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  1. 4 points
    More images of pages from Hoseasons and Blakes brochures for those who like to see them - this time 1975 and 1976. Blakes brochure - notice Petit Barsac which at 19ft length must havebeen the shortest boat for hire on the Broads - unless you know different? Sanderling at the bottom was the first boat we hired in 1973, which in March cost us £29. Wishing Waters from Ripplecraft in Somerleyton had the distinction of being dual steer, incorporating a sort of flying bridge. Visionary thinking? Hoseasons brochures. We hired Calypso King in it's first season. Take a look at the Oulton Broad houseboats for hire - all gone now.
  2. 3 points
    To be fair to Herbert Woods, the discounts are just for starts in the month of March. Offer Details Could it just be that the 14 boats offered have now completed their annual service and are now back in the water, perhaps ahead of schedule and therefore suitable to discount? Insurers and energy companies will often charge you extra for being loyal to them. Most people will have experienced that you can buy the same policy/power cheaper as a new customer if you compare prices. Yield management is employed across the travel industry now. Flight prices will generally be cheapest around launch dates but can "bobble around" right up to departure due to sophisticated computer algorithms which compare yield to expected levels and adjust the prices accordingly. You can still end up sitting next to someone who booked later than you but is paying less than you did. The aim is to achieve a specified load factor. Holiday companies have for a long time, loaded the peak month prices to subsidise the off-peak dates. The price you pay for a week in early May (away from bank holidays) is not a true reflection of the cost to the operator who will use premium date revenues to keep the off-peak dates "operational". This way they can keep staff on season long and iron out the expenses over the year to some extent. Rail fares changed because the operators were finding that their trains were full mornings and evenings but not so at other times. SO they needed to come up with a system where they offered off peak fares to people who would not be taking up seats already paid for in full by commuters and business people. That's where the advance part came in, so they could allocate a particular service to you, which was perhaps not selling well. Again it is the computerisation of the yield management which has enabled this. On top of this, there will always be a number of no shows/cancellations which are not refundable and can be resold, again built into the yield managament. I think we are likely to see more of this behaviour over time. It's a "wild west" out there but the benefit is that there are lower prices out there if you can seek them out.
  3. 2 points
    Some, not all, people seem to have an idea that they can do anything and to suggest otherwise is a kind of "disrespect"! It is a phenomena of our times and a reflection, I think, of a society dominated by entitlement! Back in 1980, having booked our very first Broads holiday aboard "Conquest" from Stalham Yacht Services, I read and reread every word of the brochure and advice booklet. I made a mental note of everything in the induction and therefore started every day with an oil check, a quarter turn of the greasers and mopping the decks. I was hooked of course and from day one knew my retirement dream was to have my own boat... I was 25 lol The boat had seen a lot of holidaymakers and was probably near retirement, that only added to my enjoyment, for one week she was mine and I looked after her as if I owned her. I've rambled lol I think my point is that first timers either have "hearts of oak" or just want a nice relaxing holiday with little to do but eat, drink and be merry (and there is nothing at all wrong with that!)
  4. 2 points
    Now, this could in fact be everyone's tip but having worked it out for myself and being in the very rare position of having a tip to share instead of asking for one, here it is. My boat has what seems to be a drip tray as part of the GRP moulding under the engine. Possibly they all have, but I saw that it was about full of old black oil sloshing around and needed dealing with, having first ascertained that I don't have an oil leak. An old pillow case with half a dozen handfuls of cat litter in it was tied at the opening and laid flat in the tray.. 24 hours later it was lifted out with no drips in the cabin and the tray empty enough for a good wipe down with paper towels to finish the job. You're welcome
  5. 2 points
    a couple of disposable nappies under the engine are very good at absorbing the odd drips of oil and water that build up.
  6. 2 points
    I too find the late discounting is a poor business model to employ , it’s guaranteed to annoy existing “full price” customers . I wonder why is it that seemingly every business tends to offer far better prices when booked in advance , it works for hotels , flights , holidays , train companies , yet companies such as HW feel the opposite is the way to go .
  7. 2 points
    A bit of a cynical view, if may say so. Unless you are in the business it is always hard to explain how difficult (often impossible) it is to make money out of a seasonal business which only takes money for half the year and yet needs the same number of full-time staff in the winter as well as the summer. Hardly the same thing as a ski resort! I can assure you that, ever since the 50s, we have been trying to "flatten out" the peak weeks in July and August to make a more even price over the season but I am afraid the fact always remains, that more people come boating during the school holidays. If we want to make enough average income over the season to survive the winter months, then we have to put a premium on those peak weeks. At least we have managed to get rid of a lot of the "extras" to make much more of a "one price" holiday. For instance, you don't have to hire a television any more and car parking is usually free of charge. On the French canals you can choose an all inclusive package which includes fuel. Simon's point about being upset to see a discount, when you have booked in advance, is most valid. Traditionally the business has relied heavily on regular customers and still does now. I still have all of Hearts Cruisers' booking charts from the 50's and they show that the next season would be up to 60% booked by the end of September the previous year, by the regulars booking their next year's holiday when they came back at the end of their week. Nowadays I think it is perhaps the internet which has made the difference, as bookings can be made last minute "on a whim" and it is also so much easier to publicise a last minute discount. I still don't like it though! Bad policy overall.
  8. 2 points
    When I was there last year, I think less than half the stalls were actually open and my favourite second hand book stall was gone too. I think the problem is that you can only buy there, as much as you can carry home on your bicycle, as you are hardly allowed into Norwich by car anymore.
  9. 2 points
    That’s why I like Ferry Marina’s pricing policy. They look more expensive at first glance, but when you start to compare prices of comparable boats they start to look like a good deal, and the lack of ‘special deals’ means that as a long term customer you don’t feel you are being ‘had’. I’m so fed up with the railways. Yes, you can get cheap tickets, but it’s not really a fair pricing policy for those who can’t plan ahead. On my first summer job (way back in 1978) I worked for the pre-privatised British Railways, well to be accurate, Sealink, which was then the BR owned operator of the Holyhead to Ireland Ferry service. I thought the BR ticketing system then was fairer than the current regime. Singles, day returns, monthly returns or open returns. Apart from that choice, everyone paid the same for the same journey. Nowadays it’s just a lottery, and (in my opinion) completely unfair.
  10. 2 points
    OK so we are coming to the end of the major stuff and only some minor internal bits and pieces of softy stuff left to do. OK that involves a replacement window but hey ho. When we bought Malanka we could not understand why the starboard side immediately post wheel house window was plastic with holes drilled in it. Phil was non the wiser either, so after 9 years the wood underneath this bodged heath Robinson fix is soft and the window leaks. Time for replacement with glass, correctly ventilated, and ideally able to be opened. That's what is coming before the galley gets dealt with. Before all of that is the major surgery stuff below the waterline. So here are the latest pictures of the stupendous work being done by Roger. He is supposed to be retired but he is staying on to do stuff like this. It's freezing cold, he is wearing knee pads and insulated jackets and he still is at it in all weathers. So here are the latest three pictures in total deference to Roger who has done all the woodwork in the latest batch. Many thanks Roger you're an amazing guy. A lesson to us all about doing what we love. thank you my friend. Still loving that super paint job, can't wait to get her out onto the water
  11. 1 point
    The Six Nations kicked off last night,a good result for Wales.Beating France in Paris. This afternoon England take on Ireland in Dublin.I hope we can overcome them,will be hard to do,but let's hope.
  12. 1 point
    I have to agree that the game did have a good flow to it, though I think that was more down to him missing a number of infringments (from both teams, before anyone accuses me of bias), then any plan of the referees. If he did turn a blind eye deliberatley then well done him. There are so many finicky rules around the tackle and the breakdown that have been introduced over the last decade or so to allow a more flowing game, but which have had the opposite effect as all they do is create more stoppages. Good rugby is a balance between competition for the ball, great running lines, good tackling and game management. It is what, in my eyes at least, makes Union so much more interesting then Rugby League. I appreciate of you are a fan of Rugby League you will think differently. That's fine, each to his own. I dread seeing Wayne Barnes or JP Doyle assigned to our premiership matches, I know it's not going to be a good game before the whistle blows, and think of them as bad referees when in fact, the truth may be the opposite. They pick up the offences which many miss and you get a stop start game. I stand by the offisde calls though. There's nothing new to the offside rule and if it is not enforced it closes down space in midfield and denies the opposition the chance to create running lines and that happened to England at least half a dozen times in the first half, and a couple in the second. England overcame it by great line speed and clever passing which is to their credit.
  13. 1 point
    I think it's a little unrealistic to compare our markets with those of the continent, at least those in France and Belgium which I have visited. They are more like what we would call a "farmers market", selling locally produced goods but at a premium, sometimes very premium price. That said I fully agree that our markets are in decline. Our local market in Leicester has been voted best in Britain many times, twice in the last three or four years but it is not a patch on what it was. Sadly I find much the same for Norwich and have to agree with Vaughan and Chameleon. Not worth the trudge up the hill from the river anymore. I'm not sure that blaming Supermarkets is quite correct, affter all they have Supermarkets in France too.
  14. 1 point
    I do like the reassurance given! " Safe maximum ventilation at all times, waterproof except when submerged "!
  15. 1 point
    Don't know whether I should tell this story, after all these years but the girl on the front of Hoseasons' brochure is Keith Gregory's wife Christine, who was a professional model when he married her. It caused a big laugh around the boatyards at the time, as Keith was a director of Jenners, when they were owned by the Caister Group, and were members of Blakes!
  16. 1 point
    Are these the covers you’re after https://seamarknunn.com/acatalog/ECS-Ventilite-Clear-Static-Ventilator-Complete-7-inch-AF6_04201.html
  17. 1 point
  18. 1 point
    We've found puppy training pads very useful for minor leaks and condensation drips. Cheap as chips. Colin
  19. 1 point
    having used norwich market over the years i find it's not worth the visit ,overpriced tat, if this is the best god help the rest! markets generally are in the decline ,mainly due to pound shops, primark and other cheapo shops, many on here will remember Thoresby sunday market with over 1000 stalls, 3 hrs at least to browse it all,they even put a roundabout on the A614 to cope with the traffic,gradually went downhill,great gaps in the rows of stalls, sadly now closed only decent sunday market within reasonable driving distance seems to be at Skirlington between Hornsea and Bridlington
  20. 1 point
    Fair comment although Herbert Woods do offer early booking and early payment discounts which is a permanent feature of their pricing policy. Regarding Vaughan's comments, a yard must cover it's costs or it will go bust eventually. I guess they must try to balance pricing against customer expectations and demand. It must be a tricky thing to achieve with a bit of crystal ball thrown in for good measure!
  21. 1 point
    they won't vaughan , its the same everywhere
  22. 1 point
    The car parks are grossly overpriced and often have queues all down Chapelfield Road. Have you tried the Postwick park and ride? I only suffered it once! Norwich is being killed off by all the green and pedalling policies of the City Council. They have even banned floats on lorries from parading at the annual carnival in case they cause pollution, so that will probably be the end of that. Perhaps I am biased as I have always loved Norwich. When I was a young man I used to park on Gentleman's Walk every Saturday morning and didn't even have to pay for it. It was the bustling commercial heart of the City then. Now it is just a long row of coffee shops. Nowadays I only go into Norwich if I want to buy something I can't get elsewhere. I notice even Clarks Shoes now have their main outlet on a retail estate outside the City centre. Why? Because you can get there by car without hassle and park outside the shop for free! When will the council ever wake up to this?
  23. 1 point
    Our Bounty gets mainly water in the tray under the engine,from the hatch area,we use a pick up tool and a nappy to soak it up ,job done.
  24. 1 point
    We often visit by boat, but at times by car.Yes they do encourage park and ride,but there are car parks also.Okay something are not cheap,but the quality is good.My local large market is Woolwich,which as a child was very good.Lots of meat fish and veg.Many stall holders had been there for years.Always a interesting visit.Now sadly just a few fruit and veg stalls.Lots of stalls offering rubbish
  25. 1 point
    I became a fan many years ago of Union. Think it's a great game.The other week ,I did the tour of Twickenham. This year it's also the World cup in Japan.I also agree.Yes indeed the six Nations is on BBC and ITV.Not sure who has the rights for the World cup.
  26. 1 point
    Excellent idea, just been on their website better than using old towels and making a filthy mess of everything, The oil I get in the drip tray isn't from leaks its every time the engines serviced and the filter is changed so will be leaving pads in the drip tray from now on, our last boat we had a minor flood which caused oil in the drip tray to get into the bilge what a mess don't want to go through that again.
  27. 1 point
    Living locally I found that Norwich Market was geared to the American tourist. Their prices are beyond expensive on the items I have purchased in the past. Fresh salmon which I can pick up for £4 a piece was £8 and £9 each on the market. Yes I felt I was being had.
  28. 1 point
    my dad worked for BR and sealink, ending up as ports manager.
  29. 1 point
    This is to stop the oil getting into the bilge and getting pumped overboard into the river. We had to fit these trays in the mid 80's onto the narrowboats and install pads in them. £10 from Screwfix gets you a spill kit with pads you can use to drop in the tray to monitor and catch any leaks. https://www.screwfix.com/p/lubetech-15ltr-oil-spill-kit/99764 With my Enviromental ISO head on you'd get another tick for using the snake round the fuel pipe on deck whilst refueling. (as if)
  30. 1 point
    I think it was Robin Godber who said discounting is death. Having said that I get a hefty winter discount of 20% from HW in February plus loyalty discount plus early booking discount plus early payment discount = more beer money! Forgot to add - this is clearly advertised in their brochure so maybe not quite the same as 'pop up' discounts.
  31. 1 point
    They consistently have offers like this (admittedly not always as high as 40% discount) but it doesn't do them any favours in my view. If I'd already booked for March at full price and then saw this I'd be livid. It also begs the question, if they can afford to knock so much off, why don't they just set the prices lower in the first place and save themselves the hassle?
  32. 1 point
    Is Janet Anne going on about her thruppenny bits again?
  33. 1 point
    If you did well on those, and I did. It just means you are old and still have some marbles left. ;)
  34. 1 point
    Travelling any distance took planning. It wasn't like it is now. I can get in my car today and be anywhere on the Broads in around three hours and a single tank of fuel completes the 360 mile round trip twice. If I don't have enough fuel I'll pass at least six filling stations in the first ten miles or so from home. In the early 70's we didn't pass that many garages on the whole journey, and they opened “office” hours. Saturday morning if you were lucky, never on a Sunday. A full tank would just get us to Oulton Broad with enough leeway. Three hours was a pipe dream, the journey took six on a good day, on a bad one it could take eight. There were no “improvements” on the A47 in those days. No dual carriageways, no crawler lanes, no straightened sections. The climb up Rutland's Wardley Hill could be murderous. Lorries laden with coal and gravel from the mines and quarries of Leicestershire could make no more than walking pace up the narrow, serpentine three mile ascent. The road passed through every town and village on the route, bypass was a word still alien to our language. Every village had it's crossroads, towns had traffic lights. Travelling was stop start, stop start. There were motorways, the M1 had opened some years earlier but mother would never use it and no motorway went anywhere near Norfolk. At least some things never change. For us, the adventure began on Friday afternoon. It was straight home from school and into the back of the car. The first car I remember was a brand new Ford Escort 1100L 2 door saloon, hired from our local Ford dealership and nicknamed “Silver Fox” after it's paint colour. Two adults in the front, three kids in the back and a rather portly and often flatulent dog in the back window. A boot full of everything but the kitchen sink and a roof rack on top with father's vast array of fishing tackle. All that and the grand total of 40 horsepower. Even when you found a bit of “open road” progress was never rapid. I often wondered if mother, who was the driver in our family, father never learned, was grateful to those lorries on Wardley Hill as I doubt we could have gone much quicker if they were not there! The first point of note on the journey, for me at least was Peterborough. Dad's parents came from Rutland and he had family across the county and through Northamptonshire and so we visited those places quite regularly. Mum would borrow her sister's Mk I Cortina to take dad fishing with a visit to his parents afterwards. Many a Saturday afternoon was spent at the tea table in Nana's dining room watching the Wrestling on World Of Sport on their second, yes second TV. The one in the lounge was even colour! Peterborough was different though. We never came this far other than this one time each year when we were going on holiday. This was the start of foreign territory. Exotic began here. The next place of interest was the small village of Thorney and fish and chips for supper. Well a bag of chips between the three of us kids anyway, I told you times were hard. A bottle of Corona Limeade washed them down, that being dad's favourite. We would wait until the pop was gone so dad could return the bottle and get the thruppence back on the empty before resuming our travels eastward. The reason for our Friday departure was the content of the roof rack, the fishing tackle. Dad would never pass a river, lake, pond or even muddy ditch without wondering what he could catch from it. He was a keen angler, more than keen even. He was an international match angler, fishing alongside the likes of Ivan Marks and Roy Marlow in an era when the top anglers didn't need make up, lights or sound engineers. One of the many clubs or associations he belonged to held fishing rights on the Rivers Welland and Great Ouse and the drains of the Middle Level so once we reached Wisbech we turned off the A47 and followed the A1101 through the pretty village of Outwell and to our destination for the night, Salter's Lode. Dad's aim was always to be set up and ready to fish before darkness fell and would fish through the night with the aid of his faithful “tilley” lamp. I was a great disappointment to my father. After two daughters he was delighted to finally have a son to share his passion for fishing and shooting but that wasn't the way I was wired. He would drag me along the bank and show me how he was setting up, how he was going to fish and what, hopefully, he was going to catch. I watched with feigned interest but mercifully was considered too young to spend all night on the river bank and so for me it was back to the car to bed down for what sleep we might manage. Mother would have the thermos out and tea made, all the good things in life seemed to be accompanied by a thermos flask. Meanwhile my sisters would walk the dog along the riverbank allowing for his night time ablutions. And so to “bed” dear reader. My eldest sister would claim the passenger seat due to the hierarchy of age leaving me and “middle sister” to fight over the rear bench seat. We always had pillows and blankets in the car so we could get reasonably comfortable. We watched the deepening black of the sky as sleep came slowly to us. And then the dog farted.
  35. 1 point
    You forgot the underwater camera, to check it's all clear to operate.
  36. 1 point
    Rene is at a point in life where jumping about is a no-no! Therefore when we are aboard, I have to do the shoreside stuff. With Sunbird having a high profile out of the water, a stiff breeze can make things tricky in some situations. The bow thruster is invaluable at these times, Rene can keep the bow in, while I attend to the rear line. Saves a lot of dashing about on the bank! Also it makes manouevring in our particular marina situation a doddle, without it I have to admit, I'd struggle. I COULD manage without it, but it makes our boating a whole lot easier, and safer.
  37. 1 point
    It’s what modern boats use because we dont all still live in the dark ages. we also have running water and flush toilets now !!! couldnt resist it either. Oh and there are new products used to build boats that are easier to maintain.
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