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Our Boats

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Our ‘Flagship’ – Bernadette II – 2 + 2 berth

30ft of classic Bates Star Craft.

Built in 1952, for the same price as two semi-detached houses!

Says a lot – good design, quality materials and fittings, handmade by craftsmen.

She initially was part of the ‘Bates’ hire fleet, how long she was engaged as such is not known, but she has obviously passed through a number of private hands since then!

However, she has been well maintained throughout the years, with modifications along the way.

The obvious one is the engine change, from petrol to a BMC 1.5 diesel and the fitting of a ‘Jet thruster’!

To bring her in line with current BSS standards, we have paid attention to many areas, entirely replacing the saloon windows, additional water tanks, a 1000w inverter, a new fridge and additional worktop space and storage in the galley.

New mattresses have been fitted to the forward cabin and memory foam toppers available for the saloon berths.
Central heating has been fitted, with radiators in the forward berth, head and saloon.

We also include a TV with internal DVD and a Stereo DAB radio  - that can play music from your phone too.

Also on board:   

  • Shore power – 240v, USB socket                                                                                    
  • Shower, flush toilet, wash basin, bathroom cabinet
  • Gas oven & hob
  • Full set of cooking utensils, crockery and cookware, toaster, kettle, cafetiere.
  • T Towels, washing up liquid and wash-ups
  • Tea, Coffee and Sugar. essential spices if you like to cook!
  • Hair Dryer, Iron
  • Bedding, towels and pillows                                                                                        
  • Cleaning materials                                                                                                                
  • Buoyancy jackets  




Claudette layoutA Johnsons 30. Built in 1965

Claudette is now a seasoned member of the 'fleet'.

Designed by Arnott Fowler, who was well known for many boat designs of the time, at various Norfolk yards

A lot of the work has gone into her, and the results are just how we wanted her to be. We have managed to keep most of the mahogany interior, but painted the ceiling white to give her a light and airy feel - the oak beams have been kept too. She is painted and varnished inside and out. She has had a bow thruster fitted and there are new appliances, alongside existing features, and warm air heating. Claudette has everything on board that Bernadette has. Claudette has a ‘forward helm’ position, and the roof of the saloon goes back leaving the saloon completely open. Jeff has fitted a mechanism that makes it really easy to retract.

Claudette is a very popular addition!

EVETTE - 2 BERTH - A Freeman 23' 

Yes, we've changed her name yet again! She is coming along nicely. Has a lovely pale blue hull now, and is currently being completely stripped out. New windows being fitted as we speak (type) and calculations to fit new cooker and loo/shower being worked out. Keep you posted......

UPDATE: Yvette now has a new engine! Decided the standard Freeman petrol engine wasn't the way to go, including safety reasons, so we have purchased a Nanni diesel 20hp 3 cylinder which will be fitted shortly. A new cooker is in place and also a new electrical loo and basin with shower attachment. A new canopy on order too! Watch this space..... 

UPDATE 2...Bathroom (head) virtually done - will be a 'wet'room' so all nice and shiny white. Warm air heater fitted - Jeff getting all the main equipment in and then we can start the 'fun' bit of sanding and varnishing, picking upholstery, fitting lights, then hopefully on to the decks - which will be wood. See you soon....

UPDATE 3 ... Well, when I say a 'bit' of sanding & varnishing, I mean loads! Everything is having at least 3 coats, so a mammoth task - but we are getting there. Decks nearly done, new mahogany tow rail being made and fitted. Internal flooring being laid - individual wooden strips like the decks - going to look lovely and quite impressive. Getting close.....

UPDATE 4....Canopy fitted after a fair bit of swearing & cursing! Bathroom finished, 'cosy' but all you need! Flooring virtually there, internal upholstery being made, decks finished, new Helm & Nav seats ordered along with cockpit cushions. Bow thruster fitted, fridge and cooker fitted ... bear with, not long to go now!

Hopefully final update! 18/6/2019. 

Virtually there, a few tweaks and she will be ready for hire. On our moorings already and 'sea trials' going well.

Here's a couple pictures to give you an idea:

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Antoinette – 4/6 berth - A Herbert Woods ‘Silver Light’ - 30’ - to follow - can't wait - she's going to be gRRRRreat!

We are hoping to add yet another boat, one that is well travelled, to the fleet next year (2020) - Ruby - though may well be renamed Rubette! We will keep you updated...

Please note all of our boats are non-smoking

Did you Know?


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