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 since she was sold out of hire.

‘At the time, little did I know she had once been a hire boat favourite of Percy Blandford (apparently he hired her several times).

‘I still find this an astonishing coincidence, as I’ve been a devotee of Mr Blandford ever since I was at school, after my woodwork teacher encouraged me to read him.

‘After I bought the boat a friend happened to mention that it was known for appearing in some old woodworking books.

‘I asked around the Broads for a couple of years, and finally it turned out that Three of Hearts had appeared in books by Percy Blandford, of which I still had 12… Looking through them, I found two photos of her in Holidays Afloat.

‘As I look around, I suspect she’ll probably turn up in other books of Blandford. 

‘The irony of is that I bought Tearose while old Percy was still alive, but didn’t know it. I only recently saw your article for his 100th birthday. (It turns out I also shared his birthday, the 26th October.

‘I would have loved to let him know Three of Hearts/Tearose was going to be saved, for she was in a sorry state. She has needed a new hog, floor beams, some planking, timbers and seemingly endless sundry jobs to get her in. She’s still a work in progress of course. 

‘I’m guessing he took his family sailing, and I wonder whether his granddaughter ever went aboard? 

‘Anyhow, here is the picture of Tearose from his book. I hope nobody minds!’

Thanks David!

20ft and 18ft Nick Smith West Country motor launches for sale

Nick Smith tells me that Bamboo Viper, a 2ft launch he built in 2004 is for sale. The Viper is larch on oak, copper fastened, 20ft length overall, 6ft in beam and fittend with a 2YM 15hp Yanmar inboard diesel. Lying at Salcombe, Devon.

Nick says she’s a great sea boat, ideal for fishing, picnicking,exploring and pottering. Contact him for the vendor’s details For the vendor’s details, contact Nick via tel 07827 644223, email nick_smith_boatbuilder@yahoo.com or Facebook.

Nick himself is selling an new 18ft motor launch planked and framed in khaya mahogany on oak, copper fastened and to have a new Beta 14hp diesel.  

The boat is for sale as during build, but can be fitted out with the new owner’s choice of decking and details. Again, contact Nick for details.

Nick, who has been repairing, restoring, and building classic West Country clinker boats since 1976, and served a four-year apprenticeship in wooden boatbuilding at Edgar Cove Ltd, Salcombe. 

22 Square Metre project for sale, Bristol

Mark Rolt of Bristol Classic Boat Co has been in touch to let us know he has 22 Square Metre for sale in his yard.

Here’s what he says:

Chadrack was built in Sweden in 1947. She would be too expensive for a commercial repair, so is going cheap to an enthusiast who could make her work.

‘She needs re framing from the turn of the bilge to the keel, and quite a lot of planks.The deck is a bit thin too, but would possibly last another season. The rig and rigging are in brilliant nick though!

‘Basically she is for sale for the fittings and the lead keel and with not trailer, at £5000.

‘She was splined and we think refastened about 10 years ago, but now needs half a dozen new planks.

‘There is a strange patch of fibreglass (beautifully done, but why?) on both sides, for about 8’ midships from gunwhale to water line.

‘At the same time she had a new Collars mast and boom, and rod rigging made.’