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A fit 70 something with a need to be on the water is looking for a Broads Toll 7-9 meter (4-5m length/2ish meter beam) family Broads and Rivers drifter. Okay, after 2 years I've accepted my wife won't sail with me. She says too much faffing with rigging and I've sold the yacht! I'm looking for a boat which will eventually be all electric, but for now is probably 9-25 hp Outboard, which will happily trail and potter around after a quickish slipway launch. I've looked at rough old fishing boats, modern CJR and Dory's, Bowriders and even beautiful old speedboats like Brooms and Shakespears. Would like to occasionally use with 4 adults and two kids (combined weight 780 pounds) but normally just us two and storm canopies,covers or cabin are a bonus. I don't need a project at my age so a new floor or some fittings needed are fine but decrepit hulls or topsides are out. Does anyone have any suggestions or even a boat for sale? Love to hear from my fellow Norfolk Broaders or Broad Norfolkers.

Mr M

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Hi Mr M

Good luck with your search. Looking at your requirements my first thought is that something will have to give, most likely length, passenger capacity or trailability.

16 foot is really too short for six people   apart from short potters.

The most obvious solution is a traditional day boat as used by some of the current yards. These are either diesel or electric so a conversion would be possible .

They are regularly offered for sale both commercially and privately

The downside is they are not easily trailer sailed as they are rather heavy brutes.

Hope you find something

Graham

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Thanks for reply Graham but begging to differ...4 chunky adults were quite happy in my GP14 for occasional trips and modern double moulded and glued hulls of 14-17 foot exist with quite sufficient built in bouyancy for my very occasional maximum weight requirements, normally there's just the two of us and a picnic so 3001bs total. Looking at one now at Ludham Bridge (attached). Open crew boat about 14 x 5 from Shetland which would fit two adults centre and two in stern with two kids in bow. The reseller wants absolutely top wack for it tho' and he hasn't even covered it. The rear compartment and cockpit absolutely filled with rainwater and one of the hull to topside glue seams was beginning to show delamination! So appreciate your concern about gross capacity but remember we don't want to sleep on it and a bigger cabin boat with a grunty old diesel is just not what I'm after. Any other creative suggestions most gratefully received.

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I get your drift but in my experience people tend to want to move about on a trip and I don't think they could do that safely in the sort of boat pictured  .

However for you and your wife it would be perfect.

On that boat  I have bought uncared for boats in the past and have always regretted it.

I think you will be in a buyer's market and could afford to take your time .

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Just seen a glasston bowrider on Norfolk and Suffolk boat for sale Facebook's page.

Looks like a much loved  boat and trailer in Ipswich £3700. Overpowered for the Broads but is worth thinking about.

Graham

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This is the sort of thing I meant


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Thankyou Graham/Ruby for taking such a helpful interest in my new boat. I haven't had a chance to reply in forum as I've acquired a CJR 14 which is perfect for our needs and have been rather busy servicing and fettling an old Evinrude 25 from 1994 and worrying about the ancient two axle trailer that it's sitting on. Both items far too big for the boat and Broads cruising but they've seen me into the water with fairly minimal outlay of time and expense thus far. Must say I'm admiring the Evinrude engineering. I replaced the starter recoil spring, the ignition leads and had Toby Fox fit me a new impeller and she now runs very sweetly. I will definitely be replacing this soon tho' with either a 6-10hp 4 stroke or all electric and the trailer will be a gleaming new hot dip Galvanised custom built from Norfolk Marine Fabrications in North Walsham. So your replies much appreciated and if you come across a second hand Tohatsu of reasonably recent vintage I would love to know about it as the currwent accopunt is looking a little depleted!

Mr M

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Excellent news


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