Topic: Fair Majesty or Sapphire Emblem or Fair Admiral

ggb1980    -- Feb-5-2013 @ 10:07 AM
  Morning All

Just a
Just after a bit of advice (as ever), we are looking at the three boats as per the title. My wife, two kids and I will be holidaying with my parents.

The three named all seem to have a suitable layouts and also look to be a very good standard. At the minute we are leaning towards Majesty as we have two young girls (1 and 3) and weather permitting we could slide the canopy down and they can experience the ‘outside’ without having to mess about too much on deck etc.

If anyone could give us pro’s and con’s on the three boats, that would be very much appreciated. One thing do they all have a free standing shower?

As ever look forward to your responses and thanks in advance.


fter a bit of advice,

ranworthbreeze    -- Feb-5-2013 @ 10:57 AM
  Hello Gareth,

Go onto the hireboat info on the botton of the page and search out the boats you are looking at there are some layouts and puictures of the boats.

More than likely if you go onto the the boatyards website they will have a online tour of the boats in question.


Alan Hood
Ranworth Breeze Boat Syndicate

This message was edited by ranworthbreeze on Feb-5-13 @ 10:58 AM

ggb1980    -- Feb-5-2013 @ 11:04 AM
  Thanks Alan

I have done both, you get limited information, I have not found any reviews for Majesty on the forum. There is only three pictures on the Faircraft site.

Brochures/hire yards sites are always good but I find peoples first hand experiences useful, gives you an idea of how the boat is actually to get on with for a break etc.



ranworthbreeze    -- Feb-5-2013 @ 11:12 AM
  Hi Gareth,

It might be an idea to send Dan Horner a PM, I see from the pictures in the hireboat section he has been on this style of boat a couple of times.


Alan Hood
Ranworth Breeze Boat Syndicate

fourjays    -- Feb-5-2013 @ 2:19 PM
  Not been on any of these boats, personally, but it may be worth noting that only Admiral will go under the lower Broads bridges, as this may influence your choice.

Maffman100    -- Feb-5-2013 @ 9:28 PM

I have a 20 month and 5 year old and have used centre cockpit and dual steer and my personal preference would be dual steer.

The downside of centre cockpits for little ones is that they easily climb up onto the sofa and throw things over the side! In summer it occasionally gets hot and sunny and there is no where to hide the little one from the sun. There are also normally steps at both ends of the saloon.

With a dual steer you can either leave the children down below or take them up stairs and take the obvious precautions.

If it was me-Fair Admiral

Also look at Moon Emblem which is dual steer and has a sliding roof but not as new as the boats you are looking at.


irs101    -- Feb-6-2013 @ 12:28 AM
  I completely agree with Matt. Moon Emblem would be a good choice - children safely playing inside while you enjoy the fresh air, or on nice days pull the roof back. Has the added advantage that if you've got a cross-wind you can just open the down wind half of the roof! Also low air draught for bridges. Herbert Woods have two Beam of Lights of the same design.

You should note that I'm heavily biased Wink

But if you want a newer boat then it would be dual steer for me.



Maffman100    -- Feb-6-2013 @ 6:49 AM
  Very heavily biased!


ggb1980    -- Feb-20-2013 @ 3:56 PM
  Thank you all kindly

A couple more for me to look at, both sound interesting, lots to consider.

I see merit in both styles at present, again first hand experience is always good!



ggb1980    -- May-7-2013 @ 2:31 PM
  Well after all that we have ended up booking 'Diamond Emblem'.

From the feedback we had Ferry Marina sounds like a very good yard and the boat has some serious pluses for us. One is the level floor throughout. My youngest daughter, who is 18th months old, is very good at hitting everything and falling down everything, so it sounds good to us. I think we will look at some harnesses for the kids when up on deck, plus 4 pairs of eyes on them at every minute, ha ha!

If anyone has had any experiences on the boat, please let me know, and any images.

Thanks and hopefully see you on the water soon.


Marshman    -- May-8-2013 @ 9:52 AM
  Check with Ferry before you go that they have suitable lifejackets for the small ones. Whilst they have many sizes at that age it is crucial they are sized correctly and if they dont then invest in some for them. A small price to pay for a life!

ggb1980    -- May-10-2013 @ 8:23 AM
  Agree 100%

I have been coming on the broads for 32 years, starting when i was around 12 weeks old. When my sister and I were toddlers, it was a case of us always being harnessed to the sailing boat.

It sill surprises me now how many parents you cruise past and they are letting their children run over the boat as if it is a play area, I always get the sick feeling in my stomach.

This message was edited by ggb1980 on May-10-13 @ 9:29 AM

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