The nice folks of the Classic Motor Boat Association suggested I should link to the Motorboat Museum near Basildon:
There are some stunning exhibits (see El Zonco below), but as a father of kids of ten and twelve, I must say that judging by the website one of the nicest things about the museum is that its staff seem to have given a lot of thought to entertaining children who visit.
Here’s a society whose owners maintain some fabulous small motor-craft built before the 1970s, including the group shown shown below.
The Classic Motor Boat Association organises rallies at which members show their boats, help each other with restoration projects and generally enjoy their boats, and publishes a members’ magazine each quarter packed with articles and club information.
The site includes information about some of the greatest British motor and speed boats, and I strongly recommend the gallery, which is packed with great photos.
I’m often disappointed with the boat designs that appear in Practical Mechanics and the rest: often they look good at first glance, but I suppose the designers were not paid terribly well for their work and so often tended to leave one or two things less clear than they might.
For example, I was looking today at a fattish dory alleged to be suitable for sailing where the designer had drawn mast partners and the rest, but said nothing very clear about the rig beyond what size range it should fit within. I think that’s leaving just a little too much to chance in terms of the balance between hull and rig.
And yet designs taken from old magazines and books can be excellent. Here’s one that looks really good to me, not least because it has instant character and apparently runs fast even with a small outboard engine. My only cause for slight concern is that the claims for its weight seem implausible, but maybe it was a typing error, or applied only to the smallest version.
In the meantime dig some of the details: the windshields and aft steering position with the big spindly wheel are so sweet! Executed that way and maybe fitted with a well cared-for old outboard I think Victory could be a lot of fun.
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