Silver 41ft Silverleaf John Bain Classic motor vessel 1935


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Price Reduced.

Price: £44,950 GBP

Offers considered over £40,000

Boat Name: Duessa
Location: Ipswich, Suffolk, GB
Make: Silver
Year: 1935
Condition: Fully Restored and In commission
Category: Power
Class: Antique and Classics
Keel Type: Full Keel


John Bain Silverleaf,  a Classic carvel twin engine wooden motor vessel. Three cabins including the saloon, Headroom 6ft 2ins. Twin BMC engines. Capable of sleeping eight persons.
An historic vessel which has been continually well maintained to a high standard
She is part one registered and her whole history is documented.
She has spent time on the River Severn/the South Coast and the East Coast.

Her original registered name was “Marion”. In 1935 she was fitted with a bath and twin Morris Commodore, petrol engines. There is no longer a bath but a second heads compartment with a shower. The engines were changed for twin BMC diesel engines.
She participated in the Queens Jubilee Pageant and cruised on several holiday trips on the East Coast and the Thames.

Length Of Deck: 12.95 meter

Beam: 2.90 meter
Max Draft: 1.07 meter


Displacement: 15.5 tonnes
Number of Engines: 2


Berths: 8
Cabins: 3
Heads: 2


Builder: James A Silver
Designer: John Bain

Hull Material: Wood
Hull Design: Displacement


Engine Model: BMC 2 of
Fuel Type: Diesel
Engine Description: Location: Sited under the wheelhouse sole.
Wheel steering. Set to port.
Shaft driven
2 x bronze propellers
Engine Transmission Description: Shaft drive




Additional Description

Construction: Carvel planked, long keel. Pitch pine on oak frames with external cast iron keel
Self draining cockpit aft. Transom stern
Hardwood superstructure all varnished
Decks and coach roof sheathed and painted in buttermilk colour over tongue and groove planked pine
The aft deck area is laid teak.
All is in very good order
Accommodation: Headroom: 6ft 2 ins
Enclosed wheelhouse with accommodation running fore and aft.
Skylights with original fittings.
9 brass opening portholes down both side of the vessel making her interior very light and airy
Oak interior

Two bunk berths in the fore cabin. Step access out to the fore deck through opening hatch.
Small hanging locker and drawer storage.
Head compartment, portside with sea toilet (new and unused ) Porcelain sink with hot and cold tap,
running water. Vanity mirror and original light fitting. Shaving socket point.
Aft through oak door into the stateroom with twin single berths, wardrobe stowage and plenty of drawers.
Steps up into the wheel house.
There are two fold down seats for guests in the wheel house. Access to either side deck.
Steps down into the saloon here there are opposing settee berths. The backs of which fold up and suspended from the coach roof, if more berths are required.
Deck sides and head linings all painted out in white.
Original cabin light fittings.
Fold up oak dining table with stowage fixings to the floor.
Glass fronted display cabinets and stowage lockers.
Through another solid door into the new galley built from reclaimed wood.
Fitted with a double sink. Brass pump for fresh water and hot and cold running water taps.
Gimballed paraffin Talyor’s stove with double burners and oven.
Stowage cupboards. Storage shelves.
Access to the aft bathroom where there originally was a bath (but no longer) there is a toilet and a sink
with running water plus a shower head.
There would be room for a shower tray to be fitted.
Companionway to the aft cockpit and deck area.


Bench guest seating aft of wheelhouse.
Deep aft cockpit with teak grating.
Large whale pump on aft bulkhead.
Galvanised davits on the port quarter (in working order)
Wooden boarding ladder fixed to the starboard quarter.
Folds up against the hull sides when not in use.
Main anchor windlass (manual) Main anchor on clean galvanised chain, stowed in chain locker
in fore cabin.
CQR kedge anchor stowed on aft deck
Hatch covers for the all hatches and deck lights.
Overall winter cover to protect the bright work.
Fenders and warps
Sails: Varnished wooden communication fore mast with single spreader.
Deck stepped in painted metal tabernacle
Standing Rigging: Galvanised Wire

VLUU L110, M110 / Samsung L110, M110
Navigation Equipment:

Nasa clipper log and echo sounder
VHF radio
All navigation lights. Converted to electric port and starboard lanterns,
Ships bell
2 x Screen wipers
Night vision chart light
Safety Equipment:

Galvanised stanchions and guard wires.
Galvanised pulpit and pushpit.
Life rings x 2
1 x life buoy
Fixed ladder on the transom.
Ships horn
Fire extinguishers x 3
Certification: Historical Ships Certificate: 1381