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"Harbinger"   38'6" Gaff Cutter  Lying  Essex

Sails and Deck Gear
Survey, March 2000

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Harbinger is an ex-working fishing boat believed to have been built in the early 1900's. She is understood be one of only four Manx Nobbys remaining.  She is carvel built of pitch pine on sawn oak frames. 

Approximate Dimensions

Length on Deck  38ft 6ins 11.74m
Waterline Length  35ft  10.67m
Beam  11ft 6ins 3.51m
Draft  5ft 6ins 1.68m
Displacement  15 tons 

During her her previous ownership (for 25 years), she was extensively re-built. All defective planking and framing were replaced, she had a new horn timber and new breast hooks, a keelson was added with all new keelboats. She was completely refastened and caulked and payed, with red lead putty below the waterline, and white lead putty above. 

The decks are traditional 1" thick on new laminated deck beams and caulked and payed with Polysulphide.  The new coach roof was in 1" thick Brazilian mahogany.  All joinery is arranged to provide for full flow of air around the inside of the hull for ventilation.

All of Harbinger's accommodation was renewed and she now provides comfortable accommodation for five with six feet headroom in the saloon.

The engine beds were replaced and the Volvo 2003 29hp diesel engine re-built by Volvo in 1996.

She could be ideal for extended cruises or as a live aboard.


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For further details or to arrange to view, please contact
Adrian  Espin at: - Astonbury Marine Services 
19 Colne Road, Brightlingsea, Essex, CO7 0DL  Tel: 01206 305 996 or +44 1206 305 996
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In this case we are acting as Brokers only. The Vendor is not selling in the course of a business. Whilst every care has been taken in their preparation, the correctness of these particulars is not guaranteed. The particulars are intended only as a guide and they do not constitute a term of any contract. A prospective buyer is strongly advised to check the particulars and where appropriate at his own expense to employ a qualified Marine Surveyor to carry out a survey and/or to have an engine trial conducted.