Several of you have noticed the article ‘A Wide White Road’ in the magazine WoodenBoat no 245, which tells of the development of Ray Hunt’s Bertram 31. Sadly, it concludes that the Bertram 31 “was the first true production powerboat with a deep-V hull.”
The Bertram 31 was announced at the New York Boat Show in January 1961, nine months after the prototype ‘Moppie’ won the 1960 Miami-Nassau race. But by January 1961 the Fairey production lists indicate that over 40 of the British built hot moulded Hunt deep-V hulls had been produced and sold as Christinas, Huntresses, Huntsmen and Dell Quay Rangers. Brochures and advertisements for each of these boats proudly proclaimed the advantage of their Ray Hunt designed deep-V hulls.
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John Coombes CHEETAH 1 is for sale winner of several Trophies and 1st All British boat in 1961 built by Freezers on Hayling Island
Fairmile Construction – Bespoke one off for sale in Lancashire
Read more at http://www.boatsandoutboards.co.uk/Classic-Motor-Boats-for-sale/fairmile-construction-bespoke-one-off/85023#yJYrsIxAlXRzDTFe.99
Tim Brand- Crombie has advised us that ULTIMA DEA is for sale in CARLOFORTE SARDINIA….where she has been in use a a fast fishing boat..it is reported that the price is 30,000 Euros……one of the most memorable early Levi designs and a big beast she was with her triple Maserati’s…..motive power at present unknown but more info as and when received….
Would all members please note Martin Napier’s new email address.
Contact details will be updated shortly…Thanks
The Start of the 2015 Cowes Torquay will be over the SQUADRON LINE..Putting the start of the world famous race back in front of the Spectator and Media…..congratualtions to all concerned in pulling this out of the hat…this year is looking to be a massive success for all concerned.