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  1. Looks like she was built for operating in France as there are still the bike pedal protection pads on the canopy and the rubber on the stern toenail. Clearly well travelled!
  2. Most of the bases in France had two each so there are probably a few more floating (hopefully) around somewhere! They were all incredibly well laid up boats and I’m sure that of the 300 odd built most are still around in one form or another. i was privileged to work at P&H during that era in a time where they just built themselves out of recession with hard fought capital investment. Bill Moore had a vision which he fully achieved 👍
  3. You're on Jazz I think, which was an FBF4 based upon the 29' DL2 hull with a different superstructure moulding. There weren't that many built and even less of the FBF6's which were on an extended 35' hull. They were always rather ungainly with a narrower 11' beam and seemed quite top heavy. The broader 8 through to 12 berth models with the front well were far more popular and I think many have ended up as liveaboard houseboats in France. There was even a handful of FBGL4's which, as the name would suggest, were a luxury 4 berth on a 46' hull. My recollection was of a Swiss couple who, as the first hirers of the boat, proceeded to cook a brand new Peugeot 2.5 engine. They believed that the red flashing overheat light was an unusual design feature! They were not overly happy about losing their full damage deposit at the end of the week
  4. The brown canopy boats, both 37 and 42', were the DL4's and DL6's. Those with a white canopy offered a double bed in the saloon and were designated Super 6 or Super 8's. As the builds progressed there were numerous offerings including the 3/5, the 5/6, the Super 5/7 etc. The later DL4's were multi purpose so that you could change the rear cabin from a double to 2 singles. Inevitably customers omitted to add their preference which meant that the arrangement had to be switched on their arrival at the yard! The GL2 which was a 37' with galley in the front cabin came at a much later stage and after the first 29' DL2's were built. I won't get started on the FB's (Flying Bridge) boats built for France just yet
  5. Nice Tam, from a Griff 500 owner
  6. 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.
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 3 has two answers - New Inn in horning and a few years later White Horse in Neatishead. Freddie, 4, Swan in Horning
  10. 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...
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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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