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Birchwood TS 37(1986) (new engines 2001)

Afloat at her Home Berth Dartmouth, September 2017
Type Twin Shaft, Semi-Displacement with Three quarter length Keel which is deep enough to offer Grounding ability. Dimensions Loa 39'2" (11.94m) Beam 12'5" (3.78m) Draught 3'3" (1.0m) Displacement approx 7.4 Tons Dry.
Built By Birchwood International in Hand laid GRP to hull and deck with Ash based interior wood work. She has Full clean back and copper bottom applied in 2010. Engines Professionally re fitted with 2 x yanmar 260 Hp Six cylinder turbo diesels in 2001, with three bladed bronze propellers, These have now run around 1,300 Hours and have been very well maintained from new. They should give around 20 Knots and a steady easy cruise in Late teens, She also has Near New Stern Thruster, and year old bow thruster with dual controls.
Tanks Fuel 886Lts, (2 x 98 Gallons) outside each engine, fresh water 386lts, (85 Gallons) Holding tank approx 140Lts Forward, and 180lts Aft. Deck and under water discharge with "Y" valve set up., Berths Up To 8 ! with double cabin aft, double conversion in upper saloon, dinette conversion and twin large single cross over berths forward


along side Mid river Pontoon, well fendered!

The aft canopy is a wonderful useful space and the canopy is in Decent Order,

electric windlass, with remotes at fly as well

deck pump oit to forward holding tank,

Lockable fuel filler caps,

NEW flybridge cover to return screen and over helm and flybridge seats,

Nice to see the supporting frame has material sleeves over the S/S tubes, to prevent Sweating rust

Simpson Davits, with avon 2.8 rib and little 3.3 marine

GRP radar arch is easy to fold aft,

aft deck area has Synthetic teak, huge socail space.. locker boxes under seating, steps right of shot to fly bridge

forward fact of aft canopy to fly bridge, very neat, and note NEW Digital scanner 4KW

upper dash, New Ray marine screen ahead of wheel, ( Connects by Blue tooth to Ipad at lower ( Ipad not included!)

Foredeck, These older boats did not have groovy Curved screens, just flat toughened Glass, BUT easy to look through, and wipe with wipers, etc

seating behind helm

step access to starboard side,

Full engine removal hatch was installed when engine were fitted in 2001, but is a usefull ability now.

aft canopy extends out to outer grp combings around deck aft,

Port side deck, good shoulder width, and high grab rails

aft upolstery is not NEw but is not original either, good order.

so from forward , great cross over berths,

head of starboard berth, opening ports as well as Hatch over,

port side, Nice lockers, and vanity unit.

Dinette set to port, ( Looking aft) The table drops and infills)

Looking forward,

Galley set to starboard, ALL new really, New cooker, new oven, new worktops, ( Corian Type) new twin sinks, new taps etc etc. new splashback, and new layout better than original.

aft end of galley, steps to saloon,

with Hotwater tank under

infills for both sinks

forward heads set to starboard, manula toilet, "Y" valve choice for waste to sea or Tank.

Lower helm set to starboard, bench seat, opening windows, sunblinds on screens, Good kit fitted, Note Electronic controls were fitted with new engines in 2001

better view of dash layout, note bow and stern thruster joy sticks bottom right. above stereo

locla controls to domestic breakers, etc

looking across to port, chart area, with Translucent panels ahead to add light forward

opening windows to both sides, Good speaker for stereo..!

recent LED cabin lights

saloon has simple pull out section to make berth,

aft looking at cabin entry steps, and heater controls right,

wet locker at top of steps, note the Spanner is for quick drop of radar arch if required..( Two dome nuts only)

starboard side of saloon has big lockers, drinks locker, etc, steps down to aft cabin

offset double berth , with head at aft starboard corner

port side, Closed door is heads/shower, vanity and stowage aft

manual aft heads, also with Holding tank.

cabin entry door, ( shut) with hanging locker right,

Good size,

Popular feature always was on these boats, Engineromm access aft as well as full floor removal above. so running check under way or oils, Seacocks, Fuel fliters easy.

View forward, batteries in grey box, note two red thruster button right, generator forward in cacoon,

manula bilge pump, easy access to seacocks, and sgaft exits,

starboard side, same, Note cables gearshifts, run from electronic actuators boxes further forward then on to Electronic controls, NOT electronic Boxes, so if it all goes wrong,,, You can push manually the gearboxes into gear..comfort.

new smart/intelligent charger fitted

All In all a Lot of Boat, in Good order, with excllent spec, and Complete History..

(When I think what new Boats £79,000 would by you its amazing!)

Electronics Autohelm Autopilot, 6,000, with dual control heads, NEW A 950 MFD Raymarine Screen and NEW A95 Raymarine 4 KW Digital radar scannerdome, A15 watch mate Transponder, St 40 log and echosounder, Icom DSC/VHF M505, Sony Stereo, Glomax Tv antenna,
Extras Copper Bottom (2010) NEW stern thruster, and 2016 Bow thruster fitted with dual controls, and isolation switches fitted to batteries. Generator Fisher Panda 3.7 KVA Aft deck Synthetic Teak, full aft deck canopy enclosure, and NEW fly bridge covers, NEW saloon window and screen covers, Extending arm davits including avon 2.8 Rib dinghy and 3.3 mariner Outboard motor, Eberspacher D5 diesel fired central heating, Recent Smart charger system, Galvanic Isolator, Newly fitted galley complete wit corian worktops, new sinks, hob, Oven etc.. 2016-17, Seago Liferaft just servcie expired March 2017, Lots of spares, fenders, warps, flag staff etc..

Miratea was purchased new in 1986 and delivered to a Mr. K of Bray. The boat was called “Lilley D”.  He sold the boat to a Mr. S in August 89 who renamed her “Shamrock III”.  Ancasta Boat Sales took her in part exchange in 1998 and sold her to two couples, F and D, who renamed her Miratea. During their ownership, they re-engined her in 2001 with the Yanmar 6LPA 260hp engines.  The boat was used all over the North Sea area and in 2004 it was purchased by Mr. K and Ms. H. Engine hours were recorded at 240 hrs.

The boat was granted a Boat Safety Scheme Certificate (expired 2012) and was moored at Penton Hook marina and used on the Thames and holidays further afield. The boat mechanics was looked after by Lyndon, the local engineer.

The log book shows meticulous servicing schedules and every issue recorded and rectified.  The boat was moved to Southampton in 2009.

In 2010 the boat was sold to the current experienced boat owners who spent much time finding the best example of this craft. Hull shot blasted back to gelshield and Coppercoated. The boat was moved to Dartmouth.

The log again shows meticulous servicing and trips as far afield as the Isles of Scillies and regular visits to Guernsey.

Notable issues recorded apart from annual servicing and lift etc include;

2011 Lower helm steering pump fitted, New Generator Battery

2012 Starboard rudder bush remade, water sender on Port engine replaced, fuel sender replaced Starboard tank.

2013 Galvanic Isolator fitted, New 110 Amp Starter Batteries and 2 135 Amp house batteries. Windlass removed and area fibreglassed to prevent water ingress.

In July 2013 Port engine stopped during arrival at the Isles of Scilly, return trip on one engine.

Fault traced to injector issue due to fuel bug. Both tanks drained and flushed out. Injectors replaced on both engines as precaution.  Heat exchangers cleaned in ultrasonic tank.

March 2014 Port engine lost compression on number 6 piston. Engine removed and completely reconditioned by Stephenson Marine, Dartmouth. This included all new shells, pistons, head and valves. All genuine parts sourced from Yanmar dealers in Australia and Florida.

2014 Bowthruster fitted (Sidepower SE80), water pumps re sealed, galley refitted with new cooker, hob, sinks, taps and worksurface. AIS transponder fitted (Watchmate)

2015 New Raymarine A95 MFD chartplotter and 4KW radar fitted.

2016 Generator salted up and was cleaned and flushed to include new thermostat. Port fuel pump reconditioned.

2017 Generator exhaust replaced to include new piping and bronze skin fitting. New Fan in Galley.

July 2017 lifted for annual clean. Usual anodes etc. Sternthruster fitted and dual helm position controls added. New window covers and rear cockpit cover professionally cleaned and reproofed. Sterling 40A 3-way battery charger fitted. Rudder packing on Port replaced.

Owners reluctantly placing Miratea on the market as now require larger craft in order to spend time on extended cruising during their retirement.

Broker's Comments

Think that comprehensive History tells you lots about this boat and her owners. I am pleased they have enjoyed, her, and You can see she has been maintained regardless to a very High standard of Servicability! The sort of boat I would happily jump aboard, check fluids and set off. Obviously the water in the fuel mostly to Port engine, has cost them time and money to sort out, but It has been done professionally and has given excellent reliable service since. what amazing Value when you consider what any comparable Boat would cost. 2001 Yanmars, Copper Bottom, bow and stern thruster, and all the covers, and kit.. !( let alone DECENT history..)


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Dartmouth £64,850 SOLD

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