Hi!. . . my first thread , so wasn't sure where to place it. I have just made up a website of my 7 year restoration of , RN, FMD 5383- 'Dragonfly'. I am pretty chuffed at getting the site done, and I think you might like to have a read. Please enjoy it. I really enjoyed the 7 years too ! It is at . . . . erikpam.wix.com/rnhistoricspeedboat
Yours. . . Erik Benson
Last Edit: Jul 6, 2015 22:27:14 GMT 1 by dragonfly
Hello there . . .thanks for reading the site. There is a complete folder about the engine, which also says where I got it, and what I had to do with it. It is a Coventry Climax, KF4 2-stroke diesel with supercharger. These were specific to the FMD craft. Have another look and it will explain all. It is Folder 5. Cheers. . . Erik
Last Edit: Jul 7, 2015 22:07:07 GMT 1 by dragonfly
Well. . .would you believe it. . . 10 years already. It is sobering to reflect on these last few years. I would still like that my 'Dragonfly' should find a new home and continue her life as a unique piece of RN history. I have been out of touch because in 2015 I had a heart attack. . ( now have 5 stents , but feeling fine ). . then in january 2016 we lost our son to cancer aged just 48. . . shortly after that my wife had the same cancer but, thank God operated on successfully, and just last week given the all-clear. WE DO need to restart our lives , and are optimistic, now that Spring is here. I would be grateful if any of you would consider acquiring this little jewel of a vessel. My price has halved and will be around the £20,000 now ( which is just the cost of the materials, without the 7 years labour ! ), including all spares and trailer. or even tell your friends. The website shows all the details. .
Post by Len Baddeley on Mar 28, 2017 16:38:28 GMT 1
Very interesting reading especially about the engine, being a bit of a engine nerd. I can remember a about 20 foot wooden " Joy Ride"speed boat that was down at Brighton in the late Fifties/early sixties, that had a two stroke diesel in it that made a wonderful noise, the engine was a Commer TS3, opposed piston two stroke also supercharger by a rootes blower. About 25 years later when I lived in Lincolnshire I bought a TS3 engine and gearbox with the mad idea of putting it in a home made 1930 style sports car, I never did, but sold the engine to a guy from Sussex to be used in a the restoration of maybe that same speed boat, I never did find out if the boat got back on the water but it would be nice to know if it did. Len.