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  1. Sadly, there are many myths about woodies. Broadland Swift has an iroko (poor man's teak) hull. After more than fifty years of being in the wet stuff, (only being lifted for a quick antifoul and tar varnish) she has recently had to have some strip planking at her stern replaced. Please note, however, that the iroko planking had rotted from the inside not the outside. It was rainwater that did the damage. I would venture to suggest that woodies rot and sink due to poor initial design and/or poor workmanship and/or cheap materials and/or poor maintenance.
  2. That's the one! Good piece of research Webntweb.
  3. I think I overheard the local lunchtime tv news report that Breydon will be closed tomorrow until the forecast weather improves. I have just read, too, that Herbert Woods is NOT hiring out day-boats tomorrow and is advising those of its cruiser hirers who may be unsure about cruising away from the yard to remain in the yard until the weather abates.
  4. Hi MM There used to be an Alpha 31 in the hire fleet. Something tells me that it may have come out of Stalham Yacht Services boatyard. It was a boat that we pilots used to have to use a specific technique to get it through THAT bridge. We would approach the bridge at sufficient speed to guarantee safe steerage and then drop the revs to allow the bows to dip - the pulpit was unnecessarily high and particularly wide - but then we would have to pick the revs up again in order - wait for it - to get the helmsman's seat through! I kid you not. At THAT bridge the highest point on that particular Alpha 31 was a helmsman's seat with a particularly high back. The ripped vinyl was a constant reminder of previous arched bridge contact. And the technique was called? Banana-ing. For obvious reason. I confess, cannot remember the Alpha 31's name. I keep getting "River Dart", but I believe "River Dart" may have been an Ocean 30 as opposed to an Alpha 31. I've probably got the wrong name and the wrong hire boatyard, but the Alpha 31 I'll never forget. Bit of a heart-pounding bum-clencher! Whatever, with an Aplha 31, remove the pulpit and put a standard helmsman"s seat on board, 6' 8"(?) at Potter - probably. The Alpha 31 that I remember, despite being aft cockpit, needed all of 6' 10" at THAT bridge.
  5. With respect, where does this idea come from? None of the dayboats hired out by Phoenix Fleet Limited, the first boatyard to hire out electric dayboats thirty odd years ago, none had go kart motors - whatever they are. They had - and still have - the original 48volt Nelco motors. As for torque, an electric motor delivers its full torque throughout the rpm range. Electric boats are much more manoeuvrable at low rpm than any diesel can be. Happy to demonstrate in either of my all-electric boats to any disbeliever or sceptic. The seriousness of the weeding up problem at Somerton is vary much dependent on the type of weed picked up by the prop. I do not know the names of the various weeds up there, but one is like wire. Get that round the prop and you need a very sharp saw to get rid of it! Another weed looks like lettuce and is much easier to shift.
  6. Quiet Light did, indeed, go into the hire fleet as an electric cruiser. I took her through THAT bridge, but I wasn't aware that she had generator back-up. Colin Facey, at about the same time, had Silent Poppy. Silent, she was not. I believe she may now be in private hands and no longer electric. I stand to be corrected.
  7. Broadland Swift is thirty-two feet long and weighs eight tonnes. I am hoping to get at least ten hours runtime on a single charge. I am working with specialists EVS from North Shields in an attempt to get it right first time. EVS already maintain my launch and my Freeman.
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    Powles 42

    I'm afraid not. It looks very much to me like Barry. I have had a full beard for longer than I can remember. At one time all of Blakes' boats were piloted through THAT bridge mostly by Barry and Dennis who worked at Herbert Woods boatyard. Both were piloting long before I started. Blakes boat hirers moored in the boatyard and signed up on a chalkboard to be piloted through the bridge. When I started piloting, if you had a Hoseasons boat you went to the little shed behind the current Pilot's Office to collect David or Bob. Blakes' hirers went to the pilot/dayboat office. Patrick and Robin Richardson (Phoenix Fleet Limited) were awarded sole pilotage of all Hoseasons and Blakes hire boats when Blakes and Hoseasons jointly formed a new limited company for the purpose. I was employed by Phoenix Fleet Ltd.
  9. I now own an all electric Freeman Mk 1. Her gel deep cycle traction batteries were installed in 2005 and one bank of them has just been replaced for £1,500. At just over £100 per year, I am more than pleased. I believe I may have posted the idea before - batteries do not die. They are murdered. I know this only too well. I've done it with my other all-electric boat - a Jack Powles launch, built in 1948 and electrified more than thirty years ago. I considered going hybrid with my Ripplecraft "Broadland Swift" but have decided to go all-electric with her, too.
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    Powles 42

    Please note that this is from memory. Monarch was 6' 8" at Potter bridge.
  11. At a guess the Collins replica would probably need iro 6' 9"
  12. No Sancerre 33 ever went through Potter bridge in my ten years. And the woody for sale with Waterside, the ex Bell boat, just a glimpse at the head-on suggests to me that she will need a whole load more than the quoted 6' 3" air draft for passing Potter bridge. Note the squareness and width at the highest point. I would hazard a guess at 6' 10" or more.
  13. Hi Timbo That's exactly what was done by Andy Wolstenhome when he designed the Lowliner. With a tide of 6' 9" it all bit fits the hole. The problem is that the Lowliner was designed at a time when a 6' 9" low tide (and lower) was almost guaranteed mosts days during the Whit to September holiday season. Not any more.
  14. Broadway and Broadlander have both been under Potter bridge. Neither could be more than 10%(?) sure of doing so on current Summer low tide levels.
  15. Against my better judgement, (the hire yard owners insisted it was done) I have taken a boat through Potter bridge with flooded bilges. A truly terrifying experience. Without baffled tanks, the water slops for and aft inside the boat and from side to side. I would have felt happier sitting astride a 35' blancmange.
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