Appledore Devon Motor Tug Dog Class Tug

Classic working Tug/Liveaboard
  • Boat REF#  ·  301743
  • Length  ·  28.00m
  • Year  ·  1966
  • Construction  ·  Steel
  • Underwater profile  ·  Full-Displacement
  • Sleeping berths  ·  7
  • Engine  ·  2 x diesel 660hp, Lister Blackstone E type (1966)
  • Lying  ·  Lowestoft
Boatshed Suffolk
Boatshed Suffolk
Steve Biggs

Extra Details

Designer Ministry of Defense
Builder Appledore Dvon
Lying Lowestoft
Fuel capacity 90,000.0 ltr (19,800.0 USG) Total - 3 Tanks
Water capacity 6,000.0 ltr (1,320.0 USG) Total - 1 Tanks


Engine 2 x diesel 660hp
Engine make and model Lister Blackstone E type (1966)
Engine Hours engine1= 8000
engine2= 8000
Engine Cooled Indirect
Steering wheel
Drive shaft
Prop(s) fixed
Fuel consumption (approx) 70.0 ltr (15.4 USG) /hour At Cruising Speed
Cruising speed (approx) 10 knots
Max speed (approx) 12 knots
Generator output 30KVA

Two additional dc generators built into engine room plus an on deck 240v 30kva genset.
Dedicated engine driven fire monitor pump in engine room with wheelhouse mounted fire monitor


Length 28.00m
LWL 26.00m
Beam 7.50m
Draft Min 3.00m
Draft Max 3.50m
Airdraft 8.00m
Displacement 151,000kg (332,955.0lbs)
Headroom 2.40m
Storage In water

Electrical Systems

24 volt battery, 240 volt generator, 240 shore power voltage, 5 batteries charged by: engine, shore power, generator


Construction Steel
Underwater profile Full-Displacement
Finish Paint finish


Total # of berths 7
No. of single berths 7
Cabin(s) 5
Sink 2
Shower 2
Heads 2 heads (Sea Toilet)

3 burner Electric Stove


Cabin heating
Pressurised water system
Hot water system

3 burner Electric Stove

Nav Equipment

VHF DSC radio
Navigation lights
Depth sounder

Safety Equipment

Life jackets
Life buoys
Safety harnesses
Emergency steering

2 bilge pumps (1 manual / 1 electric)

Broker's Comments

Here we have a "real boat"!
This 28M steel tug is a complete, seaworthy package and has many years of commercial service left in her or would make an ideal and very different "stand-out" livaboard project. This boat is in full working order and has a presence that has to be experienced.
The boat drives and runs as it should according to the owner, and she can be delivered by the current owner anywhere in the world at cost. This "Dog class tug" was designed by the MOD and built by Appledore Devon in 1966. She has 5 cabins on two decks with bunks and facilities for 7 crew. Up top is a full sized wheel house with full controls from this station. The boat has a further galley on the main deck and two heads and shower rooms. She has twin engine driven DC genegerators in the engine room plus a seperate 30kva 240V on deck genset.

She is rated at 17T bollard pull and is powered by twin Lister Blackstone 660hp Engines with stated 8000 hours, running twin screws through twin, two speed reduction gearboxes. The engine room also has a separate engine driven fire monitor pump for fire fighting with the monitor head mouthed on the wheelhouse.
This is rare opportunity to own a very capable and large vessel that can go just about anywhere in the world

These boat details are subject to contract.
Note: Offers on the asking price may be considered.

This Appledore Devon Motor Tug Dog Class Tug has been personally photographed and viewed by Stephen Biggs of Boatshed Suffolk. Click here for contact details.

Owners FAQ's

How long have you owned the boat for?

2 years

Why are you selling her?

no longer needed

Where have you sailed her?

East Coast

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