Spotlight on a Taylor and Bates classic Gentleman's Launch
Reportedly used as a barrage balloon tether during World War II, this lovely Gentleman's Launch has been identified as meriting inclusion in the National Register of Historic Vessels of the United Kingdom. Having spent the last 3 years being refitted she is all ready for a new home.
Constructed in 1933, by Taylor and Bates of Chertsey, this 16.06 metre / 52.8ft Gentlemans Launch sleeps 4 in 2 cabins. She has two heads, a shower and a bath.
In the past three years she has been lovingly refurbished, with the following;
- 3 times sanded and faired by hand
- Rubbing strakes replaced
- Most superstructure dismantled and restored
- Rail replacements
- Flooring restored
- New galley
- New wooden floor in saloon
She has retained many original features including a wooden writing desk and bookshelves and bronze fittings throughout.
Boatshed broker Tim said "Boats like these just don't come along very often! This is one of the most beautiful boats I've ever seen. Now out of a 3 year refit, she looks fantastic, feels fantastic and is very, very special - you can feel this, the minute you step on board"