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Ok, final word on this....

you ask so what, the so what is I can't book with them because they do not give me enough to go on for what I need to make a balanced decision, so would be more of a gamble.

Fortunately, for myself I know their boats firsthand, but if I didn't, which many wouldn't then the above would be true and they could 'lose' a booking elsewhere or outside of the industry.

I am sensing you do not appreciate a fresh, or new view on the subject so will not push things further but may I assure you I understand the hardships and difficulties small businesses face, especially in the hireboat industry which is one of the hardest and lowest profit industries I have ever worked with.  I hope you can interpret my comments in the way they are intended which is as a positive suggestion, not a direcct critiscm.

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Agree entirley, though I don't think Dan meant any offence. If Bill's beloved Blakes (excuse me Bill, sarcasm is my medium!) can't manage interiors of most boats (I know Hoseasons do show some interiors now) I don't think we should criticise small independants for the omission.





So ends the lesson according to the Boatster.

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This is a funny thread, everytime I reply someone replies at the exact same time.

Hmmm....



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hi boatboy ,
and welcome to the site ! lots of help and advice on here for you ,and for you to give your broads expertise . reading your thread on a boat assocation needed ,there is or still an assocation  for hire boat owners ,(if i'm wrong im sure bill maxted will put right )A few boatyard owners have the logo on the side of there boats ,it's called " Broadland owners assocation "and have the old hoseasons bluebird logo .
cheers  Smile

steve and vicky

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Hi Boat boy
First names on this site are usual ?

roya

I have a keen interest in your posts
cheers for now.

This message was edited by roya on 4-21-05 @ 3:00 PM

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Listen to steve voice of sanity  Playful Wink  as you may be new don't worry about the banter Richard has his lists, someone else has a data base another is an anorak about boats and I'm the maddest of the lot because i've not only got a boatyard but also a small hire fleet. {is this  an advert bill}

Just to put the record straight I got shot of Blakes some years ago quite simply because once they ceased to be owned by the yard owners they did nothing for the Broads. Likewise the other lot since Jimmy retired are now so diservisified that one just wonders. I had a little go because I honestly don't think that everyone understands how tight the margins are. We all know what we would like to do but just to find the wherewithall to do it. Even Richard talked some where about a 28 week season 18 sir is what we are expecting at the moment.

We'll plug along and do our best but councils of perfection are just a little beyond our grasp. Rant now over back to rebuilding W.C.'s

I know you knew what you were doing, dear, but you still hit the other boat! Bill...

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Hi Roya, excuse my ignorance  and let me introduce myself.

My mother called me Paul, and she still does but very few others use it. Most people find more approporiate names of their own choosing. Boatboy is one I acquired when I started my current job almost twenty years ago (not bad, twenty years in one job, still only 21 and totally nuts) because I spent five or six weeks holiday every year boating on the broads. it seemed appropriate to use for this site.

feel free to use whichever you prefer.

Best regards

Paul

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Paul welcome mate its good to have you on site. Smile

roya

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welcome indeed boatboy.

Bill my 28 week season was very much a broad (pun somewhat intended) statement. I know we all windge at the cost of boat hire, but I also think most of us understand the costs, and risks, of running a yard.

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Oh no, not another Paul....    Smile

I already get confused when I'm conversing with Dr.Diesel.

Maybe I'll have to change my name to Wallace (or is it Wallis ?)  (But would I then have to work my way up through newbie and fensfatale etc.. ?)   Scared

Anyway, welcome to the forum Paul...

On the subject of interiors, whilst not wanting to disagree with Bill's point about costs and margins, I do feel that Dan has a point and that the Internet can at last enable very intuitive views of boat interiors to assist potential hirer's in their annual choice dilemma. I did a page on the Viking Owners Club at http://www.vikingowners.org.uk/theboats/Viking20/viking20.asp to give a 'virtual tour' of a new boat, but it could just as easily be used to illustrate the interiors of hire boats....   Smile

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Don't worry Paul, I will try and come up with a very different personal logo so that people can tell us apart, though I am sure it will not be as cool as Wallace ....

Thanks everyone for the warm welcome, you may think differently in six weeks time when you can't shut me up. Wait till I get my braodband .......

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