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Torty
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I was interested to see Bill's recent comment about Ripplecraft and Listers. I was in Paul Dennis's yard at Belaugh yesterday and he showed me a Ripplecraft boat which is about to be completely restored. He told me she was very solidly built to Lloyds A1 standard - more like an MTB than a cruiser. The engine is going away to be bench serviced before it is refitted. Nice to see that someone is prepared to bring a boat back to life.

Phil

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Hi Torty
would that be Broadland Lapwing?
cheers
Mat

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Feb-15-2006 @ 11:21 AM                           Permalink
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Has anyone got brochure entries for these boats? I seem to recall the advertising said something along the lines of these being so efficient through the water that they could get anywhere faster than anything else! They used to quote a trip in x number of hours but I can't recall......

Trevor

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From Blakes 1979 page 62 Broadland Swan Class:-

...The powerful Lister Freedom diesel allows one to cope with the tides at Great Yarmouth, for instance Somerleyton to Acle about 3 hours, even with adverse tides.

It really is amazing how we recall these statements from yesteryear!

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I'm sorry, I did not identify her name. Next time I speak to Paul I'll ask.

Phil

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Anyone wanting a short trip in an ex-Ripplecraft cruiser, or anone wanting to see and hear a real ton and a half of Lister marine diesel engine PM me.  Broadland Swift is nearing a full restoration at Potter Heigham.  It has taken me the best part of ten years off and on.
I came by her entirely by luck by being in the right place at the right time.  She is beatifully designed, beatifully made and it is a crime that some of her twelve sister boats have been destroyed.  Thirteen were built, one every year with two being built in the same year.  The confusing bit is that Broadland Swift was launched in 1962 as Broadland Kittiwake, being renamed Swift at some later date.  A further confusion is that one boat was called  Broadland Tern another Broadland Bittern.
Somewhere I have the original photograph used for Blakes catalogue.  All the boats had varnished mahogany hulls in those days. IF I can find it and IF I can gain access to a scanner I'll try to upload it to the site.
Broadland Lapwing is the longer version of these boats.  If I had the money, I'd buy her to restore.  She is basically very sound.  Having (nearly) done one I think the second would be easier.  Imagine that, a Broads classic at each end of our Potter Heigham plot.  Greedy or what!

"There are old pilots.  There are bold pilots............."

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E-mail the pic to me Expilot, I'll scan it for you.


Doh!

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Hi expilot
Broadland Lapwing was once owned by my mate Mr Saxton. She was kept at Coltishall, and one year not very long ago I remember us taking her to Swallowtail boatyard to have the back cabin and part of the transom rebuilt when a huge tree crashed onto her one stormy night. The boat seemed to match her owner, big, heavy, purposeful and not the kind to mess with!!
cheers
Mat

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hi all ,
would this be the boat your talking about ?
cheers

steve and vicky


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Hi Steve and Vicky,
my word, it is the same boat, but Mr Saxton would not have let her get in that condition, I can't believe she now looks like that!
That must be the boatyard at Belaugh?
By the way, the broads yacht in the foreground has the integral rig I had made for my old yacht Elusive, (don't really know why anyone would want to know that).
cheers
Mat

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