32ft Wooden Motor Cruiser, Fully converted, Watson hull

Price Details

Price: £29,950 GBP
Location: Maldon, Essex GB
Year: 1972
Condition: Very good, professionally converted and maintained
Category: Power
Class: River Cruiser, Inland waterways
Keel Type: Full Keel


A very well presented motor cruiser, in commission, on the water and “ready to go”. She offers very versatile accommodation, suitable for coastal cruising and the inland waterways of UK and Europe. She was professionally converted from working vessel, retaining many of her original features. The wheel house is collapsible, to achieve an air draft as little as 6ft. (8ft 6ins with the wheel house in situ) The inboard 50hp Beta Marine diesel engine was installed new in 2012. (900 engine hours.)
She has been kept in a very clean and well painted condition throughout.  She can be totally self sufficient (not requiring 240v.), Cabin heating and hot water. Offers 5 full length berths.
Wheel steering from forward facing wheelhouse.
Carvel planked all copper fastened, Iroko on Oak. The super structure is marine ply epoxy sheathed and painted.
The present owners have explored the upper reaches of the Thames/ Gone as far west inland to Bristol on the inland waterways and also spent time on the Broads.

Her home turf is the muddy Estuaries of the East Coast Rivers.


Nominal Length: 9.75m
Length Overall: 9.91m
Length Of Deck: 9.45m
Length At Water Line: 8.53m


Beam: 3.25m
Draft: 0.91m
Air Draft: 1.83m
Max Draft: 0.91m


Fuel Tank Capacity: 180litres
Water Tank Capacity: 180litres
Displacement: 6tonnes
Cruising Speed: 6knots
Engine Power: 50hp
Number of Engines: 1


Berths: 5
Cabins: 2
Heads: 1
Passenger Capacity: 6


Builders: Unknown
Designer: Likened to a Watson hull
Boat Name: Anita


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


Engine Description: Engine installed new in 2012, sited amidships under the wheelhouse floor.
Beta Marine 4cylinder, 50hp diesel engine. Raw water cooled.   Last service July 2019.
Engine Transmission Description: Shaft drive

Single lever Morse controls. Hydraulic steering and gearbox
Shaft drive to triple balded fixed propeller.
She has a cruising speed of 6 knots, maximum to 7.5 knots.
Batteries All renewed in 2018
2 x fuel tanks capacity of 180 litres


A robust fishing boat type of hull shape, likened to that of the Watson work boat hulls. A long keel, draft 3ft.  She has a small amount of pig iron internal ballast.
Carvel planked hull, painted finish in  sky blue. The decks are part epoxy sheathed plywood and part laid deck on ply.
All the super structure is constructed with Iroko on Oak beams and marine ply  sheathed and  painted  in light grey.


The collapsible wheel house amidships, forepeak the “heads” compartment and aft off the wheelhouse is the owners double cabin there is 6ft headroom.
In the aft cabin: galley & saloon the cabin floor slopes from 5ft 7ins headroom to 5ft 3ins.
A Planar diesel fed heater ducted hot air  vents to both fore and aft cabins and the heads.

Heads compartment in the fore peak access from the wheelhouse. Toilet manual pump and sink. Potential for a shower facility (not fitted).Manual cold water pump, pressurised system for the hot water outlets. Steps aft of wheelhouse down into owners double cabin plus a small pipe cot berth under starboard side deck. Aft cabin companionway from deck. Galley starboard side with sink, gas hob, oven and grill. Work surface with stowage cupboards under. (lights inside all cupboards.) Light canvas window coverings give privacy without blocking out the natural light. Opposite is a dinette with opposing settee seating. Upholstery covered cushions. with varnished wooden dining table, this converts to make up a small double berth 6ft 3ins length. 12v Coolbox is plugged into 12v socket in the wheel house.


Fisherman’s anchor with chain and warp
CQR kedge anchor.
Ensign, staff and holder.
Dinghy, oars and rowlocks, lives on the aft decking.
Warps and fenders
Bronze ships port lights.
Toughened glass in the wheel house and fixed glazing.
Rigging box on fore deck.
Gas locker on mid deck.
2 x large bronze mooring cleats fix to aft deck.

Navigation Equipment:

Ships wheel
Plastimo compass
Navigation lights by Aqua signal

Staff holder and ensign

Safety Equipment:

2 x 1kg fire extinguishers
fire blanket
horseshoe life ring
2 x auto life-jackets.
Vented Gas locker on deck.
Boarding ladder

Dinghy tender
Side decks have section of waist height stanchions with varnished wooden hand rail
Large manual Whale pumps x 2 , 1 x automatic bilge pump
grab rails fixed to coach roofs.