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Ex Admiralty Harbour Launch 52

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16.46m (54'0")



Underwater profile
Long keel


1 x Diesel 75hp, Atlantic Diesel (unknown year)



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Extra Details

Builder J.Samuel Waite & Co Brightinlingsea
Lying SouthEast


Engine 1 x Diesel 75hp
Engine make and model Atlantic Diesel (unknown year)
Engine Hours Not Recorded
Engine Cooled Direct
Steering Wheel
Drive Shaft
Prop(s) 4 blade
Fuel consumption (approx) Not Recorded

Engine originally steam and has been converted to diesel. It is air started so will need a compressor. Engine is started periodically
The owner also has a hydraulic conversion kit available for the steering.


LOA 16.46m (54'0")
LWL 16.00m (52'6")
Beam 3.96m (13'0")
Draft Max 1.52m (5'0")
Headroom 1.89m (6'2")
Storage On mooring

Electrical Systems

12 volt, 1 batteries charged by: shore power,


Construction Wood
Underwater profile Long keel
Finish Paint finish

The engine room is of steel construction as originally the engine was steam, before conversion to diesel.
The construction is wood double diagonal on an oak frame,epoxy sheathed.
The original day tank is still in the engine room.


Total # of berths 4
No. of double berths 2
Cabin(s) 3
Handbasin 1
Shower 1
Heads 1 heads (Electric)
Cooker tick
Grill tick
Oven tick
Sink tick
Fridge tick
Freezer tick
Carpet tick
Curtains tick
Cabin heating tick
Pressurised water system tick
Hot water system tick
Cockpit shower tick
Non-Smokers tick

Being a converted houseboat, this has full gas central heating, a full size bath with shower attachment overhead and also a dual fuel log burner.

There is an exterior shed fitted to house a washing machine and dryer, should a future owner desire to purchase them.

4 burner gas cooker

Deck Gear

Warps tick
Fenders tick
Passerelle tick

The battery covers on the foredeck are not included in the sale.

Safety Equipment

Carbon Monoxide detector tick

2 bilge pumps (0 manual / 2 Electric)

2 electric bilge pump switches with the electrics panel

Broker's Comments

I am pleased to present this lovingly converted houseboat, a 1942 52ft ex Admirality Harbour Launch.

In their day they were the “maids of all work " and her old fashioned design has now been converted to create a home with quirky nautical features, making her unique.

The original wheelhouse has been extended to create an open living area with plenty of light and stunning views.
From the wheelhouse a hatch takes you down below to the main living room with office space .The log burner provides warmth in the cooler months and creates a lovely atmosphere in the lounge area witha full size sofa that converts to a double bed .
Passing through a hand carved mermaid door takes you into what would have been the engine room .The diesel engine, which was originally steam, creates a stunning feature and next to this is the heads with a full size bath and shower . The aft cabin ,with double berth ,features plenty of storage and double doors giving access to the rear and a magical sliding roof.
On the fwd deck there is a seating area where you have the opportunity to sit,relax and gaze across the water enjoying the views and to the aft there is a shed which offers storage ,built to house a washing machine .This is all accessed via a ramp .

I strongly recommend a viewing in person.

These boat details are subject to contract.
Note: Offers on the asking price may be considered.

This Ex Admiralty Harbour Launch 52 has been personally photographed and viewed by Jules Archer of Boatshed Brighton. Click here for contact details.
The particulars herein are intended to give a fair description of the vessel but are not guaranteed as accurate. They shall not form part of any offer or contract for the sale of the vessel. The prospective purchaser is recommended to independently check the particulars. The vendor is not selling in the course of a business unless otherwise stated. Personal property is excluded from the sale of the vessel unless specifically included in the listing specifications above or in a Purchase Contract. Personal property may be equipment or gear not permanently attached to the vessel including but not limited to: artwork, entertainment equipment, fishing equipment, TV receivers, recreational equipment, kayaks, tools, and personal appliances. Photos that may incidentally depict owners' personal property do not convey that such items are included in the sale of the vessel unless specifically listed herein.

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