"Build me straight, O worthy Master! Staunch and strong, a goodly vessel, That shall laugh at all disaster, And with wave and whirlwind wrestle!"
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow The Building of the Ship!-
The Fairmile Construction Company Ltd. took over the Berwick Shipyard located at Berwick-on the-Tweed on the Scottish-British border in 1950. Fairmile Construction was best known for their quality crafted sturdy steel barges, launches, tugs, ferries and fishing vessels. When the British government ended their financing of commercial steel fishing trawlers, the company embarked on the construction of a series of well-found Fairmile heavy displacement world cruising motoryachts based on their earlier successful “FAIR ISLE” trawler hull. The company had developed an international and solid reputation as the builder of fine steel Royal Navy launches (Torpedo Boats), commercial vessels and motoryachts that sailed every ocean across the globe. They built each vessel with pride and traditional European workmanship on par with the finest boat builders in the world. The "ISLAND WATERS" was custom built for an American businessman Gurnee Munn of Palm Beach, Florida with subsequent owners who included William B. Ruger of Ruger Firearm fame, Robert O. Peterson the founder of Jack-in the-Box restaurants and her present owners’ Bruce Robb and his brothers who owned the renowned Cherokee Productions Recording Studios located in Hollywood, California with over 300 hundred Platinum and Gold Record Albums to their credit. The yacht has a fascinating history of well known guests and celebrated performing artists aboard during her robust and active past. The recent passing of the eldest Robb brother brought the total refit project that was underway to an abrupt end providing new owners the opportunity and challenge to finish the project by evoking their personal creative imagination and taste to the final outcome…
- Displacement: 117 Tons
- Total Power: 170 Cruising Speed: 10-11 KTS
- Fuel: 5300 Fresh Water: 800
- Detailed Vessel Description
- The “ISLAND WATERS” was well on its way to an extensive refit when the oldest Robb sibling Dee passed away leaving about 40% of the renovation work to be completed. Fortunately, all the work performed on the vessel to this point matched the quality and results that would make the Fairmile Construction craftsmen proud as every refurbished task undertaken by Dee until now was subject to the high standards and respect for the vessel established by Fairmile. Much of the work he commissioned was the type that took major elbow-grease to recondition and repair, which included the engine room, the exterior of the hull and superstructure. The hull was hand-ground to bare metal, faired and repainted while the engine room appears like new with fresh paint and new or refurbished equipment and machinery that provide the vessel the readiness to cruise aboard once she has been totally refit… Built at the historic Berwick Shipyard on the River Tweed to Lloyds Maltese 100 A1 Classification by shipwrights whose linage can be traced back to antiquity from shipbuilding tradesmen as far back in time to 1751. The “ISLAND WATERS” was the heaviest of the displacement trawlers built and the second largest Fairmile Yacht that was constructed in the trawler yacht series during the decade of the 1960’s. At 82 feet with her 20 ‘ 4’ beam and 10’ draft; she features twin 170 HP Caterpillar D 342 diesel motors, two 40 kW Caterpillar 320 generators, 5300 gallon fuel capacity for a 5000 mile range, Vosper stabilizers, Air Conditioning-Heating, five stateroom (three with queen berths & two with single berths), four heads-three with baths, one entered from outside to port on aftdeck, spacious main salon with forward custom cabinet for TV, stereo and books, separate laundry room, a galley to prepare snacks or gourmet meals and a raised wheelhouse that commands a 360 degree view…
- Entrance aboard “ISLAND WATERS” is gained from the port side which provides movement fore and aft on the teak overlaid side deck. Turn aft to the covered Fantail deck with its pleasing elliptical canoe-stern or move forward to the safety of the gated Portuguese Bridge and the painted steel foredeck. Port and starboard side decks are covered by the bridge deck overhang or eyebrow that provides shelter for crew handling lines or passengers moving forward and aft in complete safety. The Bridge/Boat deck access is from the starboard side wing door of the wheelhouse. The substantial Promenade/Boat Deck allows ample room for entertaining, viewing, lounging or to secure tenders and toys aboard. The main salon is entered from the aft deck through a center-line water tight door with a step-over bulkhead sill that opens to a generous 20’ X 15’ main salon with a wide starboard side companionway forward to the 8’ deep X 15’ pilothouse. The stairwell to the private master and VIP suites is located to the port aft corner of the main salon. Located ahead of the main salon’s forward bulkhead is the galley. Moving forward of the galley along the starboard companionway is the stairwell to the below deck guest quarters and engine room. Mahogany steps lead to the raised 8’ X 15’ wheelhouse. It was the consensus among knowledgeable mariners; at the time the “ISLAND WATERS” was constructed, that the additional length, wider beam, low center of gravity and heavier displacement of trawler yachts built by the Fairmile Construction Company compared most favorably against long range motor yachts constructed in previous decades. Gurnee Munn, Jr. the first owner of “ISLAND WATERS” was convinced that the comfortable sea keeping qualities of the Fairmile 82 was due to the wide beam and length; an opinion he based upon his personal experiences aboard the vessel while crossing the Atlantic when cruising home to Florida from Scotland in stormy seas. Following that adventure; he embarked on a three year circumnavigation tour of the world.
- The galley is located aft of the raised wheelhouse with access from the starboard companionway just forward of the main salon to the wheelhouse. The area is fitted with a large custom built double door refrigerator/freezer and double stainless steel sink with butcher block countertops. Pantry, cupboard, cabinet and drawers secure dishes, cutlery and provisions for extended cruises.
- The Fairmile Construction Company LTD at the Berwick Shipyard Upon-the-River Tweed, Scotland had a reputation for construction of heavy built military launches for the Royal Navy during WW II and continued with fishing trawlers, ferries, tugs and yachts following the war. The Corten steel hull is fabricated with compartmentalized heavy watertight transverse steel bulkheads fitted with water-tight batten-down doors to seal-out the possibility of water intrusion. The Corten steel hull plates are 3/8” welded and riveted on transverse frames 3” X 1/4” angle on 16” centers with longitudinal stringers of 3” X ¼” angle on 3’ centers. The Bow Crash Bulkhead and Aft Athwartships Crash Bulkhead provide safety against flooding if struck or damaged. The steel hull was welded and riveted in a time intensive process while the steel decks and boat deck, the raked and flared bow were welded. The decks were overlaid with 2” teak and teak cap rails and trim are affixed to bulwarks. “ISLAND WATERS” was constructed to Lloyds of London Maltese 100 A-1, which was renewed in 1976 and 1981.
- Decks - Foredeck - Wheelhouse Roof - Promenade Deck
- Foredeck and bridge/boat decks are of painted steel. 220 Volt 3 Phase Ideal Anchor Windlass w/ Dual Capstans 180lbs. and 200lbs. Anchors w/ 300’ of Chain Rode Storage Lockers forward of Portuguese Bridge Portuguese Bridge forward of Wheelhouse Port Side 50 amp Shore Power Inlet Covered Electrical Outlets 110 Volt Navigation Mast atop Wheelhouse Spotlight Funnel for Dry Stack Exhaust Safety Rails Promenade Deck Dual Davits for two Tenders Fuel, Water and Lube Deck Fills Port Side Teak Overlaid Main Decks
- Electronics And Helm
- Furuno 48 mile Radar Sperry Gyro-Compass Sperry Auto Pilot Stephens SSB Radio VHF Radio Vosper Stabilizer Control Panel Needs New Computer Module Hydraulic Helm Steering Ship’s Wheel 2 - Kent Clear-View Screen for Storms Port and Starboard Wing Doors
- Due to the need for redundancy and back-up requirements on extended voyages the “ISLAND WATERS” has two model D-320 Caterpillar 3 phase 110/240 Volt 40 Kw generators; one fitted with air start and the other with hydraulic start. The main 150 lbs. PSI air compressor is new. There are numerous bilge pumps, freshwater circulating pumps, hydraulic pumps and saltwater pumps aboard.
- Engine Details & Mechanical Equipment
- The main 170 HP air start Caterpillar D-342 diesel engines are in excellent running condition. As with nearly all Long Range Cruisers of that era the motors are dry stack exhaust which flows out through the funnel located aft of the Wheelhouse cabin top. The Main Engines and Generators are Fresh-Water-Cooled through Heat Exchangers located within the vessel interior with Cool Raw Sea Water supplied by two sea chests eliminating the need for multiple through-hole fittings for machinery cooling. The machinery and engine room equipment is cruise ready. Air Compressors supply air to pressure tanks for starting both main motors and one generator. Three heavy chemical fire retardant bottles are fitted within the engine room for safety in the event of fire. The Lube Oil Tank is 150 gallons and a 500 Gallon Day Tank with a visual sight gauge is located on the forward engine room bulkhead which provides gravity feed of fuel to the diesel motors while underway. Tools, workbench, storage and handsome Mahogany Engineers Desk make the heart of the “ISLAND WATERS” a well organized small ship to safely function under all conditions when cruising extended passages to far distant locales. Vosper stabilizers were installed in 1976. Twin 48” X 41” three-blade Bronze propellers, stainless steel shafts and a massive barn-door type rudder are fitted aboard.
- U.S.C.G. Safety Gear with Life Jackets Dock Lines Fenders Throw Rings and Flare Gun Fire Extinguisher System.
- Broker's Remarks
- It is always gratifying to be associated with classic yachts with proven pedigrees, which stand the test of time due to the quality of design, construction and ownership. The “ISLAND WATERS” is such a vessel with nearly five decades of providing her owners with priceless adventures aboard whether circumnavigating the globe or cruising the inside breakwaters of Long Beach Harbor with celebrity guests aboard on the 4th of July. The craft is a rugged and serious passage making steel trawler with any ocean capabilities. She has aged gracefully; yet it is time to complete the refit to start her on her journey moving forward toward the next five decades of excellent service for new owners
- 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.
- "ISLAND WATERS" is a very special trawler; not only for the present owners, but for previous owners as well. The sellers have created two websites to share the history and previous owner timeline for any viewer interested in the potential purchase of their classic yacht. To gain the full advantage of their efforts; they suggest the viewer copy the links below and then paste them on their Internet browser in order as presented below: 1. www.islandwatersyacht.com FOR MORE QUALITY LISTINGS Please Click Here