20th Sep, 2023 10:00

30th Anniversary Sale at The Imperial War Museum | Duxford, Cambridgeshire

  Lot 2

1958 14' Windermere Clinker 'Hafren'
Fully restored, as documented on Edd China's 'Workshop Diaries' YouTube show

Sold for £8,100

(including buyers premium)

Lot details

Registration No: N/A
Chassis No: N/A

  • Fully restored, as documented on Edd China's 'Workshop Diaries' YouTube show
  • Crafted in 1958 by Borwicks (Windermere) Ltd with a P5M single-cylinder 2-stroke inboard motor
  • Accompanying trailer & a Thames Boat Safety Certificate, valid for another two years.

Hafren, also known as Sabrina, holds its place as a legendary figure in British folklore, a princess whose tragic fate unfolded along the banks of the River Severn. The tales recount that Hafren met her untimely end through the actions of her repudiated stepmother, Gwendolen, who condemned her to a watery demise in the River Severn. This poignant legend has been passed down through generations, a testament to the enduring power of storytelling in British culture. In the realm of maritime craftsmanship, a vessel named Hafren emerges with historical significance. Crafted in 1958 by Borwicks (Windermere) Ltd, this 14-foot open launch stands as a testament to the artistry of boatbuilding during that era. With a wooden clinker hull, Hafren's construction reflects the traditional techniques that once defined boat construction. The heart of Hafren beats with a P5M single-cylinder 2-stroke inboard motor, manufactured by Stuart Turner Ltd Marine Division of Henley-on-Thames and generating 4 horsepower.

Hafren embarked on a role as a hire boat in its early days, embracing the waters to serve those seeking leisurely journeys. In later years, it found a new purpose as a tender to a majestic 54-foot Steam Launch named Sabrina, marking a chapter of maritime collaboration and utility. The passage of time revealed Hafren's weathered state, prompting a revival orchestrated by none other than Edd China. Known for his mechanical expertise showcased on his 'Workshop Diaries' YouTube series, Edd China undertook the meticulous restoration of Hafren. Through hours of labour, the boat's wooden surface was sanded, repaired, and graced with eight layers of varnish, reinstating its former lustre.

During this restoration, a period-correct Dynastart dynamo/starter was carefully integrated, harmonizing modern functionality with vintage aesthetics. An uprated bilge pump, boasting a remarkable capacity of 800 gallons per hour, was also introduced, enhancing the vessel's safety and efficiency. Hafren's journey continues with its current Thames Boat Safety Certificate, valid for another two years. This certification attests to the boat's compliance with safety regulations, ensuring peace of mind for those who embark on its waters. A journey with Hafren is made complete with the inclusion of an accompanying trailer, facilitating its transportation and offering opportunities for exploration beyond the River Severn. As Hafren gracefully glides through the waters, it carries with it a legacy that intertwines legend, craftsmanship, and restoration, captivating all who are fortunate enough to partake in its voyage.

For more information, please contact:
Julian Pinkster
07889 223 904


Auction: 30th Anniversary Sale at The Imperial War Museum | Duxford, Cambridgeshire, 20th Sep, 2023

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Tuesday 19th September 2023 from 1pm to 8pm
Wednesday 20th September 2023 from 9am


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