When the current owners of this vessel bought her in 2005, their surveyor, at the time of purchase commented that the 50ft Motor Sailer, FREDELA, proved to be an absolute joy to survey……adding she was constructed to the highest standard our of the best materials. After purchase and with few recommendations, after survey, the new owners put FREDELA with one of the best known wooden boat yards in France and further refined this unique vessel, including MCA coding for charter, although they have never chartered her.
It would be hard to find a better built or more characterful motorsailer of this length, in wonderful condition and totally ready for the season. A beautiful cruising boat, FREDELA, oozes such charm it would not matter when you arrived, or in fact, if you ever left the dock!
FREDELA is a G.L. Watson design, built by Toughs of Teddington, launched in 1964. FREDELA is a big, full-bodied yacht with a long keel, canoe stern and a wonderful flair to the bow. She was built for the original owner, Mr. Fred Francis the founder of Francis Yacht Winches. He was the originator of the Scalelectrix system for slot car racing. Fred Francis was a skilled and obsessive Engineer; he had considerable input into the design of many aspects of the yacht.
The original build was to the highest quality of design and materials of its day. FREDELA’S present first class structural condition was confirmed by a comprehensive survey in April 2002 and April 2005. Following the 2005 survey FREDELA has a certificate, (renewed in 2008), for MCA Small Commercial Vessel Coding and is certified for charter use.
On Tuesday 6 January Fred Francis finally lost his thirteen-year battle against cancer. Though not a household name, his most famous achievement will be known to many - Fred Francis invented Scalextric, one of the most popular toys ever, and began the whole slot car racing phenomenon.
Born in Hampstead in October 1919 Fred showed little academic ability but, once free from school at fourteen, he showed great enthusiasm for engineering and a sharp business mind. In 1939 he began a tool-making company, which ran twenty-four hours a day throughout the war years. Then, in 1947, he decided to fulfil a childhood ambition and become a toy-maker, and founded Minimodels Ltd which, among other toys, produced Scalex and Startex clockwork cars.
The same year Fred took a flight in a light aircraft - and was hooked. So much so that within three weeks he had gone solo and bought his own plane. He had discovered a passion which would continue until ill-health forced him to remain grounded.
By 1952 demand for Minimodel toys was so great that in order to expand the company, he relocated to a new, purpose-built factory at Havant in Hampshire. This gave Fred more opportunity to indulge his other great passion - sailing. Then suddenly, in early 1956, the demand for clockwork cars collapsed and the future of the company and its one hundred employees was threatened. However, at a London toy fair Fred saw a display featuring battery-powered cars running around a track, but without user control. He saw at once that this lacked any real 'play value' - which his Scalex cars could add. The reactions of his marketing people as they tried to control the now electric-powered Scalex cars - renamed Scalextric - on a moulded rubber track convinced Fred that he was onto a winner. The launch in January 1957 was a triumph, and best of all the North American market was completely captivated. After two hugely demanding years he sold the expanding company at the end of 1958.
Fred loved boats, sailing and the sea as much as he loved flying. He had owned two large craft - ALAUNA, a 43ft Silver motor cruiser, and then YVALDA, a 46ft Watson motor yacht which he lived aboard in Chichester to avoid the daily journey to