Blackwood Classics
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Case Study 3 April 2020

Birchwood roof repair

Birchwood roof repair

Birchwood roof repair

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Further to his advice to the Birchwood facebook group, Simon Butler has provided  further information and pictures of how he repaired the roof on his Birchwood 25. This is available as a Case Study and can be downloaded from the last page of this website. 

Or just a patch?

Birchwood roof repair

Birchwood roof repair

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Following on from an article in the April issue of Motorboat Owner, Barry Cropper has shared his quick and economic 'patch' repair on the roof of his Birchwood 33 and this is also available as a Case Study. See the last page of this website to download this as a pdf.   

Birchwood brochures

The beginning of Birchwood

The beginning of Birchwood

The beginning of Birchwood

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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 some facts on the company. Copies are available FOC, see  following pages.

How they were built

The beginning of Birchwood

The beginning of Birchwood

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One brochure describes and shows how the boats were built at the factory in Nottinghamshire. 

Birchwood Life

The beginning of Birchwood

Birchwood Life

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This is the company magazine published in 1990. It covers some events and boat introductions through 1989.   

Birchwood 85

More Information?

Birchwood Life

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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. 

Cut aways

More Information?

More Information?

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A few of the brochures have excellent cut-away illustrations showing exterior and interior views.    

More Information?

More Information?

More Information?

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Copies of all the brochures are now on file. 

I also have copies of info provided by Michael Bean who worked with Ted Andrews and built most of the original Birchwood boats. He is also kind enough to provide input when asked. Many thanks Mick. 

Birchwood boats information

We hold information on most Birchwood  models. For info send an email to: john@birchwoodclassics.com with your email address and stating in which marque you are interested. John will send the relevant file to you. (don't forget the case studies and other pdf files available on the last page.)

These are provided at no cost to you.   


Files coming soon.

Name Badge 18 March 2020

Birchwood decal 

We now have a new stock of decals.  (See below for pic of one of these decals in place.)     

The decal is a 15 inch long Birchwood badge as a cut-out (so no background) as shown here.

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 P&P.  (£4.50 for postage into the EU)

If you want decals let me know at: john@birchwoodclassics.com.

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Name Badge in place

Birchwood decal on a boat

This is the first 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 yesterday, 17 March.

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Birchwood Burgee 27 March 2020

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Burgee

Burgees, as shown here, are now in stock. Exisiting orders are being fulfilled at the moment so the new stock is being rapidly depleted. The burgee is 30 x 20cm (12"x 8") triangular burgee in white  with the 'Birchwood' logo and are supplied with rope and wooden toggle.  


The price is  £12.50 each + P&P of £3.  


To order send an email to: john@birchwoodclassics.com. with your full address and I will provide payment details.


News at 1st of April 2020

Motor Boat Owner

Facebook Birchwood Owners

Facebook Birchwood Owners

The editor of Motor boat Owner  announced that future issues have been suspended until the 'lock down' has been lifted.

However the April issue is on line and has  articles and info of interest to  Birchwood boat owners. This includes: the Q&A section; the Fairline Vixen project; the impact of Covid10 on 2020 boat shows; AND repairs to a Birchwood 33 cabin roof with a ready-made patch of fibreglass. Pages 56-57.   

For your own free copy go to: www.motorboatowner.co.uk  

Facebook Birchwood Owners

Facebook Birchwood Owners

Facebook Birchwood Owners

This facebook group has many members who share a love of their Birchwood boats. There are pics of many different Birchwoods and lots of useful input and good information exchange . We, and Birchwood Marine, are in the group and exchange info and pics.




Diary Dates

Facebook Birchwood Owners

Motor Boat & Yachting

CHECK DATES ON LINE

Thames Boat Jumble at Bray 16 April

Chichester Boat Show 25-26 April

Horning Boat Show  2 May 

Thames Valley/London Boat Show  8-10 May 

British Motor Yacht Show 14-17 May

Brundall Boat Show 16 May

South Coast Boat Show  15-17 May 

All Wales Boat & Leisure Show 29-30 May

Poole Harbour Boat Show 12-18 June

Hemingfords' Regatta 11 July

Bedford River Festival  19-19 July 

Southampton Boat Show 11-20 Sept 

Motor Boat & Yachting

Motor Boat & Yachting

Motor Boat & Yachting

The April issue is now available. 

It includes: a synopsis of the forthcoming British Motor Yacht Show at Swanwick from 14 to 17 May; editorial on the new Volvo Penta IPS pod drive for semi-displacement boats; part 5 of 'A small boat round Britain'; DIY build of a 44ft flybridge boat (includes tips for Birchwood owners); other articles.

For your own copy go to: www.mby.com     

Birchwood Boats

Motor Boat & Yachting

Birchwood Boats

Birchwood Marine can be found at: www.birchwood.co.uk  . 

Registration

Motor Boat & Yachting

Birchwood Boats

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: (john@birchwoodclassics.com 

Questions & Answers

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Send your query and we'll try and provide an answer

Owner's queries are placed here with any response added as it arrives.  Latest: 20/02/2020

Also see downloadable Case Studies on the last page of this website.

Engine vent spray

 Q: John Toal had the bellows replaced on his Birchwood 25 and says there is now water spraying in through the vent on the engine. Vent is shown in the pic here. Does anyone know what this vent is, or why this problem is occuring? Also John followed up with the fact that the vent is just above the starter which is causing problems! 

A: Can anyone provide input to this problem?  

Please send your comments to: john@birchwoodclassics.com and I will publish the answer here and, if relevant produce a Case Study.

Fuel Tank Replacement

Q: The owner of a Birchwood TS37 wants information on replacing his boats starboard fuel tank. He asked for plans to assist and we sent what we have but it was minimal. 

A: Ernie Vick of Birchwood, forwarded the following information from Michael Bean who worked at Birchwood boats in Nottinghamshire. Thank you Mick and Ernie.

1. Unscrew the cupboard top from inside the cupboard.

2. Unscrew the fixings to side deck. There might also be a few screws into the helm seat cupboard, also a few screws in the plinth at floor level.

3. Cupboard should now be removed.

4. Take out the floor infill. (Some tanks came through the floor, others did not) Should now see the top fixings for tank, take out.

5. Undue all pipe work to tank.

6. The tank may have a couple of fixing at the bottom or bottom side, tank is trapped in by upstand on base.

7. Take out the main floor joist next to tank, make sure the tank is empty, tilt the tank inwards and lift out from under the side deck.

Make sure to protect the engine, will take three people to lift out, not to heavy just awkward as you will probably be standing on the engine.

Watermota Sea Panther

Q: Andy Wilson has carried out a mass of refurb on his Birchwood 25. He asks if anyone has knowledge of the Watermota Sea Panther (diesel) engine. He replaced the 'blue engine' - which was a bit smokey (blueish smoke rather than black diesel) and tended to burn through its oil - with a fully refurbished Red Watermota Sea Panther complete with gearbox unit.  However, this smokes as much/or more than the old one and especially when it starts from cold.  He’s tried different grades of oil, fuel additives and had the CAV Pump and injectors fully overhauled but it's still smoky. Andy wonders if this is just a feature of old technology?  

A: Have you any experience with this? Can you advise Andy? Please send your reply to: john@birchwoodclassics.com , Andy will be advised and your response published here. 

Hot Water Heater

Q: Nathan and Tina King asked on the Birchwood facebook group site how to heat water without an inboard engine. They are looking at gas water heaters and would appreciate suggestions or other options. 

A: Though Wild Garlic has an inboard engine water for sink and heads - including shower unit - has been  provided through a Palomo gas water heater for 26 years. Most important is draining the water completely before winter sets in. A Case Study has been printed and can be downloaded from the files at the end of this site.

Can anyone add to this?  Please send comments to : john@birchwoodclassics.com 

Do you have a query?

 Send it to: john@birchwoodclassics.com and we'll try to provide an answer.   


Birchwood Boats and other Classic Cruisers

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Other cruisers?

For ALL Motor Boat Owners

For ALL Motor Boat Owners

Whatever type of cruiser you have it is hoped that the info on this site will be useful to you.   Let us know if there is a subject you would like covered. If we don't have it, we'll do our best to obtain info and publish it here. 

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For ALL Motor Boat Owners

For ALL Motor Boat Owners

For ALL Motor Boat Owners

There is a free digital magazine which covers all aspects of ownership of motor boats. It includes articles on new boats and accessories as well as projects on all types of classic cruisers. Sign up at: motorboatowner.co.uk  

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Your story

For ALL Motor Boat Owners

Your story

The work you have done, or had done, on your boat is of interest and use to other boaters. This site can tell them about your project. 

Please send info and pics. 

Above is cabin added to Dave Gray's Birchwood 25.

Birchwood Classics . . . February 2020

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Birchwood Classics & Classic Cruisers

This website not only provides information to owners and admirers of Birchwood boats but also to owners of similar classic cruisers. Leaflets showing the Birchwood boats built over the years can be downloaded from the last page of this site.  

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.   

Background

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 


Birchwood history & Marques

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. (More 'history' can be downloaded from the last page of this site. Much of this  was obtained from Michael Bean who worked at Birchwood and from a meeting with the daughter of Ted Andrews.)

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 can be found on leaflets on the download page, on the Birchwood.co.uk site or on request to: john@birchwoodclassics.com

Useful Contacts

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Useful contacts


www.birchwood.co.uk

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.


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www.jonesboatyard.co.uk

W H Jones is the largest marina on the river Great Ouse. It has moorings, fuel, chandlery, brokerage, and generations of knowledge.

 

www.goba.org.uk

The Great Ouse Boating Association represents boaters on the Great Ouse. Membership gives access to its moorings and its magazine. 


www.sheridanmarine.com

Sheridan supplies parts for WaterMota Petrol Engines and J-Type Gearboxes. Also provides parts for classic boating brands.  


norfolk.broads.org.uk/wiki2018/index.php?title=Birchwood_Boat_Company_(Mansfield,_Notts) 

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."

Contact details

If you want more info or have any comment about this website please fill in this form.

You can also register your boat and your interest, send your info, pics and any queries to:

Birchwood Classics

38 Bramley Drive, Offord D'Arcy, St Neots, Cambridgeshire PE19 5SF, GB

Mobile No: +44 (0) 7734049870