Having recently undergone a major refurb and restoration at Harbour Marine Services in Southwold. Magyar was the very last private motor cruiser built by Saunders Roe of Cowes, Isle of Wight in 1939. She is a beautiful vessel of carvel construction with a hull of teak and oak and is powered by twin Ford Mermaid Melody engines. Consequently a fair amount of first quality oak was required to frame the teak panelling in the interior of this fabulous vessel.
Based at Portsmouth and commandeered and compulsorily acquired in 1942 for miscellaneous naval duties, she was returned to her original owner after the war. Later she was sold by her owner sometime between 1954 and 1963 passing through several ownerships until purchased by her present owner in February 2014.
The interior of the cabin is being restored to a very high spec and required a dedicated team of highly qualified shipwrights to ensure that all the beautiful panelling fitted well. The oak framing around the panels emphasises the fabulous grain in the teak. With variations in tone and colour along the board this swirling movement of the grain brings life to the whole interior.
Exhibited at the Thames Traditional Boat Festival as a work in progress in July this year. After nearly four years of restoration works proud owners John Burgess and his partner Sally were finally able to take her on the water for a few days on the Norfolk Broads before heading back down to Henley.
At Sutton Timber we supply several grades of oak suitable for joinery from First Quality to Rustic grade. We are delighted to see our timber used for such traditional craft to bring this beautiful River Cruiser back to its former glory. Magyar will go on to serve the public and is available for luxury charter on the Thames and we are sure will offer many years of service.