Richard Allen was involved in the inland boat industry from the 1960s and set up his own building company in the mid 1990s. These craft used existing mouldings from Shetland or Beaves Marine. The interesting feature of these craft were the pod mount outboard which features a fuel tank, water and battery storage. Many of these craft offered advanced features such as hot water and showers. The interior used light veneer and modern upholstery. Dolphin cruisers were sold out by Richard Allen in about 2003 and the models are still made in Norfolk under the Dolphin name.
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