Welcome to the adventures of Lady Martina and its crew

This site was originally created to document the cruising adventures of the superbly-equipped Broom Ocean 42, Lady Martina, from 2002-2007 with its former crew of David Broad and Louise Busby as it cruised many thousands of nautical miles and toured the coasts and inland waterways of Eastern and Southern Britain and the Channel Islands; France, Belgium, Germany, Denmark and, particularly the Netherlands, which were, and still are, particularly accessible from the base in Horning on the Norfolk Broads. In recent years, it was then continued under the authorship of its long-term skipper David who, by now had completed nearly 10,000 nautical miles at sea and with the encouragement and help of its new enthusiastic mate, Kathleen Waite, whose first request would be, 'Can we visit the Channel Islands' and so the story continued.. More recently, with the use of red diesel for boating being ended, Brexit and its implication for freedom of movement and the imposition of 14-day quarantines for France and the Netherlands, the future of such adventures are under threat and the author is actively considering ceasing this project.

For news of Lady Martina's 2015 passages visit   Lady Martina Schedule of Voyages 2015

For news of Lady Martina's 2016 passages visit Lady Martina Schedule of Voyages 2016

For news of Lady Martina's recent 2017 passages - visit Lady Martina Schedule of Voyages 2017

For news of Lady Martina's most recent 2018 passages - visit Lady Martina Schedule of Voyages 2018

For news of Lady Martina's latest 2019 passages - visit Lady Martina Schedule of Voyages 2019

For news of Lady Martina's latest 2020 passages - visit Lady Martina Schedule of Voyages 2020

Images from our previous years' cruises:-

  • Lady Martina moored at Woolverstone Marina
  • Lady Martina just past Stokesby on the River Bure
  • Kathleen and Lady Martina back home in Horning

See the latest cruise details by clicking on this link: Wells-next-the-Sea to Lowestoft 2020

Stay in touch with the adventures of Lady Martina by bookmarking our news feed Latest Lady Martina News


The original design and pages were maintained to chronicle these ports and destinations and the many and varied photographs taken.  The  comprehensive passage plans and detailed logs written led to many instructional lectures and boating magazine articles being requested to inform and educate other about these experiences. Also to the authors founding the Broom Owners Club. During winter periods of lay up based at Limehouse in Docklands, the crew were available to The Cruising Association where David assisted with the incorporation and development of this historically significant organisation as one of its first Directors and Louise assisted with its website and became the Dutch and Belgium regional editor for the CA/Imray Almanac.

This eventually led to their authorship of the standard Imray publication on 'The Inland Waterways of the Netherlands' which remains as the only authoritative work in the English language on the whole of the Dutch network of meres, rivers and canals that represent this wonderful venue for cruising enthusiasts. After that the two co-authors took 'separate tides'. Louise bought her own vessel Lady Alison, a Broom 35 Sedan, which she moored in Brundall for a while until she settled nearby and David still cruises in Lady Martina, initially on the Broads with friends and family from his Horning base, and became a key figure in the Broads Authority, serving as a Member and Vice Chairman of its governing board and Chairman of its Navigation Committee. Following his retirement, he then resumed his passion for off-shore cruising with his new and enthusiastic partner Kathleen Waite, recently had retired also. 

The Lady Martina story continues here with David and Kathleen's more recent cruising adventures first around the Broads and nearby East Coast ports and then, more ambitiously, from 2015 on towards the South Coast, Channel Islands and coastal resorts of France, this time with David at the helm of both the vessel and this web site and Kathleen operating the camera shutters!  For 2016, we visited The Netherlands for the cruising season after a refit and service at Brooms in Brundall and took the draft of  the second edition of 'The Inland Waterways of the Netherlands' for comments and corrections and that is now a very popular 2nd Edition. Last year,  in 2018, we were otherwise distracted by working in our extended woodland on an exhaustive lake restoration project but this year, we resumed serious cruising and started the season by completing a few East Coast cruises and then return to The Netherlands, my old stomping ground and subject of my published guide.

After many years of enjoying this liberating vocation, David has become very concerned about the future of British motor-boating in particular with UK-flagged vessels becoming a rare encounter at sea. in 2017, when we completed some 37 sea passages along the South Coast of England and North Coast of France, not a single such vessel was sighted underway with most just moored up as holiday bases and second homes or not used at all. Once freely-available and cheaper red diesel kept costs under control and the modest fees charged by marinas and harbours have been escalating in the belief that owners 'can afford it' when, in reality, the wider costs of licensing, insuring and maintaining vessels are taking their toll on the owners of larger boats most suitable for offshore use.

The sheer business of those in work (with many in zero-hours contracts without the chance of an index-linked final salary pension scheme and prospect of early retirement) has led to less opportunities for potential crew to have the precious combination of time and money for longer-term cruising. Even less for them to find  the time for the vital RYA learning courses and experience-gathering opportunities once provided by those such as The Motor Boat Monthly Cruises in Company, within which I gained confidence and  learnt so much. Furthermore, the pan-European system that has harmonised regulations, boat and vehicle insurance, phone roaming charges, qualifications, movement of crew and customs is under threat from political policies that could lead the isolation and divergence of regulation of the UK. On this 75th anniversary of 'D-Day' and with the memories of 'The Dunkirk Little Ship' nautical achievements fading, we are left to wonder for how long we can sustain our reputation as the leading nautical nation. 

However, there are some encouraging signs and examples to follow such as can be seen in the author's awareness of The Netherlands experience. After the 1953 floods, and the 'Delta Project' which isolated many of the boaters from offshore navigation and they looked in horror when we said we had just arrived across the North Sea. The recent emergence of collaborative organisations such as 'The Sea People' (a poor translation from the Dutch) has encouraged collaborative effort in saving fuel and marina charges and led to a prodigious amount of off-shore cruising for Dutch boats with their ensigns a common sight in East Coast ports. Individual organisations in the UK, such as The Norfolk Yacht Agency has done likewise and my own Broom Owners Club, which I founded,  is an example of modest efforts to encourage nervous and reluctant skippers and their crew out to sea. It is left to those of us remaining, who are able to advocate this sporting pastime, make the effort to get out on the seas and help and encourage others to join them to enjoy this unique pleasurable experience. It can often be challenging and time-consuming to find the right combination of wind, weather and tide to ensure the crew have the best-possible trips but it is well-worthwhile and this web site is dedicated to providing the evidence, information and guidance for YOU to do so. 

Please follow us every step of the way and encourage others to do so via this web site and the links below.

For information on the Broom Owners Club visit www.broomowners.com, and for information on the 'Inland Waterways of the Netherlands' (available this year as a 2nd Edition), visit www.dutchwaterways.net. For more information about David's life and times, visit http://www.davidabroad.com/ and on the Cruising Association (for which David remains as its Honorary Local Representative for Great Yarmouth, Lowestoft and The Broads) visit www.cruising.org.uk 

Thanks for reading :-)

May you always have Fair Winds and Favourable Tides ...


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Charts and Guides

Pilot Guides


East Coast, Netherlands & Baltic

"East Coast Pilot: Lowestoft to Ramsgate" by Colin Jarman, Garth Cooper and Dick Holness (Imray, 2005)

AC1535 Approaches to Great Yarmouth & Lowestoft (Apr 2015)
AC1543 Winterton Ness to Orford Ness (Apr 2015)
AC106 Cromer to Smiths Knoll (Sept 2010)
AC2449 Dover Strait to Westerschelde (Oct 2012)

AC1610 Approaches to the Thames Estuary
AC3371 West Hinder & Outer Gabbard to Vlissingen & Scheveningen
AC2322 Goeree to Texel

SC5607 Thames Estuary, Essex & Suffolk (January 2001)
SC5606 Thames Estuary, Ramsgate to Tower Bridge (April 2001)

Dutch Hydrographic Service (Hydrografische Kaarten voor Kust en Binnenwateren)
1801 Noordzeekust - Oostende tot den Helder
1803 Westerschelde
1805 Oosterschelde, Veerse Meeren, Grevelingenmeer
1807 Zoommeer, Volkerak, Haringvliet, Hollands Diep
1809 Nieuwe Waterweg, Nieuwe en Oude Maas, Dordtsche Kil (Dordrecht)
1810 IJsselmeer met Randmeren
1811 Waddenzee West en Noordzeekust
1812 Waddenzee Oost en Noordzeekust

Nauticring Vaarkaart Nederland - Overzichtskaart

The East Coast

"The East Coast" by Derek Bowskill (Imray, 1998)

North Sea Passage Pilot

"North Sea Passage Pilot" by Brian Navin (Imray, 4th ed 2003)

Cruising Guide to the Netherlands

"Cruising Guide to the Netherlands" by Brian Navin (Imray, 2004)

ANWB Wateralmanak Part 1 (ANWB/VVV 1993/94) & Part 2 (ANWB/VVV 2007)

"Dutch Inland Sailing Pilot" by Henri Levison (Stamford, 1988)

"Havengids Nederland" (W H den Ouden, 1992)


"An Introduction to Cruising in The Netherlands" by Stuart Bradley (CA, 2007)


"Through the Dutch and Belgian Canals" by Philip Bristow (Nautical Books, 1988)


"Cruising Guide to Germany & Denmark" by Brian Navin (Imray, 2001)


"IJsselmeer Harbours" by Hilary Keatinge (Barnacle Marine)


HP33 Waterstanden Stromen (Dutch Hydrographic Service, 2006)

English Channel, Channel Islands & France

The Shell Channel Pilot

"Shell Channel Pilot" by Tom Cunliffe (Imray, 2000)

SC5600 The Solent & Approaches (January 2002)
SC5604 The Channel Islands (September 2001)
SC5605 Chichester to Ramsgate, including Dover Strait (July 2001)

AC1349 Ports in Normandy (October 2002)
AC2135 Pointe de Barfleur to Pointe de la Percee (November 2001)
AC2136 Pointe de la Percee to Ouistreham (December 2002)
AC2146 Approaches to Le Havre & Antifer (June 2002)
AC2613 Cherbourg to Fecamp (June 2002)
AC2656 English Channel Central Part (July 2002)
AC2669 Channel Islands & Adjacent Coasts of France (February 2003)
AC 2451 Newhaven to Dover & Cap d'Antifer to Cap Gris Nez (March 2004)

North Brittany & Channel Islands Cruising Companion

"North Brittany & Channel Islands" by Peter Cumberlidge (Nautical Data)

North France & Belgium Cruising Companion

"North France & Belgium - Cruising Companion" by Neville Featherstone (Nautical Data Ltd, 2001)

RCC Pilotage Foundation "The Channel Islands"

"RCC Pilotage Foundation - The Channel Islands" by Nick Heath (Imray, 2000)

French & Belgian Inland Waterways


"Through the French Canals" by David Jefferson (Adlard Coles Nautical, 2006 11th Ed)

Navicartes 1, 3, 14, 24

"Inland Waterways of France" by David Edwards-May (Imray, 2002 7th Ed)

"The Channel to the Med" by Derek Bowskill (Opus Books, 1995)

"Cruising French Waterways" by Hugh McKnight (Adlard Coles Nautical, 1991 2nd Ed)


"Cruising the Inland Waterways of France and Belgium" by Roger Edgar & Iain Stitt (Cruising Association, 2007 12th Ed)

"Inland Waterways of Belgium" by Jacqueline Jones (Imray, 2005)




The Cruising Almanac

"The Cruising Almanac" (CA 2007/2008)

Macmillan Reeds Nautical Almanac


"Reeds Nautical Almanac" (Adlard Coles Nautical , 2006)


Un-rivalled Specification for Lady Martina

Broom Boats OCEAN 42: Build No 036, July 1989; Twin Bridge and Saloon Helms

Registered "Lady Martina" Great Yarmouth No 717781 (formerly "Princess Tanya")

Displacement 22.73 tons (64.33m3) Actual weight 14 tons

Length 42ft 2ins (12.86m); Draught 4ft 3ins (1.3m); Beam 14ft 0ins (4.05m)

Engines Twin Volvo TAMD61A deisel; (2 x 306HP) (=456.55Kw @ ¾ HP) with CQR 4-bladed propellors, each with its own fuel tanks, batteries and controls

Fuel Capacity 2 x 150 gals (2 x 682 = 1364 litres); Water tank 145 gals (660 litres)

Speed/Endurance: 20Kn max; 680nm@ 8Kns; (5ltrs/nm); 220nm@ 16Kn (6.2ltrs/nm)

Air Draft; Min 10ft 4ins (3.15m); Windscreens up 11ft 2ins (3.41m); Winch 11ft 7ins (3.54m); Flag Staff Height 12ft 2ins (3.71m); Canopy Height 12ft 0ins (3.67m); Mast Light 16ft 11ins (5.15m); VHF Aerials 21ft 9ins (6.65m); Radio Aerial c20ft); (Port VHF Aerial 20ft 0.5ins, 6.11m ; Starboard VHF Aerial 21ft 8.25ins, 6.0m

Outside: Complete Pulpit and Pushpit safety rails with inbuilt Fender stowage baskets. Two external stowage lockers for ropes and aids. Three canopy configurations; standard, with rear porch and with total Bimini sun shelters

Cruising Aids: Triple variable speed controlled wash/wipe windscreen wipers, Sleipner Sidepower 5.3Kw Bow Thruster; Bennet V351 Trim Tabs; telescopic 'Yacht Legs' for drying out, side access and aft bathing platform and ladders. 3.1m RIB Tender with 4-stroke engine on dual electric/manually-operated Davits for shore access, Loframs Tigres 1000w Anchor winch and mud weight plus main and kedge anchors. Forward remote controlled Searchlight and Bridge/deck loud hailer system. 

Navigation Aids and Instrumentation: Echo depth sounders plus Interphase Probe Forward Sonar, Raymarine RayNAv500 GPS 'plotter' and Autopilot, MLR FX-312 GPS 'plotter, MLR SP24XC handheld GPSYeoman Navigator Pro Plotter; Dedicated Vasari Technology MF4300 solid state fanless fixed computer operating alternatively MaxSea Time Zero software and Meridian Chartware SeaTrak software connected to 15" high visibility Bridge Monitor Screen and bulkhead mouse; Twin Foruno 1900 Marine radar displays, Windmaster Ultrasonic Wind Vane

Communication and Safety: Traditional 'Sailor' and modern ICOM IC-MC601 DSC and Fixed VHF radio sets, IC-M3 Handhelf VHF, Nav6a NavTex Receiver/Printer, Twin Seafire automatic engine room fire extinquishers and automatic bilge pumps plus bronze high-capacity Clutch Pump for emergencies, galley fire blankets and hand held units. NewLec bilge heaters

Accomodation: Three Sleeping Cabins, Saloon, Galley, Halls, large upper Bridge, aft sun deck and two toilet/showers

Electrical Power: 24v DC system (also 12v by regulator) and 230vAC for two galley and saloon fridges, microwave, air-conditoning, Bendix washing machine, ring main, Dimplex heated towel rails in two toilets/showers, kettle and toaster powered via 3000w Victron Multi-Plus Charger/Inverter served by 350Ah AGF domestic batteries, on-board generator and/or shore power

Domestic,  Gas & Heating: Calor 4x4.5KG Propane; for oven and 4 burner ring, remote electric Gas solenoid; Webasto AT 5000D 5Kw diesel heating to all cabins; HFL 24,000 BthU Coolmax Air Conditioning to Saloon and Master Cabin (with reverse mode heating), Holding tank for 2 toilets; Mosquito nets to windows, Bright but dimmable LED interior lighting. 


Dutch Waterways

Inland Waterways of the Netherlands

Visit dutchwaterways.net for latest updates and to order a copy of the book

Broom Owners Club

Visit broomowners.com for regional events, members pages and details on how to join. 

Journals of David A Broad

Visit davidabroad.com for my daily journal from 1984 to the present day