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  1. I'm with NorfolkNog on this. At 7ft9 I don't think it will be a problem. If it is you will probably be picking the boat up at Richardson's in Horning as this week's hirers won't be able to get back up the Ant!
  2. In normal conditions 0.5m is roughly 8ft6in. Higher flows will obviously distort this. Also look at the Ranworth gauge.
  3. You can also change the start date and duration e.g. 14 days. Very useful for planning ahead.
  4. We once picked up a hire boat (on the canals) out of season. As we were leaving the yard the owner asked us where we were headed. We mentioned a pub I thought we could get to before dark. He said there was a much better one a little further along but we probably wouldn't get there before dark and we should head for that if we didn't mind boating in the dark. He even phone up and booked a table for us.
  5. Yes we had a very similar map from NBD. I think there is standard mapping which each yard can personalise with their branding and photos. If you buy in bulk you can do that.
  6. I always thought the Hampton Safari was a GRP boat and yours looks like a wooden cabin. Is it an early version?
  7. I agree its old fashioned and I actually like it that way. I like to be able to see what a price should be and what discount I'm getting. If hire companies can continue to sell holidays, then there is no need to change, but if the market changes and they are struggling to fill capacity, then they will look at other pricing strategies. I don't expect we will see the sort of pricing airlines use, but I can see some elements of dynamic pricing becoming increasingly popular the market. Now where can I get that voucher code for the discount on my holiday...
  8. The hire boat industry is now unusual in the holiday sector in that it still publishes prices. Most hotels/flights etc use some form of dynamic pricing which can change daily or even more frequently online. When you check into a hotel you have no idea whether the person checking in next to you is paying the same as you. But as you don't know it doesn't worry you. In Hoseasons brochure there is now a price guide rather than fixed A, B, C etc period prices. The Broads Boating Company at Acle don't publish prices, but use Air BnB - is this to allow dynamic pricing. How long before other companies follow and cease to publish prices. You only get to see the price for the holiday when you enquire. It is always annoying to find out you could have got a holiday cheaper if you had waited, but I suspect the way we are going pricing will be such that you won't know unless you happen to log on a website at just the right time.
  9. I understand that NBDs new boat(s) for 2020 are to be similar to Fair Prince.
  10. Generally electric motors have greater torque than an equivalent internal combustion engines. Just think how much faster an electric train can accelerate compared to diesel, or Tesla's 'Ludicrous Speed' mode. It is possible because of this that a smaller electric motor is used than the equivalent diesel so may have less torque as installed. Alternatively as it would use more power, it could be restricted.
  11. Its chicken & egg. There aren't enough charging points for most people to justify an all electric boat. There aren't enough all electric boats on the broads to justify installing lots of charging points. However, that's where shore power comes in. There are enough people wanting shore power to install electric points and as they grow in number some people will be tempted to go all electric, which will put pressure on the electric posts which in turn will encourage more to be installed and before you know it electric becomes the norm.
  12. Surely the natural hybrid for the peace and quiet of the Broads is sail/electric.
  13. Just been on and the storms are in action. Great light show.
  14. Whilst I echo it's good to book direct. It's also worth checking if you have any 'member benefits' with any club/society/union you are a member of - or even employer. Hoseasons often appear with a 10% discount.
  15. Maybe someone could adapt this concept to the broads. The front portion could be made low enough to get under Potter and the rear portion could have your flying bridge controls, sun deck, drinks cabinet, BBQ etc. All you'd have to do was leave the rear portion on a suitable mooring near Potter. I'm sure Herbert Woods wouldn't mind...
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