Custom Ketch 60

Custom Ketch "South Cross London"  is for sale with DBY Boat Sales.

This twin screw motor-sailer was built by Thomsons Yard of Buckie, Scotland 1971. They specialised in fishing vessels for the North Sea and this was the only pleasure craft they launched. Its' lines are similar to the many working boats they built over 5 generations.

"Southern Cross London" was commissioned by Major Frederick W. Cunduff, then Managing Director of Gardner & Sons Ltd. The British builder of diesel engines. It was the fifth Southern Cross he owned. She has circumnavigated the globe, sailed to the Sub Antarctic Islands, and cruised the Pacific,South America and Southern Tasmania. 

The current owners purchased her in 2017 and sailed her to Sydney, then Brisbane and on for a 12 month stay in Papua New Guinea. A 3 year refit saw all of her systems, structures and accommodations overhauled and upgraded.

Powered by twin, mirror image, 6L3B Gardner main engines and a Gardner 3LW generator - "Southern Cross London" epitomises a small ship.
Cruising at 7kn @ 700rpm, 8kn @ 800rpm & 9kn @ 900rpm she offers excellent range from her 3500L - 1200nm or 6 days endurance at 8kn. Extended range is available sail plan and reserve tankage of an additional 1000L.

Constructed of 2´´ Teak on Oak 4´´ sided at 15´´ centres, featuring an expansive laid deck in 1&3/4´´ x 3´´ teak with high bulwarks all around, at 84 tonnes she is a delight to work on at sea.

Her large wheelhouse has been thoroughly modernised with new electrics and a comprehensive Raymarine electronics package - featuring a skipper's chair at the large ships wheel, raised bench seating for the off-watch and small ships desk, along with a standup chart table.
Aft from the wheelhouse, a stairwell leads to the owner's cabin with centreline double and ensuite bathroom, a walk-in dressing room and walk in engine room. Her forward lower accommodations include a port single cabin, starboard single cabin/pantry with fridge, freezer and pantry cupboards, forward wet head and forward V berth cabin.

Her aft deck features a large, varnished table over a varnished butterfly hatch - the perfect space for entertaining. There is also a built-in BOSCH washer/dryer. Heading forward her raised saloon and galley offers ample space for guests, enjoying excellent visibility and great ventilation.

After returning to Brisbane in late 2023, a post trip maintenance program was undertaken in preparation for sale."Southern Cross London" is ready and waiting for her new owners to enjoy!

For sale with DBY Boat Sales Pittwater Office in Newport. Please call +61 2 9999 3311 for an inspection. For additional high resolution photos and detailed inventory, please email

Price: $675,000 AUD
Price Base: $675,000
Brand: Custom
Model: KETCH
Length: 18.25 Meters
Year: 1971
Category: Cruising Yachts
Hull Type: Timber
Hull Style: Single
Power Type: Sail
Type Of Sales: Dealer
Engine Make: Gardner
Engine Type: Twin Gardners
Condition: Used
State: New South Wales
Stock Number: DBY00030
Registration Number: 856837
Designer : W. Macpherson Campbell, Naval Architect
Builder : J Thompson's Boat Yard, Bucki, Scotland
Hull Construction Material : Teak and Oak
Hull Type : Yacht/Ketch
Deck Construction Material : Teak
Country Origin : Scotland, UK
Length (feet) : 62 feet
Length (m) : 18.25 m
Length Waterline (m) : 58 m
Beam/Width (feet) : 18 feet
Beam/Width (m) : 5.53 m
Draft (m) : 2.74 m
Draft (feet) : 9 feet
Keel/Ballast : Iron Capping
Number of Helms : 1
Displacement : 64 Tonnes
Colour : White
Engine Notes : Engine Service: April 2024 Engine Room Location: L.L Midships
Number Of Engines : Twin Gardners + 1 Gardner Auxiliary
Stroke : 2 x 6L3B 6 Cyl
Engine Hours : P:13,471 S:12,234
Horse Power (hp) : 174 HP x 2
Generator : Gardner
Number of Batteries : 22
Fuel Type : Diesel
Number of Fuel Tanks : 2 x 3,000L + 1 x auxiliary
Fuel Tank Capacity (L) : 2 x 1,620 L (each) + 1,200 (L)
Propeller : Twin Props. Brass
Steering System : Tenfjord H77TC
Bow Thruster : No
Stern Thruster : No
Accommodation Notes : 4 cabins
Number of Berths : 6
Number of Showers : 2 - Forward bathroom, master suite with ensuite
Shower Type : Hot/Cold
Number of Toilets : 2
Toilet Type : Blakes
Holding Tank (L) : 2 x 240L
Galley Notes : Large mid level galley with seating for 8
Stove : Induction/Microwave Whirlpool combination convection oven
Refrigeration : 2 - Fridge in pantry and fridge in saloon.
Number of Freezers : 1 - Freezer in pantry
Number of Sinks : 1 + Water Filter
Entertainment and Appliances Notes : Alpine Sterio
Anchor / Winch : Heavy Duty Thomas Reid
Bilge Pump : 3. Electric - fwd, mid, aft with high water alarms, plus manual pumps
Deck Gear : Yes
Mast/Rigging : Timber - refurbished in 2021 Rigging last inspected 2024
Sail Inventory : 3 Sails. Main, Jib, Mizzen Furline Genoa, Mainsail and Mizzen
Electrics : 240v Quatro Solar + 240VAC, 24VDC, 12VDC- Gardner Generator
Electronics Navigation : Raymarine
Dinghy : Innert Dinghy - inflatable with 2.5hp outboard
Covers : Yes
Safety Gear : 2 Epirbs + Plb
Ground Tackle : 2 x 120M/ 5/8 chain, Port 132Ibs, stb 140Lbs
Watermaker / De-Sal : De-Sal
GPS : Raymarine
Number of Fish Finders : Y
Has Navigation Lights : Yes
Radio : Yes
Number of Life Jackets : 6 Crewsaver life jackets
Remarks : Fire Protection - Generator Driven Fire Pump. 8 fire hydrants
Cruising speed : 9 knots
EGC Price : $675,000