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A 1986 Mk III Fisher 30 is for sale after her owner's retirement.
A modern classic and a strong passage-maker for sale on the hard at Liverpool
Overall Length: 30ft 0in 9.14m Waterline: 25ft 0in 7.62m
Sails: Mainsail with cover and slab reefing, fully-furling headsail, mizzen sail with cover.
Rig: Anodised Kemp aluminium deck-stepped masts, aluminium booms with 1x19 stainless steel rigging about 8 years old with two extra self-tailing sheet winches, stainless steel pulpit, guard rails and lifelines and bathing ladder aft. All five winches were serviced 2015 with new pawls and springs and all stanchion caps re-fitted. The mainmast is set up with one set of in-line spreaders and carries one combination anchor tri-color light, one combination steaming and deck light, one wind head transducer, one VHF antenna, one radar reflector and one radar scanner. The mizzen mast is also fitted with antennas and both masts are fitted with Lewmar winches for halyards.
Engine: Volvo Penta MD17C 36hp three cylinder diesel engine, indirectly-cooled by heat exchanger, with gearbox driving 17-inch three-bladed propeller by 30mm stainless steel shaft fitted with rope-cutter on outer cutlass bearing. New shaft seals were fitted in 2015. The engine drives a 12 volt alternator charging engine and domestic batteries, new in 2015. Engine access is through a panel behind companionway steps and by removable sole panels in wheelhouse. Water-cooled exhaust with stainless steel water lock and flexible, reinforced hose. Engine controls are by single lever and cable connections with solenoid-controlled cut-off lever.
Fuel system: Mild steel 50-gallon [277-litre] fuel tank under cockpit floor aft of engine with glass-bowl primary fuel filter, copper and flexible fuel lines.
Hull: Fibre-reinforced plastic constructed by hand lay-up method with extensive use of teak on strakes and other areas with aft cockpit, high coamings and fully-glazed wheelhouse with new acrylic roof panel fitted in 2015. Fully glassed-in athwartship bulkheads and furniture divisions with extra stiffening by fully bonded engine bearers and central keel cap moulding. Capsulated iron ballast. Treated in 2014 with epoxy filler, five coats of International Gel Shield 200 and two coats of antifouling. All the skin fittings serviced in February 2015 by S. Roberts Marine, including toilet outlet valve Blakes-type bronze half turn taper, toilet inlet valve Blakes-type bronze half turn taper, engine inlet skin fitting with yellow metal strainer with ball valve internally in good order, galley sink outlet with ball valve in good order, toilet sink outlet with ball valve in good order, two cockpit drains with ball valves in good order.
The decks, the coachouse and the wheelhouse roof are moulded with a smooth finish to a white gel coat with Trakmark-type non-slip matting has been glued in symmetrical patterns to the surface. Self-draining cockpit with locker aft gives access to rudder gland, open style storage lockers port and starboard and a self-draining gas locker to starboard. The side decks are self-draining through large scuppers behind dwarf bulwarks. Chrome tank filling caps are flush-fitted in the decks.
Deck gear: Wheel steering from from wheelhouse, with emergency tiller extension arrangement, stainless steel rudder stock, 25lbs CQR anchor with 25m of 8mm short-link galvanised steel anchor chain stowed in forward anchor locker with hatch access from focsle. A stainless steel bow roller is fitted with deep side cheeks. The manual horizontal axis anchor winch is fitted with chain gypsy and rope drum. Mooring is by stainless steel bollard arrangement with fairleads. Two Lewmar size-16 self-tailing Genoa winches are mounted on the port and starboard coamings with Genoa tracks on decks. Halyard winches are fitted on each mast. The stainless steel pulpit, wire guard rails, pushpit and aft bathing and recovery ladder have been recently examined for security
Engine instruments: Volvo Penta control panel in wheelhouse with gauges for water temperature, oil pressure, voltmeter and tachometer with audible and visual alarms.
Electrical system:New batteries isolated at main power switch charged by alternator and Halfords-type shore-power charger, low-power lighting throughout with 240 volt outlets in saloon protected by two circuits with circuit breakers and RCD protection.
Navigation equipment: Navico fluxgate compass, Navico depth sounder, Navico wind speed and direction instruments, Navico speed log, Navico RT6500 VHF radio, Raytheon RL9LCD radar, Furuno GPS, Autohelm ST4000 wheelpilot, steering compass, clock, barometer, chart light. Port and starboard navigation lights on wheelhouse, steaming and deck light, stern light complying with COLREGs
Accommodation: Spacious accommodation for six people with 1.88m headroom and Eberspäecher warm air heating in two separate cabins with a quarter berth and chart table in the wheelhouse. The saloon offers a fold-out dining table with upholstered seats on three sides to seat six people. The galley with Flavell Vanessa gas cooker and grill and stainless steel sink with hot and cold pressurised fresh water is installed on the starboard side. A single 50-gallon water tank under the forward berth feeds fresh water pressurised by a 12-volt Shurflo pump and heated by a flueless Vaillant gas water heater. The separate heads compartment is fitted with a Brydon sea lavatory, hot and cold pressurised water to a fold-out sink and shower. The seating area on the port side can be used as a berth. The forward cabin features distinctive Fisher portlights and large storage lockers with an escape hatch to make the cabin light and airy in port.
The 1999 Good Yacht Guide describes the Fisher 30 as
"The most popular of the range over the years and one of the first to be introduced. She is based on the Gordon Wyatt designed Freeward 30. She has the canoe stern like all the larger Fishers [but not the Fisher 25]. Below the layout is similar to the 25 but on a grander scale with 6ft 4in headroom. The larger enclosed wheelhouse with side windows offers a good all round view and allows room for a settee/passage berth. The cockpit is rather small but the whole boat is finished well and is very strongly built. She holds her value well."