ESTEL – a unique Frolic 36 gentleman’s launch

An exceptional electric powered gentleman's launch with GRP hull

Estel is a unique launch in that Creative Marine built it for a private client . Her two owners have both kept the boat in a boathouse with winter quarters ashore and regular maintenance checks during that period. The 36 foot GRP ivory coloured hull is complemented by mahogany brightwork in the spacious airy cabin. The boat offers ample seating for twelve with two cockpits, fore and aft and a comfortable cabin space complete with heads and small galley.

In the wake of the Steam and Electric Launch Company, Creative Marine used to produce a wide range of beautifully built classic launches based on GRP hulls, most of which are Wolstenholme designs. Estel is a very elegant, immaculate 36ft Gentleman’s Launch and the perfect cabin launch for entertaining up to 12 guests. The internal fit out is reminiscent of the interior of Claridges Hotel in London with plush art deco styling. The previous owner, who already owned an electric canoe and was charmed by the silence and smooth running, was involved with the build and design every step of the way and his immaculate taste complements perfectly the excellent traditional skills of Simon and Roy at Creative in Norfolk. The fibreglass hull offers a low maintenance alternative to the traditional gentleman’s launch without losing any of the charm. She would be a marvellous 12 seater charter boat. If required HSC Boats would be happy to operate her for charter as a going concern on behalf of new owners. Her electric propulsion is by means of a Stelco Motor, SEM 6kw which enhances the sound of the river as she glides along elegantly and silently ensuring a relaxing cruise in great style. 24 gel batteries were fitted in April 2015. The electrics now rely on two chargers and two separate battery banks which can be charged simultaneously and offer long distance cruising. She has a useful portside galley with fridge and a spacious toilet compartment.There is Webasto heating in the rear cockpit, cabin and front cockpit. There is also a Bow Thruster and spare prop and a really excellent sound system with CD player.

This is a unique opportunity to acquire a low maintenance classic Thames gentleman’s launch. A GRP hull and fine wooden superstructure means low maintenance and elegant looks. Estel is the only 36 ft. example of this hull. Fitted out to the highest standards with immaculate woodwork and nickel plated fittings. The interior was refurbished by a renowned interior designer in 2015 and now has light coloured striped blinds and beige cushions with a dark red trim. A magnificent antique restored searchlight on the bow sets off the high gloss bright work and there are antique touches to add to the aura. There are star motifs etched on the windows and nickel plated stars let into the bodywork on the door and side panels. Wonderful discrete lighting built into the coach roof housing and behind the seats gives a serene night time setting. Nothing beats a cold bottle of champagne taken from the self-draining cool locker and of course there is a stove and sink for afternoon tea. The two full length sofas also provide overnight accommodation if required. A 36 ft. GRP hull, marketed as a Frolic 36, the hull was designed by Andrew Wolstenholme. The wooden coach housing was designed by Andrew Wolstenholme and the commissioning owner and constructors Creative Marine and based on the Edwardian counter stern launches traditionally built on the Thames between 1890 and 1930. Estel was moulded in 2001. The owner instructed the boat builders Creative Marine of the Secret Boatyard in Norfolk to produce a sumptuous interior reminiscent of the art deco era as seen in Claridges hotel. Creative Marine’s skilled staff completed the build using solid mahogany to fit out the interior and to create the cabin which has bunk seating on either side for six people, a well fitted galley and a pump out toilet. She has an off white hull with varnished bright work finished to a high shine externally and to a matt finish internally. All the fittings are nickel plated to enhance the appearance. The boat was launched in 2002 and is electrically powered using a 6 kilowatt motor with a 350 amp hour battery pack. The approximate weight is 4.25 tons. The launch has two cockpits, a large one at the bow which seats up to 10 passengers and a smaller more intimate open space at the stern. The forward cockpit is covered by a removable canvas canopy on a wooden structure which follows the line of the cabin roof below the clerestory. All the side panels on the front cockpit roll up or the whole light weight roof can be lifted off for sunny days. The central cabin has twin doors at either end with masses of copious storage. She has a useful portside galley with fridge and a spacious toilet compartment. Webasto heating in the rear cockpit, cabin and front cockpit means cosy cruising even on cool days. There is also a Bow Thruster and spare propeller and a really excellent sound system with CD player. Estel’s electric propulsion comprises a Stelco Motor, SEM 6kw allowing Estel to glide along elegantly and silently ensuring a relaxing cruise in great style and allowing full appreciation of the peace of the river. Estel has only had the commissioning owner from the start and has been constantly well maintained and is in beautiful condition. Previously lying Cookham in a private boathouse Featured in Water Craft magazine ne No 33 May / June 2002 Electric Boat Association Magazine cover Volume 14 Number 2 Summer 2001. Whether for private or corporate ownership this is an exceptionally lovely boat which is priced to sell. The electrics rely on two chargers and two separate battery banks which can be charged simultaneously and offer long distance cruising. Available for viewing at Beale Park boat store by appointment. .
Boat Safety certificate valid through to 2021.