John Bain "Silver Leaf"

Motoryacht from the year 1937 - 13,77m length - in Suffolk (United Kingdom)

Second hand boat

Verified boat

270.033 €
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James A. Silver yard manager and designer, John Bain, perfected the art of building motor yachts in volume, yet at such a high quality and so effectively marketed that even through the Great Depression years they almost couldn't keep up with demand. Motor yachting aficionados continue to covet these superbly stylish yachts, so ahead of their time in terms of comfort and sea keeping that to many they still feel modern. MERIDIES, built in teak - a stretched Silver Leaf Class - is one of the most special, having benefited over the years from owners who changed nothing of her authenticity, and more recently have dealt with the structural needs of this young at heart octogenarian in the very best of hands, at John Buckley's Harbour Marine Services. With MERIDIES, vintage style meets practicality in symbiosis.

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Features of John Bain "Silver Leaf":

Basic data

  • Type: Motoryacht

  • Year : 1937

  • Length: 13.77 m

  • Location: Suffolk (United Kingdom)

  • Name: MERIDIES

  • Flag: -

  • Shipyard: Silver

  • Material: Wood

Dimensions

  • Beam: 3.25 m

  • Draft: 1.37 m

  • Ballast: -

  • Displacement: 21600 Kg

Capacity

  • Maximum number of passengers: -

  • Cabins: -

  • Berths: -

  • Heads: -

  • Water capacity: -

Motor

  • Number of engines: 1

  • Power: -

  • Fuel capacity: -

  • Motor type : Inboard

  • Fuel type : Diesel

  • Make of the motor: Thornycroft X 2 T-150

  • Engine usage (hours): -

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Brokers Comments

James A. Silver yard manager and designer, John Bain, perfected the art of building motor yachts in volume, yet at such a high condition and so effectively marketed that even through the Great Depression years they almost couldn't keep up with demand. Motor yachting aficionados continue to covet these superbly stylish yachts, so ahead of their time in terms of luxury and sea keeping that to many they still feel modern. MERIDIES, manufactured in teak - a stretched Silver Leaf Class - is one of the most features, having benefited over the years from proprietors who changed nothing of her authenticity, and more recently have dealt with the structural needs of this young at heart octogenarian in the very best of hands, at John Buckley's Harbour Marine Services. With MERIDIES, vintage type meets practicality in symbiosis.

Provisional Yacht Details

This is a provisional set of details; fresh photos to be added in the coming weeks

Restoration / Refit

All by John Buckley/ Harbour Marine Services, Southwold
2018 to present 
- Wiring reworked
- New bridge manufactured to outer helm
- New tracking, GPSs, AIS, profundity, log, panels etc
- New desk to aft deck
- New gustlass
- Various other numerous works
2017
- Ballast keel landing and keel bolts replaced
- Lead ballast adjustments
- Hull stripped and primed below waterline
- Minor structural work
- Some remedial service to deck
- Re-varnished
- Kent screen removed
- New seals to portillumination
- All fresh covers ready to be tailored in the spring
- Liferaft replaced
- All safety gear updated
- Skin fittings dealt with
- General service of engines as usual
- New gasoline filters and filters
- New cutlass bearings
- Replace all anodes
- Masts removed and re-varnished
- Gas hose done
- Replaced all fire extinguishers
- Flares updated
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- Various machinery improvements
- Improved ventilation
- Engine reconditioning
2001
- Most floors replaced
- Several keelbolts replaced
- Deadwoods fore and aft replaced
- All original wrought iron deck fittings re-galvanised
- All bronze fitting paint stripped and restored to unfinished or chrome
- Adjustment to fwd chairing to allow more roomy galley
- Forecompartment returned to original configuration
- Installation of shower in aft quantity
- Aft compartment alterations to give a double dock
- Outside navigation position crafted
- Original mizzen mast reinstated

History

A 2015 Classic Boat magazine feature recounts the story of MERIDIES's penultimate proprietor David Worthington's 2001 search for a pre-war motor yacht much larger than his previous three 24-28ft motor-sailers. Before he encountered this impressive, and relatively rare, longer than basic 'Silver Leaf' type, David had been considering a 1935 Staniland of Thorne vessel, but first impressions of MERIDIES stuck: he told Peter Willis, "She was more of a yacht, and all teak". And thus began a love story of sixteen years, and much attention to her structural needs and luxury by John Buckley's Harbour Marine Services at Southwold; care that has continued for the current proprietor
There's a fascinating comparison here with MERIDIES's first proprietor H. Leslie Brookes's pre-commissioning thought processes. When driving in August 1936 from his Birmingham home to the west coast of Scotland to meet the Silver yard's enigmatic designer/ manager, John Bain, and to check out his very modern production facility, former Severn Motor Yacht Club Commodore (and future President), Brookes - a manufacturer of metal and plastic components whose business survives to this day making yacht fittings - was proprietor of the Staniland 36ft pair screw motor yacht SOUTH WIND. In trading up, he too had decided that his next yacht would be a Silver, and he stumped up the extra £100 over the £2000 contract price to have her planked in teak. Brookes captured this summer 1936 visit to Rosneath. and the snowy navigate nort

 
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John Bain "Silver Leaf"

John Bain "Silver Leaf" is the make and model of this motoryacht of 13,77m of length and 3.25m of beam. The sale price is 270.033€ and you can see it in Suffolk (United Kingdom).

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