Engine: Ford Watermota Sea Tiger 1600cc, 47 hp petrol engine, this is the updated version of the original engine used by Andrews in the 1950's. It is smooth running and very quiet.
Cockpit: Carioca was constructed as a direct copy of an Andrews 25 and features two Lloyd Loom chairs and a rear bench, in the sides there are fitted 4 tear drop cubby lockers and the windscreens are of the traditional Andrews curved top finish. To complement the entire feeling a modern Brooklands steering wheel is fitted.
This is a superb modern slipper launch that can easily be used as a comfortable family craft. The year of build cannot be confirmed, we believe she was built during the 1990's, she was used by the builder initially and subsequently sold to the current and only owner in 2000.
Design and History: The Slipper Launch is a traditional river Thames craft. It is a long, thin boat of low free board where the stern curves elegantly down to the waterline. The hull is a 'low wash' design to maximise efficiency with the relatively low power originally available. Most slipper launches were open river or lake boats but a few were built with cabins. Slipper Launches were very popular in the 1930's to 1950's, and they are still being built today. Carioca is one of these replica slipper sterns. The Langley hull is a fibreglass mould taken from an original Andrews 25. Carioca features all of the original Andrews fittings and the timber work has been finished to emulate an original Andrews 25. The prototype slipper launch was built in 1912 by John Andrews of Bourne End on the river Thames.