Lazy Days

Boat Specification
Boat Name: 
Lazy Days
Boat Type: 
Motor Yacht
Boat Length: 
34ft 2ins
Boat Beam: 
8ft 8ins
Boat Draft: 
3ft 6ins
Boat Displacement: 
11.5 tons
Boat Engine: 
2 x BL Diesels
Boat Construction: 
Larch on oak
Boat Builder: 
Cliff & Jones, Castleford
Boat Year: 
1930

At the time of Dunkirk, Lazy Days was owned by M.V. Lazarus and she spent three days ferrying troops from East Beach amid fierce air attack. She returned to England with many of her ribs broken at the waterline. After Dunkirk, while on parachute mine patrol, a mutiny occurred aboard Lazy Days. Her Petty Officer, who was a hard-bitten, yacht skipper, took exception to the green young Lieutenant who came aboard when she was duty boat. The PO had a pint too many at lunchtime and when the young Lieutenant nagged him about the course he was steering, he hit him. He was sentenced at a Chatham Court Martial to 90 days in the glasshouse. But while being escorted from Chatham to Bristol, he gave his escort the slip and disappeared.

Lazy Days' damage would have caused most owners to call it a day, but she was rebuilt as new in 1952 and had a wheelhouse added. More recently, Lazy Days had another major re-fit with a new teak deck, and a ferro-cement sheath for her hull, which should protect her from the rot which marks the end of many a wooden boat.

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Lived on Lazy Days in 1975

Lived on Lazy Days in 1975 for about a year when I was 4 years old. Was moored at Heybridge Basin in Essex alongside an eel barge.

Lazy Days

Descended through Cromwell Lock, River Trent this morning with Lazy Days.

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Lazy Days

New owners from today John & Margaret Hoskins
previous owners of Chumley