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    £ 89,950
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    J Samuel White and Co - RAF Seaplane refueling vessel for sale

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    General Description

    41’ (12.55 metre) long x 10’ (2.86 metre) beam and 3’6" (1.1 metres) draught, 2 berth steel motor launch with fixed wheelhouse, JP4 diesel engine, bow thruster, navigation equipment and anchor.

    Would make an ideal pleasure craft or live aboard on a river, river estuary or coastal.

    The original hull (1931) of rivet steel frames and plate being doubled using fully welded 5mm plate in 2006.
    Fully welded steel cabin was constructed at the same time (2006).

    The exterior, hull and cabin, was blasted in 2010 and painted using a two pack epoxy primer. The hull had an additional two pack epoxy top coat; the cabin, single pack gloss top coat.

    The interior shell was blasted in 2011 and painted with two pack epoxy paint and spray foam insulated. The main cabin sole is of exterior ply with insulation board under. Cabin lining throughout uses oiled American Poplar (sometimes called Tulip or Canary) T&G. Door panels have mahogany outer frames with American Poplar T&G inner panels.

    The galley worktop, extending top in the lounge and other surfaces are in oiled Oak.

    A hinged Houdini hatch is provided in the forward cabin space. Six porthole windows are of fixed pane. The main window in the wheelhouse is opening. Houdini, porthole and wheelhouse opening window are set within an anodized aluminium frame. Other windows in the wheelhouse are set within the steel aperture.

    Main cabin door in the wheelhouse is steel with T&G lining.

    Lighting throughout is LED.

    Cabin equipment
    The double bed is complete with purpose made mattress.
    Lounge has two reclining dark blue leather swivel chairs with foot stools. A pullout table extends from under the bed.

    The galley is complete with a 24volt fridge with freezer box.
    Cooking is by the Rayburn Royal (oil), electric induction hob and microwave.

    The shower room is complete with shower, wash basin and

    Thetford cassette toilet. A spare cassette is provided.
    Storage space is provided throughout the vessel.

    Domestic water
    Plastic water tank of approximately 1400ltrs, complete with level gauge, under the double bed in the forend.

    The water pump is located under the wheel house sole.

    Hot water supplied by horizontal cylinder under wheel house sole, being heated by the engine, Rayburn diesel boiler and electric immersion. Hot water temperature can be controlled by manually adjustable valve. An expansion vessel is provided in the hot water system.

    Hot and cold water is supplied to the galley, wash basin and shower mixer taps. A cold water supply is provided to the toilet.
    Waste water from galley sink, wash basin and shower collects in a polyethylene tank with float switch for pumping waste water to outside the vessel.

    Cabin heating
    Is supplied by a Rayburn Royal with Bubble oil fired pressure jet boiler located in the galley. The Rayburn Royal is complete with a back boiler with central heating system supplying a towel-rail in the shower room and two fin-rad’s in the wheelhouse.

    Oil to the Rayburn is gravity fed from two stainless steel day tanks with approximate total capacity of 125ltrs. Day tanks are supplied by stainless steel main tank located under the double bed in the forend; capacity of the main tank is approximately 550ltrs. Filling of the day tanks from the main tank is by SU electric pump with manual control complete float switch in the day tank.

    A room thermostat with timer turns the Rayburn on & off. Pumping of heated water is electric circulation pump being activated by pipe-stat next to the boiler.

    A by-pass valve is provided to dump heat from the central heating system if required. The valve is controlled by a room stat.

    High level cabin ventilation is via flat vents set in the main cabin coach roof. The vent in the galley and shower room is complete with a fan.

    Low level cabin ventilation is via four letter box vents set high in the wheelhouse being ducted to under the wheelhouse sole and two chromed cowl vents set in the forend deck being piped to low level.

    Electrics AC
    The AC system is largely 24volt with 12 volt used when 24volt equipment was not available.

    The starter batteries: 2 x Banner 105Ah.

    Domestic batteries: 2 x Banner 180Ah.

    Bow thruster batteries: 2 x Banner 135Ah.

    Charging by the propulsion engine is via a 24volt 140amp alternator. Stirling voltage sensitive relay controls the charging of the three battery banks. All supplies are protected by fuses and manual isolation switches.

    When connected to a shoreline 230volt DC supply battery charging functionality of the Stirling inverter/charger also charges the three battery banks.

    All AC electrical circuits are protected by trip switches.
    The wheel house is provided with a combined FM radio with CD player connected to two recessed speakers in the wheel house coach roof. An FM radio with CD player connected to four recessed speakers in the main cabin coach roof.

    Electrics DC
    The shoreline connection is protected by RCD & MCB with the input voltage being monitored and controlled.

    A Victron Isolation transformer is provided.

    A Stirling pro Combi S pure sine wave 3200watt continuous – 3500watt 30 mins inverter with combined 50ambp battery charger is provided.

    All DC electrical circuits are protected by trip switches.
    Space has been allowed to accommodate a diesel generator if required.

    Four cylinder Lister JP4, 48hp marine diesel engine with Black Stone manual gearbox, being built as a marine engine and not a marinised industrial engine. Cooling of the engine is on a sealed system running through a raw water heat exchanger. The engine has been overhauled and rebuilt including new pistons, rings and liners.

    Drive to the propeller is via universal joint with support bearing and greased stern tube bearing. The bilge pump has automatic and manual control.

    Diesel is supplied from two stainless steel tanks of total capacity approximately 250ltrs, complete with level gauge. A ‘fuel guard’ decontaminate and water separator complete with contaminate warning light is remotely located together with an on engine filter with water trap.

    Steering is by wheel with Ultraflex hydraulic pump and cylinder (ram).

    An AFI twin air horn is provided.
    The windscreen is complete with electric windscreen wiper.

    Bow thruster

    A Lewmar 5kW bow thruster is provided. The bow thruster tube is galvanized. Operation is from the wheelhouse.

    A Lewmar electric V3 vertical windlass and motor drives a DTX 20kG Anchor. Operation is from the wheelhouse and windlass. A chain counter is also fitted.

    Navigation equipment
    The navigation system is by Raymar and was installed new in 2014. The system has not been commissioned.

    Main display screen is an a97 and comes complete with an 18” digital Radome with demountable stand. Auto pilot is provided, being connected to the hydraulic steering. Depth sonar is supplied but has not been fitted in the hull.

    A Ray50 VHF radio is provided complete with AIS.

    Steaming, tail, port/starboard and anchor lights are provided.

    GoGo was built in 1931 by J Samuel White and Co., Cowes, Isle of Wight for the Air Ministry (Royal Air Force) as a Seaplane refuelling boat. Built as one of four named RAF 1181 to 1184. J Samuel White yard numbers - Phone number removed -

    The vessel had two large petrol tanks and a large fresh water tank for filling sea planes.

    It is known that only number 1183 remained in the UK and was subsequently made dumb in 1943. It is therefore likely GoGo is RAF 1183.

    As built GoGo was twin screw with two engines placed amidships. Make of original engines are not known but were probably petrol. Engines were replaced in 1936 by 6 cylinder AEC diesel engines.

    A full set of folded plans are at the National Maritime Museum. The council at Newport on the Isle of Wight also have plans and the vessel’s Air Ministry specification.

    MCA archive hold closed registry of a British ship, official number - Phone number removed - Registration was closed in March 1999.

    GoGo was acquired in 1954 by Gaselee and Sons Ltd but sold in 1955/6 to F. G. Towage Ltd (Greenwich, London) who bought GoGo for conversion to a launch tug being registered in March 1956. It is probably at this time a single engine was installed being positioned under the wheelhouse with central stern tube.

    Nothing remains of the original amidships engine beds, although largely internally covered the original stern tube bearing are in place. The current engine sits (reinforced) where the central engine was placed. It is also at this time the vessel probably became known as GoGo.

    In 1962 GoGo was sold to H. Brazier Ltd, Hertford and 1966 sold to G. Dew & Co Ltd, Oldham.

    Persons whom I purchased GoGo from in 2010 had brought her in 1993 from a boatyard in the centre of Dewsbury.

    It is reported by the previous owner that it was reported to them that GoGo was involved in the World War II Dunkirk evacuations.

    Given its probable location around the River Thames estuary this remains a possibility; more research is required by a new owner.
    £ 89,950From
    Category:Motor Boats
    Subcategory:Classic Motor Boats
    Sales status:available
    Manufacturer:J Samuel White and Co
    Model:RAF Seaplane refueling vessel
    Mooring Country:United Kingdom
    Year built:1931
    Length:12.5 m/41 ft
    Width:3.05 m/10 ft
    Draft:1.07 m/4 ft
    Engine manufacturer:Lister
    No. of engines:1
    Conditionvery goodSale TypeUsed
    SalePrivateSteeringHydraulic wheel control
    Fuel Capacity250Material deckSteel
    Fresh water capacity1400No. of cabins1
    No. of berths2Headroom1.98 m/7 ft
    WC & bathroomsWash basin, Shower, Cassette toilet
    • General Equipment
    • Anchor W Chain
    • CD Player
    • Fire Blanket
    • Fire Extinguisher
    • Pressurized Warmwater System
    • Pressurized Water System
    • Radio
    • Electronic Equipment
    • Battery
    • Battery Charger
    • Electric Bilge Pump
    • Heating
    • Loudspeaker In Cockpit
    • Main Circuit Breaker
    • Searchlight
    • Shore Supply
    • Windscreen Wiper
    • Galley Equipment
    • Oven
    • Refrigerator
    • Sink (Hot/Cold)
    • Navigation Equipment
    • Compass
    • Depth Sounder
    • GPS
    • Navigation Lights
    • Plotter
    • VHF Radio
    • WC Bathroom
    • Chemical Toilet
    • Shower
    • Washbasin
    • Interior Cabin Layout
    • Master Cabin
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