33ft Miller Fifer Motor sailer

Price Details

REDUCED Price: £13,500 GBP
Location: South Dock Marina, Surrey Quays, London SE16 7SZ
Make: Miller Fifer
Year: 1960
Condition: Fair
Category: Sail
Class: Motorsailers
Keel Type: Full Keel


Thistle is a motor sailing ketch with a hull shape based on the Scottish North Sea Fishing boats.

Long keel slightly raked bow, straight stem and canoe stern. Carvel planked on sawn oak frames.
Accommodation is all forward of the wheel house, Aft of the wheelhouse is a deep open self draining cockpit.
Last survey 2015


Nominal Length: 10.06m
Length Overall: 10.67m
Length Of Deck: 10.06m
Length At Water Line: 9.45m


Beam: 3.15m
Draft: 1.22m
Air Draft: 10.67 m Approx
Max Draft: 1.22 meter


Fuel Tank Capacity: 150 gallons
Water Tank Capacity: 60 gallons
Displacement: 28660lbs
Cruising Speed: 5 knots
Engine Power: 50hp
Number of Engines: 1


Berths: 4
Cabins: 3
Heads: 1
Passenger Capacity: 4


Builder: James N Miller & Son, St Monance, Fife
Designer: Miller Fifer
Boat Name: Thistle

Hull Design: Displacement
Hull Speed: 7: knots


Engine Model: Thorneycroft 230
Fuel Type: diesel
Engine Description: Thorneycroft 230, 4 cylinder diesel engine sited under the wheelhouse.
Water cooled
Wheel steering, chain
Single lever control
Shaft driven through to a triple bladed bronze propeller
Engine Transmission Description: Shaft drive


Carvel planked robustly built with 12inch oak beams, planking is 1 1/8th ins of larch and mahogany.
Surveyed 2015 as a result she was entirely recaulked and splined with a number of the planks were professionally replaced.
July 2018 she was lifted out of the water for more recaulking and re antifouling. She is predominately used as a motor vessel.
The spars and rig require work and attention. There is also some re-planking required on the starboard side.
Deep open aft self draining cockpit with seating. Wheel house and coach roof are constructed of hardwood, varnished and painted. Decks have been sheathed and painted. High solid iroko bulwarks with Iroko capping.around the decks
Keel band requires replacing. internal ballast of lead ingots and cast pig iron. Keel bolts galvanised mild steel
Accommodation: 4 berths in two cabins : double berth in the forepeak. bulkhead door shuts this off from the saloon with two opposing 6ft 2inch settee berths. Fixed wooden drop leafed table on the centreline. furniture and fitting is varnished/ polished mahogany . plenty of stowage cupboards through out. Some painted peg board headlining giving ventilation to the inside hull surface.
Before the companionway steps there are the Heads to port, chemical Toilet, (Baby Blake sea toilet- un-installed. U shaped galley surfaces to starboard with a Origo 6000 gimballed oven and hob ( need installing) .
Helm seat and two further single seats fro guests. Door access to aft cockpit and aft deck.
Manual pump cold water only to heads and galley


Electric Lofrans Tigres windlass
SS Bow fitting for a large Delta anchor to sit and chain. Chain locker accessed from fore peak below decks
Sails: Ketch rig.
white foresail on furling gear.
Mainsail and mizzen sail its boom extends over the canoe stern of the vessel. All varnished timber spars, in boom tracks for the main and mizzen sails.
Spars currently require some work. She is predominantly used as a motor boar.
Masts deck steeped in tabernacles. Sails in fair condition

Navigation Equipment:

Raymarine GPS
Standard Horizon chart plotter
VHF radio
Depth Sounder
Clock and Barometer
Safety Equipment: 2 x Automatic Bilge Pumps
Pushpit, pulpit, stanchions and guard wires.