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I have found a boat for sale in my local area. It's a 1988 34' Northshore Yachts MG335. They were built in the UK evidently and I don't know anything about this builder or the build quality. Looking for any insight anyone can give me. Thanks!

EDIT: I was able to find out that Northshore Yachts now builds the Southerly line if that brings up any additional info but that's about all I was able to come up with.
 

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From USCG MIC database. Apparently Northshore was the name of the US importer but they were built by Ichenor Shipyards in Sussex, England.

MIC: NRS
Status: Out of Business
Company: NORTHSHORE YACHTS INC
Company Official:
Parent Company:
Parent MIC:

Address:
6337 WISTERIA LANE City:
APOLLO BEACH
State:
FL Zip:
33570
Country:
Phone:
8136458901
Fax:
In Business:
3/26/1976 12:00:00 AM
Out of Business:
6/20/1989 12:00:00 AM Date Modified:
6/20/1989 12:00:00 AM
Type:
Importers Additional Address:

Comments:
IMPORTED BY 'BYZ' & 'PYW' NOW OUT OF BUSINESSOLD: BRYAN MOFFAT; INCHENOR SHIPYARD, SUSSEX ENGLAND PO207AYRICHARD HAY LONDON CONTACT - SEE HARD FILE FOR MORE INFOREPORTED OOB ON 890620
 

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I think Inchenor is just the name of the shipyard in sussex because Northshore Yachts Inc is definately the company behind the Southerly line of today. Thanks for your information though. I'm trying to find out suggestions from anyone on their build quality and whether they could be offshore worthy.
 

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Northshore Yachts

www .northshore.co.uk

They build the Southerly range and the Fisher pilot house - both hardy sea boats.

Try contacting them.
 

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My wife and I were the "importers" referred to at the Wisteria Lane address. To make a long story short, Bryan Moffat owned Northshore Yacht Yards Limited in Itchenor, Sussex, Great Britain. They acquired the molds for the Fisher line of motorsailers from the orginal designer/builders and built Fishers for many years. They also built the Southerly line of swing-keeled sailing yachts. There was a 28, 37 a 46 if I remember right, and a 51 footer. All of them were very well built with hydraulicly raised cast iron swing keels, perfect for shallow water sailing as well as deep. In 1983, Moffat had been approached by an American who had grandiose ideas of selling British yachts in the U.S.. The exchange rate was excellent at the time. I moved to Florida in '84 and met this same guy who convinced me to be his "dealer sales manager". After a few months, during which time I met Moffat and a couple of other builders who came over for a business "conference", I realized the guy was conning the builders and quit. At this point no builder had provided any demo boats. Months later, Bryan Moffat contacted me and told me that the guy had talked him into shipping a Fisher, two Southerlies and another Brit built sailboat to Florida. No funds were ever sent in payment. Bryan and an associate came to Apollo Beach and, over the course of several days, we literally hijacked most of the boats back to Bryan, the rightful owner. Subsequently, the 37' Southerly was sold, the 28' Southerly was given in settlement to an old man in Maine who sued claiming he should have had the sole U.S. distributor rights, and the Fisher was eventually sent back to England after sitting at my dock for two years or so. I don't know what ever became of the other sailboat. The exchange rate started to drastically change about this time and Bryan Moffat was, to say the least, put off about doing business with Americans. He sold the business many years ago. As LiamM says, both the Southerly and the Fisher are great boats, but very different boats. Fishers belong in the Northwest or the Northeast, Southerlies in the shallow waters of coastal Florida, the Keys and the Caribbean.
 

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The MG335 was moulded by Northshore for MG yachts. In the UK many boatbuilders don't mould their own hulls and decks. Based on what I know that was the extent of the association between MG and Northshore. MG is gone but Northshore is as stated still in business building the Southerly range if lifting keel boats. Here's a link to a MG335 for sale in the UK and a bit of their history. MG335 fast cruiser-racer for sale - Yachtsnet Ltd. online UK yacht brokers - yacht brokerage and boat sales
A better place to ask about the design would be here Practical Boat Owner's Reader to Reader - Yachting and Boating World Forums
as I don't believe many were ever sold in the US.
Hope this helps.
 
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