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!
La Chemme - 1965 built 45' Bates Star Craft
Reluctantly for sale, our beautiful Classic 'home from home'. We have decided it's now time to pass custodianship to a new owner. Much admired vessel and SCOC founder member boat. Fully restored and meticulously maintained six berth, only unmolested 45' built still in use. Happy at sea cruising at 12 knots on modern Autopilot or at river speeds on one engine. Extensively cruised Thames, Medway, Deben and Blackwater, East coast rivers and regular cross channel forays over 20 years of ownership. Two toilets and bath, fully fitted galley with modern appliances. Boat to be sold complete with all fittings, plates and glasses for entertaining up to 14 people and, yes, we have photos to prove it! Trad Boat Festival winner on four occasions and participant of Queens Jubilee Pageant in 2012. OIRO £100,000. Contact: Chris Edgerley - 01308 868988
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