"Daphne III" Thornycroft Cruising Launch Lying on the Thames
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What attracted YOU to the boat? - She looks like a boat outside. Inside when I first saw her mahogany and brass, she reminded me of the old gypsy caravan my Grandmother used for a time during the War as temporary accommodation in the garden while the house was full.
What you have used the boat for, where you have been and with how many on board? -
How does she sail under a variety of conditions? - Don't know. Steadying sails not replaced (yet).
How does she manoeuvre under sail and power? - Sail, don't know. Power, well. She is a good mover. But she only has one prop., and no bow -thruster
Is she controllable going astern? - Yes, with care, experience and skill.
What is a reasonable cruising speed under sail - and power? - Sail, don't know. Power 5/6 knots. Her hull shape imposes a max. speed of about 6 knots.
What is she like in heavy weather? - She enjoys a good tidal-Thames chop. Make sure heavy things are down on deck, and loose things secured or stowed. Personally I would not take her into heavy weather at my age (or hers?).
What is she like for entertaining? - Simple and friendly. Very snug.
What is she like for kids? - Very enjoyable if they are properly under command, and wearing life-jackets.
Where has she been and what has she been used for? - Built in 1923 for Mr G. Collis. Use not known. Bought in 1982 from Dr David Townsend who had lived aboard her at Hammersmith while studying medicine. He had bought her from the estate of a gentleman who had used her at Maldon for fishing with no. BW31 and name 'Maldon Boy'.
Why are you selling her? - Age and arthritis are making me less and less agile. She is ageing much better than I am!
This is a unique chance to take on responsibility for a rare and historic vessel, now a ‘film-star’ in her own right after her moored part (just after SB Wyvenhoe blows up) in the River Chase in the latest Bond film “The World is Not Enough”.
'Daphne' is in very good nick for her age, but has outgrown her present elderly owner. She needs someone younger to look after her. This is a unique chance to take on a rare and historic boat, now a 'film-star' in her own right, and a friendly and comfortable companion on River journeys.
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