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Da Bolex Engineering

Jack G40 chase boat

jack g100 sailing yacht

Napier lion engine




marine design studio

“Welcome and thank you for diving into our first edition of Hook [ ED]” The past two years have been a real journey for myself and the team here in Cornwall, this is a celebration of that journey showcasing the talented and wonderful people we have met along the way, as well as previewing some of our upcoming work. By way of a thank you to our existing clients and friends, and as an introduction to those who may not know us yet, we present in these articles some characters that we hope you will find as interesting as we do, for their unique skills and projects as well as their outlook on life. We are lucky to work on some truly exciting projects, each with their own challenging and inspiring criteria to achieve a successful outcome and we are privileged to collaborate on these projects with some of the finest craftsmen and women around. Looking forward, we are proud to present two brand new concept designs to compliment the office’s growing new build offering, and anticipate future collaborations on bespoke projects with some of the partners showcased within. I hope you enjoy what we have put together and look forward to hearing from you to talk boats, life or about your next big project.

Jack Gifford

Jack Gifford Propulsion Systems

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anthony garrett artist

de bolex






napier lion


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HOOK [ED] Magazine Publisher Jack Gifford Marine Design Studio Editor in Chief Garry Maidment Designer Charlotte Monks Editors Alice Preat, Alasdair Purvas, Sales & Marketing Alice Preat & Garry Maidment Contributors Bike EXIF, Mark & Loz Cann, Roma Surfoards, Anthony Garrett Photographers Tom Horna @ Autohaus London, Richard Broomhall @ FRACTUREDETHER.COM


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Anthony aka Ant was born in Sevenoaks, Kent. He studied at Chelsea College of Art and then Falmouth College of Art for a degree in design. Following this he worked as a designer in London before taking up painting full time. His paintings are a subject of his environment and weather with its impact on the landscape on which he works. As an artist he brings together people, thought and process in collaboration.

If you look up the meaning of collaboration you will find Anthony Garratt and his installation Uschel ac isel (high and low). ‘Uchel ac Isel’, is a spectacular outdoor painting installation, which tells a unique story about the history, geography and industrial heritage of North Wales, encouraging visitors to make a deeper connection with the region’s dramatic landscape and the forces that shape it. High and Low features two paintings, created in two very different dramatic and inspiring sites: one floating high on the flanks of Snowdon on Llyn Llydaw, and one hung low, deep beneath the mountains in an abandoned slate cavern. Each of the two location offers a unique and arresting opportunity for highly visual storytelling and contemplation: from the soaring light and

reflected imagery of the mountain lake to the dark atmospheric shadows and acoustics of the abandoned slate cavern. Both sites have great historical and geographical significance. Because the paintings were created in situ and then seen in context, they offered a very different way for the viewer to engage with both the art and the landscape which inspired it – Anthony Garratt. Anthony’s art and ideas came to light with the support from Judith Mathews as patron and the collobaration of photographer and filmer Richard Broomhall with project design and build developed by Mark and Loz Cann.


DE BOLEX ENGINEERING CALUM PRYCE-TIDD IS ONE of the most methodical and thoughtful bike builders operating in Europe today. And his philosophy is spot on: “It’s important not to tear up a great production bike to make something harder or less practical to ride,” he believes. Calum and Da Bolex workshop is one of the sort after bike builders in the UK and for Europe, with the old guard of bike manufactures coming to him for his timeless designs and work ethic. British design and engineering is alive and well! “So we retain the core of the bike, and then improve it with lightweight bodywork and upgraded components.” This means more of the right stuff, and there’s a lot of the right stuff on this classy Triumph Thruxton R. Builds from deBolex hark back to the classic era of vehicle design, which Calum describes as “a combination of effortless style and a fundamental quality.” The approach is akin to traditional coach building or race car engineering. “Our build process is similar to that of the 50s and 60s racing eras,” he says. “Manufacturers would remove the heavy steel bodies from their saloons and sports cars, and replace

them with lightweight aluminum bodies—and improve the chassis and engine performance at the same time.” This Thruxton R was a no-compromise build, commissioned by Prince Mateen of Brunei. Given that the prince is a graduate of the Sandhurst military academy, a qualified helicopter pilot and a nationallevel sportsman, deBolex had some very high standards to meet. “We had freedom in the design, so we built a bike completely true to our hearts and ethos,” says Calum. He and his partner, Des Francis, have taken influence from early TT racers, but added a unique twist and a modern edge. First on the list was the chassis and stance. That meant a sandblast, plus top-shelf Excel rims with a clear anodized finish and stainless steel spokes. They’re wrapped in Metzeler Racetec RR tyres. The suspension on the Thruxton R is pretty good in stock form, but deBolex have upgraded it with new fork internals and rear shocks from the British racebike specialist Maxton. Then deBolex worked with Fastec Racing to design a new top yoke, and upgraded the front brakes to Brembo’s 484 calipers and 320mm discs from


ISR. At the same time, modified Rizoma rear sets were installed with the help of custom brackets machined by Fastec. “For the controls we added Magura HC3 master cylinders with a hydraulic clutch conversion, which gives a smooth and lightweight clutch feel,” Calum says. “Venhill Engineering supplied brake lines with stainless steel fixings.” The attention to detail doesn’t stop there: deBolex have even relocated the driveby-wire throttle unit to the belly pan, and converted it to a cable system for a more traditional feel. The bodywork is all aluminum. “We started with the belly pan and radiator cowling,” says Calum. “The aim was to enclose the lower frame rails, and give the radiator a more tailored design. These were probably the most challenging pieces to make—there were a lot of angles, shapes and joints to consider to create a natural, unbroken flow.” The scalloped fuel tank is closer to a classic café profile than Triumph’s original, and was shaped on a wooden buck. The fuel pump is mounted on an aluminum base, and the tank is topped off with a Rizoma fuel cap and oneway valve. The matching seat and tail section use deBolex’s proprietary quick release design.

There’s a pressed steel seat pan base, which is rubber mounted and can be removed via the original Triumph seat release system. There’s more quick-release trickery on the fairing/racing number board, with a headlight cover that can be slipped into a soft bag under the seat. With such bespoke bodywork on the cards, deBolex didn’t want compromise the lines by having to work around the standard wiring loom. They also faced complications in removing the standard instruments. So they decided to build a bespoke wiring loom and ECU set up. “This work was carried out by X Bikes, who designed and built a highlydetailed loom,” says Calum. Deutsch connectors are used throughout the bike to add to the race feel and make maintenance easy. The ECU and fly-by-wire control unit are now mounted under the seat and tail, compressed into a neat and lightweight package fed by a tiny Shorai battery. DeBolex have also added ‘Race’ and ‘Town’ riding maps, and a Cordona quick shifter—making the Thruxton R very easy to ride. A Motogadget m.unit blue supplies power to the lights, including ‘m.blaze pin’ indicators and a Highsider tail Light. With 87 rear wheel horsepower—according to the Cycle World dyno, because Triumph only quotes torque—the Thruxton R is a already a brisk ride. So deBolex have simply freed up the breathing with K&N filters and a new exhaust system, fabricated in-house from stainless steel. The design takes inspiration from the traditional Siamese systems found on older Triumphs and the muffler is from the British company Keihan Systems. The finishing is typically top notch. The frame has been powder coated in a glossy black, components such as the Motone switch housings and master cylinder bodies have been finished in a matt grey Cerakote, and the exhaust has been treated to a high temperature version of Cerakote—with all work carried out by Flying Tiger Coatings. DeBolex carried out the paint and trimming in house, though, applying a Triumph Jet black with a metallic silver stripe and gold logos. The upholstery is a water resistant Alcantara fabric. Before the Thruxton was fully built up, it did several stints on the dyno at X Bikes—to give it a smooth but responsive feel at the throttle. Then Calum took the bike to the famous Goodwood Race circuit. “The cars and motorcycles that have raced there over the years have inspired much of what we do,” he says. “So it was a fitting place for testing and filming before handing the bike over to Prince Mateen.” “We unloaded the Triumph on an early winter’s morning. After constantly checking the weather leading up to the test day, we were relieved when the sun

burst through. It was our first chance to really reflect on the build in the most perfect environment—and the bike looked right at home.” It must have been a magical moment. Straight out of the box, the Thruxton R is a magnificent flying machine—but this custom is truly next level. Photography by Tom Horna from Autohouse London With thanks to Goodwood for their hospitality.


G100 sailing yacht

The JACK | G100 Yacht

A new offering presenting a long keel, deep water sailing yacht which brings together origins of style in design and innovation while producing modern performance.

Designed with the yachtsperson in mind for the most pleasurable sailing experiences, both near and offshore, the 730sqm sail plan delivers performance whilst the family orientated space adopts today’s ideas in building a sailor’s cruising | racing yacht while supporting the environmental changes within our industry. With the interest in timeless style growing over the years, The G100 combines simplicity, elegance and style within a modern 100ft yacht. Comfortable travelling accommodation is offered in four guest cabins and dedicated crew accommodation, with ample dining and entertainment areas above and below deck.

SPECIFICATION Rig: Length over all: Beam: Draught: 3.5m Ballast: Displacement

Cutter 30.5m 6.7m 45 Tonnes 100 Tonnes

Sail plan Sails Set (3 DL) North Sails NPL Mainsail: 365m2 Jib: 220m2 Gennaker: 145m2

Hull/Superstructure: Exterior paint system: Classification: Engine: Power: Propeller: Bow thruster Fuel tank capacity:

Aluminum Awlgrip DNV Volvo Penta DA-300 300 Horse Power Variable pitch, 4 blade 3,000 L

Interior Deckhouse with seating 4 x Double Ensuite Cabins 1 x Single Crew Cabin 1 x Twin Crew Cabin Saloon & Dining Galley & Crew Mess Navigation Station 1 x WC& Washroom Engine & Technical area Forepeak & Lazarette


“Yachts are highly personal things. They’re how we chose to interact with the water, the way we want to live and the way we like to move. It’s capturing these individual preferences in designs that holds my interest and drives my work. My passion for clean, elegant and perfectly performing boats is something I try to bring to every project and contribute to each yachtsman’s personally perfect yacht.” – Jack Gifford


“High perfor mance and practicality are essential traits for the moder n-day support boat. Such an easily transportable asset will join and compliment a racing programme’s other containers making getting on the water and packing down much easier and much faster.� - Jack Gifford


G40 chase boat

T H E JAC K | G 4 0

Bringing function, grace and speed to the water with the launch of this new chase boat design, the JACK | G40. This minimalist, versatile and fast tender will appeal to the current abundance of yacht owners who are looking to make the most of the racing season.

The G40 design is following is a culmination of ideas from clients searching a new style and performance in Tender options. A multi-purpose chase boat and tender that is equally at home doing 19 knots in swell around St Barths or dropping you and your quests into the port of Portofino for a night out. With its rapid and stylish appearance, the features built into the aluminium hull include wash-down facilities, day berth, heads and large sail bay. Designed to ship in a standard, 40-foot ISO container, giving the vessel a truly global range. with a custom yard trolley which serves as a dock cradle and container loading skid for ease of delivery. Serving both as a crew launch and chase boat, the design provides layout options where you can include your thoughts and ideas to ensure the G40 is tailored to you.

SPECIFICATION Length Overall: 11.95m Beam: 2.15m Draft: 0.65m Engines: Yanmar 6LPA 315hP (232 4W) Propulsion: Arneson Surface Drive Passengers: 12 Fuel Capacity: 800L Construction: Aluminum Hull Form: Stepped, Deep V



Napier Lion Words: Alasdair Purves Alasdair is the great grandson of the yacht racing skipper, Capt. Charlie Barr. When he is not writing he can usually be found on board a schooner in his home port of Barcelona.

Estelles; the racing boats of Marion “Joe” Carstairs. There can be few characters more colourful than Marion Carstairs; she herself was a force to be reckoned

The Napier Lion (also known as the

with. She was the flamboyant heiress to

Broad Arrow) was the most significant

The Standard Oil fortune, a forthright

There’s nothing like a good war to

engine of it’s era. This 12 cylinder

and unconventional lady; her attitude

catalyse the evolution of an engine.

beast, renowned for its high power to

and gusto made her a good match with

Although if there isn’t a war on,

weight ratio, had a number of advanced

the Napier Lion. Marion was a tattooed,

then how about some gentlemanly

features which made it the most powerful

cigar smoking, big game hunting, self

competition to accelerate the

engine of its time, particularly when

professed tom-boy; Although born in

development of your speed machine?

it became super-charged in 1922.

Mayfair she burst through the constraints

Until World War I had brought all the

Although initially designed for aircraft

of her social class with her brash

fun of the Gilded Age to an abrupt

it quickly became famous for its use in

halt, racing in the preceding époque

speed record attempts in boats, cars

had primarily been concerned with

and aeroplanes alike. Unsurprisingly it’s

horses and yachts. However, the need for

popularity endured and the Napier Lion

wartime air supremacy had widened the

stayed in production long after its other

frontiers of aviation and brought with

competitors had become obsolete; from

it fresh new horizons to be conquered.

1917 all the way up until the 1930s.

So followed the Jazz Age and out of this explosion of cultural and economic

Shooting Stars

growth plucky and eccentric daredevils

Naturally the Napier Lion became

turned their attention to breaking new

an iconic machine, synonymous with

speed records; on land, on sea and

speed and glamour as it charged its way

high up in the clouds. It was during the

through the world of motor sports. The

Roaring Twenties that a lion was born.

Napier Lion was famously used in the 13

Marion “Joe” Carstairs

lifestyle choices; She had many lovers, including the actresses Greta Garbo, Tallulah Banks and Marlene Dietrich, and she changed them with dizzying frequency; She bought herself a private island, Whale Cay, which she defended from unwanted visitors by brandishing a 12 bore double-barrelled shotgun and a cutlass, once even locking up a couple of hapless hikers who had rowed ashore, they were held in the lighthouse with their hands tied for nearly two days before being released without explanation or apology, Marion only declaring unrepentantly, “I don’t give a fuck about the law!” Despite her brusque manner and punchy self confidence she was nonetheless a charming character, always sporting a razor sharp Savile Row suit and a cut-glass English accent. The lady loved to party too and often threw lavish soirées for her jet-set pals. In another eccentric move she bought a fleet of Daimlers and started a chauffeur company, the cars were only driven by lady chauffeurs. However, this

Campbell scored again in 1928 with

masculine feminist was no suffragette,

Blue Bird II, this car was a suped-up

she didn’t concern herself with issues

version, with a more powerful Napier

of equality, she was too busy taking the

Lion ‘Sprint’ at 875hp, which he had

lead, especially when it came to her

artfully managed to blag off the Royal

favourite hobby: motor sports. Once she

Air Force. The car was elongated from

had discovered racing she scarcely gave a

15 to 18ft (5 to 6 metres); alterations were

backward glance. It was the Napier Lion

made to the radiator, which included

that finally gave our indefatigable heroine 2400 ft (730 metres) of external tubing; it then underwent significant aerodynamic something to get her teeth into. When she commissioned a series of motorboats, testing in wind tunnels. Campbell set a new land speed record with the Napier the Estelles, she powered them with the fearsome Napier Lions. With these she

Lion snarling at 3,300 rpm as the Blue

won every race that she entered (with the

Bird II soared to a staggering 206 mph.

exception of the coveted Harmsworth

When Major Henry Segrave set

Cup - The British International Trophy)

his sights on this land speed record

making a name for herself as ‘The

he had a suitably fabulous motor car

Fastest Woman On Water.’

produced, The Golden Arrow. The race car featured an innovative ice-cooling

Blue Bird

system (which proved unnecessary),

Golden Arrow

telescopic sights to help you steer along

Aside from conquering out on the

the straightest trajectory, a large tail fin

water the Napier Lion also asserted its

with an added 260 lbs (117 kgs) of lead

dominance on land. When Sir Malcolm

ballast, and replete with a Napier Lion

Campbell had a car built to break the

which produced a ferocious 925 hp.

Land Speed Record it was your old

Major Seagrave unleashed his Golden

friend Marion Carstairs who sponsored

Arrow in March 1929 at Daytona in

its construction to the tune of £10,000.

front of 120,000 spectators. He hit the

The Blue Bird’s storm to victory on

throttle, the car darted forth and he

February 4th 1927 won the record for

quickly reached a terrifying 231.45 mph

Campbell at a blistering average of 174

(372.46 km/h.)

mph. With the 502 hp Napier Lion

Having been beaten by his nemesis, Sir

engine the Blue Bird reached a peak

Malcolm Campbell had a third Bluebird

speed of 195 mph.

built. The radiator was replaced with 14

a circular opening in the nose covered

three wins - a handsome prize indeed.

Supermarines were also extensively financed by Lady Lucy Houston,

by a birdcage grille but the Napier

The competition itself was a pure speed

a British philanthropist, yet despite the frivolity of racing there was

Lion engine remained the same. The

race between seaplanes or flying boats

one even more significant outcome than simply winning the trophy.

chosen course was in a dry lake bed in

over a triangular course. It was held 12

In the process of designing these winning seaplanes, Reginald Joseph

South Africa and before the scheduled

times between 1913 and 1931 and was

Mitchell had learnt so much about aeronautical engineering that he

attempt it was suddenly inundated by a

hosted in several different countries. In

would go on to develop these designs into the Spitfire, his aircraft

tropical downpour. Despite the chance

the early days 45 mph (73 km/h) was

proved to be of pivotal importance during World War II. The war

of breaking the main land speed record

enough to win but the curve was steep

might have already been over by the time he produced the Spitfire if

being rained off, Campbell did manage

and the development of designs quickly

it wasn’t for the extensive research and design he put in during The

to set the world 5 mile and 10 mile

sped up. However, the designs that

Schneider Trophy campaigns.

records at 212 mph (341 km/h), but he

accelerated the fastest of all contained

During the Roaring Twenties races were won, records were broken

had been beaten by The Golden Arrow

that one magic ingredient: the Napier

and legends were made but whether this pursuit of speed was on

for the “Flying Mile” record.

Lion. Numerous entries carried the

land, on sea or up in the wild blue yonder, one thing is for sure: they

Undeterred Sir Malcolm made a

Napier Lion, and of these winners the

couldn’t have done it without the Napier Lion,

fourth Blue Bird. This time with a 23.9

ones that stood out were undoubtedly

litre supercharged Napier Lion VIID

the Supermarine seaplanes built by

W12 which packed a colossal 1450 hp,

Supermarine Aviation Works. One

The King of The Beasts.

offering three times the power of it’s

of this company’s principal designers,

predecessors. He reset the record in

R.J. Mitchell, made it his mission to

1931 at 246 mph (396km/h)and was

perfect these racing seaplanes, and that

duly lionized in the press by the “gee-

he did, with more than half a dozen

whizz journalism” of the day and earned

Supermarine aircraft appearing in the

himself a knighthood to boot. Campbell’s

competition. The Supermarine S5 that

adversary never got another chance to

won in Venice in 1927 was a shining

beat this record as Major Segrave was

example; literally, the seaplane was

killed while trying to break the speed

covered all over in brilliant metal, and it

record on water. So Campbell was able to

bolted through the troposphere at a cool

break his record again the following year

281 mph (453 km/h). Feats of aviation

at 251 mph (404 km/h). Another year

were a big deal to the public, especially

later in 1933 this charging knight broke

if it was a race and The Schneider

the record once more in his fifth and final

Trophy typically attracted hundreds of

Blue Bird.

thousands of spectators; in 1927 there was estimated to be a crowd of 200,000


people while in 1931 half a million Brits

Whilst the Lion seemed just as

lined up on the shore to observe this

comfortable whether prowling on land

volant tournament of the celestial sphere.

or plying the coast let’s not forget that it

To give some perspective, this was the era

was developed for powering aircraft. So,

when pioneers like Amelia Earhart and

as you might expect, people were already

Bill Lancaster were content pootering

looking skywards to see what majestic

through the sky with 70 hp engines,

feats a winged Lion might accomplish up

whereas during these Shneider races a

there in that great azure vault of heaven.

Napier Lion could deliver a whopping

A £1000 prize and an opulent

900 hp. Mitchell kept up his designs and

trophy was offered up for the winner of

after breaking the record again in 1931

an aerial contest that became known

with the Supermarine S6 the trophy was

as The Schneider Trophy. The trophy

bequeathed indefinitely to Britain. The

was an elaborate art nouveau sculpture resplendent with a silver slyph swooping down towards zephyrs that surged forth on a wave beside King Neptune while the marble base was enrobed with ornate octopuses and crabs; an empyrean rhapsody in bronze symbolizing mastery over the skies. French financier and balloonist, Jacques Schneider, also stipulated that if an aero club won three races in five years, they would retain his trophy and the winning pilot would receive 75,000 francs for each of the first 15

N a p i er Li o n W1 2

Broad Arrow

After an extensive search for one of the most prized aviation engines, a complete and fully original Napier Sea Lion has been found and saved for the restoration and installation it deserves. Arguably the most important early high power to weight engine, the Napier Lion was in several record breaking machines on land, sea and water during the 1920’s and 30’s. The ‘Lion’ aka ‘Broad Arrow’ as she was known was installed in many iconic cars, aircraft and boats but today only three running engines survive, all of which are in cars or on static display. Following thorough inspection and a full appraisal by vintage aero-engine experts in the UK, the engine has been deemed suitable for restoration to

full running condition opening up many exciting opportunities for its installation in a fully operational aircraft or boat. We have conducted a great deal of research into the British International Trophy racing power boats of Marion Carstairs as well as the Supermarine S5 aircraft which raced for the Schneider Trophy, unearthing a fascinating wealth of information on both these engineering icons of their day. Enough information has now been gathered to facilitate historically accurate replicas. The engine is now for sale with further details and proposed project plans available through Jack Gifford Marine Design Studio.



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Roma is a lot of things but Surfboards are at the heart of what they do. Based in the South West. As a custom & stock shaper they are small and mobile, trading, hoarding, swapping while building a reputation of supplying quality and stylish surfboards. With a focus on form and function, creating exciting

templates that pay tribute to years of experience and cold water surfing with Intricacies of design, hidden in refined and clean lines. The Kernow (Cornish) boys are doing good. The boards and shapes and a collaboration from and with the people that know them the best, which reflects in everything Roma have built. Through some of the best craftsmen in the UK and with a constant loop of feedback the board company have a tight quiver that showcases the talent and creates infinite possibilities when looking for something to surf. ‘’When you get to know a shaper you can recognize their work. There are elements of a board you see again and again and you trust them to be there next time. You can experiment with a point of reference’’. This is something they do well and something that’s a little lost when buying a board today. It’s time to go back, slow down and enjoy the shaping experience and purchase on that new board. As a collective of knowledge from shaping to finishing tWat combined has over 50 years of experience, drawing on classic templates and design principles to create progressive, modern surfboards with old school style and modern performance. They have come across a design, and approach that works, providing that perfect ride that filled you with confidence. “’We're not looking to make carbon copies but we want to have the conversation. Tell us what works for you or let us help you figure it out” – Roma Surboards


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