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Hi
I am a new member and have recently taken ownership of what I think is a former broads cruiser. The boat has been in the family since 2001 and we have always believed it to be a Powles 40 however after coming across the Boats of the Norfolk Broads website I now think it is the N802 Aston Venus. Can anyone confirm this or provide any more information about the boat itself?

I have posted the link below and a recent picture.
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http://www.broads.org.uk/wiki2018/index.php?title=Boat_Details&BoatId=5844&BoatHistory=9469


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Welcome - I am sure an expert will be along soon. In the mean time if there are any original fittings still on board like drawers or floor panels it is worth looking underneath to see there is a name or fleet number as where there were more than one similar type in a fleet they were often marked. Good luck

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I'm not an expert on these type of boats but several companies had shells produced from the same moulds then fitted them out for their own needs, as Helmsman says, check the bottoms of seats, floor, hatches etc to see if there are traces of previous names there, hire companies often did this so it was easier to identify parts when winter cleaning or maintenance meant several boats being stripped out at the same time.The cockpit screen and door seems to be totally different on the Aston boat.

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Thanks to both of you. I did find under some of the cushions the name Venus but not all the cushions were the same so not 100% sure if they're off my boat or another.

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Don't know if Steve has seen this yet but I am sure he will agree that this has been heavily modified up top. Looks very much like Bourne 40 as shown below.

http://www.broads.org.uk/wiki2018/index.php?title=Boat_Details&BoatId=5794&BoatHistory=9390

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Yes this has been modified, I'd also say she is smaller than a Aston bourne 39 , I'll dig out an old brochure to find out more ,but yes an ex Aston boat that ran out of either loddon  or beccles yards

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The hull is definitely a Bourne 40, which I believe was designed by R M Martins. The forward and aft topsides would almost certainly tie it to an Aston boat.

Steve. CM1 and NR12

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Hi again
Now I'm back home I can look at a bigger better picture, yes it is a Bourne 39 , you can clearly see where the sliding canopy runner used to be also the canopy stop block above the window , as stated earlier , indication on a lot of these old Astons was the boat name written on draws , under seats , bedding area etc,
Last time I saw a hire boat with this modification was in the very early 80's on wilds Caribbean from I think topcraft Oulton broad ,


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Had no trouble identifying mine - it had "Sunbird sh*t tank" written on the, yes, forward sh*t tank!!  If all else fails, could be an option.  Smile

Regards, Ray.

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Thanks again to everyone for their input it is much appreciated.
I have looked at both the Bourne 39 and Bourne 40 and neither of them have the 3 windows on the front that mine has so this is why i think it is the Aston Venus and the hull original colour was a powder blue as in the picture on the link i posted earlier. And yes it has been extensively modified on top and inside as the sliding roof blew off in a storm before we got her.

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