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  1. Certainly the cathedral in Auxerre and the picture was taken from the Port de Plaisance in town. From memory it is/was a boat from Navig France who had a base down river in Gurgy..
  2. With the speed and force that those boats hit solid objects such as unforgiving stone Bridge piers and concrete barrages, the delamination of the hulls snd superstructures will be, for the most part, beyond repair. Those bulkheads which are usually ply bonded to the hulls will have been forced through the hulls perhaps only appearing as crazing externally but having caused extensive delamination of the layup. A simple gel coat repair gives no strength and large parts of the damaged areas will need to be cut out in order to let in a pre-moulded section or a mould laid over the cut out part in o
  3. Not to mention a good 4000 litres of diesel pollution if they were all filled to the brim for winter..
  4. Seeing those with superstructures ripped off after hitting the barrages at +15mph, I think that they'll need more than a bit of T Cut...
  5. Latest news from the Lot is that only 4 are repairable and that the other 17 have been destroyed
  6. Hi Vaughan, yes indeed we did. Distant fun times in a different world. Sad to hear Narbonne has been closed too. I worked with Don McPhail in those days. Seeing some of the reviews for Le Boat is equally very saddening considering the hard work that was put in during the early days with P&H on a pittance of a budget...
  7. I honestly cant remember Chris being there but I did go to school with his brother Richard. Yes there was the well travelled Freeman 30 that we crossed from Southwold to Holland and prior to that we used a cruiser that belonged to the landlord of the Eagle in Neatishead. I vaguely recollect coming through Yarmouth yacht station with Maidie and, I believe, Evening Flight in line astern tow. Punching the tide in one of Vaughans hireboats we came to a complete standstill and created carnage šŸ¤£
  8. Hi Robert, I dont post too often but having read this I guess this could only have been me as I set up both the Auxerre and Gray bases! I also crewed on Maidie in the late 70's. I believe that the Gray operation of Le Boat was sadly closed around 2 or 3 years ago..
  9. At a guess I would say filmed over the weekend of Acle Regatta in May. The family were on board Saraline from P&H and I recognise a rather younger me on Maidie!
  10. A truly kind, generous and thoughtful man. I worked with him at Porter & Haylett in the early 80's. A real Gent.. RIP John
  11. 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!
  12. 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 Iā€™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 šŸ‘
  13. 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
  14. 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 stag
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