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dennismate
Jul-26-2007 @ 7:44 PM                           Permalink
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Anyone know the story here?, looks like a restoration job.




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Looks like a classic Sanderson's (of Reedham) cruiser. More than that, I can't say.

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I think that now Broad Ambition is nearly finished (so says Griff anyway, although I dont believe him!!) he may be looking for another project LOL



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Hi, I think the boat is Broadland Lapwing last seen afloat at Coltishall, but was outside a shed at what used to be Moon Boats in Beelaugh last year.
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hi all
this old boat from ripplecraft has been talked about many times on the forum ,heres a link to the last thread
http://www.the-norfolk-broads.co.uk/viewmessages.cfm?Forum=25&Topic=3519
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steve and vicky

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No chance G.C.

And yes she is nearly finished, why not come up and have a look-see??

One of these decades we WILL finish Broad Ambition !!

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Yup thats Lapwing,

IMHO She is stupid but saveable.

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Basically sound but will require an awful lot of time/money to get her back to a decent condition.

I did look some years at a sister to Lapwing (Grebe I think) and IMHO she was beyond repair.

But then in the post that Steve linked to it seems she was saved.

Maybe I come from a different era and my first 'proper ' boat was an old wooden cruiser that had seen better days.

Given the financial position I was in then (along with many others ) a box of matches did seem like a feasable option.

Who has heared of the 'burning boats' built for 10 years use then a box of matches will do the trick. A sound financial position.

I know I am going to upset a lot of folk by saying this but the reason a lot of boats built in the sixties and before ended up as matchwood was that no one wanted them and those that did struggled to fund their ongoing costs. Boat owners in their twenties were as rare as hens teeth. In fact boat owners who were of average social status were as rare as hens teeth and got looked down upon by the high and mighty with their pristine cruisers/yachts be they wooden or GRP.

Times have changed and good it is too.

Disposable income has increased out of all proportion to earnings.

But tell me straight.

Apart from the real purists like Matt and Griff who in their right minds would want a wooden boat.

If You have 15 to 20k to spend on a boat (which was about the proportion of my wages I had then) Who would but a wooden one when You can get a decent GRP model for the same money.

A well kept wooden boat still brings a tear to my eye.

But would I want one?

Hanky out and a firm NO

GRP 4 ever

Rod

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Ps give me a lottey win and I will restore a wooden boat for my own pleasure. A boat called Janca.
You mean the other Starboard then...

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So the Heart says Yes - A proper wooden Boat
The Head says No - An immitation plastic bath tub

Thank goodnes we all have hearts then and a bit of romance / historical maritime pride left in us then.

But Rod in the cold light of day you sadly are probably correct in that finances dictate plastic

HOWEVER - a fully sorted proper 'wooden un' can be just as cheap and easily maintained and a plastic one as per previous threads on that very same theme.

I will continue to enjoy both of course  -  Griff

One of these decades we WILL finish Broad Ambition !!

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quote:"......
And yes she is nearly finished, why not come up and have a look-see??
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Griff,

Would love to but not enough hours in the day, plus I'm off on me hols next Thursday.

I will just have to wait until BA gets down here. Yeah right, like thats gonna happen in my lifetime LOL


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Hi Rod,
excellent choice in Janca, you better win the lottery before me, cause I'd restore her first Playful Wink
I don't think I am a purist, I just love the look and handling characteristics of the traditional wooden boats. I get a great deal of satisfaction knowing that through my efforts there are still a number of these old boats out there on the broads sailing, which would have otherwise ended up being broken up. They are part of our history and the history of the broads and I feel that should be preserved. The river banks are changing out of this desire to standardise everything, but those lovely old wooden yachts and cruiser are a reminder of, in my opinion, those happy, carefree days on 'the holiday that is different'.
Sorry, wandered off a little there. I have owned a number of grp boats, and very good they have been, but I think keeping them clean and properly maintained still involves a lot of time and effort.
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Mat

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