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Price: AU $199,000  OR NEAREST OFFER

47' 3" - 14.40m
Scarborough QLD
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Hull Material:
Timber Diagonal planked 10mm Flooded Gum timber planks over 13mm marine ply to 30-35mm
Leisure, Cruising, Live Aboard

'THE BAY BIRD' is a professionally built power cruiser, possessing a Moreton Bay design style that is well suited for close coastal, bay cruising, sports fishing and appropriate longer passages. She is well known up and down the coasts of Qld and NSW. With her long history, the vessel has been accepted into the 'Australian Register of Historical Vessels' in December 2012, and since purchased by current owner in 2014, he had commissioned a total vessel refurbishment with a 'whatever it takes' of time, expense and quality fitments and specified all to be professionally installed by shipwright craftsmen. This includes mechanical and electrical work as well as stainless steel, timber and paint.
The vessel has had extensive work carried out on all of her underwater surfaces, while on deck and aboard there were extra equipment and fittings installed, particularly, a refresh of the navigation instrumentation and all of the safety items. She also received a refresh of the exterior paintwork and this to a high quality level with several other specialised vessel safety equipment items also installed; such as the renewal of all of the hoses aboard, the electrical cables and the electric systems.

M/V The Bay Bird
Scarborough QLD
Harold Spring
Harold Spring Boat Builders, Breakfast Creek Brisbane.
47' 3" - 14.40m
Approx 20,500kgs
Hull Material:
Timber Diagonal planked 10mm Flooded Gum timber planks over 13mm marine ply to 30-35mm
Deck Material:
10mm Pencil Cedar timber of approx. 25mm thickness.
Clean, tidy engine compartment with good quick, emergency access to all machinery from within from floor hatch. 2 X Ford Lees 6cyl, approx. 89.5kW (120hp). Gearbox's: Capital with approx 4/1 reduction. Engine Exhausts: wet type on to two stern outlets. 2 x Cutlass Bearing(s) in good condition. Propellers x 2: 4 x blade bronze - approx. 25.75" dia. X 26.3" bronze - w/- Prop-Speed coating (14-14N & 15N). Propeller Shafts: 2 x approx. 45mm Stainless Steel. Rudders & Shafts: newly replaced rudders on 50mm dia Stainless Steel shafts. Steering: Mechanical - all restored. All plumbing and hoses throughout the vessel are new - since all installations and systems replaced in 2016. All of the thru-hull fittings have heavy-duty bolt type clamps Serviced propellers, cutlass bearings, new exterior hull antifouling by Bundaberg shipwright circa May 2016. Bilge Condition: good clean below saloon floor. Double Clamps: bolt type clamps on each connection. Dorades/Intakes: 2 X in engine air intakes from inside saloon walls. Fuel Tanks x 4. Capacity, 700l + 620l, Location : centre - amidships to port & Stb Secured/Baffles: several. Fuel Lines: new in good condition and rubber new in good condition. Fuel tank balance pipes, shut-off valves, connection hoses & related fittings - new Fuel Shut-Off Valves. Fuel Filters: Racor type.
Engine Make:
Ford Lees
120hp approx
Fuel Type:
Engine Hours:
Engins installed 1971 To be confirmed at time of inspection.
Engine Hours (2nd Engine):
As above.
2kVA - Yamaha - 4 x stroke.
4 x diesel tanks. Approx 2,000lts.
Freshwater Tanks: 2 X Atlas poly Capacity - litres at 740 litres. Location amidships in hull.
Galley is located to starboard down a couple of internal steps from the saloon area. This area features plenty of storage space and large countertops.
Stove portable 240V appliance plus small gas cooker.
Hot Water System:
Isotherm - 40 litre in engine room. Runs off 240v.
Step in through either of the sliding bridge doors off the walkaround decks and you enter a time past. Extensive use of silky oak and Queensland maple are a feature here. You can get a feel for the way these purpose built vessels were made by just looking up at the coachroof. There is a simple dining table with seating to starboard and a long settee that could double as another berth if needed to port. The helm is forward of here and this has been included in the recent refit. Stepping down and forward on center-line there is a full sized shower compartment to starboard and head/vanity to port. Forward again into the double vee berth. Heading back out and through the saloon and galley you have a lovely cabin that doubles as a second berth or just more seating when required. Step up and aft out of her leads you onto the rear cockpit. Access forward from here around the decks is clear and you have a large outdoor storage area above the saloon and galley area that is under a full deck cover. Forward out onto the forward deck is easily done and there is plenty of room here for the sunworshipers among us. Also here is a sun-shade set up on stainless steel rails. Quality paints over timber surfaces and varnished timber internally add to her appeal.
1x internal in dedicated cabin.
1 x electric TMQ marine sized in separate forward head.
Fujitsu unit for shore power only.
3.0m Polycraft.
15hp Suzuki - 2 stroke.
All covers including fore peak shelter have solidly mounted stainless steel tubed frames and are in good condition.
Ground Tackle:
Windlass: heavy duty electric operated Muir - 24V winch. New 2106.
Primary Anchor: Manson 30kgs on the vessel bow rollers.
Secondary: 30kg Plough anchor newly purchased.
Chain: 90m 10mm short link gal chain.
Warps/Ropes: 26mm x 50m poly.
Other: 16mm x 50m poly.
Safety Gear:
Assorted safety gear. Buyer to confirm at time of inspection.
406 EPIRB: exp. 2020.
Bilge Pumps:
Electric Bilge Pumps: 2 x 24V -automatic floats at aft/centre/and in bow.
Current 406
Life Jackets:
Assorted Life Jackets.
Current flares
Fire Protection:
Fire extinguishers.
Electric distribution box, the power system installed and the electrical wiring looms as seen, are considered 'as new' and heavy-duty.
Solar: 4 X 80W - w/- new controls.
Batteries: 4 X approx. 160amp/hr. Gel type batteries.
Battery Charger.
Power - inverter/charger.
Battery Location: dry stored in engine room.
Battery Set Tie-down.
Alternators: 2 x160Amp - 24V.
Inverter: new Victron - 6,500W unit.
Navigation Lights: new LED type installed.
Searchlight: 1 X on two decks.
Deck Flood Lights.
Mooring Lights.
GPS: Garmin unit.
VHF Radio: Raymarine and hand-held Icom.
Chartplotter: Raymarine hybrid touch model.
Digital Charts: Raymarine unit.
Depth Sounder: Raymarine unit.
Autopilot: TMQ AP4 unit.
Ground Plate.
AIS system on Garmin.
Ships Compass: new Silva approx. 100mm dia.
Rudder indicator: on helm panel.
Stereo Player. : AM/FM/CD/USB.
DVD Player.
TV Aerial.
Stereo Speakers.
Deck Gear:
Frames: 75mm x 32mm @ 600mm centres.
Stringers: 50mm X 25mm @300mm centres.
Pulpit/Stanchions: new - approx. 32 mm Stainless Steel tube railing and trims are new.
Fixed Portlights: 6 X upper & 4 X engine room.
Round Port-light windows feature brass frames.
The semi-walk-round decks have good anti-slip coating and she has an uncluttered fore deck with good deck hatches and good
life remaining in laid Teak on aft cockpit.
Transom: solid transom hatch.
Deck Hatch: 2 X all new w/- good seals.
Lazarette: aft hatch for access to mechanical steering aft space.
Fenders: 4 X medium sized fenders, plus assorted others.
Dinghy Davit: new- fitted on aft deck.
The Bay Bird is a classic (in all sense of the word) reliable and comfortable cruiser that oozes 1950 style. She will make an ideal liveaboard to continue her extensive cruising history, or as a home base tucked up in one of the many anchorages on the east coast. All windows allow a great amount of lighting and natural breezes to flow through the vessel. The current owner has lived aboard and cruised single handed for some time and has commissioned the extensive refit work he felt she deserved, with a no expense spared attitude. If you would like to take a closer look at this piece of Queensland Maritime history, please feel free to contact Listing broker Rob Devers on Mob: 0407112265 or Email: rob@yachtdomain. Com to arrange inspections.

The Company 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. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.
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