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Fairey Huntsman
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Fairey Huntsman

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Mint condition FAIREY HUNTSMAN sports cruiser (from 1969) with new Perkins engines now for sale.



‘Tom Pepper Two’

“The Huntsman 28 is the perfect archetype of the British offshore powerboat, a family cruiser, which also happened to do very well competing against purpose built racing boats in the golden age of British power boating between 1960 and 1974” Charles Lawrence

Tom Pepper II is a truly fine example of a high quality sports cruiser from a golden age. Having been in storage for many years Tom Pepper II underwent a full refit between 2014-2018 and benefits from being fitted with two new Perkins engines (total power 430hp) alongside a complete restoration and sympathetic modernisation of certain details. Since being refitted she has won concours d’elegance trophies at the Fairey Owners’ Club for best restoration and best engine installation. The year after winning these trophies she picked up the prize for ‘Best Fairey Huntsman’.

Tom Pepper II is powered by two - new when fitted during restoration - Perkins 125C engines (now with just 50 hours) which bring a cruising speed of 25kts and a top speed of 32kts.

The interior was refitted authentically with occasional modernisation touches such as the galley with microwave to bring the boat up-to-date.

The cockpit area can be configured with an enclosure, a bimini top or completely open to allow for all year round use. Tom Pepper II is heated and has hot water.

A full history with images of the restoration is available on request as is a full survey which was conducted immediately after the restoration was completed. The surveyor, Robert Bingham A.M.RINA Accredited Member Y.D.S.A, concluded his report:

“Further to my inspection of Fairey Marine Huntsman (Tom Pepper II) the following conclusion has been established. 

The vessel has under gone a very extensive refit by the current owner; this has included new engines, gearboxes and running gear. 

All vessels onboard systems have been replaced or over-hauled, fuel tanks cleaned and steering gear serviced. 

Hull defects and works identified during a hull inspection in the spring of 2016 have been addressed and rectified. 

The vessel is now considered an excellent example of the marque.” 





Known History, Specification 2017 & Details of Full Refit

Tom Pepper II was constructed in 1969 and launched in the 1970 for the Earl’s Court London Boat Show of that year. Tom Pepper II is hull number 118 and was one of the last Huntsman to be built (127 in total ). She is currently one of only 50-50 survivors.

Tom Pepper II was found in a barn on the Isle of Wight where she had sat for approximately eighteen years, awaiting restoration. The hull had been stripped of everything of value leaving only the bare bones and carcasses of the interior furniture.

Research showed that a previous owner had just launched the boat after a minor refit when, on the first outing, he hit a floating object at speed putting a small hole in the hull. Attempting to save his pride and joy, he beached the boat and awaited rescue. Tom Pepper II was recovered but the beaching had not been kind to the hull and had allowed the craft to be partially swamped.

Contacting his insurance the owner discovered that the cheque he had sent to pay the premium had not had time to clear and thus he had no insurance.  Hearing this news Tom was stripped of anything of value and sold on as a hull only.

The current owner’s intention was to get Tom Pepper II back on the water. This wish turned out to be a no-holds-barred four year full restoration. Restoration complete, she was launched just in time for the Fairey Owners Club Annual concourse d’elegance in June 2017 where, up against stiff competition, she picked up the Frolic Salver Trophy for best restoration and the Mermaid Trophy for the best engine installation.

In 2018 with further works completed she returned to the Fairey Owners Club concourse d’elegance to win the best Huntsman Trophy.


The hull was found in a decent state of repair in 2014 except for two holes, one starboard side forward, the other port side. 

The areas in vicinity of the holes were stripped back to expose the individual layers and then repaired using layers of agba timber following the appropriate grain direction for each layer.  A total of seven layers, as per the original layup was used to affect the repairs.  The rest of the hull was sounded for dull areas and the findings investigated. All necessary repairs were duly carried out.

The transom had the stainless steel exhaust outlets removed and repaired as required.  Partway through repairing the hull Rob Bingham Surveying was brought in to check the quality of the repairs and identify any areas that had been missed upon first inspection. Areas identified by Rob were then addressed.

The hull and top sides were stripped back of all existing paint, left to dry and then coated with International two-part paint system.

Below the water line five coats of two-part primer, then two coats of International VC offshore EU antifoul were applied.

Above the water line five coats of two part primer (International Interprotect), two coats of two-part undercoat ( International Perfection) followed by five coats of International Perfection Plus in Royal Blue were applied to Tom Pepper II.


The interior was stripped thoroughly. The main engine bearers were found to be rotten so these were replaced along with the keel bots in this area using galvanised bolts as per the originals. Minimal wear was seen on extracting the existing bolts but the decision was made to replace as they are awkward to do later. The remaining keel fittings were found to be in satisfactory condition so were not replaced. 

The engine bed had been coated in glass-fibre, which had become delaminated from the hull. This was removed and the inner layer of agba timber were stripped back. This area was checked for soft patches, tany found were rectified and a new inner layer of agba timber applied. All longitudinal  were replaced; partial bulkheads were  repaired or replaced and re-bolted using A4 stainless steel fittings  


The deck was in a good state of repair and the teak was found to be approximately 6mm thick. The deck was cleaned, repaired in places and then the caulking was raked out and replaced. The teak deck was then given a number of coats of teak oil.


The area of the original hatch had, in the past, been poorly repaired.  This section was taken out and repaired using the same method as that of the hull (Tom Pepper II also has an agba timber coachroof as part of the de luxe specification). The roof was also then reinforced on the interior and insulated using Armacell class O antibacterial insulation. A new Lewmar hatch was fitted.

The windows were removed, stripped and then resealed.

The interior and exterior were painted in International two-part primer (five coats), two coats of undercoat and three coats of Perfection Plus paint in Snow white. 


The cabin layout was retained with the exception of an existing L shaped galley. The galley was altered to allow a fridge, hob and sink to be fitted, all other woodwork was repaired where needed and repainted/varnished. New cushions and covers in Novasuede material were fitted.


Tom Pepper II is fitted with an extended head which may or may not be the original layout. It was decided to keep the existing layout preserving the varied history. The head was refurbished and fitted with a period authentic Blake’s sea toilet (cabling is in place for an electric head if one was to be fitted at a later date).


Two Perkins 215C engines were installed and supplied by MMS Scotland  2017.

These are six cylinder turbocharged engines  and are fitted with all new components to include engine mounts, gearboxes, exhaust system, fuel system, new shafts , seals  (PPS lip seal) and propellors s (supplied by Hamble Propellers). 

Both engines are left-handed driving via 1:1 gearboxes as per the original install.


Tom Pepper II had no electrical system in place when purchased. The new installation used marine grade tinned wire throughout, using Victron Energy components, all to industry standards.

A 12volt system is supplied via an engine alternator and Victron invertor protected via a Victron DC 12v link box (mega fused) 

A 230v system is distributed supplying sockets, battery charger and water heater.

Schematic diagrams are available. 


A Diesel fired hot air system was installed, this being a  Webasto HL18D 24v supplied by a Victron 12-24v transformer. There is a remote control & two thermostats. The system has two outlets. 


There is a flexible water tank under forward seat. A water pump supplies cold water to taps plus calorifier. The calorifier - with thermostatic valve - supplies hot water heated via immersion and port engine. 


A new Lewmar windlass was fitted with controls at helm. There is a stainless steel on a bow roller with thirty metres of chain.


Two shaft anodes and mooring hanging anode were fitted. All external metal is bonded.


The existing steering system one of the few items not removed. The system consisted of solid rod which was overhauled with replacement joints and a NOS steering box. This is not only true to the original install but gives the better feedback from the rudder than any other system on the market today.



Log, speedometer, Plotter , Compass, GPS, VHF

Inside Equipment

Electric bilge pump, Heating, Hot water, Oven, Microwave oven, Marine head , Refrigerator

Outside Equipment

Teak cockpit, Teak sidedecks, Swimming ladder, Electric windlass, Bimini Top, Cockpit cover, Spray hood

Other Equipment

SIMRAD G07, Blakes

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CategoryMotor Boats
Sales statusavailable
ManufacturerFairey Huntsman
Mooring CountryUnited Kingdom
Year built1969
Length8.8 m/29 ft
Width2.66 m/9 ft
Draft0.75 m/2 ft
Engine manufacturerperkins 125c
Engine hours50
No. of cabins1
No. of berths3
£ 29,950
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