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Powles 53(1977-8)

Sat at her berth March 2019 looking bright and fresh , and still looking every bit the "Smart Stylish well proportioned Motoryacht"

Type Medium Vee planing hull to a design By Bernard Olesinski, with twin straight shaft drives and an aft cabin with Fly bridge general layout. Dimensions LOA 16.3m (53')  LWL 12.9m ( 42' 10") Beam 4.60m (15') Draught approx 1.10M (3'7")
Built By Jack Powles in Wroxam Norfolk to Lloyds 100A1 Classification. GRP hull  ( Laid up by Aquafibre Ltd ) and  (balsa deck core), white superstructure with Pale Oak ( recent) interior throughout. recent high grade Synthetic " Tec deck" fitted to side, aft and flybridge decks.( 2015) Smart navy Awlgrip finish to Hull topsides. Underwater hull peeled, skim-laminated and re-epoxied in 2010. Engines Wonderful "Robust" GM Detroit 71T1V8 Turbo diesels producing 435 Hp and driving out of Hydraulic reduction ( 2;1) gearboxes down straigh shafts through Bronze "P" brackets to bronze four bladed propellers. ( new props, new shafts new cutlass bearings etc all fitted in 2018. ) These Two stroke Diesels are renowned for the Simple strength and reliability ( designed for use in Tanks originally !) and have a wonderful note to the exhaust, They start at the touch of the button, and are not "Thirsty" burning around  (TBC details coming)  hours run in total now about 1300 hrs Last full service oils filters etc approx 10 hours running ago!
Tanks Fuel in two 150 Gallon tanks ( total 300 gallons) recent Stainless steel pressure tested etc fitted in 2011, fresh water in 3 x interconnected tanks aft giving 150 Gallon capacity, (fitted 2011) NO waste holding tank , and toilets are straight to sea and are fresh water flushed. Berths Double cabin forward on centreline, small Dinette possible childs double, twin port side guest cabin, and large master double cabin aft, there is the upper saloon dintte that will also convert to a double so , 6 in three cabins, 8 including saloon conversion, and possibly a couple of kids in addition ! Twin heads and showers.


Rather Nice Owner supplied shot, May 2019 .

screen covers are kept on to reduce fade to her smart new interior,

fine entry, nice decent sized Fender baskets.

screen cover off, elevated view shows off her Recent TecDeck better,


S/S cheek plate keeps Stem protected, from her Plough style anchor, rather nice custom stem roller, fitting with fairleasd built in,

clean lines, good deep chines and knuckles shows her pedigree

rather exaggerated at this angle, but a wonderful shape none the less, note windlass cover, fordeck hatch covers, socket for centreline forward flag staff..

FULL recent set of fenders that fit the decent baskets, note again good size deck furniture

Top view , Nice to see a decent swivle on the anchor Cable

clean deck forward, the Tec Deck does look and perform well.

coachroof sides are in good order, as you can see from the shine,

remote searchlight ( recent)  three wipers, canvas covers to forward facing vents

Extra air taken down to engine space

port aft, seats notice with no cushions shown, and life raft ( probably out of sueful service date)

elevated view of aft deck from boat next door, Timber overhang has a dinghy cradle on it, note loose boarding steps aft travel with the boat,

fender baskets aft, davits original, (Dinghy not included,)

better view of aft platform, with drop down swim ladder inside of dinghy,

even better view of davits, and fender baskets aft,

keyhole fittings for side ladder

flybridge access steps,  and loose locker boxes right fo shot ( similar on flybridge)

fabulous entertaining area out here, new vinyl cushions and smart recent teak folding table and four chairs included,

lockers under seating

recent lights under deckhead, vertical sliding door entry to saloon,

smart new seating aloft as well, new dash, recent instrumentation etc all very nice,

note the new Dash,  recent Garmin plotter, Recent anchor windlass controls, VERY recent throttle / gearshifts, from Vetus 2017

RECENT Thruster controls bow and stern, and there are some remotes you can hang round your neck,

Recent Log echosounder, as well as VHF hand set

portside cover just rolled aside,, ( lazy Broker), The forward seats can tip and so face aft,

led lights, Wonderful Open array scanner, note TV omnimax scanner note also the drop in panels as wash board to help make fly bridge safe for kids ( well all )

flybridge locker box is handy,

Right now from inside, starting forward,

all new forward cabin, recent matresses, smart new linings, etc etc forehatch over,

cupboard / Wardrobe  set to port

Looking back at cabin entry, and another wardrobe set to starboard, new face plates, and tv point,

snug dinette set to port, note the two smart loose stools, the table will drop and infill,

Starboard opposite dinette, nice storage side unit, The pale Oak finish is very light and warm and with the nice Satin finish it looks as new.

drawer unit built in...

port side cabin, looking aft,

looking aft

forward outside, hanging locker

Looking aft , to steps up to saloon, first door left of shot to heads, note heating outlets at floor,

forward heads,  fully refitted ,

including Electric toilets and shower unit

mirrored corner locker in Heads

galley set to starboard looking aft,  twin burner electric ceramic hob,

fridge freezer forward , with Combi microwave oven above etc new floor, new worktops, all very smart

neat simple Bright, not a huge Galley, but Really all that is needed,

straight down to aft cabin, re lined out with contoured panelling, island berth, lots of light,

port side dresser, with hanging locker across forward end,

forward bulkhead, heater controls left of shot ( new)  cabin door ajar right of shot,

aft heads set to starboard, ALL new in here as well,

new floor, modern Bathroom fixtures and fittings take "years off her" ,

Fabulous shower,  roller blinds at windows,  and worth a mention ALL the ships windows were removed during her refit and refitted,

Now some around her main saloon area,

starting with the all new dash area, which looks light new, Great vision out of her flat glass screen panels,


Starboard side , new fridge under copilot seat, recent stereo, with new speakers, note aircon controls ahead of copilot, new leather upholstery through out at refit,

dinette set to port, this will drop and infill to a berth if required,  Beautiful professionally made lined curtains

and smart Carpets ( as Fairline Squadron specification)

starboard side aft, tv included  , safe fitted in unit under, note teak drained grate at outside threshold,

steps down to aft cabin

full starboard saloon side view Two smart leather loose chairs

main engine hatch access under loose bound carpets,

plenty of access, more floor can be removed if required

looking aft, note three battery switches, with tool boxes atop

Engines run beautifully , it is true you could make them a bit smarter cosmetically, but do not be put off by some simple surface rust here and there , these units have been cared for in the same way as the rest of the boat, and the owner would not skimp if anything needed doing. an excellent engineer is retained to keep a watching brief . They started and ran without fault on my quick visit, and with virtually no smoke!, any sale would involve a decent on load trial in any event, but these V8 Detroits are very well respected lumps,

with a good reputation for not Breaking ! and parts are still easy enough, with just 1300 odd hours run, In terms of wear, they should have many many hours left in them.  The wonderful characteristic two stroke exhaust note is something I know well having driven many GM Detroit 2 strokes in Birchwood 54/57's in years gone by,  (all of which were loved by their owners.)

looking forward , port engine,

Generator is exposed out of any cacoon, nice for access, no doubt makes it a touch noiser in use, this is a Diesel Perkins based  Onan 9KW, note  solid Rod steering system powered by the hydraulic pump up on the shelf right,

starboard in front of starboard engine, air mixer box, for aircon, primary fuel filters easy to get at, water pressure accumulator (red, )

forward bulkhead, this is the back of the lfit up steps from the saloon to forward that can gain reasonable access without having to lift saloon carpets,

aft end starboard, raw water seacock and wonderful Stainless strainers, with new turned Valve nadles

the new handles have been turned in alloy, and the seacocks have all been overhauled. note more evidence of general refit and care with recent aft pressure accumulator, and new water pumps etc etc.

What a wonderful craft, I guess the fact I was 17 years old when I saw one at the Earlscourt Boatshow may have something to do

with why I still think this boat looks impressive and "Classy"  I very much doubt there is a better one elsewhere worldwide.

Recently lifted for underwater service

great shape..

bow prop tunnel and nice spray rails

Sat ashore prior to new anodes, stern gear clean, new antifoul etc late 2018..

you would never guess her as 1997 built!


Electronics A COMPLETE Garmin package was fitted in 2013 including, GPS Map, 551, (flybridge) with 12" Plotter/Radar screen at main helm, Digital xHD open array scanner (4KW) GM1 10 speed and depth sounder displays, GHS Autopilot head ( to a Neco Pilot pump etc) GHS 10i VHF at fly with ICM23 DSC/VHF at main helm,
Extras Perkins-Onan 9KW generator, Reverse cycle Air conditioning (overhauled in 2018 and modified with 24V induction fan to improve performance )  webasto 5000 Diesel fired central heating system with new control head aft, Bow and Stern Thrusters fitted ( "Side Power" with remote control head to both units, Electric windlass ( Lofrans) with remote switches at dual helms,  TECDeck fitted to all deck areas, including Flybridge in 2015 , Stainless triple leg original Davits ( DINGHY NOT INCLUDED) recent canvas covers to Fly bridge, wind screen, and various hatches etc, recent aft deck vinyls in smart Cream , as well as all recent to Fly bridge seating, Up Rated Alternators fitted Oct 2017, New Vetus Controls to throttles at both stations, new dash panels at both stations, Galvanic Isolator fitted 2018, obvious extras like full set of smart warps, fenders, boat hook, shore lead, Flag staff, fender baskets, foghorn, loose cockpit table with four smart fold up chairs, side boarding ladder, etc etc
History She was first built and shown at the Stockholm Boat show where a German bought her and had her shipped to the South of France.. she returned to the UK in 2005 , The current owners bought her in 2009 she was first on the Trent River then the owner sailed her down to Essex where she was lifted to a Boat shed for the works, re launched in 2012, and she has had constant upgrade and renewal since ..During her ashore refit she had a smart "Modern" full interior refit, ( including quality carpets, professional curtains (2016) upholsteries, Leather (2013) , Linings some timber works, new beds, new canavs works , as well as many mechanical systems, new dash panels new instruments, new FULL Garmin navigation  package, a Peel of her underwater hull, a repaint of her topsides, new seacocks, new stern gear, new Tec deck, new tanks, new mattresses in some cabins, new timer laminate flooring, new towel rails, new lighting new switch face plates, NEW fridge freezer, new combi microwave oven,  new fridge to saloon, new curved screen tv in saloon, Electronic Safe built in,, etc etc a full detail list is available  ( I think the owner dare not add it up. ) and she is now in need of little but normal regular maintainence to find a well found reliable boat at a fraction of her replacement cost, with years of reliable service still to come. She predates any requirement for VAT evidence but we believe the paperwork history is good any way.
Broker's Comments

What a fabulous craft, Iconic Styling and early Bernard Olesinski at his best, gives great ability at sea. Timeless style and proportions, With all the excellent refit works and various sympathetic upgrades she represents an enormous amount of well equipped and beautifully appointed motorboat, available at this great value price as the owners are keen to move fast on a smaller boat that now better suits their needs. So do not be tardy this boat will not be available for long.

The Detroit Two strokes have run just 1300 odd hours and start and run without fuss or smoke they have been well maintained. They will still happily push her on to 22-23 Knots or cruise lazily at 15-16.. or slide along at displacemenmt speed which is high due to her length. do watch the VIDEOWALKS ( click the blue link address) which give a good overall view. interior; https://youtu.be/0-jPv_I7DV8 and the exterior ; https://youtu.be/aFeGoO9jt4M.

Afloat Chichester £ 89,950 SOLD

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