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Old 29-09-2005, 01:51 PM   #1
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Cool Enfield Marine Cowes

Anybody know what happened to all those Shead designed Enfield racers? I heard that the 37´Enfield Avenger/Uno Embassy/uno Mint jewellery etc etc etc, ended up on a beach in Gib after some kind of midnight run across the straits of gibraltar for some illegal reason. Where is it now? Scrap?? And what of Britsh Buzzard - Roger Allen´s old ex Blitz etc. It was based at River Yar boatyard many moons ago. Have they all been (choke) converted into pleasure cruisers, like the old Dry Martini cigarette 36???
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Old 29-09-2005, 03:54 PM   #2
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Have they all been (choke) converted into pleasure cruisers, like the old Dry Martini cigarette 36???
I do hope not!...in theory it could be nice to have such a boat, but 'examples' I've seen have been a shocking mess.

Dry Martini

Realite Charger

....etc.
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Uno Mint jewellery went down to Gib in about 1984. A lad pitched up with a bag of pound notes and then purchased it complete with 100 year old tow truck. He managed to get it down to Gib eventually.
After a few engine problems Mike Kitcher from Buzzard Engineering was flown down to sort out the problems...He did. He was then asked to drive the boat in the middle of the night!!!!
He got to the airport asap and headed back home!
The last I saw of it was in a newspaper report, it was impounded by HMS Gib customs.
Bearing in mind there is more profit in cigarettes than the white stuff I would imagine it is still going on.
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Thanks for the update re: Uno Mint. What happened to Realite Charger? I saw the 36 Cig ´The Dealer´at Cowes a few years back now - was that the same boat?
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Thanks for the update re: Uno Mint. What happened to Realite Charger? I saw the 36 Cig ´The Dealer´at Cowes a few years back now - was that the same boat?
No, 'The Dealer' is owned by John Pickwick (Johnny Clock-it) and I'm not sure of it's past.

'Realite Charger' (stagered Cigarette) got the original deck removed, and a timber cruiser deck built in it's place, it was styled similar to a Sunseeker XPS 34, but after a few years there were loads of cracks opening up in the timber joints and it looked very sad.

It never actually made the water in this form as far as I know, and sat at Eastlands boatyard (shit creek) for years, then Clive baker bought it and sold it on to a guy in Norway as 'a project' I think.
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Ouch! What a numpty - wasting a hull like that. I think Realite Charger was possibly the old Charles Gill Í Like It Too´.

Anybody down in Gib reading this who knows more about the 37´Enfield? Love to know where it´s at.
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Perhaps I should have titled this subject ´Cigarette 36 racers, and other treasures´........................!

p.s. Did you know that the Bertram 38´Pangare Gringo was wrecked when someone tried to take a moulding? Oiks - they should be hung.
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Am I to assume that you are the same littlenige that has all those great powerboating images on Webshots, if you are can i say it is nice to see such a great cross section of pics from over the years and across all classes.
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WOW!

just did a search on webshots for littlenige, what a collection!

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http://www.webshots.com/search?query=littlenige&start=0

So, who is 'Littlenige'?
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It's a great site I found it a couple of years ago whilst looking to see what pics there were on the web of Richard Carr's Cougar and was more suprised to actually find some decent pics from Class III which was an added bonus.
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[QUOTE]Originally posted by Jon Fuller
[B]WOW! wHAT A NICE COLLECTION. JFI page 4 Buzzi Cat 274 Orvil was a single 175 was not a twin set up. Was about 81 or 82 he won the european at poole, rough day as I recall.
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Blufin - Which one is that Buzzi cat - I can't pick it out?
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How come we don't see those Buzzi 'anti-stuff steps' on the bows of cats so much anymore? - Did they work??
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How come we don't see those Buzzi 'anti-stuff steps' on the bows of cats so much anymore? - Did they work??
YEP THEY DID & i THINK THEY WERE ON THE HYDROLIFT CATS THOUGH i'M NOT SURE IF THEY WERE ON ALL THE cr SERIES



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Yep Woody, you are spot on. Thanks for the compliment. I decided to upload them to that site ´cos at the time there wasn´t really anywhere to post them. Since moving to Spain and living at the back of beyond I have yet to get online at home (poxy telefonica!) so have only just discovered this site whilst at work!! I had hoped like many before and after me to make some cash from my pics, but what the heck - I don´t have the drive! So I wanna share and let all enjoy! I just wish I´d had a camera when all those beautiful boats like Eraf were around - I´m stuck in a nostalgia timewarp................
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- I´m stuck in a nostalgia timewarp................
nuffink wrong with that!!

we'll set you up a gallery for your stuff if you like.

welcome to boatmad, great pics!!

do you have any as late as '95/'96/'97?
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My collection kind of runs a bit dry mid 90´s onwards, as I found it increasingly difficult to get afloat - as a fan I always had to pretend to be freelance and go begging to race control for some kind of pass or whatever, and we all know that everyone wants to get afloat during a race - that´s what it´s all about, and everybody I knew was usually already full up! So as a consequence I became somewhat disillusioned with the whole thing, especially as I had been to Key West and been spoilt there - where you can get great shots from the shore!! Class 1 was never the same for me after the Victory team showed up and government changes in Italy meant that suddenly nobody could afford to go racing there after the mid 90´s (Malta in 93 was unbelievable - over 30 class 1 boats!). So unless I can get afloat to take pics then I am less bothered about attending. And I´ll never be able to own my own boat!!!!
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