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    Bowman - 57

    Sloop rigged Bowman 57 with superb offshore cruising capability, "Longbow" was designed by the legendary Holman & Pye and built by the premium builder Bowman Yachts in Southampton. "Longbow" is in beautiful condition and has been lovingly maintained by her owners who are planning to down size after many happy years.

    Specification includes - New Perkins M130C engine with gearbox 2007, New mainsail 2010, new roller reefing Genoa and Staysail 2009, Selden mast, standing and running rigging new 2004.

    Longbow is lying ashore at Rhu Marina.

    Viewing arrangements - Important information

    Longbow will remain in use by the owner until she is sold - Viewings will be arranged according to her location and she will not be permanently on her mooring at Rhu Marina so it is advisable to call before appearing!

    Design & Hull

    • Designed by Holman & Pye
    • Built by Bowman Yachts, Southampton
    • Masthead Sloop, Cutter rigged.
    • Single skin, solid, GRP moulding.
    • 3/4 Long encapsulated Fin keel.
    • Large full skeg rudder.

    Accommodation & Equipment

    • 9 berths in 4 cabins with 3 heads/shower compartments.
    • Varnished teak and oak finish.


    • Forward Cabin & Guest Cabin 6' 2".
    • Lower Saloon 6' 3".
    • Upper Saloon 6' 8".
    • Aft Cabin 6'.

    Forward Cabin - V-berth with an infill to make a large double berth. Hanging locker, drawers and good general storage.

    • Heads / shower en suite.
    • Access to the chain locker.
    • 80 cm x 80 cm Gebo hatch to foredeck.

    Forward Guest cabin (starboard) - Large double berth which can be split into two sea berths with a lee-board. Hanging lockers, drawers and good general storage.

    • Heads opposite.
    • 60 cm x 60 cm Gebo Hatch + small Gebo ventilation hatch above the bunk.

    Saloon - Large saloon with table and 'U' shaped seating area to starboard doubling  as a single berth when required. Storage under seating. Opposite is a large single settee berth with lee-rail available.

    • Access to day heads forward.
    • Saloon table has two folding leaves and is designed to be used at sea.
    • Large bookshelf (42").
    • Good general storage. 

    Aft to starboard in the saloon is a raised Pilot berth (a bunk with a view!) which is wide and secured by a fold up lee board. Opposite is the galley.

    Galley - A good offshore 'U' shaped galley which is lowered and very secure.

    • Propane gas “Force Ten” cooker with 4 burners, oven & grill.
    • The two 6kg gas cylinders are located in a sealed gas locker at the back of the boat and isolated by a control trip-switch powering a solenoid switch within the gas locker.
    • Gas sensor below the cooker.
    • Carbon monoxide sensor fitted.
    • Fire blanket.
    • Huge fridge top loading and front loading and separate large freezer. Both fridge and freezer are driven either by a compressor off the main engine or by a separate compressor which runs from 240 volts via shore power or from the generator.
    • Microwave oven.
    • Cooking utensils, & a variety of pots & pans.
    • 12 sets of S/S cutlery, crockery,
    • Sea water foot pump.
    • Extractor fan above cooker, venting outboard. Manual switch.

    Fresh Water via a Single 1000 ltr SS tank below lower saloon floor -

    • Pressurised water pump supplying cold & hot to all heads and galley.
    • 75 ltr insulated hot water tank below companionway steps. Water is heated by a calorifier from the main engine or by a 1200 W 240V immersion element.
    • There are also hand pumps at all heads basins and at the galley.

    Aft Skippers Cabin - Double berth to port with navigation station and en-suite heads to starboard. Hanging lockers, drawers and good general storage.

    • En-suite head/shower compartment.
    • Chart table and instruments.
    • Clarion marine radio/CD player located at the navigation area. Twin speakers in the saloon and a single speaker in the aft cabin.

    Heating -

    • Eberspacher D8L-C located in the generator space with a hot air vent in each cabin.

    • There is a separate S/S diesel tank at heater level. The control switch is located at the chart table. The exhaust vent is near the heater on the side of the upper saloon cabin. It is fitted with a cover to prevent water ingress while sailing


    Rig & Sails


    • Two-Spreader mast rigged to the mast head with cutter stay. Selden Mast & boom, 2004, with roller-bearing cars.
    • Hydraulic Vang.
    • Standing and running rigging all new 2004. Fork and Eye top terminals with bottle screws at the bottom end.
    • Three forestays and running checkstays.
    • Wire genoa and staysail halyards terminating on adjustable slides.
    • Lewmar ST main halyard winch.
    • Lewmar ST reefing winch.
    • Spinnaker pole housed on the mast.
    • Navigation lights: Tricolour, Anchor and Steaming.
    • Deck lights on the lower spreaders.


    • Mainsail - Fully battened loose footed, 4 reefing points. New 2010. Slab reefing at the mast.  Stackpack sail cover & boot.
    • Spare blue sail cover.
    • Genoa - 110% Roller furling. New 2009.
    • Staysail - New 2009. This is designed to be used as the storm jib.
    • Cruising spinnaker - rigged in a snuffer and stowed under forward bunk.
    • Trisail - Normally located below the aft bunk. There is a dedicated track on the mast to take the trisail slides.


    Deck & Deck Gear


    • Large cockpit which can seat up to 12 people.
    • Aft is the helmsman’s seat with space for 3.
    • There are 3 seats to port and 3 to starboard with large storage lockers underneath.
    • Space for 3 on the Bridge deck area which is protected by the sprayhood.


    • Pair of Lewmar 65 ST genoa winches.
    • Pair of Lewmar 55 ST staysail winches.
    • Pair of Lewmar 40 ST checkstay winches.
    • Single lewmar 43 main sheet winch.
    • A selection of winch handles.
    • Pair of Lewmar ST Spinnaker halyard winches on the foredeck.

    Sheet control     

    • Lewmar Genoa / staysail track with adjustable leads. New 2011
    • Large SS spinnaker turning blocks at the cockpit


    • 1500 W Vetus (Lofrans) 24 V windlass below deck level in a self-draining well. The windlass is operated by an up-only foot switch.
    • 40 Kg Rocna bow anchor with 100 m of calibrated anchor chain (new 2010) flaking down into double layered anchor locker accessible from the fore cabin.
    • 75 lb CQR + heavy fisherman’s anchor (bronze) as spare anchor.
    • 25 lb CQR as a kedge anchor with 20 m of chain.
    • Pressurized water anchor chain hose.
    • 2 boat hooks.

    Granny bars  - A pair of sturdy granny bars on either side of the mast provides security while reefing and a step for securing the halyard to the mainsail.

    Mooring cleats - 4 pairs (bow and stern and 2 amidships with fairleads in the toe rail)

    Steering - Single wheel with wooden (varnished) trim. 

    Emergency tiller - The emergency tiller is located in the stbd cockpit locker and slots directly onto the rudder shaft by unscrewing a metal plate just forward of the steering pedestal.

    • Folding cockpit table.
    • 2 spray dodgers.

    Ropes and mooring

    • Long warps - There are two long warps and an assortment of other lines.
    • Mooring lines - Two sets of mooring lines with loops on one end.


    • Six large tubular fenders (new 2010).
    • Two large round fenders (white).
    • Two small fenders.
    • Fender skirt which clips onto the toe rail.

    Sprayhood  - Covers the full width of the cabin top providing good shelter for the cabin and for those on the bridge deck.

    Hatches / Windows

    • 7 new Gebo hatches have been installed in recent years.
    • All the saloon windows were replaced in 2011.


    • 3.4m Avon Dinghy with an inflatable floor with fitted storage bag, oars and foot pump.
    • 4HP Yamaha outboard with separate fuel tank.
    • Cover for outboard.

    Navigation Instrumentation


    • Speed, depth & wind - B&G Hydra 2000. Display at the chart table, repeater in front of the wheel.
    • GPS - Garmin GPS 152 with display at the chart table and 2 repeaters at seat level on either side of the wheel.
    • Chartplotter / Radar HD - Garmin GPS Map 4012 Integrated chart plotter, radar & AIS. The radar scanner is on a strut at the aft quarter.
    • Autopilot - The control box is located behind a weather proof opening hatch alongside the steering position. It is currently not connected to a GPS but this would not be difficult to do.
      Autopilot computer is located in a space above the chart table along with a lot of the other electronic equipment.
      The fluxgate compass is located behind the companionway steps.
      The Autopilot motor is a large and powerful motor located below the cockpit. It is connected to a chain onto the steering gearbox,

    • Navtex - ICS Nav 6 Dual Channel receiver.
    • Compasses - Compass with a compass light at the steering pedestal. 1 x Hand bearing prism compass. 1 x hand bearing dome compass.
    • Charts - A selection of charts for the West Coast of Scotland are located below the almost full size chart table.  Additional charts are available by separate negotiation.
    • Chartwork - Working set of chartwork equipment. 
    • 1 x additional portable weather proof portfolio size chart table which sits safely on the cockpit table.
    • 1 x additional portable weather proof 1/2 admiralty chart size chart table which also sits safely on the cockpit table.


    Engine - Perkins Sabre M130C 130hp diesel engine with shaft drive to feathering prop.

    • New engine installed 2007.
    • Bruntons Autoprop, self feathering/self pitching. New 2004.
    • "Last Drop" graphite/SS stern gland.
    • Engine and Brunton prop spares.

    Fuel supply - Two 500lt built in fuel tanks located below the lower saloon bunks, vented on the starboard coaming. Two RACNOR primary filters in parallel and two secondary filters in series on the engine. Fuel gauges are located alongside the companionway steps.



    24 V DC Supply - The boat was completely rewired in 2004 with new switch boards.

    • Battery banks located below the galley sole.
    • 4 x 300Ah heavy duty 6V lead-acid batteries in series for domestic supply.
    • 2 x 90Ah 12V lead-acid batteries in series for engine starting.
    • A separate 12V battery for starting the generator.
    • Isolation and cross-over switches are located in the generator space near the distribution connections and trip switches.
    • The battery box is vented by an extractor fan which switches on automatically whenever battery charging is taking place. 
    • Brand new service batteries - 2015

    Charging  -

    • 55 amp alternator driven off the main engine supplying a ‘splitter’ charging the starting bank and domestic banks separately.
    • Battery charger using 240V AC input to the splitter to each bank

    Fuses -         

    • There are three trip switch boards in the main saloon capable of isolating any electrical system within the boat.
    • The aft two boards deal with 24V DC supply under suitable headings. 

    Management  - 

    • Battery voltage and current draw/charging rate can be monitored from meters at the companionway steps.
    • Warning lights for bilge pumps and navigation lights are shown on a panel at the companionway steps.

    240 V AC Supply -

    • Available to all cabins via trip switches on the forward switch panel. Select either Generator or Shore power. A light indicates whether power is available from either source.

    Generator -

    • A 4.4 kW Onan diesel situated below the upper saloon bunk. The generator is started and stopped at the generator.  Access to the generator space is via the aft heads.  Spares

    Management - 

    • The AC voltage and current draw can be monitored from meters at the companionway steps.

    Inverter -

    • A 24V DC to 230V AC quasi sine wave inverter is fitted within the generator space. This is activated by a trip switch and remote control switch within the generator space.
    • The inverter supplies two separate outlet sockets, one at the chart table and one in the saloon. It is generally used to provide power for charging phones, running laptop computers etc. but is powerful enough to run a hair drier or vacuum cleaner for a short time.

    Safety equipment

    "Longbow" was coded to CAT 2 for 12 passengers. The coding has now lapsed.

    Electronic safety equipment -

    • Simrad RS82 GMDSS located at the chart table. MMSI NO:   235022666, Call sign: MVIQ9. This is connected to a dedicated GPS; transmit Name & position. The primary aerial is at the top of the mast. There is a secondary aerial on the radar strut at the starboard quarter and requires a manual connection at the navigation area.
    • There is also a hand-held emergency aerial which could be connected at the same place.
    • 2 x ICOM IC-M1EUROV each with chargers/holsters at the chart table.
    • EPIRB, Kanard 406 MHz replaced due to re-call 2016.  Not yet registered.
    • Garmin AIS - Linked to Radar/chartplotter. Registered. Connected to dedicated GPS aerial. New 2014.

    Deck safety equipment -

    • Liferaft - 1 x 8-man Plastimo mounted on the pushpit fitted with a hydrostatic release mechanism.  Serviced to June 2017.
    • Grab bags - 2 waterproof grab bags each containing thermal insulation bags, a first-aid kit, flares & torch.
    • Flares - Separate box kept in the Stbd Cockpit locker.
    • Lifebuoys - A pair located on the pushpit each fitted with automatic lights and floating safety rope. The port side lifebuoy is also connected to a danbuoy.
    • Tribuckle recovery system - Located on the pushpit. Connects to dedicated rings on the toe rail and a halyard.

    Fire fighting equipment -

    • Engine - CO2 cylinder easily accessible behind the companionway steps which will flood the engine and generator space.
    • Engine compartment is clad on all side with Halyard heavy duty fire/sound proofing, which also includes the generator.
    • 2 x Spare CO2 cylinders, one for the engine flooding system and one fitted with hand nozzle.
    • Powder cylinder and fire blanket at the galley.
    • 3 further powder cylinders; one in each of the cabins.
    • Gas isolation - A switch on the panels operates a solenoid shut off switch in the gas locker at the aft of the boat.

    Bilge pumps -

    • Engine space - Large volume engine driven bilge pump using a solenoid clutch. The switch is on the aft switch panel in the saloon.
    • Keel sump - A large volume hand pump under the port saloon bunk.
    • 1 x automatic electrical bilge pump connected directly to the battery supply (i.e. not via the isolation switches) draining the keel sump. 
    • Aft Section  -1 x Automatic bilge pump draining the isolated aft section. 1 x hand pump in the cockpit which drains the aft section.
    • Shower sumps - All three heads are fitted with automatic electric draining pumps.

    Deck safety equipment -

    • Jackstays - A pair of webbing jackstays run from outside the cockpit to the bow.
    • Boarding ladder - S/S folding down ladder clipped on the port toe rail with an additional flexible ladder clipped on so the bottom rung is 60 cm below WL.
    • Radar reflector - Aluminium portable reflector located below the aft cabin cupboard.
    • Day Shapes - Anchor ball and motor-sailing triangle. Located in the cockpit locker.
    • LCD Anchor light - A very bright LCD anchor light which draws negligible current and with a photocell switch which can be rigged above the foredeck where it is more visible. This is connected to a 24 V supply in the anchor well.
    • Not Under Command lights  Torch battery set which can be hoisted on the spreader.
    • Bosun’s chair - Spinlock. It is possible to get pulled up using the main halyard onto the electric windlass.
    • Spare water - Required in MCA regulations. Water bottles kept in ‘Gas’ locker.
    • Search light  - Powerful search light which can be connected to a 24V supply in the cockpit. There is also a 24V supply at the bow (for the anchor light)
    • Torches  - Small torches in each cabin and other more powerful torches.

    First aid -

    • A comprehensive First Aid kit which exceeded the MCA Category 2 requirements when coded and kept unused. There is also a separate box for general use!

    Shore based equipment & Other


    • Boat storage cradle with four pairs of supports.
    • Boat cover - Blue heavy duty material cover extends from the back to short of the forward hatch.  Serviced May 2015.
    • Mast cover - Full length mast cover with end covers.
    • Spares - Odd spares relating to the boat.         
    • 240V Dyson Vacuum cleaner and other cleaning gear.
    • Waterproof clothing - Sets of serviceable jackets & salopets of varying sizes.

    • Water bottles - 5 x 20 litre plastic water bottles for collecting water from ashore. A fold-up trolley to carry water bottles is located in the Cockpit locker.




    General Info

    The owners have spent many years as a husband and wife team skipper chartering "Longbow". She was run as a luxury charter yacht and benefited from a loyal following as customers fell in love with her.

    Until recently she was CAT 2 MCA Coded for 12 passengers.

    She is a magnificent yacht and maintained to a high standard with a comprehensive specification. Her safety gear and systems have benefited from her former coding and she is complete and ready to go.



    • Official Admiralty Bill of Sale and VAT Certificate.
    • Bill of Sale showing title transfer and current ownership.
    • Current owner's purchase agreement.
    • Boat diagrams  - A set of the original layout diagrams for the boat.

    • Certificate of Full British Registry which expires on 4 Oct 19.

    MS&P Disclaimer

    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.

    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.


    We look forward to organising your viewing and answering any questions you may have.

     Rhu Boat Sales, Michael Schmidt & Partner, Tel: +0044(0)1436 821606 - [email protected]




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    Category:Sailing Boats
    Mooring Country:United Kingdom
    Year built:1983
    Sales status:Sold
    LOA:17.37 m/57 ft
    Length:17.37 m/57 ft
    Width:4.44 m/15 ft
    KW:130.0 hp
    No. of cabins:4
    No. of berths:6
    WC & bathrooms:3
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