Bates Starcraft 33' Cruiser
Originally named Deirdre Louise, Belle Epoque as she is now known is a fine example of the 33ft Bates Starcraft featuring an enviable aft cockpit complete with smart canopied cover which gives a gentleman’s launch type feel to the boat. A teak hull and decks are complemented by the mahogany wheelhouse and cabin structure. There is straight access from the external area of the boat through the saloon to the leather seating area at the helm. Forward of the steering and passenger seating are the steps down to the contemporary galley to port and a brand new head to starboard. This area then leads through to the forward V berth sleeping area with full height hanging cupboards and drawers in the original varnished mahogany finish. The furnishings are in stone corduroy and sage green leather.
This is a boat for the connoisseur who requires comfortable cruising combined with good entertaining space whether in the saloon with its sofas or in the aft cockpi which is ideal
for dining or simply relaxing. Built in 1961, over her various ownerships she has been maintained as a luxury weekender with a generous forward cabin and a renovated head complete with sink and vanity unit in mahogany with mixer taps for the basin and a new calorifier. The twin 1600 cc 82 HP Ford inboard petrol engines give some coastal cruising capability. It is believed by the owner to be the only functional 33' Starcraft with an open rear cockpit, ideal for entertaining for watching the world go by. Starcraft With good visibility from the port side helm. Both helm and passenger seat are in sage green leather which matches well with the beige cord sofas to port and starboard. The galley features a large serving area with cupboards fitted by a previous owner who used the boat for entertaining.
The boat comes with BSS certificate, EA licence and a full length winter cover. Bates Starcraft enjoy membership of the Bates Starcraft club which gathers for various Thames side events and produces a colourful and informative magazine.
The boat has been maintained by Dennetts of Laleham and is now available, the Topsides and hull were stripped to bare wood and restored within last 4 years.