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James Silver of Rosneath and John Bain designs.

scandalpete

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Just found this forum !! I own "Bodilla" a 38ft Silver built in 1955. Shown on page 166 of the Yachting World Annual (YWA) of 1956. She has a sister ship "Lemara" built, I think, a couple of years later. I bought her over 20 years ago needing quite a lot of work. The "shipwright" I used was great at planking but not at joinery, because although he was able to replicate the wheelhouse design from the YWA he wasn't a good joiner , used incorrect techniques, and as a result I am now having to rebuild the wheelhouse again. Since buying the boat, I took early retirement, spent an enjoyable year at IBTC in Lowestoft intending to repair Bodilla, instead spent 15 years repairing other wooden boats and dinghies around Chichester harbour with the poor ship on blocks under a tarp !! Now I've fallen back in love with her again I'll start work once more - just as soon as I've finished the work on a Fairey Fisherman (perfect for the harbour). Bodilla was re-engined in the '70s - I suspect because she sank at some time judging by the new planking we found - and now has 2 x Ford 2700 marinised engines with Velvet drives. Apart from that all the original furniture and internal layout is there.
I used to be a member of the Silver Motor Yacht Association (even have the flag !!) and regret it no longer exists. I would be very happy to help anyone else who might like to get it going again.
 

The Zaire's

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Hello Sivers'...

Honoured to be the present keeper of Zaire (ex. Nivag) - Silverleaf No. 2 of April 1933.....
 

Uricanejack

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Just found this forum !! I own "Bodilla" a 38ft Silver built in 1955. Shown on page 166 of the Yachting World Annual (YWA) of 1956. She has a sister ship "Lemara" built, I think, a couple of years later. I bought her over 20 years ago needing quite a lot of work. The "shipwright" I used was great at planking but not at joinery, because although he was able to replicate the wheelhouse design from the YWA he wasn't a good joiner , used incorrect techniques, and as a result I am now having to rebuild the wheelhouse again. Since buying the boat, I took early retirement, spent an enjoyable year at IBTC in Lowestoft intending to repair Bodilla, instead spent 15 years repairing other wooden boats and dinghies around Chichester harbour with the poor ship on blocks under a tarp !! Now I've fallen back in love with her again I'll start work once more - just as soon as I've finished the work on a Fairey Fisherman (perfect for the harbour). Bodilla was re-engined in the '70s - I suspect because she sank at some time judging by the new planking we found - and now has 2 x Ford 2700 marinised engines with Velvet drives. Apart from that all the original furniture and internal layout is there.
I used to be a member of the Silver Motor Yacht Association (even have the flag !!) and regret it no longer exists. I would be very happy to help anyone else who might like to get it going again.
Nice boat, I knew “Lemara“ well. I can remember what year she was built, she still exists, on the east coast now I believe Or last heard.
 

The Zaire's

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Nice boat, I knew “Lemara“ well. I can remember what year she was built, she still exists, on the east coast now I believe Or last heard.
Lemara is on the same mooring as Zaire at Teddington. She is 1955, I think, and in very fine fettle.
 

Silver Cloud 155

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I think this one ‘Silver Cloud’ is a one off, not a standard Silverette. It also looks to me like the topsides have been painted where traditionally they would have been varnished on the top 3 or 4 planks. Definitely worth a look and has been on the market for a couple of years. Can’t beat a Silvers.
To pick up on #43 I know a little of 'Silver Cloud' built by James A Silver, Rosneath. Member Launchedin 66 is correct, the boat is a one-off and was registered in 1936, LOA 38'. It was built for Lt. - Col Grahame Deaken.
I rescued the boat from its mooring at Villefranch- sur-Mer after having negotiated through Chris Jardine who ran the Silver Motor Yacht Association at the time. There was concern the boat would be scuppered or worse if something was not done quickly having already been looted and having suffered damaged whilst at its mooring. My understanding is the locals were becoming somewhat fed up with Silver Cloud. Unfortunately negotiations were frustrated as Chris had already given first refusal to another party, but had lost contact with them. In the meantime I had found a yacht haulier whom was making a delivery to a nearby marina in France and would be returning to England without a load. When given the green light I had little time to make arrangements.
Silver Cloud was towed to Port Vauban, Antibes for lifting and overland transportation to Oxfordshire, England; arriving 26th June 2000. Unfortunately I couldn't find a suitable covered hard standing with such short notice so it was chocked up in the open. This was the downfall of my intent to restore the boat as the extent of work required demanded a covered space. Regrettably I put Silver Cloud up for sale June 2002 as a full restoration project. I understood the new owner was retired with the time and funds to undertake the restorative work, unfortunately I did not receive any updates on progress or outcome.
My subsequent searches haven't proved fruitful. I would be grateful if anyone could shed light on or provide further information on the boats condition. I'm aware also the boat had lost title to bear the name Silver Cloud so may have been renamed. I also have pictures of its condition at anchor in Villefranche and some from the towing operation as well as some documentation that may be of interest to the current owner.
 

Silver Cloud 155

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You are correct, it isn't the boat I'm referring to. I will try to post a picture sometime but I don't have a digital copy on file at the moment.
 
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