Ranoni – a Rampart 32

A Rampart single screw motor cruiser

A well loved family vessel this Rampart 32 has been in the same ownership for a decade having been sold originally by HSC to the current family. She has been reliably cruised with her 1.8 cc Ford diesel and is an excellent example of the sort of quality we have come to expect from the Rampart builders who ceased to build wooden boats in the nineteen eighties after three generations of the family had been involved in running the yard. We have a comprehensive list of work carried out over the years, first by Dennetts of Chertsey for the old owners then by Henwood and Dean and most recently by Woottens who turned out a very smart looking boat with several coats of varnish this autumn. I remember when I first viewed this boat she was lying at Temple marina and was a very cosy boat with bags of character. The forepeak has two singles berths in a V which convert to a double while aft of the cabin you have the usual galley on the starboard side with the heads and sink on the port side. There is a calorifier guaranteeing hot water when cruising. A shower could easily be fitted in this area with a self draining floor. The cosy cabin area actually feels more thirties than fifties with its port holes and dark mahogany. The dinette converts to a double as is usual in this kind of boat. The cockpit seats six in comfort and meals can be eaten there en famille. While a comfortable family cruising vessel Ranoni can also be driven quite comfortably by a lone skipper.

Apart from the other regular maintenance mentioned above, under the present ownership the boat has also been entirely rewired, and apart from possibly replacing the soft furnishings and varnishing the seating in the cockpit, I am not sure what else you might find to do if a wooden boat is something you would like to own in order to keep you busy at a boatyard in the winter months. Indeed Ranoni is available for viewing afloat at Beale Park for winter 2018. She has a current BSS valid through to June. Her full length winter cover is of course an asset and is in very good condition as is the hull. We have extensive documentation which proves all the work which has been done on the boat over the years some of it going right back to 2002.

Ramparts were built robustly in order to be able to go to sea. I can well imagine Ranoni taking new owners further afield than the middle Thames. There is an active Rampart owners club with a regular magazine edited by the owner of Roly, Liz Poole. There is not much Liz can’t tell you about Ramparts and I am happy to put any future buyer in touch.

Please call the office for more information and for an appointment to view. 01491 578870