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New Members Say Hello Here / Re: New member Hi all
« Last post by enginuitytriumph on November 07, 2022, 10:04:19 PM »
Ahhh, good old painted on names.... so nostalgic ! I have had a couple of Fletchers, the last one was a 15 with an ex MOD Johnson 130 V4. I swore it was factory black, but after a call to Fletchers, they said they never made one.... ever !!  It  chine walked for England & I had to sadly move on....   :'(
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New Members Say Hello Here / Re: New member Hi all
« Last post by ZIPPY 111 on October 29, 2022, 05:27:34 PM »
Just an update, engine now removed and starting to strip down for painting.
Old floor removed and new ply floor fibreglassed in. As you can see from the photo she is far from the original Rescue Orange colour
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New Members Say Hello Here / Re: New member Hi all
« Last post by ZIPPY 111 on October 29, 2022, 04:58:11 PM »
Hi, I am based in Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire UK
We have another retro boat in the workshop now 1970's Glastron with a Gold Metalic deck like the one used in James Bond film.
New floor, new engine/drive and new Gold flake spray job, cool boat. Going to seatrial this one in Budgie smugglers  :D
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Boat Jumbles / New Boat Jumbles
« Last post by BN on October 10, 2022, 12:35:44 PM »
Sorry, but let this slip:

Here is the link to the latest boat jumbles:

http://www.boatjumbleassociation.co.uk/

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New Members Say Hello Here / Re: New member Hi all
« Last post by BN on September 17, 2022, 09:28:40 PM »
Hi and welcome to the friendly forum. We are tiny, but the people on the site are mostly enthusiasts, restorers or owners of classics. Someone like yourself is always welcome and interesting to hear from.

Your comment about classics and the rise in your workshop of them, does give encouragement, but then most collectors and restorers are simply passionate about their lovely speed and motorboats here of course.

I had a Fletcher 150 some years ago and I really liked it, wish I still had one. Where are you based, because it is always good to let members know if they want repairs etc.

Enjoy the site and accompanying web at www.oldspeedboats.co.uk
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New Members Say Hello Here / New member Hi all
« Last post by ZIPPY 111 on September 16, 2022, 09:33:02 PM »
Hi just joined your forum as I have along history of boating. I am in the process this winter of restoring my fathers Fletcher 150 Arrowsport  with a Johnson 115hp. She is a 1975 model which dad bought in 1979 and we had good use for years unfortunately she has been layed up for 20+ years. I am an marine engineer by trade working in a boat yard and have full use of all the facilities to bring her back to life. Have fitted a new floor now preparing for a re-spray back to Rescue Orange a good 70's colour
This looks like a quiet site at the moment but we are seeing more retro boats in the workshop this year
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Other Boat Items For Sale & Wanted / Re: FOR SALE-Massive Boat Bow/Winch Post
« Last post by BN on August 15, 2022, 08:22:16 AM »
No problems. The hull is quite unique by its layup, so not like normal glass fibre. It is a thick hull, so should be ok, but use good filler for the type of layup of the boat. Ian at Coging knows all about them, he did a lot of work on mine: https://finedon.cylex-uk.co.uk/company/coging-motorsport-27656342.html

Hope that helps. BN
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Boats / Re: 'Bat Boat' Project Good Home needed...
« Last post by BN on August 15, 2022, 08:18:10 AM »
Still available! Free to good home...

I understand that it's likely to be a costly refurbishment job, but I cannot even get a boatbuilder to give me a quote :o :o :o

Hi Tarquin, I am not surprised because the hull layup is very unusual. They were built for the UK market on the Isle of Wight and the company is still going, perhaps they can assist. Take a look at my other site for data on the Dowty and contacts: http://www.oldspeedboats.co.uk/history-of-dowty-2/#:~:text=Dowty%20Turbocraft,by%20Hamilton%20in%20New%20Zealand.

Failing that there is a guy in Northamptonshire who might help, he is Ian of Coging Motor Sport. He replaced the very difficult water intake housing I had to have forged and it is an amazing job: https://finedon.cylex-uk.co.uk/company/coging-motorsport-27656342.html

Hope that helps, BN

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You are a star !

Thank you.

Nearly back to the bare boat now.  Just the jet unit and a few bits of brass to remove. 

With everything off, it's going to be a complete sand down to see what we've got.

I'll let you know.

Thank you again.
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Boats / Re: 'Bat Boat' Project Good Home needed...
« Last post by Tarquin on August 04, 2022, 01:29:34 AM »
Still available! Free to good home...

I understand that it's likely to be a costly refurbishment job, but I cannot even get a boatbuilder to give me a quote :o :o :o
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