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Fifer Lady

$125,000 CND

For Sale

Boat Specs & Info

Classic North Sea Trawler for Sale

Vessel Name: Fifer Lady

Step aboard the Fifer Lady, a beautifully preserved and extensively restored North Sea trawler style pleasure cruiser, perfect for maritime enthusiasts and collectors of classic boats. Built by the esteemed James N. Miller and Sons Ltd. in 1960, this vessel offers both historical charm and modern amenities, ensuring a comfortable and efficient cruising experience.

Key Specifications:

  • Year Launched: 1960

  • Builder: James N. Miller and Sons Ltd., St. Monance, County Fife, Scotland

  • Length: 39’6”

  • Beam: 12’3”

  • Draft: 4’6”

  • Gross Tons: 16.49

Construction Details:

  • Hull: 1 ¼” larch planking below the waterline, 1 ¼” mahogany and red cedar planking topsides on 3” x 4” sawn frames at 12” centers

  • Decks and Trim: Teak

  • Cabin Top: Fiberglass over plywood

  • Mast: Spruce with steel tabernacle

  • Fastenings: Mix of galvanized (original) and stainless steel (refit)


  • Engine: Gardner Model 4LW, 4-cylinder diesel engine (1960), approximately 75 HP

  • Fuel Tanks: 2 iron tanks, total capacity 200 gallons

  • Exhaust: Dry stack

  • Propeller: 3-bladed bronze, 28” x 17.5” right-hand

  • Shaft: 2” diameter stainless steel

  • Reduction Gear: 2:1, Gardner with hydraulic shift

  • Cooling: Freshwater via keel cooler

  • Max Speed: Estimated 8 knots

Electrical System:

  • Batteries: 1 x 8D, 4 x 6V golf cart batteries

Navigational Equipment:

  • Radar: Furuno

  • GPS: Furuno Navnet GPS/Plotter

  • VHF Radio: ICOM 504

  • Sounder: Furuno Navnet and Raytheon V700

  • Compass: 3”

  • Miscellaneous: Horn, searchlight, 8” brass clock and barometer


  • Stove: McClary Furnacette converted to Dickenson diesel-fired stove

  • Refrigeration: Nova Kool electric freezer and refrigerator

  • Water System: 10-gallon hot water tank (engine and 110V powered), 100 gallons fresh water in 2 PVC tanks

  • Day Tank: 2 gallons stove oil (diesel)

Safety Equipment:

  • Fire Extinguishers: 2 dry chemical (helm and galley)

  • Life Jackets: 6 PDFs

  • Flares: 12 (expiry date unknown)

Bilge Pumps:

  • 2 electric, automatic (1500 gallons/hour)

  • 1 manual

Ground Tackle:

  • Anchor: 35 lb. CQR anchor

  • Chain: Approximately 240’ galvanized

  • Anchor Winch: Simpson Lawrence manual


  • Facilities: Marine toilet and shower

  • Black Water Tank: 40 gallons

Miscellaneous Equipment:

  • Extensive collection of paper charts

  • Complete set of tools for Gardner engine, workshop manual, and spare parts

  • RCA electric microwave, stereo system (AM/FM and CD player), electric tabletop rotisserie, dishes, and cookware

  • Life ring and miscellaneous carvings


  • Forward: Cable locker and V-berth

  • Midship: Head compartment (marine toilet and shower) to starboard, galley to port with dinette

  • Helm Area: Above aft, starboard side with navigation table adjacent and passenger seating to port

  • Machinery Space: Below pilot house sole

  • Aft: Spacious cockpit

Owner’s Comments:

The Fifer Lady, shipped directly to Vancouver from Scotland in 1961 and registered in Victoria, has traveled the entire B.C. coast. Pristinely kept in a boathouse in Squamish for the past 22 years, she underwent an extensive 7-year rebuild by Colin Lyttle (P.Eng) and shipwright Mike Haas. The vessel has attended several wooden boat festivals, winning multiple awards.

Surveyor’s Comments:

A custom-built, carvel planked vessel, the Fifer Lady is renowned for her sea-kindly nature and handsome appearance, with a North Sea pedigree. Powered by a reliable Gardner engine, she cruises efficiently at 6.5 knots, consuming less than a gallon of fuel per hour.

Optional Boathouse:

A 48’ x 26’ boathouse, her home for the past 22 years, is available for an additional $20,000. Located in Squamish, BC, it features an electric winch for the tarp door, electric fence, long shovel, safety harness for snow removal, water hose, and workbench. Assumable moorage at Upper Newport Marina.

Asking Price:

  • Vessel Only: $125,000

  • Boathouse: Additional $20,000

Particulars believed correct but not guaranteed. Prospective owners should undertake their own inspection/survey to determine the accuracy of specifications and equipment.

For more details or to schedule a viewing, please contact Martyn Clark at 1(250) 880-1415 or

Experience the timeless elegance and unmatched craftsmanship of the Fifer Lady – a true maritime classic.

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