Thought built in the 1940s as a rowing tender, but now fitted with a single cylinder Stuart Turner R3M 1.5 hp petrol engine with reverse gear, this lovely day-boat is 12’ (3.66m) in length and 6’ (1.8m) beam. Rita was built by the renowned yard of W.A. Souters in Cowes, famous for building Tommy Sopwith’s 1968 Cowes-Torquey-Cowes winner, Telstar. https://www.britishpathe.com/video/powerboat-race-2/query/Sopwith
She is a lovely mix of old and new, to the extent that the original sign writing is still clearly visible under the varnish on the inner transom. Probably built as a rowing boat, but now converted to motor, at some point she had a comprehensive overhaul, with someone replacing the hull below the waterline, carefully doubling up the frames alongside the originals.
In 2018 her motor was overhauled including new head gasket, electric stop fitted, new magneto, coil, plug and engine box with glass inspection hatches. She comes complete with trailer, flag and jack staff, fenders, and paddles. She also has near-new piped cushions and summer and winter covers from Jeckells. She also has a Boat Safety Scheme certificate until March 2022.