Classic 1966 Fletcher Arrow speedboat project. No trailer, or outboard motor supplied. This is an easy project supplied with original seats, pitot tube and instruments, whale manual bilge pump, original Aqua Marine steering wheel and cable drum, cable sheaves, windscreen surrounds, a paper windscreen template and replacement new-old-stock zamak Aqua Marine bow handle and fairleads (in original packaging). The back to back seats are included, as well as the original vinyl material used for the dash, as are all the wood sections I saved. The hull and deck are original gelcoat and are in overall excellent condition for it’s age. It hasn’t been antifouled or resprayed. The 60s gelcoat has colour transference issues – this is common on all the reds, yellows and oranges of that period, and shows under certain lights. I was not going to paint the boat, as it would ruin the originality and well maintained gelcoat is so much better than paint for durability and water resistance. The boat has multiple coats of mould release wax applied, so painting would not be easy. The transom is sound and is capable of supporting a 50hp Mercury of the type shown attached. I have stripped out the rotten floor and prepped the hull for a 12mm marine ply replacement and include in the sale a prepared section of professionally glassed 8ft 12mm ply and 3 other sections of 8ft 12mm ply for the central, outer stringers and kickboard. The polyester resin, MEK and fibreglass matting to complete the job will also be included in the sale. Norman Fletcher designed the Arrow V130 in the early 1960s, to replace the uninspiring but modern 12ft and 14ft flat bottomed Arrows he’d been building since the turn of that decade. The V130 (and V149, outboard V170 and the inboard V153 and V172) had an interesting hull design to deflect the bow wave and create a boat quick to plane; they were the 1st deep Vs he made and the V17* range are still great rough water boats. The V149 was a bigger version of the V130 and is more common now , but the V130 still a very rare boat, which means it’ll be worth more renovated than turned into a fishing boat. The V130 was ultimately replaced by the Fletcher Arrow V139 of which there are 1000s still available. The V130 was raced in the runabout class in 1964/65 – they were mostly powered by the popular 50hp Mercury 44cu.in motor of that period and top speed, depending on load and prop pitch, is around the early 40mph range. This one was registered at the Trent Powerboat and Ski Club. It had obviously been well cared for and kept covered, but the floor had rotted out in a few sections and was filled with detritus. When I stripped it I removed the bow bouyancy foam installed from new and planned to use a bouyancy bag instead. The boat is available for collection very near Coleford, Glos. You’ll need to bring a suitable trailer, or a LWB van and some muscle to load it. Any questions please ask, happy to entertain offers in excess of the asking price.
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