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LOA: 31’ 6” (9.75)
Beam: 9’ 9” (2.97)
Draft: 2’ 10” (0.87m)
Model: Aft cabin twin diesel sports cruiser
Builder: Fairey Marine, Hamble, Hants.
Year: About 1970
Location: South Coast
The famous Fairey Marine method for building the hull (shell) using hot moulded Agba veneers. Internal framing is of mahogany for the engine bearers and other scantlings, deck is teak laid on a marine plywood under deck.
Twin Ford Mermaid Dover Majestic 225HP six cylinder diesel engines fitted with Borg Warner 72C gearboxes. Engine hours currently read 916 hrs. This pair of engines were returned to Mermaid Marine for inspection & Dynometer testing prior to the 2008 Round Britain Race. They ran faultlessly for the course round the country.
The Stern gear was overhauled in 2008 as was the whole engine installation, for this event.
To complete the installation, Morse Single lever controls are fitted to the dashboard with standard VDO instrument panel, chrome dials and a protective Fairey all- weather cover.
Fire Extinguishers: Engine bay fully fitted auto system, Galley and Saloon hand held.
Bilge pumps: 1 engine bay electric, 1 aft cabin auto/manual electric and 1.25” hand pump.
Electrics: 24 Volt system, with quality light fittings.
Four 120 Amp hour batteries
Master isolating switches and ability to cross-link
Breaker switches and distribution panel in main saloon
Electric bilge(s) as above
Full cabin lighting
Hot and cold pressure system in galley and heads from a 30 imp gallon storage tank, heated from an engine clarifier.
The steering gives a sensitive feel when underway, a famous feature of the Fairey range.
The dashboard is laid out in Fairey style, to clearly indicate the Port & Starboard engine meters comprising: – rev counters + hour meters, oil pressure, voltmeter, turbo pressure and engine temperature.
VHF DSC IC-M411 ICOM
Garmin GPS 172C
Garmin 128 GPS
Plastimo Steering Compass
Autohelm – Seatalk
Galley :- Stainless steel cooker with oven + twin burners.
Galley single bowl stainless steel sink with hot & cold pressurised mixer tap
In built fridge. Cup & plate rack
The heads:- Sea Toilet (New). Mirror and light. Shower & hand sink with hot & cold pressurised water.
Fore cabin:- Access is via the cabin door & steps, to the floor of the saloon, giving a surprising spacious facility for the size of boat, suitable for dining around the table.
The galley is to port with hot & cold pressurised sink, cooker/oven/grill, with various cupboards and storage lockers, divided from the saloon by a half height bulkhead.
The marine sea toilet heads are to starboard with hot & cold pressurised sink & vanity mirror and lighting.
Twin spacious berths (infill cushion makes a double) are upholstered in a light blue pattern material with storage behind the head rest. Ample storage is available under the berths or in the vast cave locker under the foredeck, fitted with doors.
Curtains are fitted to all windows.
Cabin Stereo – Phillips
Aft Cabin:- Two berths 6’6” with aft vanity unit and shelves. Same cushion material as fore cabin
Access to the stern seals and raw water inlet filters under the steps.
Helmsman’s and navigation bucket seats together with passenger seating behind. sprayhood & backdrop covers. Floor in varnished teak plywood panels.
Fenders and usual warps & lines. Twin CQR anchors fitted to chocks on foredeck with chain deck fitting to chain locker in forepeak.
Her current owner has had extensive cruising and enjoyment from ‘Xanthus’ which includes entering the 2008 Round Britain Powerboat Race. She ran faultlessly in the fast cruiser class for the event, which shows the true worth of the Fairey marque.
A proper Yachtsman’s boat.
For the event the two engines were returned to Mermaid Marine for inspection/testing and refitting. The advice given was a good run round Britain would be the best medicine for them.
Over the current ownership a constant programme of care has been undertaken, the hull has been taken back to bare wood and treated with Epoxy resin for preservation along with many other aspects, so making her a very reliable Fairey Machine, after the Round Britain Event she was taken back to Scotland for a cruise around the beautiful outer Scotish Isles, which were by passed during the event and admired.
A full file of papers, documents and history come with her.
Lying: Solent Price: £55,000
The 31ft Bertram THUNDERSTREAK is for sale check the FOR SALE SECTION
A chance to buy into CT HISTORY and the Sopwith Legend
1963 Bertram 31 “Thunderstreak” which was originally built for Tommy Sopwith for the 1963 Cowes-Torquay powerboat race. At that time it was built to a modified Ray Hunt design with a specially streamlined cabin to comply with the Cowes-Torquay rules.
It raced for a few years in the 1960s and was then modified further with the addition of a rear cabin and wheelhouse.
I purchased it a few years ago with the intention of turning it back (as near as possible) to her original specification with the intention of fulfilling my ambition to attempt the Cowes-Torquay powerboat race this year.
GRP hull and cabin
Pair Ford 460 big block petrol engines (450 bhp each). Rebuilt 2015.
Gearboxes – Borg Warner heavy duty. New 2015.
Two stand-up bolster supports
New tonneau cover
New fuel system
New fire extinguishers
Sea toilet and sink
Electric and manual bilge pumps
Anchor, chain and warp
New deck hatch
New electric trim tabs