Padstow Speedboats

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sugerbear

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1,735 posts

95 months

Tuesday 16th July 2013
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Trying to identify the make/brand/design of the speedboats that operate out of Padstow in Camel Estury.

http://www.padstowboattrips.com/page2.htm

Anyone know what they are?


OscarIndia

987 posts

109 months

Tuesday 16th July 2013
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From the Website...

'Fireball XL5 was built by John England, in Padstow, in 1999 and is the newest of the four speedboats.'

They all look the same design, so would assume all from this guy!

Heff

190 posts

90 months

Tuesday 16th July 2013
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If I remember rightly the mould used to sit in a boat yard in Wadebridge, about 5 miles up the Camel from Padstow.

tuffer

8,414 posts

204 months

Tuesday 16th July 2013
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The same design of boats are also used out of Looe on the other coast, been in use since I can recall and I have been going or living there since 1969.

MOTORVATOR

3,732 posts

184 months

Tuesday 16th July 2013
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tuffer said:
The same design of boats are also used out of Looe on the other coast, been in use since I can recall and I have been going or living there since 1969.
Think you'll find they were all sold, although someone may have bought one to try and start up again.

Can't help with the design but it brings back memories of the Swifts off Southend Seafront in the sixties and seventies. Supposedly from the desk of Alan Bernard and would be worth an absolute fortune now if they hadn't been broken up / abandoned.

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tuffer

8,414 posts

204 months

Tuesday 16th July 2013
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MOTORVATOR said:
tuffer said:
The same design of boats are also used out of Looe on the other coast, been in use since I can recall and I have been going or living there since 1969.
Think you'll find they were all sold, although someone may have bought one to try and start up again.

Can't help with the design but it brings back memories of the Swifts off Southend Seafront in the sixties and seventies. Supposedly from the desk of Alan Bernard and would be worth an absolute fortune now if they hadn't been broken up / abandoned.
Well Superstar was launched in 1972 and the 2013 season runs March 28th - Oct 1st: http://www.superstarlooe.com/http://www.superstarlooe.com/Slide-Show.html

MOTORVATOR

3,732 posts

184 months

Tuesday 16th July 2013
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tuffer said:
MOTORVATOR said:
tuffer said:
The same design of boats are also used out of Looe on the other coast, been in use since I can recall and I have been going or living there since 1969.
Think you'll find they were all sold, although someone may have bought one to try and start up again.

Can't help with the design but it brings back memories of the Swifts off Southend Seafront in the sixties and seventies. Supposedly from the desk of Alan Bernard and would be worth an absolute fortune now if they hadn't been broken up / abandoned.
Well Superstar was launched in 1972 and the 2013 season runs March 28th - Oct 1st: http://www.superstarlooe.com/http://www.superstarlooe.com/Slide-Show.html
Knew I wasn't going lala.

http://www.boatmad.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1595...

Owners retired three years ago. Thread shows the builders as well.

And a very small bit of video of the Southend jobbies. See 0.45.

http://www.britishpathe.com/video/record-whitsun

waverider

4 posts

63 months

Friday 4th October 2013
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Hi to all, I have owned Superstar in Looe for 2 years now and carrying on the tradition! The Looe boats all came from Pearns in Looe and Superstar was built by Gerald Pearn in Morval near Looe and launched in 1972. The design is based on the Miss Looe speedboat built in mahogany around the mid to late 50's from which a mold was taken and a small production run was made. The Padstow boats are slightly different in hull design most notably at the bow. I have heard many stories about the boats most of which are hard to verify. The molds and drawings etc were destroyed in a fire for the Looe speedboats. Needless to say the surviving boats all handle differently and my boat is a very capable sea going boat with performance, grace, and high speed handling second to none. There is just Superstar left in Looe now.

tuffer

8,414 posts

204 months

Saturday 5th October 2013
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waverider said:
Hi to all, I have owned Superstar in Looe for 2 years now and carrying on the tradition! The Looe boats all came from Pearns in Looe and Superstar was built by Gerald Pearn in Morval near Looe and launched in 1972. The design is based on the Miss Looe speedboat built in mahogany around the mid to late 50's from which a mold was taken and a small production run was made. The Padstow boats are slightly different in hull design most notably at the bow. I have heard many stories about the boats most of which are hard to verify. The molds and drawings etc were destroyed in a fire for the Looe speedboats. Needless to say the surviving boats all handle differently and my boat is a very capable sea going boat with performance, grace, and high speed handling second to none. There is just Superstar left in Looe now.
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Thamespeed

4 posts

63 months

Friday 25th October 2013
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Hi all, I have the first of the current Padstow speedboats built by Gerald Pearn in 1977. She is cold moulded mahogany with a Ford Sabre 280c engine. A mould was made from her following a season in service at Padstow, from which the others were made. She came out of service in Padstow in 2002 and has been used for speedboat rides in Southend, Essex for the last 10 years. She is a great sea boat, with a good turn of speed, circa 30 Knots, the hull is still in very good condition with a great engine fitted a couple of seasons ago. A great boat for the driver and passengers alike!

waverider

4 posts

63 months

Saturday 9th November 2013
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Thamespeed said:
Hi all, I have the first of the current Padstow speedboats built by Gerald Pearn in 1977. She is cold moulded mahogany with a Ford Sabre 280c engine. A mould was made from her following a season in service at Padstow, from which the others were made. She came out of service in Padstow in 2002 and has been used for speedboat rides in Southend, Essex for the last 10 years. She is a great sea boat, with a good turn of speed, circa 30 Knots, the hull is still in very good condition with a great engine fitted a couple of seasons ago. A great boat for the driver and passengers alike!
Hi Thamespeed, did you by any chance have a ride on my boat this season? I had a chap tell me about a mahogany boat he owns or with a ford engine around your area. There was also another who said he used to own a boat like mine but in mahogany and a ford engine and he wanted to find it again. These boats ARE extremely good fun and very capable though mine is a grp hull with mahogany deck. most of the original speedboat drivers in looe are still about and good for a story of " the old days". We'll have to get all the Pearn boats together some day.

Huntsman

6,440 posts

187 months

Sunday 29th December 2013
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This boat lying derelict on the shore just west of Yarmouth on the Isle of Wight, been meaning to get to take pics since this thread was started, had to orchestrate a family day out to get there!

Ford straight six, appears to be cold moulded timber skinned in GRP.

Looks like the area is being cleared, so I guess may not be around for much longer.










hidetheelephants

14,385 posts

130 months

Sunday 29th December 2013
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The gunwhale's all over the place, it must be rotten as a peach. I think it's beyond using as a pattern, never mind restoring. frown

Huntsman

6,440 posts

187 months

Sunday 29th December 2013
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hidetheelephants said:
The gunwhale's all over the place, it must be rotten as a peach. I think it's beyond using as a pattern, never mind restoring. frown
Indeed, sadly I think the same, just wanted to establish if its the same as the Padstow boats.

waverider

4 posts

63 months

Tuesday 14th January 2014
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It has a construction and features very similar to the Pearn boats from Looe with very similar lines other than the rarity of the wheelhouse. There is a lot of wood used in the construction of the hulls but most were GRP hull of varying thicknesses with wood stringers to mount the deck and other things such as bulkheads and floor beams. Mine on Superstar is an inch and a quarter GRP in places. Superstar weighs about 2900kg with all equipment on board.

I have been informed by a friend that Thunderbolt was sold to someone near Weymouth. and they say that a boat from Looe was sold and the bulkheads taken out with a wheelhouse fitted for'ard and the rear cockpits used as a fish room. They weren't sure if it was Thunderbolt but it certainly looks like this was the Looe boat to me. The hull is most likely GRP as it would of rotted away by now even sheaved in GRP. Most likely laminated with woven glass mat as most of them were. As I say there is a lot of wood in them to screw everything to and for structural integrity.

Edited by waverider on Tuesday 14th January 20:28


Edited by waverider on Tuesday 14th January 20:45


Edited by waverider on Wednesday 15th January 00:14

waverider

4 posts

63 months

Tuesday 14th January 2014
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Taken sometime before 2011.

Thamespeed

4 posts

63 months

Sunday 19th January 2014
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waverider said:
Hi Thamespeed, did you by any chance have a ride on my boat this season? I had a chap tell me about a mahogany boat he owns or with a ford engine around your area. There was also another who said he used to own a boat like mine but in mahogany and a ford engine and he wanted to find it again. These boats ARE extremely good fun and very capable though mine is a grp hull with mahogany deck. most of the original speedboat drivers in looe are still about and good for a story of " the old days". We'll have to get all the Pearn boats together some day.
Hi Waverider, I've not managed to be in Looe when you are running as I am usually busy doing the same thing in Southend at that time. I will try and pop in when I'm down your way this season. Would be great to get a few pearn speedboats together at some time. I will post a picture of my boat, as I said before she is cold moulded mahogany with a laid mahogany and holly deck. Looks very nice but lots of work compared to GRP!

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Edited by Thamespeed on Wednesday 22 January 18:18

tuffer

8,414 posts

204 months

Monday 20th January 2014
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waverider said:
Taken sometime before 2011.
Such a familiar sight from my Youth.

Thamespeed

4 posts

63 months

Wednesday 22nd January 2014
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Hi Huntsman,
I wonder if the boat in the picture i have uploaded is the same Thunderbolt as the poor old thing that you have found?? I think it is a very strong possibility. All the best.

Huntsman said:
This boat lying derelict on the shore just west of Yarmouth on the Isle of Wight, been meaning to get to take pics since this thread was started, had to orchestrate a family day out to get there!

Ford straight six, appears to be cold moulded timber skinned in GRP.

Looks like the area is being cleared, so I guess may not be around for much longer.








Fishtigua

9,786 posts

132 months

Wednesday 22nd January 2014
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'200hp Volvo Penta' it says on the side. Did all these boats run diesels or did the early ones have petrol V8's?