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50ft / 15.24m
12.17ft / 3.71m
Perkins 6453 Inboard diesel 140 horsepower x2
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Located In:
Shepperton, United Kingdom
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1960 Royal Van lent 15m Pleasure Yacht for sale. A rare opportunity to aquire a truly classic yacht that has been fully refurbished at great expense to the present owner, yet retains the charm and features of the original design. Despite the cost of the work undertaken, Billow is now offered at a very sensible price. Full history of all work available from the owner

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Year                              1960

Builder                           Royal van Lent  Netherlands

Hull                                Steel

Deck                              Teak

Superstructure              Teak

Length                           15.42m       49' 11"

Beam                             3.71m        12' 2"

Draft                              1.34m         4' 4"

Fuel Capacity                600 L          132 Gallons

Water Capacity             2000 L         440 Gallons

Holding Tank                 2 x 600 L     2 x 132 Gallons                     


Engines                   Twin Perkins 6453 Diesels

HP                            2 x 145

Cylinders                  6

Engine Hours           1000

Fuel Consumption     Average cruising 20 Litres per day (inland waterways)

Max cruising speed   9.5 Knots

Bilge Pumps              3

Steering                     Hydraulic

Lighting                      12v & 240v

Generator                  Vetus

Battery Charger         

Navigation & Electronics

Steering Compass

Echo Sounder             Garmin touch screen multi function instrument.


Autopilot                     Raymarine with commercial pump.


Radio VHF


Cabins               3

Berths                6  (Double Fwd permanent, 2 in Saloom & 2 in Galley.

WC                    2 x Full size electric 

Holding Tank     2 x 600 L   2 x 132 Gallon

Shower              2

Bath                    1 x Jacuzzi bath

Cooker                Electric & Diesel

Refrigerators       Two


Heating               Fan. Water. Webasto

Water System     Electric pressurised

Water Heating     Webasto - Engine - Electric

                            Two hot water tanks, both with calorifiers and immersion heaters. 

Inventory and Other Equipment



Searchlights x 2

Fire Extinguishers x 4

Life Buoy  x 1

Life Jackets x 4

Anchor x 3

Electric Anchor Winch & Chain

Deck Wash

Fenders x 20

Warps x 8

Radio/Cd player



Washer Dryer

General Information

Engines last serviced in Calais prior to the boat being brought onto the Thames. The engines have done 80 hours since the last service.

Last anti-foul June 2017

Last survey June 2017 (Insurance Survey) copy available upon request from owner.

A new Boat Safety Certificate will be included in the sale.


About Billow

A motor cruiser capable of sea going, river and canal work, BILLOW was constructed in 1960 in Holland and displayed at the Amsterdam boat show. Part I registered and with her original Blue Book, she then spent the first 5 years under the White Ensign on the river Thames, owned by a member of the Royal Yacht Squadron.

In 1973 she was bought by the founder of Anglian windows and spent 9 years in the South of France, returning to Norfolk via the Bay of Biscay to reside on the Norfolk Broads. After some years in air conditioned dry storage, her first major refit was conducted in the 1990s when she received new Perkins engines.

BILLOW continued under the same ownership until 2002 when her next owner intended to restore her to her former glory in slow time. In 2007 after the initial work of the refit, she changed hands again to the present owner who completed her to the fine condition she is in today. This work included extensive hull work and a complete re-wire as well as complete overhaul of the engines, pumps, pipe work and controls plus new shafts and rudders; all under the watchful eye of a marine surveyor. All the equipment offered was installed during her recent refit. Now into her third season, she has cruised the waters of central France before being brought onto the non tidal Thames.

The present owner is now offering Billow for sale as they have plans to travel further afield.

Shepperton Marina Mooring Offer

We are pleased to be able to offer discounted moorings for the first year at Shepperton Marina for all boats purchased through our Boat Showrooms brokerage office.

For this boat an annual mooring would be £5448.82 including VAT and the discount, saving £605.42 Power is metered if required.

Lindon Lewis Engine Service Costs

Engine Service Cost       £672.00

Parts Estimate                £350.00

Transmission Parts         £100.00



All Prices are Inclusive of VAT and are for both engines on twin installations.

Lindon Lewis Marine can be contacted on 01932 247427


The company normally only acts as a broker for the Vendor who, unless otherwise stated, is not selling in the course of a business. Whilst every care has been taken in the preparation of these particulars, the correctness is not guaranteed and they are intended as a guide only and do not constitute as a part of any contract. A prospective buyer is strongly advised to check these particulars and where appropriate, and at his own expense, to employ a qualified Marine Surveyor to carry out a survey.

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