Previous names

  • Star Supreme 1
  • Superb Heart
  • Superb Gem
  • Ivy Lady
Certificate no 2908
Status Registered


Function Leisure Craft
Subfunction Launch
Location Stalham
Vessel type Broads Sailing Cruiser
Current use Private use
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required No


Builder Powles, Jack
Built in 1966
Hull material Wood
Rig None
Number of decks 1
Number of masts
Propulsion Motor
Number of engines 1
Primary engine type Inboard diesel
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


Length: Overall
40.00 feet (12.19 m)
Breadth: Beam
11.00 feet (3.35 m)
2.50 feet (0.76 m)
Air Draft
10.30 feet (3.14 m)
Tonnage: Gross


BROAD AMBITION, R641, is a timber carvel constructed Norfolk Broads cabin cruiser built by Jack Powels & Co. Ltd. of Wroxham in 1966.  She was named Star Supreme 1 and, along with 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6, she was built for the use in the hire fleet of six 'Star Supremes', with registration numbers R641-R646.  R641 is the only one of the class to have been constructed in wood.  She was then used as a 'plug' for the following five to be constructed of fibreglass.  Two 'Star Magnas' and two 'Star Victors' were also made in fibreglass from her plug.

BROAD AMBITION now has a modern Beta-marine diesel powerplant, but retains her original gearbox and propshaft.  A new 4 x bladed prop and rudder have been installed and the internal design layout down aft has been altered by removing a heads/shower, enabling an aft well deck with stern access. 

Restored between 2002 and 2007 in Doncaster, she took part in the historic section of the 2012 Diamond Jubilee Thames Pageant.

Videos showing the vessel can be viewed via these links:



Key dates

  • 1966

    Built by Jack Powles of Wroxham

  • 2002/2007

    Vessel restored at Doncaster

  • 2012

    Took part in the Diamond Jubilee Thames Pageant

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