Casino Royale is a 29’ 1938 Chris Craft Express Cruiser that was redeemed from a watery grave in 2013. She was imported to UK in September 1938 and was destined to go to Poland, but Hitler intervened. Many years passed, during which she gradually became a house boat with an interesting cabin construction on the stern. She was sinking slowly in Norfolk, when the Environment Agency, having an abandoned unregistered wreck on their hands, were going to scrap her. Luckily, Stephen Dennett of Michael Dennett’s Boatbuilder found her just in time and dragged her back to Laleham. There, the additional cabin was removed and the beautiful lines of her bows were exposed. That’s where we arrived.
She is unique on the river having been restored combining the best of the USA design with the UK craftsmanship. Her hull shape remains unchanged, but her topline has been opened out and made more like a Chris Craft Sportsman. This was shown at the Thames Traditional Boat Festival 2015, where Casino Royale won the People's Choice award for Best Boat.
As she is now a permanent resident of the upper Thames, she has an electric motor to allow effortless and quiet cruising. Casino Royale has plenty of room and comfortable seating for 8 people. In sunny weather she can remain open, but should the English Summer misbehave she has a full cover with 6’ 6” headroom. There is a flushing toilet and running water on board.