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Salamander
Jun-24-2018 @ 6:39 AM                           Permalink
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Hi, I've recently purchased a Broads half decker called Bimbo. I understand that she was built it 1918 but have no other information. Do any members know the boat or anything about her?


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An interesting boat.  A fairly typical turn of the century design, being clinker built. It would be interesting to know if she has a fixed keel or steel conterplate.   It strikes me as very odd the way the name is cut into the transom, I would hazard a guess that that is not original. It's in the wrong place and look amateur made.   Thinking about this and who built her might be difficult, you could try asking Ian Grapes down at Hunters. Lots of builders of these including Earnest Woods, Beales, Press etc. Somebody else may also have a better idea of her origin.  It certainly looks like a labour of love to get her back from the brink, but these types of boats are my favourite on the Broads and would be a delight to sail



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Possibly an applegates and at one time I believe owned by theta club hence ending up in Thurne. Would be nice to see her restored. May also have been owned by Frank Balls of Potter Heigham at one time who worked at Herbert Woods. Nice boat.

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Considering how long she has sat outside, many, many years, she is actually in very good condition, not much rot and timbers and planking pretty sound. Keel bolts and spars need replacement, and deck needs attention but a worthwhile project in my opinion,
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Yes, I was also thinking the carving looked wrong. The deck needs replacing and the mast. There are also a couple of planks that need doing but apart from that, she looks good. Oh and the keel bolts. I haven't seen her but I understand she has a cast iron keel. She will be taken to Hippersons at Beccles shortly to be cleaned and prepared for shipping to South Australia.

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Looks like a lot of work!! Looks like the top of the stem post was replaced at one time and the picture of the forward locker shows how the top section has been replaced from mahogany to red wood deal.  The keel arrangement is slightly curious. The arrangement is like that of a Waveney One with the keel bolts passing through  both sides of the hog. This is a rather weak arrangement and unlike the single bolt arrangement of a wood/lead keel like that of a YBOD.   You wonder if the boat was changed from a centreboard arrangement to shallow keel at some time in the past.  A worthwhile project and lets hope she finds a good home in Aussie.  Would be good on a lake, no good on the sea, as of too light construction and flat underwater section.

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