The Sheridan Connection
Sheridan Line started in 1972 when we operated two Freemans for hire on the Thames; having had many previous years of experience with Freeman cruisers. This quickly grew to a small fleet known as 'Thames Explorer Boats'.
We moved to our base in, Moulsford in 1976 and our experience with Freemans led to a specialist repair service. A close relationship grew between Freemans and ourselves and this led to the invitation by David Freeman for us to take over the name and manufacture and supply of original Freeman fittings once the decision had been made to stop production in 1983.
There was a sale of surplus equipment in 1984 and in 1985 the general stock of spares was moved to our premises. The original spares casting's and moulding's were left in their relevant factories where we re-cast them as demand requires, so maintaining the craftsmanship for which Freeman's are renowned.
Although we do not at present manufacture new cruisers we have expanded our supplies to include engine spares and the services to include complete renovation or repairs.
In 1999, WaterMota, the primary supplier of engines for Freeman's developed their interests into other fields. Fortunately, we were able to secure their castings and patterns for the Freeman engines and therefore hope to continue to manufacture and supply engine parts, too, for the foreseeable future.
In 2003 the same situation arose for the J-Type Gearbox, this too has now come to Sheridan Marine where we have built a dedicated J-Type Gearbox servicing room.