Fairey Swordsman 33

£110,000 (Tax Exempt)

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  • 1970 Fairey Swordsman 33
  • 1970 Fairey Swordsman 33
  • 1970 Fairey Swordsman 33
  • 1970 Fairey Swordsman 33
  • 1970 Fairey Swordsman 33
  • 1970 Fairey Swordsman 33
  • 1970 Fairey Swordsman 33
  • 1970 Fairey Swordsman 33
  • 1970 Fairey Swordsman 33
  • 1970 Fairey Swordsman 33
  • 1970 Fairey Swordsman 33
  • 1970 Fairey Swordsman 33
  • 1970 Fairey Swordsman 33
  • 1970 Fairey Swordsman 33
  • 1970 Fairey Swordsman 33
  • 1970 Fairey Swordsman 33
  • 1970 Fairey Swordsman 33
  • 1970 Fairey Swordsman 33
This boat needs to be seen to be believed and being a Fairey affecionado myself, has to be the nicest one I have ever had the opportunity of listing. Owned by an extremely fastidious owner who has literally adopted a "no expense" spared approach to owning this true classic, she has literally been "re-built". The specification barely covers everything that has been replaced but noticeable improvements include adopted spray rails to give this Swordsman the driest ride over other 33's, re-engine with 225hp Sabre Lehmans with very low hours and full internal and external refit. If you want a Fairey Swordsman 33 look no further. NEW INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR PHOTOS NOVEMBER 2017.

Currently lying afloat Hayling Island, viewings available 7 days a week via prior appointment only through the Chichester office.

Location: Hayling Island
Listing office: Chichester

£110,000 (Tax Exempt)

Boat Details

Make: Fairey
Model: Swordsman 33
Year: 1970
LOA: 33ft/10m
Class: Performance Power
Hull: Wood
Engine Type: Twin Diesel
Drive: Shaft Drives
Layout: Sports
Berths: 4
Cabins: 2
Aft Cabins: 1
Ancasta Ref: 29382
Vessel Name: April Knight
Classic motor cruiser built by Fairey Marine to the designs of Alan Burnard
Hull no 29

Hot moulded Agba veneers to hull and topsides
Laminations to hull and seven to topsides
Marine ply superstructure and bulkheads. Coachroof totally replaced and toughened with laminate resin
Teak-laid decks - replaced 2003
Wheel rod steering with replacement bushes

LOA: 10.06m (33'0")
LWL: 8.84m (29'0")
BEAM: 3.47m (11'5")
DRAFT: 0.91m (3'0")
All the above figures are approximate

Lifted, extensive maintenance schedule including antifoul, varnish and mechanical work to August 2017

Forward cabin with V berths, overhead shelving each side with two storage drawers, cupboard to port with pull out drawers to starboard and brass table lamps each side.

Saloon behind to port with U-shaped dinette, overhead shelving, Alpine player with 6 CD autochanger with saloon and cockpit speakers, teak table, Clock & Barometer and overhead cupboard above settee to port

Heads opposite with manual toilet (replaced and never used), handbasin with hot and cold water, shower head, storage cupboard above basin and Teak grating to flooring

Galley with gas oven and grill (never used), 2-burner gas hob, twin sinks, ceramic worktop, taylor made crockery cupboard and cutlery drawer and fridge

Master cabin aft with large double sprung berth to starboard, drawers underneath, two brass reading lights, bespoke cocktail cabinet with full set of crystal glasses. Single wardrobe and drawers to port with heating control.
Ensuite heads compartment with manual toilet (replaced and never used), sink with hot and cold water, storage underneath and Teak grating.
6 cylinder turbocharged and intercooled
Cruising speed: 22 - 24 knots approximately
Maximum speed: 28 knots approximately
Engines serviced and checked annually. Last serviced November 2015
Single lever Morse controls
Automatic trim tabs
Shaft drive to 3-bladed propellers

24v system
2 x domestic (2007) and 2 x engine (2014) batteries with parallel switching
Batteries charged by engine alternator or 220v battery charger (Mastervolt 2003/4)
Shorepower connection and cable

Two stainless steel fuel tanks (replaced) totalling 200 gallons approximately
Single stainless steel water tank (replaced) totalling 50 gallons

Pressurised hot and cold water system
Water heated by calorifier or 220v immersion heater
Water purifying system
B&G Hydro 2 speed, depth and wind indicators
Sestrel compass
Raytheon Raypilot 650 autopilot
Raytheon R11XX radar
Shipmate RS8300 VHF
Raytheon Nav 398 GPS/Loran
Raychart 601XX electronic chart system

Reversible electric anchor windlass
Stainless steel anchor to stainless steel chain

Two sets of twin stainless steel fender baskets fore and aft
Twin horns
Teak bathing platform with stainless steel frame
Stainless steel radar arch, windscreen, hand rails, pulpit and pushpit
White external covers (hatch and windlass new March 2015)
White canopy with spare
Blue helm seat covers
White instrument covers
Spot light
Manual bilge pump
Electric bilge pump
Fenders with blue fendasox
4-man Autoflug life-raft - service due
I had previously owned mainstream production cruisers which although enjoyable never gave me the same sort of pleasure that owning a true classic has. I tried to buy "April Knight" for many years before the previous owner would part with her as she was the nicest I could find of her type. I had her professionally surveyed and although the engine hours had totalled almost 5000 she was described as the nicest Fairey he had ever surveyed.

My original intention was just to re-engine her and strip the hull and superstructure back to bare wood. I then consulted Alan Burnard, the original Fairey designer over any improvements he would make to the Swordsman if monies were no object and he named four: modify spray rails to give a drier ride, cockpit drainage to be more effective, alter stern superstructure corners to avoid possible rot and modification of trim tabs. I subsequently employed him to oversee these tasks.

As the improvements started in 1989/1990 so the project and desire grew to have the absolute best of everything which eventually evolved in to a 10 year project. I employed Gerry Burgess and his team in Chidham to undertake the project for me. All block board and chipboard you normally associate with the interior of a Fairey has been completely removed and replaced with real Teak. I was also particularly keen to ensure that the "behind the scenes" finish was as good as what you can see - behind every locker lid, under every floorboard is a totally smooth finish and I would challenge you to find a single splinter or rough section of timber inside. All wiring is to 100A standard (full set of wiring diagrams available), all flooring is solid Teak & Holly and all decks fitting are stainless steel to name but a few.

Although I have spent significant monies on her with 6 boxes of receipts etc. to substantiate it, I have got immense pleasure from sourcing the best of all available parts and where not available have had them made for me. Two examples being the single stainless steel windscreen (not a weld visible either inside or out!) and coachroof hatches imported from the US due to inability to source or manufacture correct product in in the UK.

She has been an absolute pleasure to own and I know that the next owner of "April Knight" will get immense joy from purchasing this beautiful classic.