Bourne/Griffin (35ft designs)

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The Bourne 35 was designed by R.M. 'Rip' Martins in the early 1960's and built by a Nottingham firm called Bourne Plastics, after the work was turned down by Halmatic. The original order was for twelve hulls, six for R.Moores and six for Herbert Woods, the first hull being delivered in 1962. He then set up the name 'Griffin Craft' to market the hulls. Originally known as the Griffin 35, it soon became known as the Bourne 35[1].

Aquafibre also moulded the 35ft hull, originally designed by Rip Martins which became the basis of the Aquafibre 35, and a number of old Bourne 35s have been renovated by replacing the wooden superstructure with a modern Aquafibre 35 design.

I have included a number of boats which may be Bourne 35s - these are indicated by a '?' following the name. If anyone can confirm or correct any of these entries, please get in touch.



  1. My thanks go to Chris Kirk and Malcolm Martins for supplying the background history to the Bourne designs.

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