The general history of this boat is detailed below. In summary, after appearing at the Miami boatshow, the boat was trimmed by Rolls Royce and taken to St Tropez by it's owner, a London Casino boss. When he hi hard times, he old the boat in the late 80s to it's second owner, who used it in the South of France until the mid 90s. When he hit hard times and the boat had engine trouble, the boat was shipped back to the UK, where the engines were rebuilt but due to it's owners ill health, it received little use until i bought it in 2017. Since then, the boat has been subject to a ground up restoration. During this time, everything has been replaced and kept sympathetic to the original design. You can't understate the work involved in this, from the fuel tank to the hot water tank, the benito Falcon signs on the side, the fitment of modern instruments and radio and a £1k life raft, the steering rams, etc etc. It's been rewired and replumbed, can sleep three with kitchen, bathroom including hot water shower. Literally everything on this boat has been replaced and upgraded, even the horn! But the main expense has been on the engines, which have had a ground up restoration and been upgraded considerably, the new racing carbs, the exhaust mainfolds and pipes etc were thousands of pounds. In the last year the boat has been kept on the water and has been working reliably. The boat used to say 'Fireball' on the side but this has been removed to take the boat back to it's original boat show spec.
I'm listing the boat for sale at a fraction of what I spent on her since I rarely have time now to go to the south coast. Boat can be viewed on a floating mooring South East.
Only 2 Owners Current owner for over 20 years
Fireball is a 38 foot / 11.5 metre Falcon Royale built by Benito powerboats of Poole in 1981. Fireball is the sister boat to “Miss Pearl Corder” that was second in the class 2 world offshore championship. The Hull was laid up by renowned hull producer Bondishell Hampshire who produced several race boats and the first years of Sunseeker production until selling out to Sunseeker.
Fireball was considered the best boat ever hand crafted by Benito and with the kind permission of the first owner Fireball was displayed at the Miami boat show before then being shipped for the new owner to the South of France where the boat spent the majority of its time with the first and second owners.
During the six weeks Fireball was in America one of the US’s main monthly boat magazines “Boating” tested the boat and publishing a 6 page report with various colour photos. The magazine said the boat was a great blend of style, speed and good taste. Also stating the boat was trimmed like a Rolls Royce with the style and speed to please James Bond. The magazine also went on to explain that the boat handled very well in various sea conditions. From our experience the boat has been a delight to use and more than satisfies the appetite for speed from what is a race bred hull and engines whilst more than coping with the varied seas of the south of France or the Solent.
The quality of fit and finish of Fireball was of the finest quality as can be seen in many items including the wrap-around screen, the portholes, higher gauge stainless steel, etc. etc. These quality items were not used in the later production Falcon Royale’s as they were deemed too expensive but were used in Fireball “where a money was no object” attitude was initially adopted to the earlier boats to build a quality reputation. The cabin area is extremely sumptuous as befitting a boat of this quality.
Length Overall 38’
Hull Type: Deep “V” Offshore
Top Speed: 60 m.p.h.
Power: 370 b.h.p each x 2 = 740 b.h.p in total
Twin “Big Block” 7.4 litre (454 c.u.) Mercruiser 370’s fitted from new with M/T Heads
Twin Mercruiser TRS Outdrives with stainless tie bar & 3 blade stainless props.
Mercruiser power trim and race style power trim flaps
332 Hours of use since new.
Fireball is in very good condition for what is a beautiful and powerful boat that looks like a classic offshore race style boat which has recently had many £thousands spent replacing ancillary parts, servicing and making sure the engines, power trim, power flaps, power steering and general electrics all work and run as they should.
|Vessel type:||Classic power boat|
|No. of engines:||2|
|Fuel type:||Petrol (Gas)|
|Length over all:||36'|
|Hull type:||Deep V|
|Fuel capacity:||60 Gallons|
Note: Indicated location is approximate general area only.