The Carters Overboats are the only known surviving set of a once common British fairground ride, saved and restored by Jeff Bach in the 1960s. The ride dates to 1875, making it the oldest known surviving fairground ride in the UK.
Overboats are a smaller, more rudimentary version of the ferris wheel, with two boats which are rotated around the frame with a cranking handle. These particular boats were in a very sorry state when Jeff bought them in 1968, and he spent many years restoring them to their former glory, including rebuilding the boats.
After his death the ride passed into our care. They need a certain amount of skill in the operation – the boats must be balanced as evenly as possible to make it easier to turn the handle. Because the Overboats are hand-cranked and pretty labour intensive, they are not currently being travelled.
The Overboats are available for hire or for film use, please click here for more information.
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|Hire the Overboats
If you are interested in hiring the Overboats, please click here for more information. Please be aware that you will need a good level ground and clear enough access to get a lorry on to the site (any gate must be minimum of 10 feet wide).