Certificate no 2852
Status Registered


Function Leisure Craft
Subfunction Launch
Location Cricklade
Vessel type Canal Boat
Current use Private use
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required No


Builder Banhams
Built in 1926
Hull material Wood
Rig None
Number of decks 1
Number of masts
Number of engines 1
Primary engine type Electric
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


Length: Overall
40.00 feet (12.19 m)
Breadth: Beam
6.92 feet (2.11 m)
2.25 feet (0.69 m)
Air Draft
6.25 feet (1.91 m)
Tonnage: Gross


MALAYA  is a river/canal cruiser built of teak on oak by Banhams of Cambridge in 1926."  Unusually for the time, she was designed and built to cruise not only on rivers but also on the narrow canals which at that time were still working waterways.

The boat has undergone a major (six year) restoration to protect it for the future and restore the look and feel of the original 1926 design and she was re-launched in Lechlade Marina on the Upper River Thames in December 2018.

Key dates

  • 1926

    Built by Banhams of Cambridge

  • 1926

    Owned by Hugh Poths

  • 1959

    Owned by Jack Craddock

  • 1970s

    Owned by Harry Machin

  • 1980

    Owned by Rob & Anita Beever

  • 2009

    Owned by Dave Holford-Smith and Mac Carding

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