The motor cruiser Warana was designed by Alan Buchanan for Sir Kirby Laing. The client wanted a motor yacht with god sea keeping ability, capable of extended cruising in fairly open water. The accommodation was to consist of a stateroom aft with plenty of hanging space, a lavatory and shower, one single cabin, one double cabin, a large wheelhouse with inside and outside steering positions, a carefully planned and adequate galley, and a two-berth stateroom foreward. Buchanan commented (Yachting World, June 1964),

Of all the motor yachts I have designed in the last few years I must admit that I have really enjoyed producing the design for Warana. She has been built to a first-class specification with an extensive inventory of modern equipment, including radio-telephone and all the other accessories which one comes to expect in a motor yacht these days.

Warana by built in Burnham-on-Crouch by Stebbings and launched from Bradwell-on-Sea in March 1964. She had a LOA of 46 ft, LWL of 40.75 ft, a beam of 12.5 ft, and a draught of 4.25 ft. She had two Parsons Barracuda engines, each producing 86 bhp. She was built with a mizzen and could carry 80 sq.ft. of sail. This could help to dampen the rolling motion of the yacht when at sea, and could also be used, with the boom swung out, as a derrick to recover the tender.

I don’t know the current whereabouts of Warana, but in 2003 she was up for sale in Cyprus. The particulars stated that she’d undergone a conversion by A. Koytsoyiannaki Ltd. of Larnaca, Cyprus. The photos show that the mizzen has been removed and the wheelhouse has been extended aft almost all the way to the stern. This extension is also higher than the original line of the coachroof and has a new flying bridge position on top.

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