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Old 19-04-2009, 01:22 AM   #1
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Just recentlt found this site full of facinating information. The historic section is great interest. I owned and did a lot of restoration work on Trident before donating her to the National Motorboat Museum some years ago (no historic events back then). Reading the posts on old hulls I think the problem with old cold moulded hulls is many hours of hard racing without any real structural checks or repairs. Moulded hulls flex with pounding and things attached to them like bulkheads etc work loose screws also work loose. Most of these problems can be sorted with the help of modern epoxy resins. Rot usually occurs in decks and superstructure.
Once all this is dealt with these hulls should be good for high performance use again.
I am now working on a Delta 26(built by David Stills marine in the early 70s).I think this was the rip off of Sonny Levi's "Sagitta" first coppied by a Norwreigen yard. There are some posts about this in http://www.altomareblu.com/ (another great boat site, Translate with Google language tools). Just rebuilding the original Chrysler Marine 318 for it. Does any one know of a high performance version of this engine 225hp not a lot for this boat.
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Old 04-06-2009, 05:55 PM   #2
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delta 25

Iam interested in your delta have you any pics,i used to own one many years ago great in the rough.
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Old 04-06-2009, 09:45 PM   #3
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Old 14-09-2009, 07:26 PM   #5
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Pic of delta 25

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Iam interested in your delta have you any pics,i used to own one many years ago great in the rough.
Hi Freddie, Only just seen your post here is an old picture of the boat being lifted.
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Old 15-09-2009, 10:03 AM   #6
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my family had one of those many years ago,well owned the same boat twice,first time it was yellow and then white,ran a merc 255hp v8 from memory,nothing could touch that boat in the rough,size for size. good to see a pic of one again. had a pic of it racing but has been mislaid along the way,seem to remember the name fletcher racing it
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Old 15-09-2009, 07:34 PM   #7
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I've just picked my Delta 25 up. And can see that it once had a yellow hull like the one in the photo but it has since been painted white (although it'll go back to yellow soon.)

Needs a fair bit of work and the owner (well the guy that was going to buy it) had decided to cut it up before I stepped in. I think would have been a sad loss if he'd gone through with it.

It's called Delta Tango and was brought over from Birmingham between 10 and 15 years ago. If anyone has any info on Delta 25 i too would be keen to hear from you.

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Old 15-09-2009, 07:52 PM   #8
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There is a white and blue Delta 25 on e bay for sale bids starting at £8k
Item no 230376954975
I am currently renovating a cold moulded Tremlett 21in Guernsey but I used to own a 17 and 21 Levi both race boats and with outboards on them !
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Old 17-09-2009, 08:55 PM   #9
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I did see that ebay one. I have no idea what these boats sell for but that seems like a lot for an unfinished project.

Does anyone know how much the one on Boatshed sold for?

Anywho here's a photo of mine as it is now.
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Old 18-09-2009, 09:33 PM   #10
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Delta 25

These are quite rare boats now (not that a lot were built to start with). They are a Levi design. The original boat was Sagitta built by a yard in Italy. There is an explanation of how the design wound up in England here http://www.altomareblu.com/?p=386 use Google language tools to translate.
I have a copy the original MB&Y test if any one is interested.
The original Sagitta is described in Dhows to Delta.
The British boats were built by David Stills Marine a very strong sea boat as described by others here. Many like mine were fitted with Chrysler Marine 318 225hp V8 engines. They returned a presentable 40 odd knots in this configuration. Being a heavily built boat with a heavy engine the required trim tabs to keep the nose down.
The reason they were often painted is the original Yellow gelcoat suffered pigment fading and so looked patchy. Well worth 8k in good running order.
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Old 19-09-2009, 10:53 AM   #11
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Here is an original add from MB&Y for the Delta 25.
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Old 19-09-2009, 11:09 AM   #12
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Thanks for the info. pigment fading, that's a boga as I would've liked to go back to yellow.

I would love a copy of that add and the test if at all possible. PM me please with what you'd like...payment, my address etc or is there somewhere online that I can buy it from.

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Old 19-09-2009, 05:49 PM   #13
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For many years there was a yellow D25 on the river here (Thames) called 'Delta Lady' I think it had merc power. In fact I think it was owned by a friend of mine for a while. (Chris Murdoch, owned it late 80's/early 90's)
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Old 19-09-2009, 08:48 PM   #14
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Hi Jon that's interesting because "Deltamad" on this forum PM'd me that he raced Delta Lady in the 1974 Cowes Torquay Cowes...may be the very same D25
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Old 19-09-2009, 09:12 PM   #15
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Delta 25

Do we know the set up of and how Delta Lady did in the Cowes race. Does anyone know what happened to David Stills Marine. Thet were at Dolphin Quay, Emsworth, Hants I think.
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Old 19-09-2009, 11:26 PM   #16
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There is still a registered company DAVID STILL MARINE LTD, MUMBY ROAD, GOSPORT, PO12 1AE #01568848 could be the same.

There was one sold on Boatshed.com that claimed the following "This boat has some interesting history, having won the Cowes to Lands End race in 1973." Is that a race? I'm very new to this so not sure...
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Old 20-09-2009, 02:50 AM   #17
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Delta 25

Here is the Boatshed add. http://www.boatshed.com/delta_25-boat-17145.html if you register there are loads of pictures. THe boat has been sold so be quick before the add is taken down. I can't remember the price 13 or 16K I think!
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Old 20-09-2009, 11:10 AM   #18
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Old 05-10-2009, 08:03 PM   #19
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delta 25

That boat on boatshed is the boat I've bought it started off at £23,000 then dropped to £16,000 and got sold for £14,000 two years ago then came up for sale again so i jumped in.Not sure about the cowes to lands end race though cant find any info on that.There was about a hundred delta's made then the moulds went to america.
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