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  1. I recently watched one of Russell's VLOG's (The Admiral) where he paid £12 for mooring at WRC (June 19) however he received a full refund as he was on a hire boat (showers etc would be payable however). My understanding was that boatyards who are members of the broads hire boat federation have to offer to some free moorings to each others member boats as a reciprocal arrangement. Neil
  2. Hi allowing for inflation £1 in 1977 equates to something like £6.50 in 2019 therefore it looks like the current overnight mooring fees at Yarmouth, Norwich etc are roughly double what they should be? I don't normally moor at yacht stations, perhaps the facilities have improved? Neil
  3. Hi, I have never moored at Ranworth Island although it does look like a nice if a little pricey spot, have to agree with Matt though that Womack is a bargain. Litter facilities, pretty location with plenty of wildlife, public toilets, water and easy access to the village/pub shops etc for £3.00 one of the best value paid for moorings on the Broads, only problems are its popularity which goes with the territory and I understand from recent users that the water tap is a little slow. Neil
  4. Hi, She is a nice looking boat, ex private however previously at Herbert Woods who completely refitted her cc 2008 and originally at Harbour Cruisers cc 1986. One of only three of this type of boat still on hire. Neil
  5. Hi, I believe about 30 were built by Beaver Fleet most of which ended up in France although Richardson's and Crown cruisers had some back on the Broads in the 80s and 90s. What amazes me is the 73 Blake's brochure states will not normally go under Potter Heigham bridge. I appreciate there was more clearance back then however to suggest it had even a slim chance of going under takes some believing. Being a fixed sedan roof boat with a square ish shape it must be a lot lower than it looks or perhaps as it was a new design they weren't sure how tall it was going to be. Neil
  6. I note Jocelyn appears to have replaced Judith 4 which no longer appears on the website. I wonder what is going to happen to her. Neil
  7. Wow! This is great news and I am very tempted to hire. My family's first boat hired on the Broads was Delight in 1947 although I am not sure which one. My understanding is that 4 of the Delights were rebuilt to become Jocelyn class in the late 50s/early 60s by Martham. Therefore I may have the chance to hire a related boat dating from the 30s although after the rebuilds/refits I think it is something akin to Triggers broom all be it a very nice one! Neil
  8. Hi Broads 01, Martham Ferry are an interesting little boatyard which as you say used to have a cruiser hire fleet. I believe they operated 5/6 boats at one stage including 4/5 Horizon 35's Triton and Tranquil Breeze and a Bounty 27 Elysian now at Barnes plus two houseboats. In the latter years they even operated a unique Alpha 38 called Ferryman which was a shortened version of the Alpha 42 Rapide/Concorde lowliner dual steer boats. I imagine they must have had fun trying to get that through Potter even in the 90's. More recently the King family (ex Ferry Boatyard Horning) bought and developed the yard building holidays homes and a new boat shed on the site which was falling down if I remember correctly. I don't know when they acquired the yard however It must be atleast 5-10 years ago and a varying day boat fleet has been offered for some time. Most of the current fleet is recently acquired, they did build a number of Ensign 21s and had a couple of ex Pacific day boats at one stage although boats move between the recently acquired Wayford Marina. In the past Jumbo was also offered for hire which was an earlier version of Appollo and some electric day cruisers from HW. Olivers sailing hoildays operate 2 yachts from the yard although I don't know whether Martham Ferry own these as they marketed separately, of course back in the 60-80's the Cresta sailing fleet (12+ yachts?) operated here but thats another story. Neil
  9. Okay so in addition to the three I mentioned we have Bridgecraft, Freedom and possibly NBD so at atleast 6 yards therefore I don't think you will have too much of a problem. Good luck Neil
  10. Hi, You need to approach the yards directly. The agents such as Hoseasons don't allow it however some yards do if booked direct. I know Richardson's and Herbert Woods don't and I thought NBD (Faircraft) didn't however I have just watched Russell the Admiral vlogs confirm they do , atleast in his case. So a call to any yard other than the two mentioned above is probably worth a try. As mentioned by others, Barnes, Pacific and Martham definitely do Neil
  11. Grendel, I believe the Silver Jubilee's, Juliette, one of the Judith's and Tumble home have recent Nannis. The remainder are good old fashioned Bmcs or similar.like you I hired Janet and I was told it had a London taxi engine! Neil
  12. Hi, I keep a spreadsheet monitoring the bookings of three hirefleets for the past 4/5 years and the biggest change I have noticed this year isn't so much fall in bookings (although they are), its that the school holiday periods are significantly lower. In the past the school holidays were some of the first periods to be booked and you could almost guarantee that the bulk of a fleet if not all would out. Bookings for August are only just starting to pick up. One fleet with 22 boats has only 9 boats out for late August vs double that for a week in September. On a positive note bookings for May are up on last year and September is looking promising. What is worrying for the yards will be the reduction in revenue from the high season (upto double off peak) and the discounting taking place. It would certainly appear that family groups are holding back this year on a scale I have never seen before, not sure whether its down to Brexit/the weather or high season rates (all of the above) as bookings outside of peak are still solid for the yards I have reviewed. Neil
  13. Hi the sheds on the left are Ernest Collins and became Barnes Sailloft property and the mooring in front, in the far centre you have Jack Powles. Presumably this photo was taken cc 1980 based on the boats and sheds remaining. Great to see these photos seems like yesterday. Before my time however I believe Powles used to be on left and Collins on the right back in the 50s/60s Neil
  14. Herbert Woods also provide a detailed map or atleast did when I used to hire with them Neil
  15. Thanks Chris, I remember a yacht a called Welcome being moored in front of us in Langley Dyke a few weeks back and thinking how beautiful she looked not appreciating that she had just been relaunched. Great to read the history and effort s that have gone into her. Neil
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