Fifer

Member Type: 

Classic

Boat Name: 

Fifer

Year: 

1939

Length: 

105'

Builder: 

Burrard Drydock, Vancouver Canada

Designer: 

Robert Allen

Fleet: 

  • Northern California

Launched on November 11, 1939, the Gentleman’s Yacht Fifer was and still is the only yacht of her make. She was designed by Naval Architect Robert Allan and built at the Burrard Drydocks in Vancouver, B.C.

Fifer was originally commissioned for Captain William Crawford of the Empire Stevedoring Company as a retirement cruiser bound for Fifeshire, Scotland. The Canadian Military, however, directed her onto a different course. Outfitted with machine guns and armour-plated windows, the Fifer was converted into a patrol vessel for Japanese submarines, serving until the end of the war. Crawford passed shortly before this, never realizing his dream of cruising the world.

Fifer has had several distinguished owners since the war, including: R. M. Andrews of the Maquinna Investment Company; Paul Edward Lowe of the San Diego Chargers; Clarence Wallace, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia; the Powell River Company of British Columbia; prominent lawyer and celebrated San Francisco resident Melvin Belli; and Tom and Linda Pellarin.

Recently, Fifer was purchased by an avid yachtsman with a keen interest in classic yacht restoration. The crew is working to bring her back to the original grandeur of the 1930s replete with modern amenities.
 

CHARACTERISTICS Type MY displacement
  Length 32m (105 ft)
  Beam 6.1m (20 ft)
  Waterline length 30.33m (99.5 ft)
  Draft 2.44m (8 ft)
  GT (gross tonnage) 152.00
  NT (net tonnage) 45.00
  Hull Steel
  Decks Teak
  Engines 2x Waukesha LRD-6 diesels
  Speeds 12 knots (top); 11 knots (cruising)
  Range _ nautical miles
  Fuel capacity 22710.00 ltr (6000 gal)
  Fresh water capacity 18170.00 ltr (4800 gal)
     
ACCOMMODATION Cabins 4 double ; 2 single; – triple
     
EQUIPMENT Communications Wifi throughout
  Navigation Full range of equipment
     
CONSTRUCTION Built/Refit 1939/ -
  Builder Burrard Drydocks
  Naval Architect Robert Allan
  Classification LR Lloyds Register & MCA
  Flag United States
  Registry Port San Francisco, CA
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