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  1. Hi Tim, I was thinking of hiring Dawn this year as well until heard she was sold and booked Princess as well. I had a look at Diamond which appeared to be a nice boat however the 360 degree vision and comfortable seating position on Dawn was preferable IMHO. I see Richardson's have a similar boat to Princess called Contessa which is listed as 8ft 4 therefore believe you wont have any issues with Ludham although maybe worth trying around low water for safety's sake. I will be staying South so wont have too many low bridges, Beccles is out of it unfortunately, St Olaves maybe a little close depending on tides. My first Dual Steer on the South, hopefully be a good view which will make up for the Bridge issues. Have a good trip. Neil
  2. Hi, When I spoke to Fiona at Pacific last year, I nearly hired Spirit however I stuck with Princess as the new boat is a Friday start, in the short term it takes the place of Dawn however in the future it should replace Princess and will become a Saturday start. My understanding is it was a private boat formerly Thyme off or something similar? As suggested the photos appear to be Crown Blue Line/ Le boat pics, perhaps it originated in France? I hired a Tamaris on the Thames a couple of times which came from France although was originally built in Somerleyton in 1993, whether or not it's one of these we shall have to see. It does have few extras though Inc 240v shore power and a bow thruster. As an aside Gainsborough Girl would have made a good buy, a 1999 boat maintained by Summer craft for around £40k either way another good addition to the Pacific fleet. Neil Neil
  3. Hi, Just an update on Pacific Cruisers. They have added another cruiser to their fleet, it is an Aquafibre 32 Sapphire dual steer named Pacific Spirit. I understand she will eventually replace Princess although she is still on hire for 2020 at least ( I am booked on Princess for May and Sunshine in June). Confusingly Dawn has been sold however a like for like replacement is yet to be found. She doesn't appear on their website yet, although pricing and details can be found on the Waterways site using library photos. As usual pricing is competitive coming in around £100 and £250 less than the Stalham equivalent plus it has 240v, shore power and a bow thruster. Sorry if this comes across as an advert it's just good to see small yards and Southern river operations investing and thriving particularly friendly well run operations who still have to compete with the big boys without their budgets. Neil
  4. Hi, According to the Horning boat database she was originally Skipper 6, H683 from 1975. Not sure if that helps Neil
  5. I have to agree a great entertainment show, the BBC comes in for bashing from all sides and I think this is one of the best programmes on Tv. The whole show is filmed on a Saturday night, for some reason the results are split into Sunday and they make out it is filmed on the Sunday. Neil
  6. Vaughan, Interesting you should mention Wroxham to Brundall one way cruise. I believe Connoisseur in the late 80s may have tried that for one season or at least it appeared in the brochure but then my memory maybe playing tricks, the yard was going to up near Norfolk yacht agency. Herbert Woods and Hearts did try with 2/3 classes as suggested by Broads1, Delight and Knave of Hearts plus Tropical Heart and Ray of Light. Neil
  7. 67% + of hire boats have shore power? That is indeed a very large number. If you look at the overall hire fleet of 750 or so boats. Richardson have 290 boats of which say 90 have shore power being the platinum and some of the classic boats. Herbert Woods have 121 boats, cc 30 have shore power (Elite and and standard boats) so thats 290 straight away without it or 39%. Interesting to hear where that figure comes from. Certainly atleast 2/3 have invertors/ 240v I am sure. My calcs could be wrong though!
  8. No problem, It is very rare to get bow and stern thrusters particularly on a small boat and they certainly come in handy for mooring. Adventuring Light 1/2 (new 2017) at Herbert Woods needs about 6ft 5, Brinks Encore (2 new 2017 1 in 2020), Royal Velvet 3 and Silver Coral (new 2017) plus Bolero 1 and 2 at Brooms all have bow thrusters and need 6ft6 just in case you are interested. Neil
  9. Hi Johnash, I believe Rose Emblem has an airdraft of around 6ft7 however due to its width and the shape of the bridge it needs about 6ft10. I hired Jade Emblem in June 2013 a similar Alpha 35 mould and we couldn't get through however a boat moored next to us Gala Girl (an Aquafibre Opal 28) did get through. If you like Ferry Boats then White Emblem (the same as Gala Girl) or Turquoise Emblem need about 6ft6 for Potter although you will have compromise on space and comfort and it still wont guarantee passage I am afraid. Neil
  10. This is a great shame, it looked like they had potential for growth and a very good operation although after they built up a fleet of 11 boats to then sell most of them off to build a new fleet was a little optimistic in such a short space of time. I don't want to sound to mercenary however let's hope the moorings and facilities can be saved perhaps by Pedro s Neil
  11. I have to agree regarding the regimented operations, beautiful boats immaculately maintained however I hired Silver Coral this year for the first time and you had to park within an allotted millimetre space and have to comply with the procedures or else, I not sure what happened if you brought the boat back 5 minutes late! I jest however Swancraft nextdoor we're similar in many respects. Only Silver line and Bridge craft left who look after the boats in similar manner although personally I prefer Pacific, the boats are not quite as shiny however they are more flexible and laid back and personal, each to their own I suppose. Neil
  12. Hi, I think Alpha bought the Wilds moulds about 1976/7, this particular P&H boat appears to date from around 1977, I believe a few were built around 77-79 just as they were staring to build the Connoisseurs, certainly 2/3 went on to join Richardsons for a period before they were retired from hire. Presumably therefore these were Alpha moulds at the time. Alpha didn't build there own split canopy until 1992 (Alpha 29/35) which was probably in response to the Aquafibre 28 Opal which started in 1989, also some the little Sheerlines had dual slides as well; not sure whether that was option back in 87 when they started however. I am still not sure if the Porter and Haylett boat was the pioneer though as there were several weird and wonderful designs in the 60's and 70's many of which were one offs. Neil
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. 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
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