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  1. 15 points
    I joined the NBN nearly ten years ago, mainly because it was a friendly forum about boats on The Broads. I see today that I've averaged 1000 posts per year and I really must try to put more effort into it! We had just moved from sea-going to river-going boating and although we had a fair bit of Yare-bound sailing twixt Brundall and Gorleston we knew little about anywhere else on The Broads. Earliest Friday Girl, our Fairline Holiday, here shown when we visited St Peter Port in her with Daughter and Son and returned to Brundall! Sea-going, our trusty old Freeward 30, Friday Girl 2 Our "Froggy", Friday Girl 3, in Vlissingen And now Broads Bound until last year when I needed (and have since had) two new knees: I can honestly say that I've enjoyed every hour of it, be it sail, motor, sea or river! One day I'll finish the saga of all the adventures we've had in them all!
  2. 13 points
    Charlie, for you and all who live in God's County! (Apologies if you've seen it before).
  3. 10 points
    Beautiful weather so we ran down from Potter to St Benets, had a picnic lunch on board and then walked the dog round and had an interesting chat with some guys who were conducting a detailed survey of the ruins. A dead slow cruise round South Walsham Broad taking in the peace and general loveliness, then back up to Potter and finished the day with one of my rare half decent stern moorings! Does it get any better :)
  4. 10 points
    This is my 2000 post.Have posted since 2014.Has been a joy,What I like is we in the main can agree or not over many subjects.Thats what a forum should be,We share advice ,tips sometimes a shoulder to cry on.Have made many friends along the way,here's to the next 2000. Ian
  5. 10 points
    The only good part of this is that I have just booked Jayne from Martham boats for the spring meet weekend, as a solo hirer - I have had the confirmation email, and nothing yet asking questions (give them time I hear the cry) this is going to be a big adventure for me as a first solo hire, though not my first time on the broads.
  6. 7 points
    Thank you for at least taking the time to answer some of the questions we have, I suppose this leaves an empty niche for some of the smaller yards to fill, and may make the difference for them.
  7. 6 points
    There is of course an option available here, if no "rent a grandpa" is available. Amazon sell inflatable adults. The one I looked at was called "Vinyl Vera" but it would appear they offer men as well. You would need to provide them with clothes as, for some reason they seem to be sold "disrobed" I can't see any other function for these plastic inflatables.
  8. 6 points
    Hi All,?‍♂️⛴ Just like to introduce myself, I'm a jock fi oer the high wall up north. Found your forum through viewing BB's Serenade and watching the London Rascals "Captain's Blog". Was very impressed by his review and blog, so much so decided to hire Serenade in May. Although I don't want to commit at this stage to joining up for the gtg, thought I might if allowed drop by at some point. It all sounds like one big party and I'm sure it will all be one great jamboree. Enjoying reading many of the members posts and comments. Looking forward to seeing the Broads again?‍♂️and maybe seeing some of you in May, Cheers Jamboboatman
  9. 6 points
    with a special appearance by Timbo on the organ no less.
  10. 6 points
    JohnK, I have read your posts with interest. It appears that you have come to this debate rather late and are playing 'catch-up'. Forgive me if I have misread your situation. You will not get all the answers to this, simply by reading the discussion on here and asking questions. The debate about whether or not the Broads can be a national park goes back decades. It isn't a national park, for the reasons that have been explained. There were no attempts to push through any change in the legal situation until after John Packman was appointed CEO in 2001. In order to fully understand how we have arrived at today's situation of calling the Broads something it is not, and the palpable mistrust of the Broads Authority in general, and its CEO in particular, that exists among many (not all) boaters and boating organisations, it really is necessary to go back to historic documents, such as Defra publications, Hansard, letters from Ministers, minutes of meetings of Broads Authority committees. I'm sorry that there is no shortcut. It's not just about one side calling Yah-boo sucks at the other. It is a serious matter, which could have serious implications for the future of boating on the Broads. I hope you have read the email exchange between John Packman and me. Doesn't the fact that he hasn't responded to any of the points I put to him (and Fergus Collins) tell you something?
  11. 5 points
    Clive, as one of the loyal customers who's had their booking cancelled, I appreciate your taking the time to respond. I accept any business has to sometimes make difficult decisions about the service it chooses to offer its customers. I also understand you want to make the change "before a problem". However I'm still at a loss as to how the issue is so urgent that existing bookings for loyal customers have had to be cancelled? What would the risk to your business have been had you honoured the existing bookings and simply declined to accept new ones?
  12. 5 points
    First boating experience of the Broads, September 1972, with my parents. I had just graduated from University and had long been fascinated by the idea of holidays on a boat. Hired a Bermuda from FB Wilds at Horning, had a great (if rather rain-sodden time) but the bug had bit! In many ways, the next Broads holiday is more memorable. My wife and I married in 1974 and had been greatly helped by our respective parents to set up our first home etc.. So, 1975, we decided to take both sets of parents on a boating holiday on the Broads, as a thank you. Obviously, my parents and I both knew what to expect. However, my wife and her parents had no such idea and, as I discovered later, if as late as the night before we were due to set off I had told them we couldn't go, they would have been delighted! By the Wednesday of the week we were there, hiring from Alan Johnson Boats (can't remember the name of the boat but it was an ex-Wilds Carribean) parents-in-law and wife were all asking, when can we go on a boating holiday again? Since then, numerous holidays on the Broads (and the Thames, and the English Canals, and the Caledonian Canal, even French waterways later this year). Our two daughters, now married with children of their own are equally "bugged"; we're on the Broads for four nights from Easter Monday with one daughter, her husband and two youngest grandchildren, and the France expedition is with the other daughter, her husband and three oldest grandchildren. There's truly nothing like a boating holiday. Jeff
  13. 5 points
    I haven't replied as i have been busy today so don't start worrying about me too much, this change will bring us in line with our agents standard, it has not been forced and is not due to insurance. over the years we have had to bring in measures like stability tests and canopy procedures due to problems at other yards, these are reactive measures, we would rather make a change before a problem, it is the prerogative of the other yards to take on the risk and allow single adult hires. We are doing our best to upgrade and accommodate all affected parties but unfortunately you can't please all the people all the time but most customers have been understanding if you are a regular hirer you will have seen the boat acceptance certificate grow its content about 400% over the last 10 years, this is a reflection of the world we live in. I have not read this whole thread and can't comment on individual cases
  14. 5 points
    I no longer get involved with Facebook as I found the intrusive adverts among other things made the site impossible to use. This is the Norfolk Broads Network Forum and like you Vaughan I expect Broads related discussions to be on here where all can see them. Not hidden away on Facebook.
  15. 5 points
    By the way, I gather Clive has said it is difficult to expect his staff to decide on a person's competence. In which case, the instructor seeks advice from his management, doesn't he? When I am doing a trial run, I reckon I can tell within about 10 seconds of going on board, whether the party know about boats or not. I am sure Wussername would agree with that!
  16. 5 points
    I don't think that Richardsons would do anything that would impact their business without a great deal of thought and, as they see it, justification. I am actually quite surprised that so many people want to go solo! What also surprises me is that Clive, normally an affable sort of fellow, hasn't come along and explained this new policy as clearly it effects a number of forum members, especially as the forum has for so long been staunchly pro Richardsons.
  17. 4 points
    I always use smaller yards I feel you get better customer service although there are one or two exceptions It is a pity about Richardsons because up to now over the past decade their image had improved tremendously Ray
  18. 4 points
  19. 4 points
    I am afraid Clive's response leaves me with more questions than answers. Are they "aligning" with an agency which, by the look of of it, may not even be there for very long? Hoseasons used to have the BOA (Broadland Owners Association) made up of the member yards and they decided on the conditions of hire, not the agency. Same thing for Blakes, but then Blakes was owned by their member yards. If they wish to change their conditions of hire (which they haven't, on the website) then they should still be honouring bookings made in good faith and confirmed by them in writing according to their own conditions. These conditions also say they may cancel a booking up to 8 weeks before the start date, but they are now doing it 3 weeks before. I don't know the content of this boat acceptance certificate since, both times last year, I said I had been before and signed a document to say I had not wanted a trial run! Although they had no idea of my experience. But what about "stability tests" and canopy procedures? Susie and I are booked in May, and have paid in full. Are we now to be turned away because we have hired a 7 berth boat for 2 people, and so they think we can't get the canopy down? As Peter says, I fear that this sounds like the thin end of the wedge. I think it should be remembered that inland waterways boating holidays, although an adventure and activity holiday, have a safety record, right back over the years, which must be second to none. But what would I know? I have only been in the business for 40 years.
  20. 4 points
    Hi Finny, Clive has said that their booking agent which is indeed Hoseasons; their policy is against solo or single parent (single adult) bookings, Richardsons have fallen in line with this policy or maybe just supporting their booking agent. I find this rather bazar when the booking agent is in a state of flux that any of their clients are indeed changing their policies at this time, it would have made more sense to wait until later in the year or even next season. Regards Alan
  21. 4 points
  22. 3 points
    I recently made a fundamental change to my business, as is my right. The difference is I haven't had it discussed all over the interweb. All businesses make changes, the people who are best placed to decide what changes to make are the owners. Customers may not like the changes but there are other hire companies available. Having said all that, the execution of the changes may have been a bit hasty.
  23. 3 points
    At the end of the day it's Clive's business and Clive's decision, respect to him for that.
  24. 3 points
    And so London Rascal would be declined a hire should he suddenly decide to expand his Captain Blog series, many of which were solo hires? Well, over the years, we have all blamed Freddie Laker, the weather, the value of the pound, brexit, the BA and whoever else we have seen fit to along the way but I do sometimes wonder just how much the hire industry are to blame for their own downfall?
  25. 3 points
  26. 3 points
    How many broads boating deaths are related to solo hirers ? finny
  27. 3 points
    Ok I ruddy think I ruddy well convinced buggers to stay a ablooming way with my unique ruddy renditions of other bloody wise popular blooming music Harsh enough?
  28. 3 points
    I would be very surprised if details of seriously dodgy hirers were not shared among the hire yards. Even if not on an official database. This is not just about bad customers though. Richardsons are canceling the bookings of those who already have a good track record with their company.
  29. 3 points
    Or why not honour the bookings that are for the next few weeks as they will now have boats that are sat there earning nothing when they could have made a couple of grand during the quieter period at the start of the season
  30. 3 points
    I think he was looking at her bush
  31. 3 points
    Progress report.... Roof in cabin to strip back. Sides in cabin to clean up. Windows & rubbers to replace. New decals to order & fit. Lots of tidying up to do as well. Sharp blades are really sharp!! Planning on making new windows myself. Plenty of polishing has been done & quite a bit more to do... All in all though, things are moving along quite nicely. Some of the more stubborn jobs are taking longer than hoped, but they haven't halted proceeding yet. Half day tomorrow to purchase carpets and accessories etc. Antifoul going on in the afternoon, so should start to look half decent from there onwards. It's been a bit of a slog, with long days and the one injury (I just can't multitask!) but it gets me out of the washing up for a few days...
  32. 3 points
    Shamelessly copied to save having to type it all: For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. The statement means that in every interaction, there is a pair of forces acting on the two interacting objects. The size of the forces on the first object equals the size of the force on the second object. The direction of the force on the first object is opposite to the direction of the force on the second object. Forces alwayscome in pairs - equal and opposite action-reaction force pairs. Newton’s third law. why post this? Because the moment people stop looking and stop questioning the force to maintain a position has gone. In this case Mr P could then have a field day!
  33. 3 points
    Ah, bless him, he does appear to be uncharacteristically lost for words at the moment though. In the 'other place' JP pleaded for support for his pet project after which he was vociferously challenged regarding the history and legitimacy of the BNP tag-line. The same has happened via a Facebook group and in both cases it appears that JP is either unwilling or unable to respond to what is clearly a well researched, well worded challenge. Perhaps it's only an 'A' level after all!
  34. 3 points
    John Packman thrives on misunderstandings such as this. The relevant resolution that was passed by the Broads Authority was: "...that the brand “Broads National Park” be adopted for marketing related purposes with immediate effect..." Richardson's are marketing the Broads, so in that respect I agree, they're doing nothing illegal. The morality of it is, perhaps, debatable. On the other hand, the BA has neither the remit nor the duty to do any marketing. Their duty is "promoting opportunities for the understanding and enjoyment of the special qualities of the Broads by the public". Marketing isn't mentioned anywhere in the Broads Acts. While I'm on the subject, he also claims that the 1988 Act gave the Broads the status of a national park. That too is incorrect. There's no mention of it in the Act. It is simply a created form of words, with no legal authority whatsoever.
  35. 3 points
    Thanks for your kind words, Grace and others who've offered supportive words as well. Well, I am sorted! Out goes Symphony from Richardsons, in comes Lady of Freedom from Freedom Boat Hire which I've booked today for the exact same dates. I'm pretty pleased with that because it seems an age since I was last on the South Broads. This will be my first Southern start since 2006 and my first non-Richardsons hire since 2012 (which was with Freedom when they were in Horning). I'm long overdue a change. I spoke to Chris from Richardsons again to cancel the booking and he offered me a £50 voucher as well as the refund which I thought was a nice gesture.
  36. 2 points
    After all, they are both sponsors and members, of this forum?
  37. 2 points
    Or it could be simply capitalising on someone else's bad decision. Nothing wrong with that.
  38. 2 points
    Welcome misswhiplash,to the forum.I/We normally ask a little about new members.This may be interesting,So tell us a little about yourself. Ian
  39. 2 points
    I think it's a real shame that we have gone from congratulating Richardsons on their award to this debacle in only a few short months.
  40. 2 points
    It would not take much to set up a database - accessible by the boatyards - which would have details of past hires across all the companies, together with any damning evidence which might preclude the odd percentage of people Richardsons might not want to hire to. Then perhaps the 90+% of responsible, experienced hirers could still enjoy their holiday.
  41. 2 points
    Paul, hi. I think that we'll be hirers in future and buy a motorhome as our alternative transport. October/November in the Algarve does have its attractions!
  42. 2 points
    It's not a proper restoration unless you have blooded evidence finny
  43. 2 points
    Today a start was made with fixing down the first of the side decks, lots of clamps to hold them to the curves.
  44. 2 points
    Susie tells me that there is a lively discussion going on on Facebook including 2 statements from Clive, and so this thread seems to have dried up. I seems a bit silly that an important debate about the broads seems to happen half on here and the other half on Facebook. Can't we share the same information? Or am I just showing my ignorance of social media?
  45. 2 points
    Another big thumbs up for the smaller yards then. They really do give a level of customer care that the big boys can't/won't
  46. 2 points
    For those of us that keep an eye on nature, the Skylark at the back of our house has now started his singing, the Blackbirds are fighting over who's garden it is and some of the Cuckoo's have already started their migration back to the UK a few weeks early:- Cuckoos The indications of an early spring are there but there's still time for a brief cold spell.
  47. 2 points
    Not sure we are any closer to the real truth - I guess only Richardsons can tell us that and they apparently do not want to!! Clearly it would appear that there is still more to this than meets the eye I have to say that in the past I have always thought of them as being a relatively progressive company, but at this moment in time there seems to be a lot of "shooting oneself in the foot" going on - still thats down to them but sadly I think this whole episode is beginning to impact their business. But only marginally!!!!
  48. 2 points
    Just booked Grendel - Jayne - Saturday night and Sunday night. only picking up on Saturday, from Martham boats, so not too sure when I will arrive.
  49. 2 points
    If Richardsons have done it to bring them in line with their booking agent hoseasons,why have I been able to book with Barnes Brinkcraft today (after having to cancel my Richardsons booking yesterday which was due to start in 2 weeks as I was solo) who also use hoseasons as their booking agent
  50. 2 points
    I’ve just thought of a great business idea ! I could rent my mum out to single parents who want to cruise with under 18’s, she would need help on and off the boat though. She loves the Broads. She is happy to quietly sit looking out the window at the scenery. Doesn’t mind where you cruise. Doesn’t drink alcohol anymore or eat much food. Is a really good cook. Has good knowledge of the Broads dating back to the 50’s. She does know how to drive a boat but is half blind so it’s probably not a good idea to let her near a steering wheel. Knows it takes 190 turns on the winch to close the roof on Richardson’s San Francisco !! Lots of experience with children and has a frown that would stop a riot in Cairo !!
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