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May-06-2014 @ 4:30 AM                           Permalink
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I found her at a marina in Loddon...looked like she had been under wraps for a few years. Fortunately the covers we good and well placed so only minimal amount of rot.

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I'm also looking out for a set of sails. So if anyone has a secondhand set please send me a message. Cheers, Mark

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Salamander, might it not be cheaper to build a replica when you are out there? I ask this with some feeling, being involved with a 1908 Broads cruiser. I am sure that my daughter could have bought a brand new boat by now for what it has cost in cash & time to bring the old girl up to her present excellent condition. Plus, in Australia, you have access to some excellent timber, the durability that we can only dream of in this country. Whatever you do to an old boat you will still have an old boat, unless that is the attraction! Re second hand sails, give Jeckles at Wroxham a buzz. Suspect a complete new set would be about a grand.

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Hi Jenny, yes it is going to be expensive but it will be a very unique boat. Thanks for the info on sails. Cheers, Mark.

Which boat does your daughter have?

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Spray, RCC 150. Built by Press Bros. Used as an obstacle to German sea-planes when she was sunk on Hickling Broad during WWII. Actually built as a day-boat as quite a few of the older RCC's were. When we cloaked the deck with epoxy we uncovered the original deck and combing which showed quite clearly her day-boat layout.  

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Hi Mark,
Salamander was indeed Water Rat. Flat bottomed around 26' foot long with a high peaked gunter rig. Used to have a Vire 7hp inboard wing engine. From what I remember she still has her original iron framed sprung saloon berths.
She has a slightly bigger sister gracing our waterways, Ancient Mariner, which is in superb condition and kept up at Horsey.
It would be worth having a chat with Jeckells sailmakers in Wroxham, they may have a sail plan for the boat, if not, I'm sure they could sort out a secondhand set.
Good luck with the restoration,
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Mat

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Great, thanks for that Matt. I'll contact them about the sails. I was wondering about the sprung bunks..they didn't look part of the original but look very old.

I must admit we (my wife Sophie and 2 daughters) are very excited about the project.

I got hooked on sailing a few years ago when I spent a week sailing the Broads on my brother's Broads Cruiser 'Mayfly' - since then getting a classic Broads boat has been part of the grand plan.

Cheers, Mark  

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Hi Salamander, I am building a cruiser 21 ft, like you I love the Broads after holidaying there when I was a child, 55 years ago, Have been revisiting for the past 6 or so years and been to a Forum meet. If you look under "projects" I have pics of the boat. When do you expect to have the boat here in Oz as I have friends Goolwa and will haVE TO VISIT.

Keith VK8VKS

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Hi Keith, I'll checkout the pics. I have a holiday house at Clayton Bay - only 20mins by car or 2hr sail.

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Salamander - Many congratulations on the acquisition of a classic.

Mixed feelings, on one hand extremely sad to see a local boat leave (especially a hard chine boat - so few of us around, sadly)...but on the upside, only a dedicated owner would bother with such a long-distance project, so very best wishes and please keep the pictures coming, both during the restoration and finally sailing on her new home waters in due course.

Chines rule!

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