Liverpool Nobby

MAY Ellesmere Port Aug 09

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Length overall [less bowsprit]: 32ft 0in 9.75m Beam: 9ft 0in 2.74m

Length waterline: 28ft 0in 8.53m Draught: 3ft 6in 1.06m

Sail area: circa 650 sqft 61 sqm Displacement: circa 8000 kg

Headroom: 5ft 9in 1.75m Engine: BMC 1.5 diesel 1979

Builder: W. Crossfield & Sons, Hoylake, 1922

Launched 1922, sunk in the Second World War and restored in 1987 to win the Liverpool Nobby Race.

MAY Aug09

MAY Ellesmere Port Aug 09

MAY in the Conwy River

MAY was built in 1922 by Crossfields at Hoylake off the River Dee Estuary. She was named after May Crossfield, wife of William crossfield, a member of the great Arnside and Conwy boatbuilding family who built her for shrimping and fishing in the Dee, but died before she was launched. She fished off North Wales and the Dee as CH11 until the war when she was hit and sunk in Dukes Dock during one of the eight German bombing raids on Liverpool between August 1940 and January 1942. Between 1986 and 1987, under the ownership of David Wilson, Secretary of the Nobby Owners Association, she was professionally rebuilt before winning the Liverpool Nobby Race. For sale with 1996 tan sails and a 1979 BMC 1.8 diesel engine.

Hull:Professionally rebuilt in 1986-7 by Fred Turner using replacement planks from resinous 100 year old salvaged pitch pine on replacement grown oak frames from green oak boughs taken from Lord Derby's Knowsley estate. 1987 keelbolts. 1987 iroko deck beams, 19mm marine ply deck base with 12mm teak planks, cabin sides from single iroko planks.

Sails and rig:Gaff-rigged with Wickham Martin jib furling gear. 1996 Ratsey tan mainsail, No 1 genoa in Egyptian white cotton, No 1 outer job 1996 Ratsey tan, No 2 inner jib 1996 Ratsey tan, spinnaker, stormsail and various other sails. Scottish fabricated Scots pine mast with stainless steel standing rigging and hemp running rigging.

MAY engine Aug09

Engine: 1979, recently rebuilt BMC 1.5 38 bhp diesel cooled by indirect heat exchanger driving 19 inch wing propeller delivering 7 knots maximum and 6 knots cruising speed. Ammeter, water temperature gauge, oil pressure gauge. 10 gallon [37l] fuel tank, 2 x 80Ah batteries.

MAY Ellesmere Port Aug 09

Deck gear: Two sheet winches, Danforth main anchore with chain and warp, hand-operated windlass, mooring warps and 6 fenders, varnished tiller and cockpit seats.

Navigation equipment: Depth sounder, VHF radio and aerial, navigation lights, anchor light.

Safety gear: Six life jackets, electric bilge pump, manual bilge pump.

Accommodation: Three berths in 2 cabins, uncut moquette blue upholstery, curtains, brass portholes, carpets, sink, Taylors paraffin double ring stove and grill, pots and pans, Baby Blake sea lavatory.

MAY is lying afloat at the National Waterways Museum, South Pier Road, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire CH65 4FW, offering a rare chance to enter the welcoming world of the Lancashire Nobby.


CLICK for sail plan and Classic Boat report on restoration of May.

GBP 25,000.00

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Please note: in this case we are acting as brokers only. The vendor is not selling in the course of a business. Whilst every care has been taken in their preparation, the correctness of these particulars is not guaranteed. Particulars do not constitute a term of any contract. A prospective buyer is strongly advised to check the particulars and, where appropriate, at his own expense employ a qualified marine surveyor to undertake a survey and, if necessary, to undertake an engine test. Offered for sale subject to being unsold.