ILONDA is among the earliest and purest of John Bain's iconic and much sought-after Silver ORIMIDALE Class design, with the original, clean and highly attractive deckhouse on flush deck profile. In long term current ownership, ILONDA has received a sensible maintenance regime and recently been re-powered, while her accommodation has been tastefully and respectfully upgraded to modern standards. Such comfort and practicality married to the ORMIDALE Class's legendary seakeeping qualities and sheer presence make ILONDA a very enticing family classic motor yacht - and perhaps a most suitable classic regatta mothership.
ILONDA is among of the earliest and purest of John Bain's iconic and much sought-after Silver ORIMIDALE Class, with the original, clean and highly attractive deckhouse on flush deck profile. Under recent ownership, ILONDA has been given the structural work and re-powering deserved by a lady of a certain age, while her accommodation has been tastefully and respectfully upgraded to modern standards. Such comfort and practicality married to the ORMIDALE's legendary seakeeping qualities and sheer presence make ILONDA a very enticing family classic motor yacht - and perhaps a most suitable classic regatta mothership.
A provisional listing with more specifications and photos to follow
Henderson the Jeweller was an iconic Glasgow name with branches all over Scotland. Post war business was good enough in 1950 for Don Henderson of that ilk to commission this fabulous expression of John Bain's design flair for building by his James A Silver yard at Rosneath, Dunbartonshire, with delivery early spring 1951.
ILONDA followed a pattern of development begun pre-war when the popular Silver Leaf Class design was occasionally stretched from the standard 43 feet up to 50 feet. Silvers were exceptionally busy during the Second World War producing Fairmile-designed Motor Launches, Motor Gunboats and Motor Torpedo Boats, among other work. Bain would have been busy supervising these builds, but with much creative space to develop his own designs for better times. The most successful result - named after the first boat built to the design in 1949 - was the ORMIDALE Class which would remain in production for 25 years at lengths ranging to over 100ft, and become much sought after. The key ingredients were a combination of increasing spaciousness and seakindliness - true to Silvers advertising slogan: "Superbly Seaworthy".
The Yachting World magazine review was both complimentary and technical: "Mr. John Bain has a reputation for designing grand sea boats, with good accommodation, efficient in operation, well built and beautifully finished...
" The hull is of the ORMIDALE type, with a long, fine run aft and a deeply immersed point to the transom, but, unlike ORMIDALE, she is a single-rudder vessel with a keel running aft almost to the sternpost. By carrying down the central point of the transom well below the waterline, the thrust races of the two screws are separated. Mr Bain considers that this arrangement has the advantage of making these vessels run straight and steer easily in a following sea. They are certainly well mannered in this respect."
Silvers advertising at the time boasted ILONDA as "... an improved version of the famous ORMIDALE Class which has been so notably successful in the Pavilion d'Or, 1948, 1949 and 1950." Thirty years of designing and building have produced perfection in ILONDA which finely exemplifies the Silver tradition."
After four seasons, Henderson sold ILONDA to the first of a series of UK based owners over the decades who respectfully didn't tamper with Bain's concept. More recently, under similarly careful Belgian ownership ILONDA has cruised the western Baltic by summer and been sensibly upgraded by winter.
- Mahogany planking on oak frame
- Solid teak deck
- Deck structures in solid teak
ILONDA has a beautifully crafted and very traditional interior, with white painted surfaces and teak highlights throughout the whole interior. White soft furnishings on bunks and seats underline the very tasteful overall impression of this fine example of Scottish craftsmanship. The interior has been partly renewed in the tradition of the vessel and is in exceptional condition.
The deckheads are painted white providing for a very light interior in combination with the portholes.
- One double berth in aft cabin
- 3 x single berths in 3 separated cabins amidship
- 2 x single berths on bunks in the salon as spares
- Electric Marine Toilet
- 2 x burner electric stove
- Webasto heating system (2009)
- Webasto DBW hot water (2010)
- Pressurised water system
- 2 x Solé 118kw 6cy Diesels (2017)
- Hydraulic SCG gear boxes
- Indirect cooling system
- Maximum speed: 11 knots
- Cruising speed 7 knots
- Consumption in cruising mode- 8l/h for both engines
- 2 x Bronze 3-blade propellers (2017)
- Bow thruster (2017)
- System renewed, 2006
- 2 x Gel batteries
- 1 x 80Ah Battery for the generator
- 2 170 Ah Batteries for the engines
- Sterling Power Inverter 12/24V DC – 230VAC
- Fuel: 1,200 L
- Fresh water: 800 L
- Raymarine C-120, new 2005
- VHF transceiver simplex/ semiduplex VHF DEBEG
- EPIRB Simrad EG50 & EP50
These particulars have been prepared from information provided by the vendors and are intended as general guide. The purchaser should confirm details of concern to them by survey or engineers inspection. The purchaser should also ensure that the purchase contract properly reflects their concerns and specifies details on which they wish to rely.