1928 Watson Ex Lifeboat
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Boat Location: Grenada, West Indies.
Ambler; former "Thomas Markby" 40 ft RNLI Watson Liveboat, built by Saunders, Cowes in 1928 , stationed in Swanage , converted By Saunders 1958, German registration, Last owners since 1977.
Hull: Mahogony on Oak.
Displacement : 16 ft.
Aftcabin with double bed, middle cockpit, cabin with engine, next salon with galley, 2 banks, Head in the head with handbasin, Waeco fridge 12 V, ca 40 l,
Water/reservoir stainless, 2x 300 l,
Fuel: galvanized 2x 180 l.
Ford 6 cyl ca. 1978, 63,3 kW , complete overhaul 2006
All made of copper: manifold, heatexchanger, daytank;
Hydraulic gearbox, Paragon; Shaft of bronce sitting in a 4 ft sterntube, white metal bearings 2 solarpanels (2014) 1 (2010) each 90 W Windgenerator, Radar Furuno 1623,Compass 2, VHF Radio, Windvane, custommade, for ALL wind directions.
Autopilot Rayton-Autohelm 1000 to fix on the windvane,
Steering wheel original from 1928,
Massive emergency tiller,
2 Inverter 24 V to 240V, and 1000 W,
6 Bilgepumps Rule 350,
2 big electric Bilgepumps,
3 Hand bilgepumps build in the deck,
Cutterrigg, Bowsprit about ca 6 ft ,
Woodenmast , 40 ft on deck,
boom 17 ft, both in very good condition;
8 mm Rigging , stainless with Northman and Stalog Terminals;
Sails : main , yankee, several headsails , all pretty much used;
Bimini, new sprayhood;
Winches : 2 Wimaq (100 % Lewmarcopie from Brasil), 3 Barbarossa, and 2 ratches for the halyard,
Electric Anchorwinch 1500W Delta anchor, Fisherman anchor, Danford anchor, between 55 and 65 Lb; 150 ft chain 12 mm last haul out 3/2016, copper antifouling.
We just arrived from Guatemala to Grenada, 2400 sm against wind, waves and current.
She makes a bit water while sailing, at anchor she has dry bilges.
As a Lifeboat she is build at a very high standard.
We sailed her around the world, passing Cape Horn, Bass Strait to Cape Leeuwin, Cape of Good Hope.
She can do it again any time with younger owners!
A ship for life When the sea rescue ship "Thomas Markby" was launched 1928 in Swanage, no one would have foreseen that it would end up in the Caribbean after almost a century and several round-the-world trips.
It was built to save lives, and this task it fulfilled for twenty years.
Dozens of sailors owe their lives to this ship and its intrepid crew, and in the stormy gales off the British coast the rescuers could always rely on their tool.
She was built for heavy seas and gales, and she mastered her duties with aplomb.
When the present owners moved her from the British Isles to the Mediterranean in 1977, they did not yet know that they had begun a journey that would take half a lifetime.
At that time a long-term transformation began, by which the sea rescue ship "Thomas Marksby" was to become the sailing yacht "Ambler".
Cabins and galleys were built, rigged, tried, changed,and over the course of time a sea-faring home arose.
In terms of the original purpose, the ship had surprisingly good sailing characteristics, which in the
following decades were put to the test during several crossings of the Atlantic and Pacific and around the three dreaded southern capes of the world's oceans Cape Horn, Cape Leeuwin and Cape of Good Hope.
Over the years the ship has been improved.
There were no standard solutions, because the goal was always to make life on and with the Ambler as easy and as safe as possible.
One example of this is the self-developed wind vane steering system, which reliably works on all courses and wind conditions, or the heat exchangers and day tanks made of copper, which still have decades of use.
These modernizations have always been so cautious, professional
and stylish that, in 1996, the Ambler was given a place of honor at the quay of the Sydney National Maritime Museum until the owners feared to become museum pieces themselves and, after three months, decided it was time to continue their journey.
Ambler, whilst maintaining its unique character, is equipped according to modern requirements for practicality and comfort.
Now, after forty years that the owners have spent together on the Ambler, it has become time for another captain to take the helm.
This ship is not made for anyone - but perhaps you are made for this ship.