Previous names

  • Erme
Certificate no 2806
Status Registered


Function Fighting Vessel
Subfunction Launch
Location Staines
Vessel type Range Safety Launch
Current use Private use
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required No


Builder British Power Boat Co Ltd. Hythe
Built in 1945
Hull material Wood
Rig None
Number of decks 0
Number of masts 1
Propulsion Motor
Number of engines 2
Primary engine type Diesel
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


Length: Overall
44.50 feet (13.56 m)
Breadth: Beam
12.42 feet (3.78 m)
2.67 feet (0.81 m)
Tonnage: Gross
Air Draft
To be confirmed


ERMEX was built by the British Powerboat Company of Hythe in1945 and is a vessel of double diagonal mahogany construction with twin Perkins S6M diesel engines. After service as an RASC fast launch she was sold out of service and based on the Thames where she remains. The vessel has been undergoing restoration work.

Key dates

  • 1945

    Built by British Power Boat Co, Hythe

  • 1945/1981

    Commissioned as RASC Fast Launch

  • 1982

    Bought by current owner

  • 1982

    Bought by present owner who kept her on the Middle Moorings at Strand-on-the Green and at Chiswick, she was lifted out of the water for hull painting on grid at Strand-on-the Green

  • 1986

    Lifted out of the water at PHM and the hull painted and a new cabin side pre-formed out of mahogany to the original pattern

  • 2016

    Vessel is thought to be in Staines undergoing restoration

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