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DAYTONA-BILL
Oct-18-2009 @ 9:03 PM                           Permalink
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Hi all, does any of the forum members have a classic boat with a Morris Vedette petrol engine?. I can remember back in the good old days when they were commonplace in boats like the Freeman 22s and some of the Elysian 27s used to have them fitted. My questions are, what was their capacity, or did they come in several different sizes, and were they based on Austin and Morris car engines, namely the old BMC "A" series, or were they in fact a purpose made marine engine?. The same could be asked of the old Ford Watermota petrol engines. My last question is, were they like the old Stuart Turner 2 strokes and Seagull, outboards, which you either swore by, or swore at?. regards to all................ Neil.

I`m a regular visitor to the Broads and have been cruising them man and boy since i was 11 and am now closing 50 (too quickly). I love the broads and am aiming to semi retire in about 10 years up there. Guess you could call me the broads junkie.

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Hi
Vedettes were based on whatever engine appeared in the Morris Minor throughout its life and so were flat top followed by ohv and in several different sizes depending on what was coming out of the Morris engine plant for use on the car line. They were marinised by Newage in Stamford. Like all petrol engines they needed expert upkeep; when we had one  in an Elanco day launch, it used to pay regular visits to Maycraft in Potter Heigham, who are experts at encouraging them to run reliably and well.
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Steve is right. They were marinised by Newage Marine which later became Tempest Diesels. I live in Stamford and remember them well. My friend Dave Dixon worked there and can tell you anything you wish to know about them. Any problems, let me know and I'll get Dave to contact you.
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Hi Buffalo, i`m not really interrested in any specific details, it was just my memory working overtime, and i wondered what they were, as i remember seeing so many boats in the brochures having them fitted. They must have been reliable as i would`nt have thought the fleet opertors would have had them. That said, a lot of the boats were reto-fitted with the trusty old BMC 1.5s or Perkins 4107s. I did have an old Hoseasons catalogue from the 70s which still had a lot of smaller boats still using the old Vedette. Anyway, thanks very much for the replies chaps. Regards............ Neil.

I`m a regular visitor to the Broads and have been cruising them man and boy since i was 11 and am now closing 50 (too quickly). I love the broads and am aiming to semi retire in about 10 years up there. Guess you could call me the broads junkie.

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Hi,

Our Freeman 22 Mk 1 has a Vedette engine (950cc)& is circa 1960.

She always starts first time & at springtime when back in the water after her winter lay up, starts easily.  The engine runs very smoothly & we have had no problems (touch wood!)  She has a Newage gearbox.


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Hi I'm still on petrol,with my Morris 1089/1108 .
I re built it in about 1986 from a genuwine goldseal
engine from Unipart , back in the day and she still starts every time and sounds fantastic.
its in my ex Herbert woods elysian 27 . still moored in the boat yard . my father origionaly purchased in 1984/5
still put redex lead replacement in it .
smells nice too ,lol
bruce N272  

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Hi Bruce A little drop of Castrol R smells evan better, as we did in my youth.John

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The Morris Vedette engine actually predates the A series. The originals were based on the Morris 8 side valve engine which I think was also called the Morris UB series. Most were indeed based on the A series. The Morris 8 engine was an unbelievable engine in that it had so many other rolls to play as a tractor engine, fire pump engine, to power British Rail platform tractors that used to haul the luggage and mail with numerous trolleys behind. Some 8000 were also fitted to the Centurion Tank to power generators I suppose.

Chris.

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