1990 Barbican 33 for Sale

£22,950 tax paid

General Information

Make and Model Barbican 33
Year 1990
Name "Tempus Fugit"
Length Overall 32.67 feet (9.96 m)
Length to Water Line 25.33 feet (7.72 m)
Beam 9.7 feet (2.96 m)
Draft 8 feet (2.44 m)
Displacement 12,320 pounds

Hull Fibreglass
Engine(s) Thorneycroft D80
Engine Power 35 hp
Fuel Type Diesel
Heads 1
Location Bursledon, United Kingdom

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The Barbican 33 comes from the drawing board of the legendary Maurice Griffiths. The long keel incorporates a centreboard, giving her the versatility of a shallow draft for creek-crawling, and deep draft for upwind performance. Tempus Fugit is presented in very good condition and has been maintained to a high standard by her long-term careful owner. 



Built between 1989 and commissioned in 1990 by Barbican Yachts of Plymouth to designs by the renowned Maurice Griffiths

GRP Hull, deck and superstructure
Long keel with a drop keel centre plate (currently removed)
Keel-hung rudder with Whitlock wheel steering

LOA 32'10"
LWL 26'10"
Beam 9'6"
Draft 4' - 8' with centreplate fitted
Disp 5588kg

Mechanical and Electrical

Thorneycroft D80 35hp marine diesel engine
Shaft drive
Serviced July 2019
55w alternator
Integral oil change pump.
DeepSea prop seal with forced water supply from engine raw water cooling.

Adverc comprehensive battery charger
2 x 110Ah 12v Domestic Battery,
100Ah Engine Battery
2 x solar 40w panel
Solar charge controller


Six berths laid out in forward cabin, saloon and quarter berth
The interior is finished in teak with a teak and holly sole
Eberspacher diesel fired cabin heating
Blue upholstery

'V' Berth with infill. (option for two singles or one double)
Under 'V' storage with ample storage to the sides

Manual pump sea toilet
Under sink storage
Stainless steel sink with hot and cold running water
Adjacent large hanging locker
Black water holding tank

Two settee berths port and starboard
Large centre folding table
Storage cupboards above seating
Storage below seating
Chart table to starboard with stowage for charts
JVC Stereo FM Radio with DAB, CD, Aux and SD card reader sources with remote control.
Stereo speakers.
Barometer, Clock, Weather station,
USB type'B' and USB 'C' charge leads

Galley to port
Flavel Vanessa gas oven with twin gas hob, grill and oven
Storage for crockery, cutlery and food supplies
Double stainless steel sink with hot and cold pressurised water.
12v fridge
Hanging wet locker next to galley portside of the companionway

Good sized single/small double sea berth to starboard


Sloop rig
Slab reefing
Single spreader
Genoa furling system
Lazy jacks
Stack pack
Eurospar Spinnaker pole
Inner forestay for working jib

Mainsail with three reefs
Furling genoa

2 x Lewmar 40 self-tailing two-speed genoa winches
Lewmar furling winch
Anderson centreplate winch

Navigational Equipment

Raymarine Tridata (depth, speed, log, temperature)
Raymarine ST60 Wind 
Raymarine ST50 Compass
Autohelm 4000 wheel drive
Raymarine C80 display with Radar and receive AIS
Plastimo steering compass with illumination
Raymarine ST50 Multi display
DSC Radio
AIS receiver unit
Garman 128 GPS

Deck Equipment

Central wheel steering unit with throttle
Lofrans Royale manual anchor windlass
35lb CQR Anchor and chain
Fisherman’s anchor and Danforth anchor,
Stern anchor line on roller,
Gas locker
Raised cockpit bench seat
Sprayhood by C&J Covers
Full cockpit tent by Comfort Afloat
Teak cockpit floor grating
Teak cockpit seats
Teak handrails on coachroof
Outboard bracket
Cockpit cushions
2 x 10ltr Diesel Fuel Can,
Motoring Cone,
Anchor Ball,
Ball Fender,
Boat hook,
Mooring hook,
Bucket and lanyard,
Fender step
Raised cockpit bench seat

Owners Comments

When we viewed Tempus in 2004 the selling point for us were

Deep cockpit
Handholds on deck
Plenty of Handholds below
the narrow cockpit with benchseats
Good amount of storage
Warm teak below

We are her second owners having enjoyed her for fifteen years. She was the show boat in 1990 and starred in a Practical Boat owner article. Sadly a change of circumstances means we have to part.

Fitted out by her makers in 1990 she has plenty of well crafted teak below. Many additions to her inventory has made her our perfect boat. She's fully equipped for a super day sail in the Solent or proper living aboard with fridge, propane cooker, 240v mains lighting, dehumidifier and heating to keep you warm in a cold winter.
She has 6ft head room, sleeps 4 comfortably or 6 using the saloon double berth all on memory foam topped cushions. Last year we had a full canopy made for the cockpit, expanding the living space enormously - so now eating al fresco becomes a year round activity.

Her shallow draught means she can explore creeks and coastlines up close and her long keel and large rudder makes her easy to steer. The engine starts easily and pushes her along at over 7 knots using about 2 litres an hour with little smoke even at top revs. Yearly oil and filter changes together with replacement raw water impeller have given us 15 years of happy cruising.

Like most of her type her centerplate is removed and stored ashore. Its effect on sailing makes little difference but you do get quiet nights as a result.

In the last 7 years she has had her standing rigging replaced and new main and genoa.

She really is everything we wanted in a boat and we hope her next owners will love too.

We have two survey reports 2003 and 2016 which the broker can send on request.

Safety Equipment

4 man Plastimo liferaft in case,
Horseshoe buoy,
MOB buoy
Exterior Lights – All LED – Stern light, forward port/starboard combined light, mast top tricolour, steaming light, decklight.
Gas and smoke alarm
Air horn
12v spotlight,
Magellan emergency sat nav
Bolt cutters
Bosun’s chair
Bilge pump with float and electronic sensor.
Special engine fire extinguisher


The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.

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