these are some instructional videos put out by Martham boats on the Broads – we used to rent one of these each year with the kids when they were five and seven – diamond days.
Beautiful boat and I love the “pop top”. I once suffered the ignominy of bumping in to a classic Broads wooden yacht while failing to stern moor at Ranworth Staithe — luckily there was no damage or anyone at home at he time! Almost as good as the time I ran aground on Hickling Broad trying to get a closer look at the thatched boat houses…was towed off by a kind man from Whispering Reeds boatyard down the road after being rescued by a retired Colonel in a reed lighter — not quite diamond days but all grist to the mill eh.
Great vid demonstrating why jiffy reefing was invented.
it is a bit of a faff – but well worth it I reckon.
Is that the boat one would find at Hunter’s Yard?
it is – they have a fleet of eight or nine yachts
I don’t think so, Dylan. Hunters and Martham yards are two different operators. Hunter’s fleet all have a dark varnished finish, Martham’s have white topsides and it is their boats featured in these videos.http://www.huntersyard.co.uk/http://www.marthamboats.com/When I was nobbit but a lad I went sailing with the Boys Brigade on the Norfolk Broads every Easter and have sailed boats from both yards. Great to know they are still going strong and amazing to see that some of the boats that I sailed on in the 60’s are still with them.Dave B.
Started on keel boat “Hustler”…2 Berth after watching your film of the 3 rivers race Dylan. Hunters is such a special place, not an engine in sight They have 12 cabin boats and half dozen half deckers. Dodging the plastic “stink boats” or not on the twisting narrow rivers is good sport. I have 2 scalps in 4 years hehe. Take a look at the “instructional” videos and listen to that boootiful Norfolk aakkcent. Pete
Besides the Hunter boats being without an engine, just sails and a quant, they are also without electricity, with lighting by oil lamp and cooking on a gas stove, the later their one concession to a more modern means. Great experience for young and old, and those in between!