Roly – a Rampart 48 with flying bridge

A splendid spacious sea going Rampart 48

Roly is a splendid example of the classic Rampart motoryacht, built in 1974 as hull number 741 at the Desty Yard in Southampton. While built on the lines of the 48 the yard did not necessarily measure each plank, choosing the best wood they had, iroko in this case with teak for the decks, and building each boat to be slightly different from the last. Hence she measures 49ft 1inch ! With a draft of 4ft 1 inch she is ideal also for the Thames.

She has had relatively few owners in her years since commissioning in 1974.

Stephen Griffiths, the Rampart Club archivist, owned her for 12 years and Liz and Tony Poole have been her guardians and lived mostly on board, since 2006 when they fell in love with the boat in Barcelona. Until then they had been ardent sailors and she was their first, and only, motorised yacht.

During most of their ownership she was moored on Cadogan Pier at Chelsea, in London, with the lights of the famous Albert Bridge, filling the wheelhouse windows.Now she is presented for sale afloat in Kingston on Thames where they own a flat overlooking the river. It is ill health rather than lack of enthusiasm which forces a reluctant sale. Since deciding to sell the owners have consigned the boat to Dennetts of Chertsey for a full hull survey and have paid for new wheelhouse sides and windows, hull repaint and new covers to the flying bridge and aft cockpit.

Over the past decade or so Roly has gone regularly to Paris and through the waterways of France, as well as along the northern coast of France and the southern coast of England. When not at sea, the upper Thames beckons and she is has been a popular visitor to the Thames Traditional Boat Festival.

Liz, the co owner is the Vice Commodore of the Rampart Society and editor of the ROC News, published bi-annually, to keep the Rampart Owners Club members in touch and up to date with ‘tall tales’ and current events.
The galley is open on two sides of the hull having been extended across to create more space for entertaining. There is a fridge and washing machine.The boat has two cabins forward both sleeping two people while more can obviously be accommodated in the two saloons. I am told that she has slept 14 on occasion. This is a serious cruising boat which the owners continue to cherish despite knowing she has to be sold. New batteries are being installed as I write and there is also a solar top up system on board with an inverter.
There is plenty more information available so please call the office on 01491 578870 to discuss the spec and a potential viewing with Gillian.