Fisher 34 Ketch 1979 Speyfisher  -   North France/South coast UK  - NEW


  • Fisher 34 Ketch 1979 “Speyfisher” 

    Ouistreham to end of October 2023 then South coast UK 

    I purchased Speyfisher in 2016 but for various personal reasons, she has spent most of time since then on the hard and has sailed a total of no more than 10NM in my ownership. Small Boat registered. Built in 1979 (hull number 065) she spent her early years in Harwich. The original owner was the FOA secretary for many years. She was located in Holyhead during my ownership until 2022, and then transhipped by road to Ouistreham (Caen) where she is now in the marina. Unfortunately, my personal circumstances are such that there is no longer any reasonable prospect of my being able to sail Speyfisher in any meaningful way and I am therefore looking to find a new owner for her.

    (Speyfisher shown with cockpit tent deployed. NB Rutland wind generator is no longer fitted)

    The survey conducted for me when I bought the boat concluded that

    Speyfisher is a solid vessel and is in good structural condition. Most of the Advisory repairs are of general maintenance and if these together with the Recommendations are carried out, she will provide many years good service given normal maintenance and prudent handling

    The advisories and recommendations were addressed immediately after purchase and since then she has had many thousands of pounds spent on her as can be seen from the description below. She has received  as much TLC as I was able to give her, but in this respect, there remains some more to do in terms of general refurbishment and updating of the furnishings and accommodation.

    Speyfisher is currently available to view in the Port de Plaisance, Ouistreham by arrangement. By the end of October she will have been moved to a South coast UK location. Until then, I will be happy to meet any prospective purchaser off the ferry from Portsmouth, show them the boat and return them to the ferry if that would be helpful and will refund the ticket price for anyone who buys her!

    Mooring fees at Ouistreham are paid until the end of the year and the new owner is welcome to use the berth until then. Speyfisher will, however, have to be taken very briefly out of French territorial waters before the end of October in order to re-start the temporary importation process, as otherwise she might become liable to French VAT.

    Speyfisher is priced at £64,995 to include everything in the detailed specification except for the RIB and outboards. Items in the “Not yet fitted to Speyfisher” section of the specification may be removed from sale if they are not wanted and the price adjusted accordingly.  I am happy to offer a generous negotiation on the sale price, if the sale can be completed before the end of October

    For any further information, please contact Sam at

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    +44 7770 868225


    As purchased

    Garmin 128 GPS receiver and antenna
    Main (CQR) and second (fisherman’s kedge) anchors
    iCOM IC-M411 fixed VHF radio with DSC
    Cockpit tent (basic)
    Vetus bow thruster
    Mikuni diesel heater (currently removed)
    Pressurised (Jabsco) fresh water system, hot water calorifer (engine / 240V)
    Large Plastimo steering compass (currently uncalibrated)
    Plastimo “horseshoe” lifebuoy
    Flag locker with set of signal flags
    Cockpit table

    As purchased with inspection / maintenance / replacement / additions during my ownership

    Full suit (Genoa, Main and Mizzen) of tan sails (serviced, genoa new luff strip) assessed by sailmaker as in “good mid-life condition”
    Cruising chute / Spinnaker [not sure which] assessed by sailmaker as “new”
    Genoa and main sail [Profurl, in-boom] furling ( both systems serviced)
    Engine Vetus V4.65  4 cylinder, 65HP normally aspirated diesel. 253hrs, regularly maintained (4 services in 7 years) New alternator fitted 2022, Service kit**, belt kit (including timing belt and tensioners)**,  coolant water pump** spare impellers **
    Standing and running rigging replaced. Guard rail wires also replaced
    New latest generation Raymarine i70s electronics, including wind and water instruments, 2 displays
    New Raymarine AV-200 autohelm controller and drive electronics module and P70s display interface
    Existing Raymarine Type-1 linear autohelm actuator professionally refurbished to as new condition
    New antenna on main mast
    Dual OMNI-291 GSM antennas mounted on mizzen mast *
    Twin LED decklights mounted on mizzen mast [2023]*
    LED bulbs fitted to mast head tricolour and steaming lights*
    New anchor chain (70m)* 
    3 New 110AH batteries (2022)
    Winches refurbished (Genoa winches professionally  re-chromed (£300) and fitted with Barton winchers)
    New Jabsco toilet*
    New Jabsco bilge pump
    Gimballed gas cooked with gas alarm (new armoured hose fitted 2021)
    All saloon seating re-covered, saloon table modified for easier use and access
    Additional small cockpit table
    New day tank fuel storage system with external filler, matching panel mounted fuel gauge. Five 10l jerrycans
    Seago 4 man liferaft (serviced 2022, next service due 04/25)
    Cockpit seacocks and hoses replaced (2022)
    Built in fridge with new Waeco CU-55 compressor (240 / 12V) (2021)*
    Automatic fire extinguisher in engine bay, manual extinguisher in saloon and wheelhouse
    Hull to boot top water/sand blasted, primed, epoxied and antifouled  (2021)
    New jackstays (2023)


    Not yet fitted to Speyfisher

    Raymarine chartplotter (Axiom 12” display)**
    Raymarine Quantum wireless chirp radar head **
    Digital Yacht “NOMAD” Portable AIS transceiver integrated to Raymarine system***
    Silva steering compass ***
    Standard Horizon GX2400 VHF with DCS and AIS **
    Brand new original equipment Seawolf 520  windlass (almost certainly unique) with remote control**
    Smartgauge MERLIN battery monitoring / charging system**
    Electronic flare **
    Seago Man Overboard Recovery system **

    Items marked (*) are brand new, fitted to Speyfisher, but never used
    Items market (**) are brand new (mostly) unboxed and not yet fitted to Speyfisher.
    Items marked (***) are second hand in excellent condition, not yet fitted to Speyfisher


    Available by separate negotiation

    AVON 2.8m RIB in excellent condition with trailer
    Yamaha 4hp and Honda 2.3hp engines in excellent condition