Published On: 5 January 2024

Boat name
Gentle Drift
Year of construction
Freeman Model
Freeman 28
2 x Watermota 1300cc crossflow Sea Tiger
Owners name
Ken Cattell
Cruising waters
River Thames (Upper mainly)
Waterways registration number
Known history and additional details
1st owner. Royal Navy officer based at Portsmouth. Commissioned this boat and Freeman dingy on the same order. He and the boat were members of the Royal Yatch Squadron, Cowes I.o.W.
Purchased by senior manager Morris motors (BMC) Oxford who based it at Sheridens, Moulsford.
Next owner purchased and took to Lechlade marina. Sold to Albert Cuthbert kept at Lechlade marina.
Sold to me 2017 in a poor state of repair due to Albert’s declining health. Now based at Grafton lock on the Upper Thames.
Since 2018 been full length of Thames to beyond tidal barrier twice, 6 weeks all over the Norfolk broads. Still has original Freeman dingy (restored 2019 by R. Organ).

A fantastic boat I’m fortunate enough to be the current custodian of.

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