Jayfor – an Andrews slipper stern launch

Andrews slipper stern launch number 454

In the nineteen fifties the strawberries and cream effect of the stripy mahogany and obeche deck was very popular at Andrews of Bourne End, the eponymous builders of the famous slipper stern launch. When we say “It’s an Andrews” Jayfor is exactly the type of boat we are thinking of. She has two benches with back and seat cushions rather than the Lloyd looms of the nineteen thirties launches from the same yard. As far as we know Jayfor was on the Staines and Chertsey reaches of the Thames for many years and we have a survey dated 1988 when the boat was in fact painted white. More recently she was moored somewhere near Benson and had until recently lain rather neglected until Stuart, a director of  Henley Sales and Charter, decided that he needed a weekend project ! He worked with a shipwright to install a new bottom in marine ply and so the boat has had a thorough rebuild including painting the hull navy blue and of course revarnishing the decks with repeated coats of Epifanes. She has a good acrylic canvas hood and a full length cover. The original builders plate bearing the numbers 454 and the Thames Vintage Boat Club plate with the number 5 are both on the dash. As with Jobelle, a slipper with a similar layout, Jayfor has a bench table aft of the forward bench which is great for picnics.

Expect to find a BMC petrol engine under the bonnet with a 1 year warranty. Available for viewing ashore at Beale Park by appointment. Call 01491 578870