Stapley 500 speedboat from early 1990’sI bought this some time ago now, but unfortunately it is one project too much for me as I have other commitments.These boats were made in Kent by Ray Stapley and his son who eventually worked for him. Ray was one of the early pioneers of GRP racing monohulls and accumulated a vast knowledge of how to design/build racing boats with a real touch of quality. Very similar to the Driver 500, but with differences to the windscreen moulding, and obviously a lot rarer.Having done further research I have read that there were only 5 stapley 500’s built, of which 2 were apparently used by Suzuki uk for promotional work. Although I cannot conclusively prove this boat is one of the 2 at present, there are a few things that tie in. There are still the original Suzuki gauges fitted, and the colour scheme is also the same as what was supposedly used. I have managed to make contact with a previous owner who said it originally had a Suzuki 100hp on it, (see photo).I have tried to look into the name also, and interestingly I know that there were a father/son duo called Derek Rumble junior and senior who raced sidecars for Suzuki in the 80s & 90s – a possible connection..? I assume that the ‘s10’ on the side is probably the class that it raced in.As you can see the boat itself is a little scruffy and could use a pressure wash and decent polish. The outboard is an Evinrude 140hp which came with it, but I have never had it running. It is not seized but I think there are a few bits missing so I will say that is for spares/repair. There is an integral fuel tank which also helps with stability. screen is cracked beyond repair, but it is there so you could make a new one. There is also a cover which should clean up ok, or again use a a pattern for a new one. Overall length is about 5.2m (17 feet)The trailer is not included but can be sold separately for £500 if you are interested. I am also happy to deliver at a pre-negotiated cost.When you look at the hulls on these boats you can see that they are not run of the mill, but are strongly built to take the speed they were designed for. A worthwhile project with good pedigree and no doubt – an interesting history.Thanks for looking
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This Stapley 500 Speedboat/ Speed Boat – Very Rare – Believed Used By Suzuki Uk. boat is located in shoreham-by-sea, BN436TF and is being sold on eBay by den-bro.