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Yay... another holiday booked, this time four days in early summer next year on Silver Emblem from Ferry Marina.

Quite a new design, and hard to gauge beauty from the artists impression but the layout looked interesting and I fancied spoiling us a little so have dug a bit depper for once!

Has anyone seen one of these boats yet... there's an internal picture in Hoseasons, but I'm wondering if only the bit in the picture was finished and all the bit out of shot was still under construction?! Looks nice in the brochure, hasn't been built yet? Or has someone spotted one/any views on them?

Here's the link to see more on them http://www.hoseasons.co.uk/UKBoat.aspx? ... h=FindBoat

Dan

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Interesting choice Mr H.. I still haven't caught sight of that yet. I know there was a complete shell of one in the shed in June as Jimbo saw it, but I've yet to see it. I'd think there ought to be a finished one by now.. I think someone needs to go for a walk by the Ferry with a stupidly long lens! I thought exactly the same as you though, why show the galley if the exterior is complete..

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Mmm, that raised steering position looks just right for seeing over the reeds, and more importantly, each corner of the ship when parking :naughty::naughty:

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We will expect your usual in depth report Dan :clap

Nice to see investment going into the Broads still from some quarters, there are not many doing that these days.

Always be those (we know who they are) who knock progress and don't believe 'unsuitable' craft should be on the Broads :roll: , low wash, modern, economical and roomy what more could you ask for on a Broads Holiday.

Yes there will be the usual area's you can't reach there are an awful lot of hire craft that won't either and I guess if those areas are important you would look at an alternative style.

I also like the fact it is a very roomy 2 berth, fits a nice gap in the market.

Oh and it is fitted with one of those satanical devices......... a Bow Thruster :-D

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Hi Boys

John - Yeah, plus there's no view through the windows - just white.... not impossible they did that on purpose anyway but as its unusual did make me wonder if the boat was sat in a shed somewhere still being worked on hence maybe putting some white paper or something over the window! I had a bit of a wander at Ferry a week or so ago, there was Quartz Emblem & Coral Emblem looking very smart but couldn't see one of these.

David - who's told you of my boat handling & parking capabilities or lack of them then?! The external helm does look good, fingers crossed for dry weather!

All the best

Dan

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Hello Perry

Yes, I guess we all like different, it's good there are still some new designs that go under most of the bridges... we certainly like to some times.

Ferry's expanded fleet and new workshop I guess isn't welcomed by everyone, although I guess that's true of everything. Development or change is often not welcomed by all, especially when it surrounds places you love as they are, but then again for things to survive things have to change, and seeing the hire industry survive to a good level is important to me!

I love Horning, don't actually mind their new boat shed too much and am glad I can start and end my holiday at one of my favourite Broadland spots, and also have a better chance of being able to moor there!

It's a shame we cant get under Wroxham with her, but to be honest with just four days that's the only place we'll have to miss out on that we might have cruised if we'd booked some old floating caravan as is more the norm!

I'm growing to like the bow thrusters... actually quite handy for getting in and setting off with just the two of us I suppose!

Dan

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Hi folks

Silver Emblem 1 was launched last week and number 2 will be finished next week. The pictures were inevitably taken some weeks ago whilst still under construction - Hoseasons deadlines are still quite long. So there wasn't much of a view to be had out of the windows. We should be having some more pictures taken soon but she is certainly on the water now at Ferry Marina if anyone wants to take a look.

The 36ft models (Golden Emblem) are under construction at present and the third model (the sedan, Platinum Emblem) is at the final stage of plug development. Keep an eye on the Waveney RIver Centre & Ferry websites over the coming weeks because I intend updating them with some more pictures.

cheers

James

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Hi James

Hey, thanks for that, great to hear of them coming on well.... will certainly keep an eye on the website.

I quite liked the layout and the idea that the galley was close/open plan to the saloon so it was not so far for me to shout requests through to the galley whilst having my feet up! ice slice;)

Dan

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very nice Dan so your going to be one of the first in 09 to try out one of the new funnel craft well nearly the first sweet :-D

mind you looking at the layout will be nice to see what its like to have the galley in the bow viewing the river. also her bigger sister now thats going to be nice to see on the river.

but the sedan would be my choice looks realy nice.

hay maybe if somebody is spare over the awards weekend maybe they could take some pics of the new fleet while there free.

but your looking forward to the Serenade :-D :-D :-D yes i do read your site :-D :-D

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Watched it go up the dyke on its trade plates this afternoon!!!

Looks as good as it could given its limitations - I actually think the longer ones will look a bit better although even the little one looks OK.

p.s. also am getting used to the shed too!!!!

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If anyone is thinking of heading down to the Earls Court boat show this week, the new Funnell 31 Sundeck (Silver Emblem) will be on show, alongside Norfolk Yacht Agency's stand.

Hope some of you will have a chance to see it.

cheers

James

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Really like the galley in the bow, from the chief cook's (galley slave) perspective would be great to have a proper view whilst making his lordships tea

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yer i agree

a weird layout but from the pics it does work realy well and i think there will be people lining up to purchase one of these boat for hire or private use and they look well built and have lots of space but that all from the pics of course

Jonny ice sliceice sliceice slice

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I am sure that if you deign to lower yourseves and look on the "other" site you will see the interior pics you so wish to see.

Are you really saying then that you stick to just one site? Doesn't everyone just switch around from site to site - clearly not!!!!!

Well I better wish those who don,t a Merry Christmas too xmas6xmas6

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Hi Marshman

I think it's an exterior one which people are amazed are in short supply... and they are.

There is one I believe in a certain hireboat info section of a certain website that I do indeed still frequent on occasion ;)

Dan

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Hi Jonzo

When I saw the picture I was a little disappointed as I thought it looked a bit like a floating caravan with a bit stuck on the roof. However, I'll reserve judgement until I've seen it in the flesh... but I think it might be fair to say it's biggest strengths are going to be it's comfort, layout/internal use of space.

I'm still looking forward to my holiday on her xmas4

Dan

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it does look rather spaceshes for a new build and detail looks good also the galley in the bow has it eva been done before if not its rather a crackin shot at attempting it for the first time

Jonny ice slice

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I thought things couldn't get any worse than the Carribean style boats but the new Funnel 31 seems to be a close contender. Just seen the artists impressions on another website it looks "outwardly" a real ugly duckling. There was one boat that beats them both though and thankfully seem to have disappeared. It was a barge that allowed road caravans to be loaded for broads cruising. Now that was truly the pits!!

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Everyone is entitled to their view and some peoples idea of heaven is a wooden boat with limited space , leaks and rot!!!!!

However my guess is that is not what the hirer wants and whilst some of you think it is ghastly, I guarantee that it will be pretty fully booked and that is the proof of the pudding, as they say!!! Why is it that everyone wants to live in the past? There is plenty of evidence that the fly bridge cruisers are the most popular with the punters - only today it looks as though Faircraft Loynes are getting the Christmas boats ready and guess which boats look like going out?

Having had a good look at these boats both in and out, I know people will like them from the inside - there is stacks of room and the front galley will be copied i guarantee. Of course some will moan about it and yes the new design is a little stubby - I think the longer one will be better but you have to economise on your mould costs and it is not a new trick to use the same base and then add bits.

They are not pretty but you could hardly call it downright ugly - I think there are many worse around and like most new designs, after a few years they will seem very normal!!!!!

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