Hampton boats were based in Oulton Broad, Lowestoft and were wooden boatbuilders in 1958. The first Safari 25s with sliding tops came out in 1968, with a later version being built, known as the sunken foredeck model, which had a sun roof rather than a sliding roof. Production of the mouldings continued until the early 80s.
The hull design is a displacement hull with long keel lending itself to easy low speed inland waterways handling. Whilst the mouldings were produced by Hamptons, the fit outs varied enormously as many different boatyards and individuals fitted out these craft. Many were successfully used as hire boats. Berthing arrangements vary from 2 to 4 berths and engines always shaft driven where usually Perkins or BMC diesels although different engines many appear.