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Make

Andrews

Model

Greyhound Slipper Launch

Specifications

  • Model Year

    1969

  • Fuel Type

    Unleaded

  • Number of Hours

    100

  • Lying

    Ipswich

  • Heads

    0

Dimensions

  • Nominal Length

    20 feet

  • Length Overall

    20 feet

  • Beam

    5.25 feet

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Andrews Greyhound Slipper Launch, 1969.  Absolutely stunning vintage slipper launch which has been meticulously restored and maintained.  1 of only 3 of this model and the only one to have a fitted wheelhouse.  History and receipts going back to the 1970’s.  This beautiful launch had won awards in her past and present ownership.  Viewing by appointment only, call 01473 225710

History

Lady Petite II, No. 484, is the second of three 20ft greyhound slipper launches built by Andrews Boathouses in Bourne End. She was built with her wheelhouse to a commission by her original owner. She is unique, being the only 20ft Andrews Slipper launch with a wheelhouse.

The current owners are lucky to have the history for Lady Petite II, including original specification documents, the Provenance report by Neil Garside and all sorts of receipts, going back to the 1970s.

She won the Thames Traditional Boat Rally Andrews Trophy two years running, in 1989 and 1990. Since in her current ownership, she’s won this prized award twice more, as well as the inaugural Ford Trophy.

She is also a TV star, having featured in the children’s programme Educating Marmalade, Episode 6, “Marmalade in Venice”, which first aired on 29th November 1982.

Specification

Engine bay

  • 7/8″ stainless steel shaft fitted with 11 x 7 L/H propellor. Ford 989cc 105E engine with Borg-Warner direct drive, oil operated gear box with single lever morse control. Steering – Teleflex.
  • Rewired with genuine, cotton covered copper wiring throughout.
  • Electric, automatic bilge pump.
  • Exhaust pipe fitted with Vetus elastomuffle diffuser silencer.
  • Bespoke, wooden, vented and varnished battery box.

 

Construction

  • Planking: ¾” Mahogany
  • Frames: Sapele at 2′ 6″cente 2 ¼” x 1″
  • Timbers: Oak 1″ x ¾” two between each frame
  • Chine: Mahogany
  • Decking: ¾” Mahogany, with kicking strips to edges of foredeck
  • Finish: Varnished sides and decks

Wheelhouse and Cockpit

  • Frames and stiles ¾” Mahogany, mural varnish finish, fitted with divided windscreen each opening forward and upward. Wheelhouse sides fitted with sliding window to starboard and tumble-in, lift out pane to port. Wheelhouse canvas ‘sunroof’ with handrails and stanchions.
  • Cockpit sides Mahogany ½” varnished.
  • Two individual Mahogany bucket seats and aft bench seat, all with burgundy red vinyl covered cushions.
  • Solid mahogany floor boards with varnish finish, fitted in 2012 to replace original marine ply.
  • Small cupboards, with shelving, varnished and finished with panelled doors.
  • A car-type hood with side curtains to enclose the cockpit, into sunk recess after, with neat cover when stowed.
  • Winter / night full length cover in matching burgundy red.

Maintenance and restoration

Whilst this launch was in great condition when purchased in 2010, the current owners are perfectionists so the launch was treated to a detailed check through and maintenance programme.

Winter 2010 – 2011

  • Storage under cover.
  • Repair P bracket, replace fuel line, refurbish exhaust system and refurbish steering system.
  • Service gearbox.
  • Replace wiring loom.
  • Clean and repaint engine bay, under floorboards and aft area.
  • Remove and re-chrome all deck fittings.
  • Create new mahogany floor boards, with 9 coats of varnish! We have re-cycled the original floor as a storage shelf behind the aft seat.
  • Replace yellow painted caddy roof and boot top with white paint.

Winter 2011 – 2012

  • Storage under cover.
  • Recaulk, reprime and antifoul, returning hull to Andrews blue antifoul with white boot top.
  • Remove engine, deliver to Specialised Engines, a Ford engine specialist in Grey, Essex for full recon and conversion to 1200cc unleaded.
  • Recondition gearbox.
  • Refurbish engine bay and fit vintage Klaxon Klaxonett horn.

Winter 2012 – 2013

  • Storage under cover, annual service, antifoul and boot top.
  • Cuddy repair, revarnish and paint.
  • Re-apply black in-seams.

Winter 2013 – 2014

  • Storage under cover
  • Annual service, antifoul and boot top.

Winter 2014 – 2015

  • Storage under cover.
  • Annual service, antifoul and boot top.
  • Replace distributor, coil and leads for new electronic system.

Winter 2015 – 2016

  • Storage under cover
  • Annual service, antifoul and boot top.

Winter 2016 – 2017

  • Storage under cover.
  • Annual service, antifoul and boot top.
  • Replace starter motor.

Winter 2017 – 2018

  • Storage under cover.
  • Annual service, antifoul and boot top.
  • Replace fuel pump with SU fuel pump.

Winter 2018 – 2019

  • Storage under cover.
  • Annual service.
  • Scrape sides and stern back to bare wood; apply 8 coats of varnish.
  • Decks and cuddy re-varnish and painted.

Winter 2019 – 2021

  • Storage under cover.
  • Aannual service, antifoul and boot top.

Lady Petite II is currently stored inside. With the Covid-19 situation, the owners believe it’s wiser to keep her inside rather than on a mooring.

 

Awards

Thames Traditional Boat Festival awards:

1989 – Andrews Trophy

1990 – Andrews Trophy

2013 – Andrews Trophy for restoration, maintenance and presentation. Best Slipper Stern Launch

2015 – Andrews Trophy for restoration, maintenance and presentation. Best Slipper Stern Launch

2016 – Ford Trophy for best restoration of Ford engine in any boat. Best Ford Engine

Disclaimer

The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.

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