Oleanda – a 30ft slipper stern launch

A 30ft Andrews slipper stern launch

Built of mahogany on oak by Andrews in 1936 (hull number 136) Oleanda is a rare 30ft slipper launch. Apparently she was commissioned for a private owner rather than for the day hire fleet. The customer was a Sir Kenneth Peppiatt who was then chief cashier of the Bank of England and best known for having introduced the 10 bob note. She is said to have been used by the Henley Royal Regatta committee during the nineteen fifties and sixties. However at some stage she was transported to Norfolk where she appears to have spent some time “under” rather than “on” the water. Fortunately the boat found its way to South River Marine in St Olaves where Steve Evans performed his usual miraculous restoration for his customer Ron Mitchell. 

The original Gray marine engine, so popular in the UK in the nineteen thirties when imported Gray engines were the propulsion units of choice for most builders, was replaced in 1946 by a side valve Morris Vedette which was rebuilt and is still powering Oleanda. Most of the fittings are original having simply been rechromed, while the rather dull black spoked wheel has been replaced by an attractive Brumels Brooklands wheel like those fitted in nineteen thirties sports cars and contemporary boats at the time.

The hood frame and soft furnishings were all replaced during the rebuild and are now off white with a blue fitted hood bag for the pram hood and an overall winter cover.  There are five lloyd loom chairs with cushions to match the aft bench furnishings.

The current owners have had the boat for a decade during which she has been used mainly for corporate clients at Henley Royal Regatta along side their beautiful motor yacht Star of Killarney. In preparation for the sale she has been repainted, decks revarnished, bilges cleaned, sanded and repainted, engine serviced and recommissioned, new gold leaf signwriting on the transom. A new battery was installed in 2015. The boat has a new BSS certificate valid to 2020.