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steve
Mar-09-2018 @ 7:56 AM                           Permalink
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Stately broads  cruiser captures boating from a bygone era
http://www.edp24.co.uk/business/explore-the-broads-on-herbert-woods-stately-old-cruiser-spark-of-light-1-5426802

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she looks magnificent i think more old boats should be restored and returnred touse

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I cannot quite get my head around the word restoration.

Having been on board, she really is a lovely boat and certainly a credit to Herbert Woods. However, a more appropriate description IMHO would be modernisation.



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It’s an interesting issue, but, perhaps it’s the use of semantics.  I think that Martham used a similar phrase for the reconstruction of their ‘Juliet’ although I think that a less dogmatic description was used for ‘Broad ambition’

I know that Purists would say ‘ought to be restored to completely original condition’, but I’m not sure I go along with that.

If you are going to do a proper job on a nice old boat, in justice to it I think you ought to be rebuilding with a view to her having at least another 30 years of active life. Unless that is you are creating a museum piece, when originality would be all important.

Inevitably that means that a certain amount of updating is going to be needed and indeed perhaps the likely circumstances of the next decade need to taken into account.

To my mind, in any rebuild I do think that one needs to be true to the skill, character, and overall appearance, imparted by the original builders but not a slavish reconstruction necessarily.

For a boat intended for Day Hire would I have gone that far?  I think probably not.  Whilst I would not wish to see ‘Murphy was here’ retained the odd bit a bumping or scratches to original wood would have been something I would like to have seen.  I suspect however the hope is that someone will try her, fall in love and pay a vast amount for her.      


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I seem to recall she was out last year for weekly hire but I am not sure how successful that proved to be.

Perhaps she has gone to the "day fleet" to improve revenue return.

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I will have to say that I agree 100% with Bill Maxted's view on boat restoration / rebuild. Especially about the 30 more years service as opposed to a museum piece.
Pragmatism is often seen as second best to "originality" with boats, but usually the former outlast the latter. In my experience anyway.


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