Custom 48' Classic Wishbone Ketch

Custom 48' Classic Wishbone Ketch

  • 54′ 2″ - 16.50m
  • 1939
Custom 48ft Classic Wishbone Ketch

New Silver Gull, Launched in 1939, designed and built by Harry Newton-Scott, is a classic timber Wishbone Staysail ketch. She was sailed from Sydney to the US then returned 12 years later via West Indies, Panama and the Pacific Islands.

In 1989 the GULL was found by the current owners laid up in the Clarence River, NSW. They have spent significant time and money over the years bringing her up to her former state and now presents in exceptional condition. Based in Brisbane these days, she has been granted Historical Yacht status by the Australian National Maritime Museum.

The owners, currently cruising up the East Coast of Australia have decided it is time to hand her over to new owners. They have fitted her out with very modern convenience, making her a perfect self contained cruising yacht.

The wishbone staysail ketch sail plan includes 6 working sails plus MPS. As she is generally sailed short handed, the owners mostly use 3 sails at any one time. A Yankee headsail and staysail set on furlers for convenience.

A strong Yanmar 100HP engine, a great array of current navigation instruments, watermaker, genset, washing machine and good refrigeration all add to the sailing experience of this classic yacht, without detracting from her heritage design.

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Reference: ESC 415
Name: New Silver Gull
Special Listing:
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Location: Sanctuary Cove, QLD
Region: Queensland
Year: 1939
Designer: Harry Newton Scott
Builder: Harry Newton Scott
Length: 54′ 2″ (16.50m)
Beam: 4m
Draft: 2.4m
Displacement: 23,000 kg
Keel/Ballast: Cast iron concrete internal full keel, keel hung rudder
Hull Material: Timber | Carvel-planked with spotted gum below waterline & Douglas Fir above waterline
Deck Material: Oregon timber planking, Beech decking timber
Engine: Single Yanmar 4JH2-UTE 4Cyl 100HP Turbo Diesel Engine
Engine Make: Yanmar
HorsePower: 100HP
Fuel Type: Diesel
Engine Hours:
Engine Hours (2nd Engine):
Fuel Consumption:
Max Speed:
Cruise Speed: 6 Knots
Genset: Fischer Panda, 4 Kva
Fuel Capacity: 450 Litres + 120 Litres
WaterCapacity: 2x 1,100 Litres (Approx)
Galley: LAYOUT: Std midships, step down from cockpit
STORAGE: Pantry + extensive storage ares
Refrigeration: Large
Freezer: Large
Stove: 4 Burner Gimbled + Oven
WaterMaker: Rainman 240V 140Lph (New)
Hot Water System: Yes
Accommodation: SALOON: Large dinette and navigation station. New leather upholstery, cedar and mahogany fitout.
HEADROOM: Extra high
Cabins: 2 cabin accomodation, forward master with ensuite, aft cabin with 2 bunks.
Shower: 2x
Toilet: 1x plus Holding Tank
Air Conditioning:
Dinghy: 2.4m RIB (2012)
Outboard: 9.9 Mercury (New)
Ground Tackle: ANCHOR WINCH: Simpson Lawrence electric anchor winch
ANCHOR: 2x Plow (60lb, 100lb)
CHAIN: 80m x 12mm
Safety Gear:
Bilge Pumps:
Life Raft:
Epirb: 2 GME Personal Epirb + GME 406
Life Jackets:
Fire Protection:
Electrics: LIGHTING: 12v
BATTERIES: 6x 120ah AGM, 2x 85ah start (New)
SOLAR PANELS: 3x 80W panels (2x New)
Electronics/Navigation: GPS: Navman 5430 Stanby GPS
PLOTTER: Raymarine Dual C Series 127 Chart Plotters (cockpit and nav station)
SOUNDER: Raymarine
RADAR: 24nm digital radar & AIS
AUTO PILOT: Dual Raymarine
RADIOS: ICOM M710 HF, ICOM M59 VHF, ICOM M304 VHF, ICOM M91D handheld VHF with GPS & DSC
Sail Inventory:
Mast/Rigging: RIG TYPE: Classic wishbone rig
SPARS: Oregon timber masts/Ketch rigged/Classic wishbone
Deck Gear:
Survey: 2015 Listed with Australian

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