Channel Swimming Association

Providing the ultimate package for Swimming the English Channel

Your First Steps...

Read our Step by Step Guide on how
to swim the English Channel with the
Channel Swimming Association.

Swim Poll

Are you planning on swimming the English Channel?

King of the Channel
Queen of the Channel

Fred Mardle

Fred Mardle

Sam Allen P40

About Fred's Boat - Samallen P40

The boat, based in Folkestone, is fitted with a gas cooker for tea plus facilities for making sausages/bacon. It also has chemical toilet. Both pilots have their coastal skippers’ certificates with a family history of being involved with swims/crewing and skipping across the channel for over fifty years.

  • Passengers & crew: 10
  • Category: 2 (2= 60 miles from port)
  • Length: 9.26m
  • Type: Fishing Vessel


  • Furuno colour sounder
  • GPS Navigator
  • Radar: JRC/ plotter
  • l con
  • Furuno Radio
  • AIS Transponder

Contact Fred

  • Tel: +44 (0)1303 250045
  • Mobile: 07933 038523
  • Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Live Map

The map below shows a live map of the Sam Allen. If you cannot see it (i.e if there is no big caption pointing to the boat), then it is probably docked at port.

Fred's 2nd boat, Masterpiece is below:

Vessel positions may be up to one hour old or incomplete. Data is kindly provided for informational reasons by