Metric units


Status: Steaming

Owner: Joël Druel

Area: France


Open Launch. Construction: GRP and wood.
Hull model: Limited Edition designed by John Gibbs in 1988
Built 1989 by Gibbs & Thurston at Edmonton
Fit out 1989 by Geoff Thurston at Edmonton
LOA: 14' 6", LWL: 13' 0", Beam: 4' 9", Draft: 1' 10", Displacement: 1320 lbs.
Hull No.1. Fantail counter stern, tiller steering, white and burgandy, varnished mahogany deck and interior.


Blackstaffe type 3-drum WT Built 1988 by Morewood Model Engineers Ltd. at Cheddar
Fuel: Propane, Pressure: 125 psi, Heating area: 10.24 sqft, Output: 102.2 lbs/hr,
6" dia X 19.5" long drum(s). 12 X 1/2" dia tubes.
selectable condensing or non-condensing, engine driven pump, hand pump, feed water heater, Windermere kettle, whistle,
No.2 size, 2x6 coiled tubes, Power 33KW, Propane fired with two Aeromatic-Barter burners, Fuel capacity: 13kg and 3.9kg.


Single. 2 1/4" X 2"
Built 1945 by Truslove at Colchester
sv valve. SLRG valve gear.
Power: 1.19 HP
Engine unit of Truslove pump No.4504 by St Botolphs Engineering Works Ltd. (probably manufactured in 1945), Colchester, fitted with a new Trojan IV cylinder by Geoff Thurston. On 4 turned columns. Ecc driven fp, piston air pump, Kcond. Hand fp.


Bronze, 3 blades, Right Hand, 14" X 20"
Shaft: 0.8" Stainless Steel


Built and fitted out by first owner Geoff Thurston as WOODBINE for use on the River Lee. Design based on Weston Farmer’s "Feeble" published in ‘The Rudder’ Dec 1943 in the USA. Originally fitted with Stuart Turner 5A engine. First steamed 1990. About 17 hulls were taken from the mould before it was decommissioned. Featured in Classic Boat magazine, August 1991, pp55-57. 1993 sold to Thomas Fraser, Leicester, renamed CEFLEX. Later owned by Frank Dell, Barnet and name reverted to original. Oct 1997 to Bob Shearer. Nov 2000 to Mike Tester. 2005 to TJ.Cornelius. Feb 2008 to Joël Druel, France. Since 2008, Woodbine has totaled 880h and traveled 3122km

Last Modified: 2022.04.14.

St Congard 2016




(BobShearer) Beale Park 2000

(Mike Tester)2001

(Holly Shearer) R.Thames 1998

Sète 2014 (France)

Briare 2015

Traversée de Paris 2015 (France)

La Gascilly - Glenac 2016