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I've spent the evening browsing various boats for sale sites and noticed a disturbingly large number of traditional (or not so traditional) Broads yachts, between about £6,000 and £25,000. Take a look here. I can't ever remember seeing more than one or two on the market at a time, though I will admit that at this time of year everyone seems to be trying to sell their boat, ready to buy another one for the new season.

as if that wasn't enough, I noticed that one of the yachts for sale looks very much like Spindrift (she's even got an EW burgee in the photo). Has she left the EW fleet, or was there more than one of them?

Oh, I also noticed that the ex-Camelot Craft Pegasus 800 with electric inboard is up for sale as well. If Peter Howe did half as good a job with her as he did with George Thetford, then this could be a little beauty for somebody who wanted an electric auxiliary.

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I'd agree that one of them looks like an EW Spindrift.
EW has (had, perhaps) two, both called "Spindrift."
I guess that one of them is being kept in the fleet... there is a Spindrift available for hire this year.

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quote:"......I'd agree that one of them looks like an EW Spindrift.
EW has (had, perhaps) two, both called "Spindrift."
I guess that one of them is being kept in the fleet... there is a Spindrift available for hire this year........"



I thought they had two of them but couldn't remember for certain, however it looks like one of them has left the fleet. I know my parents opinion (when asked by a rapidly growing 14 year old why we didn't hire the boat with loads of headroom below) was that they didn't sail particularly well, but their points of comparison were Bootlegger and Windjammer, so they may still have been ok by normal standards.

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I've just checked the ad again and I'd be prepared to swear that's one of the Spindrifts. If you look closely it appears as though somebody's attempted to edit out the EW logo on the sail and the Blake's pennant on the bows.

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One of them is definitely a Spindrift

Both R504 & T33 were seen in June 2006 and still for hire at that time - I'll have to wait until this June to find out which one was sold, unless someone has a sneaky look Playful Wink

One of the others (labelled 'WOODS') is either My Lady (now Sunshine) or Proud Lady (now Lady Louise), most likely the latter as she was for sale on eBay last March

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Certainly agree about the Spindrift. The other one that interested me was the Gay lady. It's one with plywood cabin sides, which must make it 7 or 8, the last two to be buit. The others all had canvas sides to the lifting roof. That does mean I've sailed her, back in 1972 or 1973 I spent a week sailing Gay Lady 7 and 8 was in the same fleet, and I sailed her briefly.

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quote:"......Certainly agree about the Spindrift. The other one that interested me was the Gay lady. It's one with plywood cabin sides, which must make it 7 or 8, the last two to be buit. The others all had canvas sides to the lifting roof. That does mean I've sailed her, back in 1972 or 1973 I spent a week sailing Gay Lady 7 and 8 was in the same fleet, and I sailed her briefly........"



I don't remember the Gay Ladies for hire on the Broads (I was born in 1976), but a couple of years ago I spotted a very sad looking example on eBay that'd been taken to the Bristol Channel (which seems to have been a common fate for Broads yachts), and may well (my memory is a little fuzzy) have ended up sinking at her mooring (she certainly looked like she might have done). IIRC she was offered for £200, but I was busy with life and never found out where she ended up, or if she was turned into firewood.


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