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The story of Orchard Delight began in 1960 in Ely, Cambridgeshire when she was built by Appleyard Lincoln & Co (Boatbuilders) Ltd and exhibited at the International Boat Show which was held at Earls Court, London in 1961.

She is a 29ft River Cruiser—one of a diminishing number of boats on the River Great Ouse made completely of wood. She was extensively restored in 2003 and during summer 2013 she was out of the water again undergoing further repair work.  Click here for details and pictures of the work carried out and see what remained to be done! Her last trip on the water was in summer 2013 since when she has been undergoing major restoration work.

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Her original name was Brouhaha and she was owned by Harry Lincoln, owner of Appleyard & Lincoln and co-founder of the Boat Show.  She is thought to be one of the first registered with the newly formed Great Ouse River Authority, Registration Number G4000.

Welcome to our website which we have published to celebrate Orchard Delight, the firm that built her, its owner, and others involved in her history.

There are gatherings where current skippers and crew of Appleyard & Lincoln boats, can meet the people who designed and built them.

Read about the first one, and why not come to the next?

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Orchard Delight at Bedford River Festival 2008


Researching her history is on-going and if you have anything to add or think something may be incorrect please contact us.

See our CONTRIBUTORS' PAGE for information received so far

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