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  1. Really interesting thread this. https://m.apolloduck.com/boat/alpha-craft-42/598982 I assume this is most likely an ex french boat possibly one you ran. Sent from the Norfolk Broads Network mobile app
  2. These look so much sleeker than the ones alpha craft ran on the broads. When you say very little had to be changed inside was the original layout the saloon in the centre as opposed to more popular layout of saloon in rear. I did see one of these for sale a while back in Ireland that had a home bar added seem to be popular live aboard a. Sent from the Norfolk Broads Network mobile app
  3. Not that I know much about sunken boats but how was this declared a right off a d the silverline boat that sank at chedgrave and looked just as submerged wasn't. Brilliant story though I've often fancied a trip on the river Lot. Sent from the Norfolk Broads Network mobile app
  4. Although I still miss Thunder from time time I have to say how relieved I was able to sell before this all happened. I feel for all the current owners paying out for something they can't use. Sent from the Norfolk Broads Network mobile app
  5. Like yourself I was obsessed with lowliners when I was a kid although my preference was the aquafiber style. I finally started hiring them a few years back and be honest there a few things on that mould that weren't great like bathroons. However my complete bias towards the style meant I've never enjoyed a boat more. I'm sure you'll enjoy Rapide and see past any faults. I've been on board a few and the upper helm there is plenty of space for a good few people and if the seat breaks your **** just stand up for a bit and enjoy the view. They probably did try to fit one too many cabins onboard and although the beds may be a little snug the living space should make up for it. Look forward to how you get on and plenty pictures please as I'd still love to hire this boat regardless if how many people dislike the design. Sent from the Norfolk Broads Network mobile app
  6. I'm sure after a good scrub it would be fine to crack straight on with but I think if a good a boat like this at that price I'd like to spend a little bit extra updating it. Sent from the Norfolk Broads Network mobile app
  7. How much would a half decent refit cost. 15-20k ? Sent from the Norfolk Broads Network mobile app
  8. Yeah Barnes do some weird things they managed to turn one of the best saloons on a hire boat for comfort and looks and make it look awkward and messy. Sent from the Norfolk Broads Network mobile app
  9. That's the thing though it's not the 35 mould it's the dual steer 43ft version and they chopped the back off to make an updated 35 essentially. Seems a shame to have lost the dual steer version in my eyes. Sent from the Norfolk Broads Network mobile app
  10. Cool thread Still a real shame aquafibre has gone. Of all the boats on the broads I probably have a theoretical top 10 of boats I want to own and they'd fill that up I think. I still think the lowliner was the best thing ever made and the diamond 43 which I've owned part of would have been lovely to have seen more made with different layouts, a luxury 4 berth perhaps Was quite surprised when I was talking to the lads at Barnes that the chopped up the 43 mould to make serenade rather than just putting a new **** on the 35 mould. Was hoping they may have made an updated 43 but not to be now. Sent from the Norfolk Broads Network mobile app
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    What incredibly sad news. I dread to think of the amount of hours I've spent looking at his database and always being pleasantly surprised by another new bit of information or a new photo of an old boat. A massive loss to the broads and community's like this. One man with a little website that really did make a lot of people happy and I hope he goes down in broadband history. You'll be missed Craig. Sent from the Norfolk Broads Network mobile app
  12. Absolutely love that stretch of river. One of my big regrets when we moved the boat north. Sent from the Norfolk Broads Network mobile app
  13. Yeah he can do some special things with wood. He's boats were fitted out more to a private spec but seeing the Facebook page sone of the restoration work he's done on woodies looks fantastic. Sent from the Norfolk Broads Network mobile app
  14. I've hired Forth bridge 2 from them before (ex Fantastique) still a lovely boat just a few of the internal choices perhaps could have been a bit more sympathetic from bridge craft like the red rubber floor. Still a lovely boat though and would like to hire again. Sent from the Norfolk Broads Network mobile app
  15. My two favourite boats, you have excellent taste. I was only on their old boat fantastique in September on the Thames. If you have any luck finding photos just drop me a mail on xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Be very much appreciated. Sent from the Norfolk Broads Network mobile app
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