|Liegeplatz||Langstone, Hampshire, Vereinigtes Königreich|
|Länge über alles||7.39 m|
Hermes is a well-known Fairey Huntress, lying afloat in Langstone Harbour.
The Fairey Huntress was the brainchild of Richard Fairey. Richard was a keen follower of powerboats and would often watch the Miami - Nassau race. He contacted Raymond C. Hunt, designer of Bertrams and many other boats, and asked if he could use his hull drawings. So began the birth of the now classic Fairey Marine Motor Cruisers.
The Huntress claim to fame were in the James Bond movie 'From Russia with Love'. James Bond's boat was a Huntress fitted with a V8 Interceptor petrol engine along with "extra fuel" carried in the oil drums mounted in the cockpit. This oil drum arrangement had been made at the Hamble factory and was tested in Southampton Water to ensure the drums would roll off the transom without a hitch.
The 'chief baddies' boat was driven by former world airspeed record holder Peter Twiss ( 1,132 mph in 1956 in a Fairey Delta 2 aircraft). Also driving one of the boats was former Fairey Marine sales director Charles Currey. Apparently they had a wonderful time on location in Scotland and were well looked after by the film company.
The Fairey Huntress model competed in and won awards in various Cowes - Torquay powerboat races over the years often winning the 'production boat', the 'lowest powered finisher' and the 'fuel economy' awards.
Built by Fairey Marine in 1966 as hull No: 176 and fitted out by Groves & Gutteridge. She started life as the Captain’s launch on HMS Hermes (the Falklands War Aircraft Carrier) and was paid off from the Navy around 1985.
She is a pretty standard Navy spec. Huntress with the reinforced hull (extra laminates) and hog lifting attachments so she could be lifted on Davits.
There are plenty of original features still remaining on board, but many have also been updated.
Powered by a Perkins T6.354 with Velvet Drive 72C 1:1 transmission, all in good condition. The engine is showing approx. 650hrs and has been regularly serviced by the owner.
The navy spec governor has been rebuilt and adjusted for more revs/power and the injectors have been rebuilt (both by P.B.Asher in Southampton)
The gearbox was replaced in 2020, due to seal failure, by a fully reconditioned unit from SeaHorse Power in Bournemouth.
The original Holset turbo charger has been replaced (before current ownership) with a Garrett unit.
Electrically, the 24V system batteries have been replaced last year (2021) and a new, separate 12V system with a dedicated battery installed. There is a shore power installation with sockets in the cabin and cockpit and a Sterling battery charger for the 24V system and a Victron 24V-12V charger to keep the 12V battery topped up.
In early 2021 there were some remedial works carried out on the transom and associated decking and hull to remediate some fresh water damage.
Hermes has had continual maintenance to ensure she is a reliable cruiser. Notwithstanding this, there are a few areas that need attention... a couple of areas of paint on the hull need attention and the deck planks could benefit from re-caulking.
Currently painted in AWLGrip Majestic Blue (hull) Epifanes brilliant white (cabin and coaming) and the antifoul (Seajet 033 Shogun) in dark Grey (refreshed prior to relaunch in March 2022).
The prop, rudder and shaft are antifouled
She is equipped with a full set of working engine controls and instruments, a new Raymarine Element 7s chart plotter and a Standard Horizon DSC VHF set.
The cabin now has LED lighting, as does the cockpit.
Full set of docking lines, fenders & horseshoe buoy also a boat hook, paddle & plinth and these 3 are original navy items.
November 2022: Hermes has been out of the water recently and has now had the prop re-pitched. The new 15” pitch gives 2300rpm (maybe more in a flat sea…) and shows 23kts at that revs….2000rpm cruise shows 20kts.
While she was out the antifoul was refreshed.
5Kg Bruce Anchor on bow roller.
10m chain with additional 17m of warp
24V navigation lightsRadar reflectorHorn
All cushions, pair of matching bolsters and curtains
Barometer on bulkhead
Carved, drop-down table (requires a leg/support)
12V fuse panel with isolation switches
24V fuse panel with isolation switches
12V LED puck lighting on cabin deckhead
Inshore flare pack (in date)
Anchor ball shape
Spare raw water impellors
Spare engine lift pump
Spare screws/bolts/fixings (assorted) and emergency bungs
Shelves on bulkhead with set of mugs, plates, cutlery, etc
First-aid kitSelection of Solent charts (not recent)240V shore-power socket
Fenders and horseshoe buoy with length of warp.
Set of mooring lines/warps
Helm and navigators’ seats (removable and tilting) with removable cushions
Rear seat cushion and bolster
Helm position with original Fairey wheel (also spare non-original supplied)
Morse engine control
Full set of engine instrumentation (Rev counter, Fuel gauge, water temp gauge, voltmeter (24V), engine hours meter (digital)
Standard Horizon DSC VHF set
Raymarine Element 7s with up-to-date Solent chart card.
Ritchie Explorer Compass
Raymarine ST60 depth gauge
Sterling Pro Charge 20 240v-24V battery chargerMains consumer unit16A shore-power hook-up socket
240V shore-power sockets
Victron Orion 24/12-30 24-12V charger
RAM 7-8” Tablet mount
LED strip lighting
Perkins T6.354 with Velvet Drive 72C 1:1
2 x Exide ER550 engine starter batteries (in 24V config)
Lion 115AH Leisure battery for 12V systems
24V high-capacity bilge pump with float switch
12V bilge pump with integral float switch
Additional 12V isolator
Automatic fire extinguisher
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