Bates Boatyard and Dry Dock

RAF 441

441 is one of last RAF rescue boats to have survived from World War II. She saved the entire crew of a flying fortress and complete with shell and machine gun holes in the transom is a valuable part of our maritime history.
A development from the sea plane tender, this high speed rescue vessel was capable of speeds in excess of 30 knots when its modern twin 300hp Perkins diesel engines were fitted.
Originally built from Honduran Mahogany, the repairs seen were reinforced by a West System Epoxy coating. Otherwise the original features were carefully preserved by the owners painstaking attention to detail that followed our restoration work to the cabin and hull.


The Unveiling - with Alistair Walker, Marianne Walker and Air Vice-Marshal Peter Dye, Director General of the Royal Air Force Museum. 20th May 2012 (filmed by Jem Bates)

The Launch. 23rd May 2012 (filmed and edited by Follyfilms for Alistair and Marianne Walker)

More Pictures     Slideshow of Restoration in Progress

Other Links

Owner's Restoration Website
RAF Museum Publicity

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Contact J Bates; email:  info (at) Telephone:01296 632017 Mobile:07718 096557