Sapphire Rose – an electric launch

A canopied electric launch with beaver stern

Sapphire Rose, like The Juliet is a fine example of a limited edition Sapphire launch. So called after the original early twentieth century Taylor Bates patented beaver stern design in which the tunnel hull enabled the propellor to be under the flared stern, creating little wash on a stable hull with low draft. Sapphire, the original boat used as a plug for the GRP version is still on the Thames albeit with a cabin mounted on the hull.
This version was first developed by a company called Neptune Yachts in 1987 (our director Gillian Nahum was in charge of getting the hull moulded in two parts). Subsequently the now defunct Steam and Electric Launch company (subsequently known as Stelco) built several using a full mahogany fit out and completing the picture with varnished decks, lloyd loom chairs and good canopies on wooden frames.
Electric propulsion suits these hulls perfectly as they are easily driven low wash designs. With seating for 10 on four lloyd looms, Sapphire Rose also has a bench seat with cushions and a novel forward facing two seater bench with caned back which can be turned either to face forward or astern. The current owner has added 2 small tables for picnics.
The batteries were replaced in 2013 with one having been replaced in 2016. Also in 2013 the decks were stripped and revarnished. A Sony radio/Cd player is fitted on board with 2 speakers.
The helm is a typical car style steering wheel on a pedestal to port as one would have expected to find in a 1930s vehicle. The full length acrylic canvas canopy is in blue to match the cove line and internal furnishings. Drop down transparent plastic curtains detach by means of concealed zips.
The BSS certificate expires in 2020.
Sapphire Rose is presented on a bespoke trailer which may be available at extra cost.
Viewing ashore at Beale Park boat store. Call the office for an appointment to view on 01491 578870.