DELPHI

A mid century Bates Starcraft

Here is one of the iconic 30ft Bates Starcraft in original layout with the galley intact and the charming interior which would have slept five when these boats were the smart hire boats of choice for family holidays on the Thames prior to the advent of cheap holidays abroad. There is just one 30 footer left at Benson which can be rented out on a self drive basis and otherwise all the Bates Starcraft are now in private hands. An active club keeps members in contact and many gather at the Thames Traditional Boat Festival in Henley on Thames each July.

I sold this boat to riverside property owners a few years ago and they have kept the interior original while having the exterior brightwork revarnished and the coachroof repainted. They have even reinstated the reclining sunbeds on the forward coach roof !

As with all Starcraft you can expect a  double diagonal construction, in this case of mahogany, on oak which guarantees a robust hull. The internal floor is all mahogany. Many of the boats had carpet covering the wooden floors but this is no longer the case on Delphi. A couple of contemporary additions are the loo, shower and washbasin in the starboard heads compartment and a fridge in the main saloon. The forward cabin has a double berth (or two singles) with a full height wardrobe and a chest of drawers with a lifting mirror. The saloon has two berths or four seats with two tables. One of the most attractive aspects of this model is the open aft cockpit with a pramhood. When these owners bought the boat they also ordered a bespoke full length cover to protect the varnish and for general winter protection.

The boat is ready to cruise with a valid BSS certificate and a current EA Thames licence. A full inventory of ropes and fenders will come with the boat.

For viewing in the mid Thames area please call the office on 01491 578870.