Rare chance to buy a Broads Authority river inspector's launch

The Authority is selling two of its traditional Thames launches which have been taken out of service after patrolling the Broads for 40 years.

They are 29ft long, have a 7ft beam, are fitted with a 38hp Nanni diesel engine and will be sold with a new Boat Safety Certificate. Their traditional wooden cabins are fitted with a gas hob, grill and a diesel heater. They have undergone refits most years so their condition for their age is extremely high.

Motor Launch Thurne, built in 1975, was originally based at Irstead helmed by Port and Haven Commissioners staff until the inspectors transferred to the Broads Authority in 1989. During the last ten years the launch has been used by rangers in the Wroxham area. 

Motor Launch Barton, built in 1976, was always based at Ludham and mainly patrolled the middle and lower Bure.

The launches have been replaced by the heavy weather vessel Spirit of Breydon patrolling Breydon Water and a new generation launch with a hybrid engine patrolling the River Yare.

Arrangements for viewing the vessels can be made via Broads Control on 01603 756056. Offers over £25,000, should be made by sealed bid on a form obtained during the visit or from Broads Control by Friday March 21st.


Thursday 1 January 1970