Rajdhani – a 40ft Bates Starcraft
A 40ft Bates Starcraft
What can I say about this exceptional Bates Starcraft which was found on the River Severn by HSC for a customer who had fallen in love with New Venture and decided he must have a similar boat ? We found a slightly neglected Starcraft on the River Severn. At the time she had no flying bridge and a pair of rather smoky engines. The purchaser took her first of all to Classic Boatworks in Norfolk where any structural problems were rectified. Rupert Latham then set about refurbishing the interior with the aid of the surveyor John Tough who followed every stage of the rebuild.
The following winter, after a summer of cruising, the owner decided to go a stage further and add a flying bridge with the controls duplicated for full control from either position. At this point Rupert Latham was downsizing so Rajdhani went up the slipway at Dennetts in Chertsey and the final modifications were completed. Two years ago a pair of new Nanni diesel engines were fitted to complete the rebuild. Needless to say the owner has spent several hundreds of thousands on the boat and is proud of the result.
The boat has been available to HSC for selected charter clients and we had a few very successful Henley Regatta charters with skipper, crew and on board chef.
The owner has now moved to France and will therefore not have a great deal of opportunity to use the boat in the UK.
Internally there is a burgundy colour scheme with inlaid woods, fabulous heads with showers, a really useful and spacious galley with cooking facilities, freezer and fridge. Air conditioning and heating come as standard as does Wifi, Ipad connections, TV screens etc.
Viewing is afloat currently on the mid Thames mooring which might be available to a new owner. A full length cover protects Rajdhani in all weathers.
More information can be found on the boat’s own website www.rajdhani.eu
Please give Gillian a call at the office on 01491 578870 and a viewing can be arranged.