Romani - £199,950

1934 Andrews 30ft slipper stern launch



Boat Name Romani
Original boatbuilder Andrews of Bourne End
Year of build 1934
Length 30ft
Beam 6ft6
Draft 1ft
Hull Number 113
Decking Sapele and Iroko
Hull Colour British racing green painted mahogany
Propulsion Ford Water Mota
Seating Helm and stern bench seating with two occasional child seats upholstered in cream marine leather with green piping


Romani is an example of a really unusual flatter bottomed boat. Commissioned in August 8th 1935 first purchased by Denis O’Bryan (solicitor) and named ‘BLUE FLASH’, she was kept at Wargrave from 1947.
November 20th 1961 purchased by Air Cdre. Bryan David Nicholas (RAF rtd.) who gifted her to his daughter, Diana Nicholas, for her 21st birthday and renamed her ‘ROMANI’.
1971/2 restored by Andrews of Bourne End and maintained by them until 1982.
1982/3 restored by D B Marine of Cookham.
2019 Marlow Boat services
February 2022 purchased by Andrews Boathouses who embarked on a comprehensive restoration which is now in the final stages to ensure a concours standard.

For options specific to this slipper launch
  • This is one of the last flat bottomed slipper stern launches built. Constructed in mahogany, it has the beautiful style and symmetry of the later Greyhound models but with a more shallow draft. This is a very rare boat as very few of the 30-foot old-style slipper stern launches were built.
  • Deck, hull and sides stripped, repaired and replaced
  • Bilges scraped back to bare wood, cleaned, primed and painted with three coats of grey bilge paint
  • 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 in British racing green with cream markings, includes fuel, rev counter, oil pressure, temperature, voltage and clock
  • Custom made chrome plated switch panel with the functions laser engraved
  • Original Ford Water Mota 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 and tidy
  • Gearbox rebuilt with all new bearings and seals.
  • New exhaust pipe fitted with a CNC machined stainless steel finisher on the stern
  • Decks stripped back to bare wood, sealed and finished with 16 coats of Awlwood varnish, wet sanded and machine polished to a mirror finish
  • Original navigation 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 Awlwood varnish and machine polished to a mirror finish
  • Fitted with a full width centre table and removable cool box
  • Helm and stern bench seating with two occasional child seats upholstered in cream marine leather with contrast green piping
  • 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
  • Dark green Sunbrella canvas hood and all over winter cover
  • Accessories: two dark green Andrews umbrellas stored in Rolls Royce-style stainless steel holders with drain holes; portable 240/12 volt cooler; four life jackets; full set of dark green dock lines; six fenders; Andrews picnic hamper with four crystal cut Andrews glasses; two baseball caps and two gilets