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1962 Laurent Giles TSDMY Gentleman's Motor Yacht

near Valenica



Major top to bottom refit 2021-2023

Can be operated under the same rules for boats under 24m (Does not need to be in class/ is not subject to LY3 coding)

General Arrangement Plan available on request

‘La Fenice’ was launched in 1962 as the support vessel to the British America’s Cup challenger, Sovereign.

This Classic 31m Super Yacht is the epitome of elegance. Its sleek lines and masterful craftsmanship exude sophistication. The interior is rich with hardwoods, fine fabrics, and stylish design details.

Spacious living areas, including comfortable lounges and multiple dining spaces, make the interior very versatile and adaptable to your day to day requirements. On the top deck, you will find an extended bridge and observation room with an alfresco dining area and large sun pad offering breath taking ocean views. The main deck provides two entertaining spaces with a lounge aft, tv snug and large saloon forward. On the lower deck, you will find 4 guest cabins and 3 crew cabins offering comfortable accommodation for all onboard.

This meticulously maintained Super Yacht promises a refined cruising experience.

Some key features which should be considered:

Load Line Length exemption

Due to the age of 'La Fenice', she benefits from historical Load Line Length exemption meaning that the boat can be treated as less than 24m LOA. This means the boat could be coded under MCA Small Vessel Code (MGN280) rather than the much more complicated LY3 code, if operated under a British (UK) flag.

Christian Liaigre interior design

The Interior of 'La Fenice' was styled by the Internationally famous interior designer and architect, Christian Liaigre. You will find his masterpieces throughout the interior, including directors chairs, sofas and many special features designed specifically for 'La Fenice'.

Refit works

There have been two major refits in recent years onboard ‘La Fenice’: 2015-2016 & 2021-2023.

The most recent refit, undertaken in Southampton, UK, was an incredibly comprehensive one including a complete overhaul of the engines, new bow and stern thrusters, new generators, new Tek-Dek decks, new water maker, new electrical equipment to name just a few items. See full list below in specification.

The History of the yacht

Commissioned by the late Anthony Boyden, the financier, in 1962 to be built as the support vessel for his 1964 challenge for the Americas Cup with the 12 meter, Sovereign.

Her design came from the drawing board of Laurent Giles and was built by Richards Ironworks in Lowestoft.

Tony Boyden had recently purchased Dewlish Hall in Dorset and was undertaking significant renovations. The boat was launched as ‘Diadem of Dewlish’. The design brief was for a comfortable, seaworthy craft. She had to be able to cross the Atlantic and sail to Australia under her own steam, and have sufficient speed for her to be manoeuvred to strategic positions during the course of a 12-metre race. In addition she had to be a good example of British workmanship.

Not only was the design criteria met, the design and build team managed to create a stylish and elegant large motor yacht.

Economical running

The running costs of this boat can be kept to a minimum due to the economical engines and ability to be run like a sub 24m vessel.

There is flexibility with crewing, based on how the new owner wants to operate the vessel.

At 10 knots, the Gardner engines and generator use a meagre 40L per hour between them offering extremely cheap passage making.

The boat comes equipped with an extensive list of spares and tooling allowing for comprehensive repairs in remote locations if required.

Combined with the recent extensive refit, the running costs of this vessel should be significantly less than other vessels of a similar size.

Turn key charter ability

Should the new owner chose to do so, the boat can be coded, subject to inspection. The boat has been refitted and prepared such that she could be put into charter easily.

Branding, photography and full website can be finalised and handed over to the new owner.

Basic Boat Info

Tax Status: Paid
Make: Laurent Giles
Model: TSDMY Gentleman's Motor Yacht
Year: 1962
Condition: Used
Category: Power
Builder: Richard Ironworks
Designer: Laurent Giles
Construction: Steel


Length: 101'9 ft / 31 m
Length Overall: 101'9 ft / 31 m
Beam: 21'10 ft / 6.65 m
Max Draft: 9'2 ft / 2.8 m

Engines / Speed

Engines: 2
Engine #1 Specs:
  • Make: Gardner
  • Model: 8L3B
  • Fuel: Diesel
  • Engine Power: 230hp
  • Type: Inboard
  • Propeller Type: 4 BladeBronze
  • Drive Type: Direct
  • Engine Hours: 290
Engine #2 Specs:
  • Make: Gardner
  • Model: 8L3B
  • Fuel: Diesel
  • Engine Power: 230hp
  • Type: Inboard
  • Propeller Type: 4 BladeBronze
  • Drive Type: Direct
  • Engine Hours: 290
Total Engine Power: 460hp


Heads Count: 8
Drive Type: Direct
Boat Class: Antique and Classics, Cruisers, Motor Yachts


Tim Brouard
Tim Brouardstarted his career working for a yacht brokerage commissioning new boats and managing brokerage boats. He then set up his own yacht management company on the Hamble before joining Nicolle Associates.

Tim is an experienced private skipper where in addition to cruising he has introduced owners and clients to the racing circuit with an impressive second in the Round The Island Race.

Tim is a qualified Yachtmaster Offshore and an active member of the Royal Thames Yacht club.

Contact Tim Brouard by email using the link below, or at DDI +44 (0)23 8115 7021, M +44 (0)78 6736 2107 for more details.
Nicolle Associates


Nicolle Associates
Saltmakers House, Hamble Point Marina
Southampton,, Hampshire, GB, SO31 4NB
Tel:+44(0)23 8115 7021

Nicolle Associates offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.


Shafts and Stabilisers:
• Main Shafts pulled and inspected for wear
• Port prop and inter shaft flanges re-machined, shaft straightened and new tapered coupling (report available)
• All gland packing replaced
• Simplex Bearing removed and overhauled (report available)
• Cutlass bearings replaced with bespoke Thordon Bearings
• New, bespoke, delrin shaft coupler fairing pieces to both shafts
• New shaft anodes machined and jigs retained for future use
• Stabiliser shafts re machined in Inconell 625 (report available)
• New bearings machined (issued by Naiad Dynamics)
• All hydraulic hoses on HP side replaced
• Nitrogen pressure vessels recharged.
• All stabiliser rams fully rebuilt.
• Steering ram fully overhauled rebuilt
• Prop spanner, shaft spanners and tapered coupling spanners designed and fabricated for shipyard work. Retained onboard for future use.

Engines and Gearboxes:
• Full 3UC gearbox overhaul by Gardner Marine (report available)
• Extensive engine work (all elements excl crankshaft) removed and overhauled by Gardner Marine (report available)
• New bronze raw water pumps, mounting plates and belts inc full rebuild spares kits
• New Fisher Panda 25i genset with paralleling function and upgraded stainless steel sound enclosure.
• Existing Northern Light genset fully overhauled (report available)
• New 3 phase bronze bilge pump
• Complete new exhausts, expansion bellows and silencers designed in consultation with Gardner Marine Diesels
• New High temperature lagging to exhausts

• New Sleipner 550 AC bow thruster (in warranty). Existing tunnel reused and custom removable grilles installed
• New Sleipner 320 DC stern thruster (in warranty). New tunnel installed with custom fairing pieces and removable grilles.

Fluids and Pipework:
• All seacocks, mud boxes, globe valves etc removed, vapour blasted and refinished or replaced as necessary.
• All solid pipework removed, inspected cleaned and painted. New high temperature silicone gaskets throughout
• All remaining skin fittings exchanged for bronze fittings where necessary and new high temp silicone seal throughout
• All hoses replaced to SAE J2006 R1 and ISO 7840 A1 standards. Additional silicone wrap to high level (1000 C) and heavy duty wrap to protect hoses and pipework as required.
• New fuel circuits and manifold throughout in Lloyds ISO 7840 A1 New digital fuel monitoring systems to all deiel powered mechanical equipment.
• Complete removal and overhaul/replacement of freshwater circuits, filters, pumps, heaters and pipework in engine room
• New water maker (190lph) (in warranty)
• New MARPOL approved water treatment plant (approx 3200 lpd in warranty)

AC and DC Equipment:
• Full Megger test to all AC circuits
• New service and starter batteries throughout, new cabling and switching/isolation/fuses
• New Victron battery chargers throughout
• New Victron DC charger and complete new DC consumer unit
• New Victron GMDSS compliant charger and batteries
• AC cabinets fully checked and overhauled as necessary.
• Phase rotation meter added
• Peplink 4G system and 5 WAP’s - expandable to sync with Starlink
• NEMA 0182/2k overhaul
• VHF, AIS, plotters, sounders, GPS, antennas replaced or upgraded

Aircon and Heating:
• New digital MCC control and switches to protect circuits and equipment.
• New pipework to raw circuits in CuNi
• Full reverse cycle operation
• 16kW Eberspacher diesel heater with controls and integration into chiller circuits (not commissioned) for lower sea water temperatures.

• All original 15⁄8” teaks deck sanded and faired to eleviate voids and receive either 12mm or 18mm 15 yr Lloyds rated marine grade plywood, epoxy bonded and mechanically fixed with A4 stainless steel screws at maximum 120mm centres. All holes and joints filled and faired with Awlfair in preparation for new synthetic decks.
• New Tek Dek synthetic teak to all decks
• Bespoke stainless steel deck hatch to lazarette
• Davit cranes removed, new A4 stainless steel mounting rings, wiring and controls

Anti Foul:
• Old surface finishes remove with high pressure wet blasting followed by dry blasting
• 4 coats Hempel Quattro applied by spray finish
• 2 coats Hempel Light Primer
• Coppercoat Superyacht finish sprayed.
• Standard antifoul boot top.

• Fusion touchscreen to boat deck
• Projector to boat deck (sincs through laptop and speakers)
• Bose Bluetooth to bar area
• LCD TV and bose soundbar
• DVD player
• Apple TV
• Peplink 4G and WAP throughout boat - ready to take Starlink if req)

Key Information

Vessel moved to UKSR and new CoR issued

New GRT measurements and certification

Full 3D imaging scan of vessel (topsides and hull)

Load Line Exemption enables vessel to be treated as less than 24m. Therefore can be coded under MGN280 not LY3 if retained under United Kingdom flag

Current SCV ready to be issued. This will need to reviewed at the point of sale as cannot be passed to a new owner.

La Fenice is currently insured through a Lloyds based Superyacht Syndicate (Beazley) and the policy does not required her to be in class.

Full Website, branding and photography ready to be finalised to allow for full marketing

Berth fully paid in Sant Carles de la Rapita, Spain until July 2024

Berth deposit paid for 30 days at Port Vell for the 37th Americas Cup in Barcelona.


G.R.T. 139.66
Registered Tonnage 139.66
Net Tonnage 42.00
Registered Length 29.16m
LOA 31m
Beam 6.65m
Draft 2.8m


Fuel: 13500l diesel oil in 4 tanks giving a range of approx 3360nm @ 10 knts
Water: 10000l
Black/Grey: 1 x 1500l (aft) 1 x 800l (fwd) 350l (sludge)

Technical Specification and Mechanical Equipment

Twin, handed, Gardner 8L3B’s producing 230bhp at 1130 rpm
290 Engine hours since major overhaul

Fischer Panda 25kw 415v 3 Phase (670 Hours)
Northern Lights 944T 44kw 415v 3 Phase (105 Hours)

Vosper twin fin (underway only)

Lecombe and Schmidt 24v hydraulic power pack and rams.

Variable speed bow thruster (415v AC 550Kg thust) and stern thruster (48v DC 320Kg thrust)

Aquafresh 190lph fully automatic with remote touchscreen controller Full freshwater filtration (paper, carbon and UV filters)

Water Treatment:
Technicomar, fully MARPOL compliant, 3200s black/grey water treatment plant, 3200lpd processing capacity with remote touchscreen display/controller

Air Handling:
Dometic blown air A/C with reverse cycle capability to all accommodation areas
16 kW Eberspacher blown air heating system to all accommodation areas (operates in cold climates - not commissioned)

Ground Tackle:
2 x 80Kg Pool Anchors. 192m (stbd) and 110m (port) of 16mm fully calibrated chain.

Navigations and Electronics:

Furuno TZ2 16” Touchscreen Plotter
Furuno GP 1871 Touchscreen Plotter
Furuno GP 39
Furuno Nav Pilot 700 autohelm
Furunuo NX300 Navtex
Furuno SC30 Satellite compass
Furuno 12A 12kW Radar
Icom GM600 GMDSS VHF Transceiver with Class A DSC
Furuno Wind/Multi
Furuno FA70 Class B AIS Transponder With SOTDMA
Peplink 4G SIM broadband (limited to land based mast reception)
ZF 9910 Engine Controls
Full GMDSS compliant battery system 440aH capacity
New Fusion touchscreen audio to boat deck
Bluetooth stereo upgrade to Bose system in bar area.
Francis 1kW Searchlight


The Interior of 'La Fenice' was styled by the Internationally famous interior designer and architect, Christian Liaigre.

You will find his masterpieces throughout the interior, including directors chairs, sofas and many special features designed specifically for 'La Fenice'.

'La Fenice' has been designed to comfortably accommodate up to 9 guests in 4 suites. She is also capable of carrying up to 6 crew onboard to ensure a relaxed luxury yacht experience. As the crew cabins are also fitted out to a high standard, there is flexibility to use these as guests cabins too. All cabins onboard benefit from ensuite facilities.

Bridge Deck

The Bridge deck interior is light an inviting area with the navigation station found forward and a large table aft.

Externally you have a very large deck space and sun pad area. It is a fantastic entertaining space which also benefits from a large bimini.

Main Deck

As you enter the interior you arrive in the aft lounge and bar area. Going through to the forward section you have a day heads, and a side door to the walkaround deck. The forward section of the main deck has two distinct areas; the TV snug with luxurious leather sofa and the saloon forward which features a huge sofa, dining table, bench seating and a further sofa. Throughout the main deck there are lots on windows giving plenty of natural light.  

Lower Deck

The guest accommodation is accessed through the aft lounge on the main deck. The 4 guest cabins (3 double and 1 double with single bed above), all have private ensuite shower rooms. The crew cabins are accessed through the main saloon, the stairs lead down to a large galley and crew mess with the crew accommodation off this area. The skippers cabin has a double bed, and the two other crew cabins are twins, all ensuite.


Undercounter freezer
6 zone induction hob
3 phase commercial oven
2 large fridges
Extraction over hob
All crockery, pots, pans, cutlery, serving ware, blenders, bread makers etc will stay with boat
Washer dryer (new 2022)


Slimline dishwsher
Wine fridge
Siemens coffee machine

Boat deck

Ice maker (needs commissioning - needs a gas charge we think)

Tenders and Toys:

Predator 550 Tender with 115hp Yamaha
Waterskis, wakeboards and towable inflatables
2 x SUP
RS500 sailing dingy
Magma Gourmet Series Infrared Monterey 2 Gas Grill (30 x 61cm)

Covers and Canvas

Rib console cover
Full rib cover (fits when on shore rack or on davits)
New dodger
New 3D designed cover for boat deck bar
New boat deck table cover
New 3D designed full cover to aft main deck. Allows for use of passerelle and panels roll up individually to allow for mooring
New forward hatch cover
New windlass cover
Windlass completely overhauled - new bearings, transformers etc
New mattresses throughout entire boat (crew and VIP)
New transit covers to wheelhouse
New cushions (internal and external)
Lounge pad frame completely rebuilt
New covers to Nav light stations
New branded liferaft covers (can remain fitted and will not inhibit hydrostatic release)
New bags for windlass control, davit control and shore power cable
New splash guards for side decks (prevents water coming onboard when boat deck drains overflow.

Lines and Fenders

Yard lines - liros octoplat
Marina Lines - 4x in Liros Super Yacht 32mm with leather eye splices

- all inflatable with Oyster yachts pump
- 2 x Defenda 61cm x 147cm
- 2 x Defenda A5 71cm x 94cm
- 4 x Defenda F11 49cm x146cm
- 2 sets grey inflatable fender covers (some with logo)

Safety Equipment

All to MGN280 Cat 2 - all new 2023

2 x no 8 person SOLAS B type 1 Life raft with hydrorelease and cradles
Jonbouy GL bulkhead Mark 5 Danbury and horseshoe with MOB1 fitted to recovery module (MMSI programmed to show on AIS)
5 Spinlock Euro with light and spray hood
15 TPA’s
Plastimo lifejackets
Full CAT 2 flarepack
Jonbuoy Horseshoe
2 x SOLAS orange throw rings per deck with floating lines
2 x 20m and 2 x 38m floating throw lines
Solid foam lifejackets

Fire fighting:
New extinguidsers throughout 2023
FM200 automatic fire extinguisher system serviced 2023
External diesel powered fire/bilge pump (electric and pull start)


Nicolle Associates offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.

  • This vessel is EU VAT paid.
  • As always photographs do not do justice so a viewing is highly recommended.
  • This boat is lying near Valenica, Spain.
  • © 2023 Nicolle Associates