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Herbert Woods made quite a thing of it, spent a lot on restoration and used the boat as a marketing tool. It was even on the front cover if their brochure if I recall correctly. Hire prices were equivalent to a modern luxury boat but it was only available to hirers with experience. I'm guessing it didn't let well though.

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5 minutes ago, vanessan said:

Does it have shore power? :default_coat:

Very sensibly the owners managed without. She was also capable of passing under Potter Heigham Bridge thus was a proper Broads boat.

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33 minutes ago, JennyMorgan said:

The oldest Broads boat being here:

https://watermillsandmarshes.org.uk/chet-boat/

Ah , but the OP stated motorboat for hire as opposed to flappy or oar propelled .

I guess one of Marthams would now be the winner , unless you count one of Hunters offerings with the electric outboard now supplied on some 

 

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The Hunter boats are, I believe powered by what Torqueedo refer to as a "Pod" motor and what the rest of us would know as a "Sail Drive" so are a form of inboard.

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My best guess regarding the oldest motor cruiser still in hire would be Martham's Jayne. Their remaining Janet is about 1951 closely followed by Tumblehome a year later but Jayne predates them both.

There are a number of ex hire broads cruisers still around that were built in the 1920's and 1930's of which Spark is obviously one but records are a bit vague to be precise as to which is the oldest survivor.

 

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57 minutes ago, JanetAnne said:

My best guess regarding the oldest motor cruiser still in hire would be Martham's Jayne. Their remaining Janet is about 1951 closely followed by Tumblehome a year later but Jayne predates them both.

There are a number of ex hire broads cruisers still around that were built in the 1920's and 1930's of which Spark is obviously one but records are a bit vague to be precise as to which is the oldest survivor.

 

Jayne is relatively modern dating to the late 1960s early 1970s  I think you are confusing her with the similar but shorter Jane class that were built in 1952 and 1953. 

Fred

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16 minutes ago, webntweb said:

Don't know which hire boat is the oldest but I think I hired it once.

Oh me too, I remember the first boat I holidayed on with my parents was a wreck compared to others in the boat yard but I loved her to bits, she's still going strong now too :default_icon_luvlove: x

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The good ship Water Rail which can occasionally be borrowed was built in 1933 by Herbert Woods!  I think the oldest cruisers but not available for hire are the Jack Powles Star/Foams and several of Herbert Woods' - nearly all built in the 1920/1930s.

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