23ft Motor Fishing Boat, Parson’s of Leigh,1960



Price: £5,900 GBP
Location: Oare Creek, Nr Faversham Kent GB
Make: Crabber/Potter MFV, 1960’s
Year: 1965
Condition: Good, continually maintained and painted
Category: Motor Fishing vessel
Keel Type: Long keel with bilge stringers.



23ft Coastal Weekend cruiser offering ideal fishing space and comfort.
Reduced price to £5,900 or reasonable offer.
Selling as her owner is now in his 80’s years.
A fine example of a clinker wooden motor fishing boat, immensely strong in her construction.

Built by Parsons of Leigh on Sea, Essex. in 1960, as an East Coast Potter/Crabber, she retains her original Bowman 3534 BL 180 diesel engine.
A refit just completed Included new safety gear, digital navigation gear + radio installed for inshore fishing and trips. Re-launched June 2023.
An excellent work / sea boat which boasts being an historic vessel, carries fishing number F104.
Insurance survey signed off by Alan Staley of Faversham.


Length Overall: 7.00m    Length At Water Line: 6.55m

Beam: 2.75m     Draft: 0.76m


Fuel Tank Capacity: 10 gallons
Displacement: 3.00tonnes
Cruising Speed: 5knots
Engine Power: 18hp
Number of Engines: 1


Berth: 1
Cabin: 1
Heads: 1
Passenger Capacity: 2


Builder: Parson’s of Leigh on Sea, Essex. Possibly one of the last of her type.
Designer: A Leigh Crabber
Boat Name: Parcaflo


Hull Material: Wood
Hull Design: Displacement
Hull Speed: 8: knots


Engine Description: The original Bowman 3534 BL 18hp, diesel engine. Shaft driven. Triple bladed bronze propeller. Electric start. Wheel steering from Helm position. Engine sited in sound proofed engine box amidships beside the helm position. A large heavy duty battery and isolator switch. Battery charging units linked to shore power.

Gauges and single lever controls dashboard at the helm.


Clinker planked hull, half decked. A deep open aft cockpit.  Clinker Mahogany planking on Canadian Rock Elm steam bent frames. A metal keel band clads her long-fixed keel. A shelter deck over the helm, Mahogany superstructure all epoxy sheathed and painted. Her decks have 2 x layers of marine ply, epoxy sheathed and painted, over the original mahogany planked decks. fore and aft.

Transom hung rudder hung from her transom. A robust rubbing strake and bulwarks, paint finish inside and out, re antifouled, completed June 2023.

Insurance survey verified March 2020 by Alan Staley of Faversham. She was relaunched July 2023. Kept on a mud berth moored alongside.


Forward cabin with a lockable cabin door, 5ft 3ins headroom.  A 6ft 3ins single berth. Small galley facility with a single butane camping stove, a galley sink with manual pump, water tap extracted from plastic container. Large storage cupboard under and purpose-built shelves over.

Under the glazed shelter deck with 6ft 3ins headroom at helm position, engine box and entrance to cabin. A deep open aft cockpit. Fixed bench seating. Helm seat and a tall stool for guest…

Sea toilet. 12v electrics. Cabin lighting.


Canvas awnings cover over the aft deck.
Metal framed pots stowage, aft.
A communication mast on shelter deck roof.
Main anchor on chain and warp.

A Tan terylene steadying sail.

Navigation Equipment:

A large, gimballed steering compass.

Echo sounder, new digital navigation gear with “Seatrack” Norcom Tech Ltd. using Admiralty Charts.

Cobra VHF radio.  Standard Horizon VHF radio.

A glazed shelter deck screening from the helm position.
Wheel steering.  Navigation lights.

Safety Equipment:

Life buoys x 3, 4 x lifejackets
Grab handles on coach roof. Fire blanket, fire extinguishers x 2

Searchlight, Emergency spotting light (battery required)

Disclaimer: Disclaimer: The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice