The South West Film and Television Archive (SWFTA) is the regional film archive for the South West of England. Established in 1993, SWFTA's core collection comprises of the combined programme libraries of Westward Television and TSW (Television South West). The archive also cares for a significant number of donated film collections, both amateur and professional, dating back to the early 1900s.
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Fold your boat in half - The Maverick folding-boat demonstration in Exmouth
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The Maverick is a foldable seaworthy boat made in Milton Keynes and this film shows it being demonstrated with Westward TV reporter Chris Fear. This boat was bought for £500 in Exmouth and is towed easily to the jetty and unfolded.
Invented in 1969 the Porta-bote became popular in the 1980s when fishing enthusiasts started downsizing and storage became an issue. Made of copolymer polypropylene it is extremely lightweight, flexible and strong and became a boat used by professionals in rescue attempts and by leisure seekers alike. Sold worldwide, the boat was given a makeover in 2013 changing the design and certain folding aspects.