Jaws is one of the only all wood commercial speedboats in the UK. A proper traditionally built boat - not a inflatable rubber dinghy... Built using the best materials by a master boatbuilder, she's taken around 750,000 passengers for trips & is aiming for 1,000,000 passengers before retirement!
We've almost finished her refit and with your support she'll go back in the water this summer. We'll reward you with VIP rides, exclusive discounts and great deals.
Since purchasing her, we've stripped her back to bare wood and taken care of a few small cuts and bruises. The 6 cylinder turbo-charged Ford Sabre engine has been overhauled, tuned to 300bhp & serviced. We've given her love, care & attention inside & out. It's taken longer & has cost more than planned, but we wanted to do it right. Now with a little help from you we can get her in the water this summer - come for a ride!
We've primed & undercoated the hull, she's now ready for her top coat, antifouling and finishing touches. We want to replace the windscreen and she needs a new prop. Although still valid, we'd like to renew all the safety equipment and bring it right up to date. Then there's inspections, licences, harbour dues, etc.
The good news is all the hard work ( inc. removing over 40yrs of tough marine paint & old anti-fouling) has been done and she's in great shape. Please help us to keep this classic Cornish speedboat running & taking passengers on trips around the bay. Check our "rewards", we'll show our appreciation with great exclusive Crowdfunder deals on trips, t shirts and more!
Like never before we'll be making a noise, making sure we're noticed and letting everyone know Jaws is back!
We'll be employing local crew & staff, using locally sourced products as well as local services. We want to get involved with the community & fundraise for the RNLI & the Fisherman's Mission.
Please support us to get Jaws back in the water this summer. She's a original Cornish classic, one of the few, all wood commercial speedboats in the country.
Thanks for your time, & a HUGE thank you for your donations, help & support. We're looking forward to meeting & welcoming you aboard from this summer!
History of Padstow speedboat Jaws
The original Padstow speedboat JAWS was launched shortly after the movie in early 1976. It was one of the countries best summers on record.
She was designed (on a paper napkin at teatime) & built by boatbuilder John England of Padstow, Cornwall.
Jaws, Padstow 1976
Jaws became Jaws 1 when she was joined by the fibreglass Jaws 2. At this time a new toughened glass windscreen replaced the original which was perspex.
Jaws was finished in early 1976 & after her launch & sea trials in the Camel estuary, she had a cast taken of the hull so a mould could be fabricated for the production of fibreglass hulls. The first of which, Jaws 2 was built (again by John England) & launched the following year in 1977. Jaws worked from Padstow until 2000 when she went to Southend-on-Sea. There she was renamed Charger and worked in the Thames estuary next to the Worlds longest pleasure pier until 2019.
Charger in Southend - working hard, long queues and the Worlds longest pier!
Jaws 2, along with Sea Fury, Fireball & Thunder all have the same fibreglass hull from the original cast of Jaws and continue to work from Padstow harbour. There are many photos & videos online, their excellent condition is a testament to their owners who have taken only the best care of them, the newest is over 20yrs old. The majority of photos & videos of Jaws found online are actually Jaws 2. For many years, when Jaws had been renamed Charger in Southend, Jaws 2 was known as Jaws. Her proud owner, since the early 1990's has been at the forefront of ensuring that the Padstow speedboats have continued to give passengers of all ages, top quality, safe & fun-filled "Thrilling, high speed trips around the bay..." in possibly the best kept, expertly maintained fleet of speedboats anywhere. We estimate these speedboats have given speedboat trips to over 4,000,000 passengers, making them the countries favourite.
Once again, a H U G E thank you for your help, support & donations. We look forward to welcoming you aboard this summer.
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