Arabella – a hybrid electric saloon launch
An exceptional hybrid gentleman's launch
An extremely pretty gentleman’s launch in great condition with an unusual clerestory roof, toilet compartment and galley, built of mahogany on oak in 1932 by Taylor Bates of Chertsey where she was named Kelpiette. She was restored initially by Peter Freebody with the internal fit out and propulsion being added by Classic Boatworks in 2006. There was a decision to create a hybrid electric launch although originally in the thirties this would not have been possible. The owner wanted autonomous cruising as he used to bring the boat from the Dee to the Thames on an annual basis. Since the refit she has overwintered with Classic Boatworks under cover and been returned for a couple of months boating in pristine condition to her owners on the Dee. They occasionally brought the boat to the Traditional Boat Rally and to Henley Royal Regatta.
The electric plant consists of a 5 kw motor and batteries with onboard generator (Panda AGT 6000 72V) and charger. New batteries installed in late summer 2017.
BSS certificate number 270833 expires 20th June 2018
Now at our Beale Park Boat Store for easy viewing ashore.
Massive price reduction for personal reasons.
Please call the office for more information on 01491 578870 and ask for Gillian.