One of the problems trying to track down old raceboats is that very often their original identity know to all is changed to suit a more practical useage, especially the one off’s as we have seen before ie the Formula Claudia/Boad Jumper of Bill Wishnick which was found with an add on cabin that did little to enhance such a successful boat.
The current problem we now have is this, Halmatic built the 25 Ocean hull / cruiser based on the defunct Campbell Christina…..5 of these hulls were built for racing one of which was Ultra Violet which started life as Sir Max Aitken’s Drone with structure by Clare Lallow’s yard. We have now confirmed she is at Bursildon with one side fire damaged but repairable..
of the others Albert Figgins Silver Spray was the first
of them adapted for racing under the guidance of Ken Raybould and was powered by 2 I/O Mercruisers. Figgins also had 3 other hulls manufactured the first was THUNDERFISH, the second was THUNDERFISH 2 which was lightly built for speed but whose hull failed in the Miami Nassau and sank and the 3rd hull was never used and subsequently has vanished but according to Ken was of a very strong special lamination.
There were and still are a number Halmatic 25’s claiming to be ex race boats but as we see only 3 could possibly be those raceboats, UV is accounted for which leaves Silver Spray and Thunderfish. Now comes the problem, to find the correct boat and dismiss the imposters
Terry Allin has a fine 25 cruiser with special superstructure
built in Yarmouth IOW and now powered by a large single engine, Terry was told this boat had race history and during the revamp traces of a painted Union Jack were found on the hull and he was told she maybe Ultra Violet…this is not the case but further investigation by Terry has revealed 4 massive engine bearers which go under the wheelhouse structure and on into the cabin, the centre 2 being close couple with approx 2 ft between them.
Thunderfish was powered by twin 400 hp Ford Dearborne Interceptors based on the 7 litre Galaxy block ..mighty engines needing stout bearers, as far as Terry’s boat is concerned tick box 1…next is the fact that Terry’s boat (now called ALICE) has during works carried out produced very thick core samples and white gelcoat…tick box 2….Remnants of engine mounts exist on these bearers directly under the current wheelhouse about a third of the way forward of the stern approximately where THUNDERFISH had her engines mounted tick box 3…..there is also evidence under the decks of air intake ducting from the coamings to an area where the old engines were…tick box 4.
But we still need proof..and ALICE may just have that, in the bow there is a large reinforced “tank” which now has an entry manhole cut into it..a ballast tank? tick box 5…The only person who may know all the answers is Ken Raybould until then we wait and hope that another competitor has “surfaced”
Meanwhile Charles Lawrence has pictures of boats in the CI’s claiming race heritage
BOAT 1 looks to be a standard Ocean 25 but notice that distinctive bustle which appears in all three pics is this the same boat?
BOAT 2 is obviously ALICE prior to repaint and engine upgrade
BOAT 3 is an unknown claiming to be ULTRA VIOLET
If anyone can remember this boat from its Yarmouth rebuild please contact us so we can get this puzzle sorted.