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Bucks Fizz II

Bucks Fizz II or BF2 is a Sealine 260 twin petrol engine sports cruiser. She was sold as a brand new boat by Sealine Sales UK of Southampton on the 11th March 1992. At the time she cost ££42894 including the VAT. Whilst the Volvo 250 petrol engines are not the most economical she is a sporty boat and can easily manage 30 knots flat out.

We can only guess at her early life, but she was clearly hardly ever used. Not much is known after here sale but she ended up in a Marina in South wales and was eventually purchased by a someone who intended to restore her. Eventually ending up in a farmyard in County Durham, with her Outdrives ending up in Hartlepool.

In 2013 she was purchased by a family from Lancashire and on the 6th march 2013 she arrived at Whitehaven Boatyard ready for some TLC. Inside the cabin she was like new. The engine room was a different story. One engine was that badly rotted it had to be replaced and the other was rebuilt in Whitehaven. The fuel tank was leaking and the batteries completely dead. A lot of work to do.

On the 9th July 2013 she took to the sea off the coast of Whitehaven for the first time. Not only were her engines rebuilt but she had new upholstery, canopy and soft furnishings. She stayed in Whitehaven until Spring 2015 when she was moved to Lake Windermere. She spent serval seasons on the Lake before being moved to Glasson Dock in 2018.

In Spring 2019 she made the trip up the coast back to Whitehaven where she spent the year somewhat neglected. The owners have kindly lent her to us to use as a test boat for the next couple of years, so the process of upgrading begins again.

We have big plans for BF2, just now she is ashore for essential work on the electrical system. To include re-wiring the power system. Rewiring the engines and making them digital. Fitting Lithium Batteries and fitting a skin fitting for a macerator pump. Once she comes back to life she will be launched and work will continue upgrading her electrical systems to the very latest.

Follow her progress and discover how modern electrical systems can make a massive difference to an old boat. Reed and see how all the systems are chosen and find links to where you can get hold of the bits and find advice and help so you can carry out your own project. The once she is up and running again find out how all the technology preforms in thereal world.

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