The unique Bertram 31 Thunderstreak powered by 2 Ford V8 engines totalling 800hp which was one of 3 boats left in this years Cowes Torquay Cowes race prior to her breakdown at Yarmouth is now for sale as Robin Ward is looking at a new project for next years race…for full details please contact Robin via

PRICE £35,000.00


Another classic for sale….this rare Freezer 21ft Aluminium Cruiser raced by A.Freezer in 1965 as Nebulous no 126 now know as BIG ED IS AVAILABLE FOR SALE…full details awaited but contact owner DEREK LAMB

His contact details are: E: (DJLBUILDMAINT…)

Home tel: 01932 784198

Mobile: 07870 150 626.


Fairey 31 Xanthus For Sale

Telephone: 44 (0) 1243 572551
Mobile: 44 (0) 7901 900442
E Mail:

Captain Currey Brokerage est 1948

for Specialist Fairey & Classic Boat Sales



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
Navigation Lights
Full cabin lighting

Water system
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.

Navigation Equipment
Furuno Radar
Garmin GPS 172C
Clipper Depth
Garmin 128 GPS
Plastimo Steering Compass
Autohelm – Seatalk
Kent Screen

Domestic Equipment
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.

Deck Gear 
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

Please direct all enquiries to Gordon Currey
COPC would like to thank him for allowing us to use his spec sheet.


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 electrics

New fire extinguishers

Sea toilet and sink

Electric and manual bilge pumps

Anchor, chain and warp

New deck hatch

New windscreen

New electric trim tabs

New props


Asking £35,000

CONTACT Robin Ward at

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