Topic: le boat boat yard

andrewcook    -- Sep-1-2009 @ 8:58 AM
  hello can anyone please tell if connoisseur but have now change name to le boat have moved their boats from wroxham to horning?


CoolUncle    -- Sep-1-2009 @ 9:37 AM
  They were still at Wroxham in early June. I stopped there for a pump-out. Didn't look about to close.


Finbar    -- Sep-1-2009 @ 10:03 AM
  Hi Andrew

I hired from Le Boat week before last (It was the first time I have hired from them and I was very impressed with the boat and the service).We picked up our boat (Swallowtail/GL2) from Wroxham but some people were sent to pick theirs up from Horning.

Having asked, they told me that they are moving all boats to Horning 'soon' but weren't sure exactly when.

I also popped into their new yard (where I had hired from Horning pleasurecraft many time is the past) and they had a number of boats lined up ready for hire.


This message was edited by Finbar on Sep-1-09 @ 11:04 AM

hmmcrunchy    -- Sep-1-2009 @ 10:06 AM
  Hi andrew.

someone please correct me if im wrong but havent they brought in a load of new boats and are storing them at horning as well as wroxham.. but they are not moving as far as i know.

springsong    -- Sep-1-2009 @ 10:32 AM
  Hi Paul and Andrew
They have certainly brought some new boats in mainly I think 30/32 foot sedans I want to say Princess but could well be Brooms, they are plastic so I don't take that much notice. As to where they run from I have not a clue, I only know they went in at Wroxham.This befor they were liveried with Le Boat.Actually Paul I took these from BA whilst mored at Wroxham that memorable week end.


" A well balanced man has a drink in each hand "   Billy Connolly

WhiteRose    -- Sep-1-2009 @ 5:40 PM
  Just received 2010 Le boat brochure...All it says in
there is there new base on Norfolk Broads is Horning no
mention of a base at Wroxham

Lin & Terry

DanHorner    -- Sep-1-2009 @ 5:52 PM
  Hi Folks

Connoisseur do now go under the Le Boat name, which is the bringing together of what was formerley ran as 3 more seperate fleets that the group owned - Connoisseur, Crown Blue Line & Emerald Star.

Due to the drop in popularity of boating holidays in Ireland this year they have brought back a fair number of boats (Caprice, Capri TS, Tamaris LS) these are running from Horning (they're too tall to fit under Wroxham bridge to get to the Wroxham base).  If you do a search on their website it only brings up Wroxham as a start point.  

Why they have not detailed it as a seperate base on their website I do not know - maybe just to programming & timing issues.  I'd hope this will be corrected for next year as it is a bit un-necessarily misleading, if this is to be their only base in 2010 then i suppose this is easily changed over and might explain why they've not listed two bases recently.

The Horning base is at what was formerley Horning Pleasurecraft, though some private moorings and other interests do remain there rather than the entire site being under their use

All the best

Dan (My website on the Caribbean bathtub!) (My General Boating Website)

This message was edited by DanHorner on Sep-1-09 @ 7:50 PM

ourboatimage    -- Sep-1-2009 @ 6:01 PM
We were down at the weekend and were talking to some people who had hired a Le Boat from Horning, and in fact told us that Le Boat had moved at the weekend. There were certainly no boats at the yard in Wroxham and it all looked very empty, apart from the private boats.
John and Mary

John and Mary

Broads01    -- Sep-1-2009 @ 10:02 PM
  If Le Boat can fit everything in at Horning then that seems to make sense from an operational point of view. They've built boats (for Ireland & Europe as well as the Broads) at Wroxham for a long time so I wonder what's happening to that?

There were loads & loads of the ex-Ireland boats around & about last week. The Caprices are massively tall & I think they must fall into the 'will not pass under any Broads Bridges anywhere' category. I spotted four Tamaris's between Berney Arms & Acle on Tuesday morning.


billmaxted    -- Sep-2-2009 @ 8:47 AM
  They have already stated that they are moving their boatbuilding operation out of the UK (Spain I think) so given that there is the large ex-Wilds shed on the Horning site it would seem likely that heavy repair work and refitting would logically move there along with the entire enlarged hire fleet.

It will be interesting to see whether there is further shuffling of boats between fleets as certainly some of the Irish boats would appear more suited to European waters whilst some of those refitted might be better for the Broads.

Bill...(The Ancient Mardler)

DanHorner    -- Sep-2-2009 @ 1:11 PM
  They stopped building the new boats at Wroxham last year I think, certainly this new years new boats have been outsourced as Bill says - a massive dissappointment & blow to the area and their team I thought.

There are two part finished boats in the shed at Wroxham.... they did not seem keen for me to have much of a look round last time I was there so I didn't outstay my welcome (unusually!), but from what I could see they looked like Tango, Calypso or Salsa style boats - this seemed really quite tragic to me.

Some boats from Ireland have certainly headed to the Thames and France too, and they had so many of the 29ft Sedan's at Horning last time I was there it did make me wonder if some of them were there for working on and then would be heading off again.

Now.. whats this rumour of the 2010 brochure having landed on peoples doormats?!  Have I been blacklisted again?! Smile

Dan (My website on the Caribbean bathtub!) (My General Boating Website)

LeBoat    -- Sep-2-2009 @ 1:21 PM
  I can confirm that Le Boat are moving our operation in the Norfolk Broads from Wroxham to Horning. The move will be taking place over the next couple of weeks.

For more information please visit the Le Boat website.

If you have a cruise booked for the Norfolk Broads with Le Boat please contact the base directly to find out which base you are cruising from. They are only about 10 minutes drive apart.


Le Boat

billmaxted    -- Sep-2-2009 @ 1:33 PM
  Which is fine unless some of your family or others happen to have another boat from a Wroxham yard.  Hardly the best of customer relations to start a new beginning!

Bill...(The Ancient Mardler)

Trevor    -- Sep-2-2009 @ 6:26 PM
  Looked at the yard in Horning last week and yes the boats have started to move. Interesting the numbers we saw a capri no36 in the yard.

Trevor & Deirdre

Trevor    -- Sep-2-2009 @ 6:29 PM
  and another

Trevor & Deirdre

Charlie    -- Sep-2-2009 @ 6:35 PM
  For those who haven't seen the Caprice class yet, here it is.  Le Boat seem to have loads of them, on our two week holiday we saw (at least) one (sometimes up to 4) everyday apart from 2 days.  Even saw them over in Reedham so they obviously fit through Yarmouth but must be at dead low water.  
When one moored next to us, stern on, I must admit I had a unashamed nose through the window.  (After the people had gone out!) They have a very bizarre seating arrangement for the helm position. With your feet kinda dangling in a GRP trench.  
Don't think they have a bow thruster. Although I'm not a fan of girly buttons, and the Carpice isn't that long,  it is very high and would be a B@*&$ to moor up/cast off on windy days.

neilf    -- Sep-6-2009 @ 2:15 PM
  Just got back from Belgium, I was on a Capri TS, ex irish, the yard had several, irish, dutch and French boats. they are all numbered instead of named so they can move them from one yard to another easily. I have to say I have been on the MIDI and Belgium and the boats are great, especailly the big ones, very well equipped, although as someone said, they are big and hard to handle in the wind so whether the Broads will suit is another matter. Good luck to them, I will certainly be with them again in one country or another.

Don    -- Sep-6-2009 @ 8:17 PM
  The information i was given as regards le boats building program was that the moulds aand every thing was sent to turkey for them to be build there but when the 2 managers arrived in turkey they could not find a suitable place or the skilled labour to start work but as the moulds and every thing was on their way from england they got to greece and no further so at present they are in storage in greece but look like they may have to return to wroxham.


neilf    -- Oct-16-2009 @ 12:49 PM
  I have just won a 3 day holiday with Le Boat, when looking at availabilty on the broads, they only had traditional UK boats? any way, I have been with them serveral times and they are great plus a free hol.
happy days.

jill_R    -- Oct-16-2009 @ 1:45 PM
  and another


Trevor    -- Oct-18-2009 @ 5:38 PM
  looks like bill could be right about the tight squeeze in yard

Trevor & Deirdre

wotnofish    -- Nov-1-2009 @ 1:58 PM
  We had a Caprice out at the end of august, we wont do that again.
Nothing wrong with Le Boat, in fact the staff were very friendly and the yard was easy to park and unload.
The problem was the boat, it isn’t the most ergonomically designed boat I have been on.
To many levels inside and not a comfortable steering position.
The main problem is the height, great view from on top but it won’t fit under any bridge except Yarmouth (time critical)
On windy days it was a pig to manoeuvre.
It looks better in the brochure than it actually is.
As said before I won’t be getting another caprice out, but I would use Le Boat again as their service was top class.

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