The Boat

Shearmyste at Hartlepool
  • Name:- “Shearmyste”
  • Make/Type:- Aluminium Alloy Sailing Ketch.
  • Length o.a.:- 16.77m [55ft 0ins]
  • Beam o.a.:- 4.42m [14ft 6ins]
  • Draught:- 2.44m [8ft 0ins] approx.
  • Reg. No:- 365039, registered Part 1, British Ships Register.
  • Built:- 1984, Thrislington.
  • Designer:- Laurent Giles and Partners.
  • Material of hull:- Welded Aluminium Alloy.
  • Engine: Perkins T63544 six cylinder diesel

General description

“Shearmyste” is a Laurent Giles & Partners design, blue-water, aluminium alloy Bermudan Ketch, understood to be one of three built to this design. Displacement is approx. 30 tons, including 7 tons of lead ballast.

Mast and rigging

Two painted, deck-stepped, aluminium alloy masts are fitted, both fitted with in-mast furling and stainless steel standing rigging. Forestay, double-groove rotary furling is fitted. Staysail fitted in board of the headsail.


12v dc, 24v dc and 240v ac electric power systems are installed. Engine starting is 24v dc with a dedicated bank of batteries. 12v dc power is available for instruments.

Engine and stern gear

The main propulsion engine is a Perkins Range 4 turbo-charged, intercooled, 6-cylinder, water-cooled marine diesel, 185 bhp @2600 rpm., driving through a Borg Warner reverse/reduction gearbox, Aquadrive unit and thrust block, to a stainless steel shaft, through a Halyard marine oil-filled shaft seal.

Main engine fuel tank is 260 gallons.  A separate tank of 50 gallons supplies diesel fuel for the heater, this tank is drainable into the main fuel tank in an emergency.

Fresh water tank is 260 gallons.

Steering is by a hand hydraulic system, with a single wheel sited in the cockpit.

Instruments and Navigation Equipment

  • Autopilot: Raytheon ST7002 and ST60 Repeater
  • Wind: Raytheon ST60
  • Echo: Raytheon ST60
  • Log: Raytheon ST60
  • Raymarine E120 multi-display, at navigation desk
  • Raymarine E80 at helm
  • Raymarine GPS receiver
  • VHF: Icom M58 vhf radio
  • VHF: Icom ICM 601 DSC vhf radio plus repeater
  • Navtex: Furuno NX300
  • Binnacle compass


The accommodation comprises of a main saloon, galley, navigation area, fore cabin, cabin to port, head to starboard and an aft master cabin with an en suite heads, workshop and separate engine room.



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