Cera used to belong to Rodney Bewes, he of the Likely Lads, a popular series on the TV in the 1970s. He was a well known figure of the Thames Vintage Boat Club scene and a regular at Swan Upping with his mid cockpit cabin launch Cera. Sold a couple of years ago to a young boatbuilder as a home the boat is now for sale again and based in Shepperton where a mooring could be available by separate arrangement.
Frank Bandey was a famous yacht designer and built this boat with the best of cruiser designs in mind. She is somewhere between a Broads mid cockpit cruiser and a Bates Starcraft. The boat has a lovely feel to her on board and would make a great family cruiser. The following information comes directly from the Thames Vintage Boat Club archives.
Name: CERA TVBC Boat: Yes Plaque No. 099 Type: Centre Cockpit Cruiser Builder: Richmond Slipways, Twickenham Designer: Frank Bandey Year Built: 1961 Specifications Construction: Carvel, curved transom, all teak on oak Length: 28' Beam: 10' 6"' Draft: 3' 6"' Superstructure: Mahogany Description: 3 Berths, dinette and galley in fore cabin. 2 berths in aft cabin. Centre cockpit. Engine Details Engine Make: BMC Engine Type: Diesel Engine Layout: Engine Model: Year/Serial No. CCorHP: 70hp/2500cc Boat History: Originally fitted with a Thorneycroft diesel engine. 1968 Engine replaced with present BMC. Her first owner sailed her off the Scottish coast. 1970 - Owned by 'Bomber' Harris, and used on the East coast of England, once taking part in the North Foreland Race. 1980's - Owned by the Commodore of the Royal Yacht Club, moored at Ramsgate and used extensively in France and Belgium. 1990 - Kept on the Thames at Richmond, owned by the landlord of the 3 Pigeons. August 1996 - Acquired by Rodney Bewes of Putney. August 2018 - Acquired by current owner