MILLER FIFER 33 (sold) – £16,500

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


“‘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 12″ oak beams, planking is 1″ 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.”


Engine(s) & 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 & 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′ 2″ 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 & galley only.


Deck & 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 & 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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