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Dec-21-2018 @ 10:39 AM                           Permalink
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I have just bought an Easticks Classic Falcon as a restoration project.

Upon digging through the boat i found some safety signs had the Blakes logo on them

I have contacted Blakes/Hoseasons but as they merged in 2011 they don't know any history from the Blakes era.
so if anyone knows any old Blakes staff who worked there in the 70's that'd be good as i'd love to know more about my boat.
on my paperwork it says it's a 77 but all the falcons blakes had were 75

but i only have history paperwork from around 2000
i know it was sold to an undertaker who took it to the Thames and i presume named her Jane Anne as that was what she was called and the blakes fleet just called them Falcon 1 - 2 - 5 or 7
it was then sold to his nephews and then sold to the chap i have been speaking to, but he doesn't know much before the nephews as i think the undertaker has since died unfortunately.

1 major difference from my boat to the majority of classic falcon is at some point my engine has been changed and moved.
They should be in the rear well, with a V gearbox which was notorious for going wrong, mind is now in the rear cabin inside, and with a direct straight through gearbox & drive.
all the signs are there that the engine used to out back, so someone changed it...... but who??

I would love to find out the original broads number and try and get it back

So if anyone has any history or knowledge about this boat that would be really helpful please.

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Dec-22-2018 @ 7:36 AM                           Permalink
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Hi and Welcome to the Forum.
Could you post a picture of your craft? this could be useful.
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Dec-22-2018 @ 10:48 AM                           Permalink
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Falcons were built upto 1978, Diamond Anchor was built in 78, not sure which ones were built in 77, a number left the Broads and came back courtesy of Richardsons and were reregistered, so dating is difficult

You might find her original reg or name marked under drawers or any other removable items, this was done so they didn't get mixed up on changeover day

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not a very good pic


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From the photo, the colour would suggest she was a Blue Gem (the Falcons were grey in colour), this casts doubt on the build date, I know build dates are notoriously unreliable - the Blue Gems were built in 1974.

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i wouldn't rely on the colour as she's been painted,
i'm rubbing down emulsion which they'd put on the aft footwell
the darker blue was done by the previous owners also as i have the tin

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this is the original colour of the gel coat, maybe a bit darker as it's been sanded, that was the area they had painted with white emulsion


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she's definately a later model 77 ish
i've just found this
http://norfolk.broads.org.uk/wiki2018/index.php?title=Boat_Photograph&photo=k682_22064&BoatId=4788&BoatHistory=22064
and the rubbing strip is the same as what mine was before i cut it off as it was damaged and held in by steel coachbolts which had rusted.
but that era seemed to be the only ones that had that type of rubbing strips


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