I have been mucking about in boats for as long as I can remember...
...a Rowing boat
Any many other canoes, etc.,
...a Pearly Miss
This boat was bought in the later summer of 2011.
Driver boats were built by Doug Driver and based on a design by Ray Stapley and produced in the 1980s and early 1990s. Their deep-vee hull makes them good in chop and hints of their origins in Ray Stapley's racing experience.
60 HP, three-cylinder, two-stroke Mariner outboard. with power trim-and-tilt. GPS, Fishfinder, 25 W DSC radio and additional fuel tank.
The previous owner had put a lot of time, skill and money into the restoration of this boat. Built in 1972, the BMW Jupiter 5.0 was a version of Invicta Boats Ltd's outboard-powered Jupiter. BMW were, as you might say, 'putting a toe in the water' of boating and boats, fitting a 2.0 Litre, 130 hp, M10 engine mated with a ZF-style gearbox and leg
This Selva 350 console RIB was bought new by my parents and has been in the family ever since. Sadly, it only got used a few times a year - although trips have included journeys to the Sovereign light platform. It was reasonably quick, able to deal with lumpy seas and frugal on fuel. It has been to Beachy Head, Royal Sovereign Light Platform, etc.,.
The hull is really a shallow 'Vee' but this has been useful dragging it up and down a steep shingle beach (also here) since it sat happily on inflatable rollers without wanting to tip either side.
When my previous boat came to the end of its economically-viable life, I was offered this in order that it got some TLC and use.The two conditions were:
Occasional use by my parents.
I had to collect it...