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. It was then continued under the authorship of its skipper 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...
For news of Lady Martina's recent 2015 passages visit Lady Martina Schedule of Voyages 2015
For news of Lady Martina's recent 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
Latest Images from our cruises:-
See the latest cruise details by clicking on this link: Ipswich via Yarmouth to Horning 2017
The original design and pages were maintained to chronicle these ports and destinations and the many and varied photographs taken. The detailed and 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 the 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 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 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, in 2015 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. During the latest year, the cruises in 2017 took us down the East Coast and along The South Coast of England, before making our way along the Normandy and Pas de Caux and Calais coasts of France and then returning across the channel for the East Coast cruise home. Follow us every step of the way via the link 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 :)
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 GPS, Yeoman 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.