top of page


Boat Details

Designer: John Bain 

Builder: James A. Silver Ltd  

Year: 1937

Boat Location: Vannes, France 

Price: £250,000 VAT exempt 

Length:  47 ft 11 inch

Beam: 11 ft 6 inch

Draft: 4 ft 7 inch

Hull Material:  Wood


A true classic Gentleman’s motoryacht from a bygone era; Hyskeir was designed by John Bain. Using this Silver Leaf class design she was built at the Scottish boatyard of James A. Silver Ltd in 1937.


Hyskeir was named by her first owners after the Lighthouse which at the southern end of the Minch between the Outer Hebrides and mainland Scotland.


Shortly after her launch Hyskeir was to join, like many of her sisterships, Operation Dynamo which is better known to us all as Dunkirk in 1940. This saw around 850 privately owned boats and 20 warships flock to Dunkirk to help evacuate the 338,000 British and French soldiers. These famous boats have been named Dunkirk Little Ships. After the Second World War Hyskeir was purchased by the Royal Navy, at that time she was named Cairngorm and was a Clyde, Scotland patrol vessel.


Changing owners a handful of times, it was in the early 2000s that saw a large restoration take place and this was when her current twin 300hp Leyland Thornycorft engines were fitted.


Able to sleep six in three cabins, Hyskair offers the most splendid and original interiors, whilst keeping the important things updated like hot water!


Currently lying in France with a French 244-A.1 safety certificate which proves that even vessels of this age are able to be certified. Are you ready to become her next custodian and keep her history alive?  


Carvel pitch pine on steam bent and sawn oak frames

Cast iron ballast keel

Teak decks - replaced by Pendennis Shipyard

Teak superstructure




Spruce Main Mast 


Spruce Mizzen Mast 



Twin Thornycroft 6 cylinder diesels (300hp each) 


3 bladed propellers on stainless steel shafts


Cruising speed 10 Knots / Max speed 12 Knots


12 and 24 V electrical system with fused circuits


6 x 12 V batteries - Shore power and cable



2 x Stainless steel fuel tanks total capacity 650 litres 


2 x Stainless steel fresh water tanks total capacity 1,000 litres

Water System


Pressurised hot water system


Heated from immersion or calorifier

Ground Tackle


45 lb CQR anchor and 3/8th inch chain


45 lb Fisherman anchor


Bruce anchor with approx\' 25 fathoms of chain


Fishermans anchor with approx\' 25 fathoms of chain

Navigation Equipment 


Select compass


Raymarine speed / log


Furuno GPS


Raymarine echosounder


Furuno Radar


Huson VHF


Iveco Auotpilot


Navigation lights


Additional Information


2019 Survey report 


French 244-A.1 safety certificate


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.

bottom of page