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  1. Yes, but without that Vetus weed filter! Not hirer proof. (see above)
  2. We always used to say that whatever you fit on a hire boat, has to be "hirer proof"!
  3. I don't think the TOS would permit my full opinion on those! Suffice to say that the design of the big ones, built in France by Benneteau, were thrown out by myself and the rest of the board of CBL when they were first proposed in 1999. But the big American tour operators know better, of course! They were introduced by the new owners after I had left (luckily for me) but I gather they have been a bit of a disaster. One of those in a Canal du Midi lock means that two other boats have to wait as there is no room and when they hit something they hit it hard! This is not helped by the fac
  4. Oh, and I forgot to mention an 800 litre grey water tank. Pity the French don't have any pumpout stations on their waterways, so we can't use them! By the way, my comment in no way demeans the fabulous building of yards such as NBYCo and so many others, down the years. I am talking about the quality offered by a hire boat from the customer's point of view and I have never seen better overall value than these.
  5. We fitted the Nanni 5 cylinder engine into these big beauties. The 15 metre Crown Grand Classique. Hydraulic drive with hydraulic bow thruster and a couple of them had Peachment's hydraulic generators, for air conditioning. Full size domestic fridge/freezer, 3 toilets and showers of which two were en suite - the works. Also notice the full length single level handrails, for safety when working in locks. Designed by Andy Wolstenholme, moulded by Aquafibre and built by Crown Cruisers. I am prepared to stand up and say that these are probably the best inland waterways hire boats eve
  6. Plus, you don't need a big engine on the Broads in an AF42. You have a hard chine hull with a deep V giving plenty of "wetted surface" and a long waterline length. They make a bit of a stern wave off the straight transom but slide nicely through the water. A BMC 1.5 or the Nanni 4220 should be easily sufficient. The problem with those 6 cyl engines in the Ultimate Gems was that they weren't working hard enough and the bores were glazing up.
  7. Nanni did a 5 cylinder engine which was just like the 4220 with an extra "pot". Very nice smooth powerful engines, but they have stopped producing them now, in favour of the 4 cylinder turbo.
  8. No. I was working for Richardsons at the time they were built so I can be sure of that. There were some AF37s in the French fleet with a BMC 2.5 but the the 42s had the 1.5. The six cylinder engines were fitted in the Bounty (Solar) 44 classes called Ultimate Gem and Fine Gem and were built by Richardsons at Stalham. 4 boats in all, as I remember. The idea was that a bigger engine would need to do less work and so would last longer. This didn't work in practice, as they weren't doing enough work, and they were soon re-engined. I think the engine was a Ford Sabre but can't quite remember,
  9. Funny the article mentions the Sopwith Camel but not the Boulton and Paul Defiant, built about the same time as the Hurricane and tested on their own airfield, which is now the Heartsease Estate, just north of the Plumstead Rd. The Defiant had a powered machine gun turret, which was later used on certain MGBs of Coastal Forces and on RAF rescue launches.
  10. The best way to preserve and enhance our English countryside, is to stop building dormitory towns all over it.
  11. At least there is no Icelandic influence around here, that I know of. All I remember them bringing us, was the Hanki Panki Wanki Banki.
  12. I think you are quite right and there is indeed a lot of Norse influence in Norfolk and its boatbuilding. Reedham was a Viking settlement so they say (in the days of the Great Estuary. ) and I believe Thorpe is also a Danish word. They say that the wherry came from the design of Viking longships but I am not so sure about that. I do believe though, that the traditional Norfolk reed barge, as preserved at How Hill, is older than the Norfolk keel and was based on the sort of vessels in which the Norsemen traded, rather than their longships, which were warships. These were undoubtedly the
  13. Just as a matter of interest, there are very many words that we use in Norfolk Broads boatbuilding, that came across here from the Dutch. Snoer, in Dutch, means a cable or bridle and we use it to describe the hole for a pin (usually a bit of old prop shaft) that was passed through the "snore hole" for attaching a chain bridle, shackled onto the winch wire. Other words from the Dutch that have passed into our common language are keel, and floor, which refers to the structural framework inside the boat, onto which the floorboards are placed. The leeward side refers to the leeboard
  14. Actually I don't think the keel is much deeper than most traditional wooden hire boats - just a bit longer! The AF42 may be in GRP but it is a genuine Broads cruiser which was designed to be hauled out of the water on a slipway, hence all the old ones have a "snore hole" in the stem for attaching the winch wire, and a long, straight keel for sliding up the "ways". The hard chine and "deep V" construction means it can happily sit on its keel, without too much strain on the hull. Incidentally, as this thread is about a sinking after a grounding, I am pretty sure an Aquafibre moulded boat
  15. The cap badge looks like P&O and that also looks like a voice pipe at the helm position. So maybe the Canberra or perhaps the Oriana.
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