45ft Classic Watson Sailing Lifeboat,1921 Gaff Ketch, converted houseboat.



Price: £19,950 GBP Negotiable
Location: Afloat  Woodbridge, Suffolk, GB
Make: A Fully converted sailing Baltimore Class RNLI Lifeboat
Year: 1921
Condition: Good, Professionally converted for live aboard, cruising home. Recent Surveyors report available.
Category: Cruising home
Class: Antique and Classics
Keel Type: Full Keel


Bought in 1965, as a bare hull, fitted out with the new deck and coach roof , new engine, rig and complete interior fit out.  She makes a very practical home afloat.

She was then used as a live aboard for many years and as a family yacht, cruising the East coast and taking part in the Traditional Regattas.

Lifeboat vessels like this are unusual in their shape and the conversion has been done in such a way, in order to maximise the internal space.

She has an enormous deep and safe cockpit. The deck space is very generous despite the large coach roof. There’s up to 7 berths available.

The sailing performance is not her strong point, she needs a good wind to get going and she is certainly not the fastest,

but she will carry her canvas into very heavy weather and will look after her crew through anything.
She offers bags of strength, weight and stability.  She is presently kept on a mud berth under a large cover her rig/ mast un-stepped.


Nominal Length: 13.72m
Length Overall: 14.33m
Length Of Deck: 13.72m
Length At Water Line: 13.41m


Beam: 3.81m
Draft: 1.07m
Air Draft: 3.05m
Max Draft: 1.07m


Fuel Tank Capacity: 100 gallons
Water Tank Capacity: 60 gallons
Displacement: 15.00 tonnes
Cruising Speed: 6 knots
Engine Power: 100 hp
Number of Engines: 1


Berths: 7
Cabins: 4
Heads: 1
Passenger Capacity: 8


Builder: S.E.Saunders of Cowes
Designer: RNLI
Boat Name: Stadats


Hull Material: Wood
Hull Design: Displacement
Hull Speed: 10: knots


Engine Model: Perkins S6M
Fuel Type: diesel
Engine Description: Engine is sited in a large soundproofed engine box, forming a corridor forward to the saloon.
Perkins S6M 100hp, 6cyl diesel installed new in 1965.
MR10A gearbox with single lever controls.
A large fixed 3 blade bronze propeller in a tunnel (as with most RNLB’s).
100 gallon steel fuel tank under cockpit sole
60 gallon galvanised steel water tank under saloon sole.
4 x 12 volt domestic batteries.
2 x 12 volt engine start batteries. Charged from engine alternator.
Engine Transmission Description: Shaft drive


Planked in double diagonal Honduras mahogany fastened together with copper rivets.
Heavy oak frames at 30″ centres fastened with copper.
Solid teak back bone with heavy iron strap floors.
Deck is 3/4″ marine plywood, sheathed externally and painted in deck paint.
High toe rail all round set on the galvanised stanchion bases.
1.5″ Honduras mahogany coach roof coamings with a sheathed plywood coach roof deck
Large self draining cockpit with seating either side and vast lockers beneath.
Thick cork rubbing band all round is a throwback to her working life and gives stability in heavy weather.


Generous headroom throughout. 7 berths, with a large double owners cabin.
Step down from the cockpit into a passageway offset to starboard past the engine space.
Starboard pilot berth in the passageway under the deck head.
Large chart desk and storage area on top of the engine box.
Forward into the main saloon, very wide open space with ample headroom. Single settee berth to starboard. Double settee berth to port. A drop leaf saloon table in the centre.
Forward into the galley with a Flavel 2 burner gas stove, with oven and grill. Work surface either side with stowage for crockery and shelves. Gas powered fridge under the work surface.
Starboard side is a large work surface area with a single stainless sink with manually pumped fresh water.
Forward in the fore peak which has loads of stowage, a bosun’s stores and a single berth to port.
The owner’s cabin is on the port side of the engine box, accessed through a passage to port at the base of the companion steps. Large double berth when folded down with full standing headroom.
Heads compartment is at the entrance of the owner’s cabin with a Jabsco sea toilet.


Gaff ketch rig on solid varnished wooden deck stepped masts.
Solid varnished wooden booms and gaffs.
Well oiled galvanised standing rigging connected to internal galvanised steel chain plates.
Tan coloured main sail and mizzen made by James Lawrence of Brightlingsea, in good condition: Stay sail, genoa and mizzen stay sail in terylene.

Navigation Equipment:

Wheel steering from aft cockpit. Binnacle with single lever controls.
All navigation lights.

Safety Equipment:

2 manual bilge pumps and an engine driven bilge pump.
All around the decks Stanchions and guard wires.
Self draining cockpit.