Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Rare chance to buy traditional Thames launch used by river inspectors

ML Chet in service

A rare opportunity has arisen to purchase a traditional Thames launch as the Broads Authority retires it after 40 years’ service.

The river inspector’s patrol launch is one of the Authority’s last two distinctive Thames launches and has been taken out of service after patrolling the Broads all its life.

The Authority is now accepting sealed bids for Motor Launch Chet, which is 29ft long, has a 7ft beam and is fitted with a 38hp Nanni diesel engine. It is sold with a valid Boat Safety Certificate. The traditional wooden cabins are fitted with a gas hob, grill and a diesel heater.

It has undergone regular refits and its engine has been serviced every 250 hours so its condition for its age is extremely good.

Lorna Marsh, Head of Communications for the Broads Authority, said: “ML Chet has worked hard as a patrol boat for the Broads Authority every day for 40 years and it’s now time for it to retire from Authority service and enter the next phase of its life.

“It’s in fantastic condition and would suit a buyer for work or leisure purposes.”

Ranger Andy Ellson, who has operated the boat for the last year, said the boat might make a good collector purchase and is attractive because of its distinctive looks and interesting background.

Bids will be accepted until 12 noon on Wednesday 25 May 2016. Completed forms should be emailed to with the subject line SEALED BID FOR ML Chet.

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