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A Very "Special" High Pedigree Hand Type Motorsailer:

Length on Deck:  57’- 6”  L.W.L. 49’- 6”  Beam: 15’- 0”  Draft:  6’-0”  Displacement:  72,000 lbs.  Year Built:  1950 Designer:  Richard O. Davis – While In-House Designer at Nevins (Mr. Davis was with the Wm. Hand Office for 15 years prior, and drew the lines of the Hand Motorsailers)  Builder:  Henry B. Nevins, Inc., City Island, NY 



     Double Planked Hull – 1 1/8” Honduras Mahogany over ½” White Cedar; Bronze Screw Fastened; Butt-Blocks Bolted. White Oak Back-Bone; 2 ½” x 2 5/8”  Steam Bent White Oak Frames (sawn 2 ¾” x 2 ½” Frames Aft).  9000 lb. Lead Ballast Keel – 1 ¼” Silicon Bronze Keel Bolts – Replaced 1998.  Full Length ½” thick Bronze Keel Shoe – Joins Stem Band.  Heavy Teak Fore & Main Decks with Break just fw’d of the deck-house doors.  Deck screws were replaced and seams re-payed 1987-89.  Mahogany Trunk and Deck-House; Mahogany Plywood Cabin Roofs – Recovered with Dynel using Epoxy Resin 1987.  Bolderon Ice Sheathing installed 1993. 


      G.M. 6-71 Diesel – Installed new 1962 (Model 6071-A, Rated at Approx. 185 H.P.)  Fresh Water Cooled through Heat Exchanger; Wet Exhaust.  Allison 3:1  Reduction Gear (New 1962 w/Engine).  Engine has been continually inspected and maintained in A-1 condition.  An Oil Analysis sample was taken in the fall of 2013 and the results indicated that “No Action Was Required”.   Run only 200 to 300 hrs each summer under present ownership.  2 ½” Monel Shaft; 3 Blade Federal “True-Pitch” Nibral 36” x  28”  R.H. Wheel.  Cruising Speed 8.5 – 8.7 kts. @ 1450 R.P.M.; 9.4 kts. Hull Speed @ 1650 R.P.M.   A new custom SeaFrost 110 Volt Refrigeration unit was installed in the engine room in 2013, and when doing so the  stb’d. Forward Bulkhead was rebuilt with G-10 Structural Panel - Algrip finished, and the Insulation was replaced with new solid foam.  A new Fireboy-Xintex MA2-1500-227 Clean Agent Auto/Manual fire suppression system was also installed in the engine room 2013.


      570 Gal. Fuel – Heavily Built 3/8” Iron 285 Gal. Tank ea. side in Engine Room with large Inspection Plates.  Range:  Approx. 1300 miles.  315 Gal. Water in three Monel Tanks.  30 Gal. Hypolon Holding Tank.


      Three Battery Banks:  House System is 110 Volt D.C. w/ Ten Heavy Duty 12 Volt Batteries - new Spring of 2014.  Davidson Marine Very Heavy Duty 50 AMP  110 Volt Alternator.  12 Volt System for Electronics – Two Group 31 Deep Cycle - New 2013.   Engine Starting Batteries - Two Group 31 - 12 Volt new 2012.  –  Separate 12 Volt Alternators for Electronics and Starting Banks.  Phasor 2.5 kw 110 Volt AC Aux. Generator.  110 Volt Shore Power System w/12 Volt & 110 Volt Chargers..


      Spacious and yet private accommodations for five to six:  Starting forward, the Fo'c'sle has Stowage Lockers fw’d, an Upper Berth to stb’d. with Lockers beneath, and a Hanging Locker and Shelves to port w/Ladder leading up to the forward Hatch.  Next aft is the fw’d Toilet Room with generous Hanging Locker to stbd., Lavatory and Toilet (Groco Model “K”) to port with Cabinets and Linen Lockers, etc.
The Master Stateroom is next aft with comfortable wide Single Berth on each side, Shelves above outboard, and very spacious Drawers beneath.   A Bureau w/Drawers & Lower Locker is aft to port.  
      Next is the Main Saloon which is especially spacious and well laid out:  To stb’d is a comfortable Pilot Berth w/wide Chart Drawers beneath, a full Hanging Locker is fw’d, and a Settee is inboard of the Pilot Berth.  The Settee has a comfortable Back-Rest which may be arranged so the Settee forms an additional Berth when desired.  Two more wide Drawers are beneath the Settee, and aft is a Bureau w/Drawers and the Mahogany Top “Flat” has Removable Fiddles.  A Dickinson “Newport” Propane Heater is on the aft bulkhead.  
      Opposite to port is a Dinette with nicely made Mahogany Table which may be lowered to form a 40” wide Berth.  Stowage Lockers are below and outboard, with a full length Book Shelf above.  Aft of the Dinette is a Lighted China Closet above a Mahogany Buffet or “Side-Board” with four large Drawers.  There are beautifully made Fiddles on the Mahogany Top.  
      The spacious and will laid out Galley is aft to stb’d with a large Stainless Counter and Sink – the hot water is provided by a Paloma Propane on Demand Heating Unit.  A Traditional Shipmate Propane Four Burner Stove with Over-Head Oven is outboard, and a 15 cu. ft. Stainless Refrigerator/Freezer with large Stainless Side Opening Door is aft - An entire new custom made 110 Volt SeaFrost Refrigeration unit was installed 2013.  There are generous Stowage Lockers and Shelves throughout.   The Main Toilet Room is opposite to port with a Groco Model “K” Head, Porcelain Lavatory, Large Shower, and well made Stowage Lockers & Cabinet, etc.  The Companionway Ladder to the Deck House swings up to enter the Engine Room (which may also be entered via a Hatch in the Aft Deck Settee). 
      The Deck House is spacious and has excellent visibility.  The Helmsman Station is to port of the Companionway, with a Swivel Seat on a Bronze Pedestal.  A Sliding Door is on each side forward.  A large “L” Shaped Settee is aft on the stb’d. side,with a New Mahogany Drop-leaf Dining Table - built to the original design.. A Drop-Down Mahogany Serving Table is to port with an ingenious bronze mechanism which allows it to be stowed flat against the deck house sides.
The entire interior is beautifully finished in off-white paint with highest quality varnished Mahogany Joiner Work and Trim.   Varnished Teak & Holly Cabin Soles. 
      Head Room beneath the Beams in the various areas is as follows: 
Fo’c’sle:  6' – 0”; Fwd Toilet Rm:  6' - 3”; Fwd Stateroom:  6' - 3”; Main Salon:  6' – 4” (7' – 10” beneath the Trunk area); Galley and aft Toilet Rm:  7' - 10”; Deck House:  6’ – 5 ”.  There are many Opening Ports, Ventilators, and Full Well Thought-Out Screening for all openings including the Sliding Doors.

Sails & Rigging:

      Loose Footed Mainsail or “Trisail” – 307 sq. ft. and Loose Footed Jib – 255 sq. ft. – both by Down’s Sails 1995.  Larger (Older but in Good Condition) “Main” of 504 sq. ft. and hardly used.  Stainless Standing Rigging – all new 1998.  Nice Heavy Merriman Bronze Turnbuckles and Hardware throughout.  Merriman #7 Geared Sheet Winches forward of the Deck Break (for the Loose Footed Main in heavy weather – Sheets leading to Snatch Blocks on the Gallows Frame, then to Snatch Blocks on the Rail Tee-Track & fw’d to the Winches); Lewmar #30 Bronze Self-Tailing Winch on the aft end of house for all normal weather main sheeting; Merriman #3 Winches on Trunk Roof for Jib Sheets; Merriman Reel Type Geared Halyard Winches w/Stainless Halyards.  Varnished Hollow Sitka Spruce Mast w/beautiful Traditional Bronze Hardware including a Storm-Tri sail Track and Gate.

Electronics & Nav. Equipment:

      Raytheon R-40 Radar; Icom M-127 VHF; New Navigation System 2013 - Nobletec Odyssey software with new Apple 13” Retina Display MacBookPro; Garmin 545 small G.P.S. Plotter; Furuno LS-6100 Depth Sounder; Kelvin-White 8” Compass in 12” dia. Chrome Binnacle; 6” Chelsea Clock and Barometer.


      Two Danforth 65 lb. Anchors -  Vessel has Hawse Pipe Each side; 200 ft – 3/8” BBB Chain; Two 7/8” Nylon Rodes; Ideal H.D. 110 Volt DC Anchor Windlass w/Wildcat to stb’d & Warping Head to port; Fireboy-Xintex Manual/Auto Clean Agent Engine Rm. Fire Extinguisher system - new 2013; other Clean Agent Fire Extinguishers in Vessel new 2013;  Xintex Propane Fume Detector; Rule “3700” 1 ½” Electric Bilge Pump; Jabsco ¾” 110 Volt DC service pump for Shower and Plumbed to Bilge; 1 ½” Edson Manual Diaphram Bilge Pump, and a heavy duty three valved 110 Volt elect Bilge Pump system for each compartment; Beautifully made Emergency Tiller; Bronze Bell; Compressed Air Cunningham Horn; Flares; 12 Life Preservers (Type 1 and 2); 3 Safety Harnesses w/Jack-Line; Revere Coastal “Commander” Life Raft (Inspected and Repacked May 2011); Two Life Rings; Hand Held Searchlight; Docking Lights Set in Hull Fw’d – Rebuilt 2009; Eight Heavy Duty Dock Lines; Three Boat Hooks; Four Large Fenders; Spreader Lights; Pains Wessex “406” EPIRB; Mahogany Folding Boarding Ladder; White Sunbrella Sail Covers; Aft and Fore Deck Awnings - Aft Deck Awning new 2010 of Top Gun Multi-Ply Marine Fabric; Fitted Sunbrella Covered Cushions for Aft Deck Seats and around the Stern Deck area; Blankets & Pillows – all new 2003; Glassware, Dishes; Cooking Utensils, Flat-Ware; Tools in Engine Room; Well Made (New 2007) Vivatex Custom Winter Cover w/Door, and Take-Apart Wood Frame; and many spare parts including approx. $700 worth of 40 watt bulbs for the six Lumaline II Incandescent Fixtures below, and spare parts for the Paloma Water Heater, etc.
Note: The lapstrake tender in chocks on foredeck is of sentimental value to the Owner and is not included.


      We have known BURMA for many years – she is a most outstanding Motorsailer which was exceptionally well designed and built, and has been impeccably maintained all through her life in “as original state.”  She has never required rebuilding nor has she been altered in any significant way.
BURMA was designed by Richard O. Davis who drew the well known Hand Motorsailers, starting with NOR’EASTER, while with the Wm. Hand Office from 1927 until he joined the Henry B. Nevins Yard in 1942.  BURMA is the last in this series of designs by Mr. Davis and was drawn for Mr. Frank Bissel (N.Y.Y.C. Member #1) who owned BURMA for 32 years and ran her by himself some 30,000 miles. 
Nevins built BURMA to Highest Quality Standards for Mr. Bissel and she has proven to be a most able and comfortable vessel at sea.  She is a particularly handsome motorsailer, which features a round raking stern with the reverse curve Knuckle starting at the aft end of the Main Guard – this was perfectly executed by Mr. Davis and the Nevins Yard. 
      BURMA’s present Owner of 27 years, also a very experienced and meticulous seaman, has continued to maintain her in immaculate condition with much attention to detail, including up-grading as needed, yet not altering her from her original state.  Several items of upgrading conducted 2012 -2013 include Factory Rebuilding and Refinishing of the Ideal Windlass; Throughly repair several questionable  areas of the Wheelhouse Paneling - an excellent job of several Dutchmen set in Epoxy and entire wheelhouse refinished; all four lower shrouds replaced new; the new House Batteries to be installed Spring of 2014; the new SeaFrost Refrigeration system; the new Nobletec Odyssey/Apple Nav. system; All three Teak Hatches Hatches completely rebuilt, including new glass, and beautifully refinished 2013; the new Engine Room Clean Agent Fire Extinguishing system; Rebuilding and up-grading of the engine room forward stb’d. bulkhead, and various other items of upgrading  and new equipment added.
      For further reading, see WoodenBoat issue #97 (Nov/Dec ’90) for an excellent article by the Owner concerning BURMA and the design work of R.O. Davis. 


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Interior Photos: Starting in Fo'c'sle and working aft. In each cabin area the stb'd. side is shown first (as much as we could!) and then the port side.



Fw'd Toilet Room:

Master State Room:

Sky-light with Beautifully Made Worm Gear Lifting Mechanism

Note: The screen is causing what appears as a “flat grain” pattern in the photo - This is NOT the grain of the actual Vertical Grain Teak!


Main Salon:


Galley to stb'd. and Head to port:

Deck House:

On Deck Views:

Engine Room:

Profile and Plan View Construction Drawings: