Built circa 1960 by Albatross Marine & fitted with a 90HP 1220cc Coventry Climax FWE engine.
This boat was subject to a full professional rebuild by Albatross Marine during 2016 to include stripping the aluminium hull of all paint, repairing as required until the hull was as good as new.
It was then professionally painted & baked before being reassembled, all brightwork was vapour blasted & polished & a new wiring loom fitted. New upholstery was sourced & the whole boat has been restored with no expense spared.
The Coventry Climax engine was reputed to have been recently rebuilt by Climax Engine services. It was deemed not to require a rebuild after the sump and head were removed for inspection.
It is thought that the engine out put is in the order of 90 HP being able to propel the boat to a top speed of some 50 MPH.
The intention was to race the boat & she has hidden bow floatation, a lanyard kill switch, foot throttle, floating painter & tuned propeller.
She is however a fun pub launch or an unusual but very fast tender, Charles Dunstone has one on his classic yacht.
She comes with her original trailer with new 10” wheels, a lighting board, four period fenders & a rather smart paddle *
The design of the Albatross boat came about from a chance meeting between Peter Hives (son of the then Rolls Royce chairman Lord Hives) & Archie Peace soon they were joined by a playboy Bruce Campbell, who whilst enjoying the pleasures of his own yacht ‘sold’ boats for Albatross Marine.
Notable customers included Brigitte Bardot, Aristotle Onassis, Prince Rainier of Monaco, Grace Kelly, George Formby, Prince Phillip, Jon Pertwee & the Prince of Greece.
All of the work to this boat (Hull number 1144) was done by John Fildes who trades as Albatross Marine having resurrected the name.
The workmanship is of a the highest quality throughout the boat & a testament to John’s skills.
*Albatross boats have drive taken direct from the crankshaft to the propeller with no gearbox. Hence a paddle is useful for slow manoeuvring.
Albatross boats are rare, one fitted with a Coventry Climax engine is very rare & one in as good as new condition (or better) almost unique.
One of these fast little boats was reviewed by Octane in Monaco in 2018, described as having "supercar acceleration"
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