An opportunity to purchase an Iconic piece of British Powerboating heritage, the nautical Aston Martin if you like?
Refurbished, cossetted, new'ish 250hp Cummins diesel for fast but efficient power.
Back at Hamble Point, the original home of Fairey Marine, where it all began.
The idea of the Fairey Huntress was the brainchild of Richard Fairey, son of Sir Richard.
He had spent a lot of time in the Bahamas on holidays with fellow boater Alan Butler, who was then Chairman of de Havilland Aircraft. (Much later on, Alan Butler went on to own Huntress 'Barmiss' (hull no. 38) which he kept on Harbour Island in the Bahamas).
Richard was a keen follower of powerboats and as a result, would often watch the Miami - Nassau race. He contacted Raymond C. Hunt, designer of Bertrams and many other boats and asked if he could use his hull drawings back in England. Ray Hunt gave Richard his blessing and so began the birth of the now classic Fairey Marine Motor Cruisers.
The Huntress and the Huntsman 28's claim to fame were in the James Bond movie 'From Russia with Love'. This involved a total of 5 boats, 2 Huntsman 28's, 1 long cabin Huntress and 2 normal Huntresses.
James Bond's boat was a Huntress fitted with a V8 Interceptor petrol engine along with "extra fuel" carried in the oil drums mounted in the cockpit. This oil drum arrangement had been made at the Hamble factory and was tested in Southampton Water to ensure the drums would roll off the transom without a hitch. The 'chief baddies' boat was driven by former world airspeed record holder Peter Twiss ( 1,132 mph in 1956 in a Fairey Delta 2 aircraft). Also driving one of the boats was former Fairey Marine sales director Charles Currey. Apparently they had a wonderful time on location in Scotland and were well looked after by the film company.
As regards the boats that caught fire, these boats were all wooden mock-ups and were set fire to in Pinewood Studios. Of the first 29 hulls made, 1-8, 10-15, 19-22 and 29 all went to Bruce Campbell for his Christina production. Sir Max Aitken had 2 Huntresses; Donald Gomme of G Plan furniture also owned one along with bandleader Billy Cotton, who had bought Sir Max's first boat. Richard Fairey entered his Huntress in the 1960 Miami - Nassau race but this blew up and sank, the crew escaping unharmed.
The Huntress was made on the hot moulded system of laminations (veneers) of 2.5mm agba ( a type of mahogany ).
In the case of the Huntress six laminations were used on the bottom and five on the topsides. Laminations were continuous from keel to gunwale so that there were no weak joints. To hot mould the hull, veneers were first stapled individually to a mould of the hull; subsequent skins (veneers) were glued and applied, staples in the underskin being removed as the work proceeded.
The mould itself was mounted on a metal plate carried on a trolley moving along a rail track. A thick rubber bag was placed over the assembled boat, a vacuum applied until the rubber bag was stretched skin tight over the outer surface, then the trolley was wheeled into an autoclave (oven) where steam raised the temperature to 100deg.C. The resultant pressure on the veneers ensured good contact while the shell was baked for around 30 minutes.
Taken out of the Autoclave, the hull was removed from the mould and left to cure for one week. Dinghies like the Albacore, Firefly, Falcon and Duckling would have been in the autoclave for around 20 minutes.
Quite a few of the Huntress Hulls were bought by the MOD and completed by numerous yards for use as "Captain's Motor Boats" for various warships. Those hull numbers with related MODnnnn numbers were known Royal Navy boats. The First two digits refer to the year purchased and the remaining two (or three) digits are the sequence for that year. e.g: MOD7743 Hull No. 239 was built in 1977 and was the 43rd MOD boat purchased that year.
Here we offer; #207. WPO 6701. MOD6764. Having benefitted from much love and attention. Serious refurbishment in 2011 and final re-paint and deck caulking 2016.
Reported as being allocated to HMS Victorious and having served with HMS Southampton.
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