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Fairey Huntsman 28

  • Model Year: 1962
  • Current Price: £60,000
  • Located in Cowes, GB
  • Hull Material: Wood
  • Engine Fuel Type: Diesel
  • Boat Ref: 6524403

A truly stunning example of this classic Fairey Huntsman 28 two berth classic sports cruiser.

The Huntsman is one of the greatest motor cruisers of all time, "Sunday Girl" is hull number 3. Designed originally by Ray Hunt and modified by Alan V. Burnard of Fairey Marine in Hamble, the Fairey Huntsman 28 is renowned for very superior handling characteristics and seakeeping. During the late 1960s and 1970s they were raced highly successfully offshore and gained many trophies. If a refurbished 'Classic' and part of the nations heritage is what you're after this is a must to view.

Powered by twin 1992 Ford Mermaid Majestic 180hp engines which have been carefully refurbished by Mermaid Marine during 2017.

Viewing highly recommended by future "custodians" of this once in a lifetime opportunity to own a sound Fairey Huntsman.

  • Builder: Fairey Marine
  • Designer: Alan Burnard
  • Length: 28' 0"
  • Beam: 9' 0"
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  • Max Draft: 3' 0"
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  • Number of Engines: 2
  • Engine(s) Make: Ford Mermaid
  • Engine Model: Majestic
  • Engine Year: 1992
  • Engine Fuel Type: Diesel
  • Engine Propeller Type: 3 Blade, Bronze
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The Huntsman 28 was made on the hot moulded system of laminations (veneers) of 2.5mm agba mahogany. In the case of the Huntsman six laminations were used on the bottom and five on the topsides.

Laminations were continuous from keel to gunwale so that there were no weak joints. 

This Huntsman benefits from a complete repaint and varnish throughout.


Ford Mermaid Majestic 180Hp diesel engines (refurbished by Mermaid Marine 2017)
Raw water filters with clear glass inspection tops
Morse engine controls
Stazo helm wheel
Livorsi gauges (2 x volts, water, oil, rpm and fuel)
Stainless steel fuel tanks (new)

Navigation equipment

Plastimo offshore Steering compass
Garmin GPS Map 700 series plotter (faulty)
Navigation lights

Electrical and electronic

Mastervolt ChargeMaster 24/30-3 battery charger
4 x 12v 110Ah batteries (for 2 x 24v circuits)
Sterling power galvanic isolator
Shore power inlet
AC and DC distribution switch panels
UK 220v socket in saloon
12v power socket
12v interior lighting
Sigmar Marine Hot water calorifier
Cockpit courtesy lights


Plastimo Neptune 2000 hob and grill
Fridge compartment with WAECO fridge plate and compressor
Stainless steel sink with hot/cold mixer tap
Fresh water bladder tank with Jabsco pressurised water 
Louvre fronted storage cupboards


Electric flush marine toilet

Deck Equipment

Teak laid side decks and cockpit sole
Lofrans 1000 watt Electric windlass
Stainless steel Bruce claw anchor and galvanised chain
Wooden mast
Bowmar hatch
Stainless steel removable bathing ladder
Stainless steel pulpit
Stainless steel cleats
Stainless fender clips
Gas bottle stowage
Cockpit table (doubles as saloon table)
Aft cockpit bench cushions
Cockpit deck shower
Ensign staff


Spray hood with aft cockpit canopy extension
Tonneau cover

Safety equipment

2 x Johnson bilge pumps with float switch
Firemaster handheld fire extinguisher in Galley

Fairey Huntsman 28

The Huntsman 28's claim to fame were in the James Bond movie 'From Russia with Love' where 2 Huntsman 28's were featured.
Billy Butlin purchased the first production Huntsman 28 in late 1960 and two years later bought another one, called it 'Huntsman' and fitted her with 2 x 275hp. Chrysler V8 petrol engines and raced her in the Cowes-Torquay powerboat race.

Of the 119 boats built, 14 boats competed in the Cowes -Torquay powerboat races over the years.

4 Huntsman 28's and 1 Huntsman 31 also took part and competed in the 1969 Daily Telegraph / B.P. Round Britain powerboat race. Fairey's Sales Director Charles Currey had the distinction of finishing 3rd overall in the 1st ever Daily Express Cowes-Torquay race in 1961 driving 'Diesel Huntsman'. Huntsman 28 'Fordspeed' (race no. 909) also entered and completed the 1972 London - Monte Carlo race.

The Vancouver Police Department bought 2 hulls back in 1965, which were powered by 2 Chrysler V8 petrol engines. The boats had a mini flybridge fitted and doubled up as ambulances when required. The French Fire Service converted one boat to a fire-boat with 2 fire monitors mounted on the foredeck. This boat was used on the Seine and was based in central Paris.

Fairey Marine caused quite a stir at the 1962 London Boat Show when they bolted the transom of a 28 hull to a concrete block and proposed to mount it on the stand with the bow pointing skywards. After much deliberation, the Boat Show organizers finally agreed that the boat would not fall over and so allowed it to be placed as Faireys had wanted it! Some 43 boats / hulls are still unaccounted for i.e. we have no details of them. In October 1973, Jack Cunningham driving his Huntsman 28 'Fordspeed' set a new class speed record of 51.271 mph on Lake Windemere. 


Nicolle Associates offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.

  • As always photographs do not do justice so a viewing is highly recommended.
  • This boat is lying in Cowes, Isle of Wight.
  • © 2017 Nicolle Associates