"TRANQUILITY"

Model                       :                   Norman 20

Cockpit                    :                   Rear

Year                          :                   1973

Engine & Fuel        :                   Yamaha petrol outboard

Capacity                  :                   9.9 hp

Toilet                         :                  

COMMENTS

How we came to own her, 
Having been looking at the possibility of becoming boat owners for a while, and sourcing info from our local boat yards on how and where to start being totally novice, we were looking quite by chance at those advertised on eBay, she was one of those we looked at, we were taken with her just from the pictures but being novices wanted to go and have a proper look at her, mainly to make sure that the work load wouldn't be more than we could manage practically with very little experience. only one small snag with this venture she'd only got 4 hours left to go but no bids, so taking a chance we rang the vendor and explained and asked if he would be prepared for us to view her if she didn't sell, he was very obliging and agreed for us to view her the next day if she'd not sold, we watched for the next 4 hours praying no one would bid, but yep in the last 30 seconds a bid was made, so we thought we'd lost her, a few hours later the phone rang and the vendor told us that the sale wasn't going to go through and she was still for sale, so off to Bedford we went to view her the next day, the vendor had bought her some months before from out near Boston in Lincolnshire and had her trailered to Bedford where he had been working on her, she was everything we'd hoped for, most of the technical bits had been taken care of, outboard engine good, safety certificate all in place, licence to run, electrics all working, the cabin had however been totally stripped ready for refurbishment but we knew with a bit of research and a little creativity that we would be able to make her look snug and cosy, she'd been taken out of the water and had some time to run on her mooring in Bedford so we took the opportunity to antifoul her there and give her a good clean down outside before bringing her home to where she now is at Earith Cambs. 
having decided that as she was in good running order the best way back was to come back by river, we had her lifted back into the water and ready to travel, since this was now October and the St Ives lock was due to be closed this then became a matter of getting on with it or ending up having to have her moved again by road, so we got all the info together we could, hoped for a bit of luck as locks were a bit of an enigma at the time and set off, it had become a bit of an adventure as the journey was going to take the better part of 2 days, and since my partner had to work her 17 year old son offered to accompany me to get her home, once we'd got the hang of the locks the rest of the journey went smoothly and we arrived home more or less to the exact time we had been given, 
and she was soon settled and ready for us to begin work over the winter to try and do at least some of the work (weather permitting)