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  1. Matt

    Time Share

    I get the perfect choice of boat now :-) I have to be honest but the choice of starting base has never really bothered me. Having had at least 2 weeks afloat for the last 10 years we generally either spend the week north or south, rarely both. The days of crushing all day are long gone! I would also say that extra costs are not particularly common. The winter costs do vary but never greatly, the ongoing running costs are a monthly standing order for us and might go up a couple of quid each year. We knew we needed a new engine so made additional payments for a couple of years and used monies we already had. Currently £4,000 in the syndicate account so we can absorb most things if they occur. We put a new oven on a few weeks back I think it was £800 (I am sure someone will be along to tell me if I’m wrong!) and that was just paid out of the Syndicate account so no unexpected bill for owners. There are many variations of the allocation system across different boats and I’m sure they all have their good and bad points. I think Lightening is moving to a priority system where owners move up and down the list (Perhaps a Lightening owner can expand?) but whatever system is in use some owners will have better weeks than others but hopefully over a period of time they even out. The biggest drawback to Syndicate ownership and why I think it is more aligned with hiring is that you obviously cannot just use it when you fancy it! The weather looks lovely for a break from Monday but I can’t go and use Thunder as another owner is onboard and they might be surprised to see me onboard first thing in the morning! Although ironically the allocated owners for the week starting today are not using her so the owners that were due to leave today are staying another week! Sent from the Norfolk Broads Network mobile app
  2. Matt

    Time Share

    Interestingly I view it as more of a cheaper form of hiring! Yes I do get a say in what happens to the boat but the outlay is far lower than purchasing an equivalent boat but I only get to use it at set weeks of the year. For me the risk and reward and far closer to hiring than full ownership. Sent from the Norfolk Broads Network mobile app
  3. Matt

    Barnes Deal

    I think the people that have already booked will be well pleased...... Sent from the Norfolk Broads Network mobile app
  4. That’s why I love having a 2 week share in Thunder- say £800 for 2 weeks afloat every year in a very comfortable cruiser. And just back from 2 weeks All Inclusive in Lanzarote for not far off the cost of one week aboard one of NYA’s finest. Literally the best of both worlds :-) Sent from the Norfolk Broads Network mobile app
  5. Matt

    Food On The Broads

    Try the pub at the Waveney River Centre. Pretty certain most of their menu can be ordered small, medium or large. Sent from the Norfolk Broads Network mobile app
  6. Matt

    Surlingham Lucky Escape

    Me too!!! :-) Sent from the Norfolk Broads Network mobile app
  7. Griff- I was at the Southend V Doncaster match. Southend should have been 2 or 3 up in the first 30mins but our lack of a 20 goal a season stricken cost us once again! Sent from the Norfolk Broads Network mobile app
  8. Give them time........ Sent from the Norfolk Broads Network mobile app
  9. West Ham season ticket when I was younger but now I regularly take the boys to see the mighty Southend United. 45 Min Drive and street parking with a 10min walk to the ground. £18 an adult, £4 for children and the players will come and sign autographs and have photos with the kids during the warmup- what’s not to like? :-) Sent from the Norfolk Broads Network mobile app
  10. Matt

    A Summer's Tale

    I’m not going to lie- I don’t like looking at these pictures. Been home 9 days now and really disappointed to see that the great weather has continued after we left! Good to see you are having a great time though :-) Having moved Thunder north from this year we did not see ES this year but looks like she is getting plenty of use! Sent from the Norfolk Broads Network mobile app
  11. Matt

    Into A Flap With A Flappy Thing

    LOL! I just wave faster and more vigorously. They always give in eventually! Sent from the Norfolk Broads Network mobile app
  12. Matt

    Into A Flap With A Flappy Thing

    I’m still smiling and waving..... :-) Sent from the Norfolk Broads Network mobile app
  13. Matt

    Into A Flap With A Flappy Thing

    Smile and wave, smile and wave. If they carry on just wave more enthusiastically. Works every time :-) Sent from the Norfolk Broads Network mobile app
  14. Got to say I’m a big fan of Thunder’s new battery monitor (might need to send some instructions around!). In the morning the lowest I saw the batteries was 85% granted it was summer but that fridge was working hard :-) Sent from the Norfolk Broads Network mobile app
  15. Matt

    Boat Owner 'given Advice'.

    More here- Apologises in advance to the Facebook haters! Sent from the Norfolk Broads Network mobile app
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