Built 1924, a passenger vessel with a capacity for 90 passengers, BRIXHAM BELLE previously sailed between Kingsbridge and Salcombe. She was purchased by WeFerry (Funfish Trips) in 2015 in a sorry state and since then has undergone extensive repairs and is back in passenger service in open sea, operating under the name BRIXHAM BELLE.
She's had a new top deck, wheelhouse, transom and aft deck, foredeck and main deck and gunwhale capping. She's been fully recaulked and hull stripped and repainted.
Her original cable steering was replaced with hydraulic this year and her 120hp Ford Sabre upgraded with a brand new 360hp Daewoo, new gearbox, prop shaft, bearings, propeller and new rudder.
She went back into passenger service in Torbay between Torquay, Paington and Brixham in 2017 and in 2018 was launched on a bespoke, brand new coastal service between Teignmouth and Brixham where she now carries up to 78 passengers each way on a combined cruise and train trip with The Great Western Railway.
Hamer, Geoffrey, Trip Out 1995/6 - A Guide to the Passenger Boat Services of the British Isles, G P Hamer, 1995
Vessel built by Rogers & Co., Cremyll
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