Hubert Scott-Paine a brilliant engineer from England started a Company called Supermarine, his Company designed and built high performance aircraft culminating in the “Spitfire” the legendary World War 2 Fighter. At the end of the 1920's Scott-Paine sold his stake in the aircraft company and invested in a new enterprise, the British Powerboat Company, with the intention of developing high speed watercraft. Scott-Paine discovered how to build a “planning hull” a craft which would travel over the surface of the water instead of forcing its way through it. He and his company designed a number of remarkable craft, the Bluebird series of World Water Speed Record contenders and the first boat to exceed 100 miles per hour. The British Powerboat Company also designed and built a range of Military vessels, from 50 ft upwards, that were given the category of High Speed Launches (HSL's) and were powered by a variety of engines depending on the speed required and the vessels intended function, MTB's (Motor Torpedo Boats), MGB's (Motor Gun Boats) and ASRL's (Air Sea Rescue Launches). These boats were built at number of Shipyards around the UK and the British Empire to satisfy the requirement of the armed forces. This example, from Information supplied by the British Military Power Boat Trust, is believed to be # 1198, launched in Singapore in 1953. She served until 1970 after which she was decommissioned and renamed Margaret Lee and eventually sold to an offshore Tin Mining Company based in Phuket, where she operated first as a crew boat for the miners and later as Le Meridien Hotel’s Hospitality Yacht until 2001. The Year 2011, when she was acquired by her present owner, saw her languishing in a boat yard in Phuket, the planking at the stern was gone, most of the frames needed replacing along with the huge timber engine bearers and the GRP sheathing that had been applied in the 70’s was scarcely attached to the timber hull. Of her 3 under powered engines only one was functional to a degree and to top it all unwanted guests, in the form of Termites, had chosen to make her home and eat her superstructure, finding only the double layer of Burmese Teak that still formed the majority of the hull indigestible. She was patched up enough to get her to float and towed to another more convenient yard where a major refit lasting 12 months commenced. 90% of the frames were replaced along with approximately 25% of the hull planking and she was then re-sheathed in modern West System Epoxy and Glassfibre. The old structure on the aft deck was removed and the entire boat had new decking. A heads and a small deck galley was created in the area aft of the wheelhouse and the raised enclosed deck was removed and replaced with a Flybridge style deck, all the new timber being treated with several coats of epoxy and anti-termite paint on installation. An air-conditioned cabin with 1 x double and 2 x single berths was constructed in the bow, along with a new shower & toilet. The Boat was rewired and two new engines giving twice the power of the original three were installed along with and an ultra quiet generator and air-conditioning and the old mechanical steering was replaced with modern hydraulics. A lightweight foam bimini was fitted over the open aft deck and a smaller awning was installed above the "Flybridge" with 2 x solar panels mounted on top and a crane boom was fitted as the means for lifting the tender. She is now a beautiful 1930’s style Gentleman’s motor yacht with a user friendly layout for up to 16 Guests, she has a Thai commercial licence for 25 passengers and 3 crew. As an aside Hubert Scott-Paine had a 'test pilot' in the early years called T. E. Lawrence, better known as Lawrence of Arabia, who assisted Scott-Paine until his untimely death caused by a high speed accident on a motorcycle in 1935. These boat details are subject to contract. Note: Offers on the asking price may be considered.
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Additional Specs, Equipment and Information:
Hull Shape: Other
LOA: 19.20 m
Beam: 4.88 m
Maximum Draft: 2.13 m