JennyMorgan Posted August 8, 2014 Share Posted August 8, 2014 Yesterday was an interesting day. The actual quest was for a replacement outboard for our dory. Many phone calls later it was clear that second-hand engines are about as rare as rocking-horse droppings due to the numerous thefts last winter. Anyway, with a few recommendations from 'Polly' who had recently been on the same trail, my wife and I set off with the intention of visiting every possible location for a suitable engine. We did locate one potential outboard but at a price. We actually ended up at 'Nearest & Dearest' in Hoveton where we were well treated and we are now the proud owners of a brand new motor at about one third more than the nine year old one on offer, no contest. Anyway, apart from a lack of s/h outboards, what we did notice was the huge number of small boats up for sale and out of the water, in August! This wasn't just at one yard, it was pretty much a general situation. A recent Broads Authority survey of tolls reported a 40 boat drop in 'small' cruisers, 40 as a percentage of tolled boats is nothing exceptional but it would be interesting to know what the % drop is in relation to small cruisers. Is it that people have moved up from small cruisers, or that those who can 'only' afford a small boat have been priced out of the market? On the Drascombe owners website the subject has also been discussed and clearly the increase in small boats for sale is pretty general. Was a time when Shetlands, for example, and 20/24 foot long boats were common, not now. I suspect that marinas would rather have one 36 footer than they would two 18 footers. My feelings is that the year on year toll increases for small boats are out of proportion to their value for one thing. Thankfully I have my own mooring but I suspect that the costs of moorings is similarly prohibitive to those who can only afford small boats. Am i right in suggesting that the Broads is increasingly less inclusive? It certainly appears that way. Probably two thirds of the mooring buoys on Oulton Broad are vacant this year, was a time when there was a waiting list. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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