Chug is a charming little motorised clinker dinghy of the sort we used to see so often motoring up and down the UK's rivers and estuaries. She would make a good period tender for a larger motoryacht or a sweet family boat for the enthusiast who wants a traditional boat small enough to keep at home on a trailer when not in the water.
The present owner says he will miss Chug but his great age prevents him clambering on board these days. He bought her in 1997 and each journey over the years has been documented in his log book complete with the names of the passengers and any maintenance undertaken. Clearly he fell in love when the boat came up for auction at Philips riverside Henley auction in 1997. In the catalogue she is described by Bill and Penny Rose, who ran the auction and created memorable and historically valuable catalogues, as clinker built, circa 1950 of mahogany on steamed oak timbers with a rock elm keel. Varnished to the waterline, red antifouling below (needs refreshing). Varnished decks, varnished and painted inside. Although the auction catalogue does not say so I have it on good authority that the boat was fitted out by Bailey Noyce of Itchenor. She appears to have been built as a ship to shore tender by Ted Bailey and George Noyce who established their boat building partnership in a shed on the shores of Chichester Harbour in 1947. Chug is even registered with Lloyds !
Engine : Stuart Turner single cylinder P5ME, No. 18010 with electric start. Forward and aft gearbos. The engine drives a three bladed 10 x 7 inch LH propellor on a 3/4 inch shaft.
Generally : 2ft 3in foredeck with bronze Samson post, fairleads and filler cap. Stuart Turner fuel tank beneath, 9ft cockpit with forward and central thwart, central engine case and side and stern seating. Short aft deck and steering by transom-hung rudder. Included in the inventory are a battery, two tillers, galvanised rowlocks. There are sculls with 4 inch blades available to a new owner and one might even decide that this is an excellent little boat for commuting to the local riverside pub and back. There are fenders, a boat hook and warps as well as an all over cover. The trailer on which the boat sits is fine for storage but we would not recommend using it for road travel.
Chug was a regular attendee at the Thames Traditional boat rally in years gone by.
Chug is due for a new BSS certificate this year.
I sense that the vendor is reluctant to part with Chug after many years of loyal service. I hope we can find a suitable new owner to take her on. The boat will be accompanied by several fat files and a plethora of accessories.
Viewing ashore by appointment.