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  1. So let`s say you own a hire yard and you are doing ok but want to do better and grow bigger, do you listen to what customers say when they return the boat, possibly take comments on board and implement things into the next new build or laugh at them?

  2. 25 minutes ago, grendel said:

    so 50 years ago they could build boats that are similar dimensions to modern ones, yet they still fit through Potter heigham with ease., so its boat design that has changed over those 50 years.

    Are you allowing for the bridge sinking? :default_biggrin:     :default_gbxhmm:

  3. 6 minutes ago, grendel said:

    it seemed a lot of workers in clothing factories got ill, there was a report that one factory owner was so concerned that his staff keep working that he went in to make sure despite having all the symptoms. and that as some of the factories employed immigrant workers on less than optimal wages they were living crammed into houses 20 to a house.

    How accurate these reports were, I have not had time to check, but as it was on facebook, it must be true :default_icon_liar::default_icon_liar: :default_icon_liar:

    Take it as true, some workers are still housed in truely appalling conditions all around the uk.

  4. 12 minutes ago, MaceSwinger said:

    I totally see the logic there, after all the designs of Broads cruisers had always been dictated by the rivers they're used on (with the exception of some of the huge monstrosities currently being built)...but I suspect the thought of smaller boats would put many off visiting all together. That may be a welcome thought, after all les boats means easier moorings doesn't it? Less visitors also means less revenue, and less revenue means less investment. From a personal stand point I wouldn't mind too much for just me and my wife, but our big family holidays with 8 or 9 of us would definitely go for a Burton!


    Two or even three boats?

  5. 1 hour ago, grendel said:

    savings on office space too, if you have 20 staff in an office and most are working 2 or 3 days a week from home, you can rotate it so you only need  8 or 10 hot desks and a smaller location, so cheaper rent.

    To add to that and I am unsure if it was carried out or not, wasn`t there talk of a tax or charge on parking spaces for workers?

  6. 19 minutes ago, ChrisB said:

    I was going on to say before the phone called me away.

    There is one other area where VAT rate reduction has a very positive effect. That is Maintenance. Be it your car service, Boat anti-fouling, or having the house painted. 

    Now I do notice the VAT as I get out my card at the service reception to recover my car.

    The reduction doesn`t apply to those mentioned.

  7. Hope you don`t get the thingy after pneumonia that I had, can`t remember what it is called but the areas between ribs dry out so you feel like you are being stabbed with knitting needles all the time. My dose of pneumonia did put me in hospital on a drip for a few weeks mind and yes I have COPD now as well.

  8. 2 minutes ago, Mouldy said:

    They are doing some resurfacing from the Postwick Viaduct towards Brundall.  Not sure but there may be overnight closures.

    Exactly, drove along it a few minutes ago. Overnight closure to resurface both lanes but didn`t see any signs saying between what times.

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  9. 1 hour ago, ZimbiIV said:

    So we decided last week to come down Wed. 

    Jill says can we use her car, it needs a long run.

    Yesterday she spent ages in her hobby room and came out with a bag of scrap material (good I think) and a list.

    This morning I see her loyalty card for Sewsimple at Taverham on the table.

    She is then talking about going out for the day with her friend down there, while I get on with a few jobs on Zimbi.

    Does anybody think there maybe a connection?

    Conned I tell you.


    Killing two birds with one stone and maximising opportunities a woman would say! Would you rather be with them or left alone? I know what I'd prefer!  :default_icon_e_biggrin:

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  10. 1 hour ago, floydraser said:

    When you say "look at" do you mean literally; you just want to see if it's chipped etc, or do you mean a full inspection and check the cutlass bearing?

    I have an action camera with a waterproof casing which would probably go under there.

    Hope you have cleaned it since last time you used it!  :default_biggrin:

  11. 1 hour ago, Cheesey69 said:

    Just bought a bermuda 34, ex hire and flat. open plan good for the dog, well up front, full size shower/toilet and a great canvas for improvement. 

    Just finishing off mine, new full size shower, new kitchen, carpets, curtains and heating.

    Couldn't find anything that grabbed me so brought cheap and spent heavily. Hopefully I'm in the one boat for life club lol.

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  12. 1 hour ago, TheQ said:

    Again not roadworks but does affect drivers,  the Tesco Stalham petrol station will be closed from the 13th to the 16th June  inclusive for a rebuild... 

    Surely that is a refit rather than a rebuild in 3 days.

  13. 1 hour ago, Cal said:

    Having hired boats with BMC's, Perkins, Barrus and Nanni, I can say that the one we much prefer is the Nanni. It is quieter and smoother and runs on fresh air.

    I put this to an ex fleet owner and his response was that in his experiance the mpg difference is minimal and more of a myth, and regarding the noise level you are comparing Apples and Oranges unless the engine horse power and the drives are the same. 

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  14. 17 minutes ago, Cal said:

    Having hired boats with BMC's, Perkins, Barrus and Nanni, I can say that the one we much prefer is the Nanni. It is quieter and smoother and runs on fresh air.

    On the flip side Nanni parts are expensive, need enough and people buy new engines instead plus finding a solid boat with a Nanni at the budget?

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