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Fairey Amira 53
This is a unique opportunity to own a an important part of British Maritime history.
From the design stable of Fairey aviation to fairey Marine came a succession of famous power boats from the sixties & seventies culminating in construction of 2 Amira 53's. With the loss of No 2 Fataam No1 is now the only remaining example.
This vessel has had a complete renovation with special attention to the electrics & engineering.New decks plus a general improvement throughout the vessel without damaging the integrity of her history.
This is a one off chance & when its gone, its gone.
In the 1960s Fairey designed and built a range of wooden-hulled speedboats and motor launches designed by Alan Burnand.
These became well known in boating circles for their speed, stability and good rough-water handling. Craft were sold to both wealthy and famous individuals, including Deborah Kerr, Prince Albert of Belgium and Billy Butlin. The craft also starred in the James Bond film From Russia with Love. Sean Connery as James Bond can be seen driving a white Fairey Huntress and the being chased by a Fairey Huntsman 28s and Fairey Huntress.
Types such as the Dagger and Spearfish were used as police launches and as pinnaces by the Royal Navy. In the early 1970s Fairey switched to glass reinforced plastic hulls of the same design. The range was expanded to include cabin cruiser types (such as the Swordfish) which could still put in an impressive turn of speed and won several cruiser-class long distances races, such as the London-Monte Carlo race.
Fairey also manufactured 2 × 53-foot motor cruisers in the early 70s which were named the Amira. Designed by Alan Burnard, they were designed with cold moulded ply construction hull and ply superstructure. The Fairey Amira was designed to take two engines with up to 1000 bhp each, one of the boats was fitted with 2 Isotta Fraschini 700 hp v8 engines with ZF vee drive gearboxes and the other was fitted with 2 MTU 8v331 tc80 engines each developing 800 hp with ZF vee drive gearboxes. The design speed for this boat was up to 40 knots; the boat was offered with a wide range of engines including gas turbines. Sadly only one of these magnificent craft remains, this is hull No1 Fataam, her home port is Puerto Duquesa in southern Spain.
The company was perhaps most renowned for producing exclusive powerboats and cruisers based on an extensive racing pedigree. Fairey Marine cruisers won 148 racing awards between the years 1961 and 1973, including the prestigious Monte-Carlo and Cowes-Torquay races. 1969 was a particularly successful year, with a tally of 54 awards.
The hull lines are of the deep-vee configuration in service with over 400 high speed Fairey boats. An important feature is the fine entry and considerable flare forward which assures a soft dry ride at higher speeds even in adverse weather conditions; but above all the hull provides the highest degree of seaworth iness with unequalled handling characteristics. The hull is of cold moulded wood construction with cascover nylon/epoxy sheathing up to gunwhale sheerline. The four box girder engine bearers with 10 bilge stringers tied to the 28 frames run the length of the boat which, together with subsidiary structures, provide the necessary torsional and longitudinal stiffness, at minimum weight. The result is a fast easily driven hull with a particularly high strength to weight ratio, having the ability to maintain sustained high speeds in most sea conditions.