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  1. Pearson Marine, Brister Craft, Aston Boats & Harvey Eastwood were yards my family hired boats from in the 1970's & 1980's, now all long gone....
  2. Was it this? https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/environment/anglian-water-plans-new-pipeline-norwich-to-ludham-1-5985034
  3. Airdraft of 8'6" would make Ludham Bridge possible (we did Ludham with Brinks Royale 3 two years ago and she was marked as this airdraft, and there was about 4" to spare under the bridge). Lovely boat, Birchwood's were made locally to home, so a fondness remains. The factory is still there in Huthwaite, off Commonside, now semi derelict after use as an indoor carting track.
  4. When we first went on the Broads as a family in the mid 1970's my mother slept in a life jacket for the first three nights. Crossing Breydon was an adventure and we had a couple of rough passages, a memorable one in a Brister Craft Broom 30 (remember the bright yellow decks and upper works?) when a galley cupboard door burst open and spewed the contents all over the floor, breaking most of the plates, cups and saucers. A little shop in Oulton Broad sold the exact ones and replacements were purchased... My sister was very, very sick, good times....
  5. ...and here is is, handsome boy... Sent from my iPhone using Norfolk Broads Network
  6. We moored at Norwich yacht station overnight a couple of years ago, near the bus stop on Riverside Road. Very, err, educational, still mentally scarred by what was overheard being discussed by the good people of Norwich when waiting the arrival of the next bus... Sent from my iPhone using Norfolk Broads Network
  7. We have been a few times since July 2017, once for an early supper during a stupid 240 mile round trip. Always found the staff pleasant and helpful and the food to be great. We’re also fond of the White Horse as well (where our lab, Jasper, was treated like royalty) Sent from my iPhone using Norfolk Broads Network
  8. I suggest that the above photo is near Griffin Lane, Thorpe (that's a May Gurney lighter in the foreground, I used to "hide" in the boatyard at times, instead of going to Costessey yard)
  9. I do try my best... Sent from my iPhone using Norfolk Broads Network
  10. http://www.constructionenquirer.com/2018/10/25/bam-nuttall-wins-first-stage-of-60m-lowestoft-bridge/
  11. Hmmm, when I was "in my prime" ankle bracelets were a thing of rarity...
  12. Is this what it would have looked like (bottom photo)? (from Broadland memories)
  13. Not too much hanky panky, we tried, but she (the boat) rocked a bit too much and we were thwarted by my non too pleased parents...
  14. Pretty sure my family hired Santa Caterina in from Harvey Eastwood in July 1987, my last holiday on the Broads after University and before entering the world of employment. I think I have a photograph of her at Oulton Broad Yacht Station, canopy back, in glorious sunshine (the sun always shone then). My (then) girlfriend went with us, fond but hazy memories of attempting a bit of "fun" in the forward cabin (Vee berths), gave up as we were rocking the boat and woke up my parents (couldn't blame it on the river!!) Good luck, really looking forward to watching her resoration.
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