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Yorkshire Lass

With an agreed retirement date approaching, I realised that I would need something to keep me busy when I left my job in software engineering - the 15 years backlog of ignored household chores didn't seem particularly exciting - so I needed a retirement project.

Back in the early 1970s, we went on a number of Norfolk Broads holidays - mostly on boats that I now know to be Hampton Safaris. By chance I saw one of the boats we had hired in 1973/4, registration Y29 - originally called Miss Merrymaid and now called Sunchaser - at Beccles in early 2010. The seed of the idea was sown, my retirement project would be a boat - a Hampton Safari.

These 30-40 year old boats are still popular and nearly all are still afloat, with most now privately owned (popularity of hireboat holidays diminished with the coming of the budget airlines). There seemed to be little relationship between the asking price of those that were for sale and their condition.

I decided to take some advice from an expert - the owner of a boatyard that had operated a small fleet of these boats until 2005, and still a prolific contributor to the Norfolk Broads forum. He confirmed my thoughts that an overweight pensioner intending to use the boat alone in all weather conditions should choose the Safari version with easy access at the front, so I thus limited my search, my project boat was to be a Hampton Safari Mk3.

Yorkshire Lass, one of the Thames Maid Boats fleet from 1979 until 1991, then moved onto British Waterways around York and renamed Estella, was found in a Marina on Humberside. Beverley Boat Transport Services moved her to Beccles on the Norfolk Broads for me. I was fortunate in finding a mooring attached to Hippersons boatyard, who have provided a wealth of friendly and practical help to an ancient novice, and continue to take on the urgent and important jobs with professional excellence.

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Lorraine Aboard Miss Merrymaid (Y29) in 1973
Lorraine Aboard Miss Merrymaid (Y29) in 1973
Sunchaser (Y29) May Day 2010
Sunchaser (Y29) May Day 2010
Lorraine on Miss Memory (Y55) in 1976
Lorraine on Miss Memory (Y55) in 1976
Now - Blue Belle (Y55)
Now - Blue Belle (Y55)
Then - Santa Lucia II (E519)
Then - Santa Lucia II (E519)
Now - Robin (E519)
Now - Robin (E519)
February 2010 - Two Safaris at Beccles
February 2010 - Two Safaris at Beccles
Beccles, February 2010 - Different Safaris Mk3 & Mk2
Beccles, February 2010 - Different Safaris Mk3 & Mk2
Yorkshire Lass's Last Trip on The Aire & Calder Canal
Yorkshire Lass's Last Trip on The Aire & Calder Canal
Yorkshire Lass Leaves The Aire & Calder Canal
Yorkshire Lass Leaves The Aire & Calder Canal
Yorkshire Lass (BW47262) Lifted Onto the Transporter
Yorkshire Lass (BW47262) Lifted Onto the Transporter
Leaving Viking Marine
Leaving Viking Marine
The Journey to Norfolk Starts
The Journey to Norfolk Starts
Yorkshire Lass (598S) Arrives at Beccles
Yorkshire Lass (598S) Arrives at Beccles
Yorkshire Lass (598S) Arrives at Beccles
Yorkshire Lass (598S) Arrives at Beccles
Yorkshire Lass (598S) Arrives at Beccles
Yorkshire Lass (598S) Arrives at Beccles
Yorkshire Lass in the water at Beccles
Yorkshire Lass in the water at Beccles
Yorkshire Lass at Geldeston - August 2010
Yorkshire Lass at Geldeston - August 2010
Preparing for the Repaint
Preparing for the Repaint
White Hull and Dark Blue Deck Undercoat
White Hull and Dark Blue Deck Undercoat
Repaint Nearing Completion
Repaint Nearing Completion
Back Outside
Back Outside
Ready for the River
Ready for the River
My Other Toy - Nissan Figaro
My Other Toy - Nissan Figaro
Re-Launch at High Tide
Re-Launch at High Tide
Beccles Gondoliers - Stephen & Luke
Beccles Gondoliers - Stephen & Luke
Looking Great Afloat
Looking Great Afloat
Looking Great Afloat
Looking Great Afloat
Riverbank Mooring
Riverbank Mooring
Waveney at Beccles
Waveney at Beccles
Reflections On A Calm Sunny Autumn Sunday Afternoon
Reflections On A Calm Sunny Autumn Sunday Afternoon
At the Pontoon on an Autumn Evening
At the Pontoon on an Autumn Evening
Two Safaris Ashore For Winter
Two Safaris Ashore For Winter
Back In The Water For 2012
Back In The Water For 2012
Autumn Reflections
Autumn Reflections
BMC 1500cc Diesel
BMC 1500cc Diesel
Coming Ashore 2012
Coming Ashore 2012
Walking On Water
Walking On Water
Coming Ashore 2012
Coming Ashore 2012
Coming Ashore 2012
Coming Ashore 2012
Coming Ashore 2012
Coming Ashore 2012
Coming Ashore 2012
Coming Ashore 2012
Coming Ashore 2012
Coming Ashore 2012
Coming Ashore 2012
Coming Ashore 2012
Coming Ashore 2012
Coming Ashore 2012
Coming Ashore 2012
Coming Ashore 2012
Coming Ashore 2012
Coming Ashore 2012
Coming Ashore 2012
Coming Ashore 2012
Coming Ashore 2012
Coming Ashore 2012
Coming Ashore 2012
Coming Ashore 2012
Ashore For The Winter
Ashore For The Winter
Ready For Winter
Ready For Winter
Winter Arrives
Winter Arrives
Winter Arrives
Winter Arrives
Frozen Solid - Going Nowhere
Frozen Solid - Going Nowhere
Ready for 2013
Ready for 2013
Ready for 2013
Ready for 2013
Ready for 2013
Ready for 2013
Back In The Water - 2013
Back In The Water - 2013
August 2013 - Family Day Out
August 2013 - Family Day Out
August 2013 - Family Day Out
August 2013 - Family Day Out
The Transformation of Yorkshire Lass by Hippersons of Beccles
The Transformation of Yorkshire Lass by Hippersons of Beccles