supplied on the understanding that all negotiations shall be through Highway Marine Ltd who are acting as brokers for the vendor. The vendor is not selling in the course of a business unless otherwise stated. The prospective purchaser is strongly recommended to check the particulars, and where appropriate, at his own expense, to employ qualified independent agents to carry out a survey, and/or any mechanical and electrical checks.



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