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matelots
Aug-24-2016 @ 10:40 PM                           Permalink
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Can anyone help me in finding a Broadland boat, in particular Broadland Swan. Condition is not important.
Kind Regards Laurie

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I think Belaugh Boat yard might have had an immaculate Swan moored outside last year, there is a small picture on their website gallery, is it a Swan? . It might have been another class but certainly had the classic lines of a Swan.
Certainly one of the best looking boats to come out of The Broads but very rare. Good luck with your search.

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According to the Broadland Memories site in 1958 Blakes had four listed and it says another six were built. But one was listed for sale in Kent and listed it as built 1946.

Chris.

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Hi Laurie

Welcome to the forum.  The Swan class boats seem to be getting harder and harder to find.  The boat referred to at Belaugh was, in fact, not a Swan class, but one of three built by Ripplecraft, Broadland Falcon, Broadland Lapwing and Broadland ????  These three boats were built three feet longer than the Swans to accommodate a shower compartment.

I met up with the latest owners of Broadland Grebe (Swan Class) recently who are in the process of a five year restoration programme.  Grebe has now had her Lister Freedom Four and Blackstone gearbox replaced by a Nanni engine.  

The first Swan was built in 1956 (Again from memory) with one built every year until 1962 when Ripplecraft built two in the same year.

I have been working on my boat, Broadland Swift (originally launched as Broadland Kittiwake) for far longer than I care to remember, and far, far longer than I ought.

I am hoping to assemble all of the surviving Ripplecraft, Cockerill designed boats together in one location in a couple of years' time.  Ought to be Somerleyton where they were built.

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When walking round the boats moored in the inlet by the sailing club at Oulton Broad last week there was definitely a "Broadland" class boat moored there in need of some T L C and when we walked back to the yacht station another of these boats in much better condition was just mooring up there .

Martin W.

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A few years ago, a chap came on this forum asking about these boats, as he had bought one lying at Canvey Island, Essex. After an initial burst of enthusiasm, we heard no more. Presumably another one lost to the decomposition heap! Frown

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Even as a diehard saily, one of my most-admired boats on the Broads is your Broadland Swift, expilot.... she gets admiring looks every time we pass and on the odd occasion we've seen her on the front (not in the shed) I think "Proper beautiful!"

Haven't passed you under way, but one day maybe Smile  

Actually, I feel the same about your fine bungalow too - the loveliest on any stretch of Broadland imho; just proper, 'of the time'.  Both go together perfectly - envy's not correct, just admirable....



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I think there is one right at the back of Martham boats private boat shed. Not 100% sure though.... You may want to check with them.

Cheers

Paul

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I passed the one moored at Balaugh a few weeks ago when we were up at Coltishall. What a beautiful boat; absolutely gorgeous.  Smile

Steve. CM1 and NR12

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The one at Oulton yacht station was Our boat - Broadland Grebe. Still a lot of work to do.



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