Sunbeam has spent fifty one years taking people out on mackerel fishing trips and deep sea fishing trips from Lyme Regis harbour. Built in 1961 by H Lavis in Exmouth, Devon, Sunbeam is carvel built, mahogany on oak, 7.3 metres long with a 28hp Beta Marine engine.
Sunbeam was originally built for Victor Homyer, an old Lyme Regis skipper and Harry’s former boss. Later in her life she was owned by none other than Ian Gillan of the rock group Deep Purple. Ian lives in Lyme Regis and used to enjoy going out in his boat deep sea fishing and mackerel fishing. He employed a skipper for many years but then decided six years ago to sell up and that was when Harry May stepped in and bought this well cared for, beautiful mackerel fishing boat.
It’s impossible to estimate just how many passengers have enjoyed fishing off this boat but it must run into thousands. Sunbeam carries the skull and crossbones flag on her forward mast and so she is the ‘pirate boat’ to the many children who come aboard. Like Marie F she is licensed to carry 10 passengers.