Healey ‘Sprite’ Restoration
Built by Healey Marine Ltd which was Part of the Donald Healey Motor Co; best known for Healey and Austin Healey cars. This Sprite was one of the last boats built by Healey Marine c1961. During the ‘50s and very early ‘60s Healey Marine made around 1400 boats although exact numbers are not known. Powered by inboard and outboard motors, all can tow a water skier and are much sought after boats now, both by boating and classic car enthusiasts.
- The Healey Sprite is - 13ft 6 inches
- LOA - Beam 6ft 2 inches
- Draught - 6 inches approx.
- Weight - 385 lbs
- Cost new - £275 plus engine of choice
This particular boat was purchased in Sept 2006 via the internet and moved from Norfolk down to the south coast for restoration during 2008/9/10. As found the boat was in very poor condition with many of the fittings missing and the internal structural woodwork water logged and rotten. In order to complete the repairs, the hull and deck were separated completely to gain access to the hull timbers, much of which was replaced before the hull and deck were joined together again and a new floor installed.
The boat was then completely repainted and refinished in the colours you see today.
Powered by a 4 cylinder Mercury outboard in period livery, this engine was built up from 5 different engines and completely overhauled and reconditioned and produces around 80+hp… top speed is currently around 50mph.
Pictures 1 and 2
Shows the condition of the boat as found. Multiple coats of different colour paint, nonstandard fittings, repairs, and full of water.
Is of the boat after it was stripped right down to the bare hull. As you can see the deck and hull were spilt along the fender line using a diamond disk cutter allowing easy access to the interior structure of the hull and deck.
Is of the hull and inside of the transom as stripped down. The transom timbers were replaced completely and all the longitudinal stringers remade and reinforced. A new grp/ply/grp laminated floor was shaped and fully bonded into place to produce a double skin hull with built in buoyancy. The deck stringers were reinforced with additional lateral frames. The deck was bonded back on to the hull both inside and outside to produce a full monologue structure.
The completed hull with all the many layers of paint removed and new correct fittings installed ready for final paint.
Moulded grp seats to original pattern with hidden carbon fibre reinforcement.
Picture 7 and 8
The finished boat painted in period cream and salmon red with rebuilt Mercury engine (by owner) ready to go!
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