"Iere" has undergone an extensive "no expense spared" structural refit since 2004, carried out by a very well respected boat yard for the yards owner. Unfortunately the rebuild has not been completed and although structurally complete, "Iere" will need some finishing before sailing away. This work would include plumbing, wiring, steering gear, propeller shaft A-brackets, rigging, sails, wheelhouse glazing and soft furnishings. Please see "History and Construction" section for full details of rebuild.
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The original layout of the boat was with a galley up forward in the f'csle (forward of the main bulkhead) on the port side with crew bunks to starboard, with spacious hanging lockers on each side.
The main saloon had a traditional central table with bunk/seats to port and starboard with bookcases behind and locker space below. The aft end of the saloon, against the engine room bulkhead had a heads/shower washroom to starboard and we proposed a nav station/office to port.
It was suggested that the spacious wheelhouse could also serve as a deck saloon.
The owners cabin aft has both a double and single bunk/seat, hanging lockers to port and starboard and a heads/shower washroom.
The aft cockpit is a spacious outside secure space that would allow the crew/family to have some "time out" on a long passage.
Whilst at launch "Iere" appeared as a gaff rigged sloop with a single mast housed in a tabernacle forward of amidships, in later life she appears as a ketch. However, despite being described as a motorsailer at various times in her file of papers, it is more likely that the 330 sq.ft. of canvass she was designed to carry on her 26 foot spruce mast would be of most use as a steadying sail unless sailing with a following breeze.
The spruce/douglas fir spars are all clear of rot but in need of refurbishment.
New oak engine beds have been fitted and two new Vetus/Hyundai VH4.80 naturally aspirated 80 hp diesel engines installed in 2019, complete with tubes, shafts and three blade propellers (circa £20,000 cost). New wet exhaust systems were run with through transom outlets. The engine have never been run.
Two new 335 litre polyethylene fuel tanks have been fitted giving a suggested range of 350nm at 8 knots, before a new wheelhouse sole was fitted on new bearers.
Designed and built by David Hillyard of Littlehampton in 1929. Built of 1" pitch pine on oak timber frames, copper clench fastened.
"Iere" was requisitioned by HM Government in 1939 and served the Navy as part of the Medway Motorboat Patrol before being demobbed back to leisure use after the war. Having served as a "liveaboard" for 10 years the yacht was salvaged and professionally rebuilt by RJ Prior & Son (Burnham) Ltd over a 15 year period starting in 2004.
The seams were raked out, several pitch pine planks were replaced in the bottom. The plank ends were refastened with silicon bronze screws and the through plank copper fastenings were hardened up. The planks were then hard splined in pitch pine and faired off before a number of the oak frames were repaired/replaced.
The deadwoods were repaired with oak and the keel bolts renewed with silicon bronze. The iron ballast keel was blasted off and epoxy coated.
The stem was repaired and all the structural internal bulkheads replaced in BS1088 marine plywood.
The planked deck was removed and scrapped; the deck beams were removed and cleaned up/replaced as required.
After five years ashore, the hull was stripped back to bare wood and filled with epoxy and then re-faired before sheathing with two layers of 610 gram bi-axial cloth in epoxy laminating resin.
The deck was then replaced with two layer epoxied 12mm BS1088 marine plywood and a 15mm teak laid.
The stripped interior of the hull was liberally coated with Cuprinol 5 star before repainting in Danboline. New sole bearers and BS1088 ply soles were fitted.
The topsides were repainted in two-pack to a semi gloss level ready for final glossing on completion, as was the bottom in primer/undercoat.
New bronze portholes were fitted and the deck hatches/lights rebuilt in teak.
The transom and top strake were teak veneered as depicted in Lonsdale Library of Motor Cruising volume XIX.
The wheelhouse was then rebuilt in teak to the highest of joinery standards.
Whilst the boat has been rebuilt to the highest of "no expense spared" standards by one of the once most well respected boatyards, it has unfortunately not been completed.
Carried out over the years as a retirement plan for the boatyard owner for blue water cruising, personal illness has scuppered these plans.
Whilst structurally complete "Iere" will need some finishing before sailing into the sunset. This would include plumbing, wiring, steering gear, prop shaft A-brackets, rigging & sails, wheelhouse glazing and soft furnishings.
However, if buying a classic motoryacht of this vintage under normal circumstance one would be acquiring a leaking load of trouble. Not so with "Iere"- the hard, expensive stuff has all been done.
The company normally acts as brokers for the vendor who unless otherwise stated is not selling in the course of a business. Whilst every care has been taken in the preparation of these particulars the correctness is not guaranteed and they are intended as a guide only and do not constitute a part of any contract. A prospective buyer is strongly advised to check these particulars and where appropriate and at his own expense to employ a qualified marine surveyor to carry out a survey and/or to have an engine trial conducted which if conducted by us shall not imply any liability on our part.
General note on safety equipment: Any safety equipment such as liferaft, 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.