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Robertson Sons of Sandbank 57' Classic Motor Yacht

Robertson Sons of Sandbank 57' Classic Motor Yacht

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Built: 1923
Currently lying: London, UK - United Kingdom

Yachting Brokers are pleased to present a beautiful 1923 classic motor yacht that has been lovingly restored.
Registered on the National Historic Ships, she was built to private order in 1923 and subsequently purchased by the Post Office to operate in the Shetland Isles. Rumours abound that she was used for clandestine operations in World War II which resulted in her capture and scuttling. Thankfully she was raised by the Royal Navy and purchased by HM government in 1947. Her whereabouts after that are a bit murky but she appears to have been used as a houseboat until being purchased by the current owner for restoration.

According to an entry in Wikipedia, 'La Falaise,' originally named 'Caretta' was designed by G L Watson for Robertson & Sons of Sandbanks.
Alexander Robertson & Sons was a boatyard in Sandbank, Argyll and Bute, Scotland, from 1876 to 1980. The yard was located on the shore of the Holy Loch, near the world famous Royal Clyde Yacht Club (RCYC) at Hunter's Quay, which was the epicentre of early Clyde yachting.
Alexander Robertson started repairing boats in a small workshop at Sandbank, Argyll in 1876, and went on to become one of the foremost wooden boat-builders on Scotland's River Clyde. The 'golden years' of Robertson's yard were in the early 1900s when they started building some of the first IYRU 12mR & 15mR (Metre Class) racing yachts. Robertson's was well known for the quality of its workmanship

The restoration carried out by the current owner is of the highest quality and she is incredibly well presented throughout. Along with her fine pedigree, historical status we believe her to be an exceptional 1900's motor yacht

She is now lying on the River Thames. Her draft allows her to access the French canals so a new owner can either enjoy her in her current location or re-locate with ease, even to France! Alternatively, the new owner could operate her as a business and the current owner is willing to include the website currently used to promote fine dining cruises on the River Thames.

For appointments to view please contact us using the contact form. It is important to pre-book viewings as our brokerage vessels are located in a wide geographic area.

For this fine motor yacht we are inviting offers in the region of £200,000


LOA: 15.5 m
Beam: 3.35 m
Draft (fixed): 1.2 m
Displacement: 32000 kg
Fuel capacity: 545 l
Water capacity: 2000 l
Location status: on mooring


Number of main engines: 2
Main engine manufacturer: Gardner
Main engine model: 4LWS
Main engine power: 65 hp
Main engine fuel: Diesel
Main engine hours: 2000 h
Propellor(s): 4 bladed
Drive type: Shaft
Steering system: Wheel

Deck gear

Primary anchor: with 20m chain
Manual anchor windlass


Cooker: 4 burner diesel fuelled cooker
Air conditioning: To all cabins
Number of cabins: 3
Number of berths: 5
Number of heads: 2
Washing machine
Pressurised water
Calorifier: Hot water by calorifier only
Hot water
Heads type: Sea toilet
Number of showers: 2

Navigation equipment

Depth sounder
Navigation lights
VHF radio


Official No. : SSR 145166
Deck construction: Teak laid decks (new)
Designer: GL Watson
Last survey: 2018
Hull construction: Teak on oak and copper sheathed underwater
Hull finish: Paint (2019)


Generator make: Honda
Number of batteries: 8
Generator power: 6.5kw
Battery charger
Shorepower system: 220v
Solar charger: 6 panels

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