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‘Saving Old Seagulls’
John will be closing for 3 months from 8th May 2013, to sail round England, Wales and part of Scotland, mails will be diverted to Sheridan, the home of British Seagull. Will still be able to answer the mobile phone for advice...
There will be a link to my on line log so you can see where I have got to!
(Probably storm bound in Brightlingsea!)
Please take time to read the
before contacting me for advice, I spend so much time answering queries now when the answers are already available, it is getting to be a problem as it slows down the spares service.
eBay search page
For those that miss the sound of the gulls...
you can click this one to start them off !
More new info and pics. Especially good are the old adverts and leaflets... Look on the new
. Loads more added see the
!! Also now motors and new items, the cover, stainless nuts and bolts, tank straps etc
For Sale Page
For Spares and parts go to my
To see any motors for sale please go to the
The forum has now been up and running for several years. Not new anymore, but going well, and we are keeping the spammers at bay! First you simply have to register, by clicking on the button with a tick in it, marked 'Register', then you choose a name and password, leave a mail address and then it is verified, so no spammers are going to get their nasty web sites listed! If I can do it so can all of you I'm sure. We have saved all the years of comments and queries to a database that you can search, so all that valuable info is not lost! It was the largest source of British Seagull information and discussion on the net, and very useful to many, but do look at the
page as well!
I was at Beale Park Boat show a few years back, a guest on 'Classic Boats' stand. Pleased to meet so many customers there! Bit of a one off that, I do not do shows or fairs normally! I also am featured on 'Home and Leisure' and 'Discovery' Channel, the 'Getting Afloat' sailing program. It was filmed 10 years ago and is shown repeatedly, so watch out for it if you can view Discovery. It was on yet again 2011!
There is also a 'Podcast', you can hear it on
. I warn you it is an hour long!!
As you can see, if you browse the site, there is a lot of historical and nostalgic information in these pages, as well as the more practical items. If you find a detail is not correct, I would be obliged if you could let me know. I have sourced information from former workers, directors, designers, dealers and other enthusiasts. I hope that this site will be a resource for ‘British Seagull’ owners and nostalgic boating people worldwide. I try to print everything I find out, and so thanks to all of you who send in information I have missed!
As I work from a remote corner of Essex, the majority of my customers deal with me by post. I find it easier to chat to you to figure out your problem, and decide which part you need. You can e-mail me, but a telephone chat can often resolve things quicker.
Note John is Away and the above phone number will not find me!
'Items for sale'
here I place engines for sale, fresh from the workshop! However I am so busy selling
British Seagull Parts
these days, I rarely have time to get British Seagulls refurbished for sale!
Have a peek at the '
' pages and don't forget to hit the '
' link, for the latest advert downloads.
Racing buffs look out for more info on the races, see '
I can supply almost every part from stock, (see the
British Seagull Parts Pages
), and have also got stocks of useable second hand parts, especially the parts that are no longer available. To this end I am always on the look out for ‘dead’ motors, to add to my stock.
Beware, Beware, Beware, E-Bay Bargains!!
OK there are some real nice bargains to be had on the Bay, but there are also some really unscrupulous individuals out there that are selling British Seagull parts, at inflated prices and often not new!
A used Drive spring for £5.00!!! What!! New, they are only £3.50! In 2011, a new spring was seen, 'buy it now' price of £10.00! I have also seen postage prices of over £5.00!! For 1 spring!! Gearbox plugs selling at the 'bargain price' of £5.00, new, they are just £2.60!! A chap in Oxfordshire was selling springs for £4.99 + P&P! (my price £3.50 + £3.00), 40 Head gaskets, £12.99 + £3.00 (my prices £7.75+ £1.50). A filler cap, £22! Real price £18.50, and I can often do used ones with new cap washers for £10.00! P&P £3.00....
The best one was the statement that British Seagull oil has to be non-EP, and more or less slating 'other websites' for selling EP oil, quoting the oft misquoted reason of the additives eating bronze bearings. What total cods!! If he cared enough to research, he would realise it was only a problem in hot oil applications... Ever seen a British Seagull gearbox that was not super water cooled! British Seagull did their homework, they knew.....
Above is a picture of a genuine British Seagull bottle from my museum, yes it does read EP 90..
Sadly I did not keep the old EP140 tin can.
I suspect the chap selling on EBay has just got a load of 140 to get rid of, but hang on, he is selling it for £9.99 for 500ml instead of my £5.50 for a Litre!! You can use either, but mine is so much cheaper! Wow that makes his over 3 times the price of mine or Frosts......
Sadly he cannot even spell Villiers, British Seagull enthusiast? If anyone actually wants an old Villiers flywheel I have dozens, you can have one for free! Not for his extortionate £14.99!!!
You have been warned, ring me for a price first! Compare prices I promise not to fleece you. Bet I'm always cheaper
and the springs will be new
, as are most of my parts. Of course where I cannot any longer get new spares, I often have used available, castings etc. Used parts will be considerably cheaper of course, than the price of a new part, when they were last available!
I do feel sorry for those who get stung this way... there seems to be more and more unscrupulous people out there. E-Bay simply say 'buyer beware'... You have been warned. Why get fleeced!???
( you do not need a PayPal account to pay by credit card using it!)
With PayPal I can also accept all credit cards, not over the phone, but via a link I can send you by e-mail, which makes it so much easier for all my overseas customers.
£1.00 charge for this service.
(You save that on the stamp and shoe leather, I'm told!)
Postal conditions for overseas customers.
For overseas postage to destinations other than the EU, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and a few other countries where the postal services have an excellent reputation, I now insist on tracked postage, at extra expense, and take no responsibility for non arrival of parts. I will supply tracking details and customers must trace and seek their own compensation if a parcel fails to arrive. This unhappy situation has been forced on me because a customer claimed he failed to receive a parcel in South Africa and claimed his money back from PayPal, even though I had proof of posting etc. I cannot afford to send spares for free.
Have a browse through the pages, you might get a few surprises, as my web designer had a bit of a wicked sense of humour, so I can’t be certain that any seagull you find, might take you to something odd……
If I am not answering the phone, this might give you a clue to where I might be if it's good sailing weather!
John will be closing for 3 months from May 8th 2013, to sail round England, Wales and part of Scotland, mails will be diverted to Sheridan, the home of British Seagull. Will still be able to answer the mobile phone for advice...
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