Richard Dunstan Workboats RMAS Waterbus (Snub Nose) Class

Amazing interior!
£86,950.00 Reduced
  • Boat REF#  ·  332653
  • Length  ·  14.00m
  • Year  ·  1981
  • Construction  ·  Steel
  • Underwater profile  ·  Full-Displacement
  • Sleeping berths  ·  2
  • Engine  ·  1 x diesel 390hp, V8 Dorman (1981)
  • Lying  ·  Lewes
Boatshed Eastbourne
Boatshed Eastbourne
Tim Kingston

Extra Details

Builder Richard Dunston Workboats
Lying Lewes
Fuel capacity 1,200.0 ltr (264.0 USG) Total - 2 Tanks
Water capacity 200.0 ltr (44.0 USG) Total - 1 Tanks
Holding tank capacity 120.0 ltr (26.4 USG) Total - 1 Tanks
Last survey 10/09/2020


Engine 1 x diesel 390hp
Engine make and model V8 Dorman (1981)
Engine Hours engine1= 11348
Engine Cooled Indirect
Steering wheel
Drive shaft
Prop(s) 4 blade
Fuel consumption (approx) Not Recorded
Max speed (approx) 10 knots

Battery number estimated
On board generator removed, generator located ashore, adjacent to ship, in container


Length 14.00m
Beam 4.70m
Draft Min 1.20m
Headroom 2.00m
Storage On mooring

Electrical Systems

24 volt battery, 240 shore power voltage, 4 batteries charged by: shore power, generator


Construction Steel
Underwater profile Full-Displacement
Finish Paint finish

Gross tonnage 24 64/100
Tank capacities and numbers estimated


Total # of berths 2
No. of double berths 1
Cabin(s) 2
Sink 2
Shower 2
Heads 2 heads ()

One portaloo head, one composting
Storage under double berth

3 burner propane Stove


Cabin heating
Pressurised water system
Hot water system

One portaloo head, one composting
Storage under double berth

3 burner propane Stove

Deck Gear

Instrument Covers

Electric windlass
1 anchors

Nav Equipment

VHF DSC radio
Navigation lights

Day shapes included
Rudder angle indicator

Safety Equipment

Life buoys

2 bilge pumps (0 manual / 2 electric)

Manual bilge pumps fitted to all sections, located on the superstructure
Manual fire pump fitted on the aft deck, not working
FM200 extinguisher system for engine room
Fire blanket

Broker's Comments

Take a moment to pause and imagine life on board, surrounded by the countryside and river - it could be bliss! Especially as this boat could come with her own riverside berthing, complete with lawn and large flower bed, by separate negotiation.

This Richard Dunston Work Boat is believed to have been built for the Ministry of Defence and based at Portsmouth naval dockyard and used to ferry Royal Navy staff around the harbour and bases located there until 2003, when she was apparently sold to a dive company and converted to a dive vessel until she fell into private hands in 2018.

Now she has been converted to attractive and comfortable accommodation . Her forward accommodation consists of a large area, now used as a laundry, with its own en suite composting toilet - this was previously a kitchen, then a bedroom - the equipment has been removed, leaving behind the washing machine and lots of storage space.

Her bridge is pretty much as it always has been, with lots of vintage touches and great views over the locale.

In her after accommodation, you'll find a really well appointed and large saloon, kitchen, toilet and bedroom - the decor has been really thought about and it really feels like a nice and cosy place to be - of note is the feeling of sturdiness and strength throughout the whole boat. Her last survey, in 2020, attested to her hull thickness being not far off what it was designed to be at build.

Down below, we have a large engine room, with a working V8 Dorman diesel and lots of other associated plant. Two other compartments also house her steering gear, plus more storage.

Investment so far includes a central heating system, a refitted kitchen, a full 24V electric system with inverter and solar panels - her owners say that they live off grid during the summer, with generator use for an hour or two day over winter.

All in all, she feels like a very good conversion from industrial to private use, whilst actually retaining her potential ability to either work, or continue as a moveable boat.

Subject to agreement with the vendors, you may be able to keep her where she is and rent her privately for £600 pcm, or purchase her AND the mooring for £125,000.

Please note that the berth is not formally residential and we are only brokering the sale of the vessel.

Direct from her owners:

"The land is part of the South Down's natural reserve-protected environment; therefore, no residential permit will be issued. The only restriction that I can see on the leisure mooring (vs. residential) is that you cannot receive mail, use the address as your main residence and trash collectors. Also, in the mooring right, there is no limitation on the number of nights per year, and it is not monitored." These details should be very independently verified.

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

Owners FAQ's

How long have you owned the boat for?

About 4 years

Why are you selling her?

We're moving away

Where have you sailed her?


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