Lady Auriel was originally named Aja when the current owner acquired her from HSC several years ago in a fairly parlous state of repair. Much woodwork has been done to bring her back to her current form including a smart interior refurb and strip back of the white painted hull to bare varnish. As with all these mid century Scandinavian boats, the small galley is outside in the cockpit while the loo is a concealed porta-potti. There is a custom made stainless steel fresh water tank at the bow. Luke says he has tried to make the boat work well as an over-nighter whilst trying to keep the original feel and layout as much as possible.
The 1959 Storebro Svano Stockholm (1956-64) motor launch became a popular boat in Scandinavia being part of the "6"-series of which a total of 400 boats were built. Aja (now Lady Auriel) is hull number 375 being constructed of mahogany clinker planking on steamed oak. A typically Swedish boat she has a spacious cockpit with al fresco double sink and cooker (not currently fitted), room for a fridge in the cupboard astern of the skipper who sits on the starboard side. The mahogany cupboards and internal joinery complete with drawers are rather charming. With a standing height pram hood and transparent side curtains she is a good all weather boat for river, lake or estuary. There is also a full length winter cover and a trailer available for a new owner.
The vendor has professional experience in the motorsport industry which means that a new owner can expect to find an engine which functions well. He removed the original Volvo 1800 and a modern Volvo Penta 2 litre turbo diesel was installed. The engine has done very few river hours since then. However this boat was built to plane between the islands of the Swedish archipelago so it would certainly cope with coastal cruising if required.
There is the possibility for a Thames owner to take over the mooring Lady Auriel has had for several years on the mid Thames. However this is by separate contract with the marina.