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smbruce
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Close call between Fineway and Walklin for me.

Steve

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Thought I best get my (predictable) responses in sooner rather than later!! Sorry everyone...

Mine is Horning Pleasurecraft - the original Horning site (past day)...used to love the time warped reception buildings interior...like going back to the early 70's... there's something about the size and style of the basin that I like, and I'll always associate the base with a mass Carribbean style craft in funny/dated colour schemes that todays hire cruisers owe a lot too!!

Now the fleet runs from Stalham...which is my current favourite boatyard as the size, variety and number of craft tied up and available always appeals, throw in a cheap but cheerful cafe for a brew before driving home or waiting for your boat while you sit out on the picnic benches looking at the boats and business of the site! Bliss!!  Finally, a lot of potential for redevelopment and improvement to site and de-fleeted boats sitting about as dead money and my brain is fully stimulated!!  Smile

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I'll just chip in a couple,

Norfolk Broads Yacht Company - my two weeks a year damaging their boats seems to help their job training program going during  the winter.

Moonfleet - a very neat and tidy yard, with very helpful staff

Broadland Riverine - very nice owner, and one of the few yard owners who has the gravitas to post on this forum.

Herbert Woods - Great showers and Loos that are available 24/7. But when the staff are around I'd give it a miss.

Moores, Wroxham - don't want to charge you for anything when it's pouring down.

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As a saily, it has to be Eastwood Whelpton. Run by sailors for sailors.

All those that beleive in Telekenetics raise my hand.

Poppy

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My favourites would be: Wayford Marine for winter storage,
especially as they are now well underway with their new
shed! Swallowtail Boatyard for the best quality workmanship
on the broads and the prettiest yachts for hire; MBBDCL for
advice on my present boat and hiring of old traditional
cruisers and yachts and of course Hunters for pure sailing.
Mat

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I don't think anyone will be surprised to hear that my favourite is Pacific at Loddon. Started hiring with them via Blakes during Tony & Valerie Clarke's era and continued with the new owners who have very cleverly managed to maintain the same values which first made me go back. I suppose you dont go back to the same company more than 30 times unless you think they are doing something right.

I won't for one second claim they have the best or the newest boats but they are always clean and well maintained and offer good value for money. You couldn't hope to meet nicer people than Fiona and Richard who are always happy to chat and offer advice.

I've got to give a word for Moonfleet, I have only ever visited the yard on other hire boats, never hired from them but the staff have always been friendly and helpful and their fleet in terms of presentation was the best I saw in October bar none.

I've had some dealings with Barnes Brinkcraft recently as well, having booked a stay with them for next June. I had a quick look around their yard in September and their fleet also looks superb, as did all of their boats we saw out in October. Again, the Ladies in the office were fantastic.



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Paul

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Nov-16-2005 @ 6:27 PM                           Permalink
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Hi All

Without any hesitation mine is RICHARDSONS OF STALHAM never had a problem with the yard or any of the boats ive hired from them.

Dave.

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we have hired from barnes brinkcraft many times, the staff are always friendly and fair, when we have had a problem with the boat, they have always sent someone to put it right promptly. some of the boats are coming us to their 'sell by date' with niggles like loose door handles and worn kitchens, but those newer ones are lovely. when is someone going to design a new boat for the less mobile? most of the new craft we have looked at have either high side walkways making boarding difficult for those with disabilities or have steep steps inside down to the lounge area.

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Hi Tom 3164
Are you doing a thesis on broads holidays ????

roya

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just for the broads roya.

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Two yards for me 1)Martham Hire Co. where I keep Glencora during the season.
One of the best slipways on the broads and the staff who will take the micky one moment but lend a hand if you have a problem the next.
And 2)Southgate NBYC where I hire a sailer when my daughter is with us ( the young lady thinks Glencora rocks too much, sad)
Scared
All good people.
And a good pub next door Cheers
Jim

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