- "Sayonara" Classic Aluminium Ski-boat
was sold at the beginning of August 2009, but we have
left this page here as inspiration to others!
in the early 1960s, this boat had been cherished by
the same owner for well over a decade, but commitments
as a Master Mariner at sea did not allow him to make
full use of the Simmonds, and reluctantly he offered
it for sale. Rather than post an auction on eBay, the
boat was advertised here in the hope that it might go
to someone else who would enjoy owning a true classic,
and after a flurry of interest, she duly found that
is known of the history of the boat prior to the day
when the last owner found the Simmonds in a barn - literally.
It carries the maker's "hull number" of 0527,
which suggests that it is a Huwood-built Simmonds, post
1962. Over a period of eight years a painstaking restoration
was undertaken, concurrent with the rebuilding of a
classic twin-engined aeroplane. No doubt the Simmonds'
aluminium construction, very similar to that of many
light aircraft, helped with the process. Prior to being
offered for sale, the Simmonds had been "run-in"
but had covered little more than about 5 hours on the
the few occasions I have used the Simmonds it has always
been a head turner and it would be sad to see it go,"
said the owner. The asking price was a quite conservative
£3,500, including an Indispension Coaster 3 trailer
valued at some £750, and unsurprisingly 'Sayonara'
realised this figure.
apologies to any Simmonds purists, a few non standard
items have been fitted to the boat, including a non-original
navigation lamp. The clutch has also been converted
to a more efficient hydraulic system, rather than the
original steel cable, which does have a tendency to
stretch with use. The original Ford regulator has been
replaced with a solid state unit. Otherwise the boat
has the original Ford Consul 1703 cc OHV engine with
unique Simmonds marinised inlet manifold and carburettors
and is still fitted with the very efficient and rare
Simmonds propeller. Length is 4.7m, beam is 1.6m.
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