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Fairey boat sales booming, enquiries are positive!

Wednesday, March 18th, 2020

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Fairey boat sales booming, enquiries are positive!

Fairey boat sales booming, enquiries are positive!

17th March 2020

With all that is going on in the world right now, it is important for us to focus on some positive news, particularly when it comes to boats and boating. Undoubtedly over the past weeks and months there has been a great deal of uncertainty in the industry and the wider world in general, but it pays to remember: “Wherever there is uncertainty, there is opportunity”­ and at Nicolle Associates we believe in seizing opportunities and making it possible for our clients to do the same. Here are some good news stories, to prove its not all doom and gloom out here:

  • We are monitoring a marked increase in web-traffic on our site because people are working from home. Summer is coming and boating is not under restriction – it might even be the best chance of a holiday this year!
  • Genuine buyers are still buying, including purchasing boats through the eyes of a qualified surveyor (some surveyors we know are rushed off their feet at the moment!).
  • Several Huntsman 31 and Huntsman 28’s have sold in the last 6 weeks – that’s almost one a week. This week alone Nicolle Associates have Completed the sales of Fairey Huntsman 28 ‘Honey Rush’ and Fairey Huntsman 31 ‘Floating Charge’. Both boats are returning to the River Hamble with their new owners to enjoy the summer season.
  • We are seeing a ‘filtering out’ of enquiries, with serious buyers coming forward, these buyers are determined to find a way to purchase this season, and we are perfectly placed to help them. ‘Tyre kickers’ and ‘looking-to-buy-in-5-years-time’ purchasers are busy stocking up on loo roll.

It is true that these are dark times, and we all have to take precautions, but perhaps there just might be a silver lining to this Covid-19 cloud.

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1972 Fairey Huntsman 31 Aft Cabin for sale in Cowes, Isle of Wight

Thursday, April 25th, 2019
1972 Fairey Huntsman 31 Aft Cabin for sale in Cowes, Isle of Wight

1972 Fairey Huntsman 31 Aft Cabin for sale in Cowes, Isle of Wight

This Fairey Huntsman 31 represents a unique opportunity for a new owner with a passion for these boats to take advantage of an extensive professional refit in 2019 including twin Ford Sabre engines with only 50 hours from new and new gearboxes.

This Huntsman 31 has accommodation for four with galley and heads with shower.

This Fairey Huntsman 31 Aft Cabin “Brig-Y-Don” benefits from a new teak deck (2011) and then a sensitive refurbishment, including a full repaint and extensive works by professional boat builders at great expense to ensure that she is structurally and mechanically sound and in Concourse condition.

The pictures included with this Specification show details of the refit along with current images showing her condition now.

`Brig-Y-Don’, is now some forty seven years of age and has the stiffened hull with the Mark II air intakes. Below decks she is a complete time warp, being virtually original except for the fit out of the heads and slight modifications to the galley. She has obviously been very well maintained and not abused, therefore showing very few areas requiring attention.

Full Title documents for secure transfer of title.

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

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1969 Fairey Spearfish for sale in Falmouth, Cornwall

Wednesday, February 27th, 2019
1969 Fairey Spearfish for sale in Falmouth, Cornwall

1969 Fairey Spearfish for sale in Falmouth, Cornwall

Exquisite and Exceptional.  A very rare opportunity.

Every enthusiast for Fairey Marine powerboats knows that the hard-to-find Spearfish encapsulates the advantages of a GRP hull with fabulous sea-keeping capabilities (derived from the Huntsman 31) giving a soft and dry ride.

This Spearfish is very rare due to the wooden superstructure on that GRP hull with such elegant lines.  This wooden top Spearfish by Fairey Marine is a joy to the eye and in concours condition.

Current and previous owners have maintained this boat fastidiously to keep her as original as possible ensuring desirability while also doing whatever is needed.  Thus, in addition to gleaming  varnish and glistening topsides the engines blocks have electric pre-heaters switched on by a phone app which when the boat is connected to shore-power. These warm the engines before arrival/start-up to reduce smoke and increase engine longevity.  A powerful bow thruster with its own battery system aids coming alongside helping make that a calm experience.

New teak decks were fitted in 2011/12 and subsequently re-painted this boat has for many years been dry-stored out of the sunlight and washed with fresh water after salt-water enjoyment.

This fine vessel is not for the shy – she turns heads wherever she goes.

As a reminder: In the late 1960s the ‘plug’ used to make the mould for the Spearfish was a Fairey Huntsman 31 – the high-water mark of the Fairey Marine powerboat range.  Early GRP hulls were made almost as thick as the wooden hulls they replaced so by modern standards this is a very solid GRP hull. Couple that to the fabulous dry and soft ride that a Fairey Huntsman 31 has – and by extension the Fairey Spearfish – then one can understand why these boats so rarely come on the market and are so sought-after when they do.

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1973 Fairey Super Swordsman 33 Aft Cabin for sale in Chichester

Thursday, October 4th, 2018
1973 Fairey Super Swordsman 33 Aft Cabin for sale in Chichester

1973 Fairey Super Swordsman 33 Aft Cabin for sale in Chichester

A very well presented 1973 Fairey Super Swordsman 33 which has been the subject of an extensive refit.

From the drawing board of Alan V. Burnard, this Fairey Super Swordsman is a real classic aft cockpit motorboat, built on the banks of the River Hamble.

The Fairey Swordsman range was launched in 1964 and the Super Swordsman which utilised the same hull form, was introduced for the 1970s.

The Fairey Swordsman range, as is common with the remainder of the Fairey Marine vessels, possesses phenomenal seakeeping and handling characteristics. `Xalon’ is now some forty-five years of age and has had considerable work carried out. The cosmetic finish externally and internally is of the highest order. She is powered by the larger six cylindered Ford Mermaid 300hp engines fitted in 2003.

‘Xalon’ has won numerous trophies at the Fairey Owners Club rallies including:

–      Best paint work

–      Best Super Swordsman

–      Concors d’Elegance (best boat at Rally)

Don’t miss this great classic motor yacht – Viewing highly recommended.

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1965 Fairey Huntsman 28 for sale in Colchester, England

Saturday, June 30th, 2018
1965 Fairey Huntsman 28 for sale in Colchester, England

1965 Fairey Huntsman 28 for sale in Colchester, England

In Concours condition after a multi-year renovation with new: engines; gearboxes; teak decks; navigation equipment; wiring; interior; propellers; canopy; etc, this Fairey Huntsman 28 is on a custom yard trailer and housed in a purpose-built barn.

Words like ‘outstanding’ and ‘immaculate’ fail to convey just how excellent this 1965 ‘Shikari’ build number #79 is (and please note that there is another Huntsman 28 called ‘Shikari’).

Huntsman 28s were built by Fairey Marine in Hamble and were the offshore production classic diesel cruisers that set the standard by which other boats of the 1960s were measured – and remain a design icon.

This Huntsman 28 benefits from a painstaking renovation and there are (several) folders of receipts and (many) hundreds of pictures detailing the work.  Shikari has the optional wooden keel to protect the propellers and rudders – there were few marinas in 1965 – providing additional benefits of stability during a passage and manoeuvrability at low speed due to increased ‘grip’ on the water.  The hull still has the reinforced fittings for the optional beaching legs (not available).

A couple of years ago, after the renovation, Shikari was lifted by crane into the river at the bottom of the garden so all systems were subsequently tested on several trips, including a festival in St Katherine’s dock in London.  Subsequently, Shikari has been little used so now needs a new owner (plus new antifoul and new anodes) to immediately enjoy this head-turner.

From the bow, moving aft, this Huntsman 28 has the standard layout of vee berths with a pull-out table to starboard with a galley to port (and further aft, the heads with a slide-out wash-basin).  Details include: all new upholstery; all new curtains; white halogen lights high in the cabin; red floor lighting for night vision; induction oil-fired hotplate; pressurised cold and hot water from a calorifier using engine heat with an electric immersion heater; electrically-pumped WC.  There is a substantial electrical switch panel and an automatic Stirling Marine battery charger.  (Waste water from the galley and heads goes to a grey/black water holding tank further aft).

Some steps lead to the command console with all-new Garmin equipment with a VHF radio.  New seats are mounted on the very well-made engine hatches with noise insulation underneath.  The engine room has two new Volvo D3 engines and gearboxes with very low hours.  The bilges are spotless, in keeping with the rest of this boat.

The cockpit has lighting to the sides and seating across the transom and there are 8 fenders in matching fender-socks plus ropes, boat-hook, etc.  A new tonneau cover is also provided to protect this remarkable craft.  A 24V Kent screen was kept due to its originality on a dedicated circuit – the rest of the boat being 12V.

The propellers have  4 blades each and ML trim tabs are fitted.

Next Steps.  The Volvo Dealership that commissioned these engines after installation are about to visit and a video will be made to show the engines running.  Also, a ‘Condition Survey’ by an accredited and independent Marine Surveyor is being commissioned for insurance purposes.

Serious enquirers should contact the Broker in the first instance.

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2000 Swordsman 37 Aft Cabin for sale in Southern France

Wednesday, March 28th, 2018
2000 Swordsman 37 Aft Cabin for sale in Southern France

2000 Swordsman 37 Aft Cabin for sale in Southern France

This well maintained Alan Burnard designed Swordsman 37 GRP aft cabin motor cruiser is powered by twin Commins 370Hp engines and sleeps six in two cabins and saloon.

She benefits from Flexiteak decks, Mikuni diesel fired heating, Tec Tank fuel and water tanks, electric / fresh water forward head with holding tanks to each head, EPIRB, liferaft, unused tender, new spray hood and canopy (2015)

Ready for 2018 season with engine service, superstructure polish, varnish, antifoul and anodes (all 2018).

Part 1 British Registered for secure transfer of title.

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Fairey Huntsman 31 Aft Cabin #1 for sale in Poole, Dorset

Thursday, August 10th, 2017
Fairey Huntsman 31 Aft Cabin #1 for sale in Poole, Dorset

Fairey Huntsman 31 Aft Cabin #1 for sale in Poole, Dorset

Fairey Marine produced power-boats that were the class of the field and the epitome of style.

The Fairey Huntsman 31 was the personal brain child of Chief Designer Alan Burnard who persuaded the Directors of the need for a boat to slot in between the still-selling Huntsman at 28 feet and the Swordsman at 33 feet.  All hulls were made from multiple layers of Agba veneers that were hot-moulded in an autoclave at Hamble Point near Southampton.

All Huntsman 31s are renowned for their soft and dry ride which is why they are sought after when rarely coming onto the market. Venator benefits from renovation work to her hot-moulded hull and a sympathetic freshening of her interior yet keeping many original features.  These boats were strong, light and powerful being built to go places.

In addition to craftsmanship on the hull, Venator in the last 3 years has been completely rewired and LED lights in both cabins are a concession to modern times.  Other work includes a re-paint with two period 210bhp Ford Sabre engines driving through Borg-Warner gearboxes to 3 bladed propellers.  Earlier this year 4 new batteries, anti-fouling and new anodes were fitted as well as an oil-change for the engines.

A top speed of over 30 knots is regularly achieved.

Thus, the fundamentals have all been addressed.  Venator like all Fairey power boats is best described as a production class GT boat and now needs a new custodian to maintain her place in history and take her forward.  Thus, the new owner has the rare opportunity to maintain and enjoy a marine icon that inspired so many over the years.

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1964 Fairey Swordsman Mk I Low Profile Aft Cabin for sale in Denia, Spain

Thursday, October 13th, 2016
1964 Fairey Swordsman Mk I Low Profile Aft Cabin for sale in Denia, Spain

1964 Fairey Swordsman Mk I Low Profile Aft Cabin for sale in Denia, Spain

This Fairey Swordsman 33 Aft Cabin motor yacht benefits from the original Mk I low profile aft cabin coachroof which means that unlike the more modern boats the deck is an extension of the cockpit entertaining area. This unique feature is more akin to an aft cockpit boat however with the benefit of an aft cabin for occasional guests, sleeping six in aft cabin, convertible saloon ad V berth forward.

‘White Swordsman’ was built in 1964 and as Swordsman hull #2 is a truly original and iconic Fairey Marine boat having won numerous concourse awards and being admired by many as one of a kind.

Gordon Procter her former owner recalled having bought her in 1969 from Peter Twiss, the former World air-speed record holder, and head of sales at Fairey Marine. Then taking a berth in Yarmouth Harbour – how she soon became known as the most used boat there. She was indeed fully occupied, plying not only the Solent but beyond to the Normandy ports and Channel Islands. It was a good life done in style with much fun, food, good wine and sport, whether water-skiing, paragliding and then – not least; racing.

In September 2007 this Fairey Swordsman Mk I Low Profile Aft Cabin ‘White Swordsman’ featured in an article by Martin Smith in Classic Boat Magazine.

In 2006 her surveyor said “……nearing completion of an extensive re-fit and all work is to a high standard. It is my opinion that this vessel is without doubt one of the best of her type around”.

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Concourse 1961 Fairey Huntsman 28 Twin Screw Sports Cruiser for sale in Hamble, England

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016
Concourse 1961 Fairey Huntsman 28 Twin Screw Sports Cruiser for sale in Hamble, England

Concourse 1961 Fairey Huntsman 28 Twin Screw Sports Cruiser for sale in Hamble, England

This professionally refitted and maintained concourse condition Fairey Huntsman 28 twin screw sports cruisers is now some fifty five years of age and has had a vast amount of money spent on her during two staged refits in the last ten years to produce a vessel that is cosmetically and mechanically best of breed.

Internally the standard of joinery in her warm air heated accommodation is exceptional for a vessel of her size and overall she represents the marine equivalent of a Park Lane display motor car.

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.

Re-engined in 2001 with twin 6 cylinder turbocharged 5.9 litre Cummins 215hp diesel engines, close coupled to ZF reverse reduction gearboxes.

Bill Dunlop the renowned Fairey surveyor and former employee of the Fairey Marine factory carried out a pre purchase survey for her current owners in October 2011. This survey including engine oil analysis is available on request, however is now almost irrelevant because the few points identified were dealt with as part of more extensive work now leaving her in best of breed condition.

New teak decks (2013)

Her impressive inventory includes all stainless steel rudders and rudder tubes, Bruce anchor with chain, search light, forward coachroof deck hatch with glass pane, drop down washbasin, pushpit rail, stern ladder and exhausts along with many other stainless steel fitting on deck and throughout.

This Fairey Huntsman 28 benefits from being re-painted to a very high standard. Her exterior varnish work was re-varnished in 2016.

Other features include trim tabs, Simpson and Lawrence Horizon windlass, hydraulic steering system, Moto-Lita steering wheel, LED cockpit courtesy lights, electric head, oven with three burner grill hob unit, fridge, three battery banks, shore power and Mastervolt battery charger and an extremely fine cockpit sprayhood and extension which in the words of her surveyor “appears to be virtually leak proof”.

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1972 Fairey Huntsman 31 Aft Cabin, Twin Screw Sports Cruiser for sale

Friday, August 19th, 2016
1972 Fairey Huntsman 31 Aft Cabin, Twin Screw Sports Cruiser for sale

1972 Fairey Huntsman 31 Aft Cabin, Twin Screw Sports Cruiser for sale

This third owner, 1972 (refitted 2012) Fairey Huntsman 31 represents a unique opportunity for a new owner with a passion for these boats to take advantage of a recent extensive refit at a price that reflects the owners unfortunate change of circumstances and a need for some basic cosmetic and mechanical work to get her back in to original condition.

This is the last Fairey Huntsman 31 Aft Cabin built by Fairey, she had her hull strengthened from their racing experience so she is very strong.

Powered by twin Ford Mermaid engines (new 1992) with comfortable accommodation for four with galley and heads with shower.

This Fairey Huntsman 31 Aft Cabin “Brig-Y-Don” was purchased by her current owner in late 2011 (survey available although almost irrelevant) and then was carefully restored including a new teak deck, full repaint and various other including extensive mechanical works by professional boat builders at great expense to ensure that she was structurally and mechanically sound and in Concourse condition.

The pictures included with this Specification show details of the refit along with current images showing her condition now. She is offered for sale by owners who understand her restored value however also accept that quite a bit of elbow grease is needed to get her back in to her perfect 2012 condition.

Prior to her 2012 /13 refit when Bill Dunlop the renowned Fairey surveyor and former employee of the Fairey Marine factory surveyed her in September 2011 he reported that

“`Brig-Y-Don’, ex ‘Toros’, is now some thirty-nine years of age and has the stiffened hull with the Mark II air intakes. Below decks she is a complete time warp, being virtually original except for the fit out of the heads and slight modifications to the galley. She has obviously been very well maintained and not abused, therefore showing very few areas requiring attention.”

Full Title documents for secure transfer of title.

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

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