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Fairey Fisherman

Boat Name Born Free   Year 1963   Location Huntingdon, United Kingdom    Price £16,500
Number of engines 1  Make/model Perkins 4-99  Fuel Diesel  Engine hours
Dimensions –   Beam: 2.62m  Draft: 0.6m

Born free is hull number 28 of a 90 constructed by Fairey marine. Built in 1963 to an order of the film director James Hill, whose most notable film was Born Free hence the vessels name.

She has anchor windlass, mast mounted VHF ariel, radar reflector, chain plates and fixings for mast, anchor and chain. Nav lights, two x sail winches, one new set of sails, several old sails inc storm sail. Echo sounder, fish finder, GPS, Yeomen charter, plotter. Full set of engine instruments.

Open backed wheel house with cover, side decks, fore deck tabernacle mast, guard wires, pull pit and push pit.

She has a head toilet compartment with new porta potti and sink with hot and cold water. Shower with modesty screens. Electric cool box, shore power sockets. The main cabin consists of a table and seating area for four people and converts to a double berth.

The Galley with a sink drainer with running hot and cold water, spirit stove, tide clock and barometer.Cabin has a double berth

Over the last 10 years the vessel has had a full restoration. Lots of time and love has been put into this boat. BCS expires 07/2021 along with previous ones and other paperwork from the years included

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Beam: 2.62
Maximum Draft: 0.6


Total Power: 42
Total Engines: 1
Year Built: 1963
Engine Model: 4-99
Engine Power: 42



Number of heads: 1


Chemical head
Radar detector
Teak cockpit
Steering wheel
Sea water pump
Shore power inlet
Fresh water maker
Hot water
Radar reflector
Electric bilge pump
Battery charger


Born Free is a 28 foot motorsailer built by the renowned Fairey Marine company in 1963. She is hull Number 27 of some 80 vessels of this class.
Her hull is constructed of double diagonal hot moulded Agba ( Nigerian Cedar) and is immenseley strong and light. This timber was used for building ships lifeboats until the advent of fiberglass.

Her first owner was Peter Hill the film director whose crowning glory was the firm "Born Free", hence the boats name. Under his ownership she was sailed as far south as the mediterranean and as far north as the Baltic sea, showing what an incrediably sea wotrthy boat Fairey had made.
Born Free's current owner has restored the vessel not only to her former specifications , but byond that by incorporating a hot water system with a shower. Her steel fuel and water tanks have been replaced with modern bespoke plastic ones.
The water tank holds around 25 gallons and the fuel tank closer to 50 gallons, so maintaing her as a serios passage boat.
New sail set by Crusader , and the old ones have also been retained, still inusable condition but would require checking before use.

She has been extensivley refitted and rebuilt buy the current owner with no expense spared over the last few years and is now ready to go cruising once again .

The refit has included complete replacement of her cabins superstructure including new frames and a large part of her decking. The whole vessel has been treated with Smith's Clear Penetrating Epoxy Sealer (CPES) which should preserve the woodwork for many years to come, she was then overcoated with 5 coats of Teamac marine paint to provide a protective finish.
The mast and boom have been treated with a specialist aluminium protective coating which should last for many more years.

The helm position has a complete array of instruments for both monitioring the engine and navigation at sea .

Engine wise a Perkins 4.99 40hp inboard diesel engine is fitted which has been fully refurbished , sitting on new mounting blocks and is in excellent working order.

Internally this boat has been refitted to a high standard with new uphosterly , LED lighting, New windows and blinds
along with a refreshed galley area.


Whilst every care has been taken in their preparation, the correctness of these particulars is not guaranteed.  The particulars are intended  only as a guide and they do not constitute a term of any contract.  A prospective buyer is strongly advised to check the particulars and where appropriate to have the vessel fully surveyed and inspected,river trialled and tested.