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As some you might know I have been a regular Broads visitor for a number years and for the last nine a hirer of a " Lovely Lady" from Hunters Yard. the usual boat being "Lucent".
For next season (2018) Lucent is being fitted with a battery powered propeller pod supplied by Torqueedo together with it's associated battery pack.

This is being fitted to enable those amongst us to still sail on the Broads but without the physical task of "Quanting".
I for one think this is a very good idea as I and some of my fellow sailors are getting on in years so quanting is becoming quite demanding.

Have any members got any views or opinions on this
somewhat radical as some might say, move by Hunters.

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Not sure Hunters will be able to recoup the cost and you will now be in competition, and have to moor, with the noisy power boats. I bet it will take all night to recharge and to be honest, speaking personally, I would rather just have a sailie with an inboard. Now they keep me away from those noisy moorings and a crush of boats.

At the back of my mind I recall the NWT used to run their trip boat from Ranworth Staithe with one of those - funny how now they have gone back to a standard O/B.

I think its a bold plan but on balance I would rather pay a bit more and take Womack Classic from Mr Buttifant!!!

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As I understand it the cost is being met by donations from various foundations and also from donations from the "Friends"

I hope this move encourage some people that may have given up sailing a "Lovely Lady" albeit a new one to get back out on the water.
Though to be honest some of my colleagues who in the past have sailed a Hunters' boat are going with other yards.
Eastwood Whelpton, Martham Boats and Colin Buttifants,


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It's always worth experimenting to find out how practical and popular this might be.  On the down side adding weight to a sailing boat detracts from its performance..........A Quant being lighter and more useful than a pod and battery pack!   In any event I hope it works well, it may mean that more people are interested and it may prove that we see fewer expensive mishaps.

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I can see the appeal, particularly for the ageing or less able sailor, and there may come a day when I am glad of such facility myself. However for now I remain committed to doing things the traditional way. At 61 I'm far too young to give up quanting. I hope it will be many more years before I feel the need to avail myself of a Lovely Lady with electric power. Until then I shall be hiring the ones without engines whenever I amange to get up there.

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I think that this is a really interesting development.
I'm still not brave enough to rely totally on the quant.
This may, one day, give me a chance to sail a Hunter's yacht.

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quote:"......
This may, one day, give me a chance to sail a Hunter's yacht.
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Do please be sure to let us know when that is likely to be.....

(Scurries off to revise marine salvage regulations)

Seasons Greetings - WR Team!

David




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Well, just come back from a week on "Electric Lucent"
The new battery powered drive was an absolute blessing.
We used it on the occasions that we would have quanted eg through Potter and Ludham Bridges and Coming out of Meadow Dyke. Plus once or twice on the Ant.

Ok the purists might get upset but it was great even my Brother In Law who has been sailing on the Broads for 30+ years thought it was great.
So consequently I have booked Lucent for next year

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Purists can say what they want but I am with you!

I had Womack Classic this year and I was able to negotiate Meadow Dyke several times over the course of several days - I really enjoy Meadow Dyke and one day just for the sheer hell of it sailed one way and motored the other more than once! Why? Just because I could!!


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