In 2001 I worked near home in Godmanchester which is on the River Ouse so we decided to buy a boat. We purchased "Kimbo 111" which was a
Seamaster Admiral built (we think) in 1968 with a 1500cc Ford Watermotor petrol engine. In the UK most of the river boat builders went bust in the 1970s
and 1980s so many of the boats you now see on the river are surprisingly old. Generally speaking the older the boat the better it is made with thicker
fibreglass hulls and solid wood interiors. However being old they require constant attention. There is a saying that the only time you love your boat is the
day you buy it and the day you sell it. We sold Enigma in 2006 after five happy years, by which time our garden was a jungle and the house needed plenty
of attention because we had devoted so much time to keeping her going.
Seamaster 25 - Admiral - River Boat
Moored at Godmanchester on the River Ouse
Below are 2 pictures of our boat after many, many hours of hard work. We
renamed her "Enigma". I replaced most of the rotting external wood trim
with polished stainless steel. I cut out the restrictive cockpit windows to fit
larger panes of glass. The brown fence paint was stripped and proper
wood stain applied. I then painted all the trim in light blue. Finally new
curtains and blue paint on the fenders made the new look more pleasing.
We later bought a new blue canopy.
Below are 2 pictures of "Kimbo 111" in the condition she was in when
we bought her. She was looking rather sad, all the exterior wood was
rotting, it had 10 coats of fence paint, much of it splashed over the
gelcoat and the effect of a cream hull with brown paint and grey
curtains and grey deck paint looked drab.
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Last updated 1 December 2013