Osborne 40 Motorcruiser

Dunkirk little ship
  • Boat REF#  ·  301127
  • Length  ·  12.19m
  • Year  ·  1938
  • Construction  ·  Wood
  • Underwater profile  ·  Full-Displacement
  • Sleeping berths  ·  4
  • Engine  ·  2 x diesel 110hp, Volvo AQ31A (unknown year)
  • Lying  ·  River Hamble
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Extra Details

Designer C W Burnard
Builder William Osborne Ltd
Lying River Hamble
Fuel capacity 454.5 ltr Total - 1 Tanks
Water capacity 454.5 ltr Total - 2 Tanks
Holding tank capacity 227.3 ltr Total - 1 Tanks
Last survey 20/04/2018


Engine 2 x diesel 110hp
Engine make and model Volvo AQ31A (unknown year)
Engine Hours Not Recorded
Engine Cooled Indirect
Steering wheel
Drive shaft
Prop(s) fixed
Fuel consumption (approx) 13.6 ltr /hour At Cruising Speed
Cruising speed (approx) 10 knots
Max speed (approx) 14 knots

Stbd engine currently has a head gasket issue which will need repairing


Length 12.19m
LWL 11.40m
Beam 3.05m
Draft Max 0.91m
Displacement 14,000kg
Storage On marina

Electrical Systems

12 volt battery, 240 shore power voltage, 3 batteries charged by: engine, solar panels, shore power


Construction Wood
Underwater profile Full-Displacement
Finish Paint finish

Carvel mahogany planked hull, copper fastened to steam bent oak timbers. underwater hull laminated with two layers of 4mm marine plywood, stainless steel stapled to original planking and epoxy sheathed finished having timber bilge rail. Round bilge design with full, long keel, raked straight stem and elliptical transom stern.
She is wet bilged and kept that way including being kept salted inside.


Total # of berths 4
No. of double berths 1
No. of single berths 2
Cabin(s) 3
Sink 1
Shower 1
Heads 1 heads (Manual)

2 burner propane Stove


Pressurised water system
Hot water system

2 burner propane Stove

Deck Gear


Manual windlass
1 anchors

Nav Equipment

VHF DSC radio
Navigation lights

Safety Equipment

Fume detector
Carbon Monoxide detector
Life buoys

Broker's Comments

RAMILLE was built for Colonel O H Bayldon of the Royal Thames and Royal Motor Yacht Clubs in 1938 to a design by C W Burnard of Itchenor. She was built by Willam Osborne Ltd. Arun Shipyard, Littlehampton. The brief was to design a modern motor-yacht for continental cruising over many months and RAMILLE incorporated many quite novel features for the time, including automatic steering, forward observation cockpit and gas-powered domestic equipment. As such RAMILLE was featured in the April 1938 copy of The Motor Boat Magazine.

Onboard there is plenty of documents showing her history including a letter from the Osborne association showing her being owned by the MOD during the war.
She was involved in the evacuation at Dunkirk, bringing our British troops home in WW2. She was then put back in to private hands and has been used at a second home.

She needs some immediate work to bring her up to scratch including work to get the stbd engine running again. As with all vessels of this age and design she will need plenty of maintenance and upkeep but is a great looking classic vessel with many more years of service to give.

Prior to the present owner she had been recently renovated, internally and externally, engines serviced and with a good hull survey. This is a great opportunity to acquire a good sized classic motor-yacht with plenty of history.

These boat details are subject to contract.
Note: Offers on the asking price may be considered.

This Osborne 40 Motorcruiser has been personally photographed and viewed by Nic Parton of Boatshed Hamble. Click here for contact details.

Owners FAQ's

How long have you owned the boat for?

since 2018

Why are you selling her?

ill health

Where have you sailed her?

Hamble River, Solent

The particulars herein are intended to give a fair description of the vessel but are not guaranteed as accurate. They shall not form part of any offer or contract for the sale of the vessel. The prospective purchaser is recommended to independently check the particulars. The vendor is not selling in the course of a business unless otherwise stated. Personal property is excluded from the sale of the vessel unless specifically included in the listing specifications above or in a Purchase Contract. Personal property may be equipment or gear not permanently attached to the vessel including but not limited to: artwork, entertainment equipment, fishing equipment, TV receivers, recreational equipment, kayaks, tools, and personal appliances. Photos that may incidentally depict owners' personal property do not convey that such items are included in the sale of the vessel unless specifically listed herein.

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