Percy Blandford’s favourite Broads hire cruiser

David Goodall has been in touch to tell us about Tearose, his Norfolk Broads cruising yacht. It’s a nice story… ‘In 2011 I bought an abandoned Norfolk Broads River cruiser that at an earlier time had been owned by Hearts Cruisers of Thorpe, Norwich, under the name of Three of Hearts. She has been Tearose … Continue reading “Percy Blandford’s favourite Broads hire cruiser”

Percy Blandford’s autobiography is on sale now!

Publlishing phenomenon and prolific post-war era canoe and boat designer Percy Blandford’s family have had his autobiography published, and it’s now obtainable from them. To obtain a copy, message his grand-daughter at I think the foreword  (see below) explains it all as well as anyone could… I should add that the grand old fella … Continue reading “Percy Blandford’s autobiography is on sale now!”

Percy Blandford – a nice obituary in a national newspaper

The Daily Telegraph has this nice obituary for boat and canoe designer and DIY hero Percy Blandford. ‘Percy Blandford, who has died aged 101, was at the heart of the British do-it-yourself boom in the period of austerity that followed the Second World War… his blueprints for home-built craft allowed thousands of enthusiasts, who would … Continue reading “Percy Blandford – a nice obituary in a national newspaper”