Viva Tridante for sale

£59,950………Please contact Broker

Trident was originally designed for Don Shead by Soni Levi and built by W.C Clark of Cowes. It is not certain how many examples were made by Clarks but we think that perhaps 4 or 5 are likely. The prototypes were unique for their time in that they were fitted (despite the concerns of the designer with a triple engine set up which accounted for the names being given each of them which all incorporated “Tri”. However following the 1963 Cowes to Torquay race, it was decided to revert to a pair of Ardon Volvo straight six engines each producing 300 Hp coupled to a pair of racing Volvo outdrives.

With this information in mind, it was subsequently of immense satisfaction to the current owner that when cleaned back to bear wood, the transom showed the original 3 cut outs where the triple engines had been previously fitted.

Viva Tridante appears in the racing lists that were compiled from 1967 through until 1971 and her owner/drivers name Derek Smith appears amongst societies big names from the day.

Restoration notes

During her 4 year restoration the following works have been carefully completed.

Replaced transom with new 4 inch thick construction

Replaced Engine Bay Bulkhead

Reinforced stringers

Reinforced Fuel Tank stringers

Reinforced junction of hull, cockpit bulkhead and deck

Reinforced top deck and deck beams

Replaced windshield brackets

Replaced side and transom decking

Treated all external wood with 2 coats of epoxy sealer

Sheathed round hull externally with 110gm matting

Treated all internal wood with 2 coats of epoxy sealant and 2 coats of epoxy resin

Filled and faired hull with – 3 coats of Awlgrip primer, 8 coats of Awlgrip Highbuild and 4 coats of Awlgrip white top coat

Fitted natural teak decking with mahogany margins all round topsides

Laid new fuel tank

Laid new cockpit sole

Fitted new helm console and dashboard

Re fitted instrumentation

Fitted out interior cabin

Fitted new windshield

Fitted out cockpit

Fitted all new wiring

Fitted all new upholstery

Fitted new and existing deck and external fittings


One of the major decisions of this project was one of what power to provide with the big question being asked, should a pair of racing engines be fitted ?

After much deliberations it was decided that as her racing days were over that she should be restored to become a stylish day cruiser and so a for reason of power to weight, a single Mercuiser 5 litre fuel injected petrol engine was chosen to offer a good turn of speed with economy.

After 4 years of work Viva was taken down to Lake Yard in Poole where she was gently lowered to the water. After half and hour spent checking her over, she was fired up and taken for a run out across Poole Harbour. The engine choice proved to be perfect as she came out on to the plane and achieved 32 knots on her GPS at the recommended running in throttle setting at 2,600 rpm. Once the boat is run in, the engine will be free to rev up to 5,000 rpm and so a very healthy top speed is expected.

I find the whole subject quite fascinating and hope that one of your enthusiasts may be interested the boat.

Kind regards


Philip Taylor

Clipper Marine, Cobbs Quay, Poole, Dorset, BH15 4EJ

01202 916424



Classic Rally Weekend

As usual Ben Curtis and Paul Hooper have triumphed again in staging this years Rally at Cowes Yacht Haven……surrounded by competitors in the Cowes Torquay ! in which COPC as a club had 4 members competing!

The event started in overcast conditions and a chill wind….with a very entertaining BBQ inside the comfort of the Cowes Haven premises….late arrival THUNDERBOLT and her crew tied up in darkness were soon tucking in to Burgers, wine etc…to overcome their little hiccup of petrol in the bilges, blocked carbs and a transit of the Solent in the dusk at 6 knots!  Alongside the Haven on the hard was a small display by the CMBA and after their weekends experiences they could well be planning a larger invasion next year.

Barry Sales had arranged on Saturday for some unique filming using a drone!…so the Solent on Saturday was being ripped up by various Huntsmen, Christina and Levi’s including Adrian Motts TRIPLE ENGINE RIVA 2000 plus John Trafford in his recent acquisition a 32knot Cleopatra!  The results of this escapade will be seen on video once it has been mastered.

Once playtime was over the craft motored back to the Folly for a well deserved lunch then back to the pontoons for more Powerboat gazing and trying to assist Robin Ward with his scrutineering problems!  He passed by the skin of his teeth with assistance from another club member Ian Toll..a renowned racer of old!

Dockside a certain Clive Baker was entertaining guest’s from the back of his giant red US Ford truck to which was coupled a matching Dowty Turbojet speedboat circa mid 60′s!….as that party wrapped up Ben’s Pimms Party sprung into life which I had to miss as the BPRC Cocktail Party was my destination…The COPC …Sonny Levi Trophy was being presented to the Race organising team head by  ROB ANDREWS. it was through their efforts that the CTC was now starting on the Squadron line and had raised its profile another notch hopefully paving the way for more advances next year.

By the time that was sorted, a hop step and jump away the Rally dinner was already starting up the road and was heavily oversubscribed leading to 2 dinning rooms but a fantastic evening was had by all… the rather tired faces proved next morning!

and would you believe it Sunday dawned flat calm and in brilliant sunshine! Many of the Rally entrants were also acting as Safety Boats and departed the Haven accompanied by the CT AND CPC race entrants…as I said we had 5 members racing Robin Ward in THUNDERSTREAK,  Brian Pelham in The BEAVER, Nick Wilkinson Jonathan Napier in HTS..MR NOISY with Tony Hamilton and Christian Toll, Mike Peet and Mike Bontoft in Dry Martini the 42yr old Cigarette!

The START LINE SPECTACULAR, which included a mock start after  by the classic’s made superb viewing for spectators nad in those conditions records were there to be broken…and boats! Thunderstreak lost a vee drive in Bournemouth bay, HTS a prop after hitting an object….The BEAVER broke down in the CPC race as did Mr Noisy but Dry Martini showed that even calm conditions could work for her clocking nearly 70mph before having to circle in Torbay for 25 mins so as not to be penalised by the ridiculous 50mph max for historic entrants…taking the THUNDERBOLT Trophy and the Lombard Concours d’Elegance….wIinning boat Martini Rosso with David Gandy as crew came back from Torquay in an hour hitting 120mph in the Solent approaches!

 Once again our many thanks to the Classic Rally and Cowes Classic organisers for a magnificent weekend of Sport and entertainment.

Pictures courtesy of Dave Ormiston, Malc Attrill, Barry Sales



A unique offshore cruiser is for sale OCEAN PIRATE….Check all details in the For Sale section…..twice a contender in the Round Britain Races..this unique craft is a Classic in the true sense and comes from a highly rated yard. Please note COPC members would be offered a 10% reduction on asking price.

Ocean Pirate

Ocean Pirate was built in 1968 by Brooke Marine Lowestoft and was the first of a series of 40′ aluminium fast offshore cruisers built by the yard between then and 1974 with the vast majority going to foreign governments or law enforcement agencies.

She is now unique in that she is the only boat to have completed two of the three Round Britain Offshore Powerboat races that have been run. (More information can be had on the Ocean Pirate website at

Construction – 6mm aluminium plating argon welded with extrusions at chine and spray rails. Marine ply deck on aluminium bearers – sheathed and painted. Cabin and coach roof 3/4 ” marine ply – painted. Hull has been taken back to bare metal, faired and repainted this year with Jotun two-pack polyurethane and cabin painted with Jotun Pilot II.

Mechanical Specification

2 x Cummins Quantum QSB 5.9 litres – new 2008 – 497 hours on each with ZF gearboxes 1.86:1 – last full service October 2013 b y VaSi Marine Southampton – approx 25 hours since then – bills available.

Power drives through 1.25″ Duplex shafts (new 2008) with Hamble four-bladed handed propellers 23 x 26.5. R and D flexible couplings through Tide Seals with 2 spare lip seals on shaft.

Top speed 31.5 knots @ 3000 rpm – cruising speed 25 knots at 2800 rpm

Vetus bow thruster (with separate batteries) driving 7” contra-rotating propellers.

Bennett trim tabs including gyro pack. Fluxgate compass plus Ritchie steering compass.

Raymarine E80 plotter in front of helmsman and E120 on chart table. Raymarine HD Digital radar with 36″ open array. Twin electronic engine controls with back up throttles and service ports at chart table. Raymarine 54 E DSC radio and AIS transponder/receiver. 2 x Shipmate RS 8300 VHF radio. Cyclops radar reflector .

‘Firetrace’ automatic fire extinguisher system throughout all likely sources of fire plus three powder and one CO2 portable extinguishers ( just serviced) and fire blanket.

MG Duff strip anodes along skeg plus buttons on rudders and trim tabs.

Navigation lights, searchlight, loud hailer, Jotron 406 EPIRB, 2 x horseshoe lift floats with drogues and lights.

Electric anchor winch controlled from wheelhouse or hand held. Bruce anchor in cradle and 50 mtrs of galvanised chain. Kedge anchor in lazarette.

4 bilge pumps on float switches with manual override in wheelhouse.

6man life raft (on hire – paid till January 2016) 8 fenders in fixed baskets on aft deck plus warps.

Fischer Panda 4500 generator in engine room with separate start battery. Twin engine battery banks – 24 volt for engines. Separate 12volt batteries (2) for instruments and domestic.

100 galls water with pressure pump to outlets in heads and galley. 20 gallon calorifier in engine space heated by engines or immersion heater. 350 galls fuel in integral tanks – fuel transfer pumps from fore and aft tanks to service tank. All have inspection plates and gauges. Webasto diesel heater (currently out of commission

Outside helming position with full instrumentation on aft deck. Stainless steel railings all round boat with removable gates for entry. Hinged Radar arch – air draft when dropped approx 10′ ’6″. Lazarette on aft deck – circular hatch to rope locker on foredeck.


Forward cabin with two bunks and lockers around. Saloon with settee and table to starboard, sideboard and other cupboards to port. Galley area with ceramic hob and combination microwave above and twin s/steel sinks. Heads with Lavac sea toilet (and holding tank) and shower. Stairs to wheelhouse with two sliding doors and opening hatches in roof. Seats in front of helm and chart table and rear of wheelhouse. Grab poles and handles all around. Hatches to engine room. Stairs to aft cabin with two bunks and heads with Lavac toilet and shower, wardrobe and central dressing table.


Ocean Pirate is a very well found traditional boat and is Part I registered. She has a unique history and is an excellent sea boat capable of going anywhere. She is also MCA coded to Category 2 – 60 miles from safe haven – for six persons and is currently used for RYA training and corporate work including team building. The tanks are full and she is ready to go! The only reason for sale is that the owner is buying another boat and so she has to go.


£95,000……..or contact the owner at

COPC Members will be offered a 10% reduction on asking price.