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SEA IMP at the Australian Wooden Boat Festival in 2009

Sea Imp

Vessel Number: HV000346
Date: 1939
Previous Owner:
Dimensions:
Vessel Dimensions: 10 m x 9.75 m x 3.35 m x 0.99 m, 3.94 tonnes (32.8 ft x 32 ft x 11 ft x 3.25 ft, 4 tons)
Classification:Vessels and fittings
Significance
SEA IMP is a bridge deck motor cruiser built in 1939 by A G Williams at Drummoyne in Sydney Harbour, New South Wales. Williams was well known for building motor launches and cruisers during the 1930s and 1940s and SEA IMP displays the hallmarks of his craft's construction and styling. Williams, along with Holmes and Halvorsen, were the major builders of motor launches in Sydney, and each with their own preferred styling and construction features.
DescriptionSEA IMP is 10 metres long, carvel planked with a raised foredeck and finished to a high standard. It carries a typical Williams arrangement with a raised bridge deck cabin and lower aft saloon. There is, however, no raised cabin top over the short aft cockpit. SEA IMP has the relatively square window shape favoured by Williams. The current owner has noted that the profile closely resembles a North American design published in the late 1930s, and this may have been a guide or even used by Williams as the basis for SEA IMP's design.

The cabin top extension at the forward end appears to have been added in the 1970s when the boat underwent major restoration, and a new Perkins diesel, the current engine, was fitted.

SEA IMP is understood to have spent much of its early period on Pittwater NSW. Plaques on the cabin show it was number 256 at a motor yacht club in the area. In 2005 it was taken to Queensland by new owners, then sold again in 2007 to the current owner in Hobart, Tasmania. SEA IMP remains in excellent condition and continues to show the construction and styling of a late 1930s cruiser built by A G Williams.
Vessel Details
Ballast:internal
Ballast:lead
Cabin or superstructure material and construction:timber planked
Current status:floating
Current status:operational
Current status:outside
Deck layout:cabin
Deck layout:full decked
Deck layout:multiple decks
Deck material and construction:timber planked
Hull material and construction:carvelcarvel-planked
Hull material and construction:timber
Hull shape:displacement
Hull shape:monohull
Hull shape:plumb stemvertical stem
Hull shape:plumb transomvertical transom
Hull shape:round bottom
Keel/centreboard/rudder type:full keel
Keel/centreboard/rudder type:skeg rudder
Motor propulsion:4-stroke4 cycle
Motor propulsion:diesel
Motor propulsion:inboard
Motor propulsion:motor vesselMV
Propeller:single
Hand propulsion/steering mechanism:wheel
ships:ship:Byzantine ships:ships:wheelhouse
Alternate Numbers

Vessel Registration Number: AW31 N

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