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Jun-17-2005 @ 8:03 PM                           Permalink
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Hi All,

just returned from the broads after a very quiet few days on the river it was so uncrowded ive never seen it so deserted for june hardly any boats on the water easy moorings everywhere even late it the afternoon early evening things need to pick up and fast.

I did see craig and dan while out

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Sorry you grumblin or what? Was it not nice? Don't worry about the rest of them did you have FUN Frown

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I agree, Alan...the first time we went on the Broads was in 1981 and it was very difficult to find a mooring at times...the way it is just lately is fine by me...enough people to make things interesting but not bow to stern all the way down the river!

Unless, of course, it's 2004 August Bank Holiday weekend and some berk (me, unfortunately) decides to move from Ranworth to go to South Walsham at around 10:30am...the m25 has nothing on that sort of congestion! Total nightmare!

John

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hi all

yes bill i did enjoy being on the river again and i hope i can enjoy it for many more years to come but it looks to me like its getting quieter every year i try to vist easter june august and october half term weeks each year.

dave

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i think june would be my ideal time of the year to go, if i did not have kids, long evenings, not so much rush etc.
as for the hire fleets falling away,they do i spose pick up during school holidays. the broads has never been a cheap holiday, and  i imagine that you can get two weeks holiday abroad ,better chance of sunshine etc for less that a broads holiday.
in my own experience this year, we had originally booked alpha sabre for a fortnight in aug, but i fancied a bit of winter warmth we got a holiday to florida for  over a fortnight for well less than a hundred quid more than the boat price.
but from the hirers point of view i imagine they let their boats out for as cheap as possible, but the overheads they have to cover must be expensive, a catch 22 situation, but hopefully sites like ours will raise the profile of the place, meanwhile keep the faith, get up there and spend your money!!
les...........

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I'm sure you will Dave  Smile  In part it's the pattern that's changing with so few yards south of Yarmouth if the tides are not right the southern rivers are very tranquil. Who knows that in itself may draw people back. The problem is going to be that with yard's being redeveloped and the BA not at all keen to see new green field sites being used for new yards quite were one would put a new one I'm not sure.

If one takes into account the growth in private ownership I suspect that the numbers of visits is not that much less

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hi dave,i dont think the hire boat industry is dead but still finding a level at whitch it is viable for the owners to re develope new fleets,long gone are the days of 1000s of boats out each week and all the problems thet went with such numbers.richardsons are a good bench mark for gauging what the future holds for yards,paul has shut dowm most of his broads operation and is now left with the two yards,his stalham yard as you well know is more compact now with most of the older boat withdrawn from the hire fleet and the acle yards has allways done well and long may that continue,so i guess if he thinks he can still run a fleet of say 200 boats then their must be a future for most of the yards. im sure some of the smaller yards will go due to lack of capital to re invest in new boats,i was told that superstar built by go boating cost 130k to build thats a huge chunk of money for anyone to find and tie up in a boat for ten years before you see a return.so i think it will be a few years yet before you see things settle down and maybe it will only be the big two left but their will still be boats for hire on the broads for years to come!  

regards, andy


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