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Thanks for that info. Yes, it does look like a lot of work. Interesting about the keel. I've another boat, Salamander, a Walter Woods 26fter built in 1909 that's just about ready for shipping and there should be enough room in the container for another boat - with a bit of jiggling. The waters I sail are sheltered, shallow with high reed beds. I think Broads boats would be well suited to these conditions. Plus, you just can't get old boats with this much character. Thanks again for the info.


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She looks very similar to Alert, she was built in 1908 by Woods and Newstead.

Yours looks pristine compared to mine which is currently having a new bottom.

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Hopefully a better one sailing

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She does look very similar. Beautiful job you are doing on the restoration. Sadly, every time I visit the UK I'm amazed at how many beautiful boats are left rotting in the boatyard graveyards.

Bimbo was owned by Billy May who bought her from the Theta club in about 1982-3. Billy had intended to restore her in his retirement as a boat builder. Unfortunately, he never got around to it.

Cheers, Mark.

Again...beautiful job you are doing. Sailing next season?

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Lovely to see the various pictures of Alert. It is amazing that these boats are still around and I quite agree it is sad to see the neglect.  Another boat that I guess is still  around is Terrier an Earnest Woods half decker built in 1896 when the builder was still a teenager!!  Some of the lines of these early boats is rather radical for the time and even when he built the first YBOD he was still playing around with the rig.  The original lug design so popular on the Broads at one time comes directly from the longshore designs of fishing boats and salvage vessels (Yoles)  These early boatbuilders were Yarmouth based, Woods family came from Cobham and they saw the commercial opportunity of building yachts rather than sailing fishing boats which were going out of fashion.  The rig sizes were increased for inland waters and the construction was as light as possible (one reason Woods used Red wood deal for the planking of a YBOD)  I also find it interesting that these builders were able to perfect the concept of a shallow fin keel used in conjunction with a fully balanced rudder which is hung at a critical distance in front of the stern post.  These are all innovations which are easily overlooked, yet you end up with a light, fast boat, able to sail in the lightest winds, very simply controlled and also to be able to turn on a sixpence. That is what makes them special.



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