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Nbn Meets, 2017

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Just now, Jonzo said:

I have found Richardson's to be massively cheaper than other yards, and their boats usually better, certainly compared to Herbert Woods.

I completely agree

the HW boat is older and was pretty worn but still costs a lot more. 

The only reason we don't always use Richardson's is we find it varies our holiday experience starting from different yards.

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As you know, I am a huge fan of Richardson's, even if we had thousands to spend on a boat I would still hire from them and most definitely an older boat, the refurbs on them are so very well done, the character of a boat is important to us, don't get me wrong the new builds are fantastic but I don't like all the white plastic the interiors so often have. Two weeks on the Broads from Richardson's as opposed to one week from elsewhere at the same price, I know what I'd choose

Although that's not to say we shouldn't support the smaller yards, of course we should and have done on various occasions in the past and, hopefully in the future

I have visions of Dave sat at the outside helm on a freezing cold day, frozen stiff with icicles hanging from his nose, nothings going to stop him from helming outside :facepalm:

Grace

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3 hours ago, Gracie said:

don't get me wrong the new builds are fantastic but I don't like all the white plastic the interiors so often have.

I can see both sides of that one...

An all-wood interior with high-quality joinery looks very nice when only a few years old, but a centre-cockpit boat with a predominantly fibreglass saloon moulding (I'm thinking Connoisseur C45 or Bounty 40) looks much fresher when older, and is easily updated with new flooring etc.

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With apologies for the delay, especially to Vaughan; the proximity of the Birthday Party date to the usual Autumn Meet, plus team availability issues means that it isn't possible to run an 'official' NBN Meet this Autumn. 

However Vaughan has shared his plans and there is wine(!) so I am sure an 'unofficial' gathering to share beverages may develop amongst members who are about at that time. 

 

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Right.

I shall look at the tide tables and work out a plan of where we shall be on each day.

Other members can then add their itineraries and we shall see if we can come up with a meeting - or two!

I am thinking of a nice wild mooring on the Postwick Marshes, where we can gather and watch the sun going down over the Whitlingham Sewage Works. . . . . .

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I wish I could join you guys again. I'm back in August on Tobago 3 but that'll be it for me this year. Vaughan - I have sister ship to yours, Swan Roamer end May next year so I'll be very interested to hear how you get on. I really enjoyed your write up last time. 

I keep an eye on prices and offers at all the boatyards but like others, Richardsons keep hauling me back, especially with the loyalty scheme. In May I used my loyalty discount (second batch of 6 holidays I've had) which had accrued to £170. The hire charge for 5 nights was £250-£170=£80 plus fuel and damage waiver. 

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Right, here is a basic plan for starters. It is fixed by the tide in Yarmouth on the Monday and Friday but the rest is very flexible!

Sunday 10th. Pick up boat AM. Lunch in Sutton Staithe or Ludham Dog. Evening in Acle or Stokesby. If no mooring, supper on board at Stracey.

Monday 11th. Through GYYS 0900 at slack water. on to Brundall to pick up Wussername, 'is missiz and 'is old faithful bottle opener. Hopefully he will leave his faithful old conker in the pockets of his shorts. Trip round Surlingham Broad and supper at Coldham hall.

Tuesday 12th. On to Thorpe (low tide 1130) and overnight on the Green with supper in the Buck.

Wednesday 13th  Leave Thorpe AM on falling tide, for Lunch in Surlingham Ferry, and overnight at Rockland.

Thursday 14th. Fairly free day, taking in Brundall, maybe Loddon or Cantley and evening in Reedham. Maybe lunch in Beauchamp Arms.

Friday 15th. Through GYYS at 1300 for overnight in Wayford Bridge if there are moorings. If not in Stalham, in the clubhouse of the Broadland Chalet Park, just over the road from Richardsons.

Saturday 16th. Take back boat - boo hoo! May need to drown our sorrows in Wayford Bridge at lunchtime.

This is very flexible, so those wishing to join this parade, please add your ideas!  :default_drinks:

Dress optional. Bring bird and bottle.

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I think I might like to make an attempt to come along.  All depends on whether the film star is available and the crew wants to come but it might be nice to get away - having had so many other holidays this year.

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Looks good Vaughan. The last afternoon looks a long slog, probably would have to be non-stop to comfortably make Wayford. I'd be tempted just to go as far as Ludham Bridge and get up earlier Saturday morning (as I did last time round). 

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I just managed to arrange a trip south with friends and realised the week I have arranged is the next week to that of the trip being discussed above - oh bother! Never mind there is always next year!

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