Otter 40

90,000 Tax Exempt | Falmouth, Cornwall United Kingdom


  • Make Otter
  • Model 40
  • Year 1971
  • LOA 40ft/12m
  • Class Heavy Displacement
  • Hull Wood
  • Engine Twin Diesel
  • Drive Shaft Drives
  • Layout Non-Flybridge
  • Berths 6
  • Cabins 3
  • Aft Cabins 1
  • Ancasta Ref 33598
  • Name Unicorn of Burnham


A stunning example of this beautiful classic gentleman's cruising boat. Unicorn of Burnham is one of the last Otter 40s to have been built and has been subject to a major program of refurbishment both internally and externally by her current owners to an exceptionally high standard. A boat for the discerning gentleman planning a trip to the French canals and beyond, she will be sure to turn heads and provoke compliments wherever she goes.


Otter 40 Motor Yacht designed by J Francis Jones and built by R J Prior & Sons of Burnham on Crouch, Essex, 1971

1 1/8 inch Iroko planked, round bilge hull with steamed and sawn oak timbers, copper fastened.
Cascover sheathed below the water-line. Steel strap floors, long straight oak keel, oak stem and stern timbers, Iroko planked transom.
Single semi-balanced steel plate rudder with stainless steel stock
5/8 inch marine ply deck with 5/8 inch teak laid planking with oak deck beams, carlins and beam shelves
Steel lodging and hanging knees
Varnished mahogany superstructure, rails and trim
Full hull restoration: paint burnt off, re-planked where necessary and fully oiled in 2013.
Annually painted

Foredeck roof removed and replaced in 2013. Topsides painted with two-pack
Deck stepped missen mast primarily used for navigation equipment, TV aerial and support of aft deck shade

The raised poop provides a large deck area for relaxation and entertaining. It also houses a secondary steering position including repeaters for the Autohelm and Autohelm Tri-data plus a 12v outlet for convenience

LOA: 40ft (12.19m)
LWL: 36ft (10.9m)
Beam 12ft (3.66m)
Draught: 3ft 6 ins (1.07m)
Displacement: 24,750 lbs (11.23 tonnes)



The forward section is given over to two spacious double cabins with a heads compartment and full height wardrobe between.

A chart table, book-shelf and seat can be found in the large 2nd fore cabin together with an additional food/drinks cooler

The saloon contains plenty of seating, extendable dining table, drinks cabinet and storage in addition to a comprehensive helm.

Under the wheelhouse floor is an easily accessible engine room with lighting and ventilation.

All bilges throughout the vessel have been stripped back, cleaned and painted.

Aft of the wheelhouse is a large, completely refurbished galley with hand-made oak units (2016) with additional LED lighting in cupboards and over worktops. Galley equipped with stainless steel cooker with 3 burners, oven and grill in addition to a fridge with icebox and combination microwave

The aft heads are fitted again with bespoke oak units (2016) together with a full size, powerful shower over a stylish teak grating.

Further aft is the "great cabin", ideal as an owner's cabin with two good sized bunks and seating area.

Vast amounts of storage space can be found throughout the vessel. Comfort is also achieved with a Webasto warm air heating system throughout the boat.

12v and 240v is accessible in all cabins plus with a TV aerial in the aft cabin and saloon


Twin 72hp Perkins 4236 diesel engines (1970) with Borg Warner gearboxes. - advised they were rebuilt in the 90's

Two three bladed propellers (22 x 11 - one replaced in 2017) with 1 1/2 inch stainless stell shafts and rope cutters. Bronze P brackets

Engine hours:
Port engine - 1075
Starboard engine - 1082

Master Volt Whisper 4000 Generator 4kva (new 1999) 371 hours
Two engine-driven 70amp alternators

2 x 100 gallon diesel tanks (1 new 2013)
4 x 50 gallon fresh water tanks
Henderson Mk V diaphragm bilge pump, Jabsco electric pump and engine driven deck wash/salvage pump

2 x 100 kW-h monocrystalline solar panels located on wheelhouse with charge controllers located in saloon


45lb CQR anchor with 60m of 3/8th inch chain
30lb Danforth kedge anchor with 25m leaded warp
Simpson-Lawrence Seawolf 520 electric windlass
Avon Redcrest dinghy
Seavoice 550 VHF Radio
Autohelm Tridata ST 50 Depth Sounder
Autohelm Tridata ST 50 Boat Speed and Log
Sestrel 4 Compass
Sunto 5 Compass
Autohelm Fluxgate ST 50
Sestrel hand-bearing compass
Sewills Sealord Chronometer
Two futher clocks
Garmin 120 GPS
Autohelm ST 6000 (hydraulic drive)
Furuno Radar 1751
Kent Clearview screen circular high speed rotating marine windo wipers x 2
Holding tank for aft heads
Full winter canvas cover
Fitted Wheelhouse covers for privacy and protection
Fitted outside steering covers
Aft-deck handrail cover (to protect varnish)
Red Kapok aftdeck cushions
Wooden boarding ladder
Stainless steel cooker with oven/grill and 3 burners
Fridge with icebox
Combination microwave
Sony stereo and speaker system

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