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I am trying to find some more details about the history of the Falcon 26 class (such as Heartbeat from Hearts).

I spotted an ex Hearts Heartbeat lurking in rather a poor state in a Norfolk yard last week and it got me thinking about where they came from.

They have an interesting layout, in that the have all the practicality of a Hampton 25, but with interesting rear engine arrangement (with odd V drive gearbox to allow the engine to be rear mounted and backwards), but the lack of engine intrusion inside and extra 10-12 inches of beam make it a good alternative.

The fine database does not have an entry in the style gallery, so could anyone give me anymore details about builder, history etc?

Cheers,

James.

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Designed and built by Easticks of Acle at about the same time as the Safrai 25. Nothing to do with the later Falcon compnay of Thorpe. Refered to as a Falcon because that was Easticks Class name on their fleet. (I think in very early publicity another name may have been used but as far as I know they all appeared as Falcons.)  They also built a couple for Anchorcraft their near neighbours.

(Oops lost second Para.)

As to why they were not so successful as the Safari, Hampton’s from the outset decided to go into series production with the mouldings being made out of house with three different tops whilst Easticks moulded I think in their own shed.

The layup was also not so robust they originally had a one piece sliding hood which tended to jam as the boat deformed this was replaced by a ridged centre beam and two half sliders.
  

'There's ice in the dinghy! Don't worry there's gin in the cabin'  Bill...

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Dec-04-2005 @ 10:33 PM                           Permalink
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Thanks for the quick reply Bill - knew I could rely on you for a detailed answer!

So, do you know about the drive on these things? I see from taking the engine cover off, that the engine is mounted 'backwards' with some kind of V drive.

Are these a proprietry part or custom built? I suppose in essence, what I am asking is if parts would be available for these drive units?

Best wishes,

James.

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As far as I know they have all got hydrulic drives I think the Anglian Deisels type

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Dec-05-2005 @ 9:08 AM                           Permalink
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Hi James

As Bill said some had hydraulic drives but I knew of at least one that had a Borg Warner V-drive gearbox mated to a BMC 1.5.
I'm not sure what the exact model was and how obtainable the parts are though.

Neil

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Was speaking to a man who owns on of the ex-hire 'Falcon' class last summer in the marina (R.Ouse, in Ely) and he was telling me that engine parts were very easy to get hold of, i also thought the layout was quite good. I will try and get a picture of the boat when she goes back in the water next year (she's out for the winter). Hope you find this of some interest.

Tom

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I have just bought a falcon 26 and would love to find out more about them, if anyone has any info that'd be brill please

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James,

There is an entry in the database style galleries, but I've just realised it is incorrectly on the Falcon Boats page rather than Easticks, I'll correct this when i get a chance :

http://www.broads.org.uk/wiki2018/index.php?title=Style_Details&style=Gem3

Edit - now corrected

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I gather you didn't buy this or know anything else about it then?
as i have just bought one and would love to meet more ppl who own them or know about these boats

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I think one of the Gurneys of Barclays Bank fame owned one at one time possibly moored in the Wayford area. The relatives thought highly of said vessel.

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