Trawler Malahide Beaver Class

North Fambridge, United Kingdom

  • £54,995

  • Description

    Malahide trawler for sale. Motor yacht for sale. Houseboat for sale. Built by Ranafjord boat yard in Norway in 1969 and fitted out by Malahide in Ireland as a motor yacht, refitted in Malta in 1984/5. Oak over Pine frames with Iroko decks and Aluminium superstructure. Partially remodeled to create a spacious live aboard vessel by the current owners. Three cabins with focsle, three heads/shower compartments, full galley, saloon, wheelhouse (in operation) and navigator's room. A small amount of external deck and topsides timber work required plus refitting of the saloon to the new owners preference.

    General Information

    • Year Built: 1969
    • Hull Material: Wood


    • Length: 60 ft
    • Beam: 18' 1"
    • Min Draft: 8' 6"
    • Max Draft: 8' 6"
    • Length Overall: 60' 0"
    • Displacement: 116480 pound


    • Number of Engines: 1
    • Fuel Type: Diesel
    • Propeller Type: 4 Blade, Bronze
    • Total Power: 220 hp
    • Cruising Speed: 8 knots


    • Fuel Tankage: 2 x 4546 l
    • Water Tankage: 2 x 3637 l



    • Saloon in original condition. Currently fitted with 40 inch TVs, satellite receiver and morso log burner. Re-carpeted - 2017

    Main cabin

    • stripped back to the frame, insulated and panelled. New bed and wardrobe installed. New carpeting and skirting

    Starboard cabin

    • stripped back to the frame, insulated and panelled. New double bed and shelving installed. New laminate floor and skirting.

    Port cabin

    • in original condition.


    • two head/shower compartments forward of the cabins with Lavac marine toilets


    • currently used as a store room, with head/shower compartment

     Heating by oil fired boiler and radiators





    24v system

    • 2 battery banks, 460 and 690Ah
    • constavolt output of 60 amps at 24 volts
    • lighting in all cabins

    230v system

    • 7kw, 50hz 230v generator
    • shore supply
    • sockets throughout all cabins
    • lighting in all cabins

    Electronics and Navigation Equipment

    • Furuno 36 mile radar
    • Sailor 400w transceiver on own battery
    • Dancon VHF
    • Pinta autopilot with integrating unit
    • Walker log
    • Seafarer depth sounder with Ferrograph recorder


    • Rolls Royce SF 65CTM turbocharged diesel
    • 220 hp at 1800 rpm
    • 3:1 reduction gear


    Machinery known to require service and thorough check before proceeding to sea.


    • LPG cooker - 2016
    • 240v fridge installed - 2016
    • Laminate flooring
    • U shaped settee seating to table
    • sink/drainer unit with mixer tap
    • microwave

    Hull, Deck and Deck Equipment


    • Danish Oak planking 1 3/4" to 2 1/8" thick over 6x5" min Pine frames
    • Aluminium superstructure
    • repainted 2012 and 2016
    • port top hull plank replaced (starboard required)
    • 1/2" marine ply bulwarks on frame extensions


    • Iroko planking 1 3/4" thick over deck beams, screwed and doweled. Small amount requiring replacement, majority already done.


    • Francis 2000 windlass with counter
    • 65 fathoms of 5/8" chain
    • Neco AJO650 capstan on aft deck


    • small inflatable


    MV Bivrost is one of only two surviving Beaver class Malahide trawlers and further information on this class of vessel can be found on the classic trawlers website, 

    She was bought by the present owners in 2012 and has undergone a restoration/conservation process whilst in their ownership. A change of location and lifestyle requires the sale of the vessel.


    Berthing arrangements

    The current marina berth is available to a new owner providing suitable insurance is in place but the vessel can not be used as permanent accommodation at the current location. Should live-aboard status be required we can suggest alternative locations.

    Owner's comments

    She was last ashore in 2012. When we purchased her she has moored at Hullbridge and sat out of the water at low tide. We were able to clean and repaint the hull prior to moving her to Fambridge.  

    We did not have her surveyed, we bought her in good faith from a family friend. 

    However, my wife's brother is a surveyor and has looked over her when we had the cabins stripped back to the frame. The frame was in excellent shape. In addition, two clearly very knowledgeable chaps looked over her about 3 months ago. They also found the hull, keel and frames to be in excellent shape. However, they found one deck beam that had wet rot, above the chain locker. (An area where the deck had leaked but I had missed due to the location)

    Structurally, I believe she is seaworthy. We have owned her for 7 years and in the time, the hull has never leaked. I pump the bilges normally once a month. They are not constantly pumping. Subject to my following comments, I would feel safe taking her to sea.

    There was some rot in the upper hull plank on both sides, where water had got behind the rubbing strip. The port side has been completely replaced. I completed half the starboard side before I was defeated by the weather.

    Areas of the cover board also need replacing. These are currently patched with marine ply to prevent water ingress.

    I have also replaced some of the deck, but there are further areas to repair (again I have the materials but was defeated by the weather)

    We bought her as a house boat. She sailed from Hullbridge under her own power with no issues what so ever. However, she has not sailed since.

    Prior to undertaking any voyage, she would require an engine service, with new filters etc and fresh fuel. The gearbox impeller also requires repair (it was run without the sea cock open) and of course new engine batteries. 

     She would also need up to date radios, navigation equipment and safety equipment. Whilst much of this is present, it dates from the 70's and 80's and simply obsolete.       

    I think it is important that if any potential buyer is to view her, they appreciate that although she is an exceptionally well built vessel, the marine systems mainly date from the 70's and 80's and will need updating if she is to be used as a sea going vessel. This is clearly do able but was not a high priority for us given our use. We bought her as a restoration project but also lived on her for a while. 

     We have the original hand book (hand typed) which details the operation of all the ships systems and some initial history.

    Two cabin interiors have been stripped back to the frame and fully replaced but the port and forward cabins and saloon do require complete refurbishment. The hull also needs painting.

    Additional Photographs

    A further 72 photographs are available on request via 'Dropbox'


    Precious Marine Ltd offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer. Some websites that link to us may not drag the full information across please feel free to click the link and ask for the full inventory. - +44 (0)1621 776050; 07768 474575

    Additional Contact Information

    For further information, photographs and to view please contact

    Mark Whitley at the Bradwell office of Precious Marine

    01621 776050; 07768 474575;