Bee

Badnam harbour and estuary launch

Designed by renowned yacht designer David Thomas and built in the Hamble BEE is a bespoke Badnam Launch; a lightweight custom classic. Featured in Classic Boat magazine in 2000 she was designed as an incredibly versatile boat for coastal waters and rivers. BEE has been moored in Chichester Harbour since she was built in 1999 and has enjoyed many happy years around the Solent. She also has a bespoke trailer for transport and storage. Bee is a handsome estuary or lake launch and would be equally suitable for river use if a holding tank were fitted for the heads. She has a lovely dining table and the settee berths obviously allow overnighting. Seating for six in the aft cockpit and comfortable seating for the same number or a couple more in the cabin. This is a year round launch set to be a contemporary classic with her light robust build technique (see below) and quiet yet powerful Honda outboard. Available for viewing in Chichester Harbour by appointment. Please call 01491 578870 to set up a viewing with the vendor.

BEE underwent a major refurbishment in 2016 and is presented in excellent condition.

Length: 7.77m (25ft 3in)
Beam: 2.36m (7ft 9in)
Draft: 0.48m (1ft 6 in)
Airdraft :1.93m
Displacement light: 900 kgs (1,984ibs)
Fuel Capacity: 92 litres in 4 portable steel tanks
Engine: 50HP Honda 4 stroke outboard
Top Speed: Approx 16 Knots
Freshwater capacity: 100ltrs

Hull Construction: Double diagonal 3 layer 3mm Lloyds approved Gaboon ply on 20mm x30mm Southern Yellow Pine stringers at 130mm spacing. Keel and Hog in Southern Yellow Pine. All precoated and bonded using epoxy. Sheathed with 2 layers of 300grm glass cloth and epoxy, with 6 extra layers to high water areas.

Teak Deck and cockpit sole construction. 12 mm Marine Gaboon ply sheathed with 300 grms glass and epoxy.4mm edge sawn teak planks epoxy bonded to glass cloth, seams primed and payed with polyurethane sealant. Deck beams 25mm x 40mm laminated yellow pine

Bulkheads, Locker fronts and coach roof slides in 12mm marine ply.

Rubbing strakes, capping and stern in Brazilian mahogany

Paint system:
Hull all over 3 coats International 820 high build epoxy primer, topsides 2 coats International Polyurethane basecoat, , 3 coats International 809 High gloss 2 pack polyurethane. Boot top I coat chlorinated rubber paint. Superstructure precoated with epoxy , 1 coat 820 high build epoxy primer, 1 coat Polyurethane basecoat, 3 coats 809 High gloss, 2 pack polyurethane.
Outside mahogany trim, 8 coats 2 pack polyurethane varnish.
Interior precoated with epoxy and finished with 2 coats 2 pack polyurethane varnish.

Interior Fixtures:

2 burner gas cooker with grill
Stainless steel sink
Fresh water hand pump
Space for fridge
Raised settee with space for ice box /freezer under
Settee berths in saloon
Demountable saloon table
Sea toilet