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Old 22-08-2010, 11:47 PM   #1
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Bits and pieces from France

So just returned from France, 3 weeks on the new tub before it gets hauled on Monday to Calais for what looks like a wonderful bit of english weather to finish the year off.

Anyway a little game of spotting whilst down there.

Firstly on Etang de Berre where I picked the boat up, a distinct sound of 2.5 whilst I had myself in the engine room. Bashed me head coming out to see a Bat boat kitted with 4 in line frenchmen dressed in swimming goggles and bare chests pissing off down the lake at speed. Didn't get the camera for that one but very funny to see.

Anchor up for a spot of lunch in the Calangues that can only be accessed by sea and this bloke pulls up (Pic 1&2). 1/2m swell running that day which reflects off the cliffs so fair play to him.

Pulling into Bandol spotted a pair of P28s (or at least lookalikes) leaving, again too slow with a camera. One all white and the other Black and White checked. A very poor copy of a P25 or maybe raffshore tied up, all yellow sporting a pair of 300s. Was going to walk round a get some pics but a session with dinner put paid to that and they weren't there in the morning.

Last day I had arranged with Marseille Corbiere for lift out and had a quick gander round the yard.

Firstly. (pic 3)

Then Jack managed to get this shot (Pic 4)before getting bollocked out of all proportion and whilst he doesn't speak french understood feck off. I went over for a word and got presented a brochure for this. http://www.spireboat.com/
with a further warning of no photos.

Not dissuaded Jack came running over and said you gotta see this. (pics 5,6&7)

Good to see he can spot a Shead design but haven't a clue myself. Anyone?

Oh and finally found these chaps doing some secret testing work with engines in an old cigarette for some british team. As I say my french isn't so good but got 'Pour faire la distance pleine de course' whatever that means
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Old 23-08-2010, 08:02 AM   #2
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Whilst they're authorised Steyr dealers, I see they have your Chevy big block under the crane gib! Is it on it's way in, or out in that pic? Looks like a beaut!
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Old 23-08-2010, 08:22 AM   #3
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Even I couldn't feck up a big block that well.

Strangely enough what they were in didn't look that bad.
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Old 23-08-2010, 09:26 PM   #4
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...Good to see he can spot a Shead design but haven't a clue myself. Anyone?...
France Marine Offshore 'Force 10'?
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Old 23-08-2010, 09:47 PM   #5
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Yes that's it I owned one for around five years and sold it to a friend in Ireland.

Most of them were rigged with a pair of Baudouin 700hp motors on Arneson ASD 12 surface drives.

Any Idea what power this had? I see only the drive thrust sockets are left in place?

Great boat well made I still have all the layup details and blue prints from CMN the original manufacture.
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Old 23-08-2010, 10:14 PM   #6
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Didn't know that. I always thought FMO was a seperate company. Constructions Mécaniques de Normandie marketed an other offshorer in the same time period, the 15-60 based on their DV15 Interceptor.
Do you have the brochure of the Force 10?
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I did come across it on the Internet some time ago but didn't download it.
Not sure how many of these boats were made but not many, I had a complete boat and a bare hull.

There seem to be very little information available on these boats I think mine was built in 1989 possibly there show boat as it was the earlier version with different engine air intakes on the side.
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I guess it's now these people then? Office in Marseille and an association with Don Shead.

http://ufmgroup.net/index.html
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Firstly. (pic 3)

Then Jack managed to get this shot (Pic 4)before getting bollocked out of all proportion and whilst he doesn't speak french understood feck off. I went over for a word and got presented a brochure for this. http://www.spireboat.com/
with a further warning of no photos.
That spireboat looks interesting! Tunnel looks VERY wide though with quite narrow sponsons.
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