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NorfolkNog

New Boat From Herbert Woods

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16 hours ago, NorfolkNog said:

The market for private boats is often for smaller 2 to 4 berth types. The folk who can afford a boat tend (not always) to be older and maybe want it for a couple and maybe grand kids occasionally. Certainly larger boats do sell but I suspect that when the bigger boats do eventually get sold off they will not command such a premium as the 2 - 4 berth types.

Certainly when we were looking at the Alpha 35 centre cockpits we found that there was no price difference between the 35's and the 42's. 

We steered away from the 42's as we really don't need a third bedroom but also as has been mentioned that finding a 42ft mooring on visitor moorings where we are would soon become a bind whereas with the 35ft boat we would have more of a chance, although it would still be very much more difficult then squeezing our current little 23ft boat into Twit gaps.

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Interesting. Checked out Herbert Woods site and found that the description for this boat includes

"Will not pass under Beccles Old, Potter Heigham, Wayford or Wroxham bridges. Will pass under Ludham bridge subject to weather and tide conditions."

That's the first time I've seen any of the hire yards include Wayford Bridge in their list. And they've added a warning about Ludham Bridge as well. :91_thumbsup:

Checked out one or two other sites and found similar on Norfolk Broads Direct. About time they added Wayford Bridge to the list really.

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They could have added that it won't pass under potter Heigham new bridge either.

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1 hour ago, SwanR said:

Interesting. Checked out Herbert Woods site and found that the description for this boat includes

"Will not pass under Beccles Old, Potter Heigham, Wayford or Wroxham bridges. Will pass under Ludham bridge subject to weather and tide conditions."

That's the first time I've seen any of the hire yards include Wayford Bridge in their list. And they've added a warning about Ludham Bridge as well. :91_thumbsup:

Checked out one or two other sites and found similar on Norfolk Broads Direct. About time they added Wayford Bridge to the list really.

Richardsons mention Wayford Bridge on their website. Example here:

https://www.richardsonsboatingholidays.co.uk/boats/mystic-horizon/

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I notice that Richardsons have mentioned Thorpe railway bridges. Can't say that I have seen them mentioned anywhere else.

Jeff

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Taking into account that boats are now built with percieved customer needs in mind, rather than the waters they navigate. It won't be too long, before boatyards list the bridges you CAN pass beneath, rather than those you can't... :12_slight_smile:

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Looking at the pics of the interior fitout, this is very much a boggo Woods build so will be quite different from the Broom boats (no great surprise there, admittedly).

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25 minutes ago, oldgregg said:

Looking at the pics of the interior fitout, this is very much a boggo Woods build so will be quite different from the Broom boats (no great surprise there, admittedly).

Every time we have hired a boat we have always wondered who set of that typical hire boat interior of a lighter wood veneer with dark wood cappings on everything and trims around cupboard doors and the finger hole draw pulls.

It is almost universal on hire boats. Even the shed we hired in Brittany had the same fit out.

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The simple answer I think is that it ages reasonably well and is durable and relatively inexpensive.

Hireboats take an unbelievable amount of punishment so they need to be built to take it.

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5 minutes ago, oldgregg said:

The simple answer I think is that it ages reasonably well and is durable and relatively inexpensive.

Hireboats take an unbelievable amount of punishment so they need to be built to take it.

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It is a bit 1980's though. 

There must be a suitable alternative in this day and age that is well more modern looking, but still able to put up with the rigours of years on hire.

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I'm not sure tree technology has advanced hugely in the last 30 years...

They really are built that way for a reason. That's why the Broom ones have got so wrecked by them trying to be 'clever'.

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5 hours ago, oldgregg said:

I'm not sure tree technology has advanced hugely in the last 30 years...

They really are built that way for a reason. That's why the Broom ones have got so wrecked by them trying to be 'clever'.

Like the 'boggo' word, sums up what you mean very well. What do you mean by Brooms being 'wrecked'? 

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The Broom hire boats were built to a private spec and are very difficult and costly to repair.

The fancy electric sunroofs have now been disconnected as they kept being taken off on bridges.



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