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A-Class

 

These boats are so similar that they will all be grouped together on this page.

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Dell Quay Dory

These boats were built from the mid 60's by Dell Quay Ltd. at Chichester, West Sussex. They were a virtual copy of the popular Boston Whaler. It is reported that an employee, on his return from the US was refused permission to build them under licence in the UK. So he built his own version!!

 

Dimensions 20' 6" x 8'. Speed 25 kts
Displacement ? Range ?
Construction GRP Hull. Endurance 5 hours
Engines Twin  36hp Penta outboard engines Crew 2/3

 

Built by Dell Quay at Chichester, West Sussex from 1967, the boat was a virtual copy of the Boston Whaler. It is reported that an employee, on his return from the US was refused permission to build it in the UK under licence. So he then started production from memory!

 

No. Name Year Base./Comments
1 Ex 18-01 1967 Falmouth 67. Shoreham 67. Plymouth 68-72. To ??
2 Ex 18-03 1967 Poole 67-69. Torbay 69-75. To ??
A-500 Ex 17-001 1968 Eastney 68-69. Ramsgate 69-71. Poole 72-73. To ??
A-501 Ex 17-002 1970 Lyme Regis 70-73. Poole 74-75. To ??
A-502 Ex 17-003 1969 Poole 69-72. Ramsgate 72-75. Poole 75-85. To ??

The A-502 seen at Poole, date unknown (Photo Courtesy Charlie B)

McLachlan-class

 

Dimensions 20' 6" x 8'. Speed 22 kts
Displacement ? Range ?
Construction Prototype built with wooden hull, rest GRP. Endurance ?
Engines Twin inboard 60 hp petrol engines with outboard drives, later diesel engines Crew 2/3

The prototype, A-503, was built of mahogany by W. A. Souter at Cowes, IOW and the hull was used as the plug for the mould of the GRP-hulled version. The GRP boats were constructed By William Osborne at Littlehampton/Newhaven.

No. Ex Year Base./Comments
A-503 18-02 1967 Eastney 67-70. Pill 71-72. To ??
A-504 18-004 1970 Weston-super-Mare 70-83. To ? RNLI Museum Chatham.
A-505 18-005 1970 Eastney 70-71. Oban 72-73. Eastney 74-75. Humber BB 77-01. At Saul Junction with Philip Trotter in 2015.
A-506 18-006 1972 Peel 72. Relief 72-76 Poole 76-79. . Plymouth 79-80. To ??
A-507 18-007 1972 Weston-super-Mare 72-73. Peel 73-75. Relief 75-76. Peel 76. Plymouth 76-83. To ??
A-508 18-008 1971 Eastney 71-74. Invergordon 74-79. Falmouth 80-88. to?
A-509 18-009 1972 Plymouth 72-76. Brighton 78. Relief 78-88. At South Shields by 09/2014.  Sold in Newcastle area 05/2019.
A-510 18-010 1973 Pill 73-74. Ramsgate 75-84. Humber BB 86-87. To ?? Found near Dublin and moved to Bristol for restoration.
A-511 18-011   Oban 73-80. To ??
A-512 18-012 1973 Torbay 75-87. To ??

On display at the RNLI Museum at Chatham is A-504 (Photo Richard and Gill

A-505 at Saul Junction under restoration in 2015 (Photo Philip Trotter)

Pictured at Cromer, date and Author unknown is A-507, apparently it was on loan! Any ideas?

A-509 much modified,at South Shields on 08/09/14 (Photo Cliff Crone)

A-510 pictured at Ramsgate (Photo Courtesy Ramsgate LBS/ Contessa Blue Star)

 

 

Boston Whaler-Class

Purchased from Boston Whaler in 1984 and refitted at Cowes ILC. The boat capsized on 23/11/86, returning 10/06/88.

Dimensions 20' 6" x 8'. Speed 30 kts
Displacement ? Range ?
Construction GRP Hull. Endurance ?
Engines Twin 90-hp Evinrude diesel. Crew 2/3

 

No. Name Year Base./Comments
A-513 Sam and Iris Coles 1985 Poole 85-95. At Hayling Island 11/2015.

The sole A-513 Sam and Iris Coles pictured at Poole 08/09/95 (Photo Courtesy RNLI)

 
 
 
 

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