MARALIA was built as a yacht of teak carvel construction. Modified during war service by addition of an auxiilliary wing engine and a wheelhouse. She was designed for extended cruising and her interior layout is exceptional. Her present owner aimed to restore her to seaworthy condition and make her as near her original internal layout as possible.
MARALIA is one of only 2 known surviving motor yachts designed by Higley Halliday, the other being 'Seran' and was commissioned by Mr F. h Muirehead Esq. At 45' she is one of Halidays largest commissioned motor yachts. She was reviewed by Motor Boat magazine both before and after launch in which they noted that the chief feature of her design was the placement of the engine forward of the main accommodation. In 1933 she was re-engined with a Thornycroft 70hp diesel. She was modified likely by the war department when she was requisitioned between 1942-47 with the addition of an auxiliary wing engine and a wheelhouse. She was designed for extended cruising and her interior layout is exceptional, she has a full 6'3" head room throughout. She was equipped with a full galley, seperate bathroom and heads. Berths for 5 in three cabins. Mr Halliday cited her as being his favourite and most capable of the moderate size vessels he had designed.
In October 2020 it was reported that MARALIA was up for sale via Classic Yacht Brokers.
Built by Taylor & Bates, Chertsey
Requisitioned for war service
Listed as having 2 engines and a wheelhouse
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