Herbie is closely related to these boats in that it was fitted out by Calcutt and has many of the Clipper features, especially the rear galley inside layout. The main obvious difference is that Herbie has a totally different shell with a semi trad stern as opposed to the cruiser stern of the standard Clipper. Herbie's shell was built by Andicraft whereas normal Clipper shells are built by Pat Buckle on the river Nene.
Looking at the Clipper spec on the Calcutt website I see that most of the things listed as optional extras are things that Herbie already has. Things like central heating (which we rarely use) steel doors, TV ariel points, 240v electrics etc all come as extras, even the centre T stud on the roof! I recall phoning up Calcutt once over paint colours and the Lady said "Oh I remember Herbie, the chap who bought it wanted lots of changes over our normal spec, so its a one off really." Then she said "I also remember Herbie because I fell off it when I was painting it!"
So I guess a Clipper could end up costing you rather more than the basic £48k, but it's still value for money. Certainly their fit out is very professional and has been remarked on as such by surveyors and BSC inspectors on Herbie.
It was to Calcutt that we sent this week for the replacement for the injector pump bleed screw that I broke the other day. Apparently it has now arrived at our boatyard so I have again to face up to trying to bleed the fuel system. This time I have printed off the page from a copy of the BMC 1.8 workshop manual that can be found at the website of - you guessed it, Calcutt Boats.
Just a quick reply to a question by Halfie - I never know whether to reply on the comment space, but I suspect many people don't go back to look. Anyway Halfie, if you measure the battery voltage at no load, and after the surface charge has dissipated, then 50% is about 12.2 volts, 60% is 12.3v, 70% is 12.4v etc. This is not entirely reliable but a fair guide. On the other hand, if you install a Smartguage, you just press a button and it tells you the percentage, whether on load or not.