A seriously cute Italian speedboat in the rain at the Beale Park Thames Boat Show. As usual, click on the thumbnails (including the big one) for much larger photos
This Avenger 21 made from carbon fibre belonged to offshore powerboat racer Tommy Sopwith, and was a tender to his yacht Philante V
Thunderbolt III belonged to hydroplane racing legend Len Melly
Two Broom speedboats. The upper example is for sale: see the third image above
1964 Tremlett 14 Zulu originally built for inshore racing
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Smacks in Faversham Creek
Rather like the way a bundle of unexpected money can burn a hole in one’s pocket, for several days these photos have been nagging me to put them up. They’re scenes from a day’s sailing around the Swale, as locals will immediately know, and I hope they provide some interest and entertainment before we get back to the usual intheboatshed.net menu!
Thames barge Repertor
Homes at Shellness, Isle of Sheppey
North shore of the Isle of Sheppey
‘Receptive’ buoy at the southern end of Horse Sand
A fisherman in the Swale
Jetskis playing in the wake of an enormous
powerboat. Forgive them, Oh Lord, for they
know not what they do… I guess they were
having fun, but their noise and disturbance
shook my teacup and rattled the teeth I was
trying to use to eat cake!
Norfolk Broads boats racing, photo by Robert Henson, image from
the Wikipedia. This photo is from 2004, but could easily have been
taken fifty years ago. That’s part of the magic of The Broads
•Fifty years ago, schools on the Norfolk Broads were teaching kids to build boats.
•A lifeboat restoration at Walton, Essex is nearing completion. Read more here.
•A large wooden powerboat takes shape in a boatbuilding revival at Leigh, Essex.