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Photographer:Phil English [View profile]Title:AQUILONAdded:Nov 06, 2007
Photo Category: Motor Yachts
Weymouth, Dorset, 30/10/07

Not much to identify this small vessel, apart from the name m.v. AQUILON on the lifebelts. However, thanks to Krispin, the following details are known:

”Aquilon” (ex. “Esbjerg Lods”, ex ”Battersby”)

Type of vessel: Ex pilot cutter for Esbjerg, today in use as private family yacht.
Built: 1952 at A/S Svendborg Skibsvaerft, Svendborg, Denmark.
Material: Hull believed to be iron. Bulwarks, superstructure and masts marine grade steel. Wheelhouse aluminum. Stainless steel rig wire. Ice reinforced bows. 2" teak decks on steel bearers. Deckhouse and downstairs accomodation have opening portlights.
Length: 22.29 meters
Breadth: 5.7 meters
Draft: 2.34 meters
Tonnage: GRT: 75.76, NRT: 43.18
Main engine: B&W Alpha 404 F, 450 Hp. Engine completely rebuilt in 1985. Less than 15,000nm sailed since. Air start.
Auxiliary engine: "Same" generator (brand name of commercial arm of Ferrari) 60Hp/30kW. New in late 1980s. 220V AC. 2kV via NiCads.
Cruising speed: 10 knots at 240 rpm, on approx 25l/hour.
Max Speed: 15 knots at 300 rpm.
Range: Approx 4,500 nm.
Bunkers: Fuel - 19,000 litres approx.
Fresh water - 3,375 litres approx.
Holding tank - 2,250 litres approx
Ballast: Metal Pigs believed to weigh 5-7 tons approx in total.
Classification: British registered as private pleasure yacht. VAT paid 1991.
Equipment: Magnetic compass, Apelco (Raytheon) GPS, Icom VHF & SSB, Robertson AP40 autopilot (new 1986, never used).
Accommodation: Settee and table in deckhouse. Radio room and toilet/shower room also in deckhouse. Below decks: Toilet/shower room, forward companionway, 2x2 berth cabins, saloon, galley, midships companionway, large double master cabin with office area, large storage cupboard. Good stowage in galley, wardrobes in all sleeping cabins. Small cargo hold under stern deck. Whaleback with storm doors. Large stern deck with fitted teak table.
Position: Central South Coast, England

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Gill Palmer on Oct 03, 2009 00:12 (9 years ago)
Hi all

Aquilon belonged to my late Partner, Jim Thornton. My real name is Gill (short for Gillian.)

I understand that Aquilon is currently for sale.

I can provide masses of information about her and I confirm that I wrote the details quoted by Phil above.

The boat has a fascinating history which is well documented.

Please do not hesitate to contact me should anyone wish to know more.


Phil English on Nov 06, 2007 09:02 (11 years ago)
Thanks for the info Krispin. Much appreciated.

Krispen Atkinson on Nov 05, 2007 21:16 (11 years ago)

Saw this one a few years back laid up in Poole, just above the bridge - was pleasantly surprised to come across her again this weekened in Weymouth. Anyway, this is what I managed to track down on her, when she was for sale a few years back
Djurgardsvarvet Website

:-) Regards,
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