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Samson C Lord Long Keel

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16.40m (53'10")


Ferro cement

Underwater profile
Long keel


1 x Diesel 75hp, Reconditioned Volvo Penta D2-75 (2013)



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Extra Details

Designer Samson
Lying Fowey
Fuel capacity 1,200.0 ltr (264.0 G) Total - 2 Tanks
Water capacity 600.0 ltr (132.0 G) Total - 1 Tanks


Engine 1 x Diesel 75hp
Engine make and model Reconditioned Volvo Penta D2-75 (2013)
Engine Hours Engine1: 170
Engine Cooled Indirect
Steering Tiller & Wheel
Drive Shaft
Prop(s) 18" x 11" 3 blade fixed
Fuel consumption (approx) Not Recorded
Cruising speed (approx) 6 knots
Max speed (approx) 6.5 knots
Generator output 4000KVA
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Water-maker tick

The engine room is situated below the pilot house floor and is accessed through two lifting floor panels. You can stand upright, sit next to or beside the engine or even get under it. There is easy and comfortable access to everything and is well lit on all sides. Everything is new, clean, dry and well laid out for access and maintenance.

The main items in the engine room comprise the engine, generator, watermaker, calorifier, greywater tank and all of their ancillary equipment.

Under deck valves prevent theft of fuel and ingress of water to the tanks. There are two 600L tanks, baffled with Weka inspection hatches in each compartment enabling easy inspection of the interior of the tanks (which are currently immaculate). Each tank has a moisture collecting sump and test points to drain off any future moisture or contamination and to sample fuel.

The tanks can be run separately, one for the engine and one for genset and central/water heating or run together.

The engine is fed by twin banks of water separators, filters and electric pumps that can be switched over at a moment’s notice should a filter become blocked or a pump fail. Glass bowls for the water separators give visual indication of problems. A suction gauge indicates the condition of the filter in operation. A new gearbox was fitted in 2013.


LOA 16.40m (53'10")
LWL 14.90m (48'11")
Beam 4.66m (15'3")
Draft Min 2.30m (7'7")
Draft Max 2.30m (7'7")
Airdraft 16.80m (55'1")
Displacement 42,000kg (92,610.0lbs)
Headroom 2.00m (6'7")
Storage Ashore


Schooner rigged Aluminium spars (unknown year) with galvanised standing rigging (2013)


Mainsail Jeckells - Roller boom (2016) Fully Battened,
Headsail Unknown - Furling (unknown year)
Other sails Fore Staysail, serviceable condition (unknown year)
Main staysail, serviceable condition (unknown year)
Fisherman's sail (unknown year)
Solo spinnaker/cruising chute with snuffer (2016)
Storm Jib is unused and therefore in excellent con (unknown year)
Spare mainsail, serviceable condition (unknown year)
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Mainsail furling is in-boom. New UV strip fitted to headsail in 2016 which is in very good condition. Fore and main staysail covers new in 2013. All the sails have been professionally maintained and are all serviceable.
Sail control is such that much of the work can be achieved single handed from the cockpit.

Electrical Systems

12 volt, 8 batteries charged by: engine, wind generator, solar panels, shore power,, generator 4 x solar panels


Construction Ferro cement
Underwater profile Long keel
Finish Paint finish


There are many pre-conceived opinions surrounding ferro-cement constructed boats and it is true that there are some dreadful examples languishing in boat yards around the world. This boat is most definitely not one of them. She was built by a marine engineer to the exacting standards of a Hartley/Sampson design, arguably one of the most successful ferro-cement designers of their time. Walking around the hull, you are not immediately aware that she is of ferro-cement construction.

This Samson C-Lord is a ferro-cement hull and deck built using the ‘Hartley Truss Frame’ method covered in layers of mesh to create the hull form. The ferro-cement is a very rich specialist mortar, 2 part sulphate resistant cement to 1 part sand and includes pozzolan (pulverised fuel or volcanic ash) material which is very fine, enabling the mix to fill any voids.

This method of construction provides strength in a relatively thin structure with high impact resistance and flexibility. During her history, some sections have been cut out for additional sea cocks or windows etc. On each occasion there has never been any signs of rust.

The whole hull is coated with Jotamastic 87 two-pack epoxy and below the waterline further coats of zinc based tie primer and antifoul. Above the waterline the hull is painted with Hempel Enamel.

The interior of the hull is insulated throughout with 13mm closed cell nitrile foam sheet, an effective prevention of condensation

The deck surface is teak which is glued in place, no screws are used. The deck is uncluttered with wide side decks and therefore safe to move around. The cockpit is spacious and deep, easily seating 6 if required. The sprayhood and bimini can be joined together with additional canvas and, with the use of additional side panels, a fully enclosed conservatory can be created, effectively giving you an extra cabin. Very useful at anchor.

This particular vessel has completed at least one circumnavigation and the hull is as good now as it was when first built, in fact stronger as the cement continues to cure with age.

If you want to find out more about ferro-cement visit or seek out the book ‘Ferro-cement Boats’ by Colin Brooks. ISBN0 9521067 3 6


Total # of berths 8
No. of double berths 1
No. of single berths 4
No. of crew berths 2
Cabin(s) 4
Handbasin 2
Shower 2
Heads 2 heads (Electric)
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Descending the companionway you are greeted with a beautifully hand crafted interior of teak and sapele throughout. At the foot of the companionway is the raised pilot house. To port lies a seating area which can be converted to a crew pilot berth with lee cloths. There is also access to a utility area which houses the washing machine. To starboard lies the navigation and chart area which accommodates internal navigation equipment, switch panel and other control panels. There is also access to the bosun’s locker and small workshop. Access to the engine room is via to hatches in the pilot house.

Moving aft from the companionway, you enter the aft master cabin/stateroom via a small passageway. This huge cabin has been rebuilt by the current owner to the same exacting standards as the original build. The large double bed sits centrally fore and aft and storage is plentiful throughout the cabin. In addition to the sleeping accommodation there is a L-shaped desk of varnished sapele with in-laid gold embossed leatherette and a comfortable upholstered swivel chair.

Forward of this cabin to port is a generous sized heads compartment offering electric wc with macerator, washing and shower facilities.

Moving forward through the pilot house you descend into the spacious saloon with large teak oval table which will comfortably seat six. The flooring is of teak parquet (as it is for the pilot house) with lifting panels for additional storage beneath. Opposite the saloon is the well appointed enclosed safe galley with ample and and secure storage throughout and which comprises:
Full size stainless steel sink with draining sink and draining board
Plastimo Neptune 5000 3 burner gas hob, with oven and grill
Full size AAA rated domestic fridge (a freezer is located in the pilot house under the seating)
Breadmaker and combination microwave. All domestic appliances run at sea off the 240v system.

Forward of the saloon are two identical forward cabins each with an upper and lower bunk with high density foam mattresses and lee cloths. The two cabins share the forward heads, with manual wc and shower, each having its own access door. As with the rest of the boat there is masses of storage.

There is access to the anchor locker, via watertight collision bulkhead, from the forward heads. There is plenty of storage space for anchor chain, warp and other sundries.

There are two black water holding tanks, one for each head and one grey water tank which is located in the engine room.

Lighting throughout is by efficient LED and 240 and 12v sockets with USB charging are plentiful throughout the boat.

3 burner gas cooker

Nav Equipment

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Navigation instruments are NASA, Autohelm ST 4000 trim tab steering and Autohelm ST3000 wheel steering. Forward looking sonar is also included.
Although there is not a dedicated chart plotter, the included lap top (which has a purpose built mount) has chart plotter software included. Alternatively, if a new owner wishes to purchase a new lap top, the current owner will assist in transferring the software.
The radar is Furuno 1623. There is also a handheld non DSC VHF radio In addition to the fixed DSC VHF radio.
The CD/Radio has Bluetooth connectivity.
The binnacle compass is a SIRS Major 2

Deck Gear

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2 halyard winches
3 sheet winches
Electric Simpson Lawrence 2000 (refurbished in 2011) windlass (with remote control)
2 anchors
(45kg bower, 36 kg CQR)
100.00m (328'1") of chain
100.00m (328'1") of warp
Zodiac CFR340 5 man with air deck dinghy (unknown year)
8hp outboard, Tohatsu, Short Shaft (unknown year)
Main anchor has 100m of chain. Second anchor has 3m chain + 110m of 20mm nylon rode

The Simpson Lawrence windlass is big, solid and reliable and raises the main anchor on the gypsy. It can be operated manually.

Safety Equipment

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5 bilge pumps (1 manual / 4 Electric)

Date of last life raft service: 01-07-2014

In addition to the stated no. of bilge pumps, there is also a 240v submersible pump and a Titan large bilge/fire pump.

In addition to the emergency tiller there is also a system employing a ram style tiller autopilot which operates a trim tab on the rudder. Aside from providing a fine balance for the helm this system can also be used for emergency steering should the rudder linkage/cabling fail.

Broker's Comments

Stunning is the only adjective I can use to describe this boat. The minute I stepped aboard I had the feeling of expanding horizons. This feeling was further enhanced when I descended into the accommodation. The hand crafted interior is beautifully made from teak and sapele and varnished throughout. It is clear that much thought has gone into the design of the accommodation and that a huge amount of care and attention has been lavished on her during her current ownership. I have been aboard many modern large boats where you have a cavernous saloon and standard sized cabins. The proportions of each living space here are such that you are never aware of the overall size of the boat from wherever you stand. The level and standard of equipment is outstanding and you could spend weeks or even months at sea without needing to put into port. Clearly this boat is designed to go places and has already completed at least one circumnavigation, and that should be her destiny. We think it highly unlikely that you will find a modern boat of this quality in terms of workmanship and level of equipment for less than £500,000, if indeed, you find one at all, making this boat, at this price, unbelievable value. Yes, it is ferro-cement and we recommend you do your research into this construction method, you may be pleasantly surprised, I was!

I love this boat, it really has to be seen to be appreciated, and the details given here only serve as an introduction. The current owner has put together a very detailed brochure, a copy of which is available on request to those who have a serious interest.

If you are planning a major adventure which involves leaving these shores, this boat has to be a serious contender. We feel that once you have seen her, the bar will be so high you won’t want to look elsewhere

These boat details are subject to contract.
Note: Offers on the asking price may be considered.

This Samson C Lord Long Keel has been personally photographed and viewed by Chris Fuller of Boatshed Falmouth. Click here for contact details.
The particulars herein are intended to give a fair description of the vessel but are not guaranteed as accurate. They shall not form part of any offer or contract for the sale of the vessel. The prospective purchaser is recommended to independently check the particulars. The vendor is not selling in the course of a business unless otherwise stated. Personal property is excluded from the sale of the vessel unless specifically included in the listing specifications above or in a Purchase Contract. Personal property may be equipment or gear not permanently attached to the vessel including but not limited to: artwork, entertainment equipment, fishing equipment, TV receivers, recreational equipment, kayaks, tools, and personal appliances. Photos that may incidentally depict owners' personal property do not convey that such items are included in the sale of the vessel unless specifically listed herein.

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