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When I was a slip of a lad many years agaon my parents took me on holiday, 2 years on the trot, to the Norfolk Broads.

On both occasions our starting point was Wroxham, but it was on different sides of the river.

I recall the first time we went we had a boat from a company called Earnest Collins (I think) and the year later a boatyard called "Powles"

Again I am not 100% sure but would be interested to know what happened to these companies and any interesting information you might have.

Yours Newfoundly
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Hi Warren

You might find this thread useful.

Cheers.  Smile

Steve

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Hello Warren.

The boatyards you refer to (Jack Powles & Ernest Collins) were indeed once on opposite sides of the river at Wroxham. Jack Powles were on what's now the Barnes Brinkcraft site & Ernest Collins were opposite. Just to confuse things though, Powles later moved next door to Collins.

Both yards hired through Blakes for many years & then became part of the Pennant Holidays group which also owned Herbert Woods & Hearts cruisers at the time. They ceased hiring after the 1992 season, when pennant was bought out by Broads Tours (who now own Herbert Woods & Faircraft Loynes).

Many of the boats still cruise the Broads in private hands.

Hope this helps - hopefully others will chip in with more knowledge for you.

Simon

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... and just to confuse things further - Ernest Collins occupied the Barnes-Brinkcraft site for a time too.

Steve

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Thank you very much for the information. It certainly brought back memories.

The first boat we had was pure white and very sleek in design and looked rather posh, compared to the other boats around and I remember it had 2 or 3 oval shaped port holes on either side of the bow.

We where very proud to be on that boat as most of the other boats from Ernest Collins at that time where varnised wood.

It had a sliding roof, into a central saloon, but again, cant for the life of me remember the name.

Well moving on, I say it looked good until my dad hit another boat trying to moor at Reedham.

He went in a little too fast (With the tide!!) and made a dent in the bow near to one of those lovely shaped windows.

I rmember him being rather embarrassed when we took the boat back, thinking he was going to loose all his damage deposit.

But the boatyard, just said, dont worry about it and let us go on our way!!!!

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Hi Warren,

The boat you describe sounds to me as though it could be a "Royal Emblem"!

I hope that stirs your memory, as it`s frustrating when you can`t remember something.

Pete

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SPOT on!!!

Royal Emblem was the name...

Thank you very much.

I had the misses hunting through the old photos to find a picture. If I do I will post a copy

Yours Newfoundly
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