James Taylor Craftmanship

James Taylor Craftmanship
My Story
1900's to 1940's,
JAMES TAYLER. boatyard was Building Boats (yachts, river cruisers ect) for the gentry, Kings and MPs at Chertsey Surrey.
In 1937 he built, Express Cruisers including the FRAMAR LONDON.
We acquired the boat in May 2012 when we were looking for a boat to go up and down the rivers around Boston, Lincoln, Nottingham and
By chance, while we were moored at the Glory Hole in Lincoln, a passer-by noticed us and asked if we realised that we had a very special and very famous boat?
The local newspapers did a story on the boat for us as did BBC Radio Lincolnshire and with the help of the public we soon put together her history including her life as an RAF 'Flying Boat'.

It's fair to say that the Framer was in a pretty poor state when we purchased her. Being a 40ft wooden teak on oak boat with 2 big engines and streamlined hull, this boat was clearly built for speed.

We now believe she was used by MI5/SOE secret service to transport agents to meetings and submarine rendezvous.

With help we would like to renovate the framer and turn her into a floating museum to commemorate the brave men and women who gave and sacrificed so much for our freedom.

Debunking the Debunkers

Sunday, 25 November 2012

Hello Framar Fans, to start with i want to thank you for bracing us with your presents on our wonderful blog.
Finally our boat has been accepted by the Nation Historical Ships and shall be protected as an Historical revolutionary marvel of the time when man and machine had to learn to get along and help us out of the gloomy war zones.
Also in the early years James Taylor joined up with the bates and both blossomed int great boat building masters.
James Taylor built boats for Royalty and high class people, and Framar was built as a Gentleman's Boat, there is some whispers that she was used by the government at some time, and possible for secret confidential use.
The raises the thought to the kind of people Framar would have played host to around 1937-47. Maybe men of politics or of high standards.
This boat has had many different looks and personalities, But right now the boat needs our help to keep the boat from falling to decay,  that's why we are hoping to share the care for her with other people, in return for help or sponsors, we hope to keep framar safe.
Right now the boat is fighting the high waters of the Boston river in  Lincolnshire, where the waters are being un predictable, and have already caused other boats their fatality.
Framar is a very strong boat,and will not tip over but if water currents get too bad she could break away and drift.  We just have to hope she pulls through this heck-tic end of 2012.
I am going to add a load of images from highlights of our 1st year with our 1st Boat.
As we have been writing a new History.

Sunday, 16 September 2012

News Update about the boat

I can now confirm that both engines in Framar are Parson Engines.
After David Bradford (My Dad) removed some thick paint from a plate revealing the whole truth.
This is great news! meaning we have a genuine Historical boat for sure.
2 whole Parson engines side by side.
We currently have issues with the solenoids  and this is making it hard to venture back to the old Town of Lincoln where the public like to see this glorious boat of historical marvel.

Monday, 3 September 2012

Parsons 6 cylinder vintage engine

Look what we discovered hidden under so paint. The fact that this engine is not a ford engine but a parsons.
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Original boat layout

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Location:Boston uk

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Here is a Framar update

Hello I have some up-to date photos of our Boat that has some outstanding appreciation from the public.
Shoppers in Lincoln town really shown interest in this boat and some people would almost melt with joy when they look at the engines.
We have 2 large 6 cylinder old ford engines.
In her past she has been given a lot of neglect through its ages and has been known to have been sunk 4 times in its past history.
We have decided to not let that scare us and only propel us to care for for as much as we can.
I took on the boat as an aid to help rehabilitate my disability that has plagued me for over 5 years.
I have degenerating knee joints and a complicated left foot that won't move since a really bad sprain.
My dad became I'll and was advised to early retirement by his go.
I knew that my dad as always wanted to experience the water ways, so I used some of my accident money to get this boat.
It's been a very costly venture up to now and with some specialised work that is needed to be done to retain its originality
If I can get help with our boat, I am willing to use it to inspire all disabled people as well as people who just want to experience life on the river.
And at the same time I could give Framar 100% care and attention.