For over 20 years Birchwood Classics has provided boat owners with copies of original brochures, the history of Birchwood and case studies on owner's projects. This enables it to also provide answers to owner's queries, whatever type of boat you have. It is associated with and exchanges information with owner's groups on social media. It collates info from the boating media and includes these within case studies designed to help boaters resolve problems.
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
ALL owners of motor boats have problems at some time or other with: engines and/or drives, glass fibre, gelcoat, propellers, electrics, windows, seals, catches, canopies, toilets, bilge water, heating, rubbing strakes, bathing platforms, steering, flooring, decking, seats, upholstery, roof linings. Many boats need total refurbishment or a refit.
Our archives contain information gleaned from the editor’s own experiences and those of other boat owners. They also include material collated from various boat owner groups on social media, articles from boating magazines and info from manufacturers and suppliers.
The info is presented as write ups headed as Case Studies or as individual reports. Each Case Study incorporates photos of work done by boat owners and a description of the work carried out. These are available, free of charge as a service to the boating community. The studies include: Adjusting a boat’s steering system; Bathing platforms and engine mount; Birchwood 25 Shaft drive replacement; Birchwood 29 renovation; Birchwood 33 restoration; Cooker replacement; Decking and suppliers; Engine overheating; Gas water heater installation; Renovation – the oldest Birchwood; Making of a Birchwood; Marine electrics – rewiring a boat; Marine electrics – the basics and controls; Propeller selection; Raw water strainer on Volvo Penta AQ140A; Ready made GRP patch on roof; Roof cover; Rubbing strakes – inserts – suppliers – fitting; Transporting a Birchwood 48; Water in bilge – gland packing; Wheelhouse roof refurb; Window leaks and others - fixing.
If you want one, or more, of the above send your request to: firstname.lastname@example.org
If we can’t provide it immediately we will endeavour to source it for you.
Another excellent issue for October. Among the many subjects covered are: a calorifier hose leak; window replacement; where to obtain a gas ram replacement; what to do about petrol left in a fuel tank. The project boat has a an electrical distribution system fitted. For your own free copy go to: www.motorboatowner.co.uk
Birchwood Classics has agreed with boat insurers MS Amlin for Birchwood Boat Owners to benefit from a discount if they take out a policy and mention Birchwood Classics.
Sign up on the page below.
are offering Birchwood owners a discount on its marine parts. See the ad and website address on this site. Go to website click "Sign in/Register" at the top right, insert details and select that you are a boat club member.
Or use this link: https://www.asap-supplies.com/register-retail
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.
The November issue carries a mass of new boat info. As always, it is a good read for boat owners.
For your own copy go to: www.mby.com
The September issue of PBO has a mix of boat maintenance advice plus amazing adventures and boat improvement stories that will inspire you to keep looking on the brightside!
For your own copy go to: www.pbo.co.uk
ASAP Supplies has over 30 years of experience delivering marine equipment and spares. With over 9,000 stock lines they are sure to have the parts you need.
A discount is offered to Birchwood boat owners by MS Amlin, one of the leading providers in boat insurance. See following page for details and to obtain a quote.
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.
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.
Spares & accessories as well as service manuals for the WaterMota Crossflow engine and the J-Type Marine Gearbox can be ordered from Sheridan Marine.
The Great Ouse Boating Association represents boaters on the river Great Ouse. Membership gives access to moorings and magazine.
"A bad day on the water is better than a good day in the office."
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Ted Andrews, the man who started Birchwood Boats, is pictured with Katie Boyle at a Boat Show. His daughter provided Birchwood Classics with brochures and facts on the company. Request copies from: email@example.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org and tell him which boat you want info about.
The original decal in red is available as a pair. These are vinyl, self adhesive badges that you apply yourself.
Simple instructions are provided.
A pair of 2 badges is £17.50 + £3.50 P&P. (£5.50 for postage into EU)
Blue or black decals - as shown here - have also been ordered by many owners. Only 2 sets of the black ones available. Let me know if you want me to re-order.
This is the logo on the TS34, 37, 44, 49, 54 and others. The stock has almost gone.
£20 a pair + £3.50 P&P. (£5.50 for postage into EU)
This is how the new decals look when they are placed on an owner's boat.
Excellent quality and easy to fit.
Here's yet another logo. This one is on a Birchwood 330.
What's on your boat?
The different logo styles on Birchwood boats is probably due to changes in ownership.
This one's on a Birchwood 410.
The Birchwood burgee, shown here, will be reordered when enough enquiries have been received.
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 £15 each + P&P of £3.50. (Overseas posting at £5.50.)
To order send an email to: email@example.com. with your full address and I will provide payment details.
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 obtained 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.
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 award. He still contributes articles. He regularly contributed to MBM, and Anglia Afloat. He exchanges information with, and recommends, the online magazine, MotorBoatOwner.co.uk as well as Motor Boat & Yachting and Practical Boat Owner.
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.
In the late 1960’s the Birchwood Boat Company was a prolific builder of cruisers. It had started with ski boats and moved onto 16ft 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 16 - also called Gemini and built in association with INTERGLASS
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
History, Case Studies and other interesting facts are in the facts sheets which can be downloaded as below .