MCGRUER TSMY Cabin Motor Cruiser 1972

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Fair Alton

MCGRUER TSMY Cabin Motor Cruiser 1972

Builder:  McGruer & Co Ltd. of Clynder Scotland.

Date: 1972

Length Overall: 41 ft 4 inches

Length waterline: 37 ft approx.

Beam: 11 ft 2 inches

Draft: 4 ft 3 inches 

Engine: twin 2x 51 HP Isuzu 4 cylinder Marine Diesel Engines (IM 4LE 48)

Heating:  Eberspacher D4 diesel fired hot air heating system

Location: East of England 

Price: New Price only £55,000

Berths: sleeps 4 


Condition: 2018 Surveyors Report - no concerns, the structure is sound throughout and in very good condition, with absence of rot, it is of very good mechanical condition. It has been recently painted internally and externally and paint is in good condition. The hull has been recently anti-fouled with 4 new anodes fitted.


The vessel is considered insurable under the Institute of London Underwriters Yacht Clauses and worthy of purchase. The report concluded that it is also suitable for use as a mobile floating home as well as for use under EU recreational craft directive C for use in inshore and coastal waters. 

The Gallery
Inside Forward Cabin
 Central Cabin
Inside Aft Cabin
Outside View 
Engine compartment 


Fair Alton is a unique boat, as we understand it being the only one built by McGruer to this design. It has been designed to appeal to perhaps yachtsmen and women who appreciate the beauty of a traditional wooden yacht, with strong well built construction but who now want the convenience, and ease of handling of a powered cabin cruiser.

We consider the boat to be in excellent condition throughout as can be seen from the internal photographs. The present owner over the last three and a half years, has lavished many thousands of hours to bring the boat up to this excellent condition. 

The twin engines have been well maintained and are reported by the owner as economical to run and in A1 condition. The engines were originally bought new in 2001 and have approximately 900 hours on the clock. The engines have been recently and regularly serviced and new alternators fitted.

There are three electric bilge pumps, 2 of which are on float switches and the third on a manual switch and this arrangement is backed up by a large manual bilge pump.

Fair Alton has twin helming positions one external high up with very good all round visibility and all dials and controls easy to hand. A second foul weather helm position is inside the central wheel house cabin.

We believe the price of the vessel is realistic for the current market and represents a significant discount on the surveyors estimate of £95,000, which is testament to the quality and condition of this vessel.

The vessel is currently lies afloat in a marina and is available for viewing. It is ready for this season and should provide many years of very pleasurable ownership.


2 berths in forward peak cabin and 2 more berths in aft owners cabin.

Fresh and Waste water holding tanks are fitted.

Two heads one of which is on-suite in rear cabin.

Esbacher heating.


Fair Alton was built in 1972 at the McGruer boat yard at Clynder, which is on the western shore of lake Gareloch in Scotland.  The cabin cruiser holds yard no 633. McGruer was one of Scotland's most famous large boatyards that specialised in wooden racing yachts, such as 8 Metre cruiser racers, Dragons, and the 28' Island class boats with a history that started in the 18th Century and continued through to 2001 when it finally closed. The Yard had a distinguished reputation for building high quality yachts and significant record of innovation in production methods.


The builder has used the best methods and materials throughout. The hull is constructed of carvel mahogany planking on oak timbers. 1" mahogany planking laid on oak timbers and fastened by copper boat nails clenched on roves.   The planking was strengthened at the bilge and sheer strake.

The steam bent oak timbers are 2 inch x 2 inch on 11.4 inch centres, the beam shelf was 4.7 inch by 1.5 inch 9 mm x 40 mm and the deck beams were 2 inch x 2 inch on 11.4 inch centres.


2 holding tanks for fwd and aft heads

2 freshwater tanks

Brand new cooker, fridge, sink and tap

Large calorifier for the hot water

New consumer unit for the shore power

Brand new standard horizon gx1700e gps doc vhf radio and vhf radio aerial

Electric windlass for easy anchoring

Please note the boat has been fully rewired and replumbed throughout