Currently owned by Ron and Judith Mitchell of Norfolk.
Ron has produced comprehensive notes which may be viewed here:
Jamarc - Owners' Notes
Currently Owned by Martin Hughes.
Notes by Nick Hughes (son)
My father, Martin Hughes, is the owner. He bought Kays Venture in July of 2012, from the previous owner at Bray Marina, Windsor.
She really was in terrible condition, with a huge amount of rot, and mould throughout the structure. All the wiring was in poor repair, and both engines required work. That is a basic list, but the boat needed a complete overhaul.
Luckily, my father is an enthusiast, and over the last five years, with the help of myself and a local shipwright, and at no small cost, has saved her. I have literally spent hundreds of hours on her.
I will attach some pictures, as she has been modified at some point to add a Fly Bridge. You will see the amount of work required, including the removal and replacement of the complete upper structure of the boat, such was the rot. Behind every panel was mould and rot, with water leaking through every deck.
Both engines have been stripped and overhauled, and she has been completely re-wired. This really doesn't give the amount of work justice.
Unfortunately, the rebuild has not been to original spec, due to a lack of pictures, and some original parts were missing. But she is now a sound, and useable boat, with many years ahead of her.
She is now moored at her new home, in Conyer, Kent.
Owned by Chris Edgerley
Chris has produced comprehensive notes which may be viewed here:
La Chemme - Owner's Notes
Currently owned by Quentin Hoodless of Sutton Courtney.
Build Year - 1960
Length – 30ft
Beam – 10ft 8in
Draught – 2ft 9in
Propulsion – Diesel Electric – 2 x 26Kw motors
Hull - Double Diagonal Mahogany
Superstructure - Mahogany
Deck - Teak
Built in 1960, by Bates of Chertsey and originally called 'GEORGETTE. Powered by twin Morris Navigator petrol engines
1965 - Mr. P. B. Abrahams returned her to Bates yard for minor work and moorings. Then named "LADY BEA". 1967 - Mr. J. Gregg, moved her to Tom Jones boat yard, Windsor.
1970’s - Mr Watson, a navigation Inspector with Thames Conservancy, owned Lady Bea and cruised extensively on the Thames, Medway and Crouch and along the South Coast. At that time she had bilge keels to allow for drying out at low tides in the estuary.
Next heard of in 1982 when major works were undertaken, but not completed, after which she remained in the yard, deteriorating, for seven years. 1991 - Diana Bates, (the builders daughter) took pity on the boat, and she was taken to Michael Dennett's yard and completely restored.
1992 - Re-launched, and moored at W. Bates & Son.
Feb 1998 - Owned by Emma Blackburn & Don Galles of Marlow.
2006 - Acquired by Quentin Hoodless of Sutton Courtney. Major restoration undertaken at Henwood and Dean boatyard at Hambleden and re-launched in 2007 with a diesel electric propulsion system.
2015-16 – Further restoration work to the hull and transom by Henwwod and Dean when substantial sections of the outer layer of her 55 year old hull had to be replaced. All work carried out using traditional methods and materials.
Lady Bea now cruises the Thames to Teddington and beyond and is a regular visitor to the Classic Festivals at Henley and St Katherine Docks and was lucky enough to be selected to take part in the 1000 boat Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Pageant on the Thames in 2012.
Currently owned by Marc Leyton-Smith and Mark Stanley.
Starcraft No. 40/22
The agreement to build Louis Phillipe was dated 18th June 1967, the purchaser being Brian Horace Lister of Lister Engineering fame. The overall price was £10,000 with the owner to supply twin Perkins HT 6.354 diesel engines with 2:1 reduction Borg Warner gearboxes. She is believed to be the only Starcraft built that was fitted out by others outside of the Bates yard.
The price list of the day in 1969 quotes a price of £12,015 for a complete craft to a similar specification.
Past owners of the boat have included Denny Lane (of “Wings” fame) and Graham Sellors who re-launched in 1998 after 12 years out of the water.
She was first registered as “Louis Phillipe” before her name changing to “RHM” and then to “JMJS” before finally reverting back to Louis Phillipe (note the unusual spelling).
Louis Phillipe won both the Bates Wheel and the Bill Gardham trophy at the 2007 Trad Boat Rally. She is regularly to be seen cruising the Thames as far upstream as Oxford. More adventurous cruises in recent years have included a memorable voyage across the Channel to Bruges in Belgium in 2011.
We were both delighted and proud that Louis Phillipe was accepted to the Jubilee Pageant held in June of 2012. In May 2015, she ventured to Dunkirk as part of the support flotilla for the Dunkirk Little Ships who celebrated the 75th anniversary of the infamous ‘Operation Dynamo’.
Louis Phillipe is currently moored on the Thames at Wraysbury.
Currently owned By Phil Christensen and Jayne Torvill.
“New Venture” is a “Star Craft” class motor cruiser built in 1960 by W.Bates & Son at Chertsey, Surrey. The hull is a round bilge design constructed of double diagonal Teak planking onto Oak steam-bent frames. The superstructure is in African mahogany and she has a Teak laid deck. She is powered by twin Perkins diesel engines, 145hp.
Year Built - 1960
Length – 40ft
Beam – 11ft 6in
Draft – 3ft 6in
Engines - Twin Perkins HT6354 Diesel
Hull construction – Double diagonal teak
Deck construction - Teak
Currently owned by Alfi Hitchcock, Peter Selby, Kelly Sumner, Admiral Sir James Perowne, Governor of Windsor Castle.
Notes by Peter Selby:
She was originally built for Frank Cooper the marmalade man (Coopers)
Terry Dunn the boatbuilder at Penton Hook was an apprentice at the time with Bates and remembers working on the build .
Built in 1952 (we think)
At some point in her life the name was changed.
Some 17/18 years ago she was bought as a bit of a wreck by Alfi Hitchcock who employed among others Terry Dunn to refurbish her . Alfi then changed the name back to Sevillana . Having spent a couple of years and £100,000 Alfi decided to recruit some sharing partners . Anna Friel and David Thewlis bought a share and Anna then persuaded me to buy a share.You remember we were all neighbours in Grove Rd.
Some 7 years ago Sevillana won Best Bates Starcraft at the Traditional Boat Show in Henley.
Currently owned by Chris and Sue Craft.
Sudena was built in 1966 for a Mr. D. Scanlon of Bridlington with a bill of sale for £12,678.00. She was sold some 27 years later to Bill Robertson and is now in her third ownership with Chris Craft who acquired her in 2001. Throughout she has retained her original name.
Sudena is 40’ long with a beam of 11’ 6” and draft of 3’ 10”
Built with a double diagonal teak hull on oak frames, she has mahogany coach sides and pitch pine roof. She is powered by twin Perkins 6354HT diesel engines – total 290 bhp.
Sudena has cruised extensively throughout Europe and today is based on the non-tidal section of The Thames. She remains largely original and still retains her ‘Dell Boy’ sideboard and hip bath in the rear heads, a quirky nod to the past.