Rare chance to buy a river inspector's launch

A rare opportunity has arisen to purchase a classic Broads Authority river inspector’s patrol 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. Launch engines are serviced every 250 hours.

Motor Launch Thurne, built in 1975, was originally based at Irstead helmed by Port and Haven Commissioners staff Martin Joslin, Arthur Hindley and Jan Loughton. The river inspectors transferred to the Broads Authority in 1989. During the last ten years the launch has been used in the Wroxham area by rangers Tony Risebrow, Andy Ellson and Andy Bartlett.

In 2012 the launch had a new gearbox, new aquadrive, and new drive plate. In 2011 it had a bow protector fitted, and new dual engine/gearbox controls fitted. It also had an engine top end overhaul and a new intercooler. In 2010 it had the fuel system overhauled and an electric fuel pump fitted. Its last full refit was in 2012. The Eberspacher heater is under 5 years old. The engine is a type 4150 HE fitted in 2003 and the engine hours on the clock are 9145.


Motor Launch Barton, built in 1976, was always based at Ludham and mainly patrolled the middle and lower Bure. She was used for many years by River Inspector Fred Temperton.

The last refit was in 2013, and in 2011 it had cabin repairs and repairs to the rear engine bay bulkhead. It also had a bow protector fitted. In 1996 the vessel was sunk by an unhappy customer and in 1997 it was completely refitted out.
The Eberspacher diesel heater is 2 years old. The engine type is a Nanni 4150 HE fitted in approximately 2002, with engine hours on the clock of 1961, although this may not be fully accurate.

The launches have been replaced by the heavy weather vessel Spirit of Breydon and a new generation launch with a hybrid engine.

Blue lights, VHF radios and other patrol equipment will not be included in the sale.

Arrangements for viewing the vessels can be made via Broads Control on 01603 756056 or email - broads.control@broads-authority.gov.uk. All offers will be considered. Offers must be made by Friday 2nd May by sealed bid on a form obtained during the viewing or from Broads Control.

For further technical information please contact Rob Clarke (Broads Authority Plant and Equipment Supervisor) on 07810 833381.

Thursday 4 September 2014