Macwester - WIGHT - 30ft Ketch
NOW SOLD Macwester Marine Ltd., with their designer Mr. C.S. Roy, offered a range of craft from 24ft to 33ft in both Bermudan as well as Ketch/Yawl rig in the years 1960 to 1972. The craft were soon to become popular, particularly those of 27ft and beyond. This Macwester Wight - with her ketch rig - is characteristic of their family layout (up to 7 berths), 6ft headroom and general ease of handling. These craft remain popular and have an active Owners' Association. Craft lying with the Broker at Newhaven.
The following units are fitted and understood to be in working condition:
- VHF radio
- Depth Sounder
- Magnetic Steering Compass (bulkhead mounted)
- Autohelm (driven by electric motor at binnacle)
Navigation lights to Code, including 'anchor light'
2 x 12v batteries charged by engine alternator - assisted by a solar panel charging circuit - has a dedicated engine start circuit. The switch panel is located close to the navigator's table and has indicator lights identifying circuits on/off. A 'craft-to-shore cable' is included, providing power to standard 3-pin socket outlets, located within the accommodation. Domestic hot water is by way of a calorifier whilst the engine water coollant system is passed through the 'drinking water' tank, creating domestic 'hot water'. The installation of an electric heating coil with a 240vAC shore-side power connection, provides domestic hot water.
The vessel has a BMC Captain 4-cylinder diesel engine, rated at 35hp, with matching gear-box providing fwd-neutral-astern propulsion, controlled at the Cockpit. The engine was removed in 2004 for reconditioning and it is understood to have had regular servicing. Engine coolant is by circulation of water which, in turn, is passed through a calorifier where it heats a domestic water pumped circuit. An electric immersion heater unit is also in the system with shore-side hook-up facility. Cold water is from a separate tank with approx. 30 glns/ 113 litre capacity. Engine diesel has a matching tank of approx. 30 glns. Both have deck filler locations.
The following items are included:
1 x Fire blanket 1 x Fog horn 3 x life-jackets 1 x Life-bouy
A 'tiller bar' for emergency steering 1 x fire extinguisher
(The Vendor has not indicated any personal safety items to be included).
Sails and Rig
The 'Yawl Rig' of the vessel comprises:
Main and Mizzen masts - both prepared in anodised aluminium with matching booms and stainless steel standing rigging. The Mizzen is set well aft with much of the sail over the transom, providing a generous sail plan (see picture within this specification). The running rigging includes 'sheets' and a furling line for the Forsail. The sheets being brought to adjustable 'travellers' along the deck-fixed track, to hand operated winches on the Cockpit coamings. The picture of the craft under-way gives a good idea of the sail dimensions - particularly that of the Mizzen.
The 'Yawl' rig is not unlike the more well-known Mizzen. The difference is the Mizzen mast is set further aft with the result the boom is set also further aft, virtually above the rudder stock. is similarly controlled by block and tackle at the stern and a line coming forward to the Cockpit. The Mainsail - fitted with reefing points - is hoisted from the foot of the Main-mast, where a winch and cleat is located for securing/reducing the sail as needed. Again, a block and tackle is controlled from the Cockpit with local winch and cleats. The sail locker includes: A Main-sail, Fore-sail and Mizzen. It is estimated that the total sail area is 37.2 sq. metres (400 sq.ft) Both Mainsail and Mizzen have covers included. The sail covers and Cockpit hood are in matching blue canvas.
See Lay-out diagram: The accommodation is within two separate cabins - one forward, the other aft. Each have headroom a little short of 6ft.
The Cockpit has a traditional pedestal wheel helm with adjacent engine controls. The Cockpit seating (P & S facing inboard) - each have 'tops' which remove to access stowage under. Removed, they are also useful to offer some stowage spaces as well as access to tankage, etc. A traditional grating in the sole removes to access to the engine for servicing, etc.
Forward of the Cockpit, on the centre-line, entry to the forward accommodation is under a de-mountable blue spray hood. Access to the forward and stern accommodation spaces is by removal of solid timber boards - and a transparent section - lift to remove and, with a sliding hatch cover, provide access to the Main and aft Cabin accommodation. Below are the forward ends of the single berths, which are under the Cockpit side benches. Stowage space is found under the Fore and Aft berths.
Below - forward and to Port - is the Galley complete with stainless steel sink and drainer with a pressurised hot & cold water supply. (See Mechanical Section for heated water supply) Adjacent is a gas cooker with twin hobs and an oven with grill within. The unit is gimballed and with retaining bars around the hob. Beyond both oven and drainer are stowage spaces with sliding fronts.
Opposite to Stbd is a good sized table with bench seating facing each other, fore and aft. The table can be lowered to be level with the bench seats and so provide a double berth. The seating has upholstered, shaped-to-fit, cushions. Forward - to Starboard - is the enclosed Heads compartment with sea-water flushed toilet, hand-basin and some stowage spaces. Opposite - to Port - is a hanging locker with rail for clothing. The deck-head of this accommodation area, is a glazed hatch which provides, ventilation, light and - in emergency - an escape route. Ahead, is the Forecabin - fit-out as a sleeping cabin with two singles in V-form. An infill section enables a double-berth to be created. The forward bulkhead has a small access panel providing ability to reach the anchor chain.
Returning to the Cockpit, a similar sliding hood and washboards removal providing entry to the Aft Cabin. Single berths - Port & Starboard - each have aq made-to-measure mattress. An infil panel and a shaped mattress element, provide a comfortable double berth, each with stowage space under. A fixed window is found each side of the cabin.
The accommodation has easy clean vinyl deck-head covering. The vertical faces of the cabin structure are finished in varnished hardwood. Whilst the sole of the cabins is in timber, with some access points to the bilges, carpetting has been fitted for warmth and comfort. Equally, the fixed round and oval side windows are fitted introducing day-light.
Additionally, the owner has had a de-mountable frame made to carry an awning over the Cockpit. The elements can be stowed aboard within 'under the 'seat stowage' spaces. Erected, the whole of the Cockpit is covered. See 'Deck Equipment' for detail.
Both Pulpit and Pushpit fittings are in round-section stainless steel, each supporting the guard wires (x2) which pass through deck stanchions along the side decks, fore and aft. Additionally, hardwood hand-rails are fitted atop the Main Cabin structure, with a matching pair to the Aft cabin. Spray dodgers are fitted to the deck stanchions and wires - at the Cockpit. A Cockpit canopy, with 'see through' panels is included. The canopy fits over the main mast boom, with additional wooden struts, tensioned by use of the stays. The canopy provides a water-proof 'tent' between the two cabins with 'see-through' sections over the aft cabin entry. The whole can be lowered, folded and stowed onboard. NOTE: The present owner, when coming into a Marina berth - or elsewhere - hauls the Mizzen boom 'up' to minimise the over-all length of the vessel.
'My family and I were looking for a yacht which would accommodate family - often with others - for coastal passages as well as the occasional 'Channel Dash' to France. Thoroughly enjoyed and still pleased in my choice of a well-built craft with her practical accommodation.'
Known to the Broker over several years. As anticipated, the craft has been well maintained - including a pressure washing of the hull and new anti-fouling applied (October 2014). Now lying afloat on a tidal berth - with the Broker, North of the harbour swing-bridge on the A259 running East/West at Newhaven.
|Model:WIGHT - 30ft Ketch|
|Mooring Country:||United Kingdom|
|LOA:||9.67 m/32 ft|
|Length:||9.67 m/32 ft|
|Width:||2.89 m/9 ft|
|Draft:||0.99 m/3 ft|
|Engine manufacturer:bmc captain 4-cyl|
|No. of engines:||1|
|No. of cabins:||1|
|No. of berths:||6|
|WC & bathrooms:||true|
we're sorry, this ad is no longer available.