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Miller Fifer 33

Brief Notes


Millers, St. Monance, Fife, Scotland

Miller Fifers are motor-sailer yachts built on North Sea fishing boat lines. Normally thay have larch planking on oak keel and frames, teak decks, and usually a mahogany deckhouse.

Length OA

35' approx

Sail Area

240 sq ft

Length WL

31' approx




10' 4"




4' 0"


5 plus two pipe cots


13 tons approx

Engine type



3 tons approx internal ballast

Engine bhp

50 - 75

Keel type

Long keel

The Miller Fifers are a range of motorsailers built as yachts on traditional Scottish motor fishing boat lines, by James Miller & Sons, a very long-established builder of fishing boats. As well as sharing the shape of traditional North Sea fishing boats, they share the build scantlings - such as an eight inch oak keel.

Miller Fifers were built in sizes ranging from 28 feet to 65 feet - this one being nominally 33 feet in length. Actually she is about 34 ft length on deck, and with davits astern and her anchor stowed on the bow roller, approximately 35 feet overall.


They are all solid, heavy boats, with excellent sea-keeping qualities. They are best described at 60/40 motorsailers, the accent being on power as the primary propulsion, with the sails giving additional drive, a steadier motion and reduced fuel consumption on offwind passages, as well as an emergency propulsion system.

The interior layout comprises a small open cockpit aft, with bench seats for four. From the cockpit, a door leads into the enclosed wheelhouse, with two "helmsmans seats" and the wheel position.

Steps down from the wheelhouse lead into the main cabin, with the heads door to port, and the galley to starboard. The main cabin also has a single settee berth to port, and a dinette ( converting into a double berth ) to starboard. A common feature of Fifers is an interior deck headlining made of perforated panels, allowing ventilation to the timbers.

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The engine room is under the cockpit and wheelhouse floor: in this example the engine was a Ford Parsons 56 bhp, with plenty of room to work around it

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