United Kingdom | 1973

Thunderbird for sale

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Name of boat
8,33 m / 27,33 ft
2,84 m / 9,32 ft
0,86 m / 2,82 ft
United Kingdom

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Updated Seller price Price, $ Change price, $
30.04.2020 $ 40 478 $ 40 478 -
01.05.2020 $ 40 942 $ 40 942 +$ 464
05.05.2020 $ 40 450 $ 40 450 $ -492
07.05.2020 $ 40 133 $ 40 133 $ -317
14.05.2020 29 500 £ $ 36 020 $ -4 113

* Attention! The price is indicated on a date taking into account the currency exchange rate on this date



This Omega 828, open cockpit, sports cruiser with a deep vee planning hull built by Trident Marine of Portchester, England and based on a design by the renowned Renato "Sonny" Levi is now available for sale. The deep-vee hull with a fine entry gives her good handling in a seaway.

She is powered by twin six cylinder Cummins 6BTA 5.9L 210Hp diesel engines on shafts and propellers for fast offshore passages. These engines were supplied from Cummins reconditioned in December 2010.


I purchased Thunderbird in February 1989 and have enjoyed many years use with a number of cross channel and coastal trips to the West Country in 1990s and in  recent years mainly in the Solent .Trident Marine built 28 Omega 828s in the 1970s using a mould from the Levi designed Corsair from the 1960s. However the flaired bow does not resemble the Corsair bow and prevents “submarining” . The deep V hull means that good progress can be made into a head sea when it is best to have the trim tabs in the down position. Being a deep V hull it will lean into the wind and this can be corrected by pushing down the tab on the side the boat is leaning.

Replacement of the original180hp Mermaid Engines with the Cummins 6BTA 210 hp engines has proveda great success with these engines proving completely reliable with replacement of routine service items only. They are lighter, quieter, more fuel efficient at cruising speed than the Mermaids and in particular smokeless even on cold start.

Thunderbird is however in need of some refurbishment and TLC which I now in my 70s am no longer able to give. Hence this much loved member of the family comes onto the market for the first time in  31 years.


2X 210hp Cummins 6BTA 6 cylinder 5.9 litre ( Factory Recons) supplied and fitted by Cummins UK December 2010    

Hours PORT 327  


Full Cummins Instrumentation and over heat and low oil pressure alarms.

Engines last serviced May 2019 by Vasi Marine



Economical Cruising Speed 22-23knots. Maximum Speed 30 knots plus



Original Borg Warner Velvet drive gearboxes ratio 1.1 to flexible couplings ,1 3/8inch shafts and 3 blade   17x18 1/2inch bronze props



2x 55 gallon Tek Tank custom built polypropylene and professionally fitted (2001)



Approx 20 gallon stainless steel tank custom built and professionally fitted ( Dec.2019 – unused )


Double V berth forward. Dinette table with seating for 4 converts to very small double/large single berth

Galley : Plastimo 2 burner with grill gas cooker. Stainless steel sink.

Separate heads compartment with Jabsco manual sea toilet.


Single helm and double navigators seat. Aft seating with loose fitted cushions.

Sprayhood with zipped vents and roll up side. Rear cover . Separate full cockpit tonneau.(blue)

Deck equipment

Claw type galvanised steel anchor stowed on stem with bow roller fitting. Chain and Warp.

Manual Simpson Lawrence anchor winch.

Removeable Plastimo Hoist with socket to aft deck for lifting dinghy outboard etc.

Folding stainless steel bar fitted to aft deck suitable for holding light dinghy.

Bathing ladder with outboard bracket fitted.

Teak laid cockpit sole and engine covers

Electronic equipment

Cabin- GPS Map 162 –black and white plotter

Kelvin Hughes Husan 70 VHF radio (Call sign MEHW 4)

Cockpit- VDO electric log (not working)

Isotherm Grey line 12volt refrigerator

Sony blue tooth audio (2018)

NASA Echo sounder (2018)

Bracket and wiring for small Garmin handheld GPS at the helm (set to be retained)

Individual rocker switch controls for fitted Bennet trim tabs


Professionally epoxied (2015)

Nicolle Associates offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.

  • This vessel is deemed VAT paid, due to her age.
  • As always photographs do not do justice so a viewing is highly recommended.
  • This boat is lying in Hamble, UK.
  • © 2020 Nicolle Associates
$ 38 548Listed price: 29 500 £
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Added: 00:07 30.04.2020
Updated: 00:09 10.06.2020


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