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Hi Roy,
Glad to hear you've now given narrowboating a go, and enjoyed it!

I've had them on flooded (and non flooded!) rivers and they are great fun - on waters with depth (they're usually near on scraping along the bottom of the canal!) they are even more entertaining, Bristol Harbour is great fun with a narrowboat if you ever get chance to try!!  

I think they would cope Ok with the waters of the Broads - they cope well on the Thames for example, although I think as the waters are less sheltered you may need a few more layers on!!

So which boat and hirefleet did you use?

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Private Boat moored at Maple lodge. we thought we were rather posh .the owner i met through work. HE and Lady wife were on board as well, cheers roya.

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There was a yard about five years back which had a couple of Narrowboats on their fleet. I believe they even got hired out a couple of times!

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Hi Jonzo you are right, what happned to them?after all these years of cruisers, a narrow boat was a nice treat.not sure the Boat yards would like them though 6mm iron against plastic OUCH.all the best.

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They ran from Martham Ferry Boatyard as I recall, and I think were called Gibraltar Straits & Malacca Straits.  The boats were bought from Dartline on the canals, I think around 1993/4.   I wasn't sure if the boats ever actually ran as they were only advertised for one year, so wasn't sure if they did run.  Knowing the fleet they came from (the company I worked for inherited about 60 boats from them and had several headaches as a result!) I don't know if this could have been the reason they ran such a short time.  Or did they just not book?  Anyone actually see these boats running?

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Dan,

I never saw either of them, so don't know if they ever ran - over the years I've seen several narrowboats as private craft on the Broads - the most commonly seen was Genesis (U616) which was based at Coltishall.

I've also seen two or three of the trailerable narrowboats on the Broads, but they look very out of place on the wide rivers!

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Cheers Craig

As an ex (sob) narrowboat owner I'm not convinced the Broads are ideal for these boats, although I think they'd cope!  Trying to stern on moor onto some public moorings with such little width and a rounded stern I guess makes it impossible, or just good fun?!!  Anyone ever tried!

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