Two-man rowing boats for sale, £400 each
A number of moulded Tidal Fly clinker-effect plastic rowing boats are on sale at £400 a pop in the South-East of England.
I don’t know who made them, or whether they were designed or moulded from an existing boat, but the boats used by fly fishermen on our local reservoir are coming up for sale at £400 a pop. I gather there are as many as 54 of these things coming up for sale during this year.
A great feature of these little craft is their built-in bouyancy, which I think should appeal to three overlapping groups: those who like to row on the sea; those who might like to set up a small get-you-home sailing rig for the kind of trip where you plan to ride the tide and a breeze home, having rowed out; and those who want a boat with a convenient long flat floor on which to unroll a mat and sleeping bag. That’s not something you often get with a round-bottomed boat, and I think some will find it an especially helpful design feature.
Bewl is also selling the outboard motors the boats have been used with also, but I have no details.
For years I’ve thought these lean two-person rowing boats looked useful as rowing boats, and that it was sad that in their role as hire boats, they’ve generally been used with small outboards. In that role, with one fisherman and one outboard they make an impressive sight with their bows rather light and often well out of the water.
If you want to avoid looking silly, I wouldn’t recommend using one of these boats with an engine, but if you’re lucky enough to have easy access to water and want a cheap, indestructible little boat to knock about in, get some exercise while you’re building your next project or want to buy some boats for a boating lake hire business, ring or email Howard McKenzie at Bewl on 01892 890661 and email@example.com.