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Welcome Aboard

Experience the Royal River Thames from the teak decks of your own 1939 motor yacht

The boating equivalent of a pre-war Bentley, Magyar has been lovingly rebuilt to provide you with the same experience that her original owners would have enjoyed in the final years of the nineteen thirties.

A Unique Voyage

With 21st century technology discretely hidden behind her teak & oak panelled cabins, Magyar is a safe, warm and very comfortable vessel.

A trip aboard can be anything from an evening champagne cruise to a luxury weekend away, complete with captain and crew.

Her accommodation allows for meetings in the saloon for up to six people or twelve for a drinks reception.

Enjoy the Royal River

from a different age.

1939 – Present

History

The last of eight Saunders-Roe 45’ Medina class yachts built between 1935 and 1939, Magyar was bought from the yard by Squadron Leader, later Group Captain, RJA Ford CBE.

Magyar is one of the two boats mentioned in period advertisements, Kelvinia being the other. They were built side-by-side in the Saunders Roe yard at Cowes and were advertised throughout 1938 before finally being sold in 1939, almost days before war broke out.

During this same period, Saunders Roe designed and built Sir Malcolm Campbell’s Bluebird K3 which took the water speed record at over 130 mph.

Like other Medina class motor yachts Magyar entered war service, commandeered by the Royal Navy in May 1942 she was used for “miscellaneous naval duties”.

Ford managed to reclaim Magyar after the war and kept her until selling her to the Commodore of the Royal Channel Islands Yacht Club in 1957. 

Saunders Roe never resumed production of private motor yachts after the war leaving the remaining Medina class yachts as some of the finest examples of pre-war Gentleman’s Motor Yachts afloat.

Attention to Detail

Magyar’s Restoration

Magyar has undergone an extensive four-year restoration at Harbour Marine Services in Southwold. During this process, the hull had many frames and planks replaced, the entire deck was re-laid and much of the wheelhouse and aft coach roof was re-built.

The original interior paneling and doors were removed or damaged by the previous owner, so the interior has been completely re-constructed to the original style from oak and teak timbers. This has enabled small amounts of re-planning of the interior, along with much finessing of the design of areas such as the galley and heads.

All the mechanical systems are either new or refurbished, with the inclusion of full heating and hot water. Even the fuel and water tanks were cut out of the boat and replaced.

Every item of chrome or bronze has been reconditioned, re-plated and re-fitted, as has all of the galvanized fittings.

She is as near to a new vessel as it’s possible to get, whilst still using the vast majority of her original timber and fittings.

It’s all happening!

Relaunch of The Magyar
30th August 2018

Southwold Harbour, Suffolk

Magyar has undergone an extensive four-year restoration at Harbour Marine Services in Southwold. During this process, the hull had many frames and planks replaced, the entire deck was re-laid and much of the wheelhouse and aft coach roof was re-built.

The original interior paneling and doors were removed or damaged by the previous owner, so the interior has been completely re-constructed to the original style from oak and teak timbers. This has enabled small amounts of re-planning of the interior, along with much finessing of the design of areas such as the galley and heads.

Contact Us

John Burgess – Owner & skipper
Telephone: 07881 913737
john@classiccruising.co.uk