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"Thanks to Richard, we stopped short of buying a total shocker of a boat from another boatyard and Richard found us a better, cheaper equivalent. Also being 'first timers' he and James told us about all the things we should know/buy/be aware of. Thanks for being so helpful and we look forward to a nice summer of sun and sailing (please)"
Karen Dresser, Essex

“I would just like to thank you for delivering my yacht Reverie from Sandwich to Ipswich. It was done in the most efficient and professional way at a very reasonable cost and the feed back from the passage was very useful. I enjoyed my stay on the mooring at Highway, I found everyone most friendly and helpful.”
R Parkin, Ipswich

"In October 2012, James from Highway Marine assisted me in moving my boat from Sandwich to Hayling Island. I can honestly say that I would trust him to move any boat of mine, anywhere in the world. James organised the entire trip, he supplied charts and planned for the correct tide/weather windows. He took great care over every procedure and was always fully in control. We had the perfect day and James was more than happy to have me come along for the ride, during which I was able to pick his brain on all manor of boating questions.
If I ever need my boat moving again and did not feel confident enough, or have the time to do it myself, my first port of call would be Highway Marine. Thank you so much guys for all your support in getting Paws back on to the water and a special thank you to James, who helped me move her on her first, of hopefully many journeys”.

A Sanderson, Oxford

“Just wanted to drop you a quick line to say thank you for all your help in the sale of ‘Phoenix’ and thank you for the 2 life jackets - you might see me and Jasmine going along the river in our dinghy! ;-) Thanks again.”

“James took my dutch barge Roma round the Kent coast and up the Thames to London. As well as being immensely competent he was a fine company. It was a first rate passage and his piloting/delivery was a first rate service.”
Dan Re'em, London

"I imported a boat from England to Sweden through Highway Marine Group. When investing so much time and money in your dream, you don’t want anything to go wrong - especially doing it from abroad. Richard and his team did a great job. They are very service-minded and helped me with every matter along the way, including paper work, transport etc. Above all, they are honest, straight people that care about their customers and reputation. I would definitely buy another boat from through Highway Marine Group."
Michael B. Gothenburg, Sweden.

“Just a quick email to congratulate you on the purchase of our lovely ‘Reverie’. We wish you very many happy voyages aboard her. Thanks, too, to Richard for all your help in the sale process.”
Michael & Felicia Foster

“I would like to say how enjoyable it has been dealing with yourself and your company. You are not only knowledgeable but incredibly helpful, in fact you are the first broker I have been pleased to deal with. I have always bought privately in the past.”
Neil Sutherland, Dorchester

“Hi James and Richard, I would just like to thank you for delivering my yacht Reverie from Sandwich to Ipswich and for the feed back afterwards. It was done in the most efficient and professional way at a very reasonable cost and the feed back from the passage was very useful I enjoyed my stay in the mooring at Highway I found everyone most friendly and helpful. Thank you all very much. I hope to meet you all again sometime.”
Robin Parkin

“Finally purchased the 1997 Four Winns Vista 258 for £18,500 accepting a slightly higher price because it had had a new engine so I think your valuation was spot on.”

“Thank you very much for the cheque for the sale of Mergarer. Thank you also for your help over the last few months and the speedy completion of business once an offer had been made.”
Nick Lockhart

"Just a quick note to say thanks for easing through our purchase of the yacht ‘Dreamcatcher’ with the minimum amount of fuss. Thanks also to James for the excellent delivery service of the boat from Ramsgate to Chichester.  My apologies for not organising the right wind, and for him having to motorsail for nigh on 23 hours. The boat was delivered smack on time too. Great doing business with Highway Marine – highly recommended."
Mike Nicholson

Hello Gents. Bill of sale now in the post which hopefully concludes everything. Just want to say a massive thanks for all your help. What was turning into a nightmare finished beautifully once in the hands of the Highway marine boys. Amazingly quick sale which is great for all. 
One large worry off my mind. Thanks again and see you soon. Cheers

Jim Woods, Beaumont, Essex



'La Mouette'


Year: 1937
LOA: 45'
Beam: 13'
Draft: 4' 6andquot;
Construction: Teak
Hull / Keel: Displacement

Like so many old tars, most Dunkirk Little Ships have changed their occupations several times in their lives, as need and opportunities dictated. When 'La Mouette' was launched in Portsmouth in 1936, as a naval pinnace built after the design of a Norwegian whaler, she served, rather grandly, as an Admiral's barge. She was then sold out of service in 1937 and registered by Lloyds as a yacht by her owners R.S. Wayland and H.R.P. Drane, both of Southsea. She then found her way in 1939 to the Thames. So, at the time of Dunkirk, she was still in her prime. She was one of the little fleet assembled on the Thames by Douglas Tough at Teddington. From his hand-written records of the time, Bob Tough his son, could see that Lamouette came back without her dinghy, which was replaced at a cost of 8 shillings. When her pre-war owners did not reclaim her after 1946, she was bought for 201 shillings by Marshall Hayes, an engineer, who used her as a home for his wife Grace and their daughter when his work caused him to move to the South of England. They lived on board while they overhauled her and on their journey South, experienced some engine trouble while in Norfolk. They so loved the area that they spent their subsequent winters there. In summer they cruised the South coast, with excursions across the channel to Calais and to the Mediterranean. She was a comfortable home with Calor gas lighting and an anthracite stove for the winter. Ian Rennie, a builder, has owned her since 1964. He was demolishing some houses in Plaistow, in the 1970s, when he discovered that one of them had belonged to the man who sailed 'La Mouette' across to Dunkirk in 1940. The records showed that her crew at Dunkirk included Hugh Knowles of Great Bookham, G.H. Minton of Twickenham and L. Gates. Despite appeals in the press and radio no contact was made with any of them. Following early retirement in 1986, Ian and Daphne Rennie took 'La Mouette' to Spain, returning to the UK for the 1990 Return. As a founder member of the Association of Dunkirk Little Ships 'La Mouette' has attended every Return to Dunkirk. Ian and Daphne spend all summer cruising and wherever possible promoting the Association of Dunkirk Little Ships, and, also, the Dunkirk Lttle Ships Restoration Trust. As of Spring 2018 she is still on display in Ramsgate Harbour, tucked up opposite the Sailors Church.

Engine(s) and Electrical:
BMC 6 cylinder diesel (main engine). Petter 8hp diesel (wing engine). Twin batteries charged from the main engine.

Accommodation and Below Deck:
4 berths, 7' headroom, curtains, cloth upholstery, solid fuel stove, full galley with microwave / sink with hot and cold water / cooker / fridge / freezer, 300 litre water capacity.

Navigation and Safety:
Plotter, fire extinguisher, fire blanket, first aid kit, bilge pump.

Viewings are by appointment only. For an instant insurance quote call Euromarine Insurance Services on 01843 603345 or click on the link below:

The particulars detailed herein are intended to give a fair description of the vessel, but their accuracy cannot be guaranteed. These particulars are supplied on the understanding that all negotiations shall be through Highway Marine Ltd who are acting as brokers for the vendor. The vendor is not selling in the course of a business unless otherwise stated. The prospective purchaser is strongly recommended to check the particulars, and where appropriate, at his own expense, to employ qualified independent agents to carry out a survey, and/or any mechanical and electrical checks.


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