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"Kurpfalz", Decommissioned  German Customs Patrol Boat

Kurpfalz Home
Deck Layout
Wheel House
Aft Cabin
Engine Room


Kurpfalz was originally commissioned by the German Government as a “Zollboot” or Customs Patrol Boat and believed to be in service as such from 1958 to 1990. 

She was built by Schless Werft of Wesel am Rhein in  riveted Aluminium alloy.  Hull form is single chine with a deep V bow warping to flat sections aft. She has been part converted into a pleasure craft but many original features have been retained. 

Random ultrasonic thickness readings were taken (July 2003) on the hull shell plating using a Touchstone 3 gauge and the results confirmed that the plating remained within close tolerance of the original thicknesses of 4.5mm – 5mm (as shown on the midships section drawing).

A six month programme of restoration was carried out in 2004. Her hull was stripped back to bare metal, aluminium primers, undercoating and RAL topcoats applied. New oak belting port and starboard. Anchor refurbishment. New bilge pump connected to original plumbing. Replaced port and starboard stern glands with new.

The rudders are of double plate hollow construction and the stainless steel stock is supported by upper roller bearings in the rudder tube and one bottom pintle supported by a skeg attached to the propeller “Y” brackets. The upper bearings are greased by local nipple.

The vessel is fitted with chain and rod mechanical steering with a bulkhead mounted wheel located in the wheelhouse. The starboard rudder stock is fitted with a quadrant to accept the chain, the port rudder stock is fitted with a tiller and the two stocks are connected by a tie bar. Emergency steering is provided by a hand tiller which can be dropped onto the square end of either stock through screwed deck plates.

Two three-bladed fixed pitch bronze propellers and stainless steel tail shafts are fitted. The shafts are supported by “Y” brackets with a water lubricated bearing and water lubricated cutlass bearings in the stern tube.

The deck is of riveted aluminium alloy construction using non slip “chequer plate”. Hinged aluminium hatches provide access to the forepeak and steering compartment.
BSS Certificate issued April 2004.

Approximate Dimensions

Length Overall  55ft 9ins 17m
Waterline Length  51ft 6ins 15.7m
Beam  11ft 10ins 3.6m
Draft  3ft 4ins 1m
Air Draft (to wheelhouse roof) 8ft 11ins 2.7m

Approximate Dimensions

Length Overall  55ft 9ins 17m
Waterline Length  51ft 6ins 15.7m
Beam  11ft 10ins 3.6m
Draft  3ft 4ins 1m
Air Draft (to wheelhouse roof) 8ft 11ins 2.7m

Deck Equipment

75kg Stockless anchor in hawse pipe (Starboard) on 24m galvanised chain


Manual anchor winch
Boat hook

General Equipment

Krupp Clearview screen
Three hob stainless steel cooker
Pressurised hot and cold water
Hot water by calorifier (engine heat) or immersion heater (shorepower)
Webasto Diesel fired heating
One sea toilet
One toilet connected to holding tank-

Engines and Machinery

Twin Mercedes OM 355 240hp 
Bronze propellers on Stainless Steel shafts


Water - steel est. 1000litres
Diesel - Mild steel 2 x 600 litres
Holding - plastic  can be emptied through deck fitting or through hull to sea.

Electrics / Electronics

3 x 24Volt batteries (2004) for engine start, pumps and lighting.


Comprehensive electric switch panels
Shore power installation

VDO Marine Modis 120 echosounder

Apelco VXE75 VHF Radiotelephone


Fluxgate steering compass
Navigation lights
Interior lights

Safety Gear


4 x Fire extinguishers
Fire blanket
Manual bilge pump
Electric bilge pump


Shore Gear

4-man Avon inflatable dinghy

Historical Information

We have a collection of original plans, documents and photographs of her in service until 1991

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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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