Metana is a beautiful 41-foot Naval Pinnace, built in 1938 and decommissioned in 1945.
This type of boat has a long heritage: originally developed in the 1600s, pinnaces were used for light naval duties until the mid-twentieth century. The name developed from the old Spanish word for pine tree. William Fife was a leading Scottish shipbuilder in the early 20th century (he even has his own Wikipedia article).
This is a project boat in need of some sympathetic repair work and refitting. She has an elegant outline, with the potential to make a comfortable houseboat or pleasure boat.
She has had some sympathetic repair work done, but needs more. I’ll be sad to part with her, but have concluded that I don’t have the skills to give her the makeover she deserves (especially as I have a new job in London which makes it hard to get up to Gloucester and work on her).
Small forward cabin with toilet and shower in small corner compartments
Enclosed wheelhouse: this is a bright, pleasant space, perfect for airy dinners in the spring and summer
Spacious aft cabin with kitchen and bed.
Hull: wood sheathed with GRP (fibreglass). Mahogany and oak replacement frames, with larch deck beams and pine stringers.
Iron ballast keel
Deck and superstructure: wood, mostly coated in GRP (fibreglass).
Radiator heating system and electricity (AC 220/240 volt shore power and DC electric) system installed and working.
She is currently moored in Sharpness (about 30 minutes’ drive from Bristol and Gloucester). Please message me to arrange a viewing,
Survey February 2017 (please message me if you’d like to see it).
She has undergone some repair work in March 2018:
New engine water impeller fitted
Repacking of stern gland
Hull scraped down and additional GRP coating
Fuel tanks flushed, cleaned and polished
Dried out with dehumidifier
If you’d like to know more, please write to me and I’ll get back to you within 24 hours.
41 ft. 00 ins. (12.50 metres)
39 ft. 00 ins. (11.89 metres)
9 ft. 00 ins. (02.74 metres)
2 ft. 00 ins. (0.61 metres)
8 ft. 00 ins. (2.4 metres) – clears bridges
William Fife of Scotland
Year of build
1 x ‘Perkins 6354’ 127hp diesel
Inland waterway Boat Safety Certification
(required for inland waterways)
BSS certification valid to May 2019
Current Price: £8300.00
This “metana” – Beautiful Naval Pinnace – Leisure/ Houseboat/ Liveaboard Canal Boat boat is located in Sharpness, GL13 9UN and is being sold on eBay by t.beyer.1963.