Adelaide - £119,950 depending on final specification.

1956 Andrews 25ft Greyhound



Boat Name Adelaide
Original boatbuilder Andrews of Bourne End
Year of build 1956 Built for exhibition at the 1956 London Boat Show
Length 25ft
Beam 6ft
Draft 1ft6
Hull Number 400
Decking Khaya and Yellow Cedar
Hull Colour Customers choice to be decided.
Propulsion BMC Side Valve Vedette 1000cc petrol engine
Seating Bench seating upholstered in marine leather to customer's design and colour choice



Originally called ‘L’HIRONDELLE’, she was the last slipper launch built by Andrews of Bourne End to be fitted with a BMC Side Valve Vedette petrol engine. Built for exhibition at the London Boat Show December 1956 to January 1957. She was then sold to F. N. Patterson on February 12th 1957 and was dispatched by rail to the Lake District for use on one of the lakes near Keswick.

In 1984 Peter Freebody & Co of Hurley bought her in a dilapidated state from the banks of the Manchester Ship Canal.

She was completely rebuilt by Bob Budge at Peter Freebody & Co. after being purchased by an unknown customer, and sold soon after in 1987 to Mr Vern Schuppam, an Australian racing driver who had won Le Mans and was living in Marlow at the time. He renamed her ‘ADELAIDE’ after his home town.

He sold her in 1995 to Mr Peter Bloore of Wallingford.

In 2012 she was sold to Boatworks of Benson and then bought by Mr Alan Simmons of Wargrave on April 14th 2015

For options specific to this slipper launch
  • Deck, hull and sides stripped and repaired
  • Bilges scraped back to bare wood, cleaned and painted with three coats of grey bilge paint then finished in
  • Running gear and steering removed, rebuilt and re-packed
  • Original column retained and fitted with hydraulic steering and new Bluemels’ Brooklands steering wheel
  • Complete rewire with top quality marine wire and fuse boxes
  • New custom-made Smiths dials, includes fuel, rev counter, oil pressure, temperature, voltage and clock
  • Custom made chrome plated switch panel with the functions laser engraved
  • Original BMC Side Valve Vedette 1000cc petrol engine with hidden electric ignition in the original casings and new Dynamator (alternator in a classic car dynamo case)
  • Engine painted and detailed to a high show standard with hidden wiring so the engine bay is neat
  • Gearbox rebuilt with all new bearings and seals. The engine painted and detailed to a high show standard
  • New exhaust pipe fitted with a CNC machined stainless steel finisher on the stern
  • Decks treated with 16 coats of Awlwood varnish, wet sanded and machine polished to a mirror finish
  • Original navigator lights stripped back and triple chrome plated
  • New brass rub rail with chamfered joints for seamless finish, triple chrome plated
  • Triple chromed brass screws, individually plated, used on all chrome fittings
  • New cockpit floor made of utile and ash, treated with 16 coats of Awlwood varnish and machine polished to a mirror finish
  • Bench seating upholstered in marine leather to customer’s design and colour choice
  • Two removable Bang & Olufsen waterproof bluetooth speakers controlled by the B&O phone app
  • Two dual charging points with USB for phone/tablet and speakers
  • Security tracker monitored by a phone app
  • Hood and all over winter cover
  • Accessories: two navy blue Andrews umbrellas stored in Rolls Royce-style stainless steel holders with drain holes; portable 240/12 volt cooler; four life jackets; full set of colour matched dock lines; six fenders; Andrews picnic hamper with four crystal cut Andrews glasses; two baseball caps and two gilets