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Old 07-04-2007, 06:56 PM   #1
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Help with mystery boat ..

Dear Boatsmad'ers

Does anybody in here have any information on the boat below:

What I got so far:
Fletcher sportsboat, specially made for Ski Tournaments..




Anybody in here know more ?

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Old 07-04-2007, 07:15 PM   #2
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as far as i was aware it was an arrowbolt 21 hull & basically a 21 deck. Did it run twin 2.5s?
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Old 08-04-2007, 07:42 AM   #3
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That looks like the "Shepton Mallett Motors" boat,

IIRC before that, Darren Kirkland used to ski behind it and it was named after some sort of pressure washer (in the days before Hallett inboard)

i'm sure it had a pair of 220hp EFi merc's

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[QUOTE=Troels L;106372]Dear Boatsmad'ers

Does anybody in here have any information on the boat below:

fletcher arrowbolt 21 special(kevlar ? ) running two 2.4efi's with lifters and trimtabs
was owned by brian chidley of willimington honiton,devon when i resprayed the red sripes, he had a chap skiing for him that was an undertaker from weston(i think),more info possible available if i can remember ?
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Old 09-04-2007, 05:38 PM   #5
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Chaos, Alle Steamed up & Sambo; Thank you for the information

I also heard it was a Kevlar version of the later Arrowbolt 21, but thought the deck layout looked rather special. Do you know which years it was used for skiing ? Any clues where it is now ?

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I also heard it was a Kevlar version of the later Arrowbolt 21, but thought the deck layout looked rather special. Do you know which years it was used for skiing ? Any clues where it is now ?

Troels

Further to my last, i can remember that the boat was built of kevlar as a special by fletcher,it was built about 6 inches wider than the standard 21 apparently it was a 35k project. Brian chidley bought it for alot less than that ran it in the late 80's early 90's
when run with avgas heads would run at just over 90mph.He sold it and bought an american Shiarda(not sure on spelling) running twin turbo v8 run on avgas 100+
Have no idea where it is now.

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Old 26-04-2007, 06:54 PM   #7
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i think there was a picture of that boat in the last page of the 1989 Fletcher-brochure. Too bad, i also miss the last page :-(

There is also the 199 on it :-)
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Old 27-04-2007, 11:58 PM   #8
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Is this the one?
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Old 28-04-2007, 01:47 PM   #9
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Yeah, man! Thats the one!

Many years ago,i think it was 1991, a friend of my father bought such a boat, but with a little higher windscreen.
There was a 275 HP Merc on her back, tuned to 305 hp. With a hydraulic JAckplate on it!
She was capable of making 85 mph!
Name of the boat was " champion ", dont know what happened to her. He sold it after one year.

He bought that boat here in hamburg, at " Interboot ". Interboot was the main importer of Fletchers here!

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Old 28-04-2007, 04:31 PM   #10
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All info correct.

I was the Observer for Richard Connock (The Undertaker) when Brian Chidley owned the boat. It was made specially for Darren Kirkland by Norman Fletcher. I think it was a cut down version of a larger Fletcher Mould, but designed for Ski Racing.

The top picture of the 3 in the first post is at Viersel at the 'Diamond Race', cant remember the vnues of the other two!

The second picture shows how the skier knew when there was a 'hole' coming up - used to pebble dash his face with spray !!

Thise pictures were in 1991, as we were in the British Team at the World's in Darwin in '92 and had the Shiada by then.
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Is this the one?

Is it me or does the hull of that Fletcher have a Bernico look to it?

or maybe that should read does the hull of a Bernico have a Fletcher look to it?
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Is it me or does the hull of that Fletcher have a Bernico look to it?

or maybe that should read does the hull of a Bernico have a Fletcher look to it?
Ummmm yes i think you are right mate, could be a bit of a copyright issue!!! wouldn't be the first time some1 from over there has copied some1 else's hull!!!
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This is also a 21ft Arrowbolt Fletcher, looks like the same boat



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I'm not 100% but i think 3 were made two of them were called Turbo wash, and the last one was called ambiance, pictured above. the all white one could be the second turbo wash, now at lyme regis, Its made of kevlar and aromat.
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Old 30-04-2007, 11:13 PM   #15
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TheOrs, do you have a scan of the 199 page?

would be cool

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TheOrs, do you have a scan of the 199 page?
I keep meaning to scan all the brochures I have @ max size/quality & put them on my website. Unfortunately my scanner is broken at the mo' (Printer part wasn't working & I punched it & broke the glass. ) In the meantime, here's a taster:

That 199 is a lovely boat!
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Thanks, Thanks, Thanks!!!!!

That was the page i was missing :-))))

I love my 199

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those fletchers look sexy. never looked at a fletcher and thought that. as a youngun iv never seen them as seriouse racers compared to rings and phantoms
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Wacky Racer should know more about that boat (large pic posted by Fletcher Andi).
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