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  1. Griff500

    Real Boats!!

    Prior to Reg owning her she was owned by Peter MacAllister who kept her in Upton Dyke. He used to sail her with one crew member up to Wroxham Broad to race on Sundays and returned on the same evening! She did indeed race at two or three Barton regattas at the end of the 70's but was woefully slow due her keel dragging the mud for most of the course.
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    Trixie (Rascal's Fleet)

    No I'm not mad thank you. Most of the wet sheds were probably built before there were many grp boats around. The owner I'm sure can and has every right to chose who moors inside and who doesn't
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    Trixie (Rascal's Fleet)

    I find your logic strange that's why! If an owner choses to moor his grp boat in a wet shed who are you or indeed anyone else to suggest that he shouldn't. Freedom of choice unless the wet shed owner decrees otherwise
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    Landlords of the past

    3 has two answers - New Inn in horning and a few years later White Horse in Neatishead. Freddie, 4, Swan in Horning
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    French rivers and canals.

    The Saone or more specifically the Petite Saone has far fewer locks than the likes of the Canal du Nivernais or Bourgogne. Locaboat (Penichettes) have a base at a small village called Scey-sur-Saone and this area is relatively uncrowded (or was when I lived there a few years back!) Lots of great restaurants close to the river or the canalised parts of it where the locks are. Or you could hire from from Le Boat further downstream at Gray. September can be a great month for weather but July and August can sometimes be as hot as the South as is more subject to a Continental climate. In any event the countryside is undulating and there are plenty of wild moorings under trees to stay in the shade...
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    I want that time machine ... now!

    Carol - this photo would have been taken on board one of the last Grampian 37 yachts that P&H were building before switching to full time Connoisseur production. I recognise 5 of the faces but can only put names to two of them and one Christian name. Attached with names: Let me know if you want any more info about the yard or boats during this era and I'll gladly trawl my memory
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    I want that time machine ... now!

    To be fair this was a Saturday job when I was 13 years old for one season earning the princely sum of £2.50 working from 8 til around 2pm. The best part I recollect was taking the mid-morning orders of varoius cakes, sweets and cigarettes then jumping into their old tow boat, Annie , and crossing to the village to load up with goodies for the engineers. A few years on and I worked at Porter & Haylett at the very start of the Connoisseur era before moving out in 1983 to France and setting up their first operation in Auxerre. I moved back to the UK 10 years later and since work in a totally different sector, although I've recently moved back to Norfolk. Strangely enough I can still recollect many of the build numbers/registrations of the boats despite them reaching around 260 before I left
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    I want that time machine ... now!

    Hi Carol, long time lurker and first post. I worked at Southgates as my first Saturday Summer job and started to watch this purely out of interest. As it progressed it quickly dawned on me that I remembered this particular Saturday which was either in 1975 or 76, probably the latter. I have no recollection who the guy was who filmed the day or for what reason but remember we were all briefed to carry on our jobs as normal although one or two of the scenes appear to be quite staged. I can't believe that this was nearly 40 years ago and had virtually forgotten this era until seeing this film for the first time yesterday. There were some real characters at the yard ranging from the older traditional boatbuilders to the younger engineers dressed in their finest flared jeans! Happy days and some great memories brought back. I can vaguely remember some of the names of the people that worked there so let me know if you need any more info...

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