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1982 BOWMAN 57

£295,000 tax paid

MCA Cat-0 coded Holman & Pye Bowman 57 ketch

General Information

Manufacturer/ModelBowman 57
DesignerHolman and Pye
Boat NameEmily Morgan
New or UsedUsed
Sale StatusAvailable
Tax/VAT StatusTax paid
LyingPortishead, United Kingdom


LOA17.8m (58'0")
LWL13.59m (44'0")
Beam4.47m (14'0")
Draft2.37m (7'0")
Hull ConstructionGRP
EngineYanmar 4JH3-DTE 120hp
Keel TypeFin Keel

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    MCA Cat 0 coded Holman & Pye designed Bowman 57 ketch configured for off-grid cruising. Extensively updated and refitted and offered for sale in turnkey order.


    EMILY MORGAN is a Bowman 57’ cutter ketch designed by Holman and Pye, built by Bowman of Emsworth UK and finished by Southampton Boat Services of Hampshire UK in 1982. Named EMILY MORGAN after the Yellow Rose of Texas, she has been operated commercially by her current (fifth) owners, of 12 years, offering ocean crossings and Caribbean charter. They also completed the World ARC in 2018/2019.

    EMILY MORGAN is currently coded to MCA Cat 0 and Cat 2 with all the necessary equipment required. She has been annually inspected including an out of water survey every 5 years and is maintained by her owners to a very high standard to comply with the coding requirements and their meticulous attention to detail.

    Extensively updated and refitted over the past seasons to configure her for short-handed ‘off-grid’ generator-free cruising, EMILY MORGAN’s specification highlights include:-
    • Solar panels
    • Watt & Sea hydrogenator
    • Eclectic Energy D400 wind generator
    • Spectra Ventura 12vDC watermaker
    • Recently repainted topsides, superstructure and cockpit
    • Versatile 5-cabin, 2-heads layout
    • Teak interior joinery
    • Encapsulated lead fin keel
    • Full-depth skeg-hung rudder
    • Whitlock Mamba steering
    • Yanmar 4JH3 DTE 120hp engine with MaxProp propeller
    • Recently replaced Rolls AGM batteries with 12vDC and 24vDC battery banks
    • Black water holding tanks
    • Standing rigging replaced
    • Harken furlers
    • Spinnaker pole and asymmetric pole
    • Recently replaced mainsail, mizzen and genoa
    • AB10 aluminium bottomed tender with Yamaha 15hp 2-stroke outboard
    • Fridges and freezer
    • Icom 801e SSB
    • Vespermarine Watchmate AIS
    • Furuno radar/plotter
    • Iridium Go!
    • YellowBrick tracker


    The time has come for us to find a new custodian for EMILY MORGAN. EMILY MORGAN is a legendary Bowman 57, the most amazing seagoing thoroughbred yacht.

    After 12 amazing we now have 3 young grandchildren and an aging parent, so it is time for us to spend more time ashore. She will be available from July 2023.

    We bought EMILY MORGAN in January 2011 with the intention of going Blue Water sailing and chartering to fund our lifestyle. We didn’t want any old boat; we wanted a classic thoroughbred yacht. She had to be a ‘go anywhere’ yacht, comfortable at sea and at anchor, and pretty – at the time we described our ideal yacht as ‘not a Ford Mondeo, but a classic Jaguar’.

    We stepped on board and fell in love. EMILY MORGAN has surpassed our expectations; she has taken us around the world in comfort and style and we have been able to continuously improve her along the way. We have achieved all our dreams, and more.

    John Kretchmer, in ‘Sailing a Serious Ocean’ says that ‘the Bowman 57 is one of the most capable and accomplished fibreglass yachts ever built...it is a tough, capable boat that doesn’t seem 57’ long…Only the Ocean71 has a record as impressive.’

    She is in the best condition, kept to the exacting standards of MCA Code 0, including annual surveys, maintained to our exceptional standards as befits an ex-flight inspector and aircraft technician.

    Ideally EMILY MORGAN will be bought by a couple who will continue to charter her, as we have built a very successful business with EMILY MORGAN at its heart. Alternatively, she lends herself to a family who want to embark on a big adventure, such as taking her around the world again. Until we find a suitable custodian for her, we will continue to share her with guests.


    My husband, and I intended to be cruising the world for some time, with no particular plan to circumnavigate, and we had a pretty reasonable set of criteria for the vessel that would help us get there. The boat had to be sturdy, capable of handling heavy seas and possible collisions with floating objects, and manageable for each of us alone. It had to be comfortable under way and at anchor, and it had to be pretty. We expected to sail doublehanded for the most part, so we wanted a split rig.

    At the end of a long search, the boat that sang to us was a Bowman 57 ketch, which was designed by Holman & Pye, who later designed many Oysters, and built in 1976 by Bowman Yachts, located in Southampton, England…

    …She’s a “boat-shaped boat” with beautiful lines, a delicate transom, and a wave-splitting bow. Drawing more than 8 feet, she’s not about to go gunkholing, but she’ll certainly handle a sea well. Her skeg-hung rudder is protected behind a substantial fin keel onto which the mast is stepped. The hull is solid fiberglass-no balsa core to rot, no foam core to get soggy or crack. If she hits something solid, she’s likely to bounce.
    With a beam of less than 15 feet, the Bowman 57 is svelte by current standards, and the design’s slenderness makes a difference belowdecks. It’s possible to traverse her length with handholds all the way…

    …Ketch rigged and with double headsails, the 57 can take on sail in small enough doses for each of us to be able to handle them. Aleria behaves like the big boat she is, responding more slowly to the helm than what we were used to. My first turn at the wheel was intimidating, but I took comfort in the feeling from the center cockpit that following seas were a long way “back there.” Once under way, balanced and in the groove, she sails like a freight train.

    Extracts from article in Cruising World Magazine – May 2007



    RCD Status:
    • Our understanding is that the yacht is exempt from the essential safety requirements of Directive 94/25EC (Recreational Craft Directive) as she was built and placed into use within the EU prior to 1998.
    • Construction drawings are approved by Lloyd's Register of Shipping.

    Hull Construction:
    • Hull: solid laminate GRP
    • Topsides repainted ‘Mediterranean white’ International Perfection Pro with ‘Pacific Blue’ cove line – 2020
    • Hull epoxy treated - 2004
    • Hull antifouled – May 2023

    Deck & Superstructure Construction:
    • GRP deck and superstructure construction with balsa core.
    • Teak laid side decks and cockpit – replaced 2000 (12mm)
    • Teak deck recaulked - 2020 with further overhaul of dowels - 2021
    • Cockpit teak recaulked - 2021
    • Superstructure repainted ‘Mediterranean white’ with International Perfection Pro 2021
    • Cockpit repainted - 2020
    • External trim: Teak, stainless steel with aluminium toe rail

    Keel & Rudder:
    • Fully encapsulated lead fin keel
    • GRP rudder blade well-supported by full-depth GRP skeg.
    • Rudder blade stripped and epoxy treated – 2016
    • Bottom rudder bearings replaced August 2019


    Engine & gearbox:
    • Yanmar 4JH3-DTE 4-cylinder, turbo-charged diesel engine producing 120hp - 2006
    • Yanmar mechanical reduction gearbox
    • Aquadrive universal shaft coupling - 2019
    • Single lever throttle and gearbox control.

    Maintenance & Performance:
    • Engine last serviced: Spring 2023
    • Engine hours: approx. 6,060 as of Sumer 2023
    • Engine comprehensively overhauled in 2022 prior to fitment including reconditioning of turbo and servicing of injectors.
    • Cruising speed - approx. 7 knots
    • Max speed – approx. 9+ knots
    • Range @ 2,000rpm – approx. 1,200Nm

    Propulsion & Steering:
    • MaxProp 3-bladed feathering propeller – overhauled 2017
    • Stainless steel prop-shaft
    • Whitlock Mamba wheel steering system with hide covered stainless steel wheel
    • Emergency tiller


    Voltage systems:
    • 24vDC and 12vDC domestic systems with 12vDC start circuits and 220vAC via shore-power or inverter.

    Battery Banks:
    • 6x 12vDC 115Ah Rolls AGM service batteries joined in parallel and series to supply 345Ah @ 24vDC
    • 4x 12vDC 115Ah Rolls AGM service batteries joined in parallel to supply 460Ah @ 12vDC
    • 1x 12vDC engine start battery – 2022
    • 2x 12vDC Rolls AGM anchor windlass batteries – 2019
    • Xantrex Link 20 12vDC and 24vDC battery monitoring systems - 2009

    Charging / Inverter:
    • Victron 30 amp 12vDC charger -2017
    • Victron Multiplus 24v charger/inverter - 2022

    • 12vDC engine-mounted alternator
    • 24vDC Amptech 75Amp high-output secondary engine alternator - 2022
    • Sterling Power Pro Split R Alternator Distribution System - 2017

    Wind, Solar and Hydro Generator:
    • Eclectic Energy D400 wind generator – 2021
    • Watt & Sea Cruising 600 12vDC/24vDC hydrogenator – 2017 and refurbished 2021
    • 2x AKT 100 Watt 12vDC solar panels 2016
    • Tracer 2210RN MPPT controller - 2015

    Other Electrical:
    • 220vAC shore power with earth leakage strip, circuit breaker and shore power cable
    • Galvanic isolator
    • 12v electric sockets throughout
    • 220vAC sockets throughout


    Fresh Water:
    • 12vDC pressurized water pump for supplying fresh water
    • Hot water supply via engine calorifier and 220vAC immersion heater element in hot water tank heated by shorepower
    • Seagull filter tap in Galley
    • Hot and cold deck showers x2

    Salt Water:
    • Saltwater anchor wash down pump - 2014

    • Spectra Ventura 12vDC 32 L/h watermaker - 2017

    Bilge Pumps:
    • Bilge pumps: 1 x auto electric, 1 x Henderson manual diaphragm
    • Firepump/Emergency Bilge pump: 1x mobile manual Whale Gusher
    • Bilge water high level alarm and cockpit warning lights

    Black & Grey Water:
    • Heads discharge to tank or to sea.
    • Grey water from forward and aft heads drain to sump tanks and discharge to sea.
    • Fwd & aft heads showers & sinks discharge to grey water boxes with automatic float switches, then discharge to sea via 24vDC pumps

    Gas System:
    • Gas bottles stowed in vented compartment behind the lazarette, 3x 907 Camping Gaz, 1x 5kg Australian bottle, solenoid and manual shut offs
    • Xintex gas detection system
    • Gas system tested August 2022


    • Total fuel capacity approx 830 litres in GRP centreline tank
    • Fuel tank level gauge at chart table

    Fresh Water:
    • Total water capacity approx 2,000 litres in 3x GRP tanks
    • Water tank level gauges at chart table

    Holding Tanks:
    • Tek Tanks plastic black water holding tanks servicing forward and aft heads - 2018
    • Holding tanks discharges to sea beneath waterline or via deck extraction point.
    • 2x 10 litre grey water sump tanks for forward and aft heads with electric pump out and automatic float switches


    At Helm:
    • Speed/log/depth Raymarine ST60+ Tridata
    • Wind Raymarine Autohelm ST60
    • Graphic Raymarine ST60+ - 2023
    • Autohelm ST6000+ autopilot control head (2022) with 3/4hp 24v drive unit - 2018
    • Silva 150 binnacle compass with cover & light

    At Chart Table:
    • Furuno NavNet Radar/chartplotter display with closed array scanner on mizzen mast - 2008
    • AIS Vespermarine Watchmate AIS system - 2015
    • ICS Nav 6 Navtex - 2008

    Communications Equipment:
    • Icom 801e SSB with backstay antenna - 2017
    • Icom ATU AT141 tuner, DSC antenna and groundplates - 2018
    • ICOM IC-M330GE VHF with DSC and GPS - 2019
    • Iridium Go! - 2017
    • YB3 Tracker


    • Force 10 - 3 burners, hotplate, grill and oven with overhead extractor - 2019
    • ENO BBQ mounted on pushpit - 2017
    • Galley refrigerator: 24vDC top opening - 2007
    • Deep freeze: 24vDC top opening, air and fresh water cooled - 2007
    • Drinks fridge: 12vDC, in main saloon
    • Stainless steel sink with hot & cold pressurised fresh water supply and further filtered water supply.

    • Jabsco manual marine heads (aft heads has wiring to convert to electrical heads)
    • Hot & cold pressurised water supplies with shower

    • Hella DC ventilation fans in all cabin areas

    • Stereo system with saloon speakers
    • Waterproof cockpit speakers - 2022


    Summary of Accommodation:
    • Up to 10 berths in five accommodation cabins plus two heads plus with further sea-berth in saloon

    Accommodation Finish:
    • The finish throughout is of teak, gloss varnished.
    • The joinery is a combination of veneer and solid timber.
    • Teak and holly cabin sole.
    • Oceanair Skyscreen blinds throughout - 2017
    • Leecloths on all bunks

    Description of Accommodation from Forward:
    • Forepeak cabin with 2 single berths has insert to convert to large double, this shares the large forward heads with twin guest cabins port and starboard.
    • The main saloon has a dining area to starboard with seating around a large fold out table with internal storage
    • 2x comfortable armchairs to port
    • Chart table to port. Aft of the chart table is a twin cabin leading to the aft heads that it shares with the owner’s stateroom which has a large double berth.
    • All cabins have ample stowage, lighting and ventilation.
    • The galley is to starboard and has generous work surfaces and storage.


    • Masthead cutter-headed ketch rig
    • Proctor aluminium anodised spars
    • Keel-stepped main mast and deck stepped mizzen
    • Stainless steel wire standing rigging – replaced completely 2011 followed by more recent replacement of D1’s, checkstays and mizzen forestays in July 2022, wire inner forestay in April 2021, main forestay in July 2019, inner forestay in November 2017
    • Standing rigging professionally inspected annually.
    • Harken manual genoa furler
    • Harken Cruising 1 manual staysail furler -2007
    • Navtec hydraulic vang with control panel in cockpit – re-sealed and re-gassed March 2023
    • Anodised aluminium spinnaker pole mounted on mast track
    • Removable bowsprit – 2021
    • Running rigging replaced - 2019-2022

    • 2x Lewmar 65 2 speed manual for genoa sheets or spinnaker sheets, re-chromed 2022
    • 2x Lewmar 55ST 3-speed self-tailing manual for staysail or spinnaker sheets
    • 2x Lewmar 40 2-speed manual for checkstays
    • Harken 46ST 2-speed self-tailing mainsheet winch – 2013
    • 1x Lewmar 48ST 2-speed manual halyard winch at mainmast
    • 1x Lewmar 40 2-speed manual reefing winch at mainmast
    • 1x Lewmar 30 2-speed manual halyard winch at mainmast
    • Proctor side winder pole positioning winch at mainmast
    • 2x Lewmar Ocean 50ST 2-speed manual (electric capable) self-tailing spinnaker halyard winches at mast base – 2021
    • 2x Lewmar 30 2-speed manual winches on mizzen mast
    • All winches regularly serviced

    • Ullman Sails Triradial Hydranet battened mainsail – 2019
    • Ullman Sails Triradial Hydranet furling genoa – 2019
    • Ullmans Sails Dacron battened mizzen - 2021
    • Ullman Sails Dacron furling yankee – 2013 – used very lightly.
    • Jeckells Sails Dacron furling staysail – 2015
    • North Sails asymmetric spinnaker with snuffer
    • Mizzen staysail
    • Storm jib
    • Trisail

    • Stainless steel pulpit, pushpit, guardrails, bathing ladder, aft deck extension, aft boarding gate with retractable ladder
    • Stainless steel mast pulpits
    • Polished stainless steel dorade vents
    • Teak folding cockpit table
    • Additional cockpit table
    • Teak cockpit sole grating

    Anchoring & Mooring:
    • Anchor windlass: Lofrans Falkon 24v 1500 watt with rope and chain gypsies - 2004
    • 45kg Delta primary anchor - regalvanised 2020
    • 100m of 12mm stainless steel chain – 2019
    • 72m of 24m warp
    • 25kg Delta spare anchor
    • 15kg aluminium Fortress kedge anchor
    • Mooring and spring cleats
    • Fore and aft mooring lines
    • Warps & fenders

    Covers, Cushions & Canvas:
    • Sprayhood with stainless steel frame - 2017
    • Custom bimini with stainless steel frame and full enclosures - 2019
    • Cockpit cushions
    • Aft deck sunbathing cushions - 2023
    • Wheel cover
    • Winch covers
    • Liferaft covers - 2021
    • Mainsail and mizzen sail covers

    Tender & Outboard:
    • AB10 aluminium rigid bottom dinghy with AB chaps - 2019
    • Yamaha 15hp 2 stroke outboard engine - 2014


    General note on safety equipment: Any safety equipment such as liferafts, Epirbs, fire extinguishers and flares etc. are usually personal to the current owner(s) and if being left on-board as part of the sale of a used vessel may require routine servicing, replacement, or changing to meet a new owners specific needs.

    Navigation Lights:
    • LED navigation lights, searchlights, spreader lights

    Life saving:
    • Liferafts: 2x Viking 8-man Solas A canister in S/S cradles
    • 2x lifebuoys, danbuoy, drogue, lights and whistles
    • 15x lifejackets and harnesses, 7 x coastal, 8 x ocean – serviced 2022
    • 8x MOB1 PLBs
    • 3Si Guardian 406Mhz EPRIB - 2019
    • Ecomax radar reflector

    Fire Control:
    • Fire extinguishers replaced - 2022
    • Fireblitz automatic engine space fire extinguisher - 2022

    Viewing arrangements

    Lying – Portishead, UK

    Available to view strictly by appointment

    Office Hours Mon- Fri 0900 – 17.00
    Saturday by prior appointment

    For more information or to arrange a viewing please contact us.

    Please Note: Due to the varying locations of our yachts, your travel time and the distances that may be involved, we recommend that you only make arrangements to view if you are actively considering purchase.

    Lead Broker : Alex Grabau
    Tel: +44 (0)1590 673715
    Email: info@grabauinternational.com

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