Good Intent: Thames Bawley fishing smack From Andy Seedhouse Boats


Good Intent

Thames Bawley fishing smack

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LOA: 38' 0" Beam: 14' 0" Draft: Max: 6' 0" Min: 0' 0" Berths: 4 Built: 1860By: John & Robert Starbuck of GravesendConstruction: Carvel, Larch on oakRig: Gaff CutterKeel: Bilge Keel Engine: Ajax Diesel 55hpTrailer: No
A rare opportunity to acquire a bit of floating history. She now has an Ajax diesel
Good Intent LO136 is a Thames 'Bawley' fishing smack so called because she carried a coal fired boiler which was used to boil up the shrimps caught whilst underway before arriving back in port. She was originally built in 1860 at Shrubsells barge yard Faversham, Kent. She spent her entire working life trawling and shrimping out of Harwich until 1927.67 years under sail only. She caught fire 3 times thanks to the boiler! She was rebuilt for the last time by Frank Knight Shipwrights of Woodbridge. She was bought by her present owner in 2002 and spent the next few years as a charter vessel; has attended many maritime festivals both here and in Europe from her base on the River Deben where she is very well known. Good intent is listed on the Historic Ships Register Good Intent has a 55HP Standard Motor Company Ajax diesel engine which was marinised by Thorneycroft. Well maintained reconditioned TRM gearbox. New starter motor and new stern gland. Mainmast and gaff, boomless. New topmast. Her sails are all in good condition as is the standing and running rigging. Her blocks are all sound and revarnished at the start of each season.Her hull is sound. HER DECK NEEDS REPLACING. Superb boat at a very sensible price. Viewing by appointment please