Our holiday on 'Crystal Spray'
from Turner's boatyard would be about 1969. It was certainly the
second season for the boat and was a great holiday. We purposely
chose a boat with 'sketch picture' rather than photo to be sure of
getting a 'relatively new' boat. The above picture could easily be
myself, (Mel Ashton), friend Ron Willows and my ex-wife Meg at other
side of boat. Meg was previously in tears at the last minute
thought of BOATING - but, when she saw the beautiful 'new' luxury
cruiser she quickly learned to love the boat and waterway life. Hence
our (now my) continued love of waterways and boating.
I had previously had a holiday with pals on a 'flat afloat' at Wayford Bridge - there was a six-seat 'speedboat' included in the hire - first year (rowing boat following years !). We were 'too late' to book a conventional boat but my mother wrote to Mr Hagenbeck and he came up with the offer of a 'flat afloat'.
The 'flat afloat' business was started by the
daughter of a previous employer of my mother (1930's) a Mr Hagenbech or
similar who was previously a solicitor but now ran a boatyard & boat
building business at Wroxham (he kindly showed us around - and brought us
a crate of beer - much appreciated by 20 year olds !).
Sorry about the 'seem to remembers' - its the age thingy - now 66 (April, 2007) - and the holidays were in 1961 and about 1969 !
More info if / when my memory improves - I did keep our boat log for many years but think it got discarded with many other 'precious memories' following my divorce in 1989.
P.S. - I've now found a picture !! (27th April,
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