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jimfin
Jun-24-2022 @ 2:03 PM                           Permalink
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We have, I think a broom Commander 35 with a sliding roof. But is it a broom.
I have heard that Bourne and aquafiber also built similer boats. How do I know what I have.

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Jun-24-2022 @ 2:23 PM                           Permalink
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Has the boat a Broads registration, my guess is it's not a Broom, it doesn't look right but I'm not an expert.

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That is a bourne 35 , broom did a similar design broom/aquafiber skipper

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Hi, my parents own one of the ex-hire Broom Commanders so I know a bit about them but please don't take what I say as absolute gospel.
I don't think yours is one of the other Broom hire boats as the windows in the canopy are different and I think we have seen most of the others at some point. Number 1 was built on it's own then 2,3 and 4 were added with consecutive reg numbers around 1975. Then in around 1979 2 more were added(possibly renamed from another class) and these are subtly different;window shape, colour etc.
I believe other 'Commanders' were built for customers/fleets but I don't know much detail.
Their one has a Broom build plaque mounted by the helm which I suppose is the best way to confirm whether it's a Broom or not.
Differences I have seen are the canopy windows, the Brooms all seem to have a sliding door/hatch next the helm and the fittings used inside appear to be a bit more posh(the canopy winch for example is a nice looking aluminium one rather than a trailer winch which I have seen in other ones).
Hope that helps, sorry it's a bit of a ramble. If you have any questions, ask away:)


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Pretty certain she is not a broom or a commander.I suggest you have a look at the " boats of the norfolk broads" database as it is almost always spot on.

I have had a quick look but without the name or number it is a bit tricky.

Cannot see aquafidre, Bourne or broom of 35 foot with the same window configuration as yours I am afraid.

Closest is skipper at 30 foot.

Good luck.

Please let us know what the answer is

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Hi, jimfin. I reckon you've got an Aquafibre 35 Star Class https://dailyboats.com/boat/42878-buy-aquafibre-35-star-class

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Think I agree with paladine, the windows in the cockpit and rear cabin appear identical to your boat.

Graham

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I would guess if the mast is original that she is a former Emerald Star craft.

Aquafibre, founded in 1965, was a consortium of NSBYA (Blakes) owners, Bell, Broom, Linford, Martins and Richardson. Ownership of the company changed over the years but Brooms was still a partner when It ceased trading in 2009.

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The Bourne(Griffin 35) was designed by my father as was the Broom Skipper which was only 30 ft. so it is not a Skipper. I do not recognise the superstructure but the hull is a Bourne 35 which were later moulded at Aquafibre after Bourne closed.

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