This well cared for Fairey Huntress looks stunning and is powered by a Perkins 145 HP 6 cyl Diesel, she sleeps two.
The Fairey Huntress was the brainchild of Richard Fairey. Richard was a keen follower of powerboats and 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. So began the birth of the now classic Fairey Marine Motor Cruisers.
The Huntress claim to fame were in the James Bond movie 'From Russia with Love'. 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.
The Fairey Huntress model competed in and won awards in various Cowes - Torquay powerboat races over the years often winning the 'production boat', the 'lowest powered finisher' and the 'fuel economy' awards.
This particular example wasn't raced or rally'd and is free from Bond bullet holes. She as stunning as you would hope from the marque and well worth making a weekend to visit.
You can enter the Cockpit over the transom or aft side deck. The area can be part enclosed with spray covers to provide an outdoor saloon.
Offset to starboard is the access to the cabin with 2 berths arranged in a V towards the bow. A lifting hatch reveals a part concealed Johnson sea toilet in the “V”. The berths are cushioned in blue piped white, to match the interior white panels framed in contrasting mahogany over locker stowage beneath.
The engine compartment sits amidships in the cockpit and the varnished mahogany housing top provides useful seating. A foldaway helmsman's seat is to port with a wooden wheel and instruments forward, below the raked back screen.
Hardwood handrails on the coach roof
Stainless steel anchor and 5 ft stainless chain on deck linked to 20M galvanised chain
Stainless cleats and fairleads fore and aft
Transom boarding ladder
Stainless Steel Pulpit
Cockpit tonneau cover
Perkins 145 HP 6 cylinder Diesel
Morse single lever engine control
Twin 12 V batteries
Electric and manual bilge pumps
Deck head lights
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