This recently restored Fairey Huntress benefits from a new acrylic glass windscreen, 1/8'' plywood laminated frame and stainless steel surrounds. She is powered by a Cummins 150hp turbo diesel engine (1,138 hours October 2012) and sleeps two and boasts her original deck fittings.
The idea of the Fairey Huntress was the brainchild of Richard Fairey. 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 and 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'. This involved James Bond's boat which 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.
Adrian Nicolle has been a Professional Yacht Broker for many years, Adrian Nicolle founded Nicolle Associates in 2001. His background is from a customer focused and service led industry and has a broad range of management skills having grown companies from start up to London stock exchange listed businesses with over 200 employees.
An experienced sailor (200gt Commercially endorsed Master of Yachts) having extensively raced sailing yachts internationally and cruised motor yachts in many areas including the canal system through the length of France, he has served on the executive board of the Royal Southern Yacht Club as Chairman of Sailing and at Cowes Week as Chief Race Officer.
While handling most types of yacht sales, Adrian specializes in large sail and motor yachts; he has the marketing and conveyance knowledge, experience, expertise and integrity to represent your needs before, during and long after your purchase.
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Additional Specs, Equipment and Information:
Builder: Fairey Marine
Designer: Ray Hunt and Alan Burnard
LOA: 23 ft 0 in
Beam: 8 ft 6 in
LWL: 20 ft 0 in
Maximum Draft: 2 ft 6 in
Displacement: 2500 kgs Dry Load
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.
Recently refurbished including new acrylic glass windscreen, 1/8'' plywood laminated frame and stainless steel surrounds
Avansea chart plotter
Fixed DSC radio
NASA depth sounder
CQR anchor and chain
Hob and grill
Sink and tap
Automatic and manual bilge pumps (FWD and AFT bilges)
2 sets of 24 volt batteries (engine and domestic)
24 volt electrics
12 volt electrics via transformer
Hydraulic trim tabs
Whitlock steering system
Original deck fittings
Fenders and lines
In the 1960s the most sought after power boat was undoubtedly the Fairey boat.
From Sir Max Aitkin, Tommy Sopwith, Deborah Kerr, and Billy Cotton all owned at least one.
Sean Connery as James Bond had an attachment to Fairey boats in "From Russia With Love".
Nicolle Associates offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.
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