For over 20 years Birchwood Classics has provided boat owners with brochures, history and case studies on owner's projects. It seeks to provide answers to owner's queries. It is associated with and exchanges information with the Birchwood Boat company and the Birchwood facebook group. It is in regular contact with ex members of the original Birchwood Boat Company.
The Birchwood Classics' archives contain information gleaned from the editor’s own experiences and those of other boat owners. This includes material collated from the Birchwood facebook pages and articles from boating magazines.
The files are split into these subjects:
(These are constantly updated and others added as info appears)
Bathing platforms; Boat name application; Canopies; Cleaning; Cookers/Fridges; Electrics;
Engines & Drives; Steering; Flooring/Decking; Heaters; Propellers; Roof linings; Roof repairs;
Rubbing strakes; Total refurbishment; Windows/Seals/Catches; Seats & seating.
The files include photos of work done by boat owners and, where possible, a description of the work carried out. This is in addition to the Case Studies available to download from this site.
If you require information please send your request to: email@example.com
If we can’t provide it immediately we will endeavour to source it for you.
Ted Andrews the man who started Birchwood Boats is pictured with Katie Boyle at an Earls Court Boat Show. His daughter Pam provided Birchwood Classics with brochures and facts on the company. Request copies from: firstname.lastname@example.org
One brochure describes and shows how the boats were built at the factory in Nottinghamshire.
This is the company magazine published in 1990. It covers some events and boat introductions through 1989.
No, not a boat designation but descriptions - in English, German and French - and pics of boats from 1985. Includes: Countess 27, Commodore 31, Empress 42, Super Sports TS33 and Regent 48.
A few of the brochures have excellent cut-away illustrations showing exterior and interior views.
We hold information on most Birchwood models. For info send an email to: email@example.com with your email address and state in which boat you are interested. John will send info FOC.
The original decal in red as shown on the boat on the next page is still available. Blue or black decals - as shown here - have been ordered by owners and the first 4 sets of these were despatched this week.
The decal is a 15 inch long Birchwood badge as a cut-out (so no background) as shown.
These are vinyl, self adhesive badges that you apply yourself. Simple instructions are provided.
These are provided as a pair of 2 badges for £14 + £3.50 P&P. (£5.50 for postage into the EU)
If you want decals contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is the a picture of the vinyl decal on a Birchwood. This is on the Birchwood 33 of David Thompson and thanks to him for providing this through the Birchwood facebook group on 17 March.
The second order of these is almost depleted. If you want a pair, order now. No more will be ordered until I receive at least 10 more requests.
The Birchwood burgee, shown here, is also going well with 50% of the second run being sold.
The burgee is 30 x 20cm (12"x 8") triangular burgee in white with the 'Birchwood' logo and is supplied with rope and wooden toggle. (Photos of the burgee flying on owner's boats can be seen on the Birchwood owners facebook pages.)
The price is £12.50 each + P&P of £3.50. (Postage at cost for overseas postings)
To order send an email to: email@example.com. with your full address and I will provide payment details.
The July issue contains news, Q&A pages, diary dates, the project boat and a reminder about scam boat sales web sites.
Q&A pages include a temperamental starter motor on a Volvo V8. The answer takes the reader easily through a fault finding process. There’s a query on oil for a transducer. Again a simple process is described.
The whereabouts of a raw water strainer is described and its working explained.
For your own free copy go to: www.motorboatowner.co.uk
This facebook group is constantly growing its members who all share a love of their Birchwood boats.
There are pics of many different Birchwoods and lots of useful input and good information exchange.
Birchwood Classics and Birchwood Marine International, are in the group and exchange info and pics.
Some Case Studies are available to download on the last page.
With the amount of information provided to and obtained by Birchwood Classics many more have been listed in various categories.
If you require specific information email firstname.lastname@example.org with your query and he will respond, normally by return.
Thanks to all owners for sharing information.
August Issue includes: Ads for new boats; Comment on the brokerage bonanza; 3 pages on the British Motor Yacht Show in Swanwick from 1-9 August—entry by appointment only; well written and illustrated article on cruising from the Norfolk Broads and onto the East Coast; The renovation of a classic motor yacht; a cruise on the Canal du Rhone au Rhin; How to coil mooring lines.
For your own copy go to: www.mby.com
Birchwood Marine International can be found at: www.birchwood.co.uk .
The register of Birchwood Boats is growing. Thank you to those who have provided details.
To join the register, please send your name and contact details together with your boat type and name, and where you moor and cruise to: (email@example.com
British Motor Yacht Show 1-9 August
Cannes Yachting Festival 8-13 September
Southampton 11-20 Sept (TBC)
Devon Autumn Boat Jumble 12 Sept
Solent Boat Jumble 4 October
Kent Boat Jumble 11 October
Suffolk Boat Jumble 18 October
(Please check websites for all the above)
This website not only provides information to owners and admirers of Birchwood boats but also to owners of similar classic cruisers. Leaflets or information on the Birchwood boats built over the years can be downloaded from the last page of this site. Or on request to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The site is constantly added to and updated to provide useful information, owner's images and case studies. These include renovations, updates and problem solving. The products and companies mentioned are for boater's information and use.
John Pridmore owned his 1979 Birchwood 25, 'WildGarlic', with his family for over 26 years. As you can see in the caricature on the opening page, time on it was enjoyed by family and friends. The picture here is of Wild Garlic at a Bedford River Festival.
John published the Birchwood Classics Newsletters in the late 90's. These were developed through the good graces of the boating media, Birchwood Marine International, Alex McMullen of MBM, and owners and boating enthusiasts who provided information and support.
John has original source material some gained from his visit to the factory in Huthwaite, Sutton in Ashfield and subsequent meetings and discussions over the years with the different owners of the Birchwood Boat companies. Also with experienced staff at marinas, brokers and chandlers. He is in regular contact with the present owners of Birchwood and the Birchwood Owners group on facebook. John was editor of GOBA News, the magazine of the Great Ouse Boating Association, when he won its first awards. He still contributes articles. He regularly contributed to MBM, and Anglia Afloat. He exchanges information with, and recommends, the online magazine, MotorBoatOwner.co.uk
The Birchwood company has had a turbulent time and a variety of names. The original company was called the Birchwood Boat Co. The name came from the house where founder Ted Andrews built his first boat. (The 'history' of Birchwood is being updated and will be available mid year.)
In the late 1960’s the Birchwood Boat Company was a prolific builder of cruisers starting with 18ft to 20ft boats. The company's most significant build period was in the 1970s with the 22ft, 25ft and later the 27ft and 29ft cruisers suitable for inland and estuary. In the 1980s the company went into production of larger cruisers, the 31, 33, 35 and 37.
Birchwood 18 - also called the Continental.
Birchwood 22's - originally called the Interceptor Junior - approx 1,000 built 1970 to 1980.
Birchwood Interceptor, renamed the Birchwood 25 in 1975, 1,500 built 1968 to 1980.
Birchwood 27 Countess, 100 between 1980 and 1984.
Birchwood 29 Senator or Sedan, over 200 built between 1976 and 1983.
Birchwood 31 Commodore, nearly 100 between 1981 and 1984.
Birchwood 33/GT33 (later called Viceroy) was originally known as the Newport 33 built by Marine & Industrial Mouldings in Newport Pagnell. It was later bought by Birchwood in 1972.
Through the 70's Birchwood built the bare hull and superstructure of the GT33 for completion by other boatyards or individuals. At the 1973 London Boat Show they launched the Birchwood 33 Series II.
Birchwood Sportsman 33 with aft cockpit and flybridge was introduced in 1976.
Birchwood Viceroy 33 succeeded the above in 1980. Same hull but different superstructure and layout. Over 300 33's were built from 1973 to 1982.
Birchwood 35S/Sportsman 35 was introduced in 1978. This was a stretched version of the 33. The Sportsman 35 has a flying bridge.
Birchwood 37 President, 60 built between 1981 and 1984. It was superseded by the TS37. (If you have any info on this please forward it through the link below.)
Birchwood Regent 48. 20 built.
(References: Alex McMullen, Birchwood Marine International, MBM, Jones Boatyard.)
(Later models are being included in the new 'history'. Request a copy from: email@example.com
The information exchange between Birchwood Marine International Ltd and Birchwood Classics is ongoing. For info on new Birchwood Boats and the company's future plans go to the above website.
facebook Birchwood Owners Group
Good info placed by Birchwood owners. Join for a social interchange.
W H Jones is the largest marina on the river Great Ouse. It has moorings, fuel, chandlery, brokerage, and generations of knowledge.
The Great Ouse Boating Association represents boaters on the Great Ouse. Membership gives access to its moorings and its magazine.
Sheridan supplies parts for WaterMota Petrol Engines and J-Type Gearboxes. Also provides parts for classic boating brands.
This site provides details on Birchwood boats and even lists the craft with names, reg nos and their boatyards on the broads.
"A bad day on the water is better than a good day in the office."
History, Case Studies and other interesting facts are in the facts sheets which can be downloaded as below .