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Stavros
Jul-29-2009 @ 7:26 PM                           Permalink
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This is my first post, and can I say what an informative website it is.
I and my family have been cruising the broads for the last 10 years and love the experience. I am now at the stage of early retirement and seriously considering the purchase of my own boat and siting it on the broads.
We have always hired from Richardsons in Stalham, and because the size of my family have gone for Majestic Gem. Can anyone tell me if these boats (or similar layout and size) can be purchased anywhere (used), if so how do I find them. I've put a link below to the boat if someone can tell me what the make, model and builder it is, many thanks and keep up the brilliant work,  Stav

http://www.richardsonsboatingholidays.co.uk/boat/majestic-gem/58/

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Hello and welcome!

I think it is a Bourne 37, but someone with better knowledge will soon be along! Craig's database will certainly have it on.
http://www.horning.org.uk/boats.php

Nice boats, I had one like it from H Woods, they do come on the market but are not cheap. Try Boatshed or Anglia Yacht Brokers.

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You could try asking at Richardsons as they sometimes have some for sale.

Good luck with your hunt but I would suggest you also start looking for a mooring as that size could be a problem as not all yards can handle that length.

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hi there ,
the craft you are talking about is a aquafibre 44 ,more on this link
http://www.horning.org.uk/imggallery.php?menu=main&style=FCE44
also you may have some luck at Herbert Woods Potter Heigham as they seemed to sell some of there fleet of there a few years back , even a small chance Richardsons may sell ,
good luck

steve and vicky

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Many thanks to all who have responded. Yes Mooring is a huge consideration

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Hi Stavros

Welcome to the forum. Richardsons have an Aquafibre 32, 38 and 42 for sale on there website if you look here.

http://www.richardsonsboatsales.net

Chris


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Many thanks

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Moulded by Aquafibre to a Faircraft Loynes design during the early days of Len Funnel's era I think.  Yes at 44ft moorings might be restricted.  Almost any boat could be for sale, at the right price, however there are not that many 10 berths around and with AF no longer trading I suspect that moulding new hulls of that size might be a problem.  One could therefore expect that there would be a premium on any sale price because they have a real value to hirefleet operators in the present climate.

Bill...(The Ancient Mardler)

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Thanks again for you replies folks. Well I've just booked my old favourite Majestic Gem for a week next year, really looking forward to it. I've been looking at the links you've provided (thanks) lots of reading to do.

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Spot on Bill. They were know as the 'Entrepreneur' and came in all sizes from 35' up to 46'.

If my memory serves me correctly, Majestic Gem was originally fitted out at Alan Johnson's boatyard in Acle, albeit when under the stewardship of the Foley Family (formerly operators of Wing Line). Bobby Richardson bought the entire fleet from the liquidator when the Foley business went bust in 1993.

Darren


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