Lot 152 - 1959 Andrews Greyhound Slipper Launch
|Chassis Number||Hull 444|
|Estimate||£110,000 - £145,000|
The first slipper launch was designed and built by John Andrews at his father’s boatyard in Maidenhead in 1913. Incorporating a steering wheel and gearbox for easy manoeuvrability it was stylistically similar to the British sports cars of the day. With its distinctive shape, his first customer named the original boat ‘Merk’ after his Mercedes-Benz sports car. This boat now resides in the National Maritime Museum. John went on to establish his own boatyard, namely Andrews Boathouses of Bourne End in 1925.
Natsumi is a special boat and an excellent example of an Andrews 25’ Greyhound slipper launch. This is one of only 156 boats that were built at Andrews Boathouses in Bourne End. Originally built for exhibition at the 1960 London Boat Show, hull number 444 was first named ‘Elkay’ which changed to ‘Fairmead’ and latterly ‘Natsumi’.
This boat has been extensively restored and presents in truly exceptional condition. Andrews Boathouses, now based in Marlow have carried out months of painstaking meticulous work ensuring this slipper launch presents in the highest possible standard. Work carried out includes the deck, hull and sides being stripped back and repaired as necessary. Steering is now via hydraulics and the boat has been fully rewired using marine wire and new fuse boxes have also been fitted. The original BMC Vedette 950cc engine has been fully rebuilt by Morris expert Tom Roy. Discrete electronic ignition has been fitted and the gearbox has been fully rebuilt with all new bearings and seals fitted. The decks have been treated with 16 coats of Awlwood varnish, then wet sanded and machine polished to a glass type finish. The list goes on and on, however perhaps the best way to fully appreciate the beauty and quality of this beautiful boat is to come and view the slipper launch in person. It really is exceptional.
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