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Single Parent Hiring Boats

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I have no views on the issue itself but would think there is a considerable difference between personal, commercial and hire and reward insurance, in particular for large fleet operators also between canals and tidal rivers in assessing risk.

Fred

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I wonder if it’s partly down to the indemnity insurance of the boat yard.
Since we seem do have now adopted US litigation laws could someone who had an accident sue the boatyard because they hired a boat to an unsuitable party?


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I think JK that there is a great degree of truth in that which you have stated. I am also of the opinion that the boat yards, in the fullness of time, may be called upon to demonstrate that they have taken due care and attention with regard to their customers and just as importantly to the public in general. At this moment in time it is my belief that they are somewhat exposed.

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I do think that this provides an opportunity though. There must be single potential hirers that don't feel comfortable with the idea of going solo. Also with the number of larger hire boats about what is to stop two single parent families from teaming up?

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IT would have to be a case of friends coming together, you can't organise it at the boatyard end.

 

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22 minutes ago, Polly said:

IT would have to be a case of friends coming together, you can't organise it at the boatyard end.

 

Difficult to organise at any time.

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We have the internet. There must be single parent forums etc where such ideas could be suggested. My mum used to go off on over 70's trips with a coach load of people she had yet to make friends with.

The Broads needs to work out a way to cater for all hirer's rather than just the easier to service ones. We all complain at pub closures and boat yards disappearing but without the maximum possible holiday income more will follow. 

Three canal boats mentioned above is a few grand not going into the local economy. That's half a year's wages for a young trainee in a boatyard.....

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Maybe a thread on here somewhere could give people the chance to get together?

 

I think that people considering the broads may look to Facebook first though so maybe a mention on there directing them to the forum?

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If Richardsons have stopped hiring to single parents then I'm disappointed in them. My children are grown up now but I have very happy memories of Richardsons boats when they were young and I was the only adult. 

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We had booked a boat from Richardson's for April, they rung up and said they required 2 adult with children for to satisfy the insurance. So, now booked a different boat with Bridgecraft.

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Sounds like Richardson’s need to review their insurance provider, maybe ask Bridgcraft for a recommendation!!

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3 hours ago, BB37 said:

We had booked a boat from Richardson's for April, they rung up and said they required 2 adult with children for to satisfy the insurance. So, now booked a different boat with Bridgecraft.

You wont go wrong with Bridgecraft. They really look after you, nothing is too much trouble. Excellent yard and always prepared to show flexibility. For example they are happy to hire to us in December when many yards don't want to know. Solid choice IMHO :91_thumbsup:

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Is there any way to deal with Bridgecraft direct? All I can see is the Hoseasons site which requires two adults (18+).

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I second what Howard says about Bridgecraft, I’ve never known them take bookings direct and only booked through hoseasons. (Roll on April)

but that policy could have changed

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I will third what Mr Nog said too regarding Bridgecraft. They are an excellent well run and friendly yard. We have used them a number of times before our share purchase and they couldn't do enough for You.

Highly recommended.

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We've always spoken to Bridgecraft directly, they are always happy to take bookings from us. 

The way it works is that Hoseasons get their commission irrespective whether you go through them or book direct. 

I suspect Hoseasons go by the 'script' whereas if you speak to the owners direct you can invariably get a much more satisfactory response. 

Same with Swancraft, always dealt direct - another great family yard, sadly missed 

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I am sure that Clive will be along soon to tell us he is changing his insurer - either that or explaining why a hirecraft poses more risk to a single parent than either Center Parcs or a seaside holiday??

Either that or produce the statistics proving it is more hazardous - which he will not be able to do!!!

 

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next thing you know, single parents wont be able to take the kids in the car, without another responsible adult to keep an eye on the kids. health and safety gone mad IMHO.

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I have long ago lost count of the number of times I have seen a hire boat brought into a mooring with an adult doing the mooring lines and a ten year old at the helm. They can often handle the boat a lot better than their parents!

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3 minutes ago, Vaughan said:

I have long ago lost count of the number of times I have seen a hire boat brought into a mooring with an adult doing the mooring lines and a ten year old at the helm. They can often handle the boat a lot better than their parents!

Possibly due to having never learnt to drive, they dont have pre-conceptions about how steering should work.

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3 minutes ago, Vaughan said:

I have long ago lost count of the number of times I have seen a hire boat brought into a mooring with an adult doing the mooring lines and a ten year old at the helm. They can often handle the boat a lot better than their parents!

My Dad taught me how to moor and was allowed to do it under his watchful supervision, my Mum taking the ropes. I loved it, I may have 'bumped' the boat coming in a couple of times but never damaged or smashed one up, that happened when I grew up :facepalm:

Grace

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That's why it should be left to the men and children, just like driving a road vehicle, women lack the necessary skills to do the job properly.

That comment should go down well

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