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New Hire Boats For 2022

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26 minutes ago, PaulN said:

I saw Clive's new boat in the boat shed yesterday. She looks stunning (and big) with grey hull and white superstructure. No dual steer or sun deck, but traditional centre cock pit with sliding drop down roof for Wroxham Bridge compatability. Centre engine with shaft drive. Look forward to seeing her complete.  

There's a little bit more grey to be added as well 😉 

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18 minutes ago, JanetAnne said:

Did anyone else notice it's right hand drive or starboard helm?

Or maybe they all are now and I have missed the boat (again)

Yes, I noticed that. The only reason I could think of would be to allow the upper helm to be port. But I can't see that with the galley and corridor position. So why do it that way and not flip the layout? I also noticed there is a separate rear door and patio doors for the rear cabin. I hope there is access from the interior to the upper deck without having to use the rear steps.

I do get the market for luxury four berth boats. So many boats have one good cabin and a smaller one making life difficult for two couples. This boat does look very nice, but as has been said elsewhere, prices do look steep.

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6 hours ago, Graham47 said:

It is interesting to see that Fair Regal is showing availability and price through to the end of December. 

Yes I noticed that, be interesting to see if anyone hires her that late into the year. That said HW have had a fair few boats out over the last few weeks bridgecraft have also had boats out. To be fair our winter months are nowhere near as harsh as they use to be generally speaking and if you already have staff working on the yard and conditions are fair, why not send the boats out. I'm sure the seasonal cleaners would be glad of extra income and any extra income for the yard has to be a bonus. Another 10 years time and winter cruising could become popular what with our climate getting ever warmer. 

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I was struck by the number of Ferry Marina boats that were out the first two weeks of November. As many as Herbert Woods I would have thought from the number we saw, thought I wasn't properly counting them. 

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15 hours ago, SwanR said:

Ferry Marina are now offering the chance of discounts if you phone them to enquire about hiring now. No idea how much discount though. 

Hope you’re enjoying your time afloat David. 

I am Jean, though it's quite cold at times. It went down to 2c Monday into Tuesday, and delight of delights, it's forecast -1c for tonight!. For my third trip running, I've managed to be aboard when a storm is forecast for the end of the week. Storm Arwen is due to hit on Saturday, so I'm high-tailing it back home tomorrow (Friday). Didn't fancy driving home through storm force winds. 

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3 hours ago, andyg said:

Shame your cutting your trip short David, hope you enjoyed your time afloat. I'd love to cruise the broads in off season, I often find myself rushed when up north. A bit like driving round the M25

Yes, still had a great time, and it's completely different to "season" cruising. No rush for moorings, even though I needed to be near an electric post each night. Pubs generally still open and serving food (I missed the Norada at Potter, which is only opening Friday to Monday during the winter). I visited The Bridge Inn at Acle for the first time in the winter, following the installation of the electric posts the other side of the bridge. It was still quite busy, though they had closed the restaurant off, which concentrated people in the bar area. I preferred it to be honest. More life! I'll get to posting a bit of a travelogue and some images next week. 

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