ARCADIA, her original name, was built in 1964 and the 33rd Bates Star Craft build, of the 33’ craft. She has a double diagonal teak hull on oak with teak decks and mahogany cabin sides. She is LLoyds Registered. She has been well loved during our ownership, some 30+ years and unfortunately, through ill health are now unable to accomplish her restoration. My husband was having her lifted to put in our back garden for winter storage so we could get the varnishing done on dry land. When only 150’ from our mooring to the boatyard it was unfortunate the warp on the aft cabin roof (where it is kept) slid off on an icy evening and wrapped around the prop which pulled the P-bracket through the hull, leaving a bit of a hole. Until then she was sound and when last surveyed everything requested to be done was accomplished. It is so upsetting. My husband has Alzheimer's now and I am not sure he would be able to manage her even if I was to get her renovated. We are very upset not to be able to do this work ourselves. Arcadia has been much used and is well known on the Thames. She was a Swan Upping escort boat for nearly 40 years, and I did 35 of them. A very enjoyable event each July for the Queen and for David Barber the Queen's Swan Marker. We were invited to 2 garden parties and were presented to the Princess Royal at another event during Swan Upping. A very fun lady. We are now looking for someone who would like to renovate her and have as good a time as we did. As such she is therefore offered free of charge. Contact: Carol Reed - 07900 082119
Franswa II is also looking for a new home!
Franswa II was the first 45’ Star Craft built at the Bates yard in 1962 and was ready for the 1963 Boat Show, featuring on the brochure for the 45’ boats. Franswa has a double diagonal teak hull with mahogany topsides and was set up with lots of extras of which the current owners still have a few. In all she has had only 3 owners and still bears her original name. She was used on the Upper Thames for many years and the lock keepers knew her and Mr Lucas, her owner, well. He also toured the Continent a great deal and chartered her at home and away. Mr Lucas kept everything and the current owners have boxes of history on the boat. He passed away while the boat was moored in Poole, Dorset which is where they purchased her and had her shipped to her present location at Runnymede-on-Thames. The idea was to renovate the boat and use her as a live aboard but unfortunately, through ill health on both parts, this has not been possible. Franswa is Lloyds Registered. Sensible offers are now invited. Contact: Carol Reed - 07900 082119
Graham Hatch purchased Hadley Star (40 ft Star Craft, ex Mistress Elizabeth but now returned to her original name). Sadly, she is in need of wholesale restoration, but there is some good news. Graham reports on 3rd July 2019: "This is the first time Hadley Star has left the Frome for 20 years, arriving at Dorset Lake Yard to be lifted onto a transporter to go to Hythe Marina before being towed to Cowes. This happened yesterday and unbelievably there was virtually no weed at all. The props and rudders and most of the under water part of the hull looked like it had been done yesterday and hardly any rot." Graham has decided to sell her as a full restoration project at a sensible price!
Madame Condrieu is a 45' Star Craft requiring restoration. We hope to be able to post further information soon. Sensible offers invited. Contact: John Patey 07836 717469