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DaveHR
Dec-29-2016 @ 4:24 PM                           Permalink
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If I were to going skiing, as a novice, I would keep to the nursery slopes. The more advanced skiers may well want to use the advanced slopes and slaloms.
Change skis to boats and turn snow into water. This is why I keep to the northern Broads - lack of ability and confidence.

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"lack of ability and confidence."

Both of those reasons are remedied with practice. None of us are too old to get that.

On a more general point...
I would point out that not everyone that "loves" the north will also feel the same about the south. The bleaker landscape, distances between facilities and general feel of the area are very different. In my view it is a very different experience.
I am sure that the reverse is also true for some.

Personally I like the more open landscape for an occasional change to the "prettiness" in the North, or my preferred area above Potter.
I merely point this out as I have twice relatively recently been told by hirers that they were disappointed that their trips south were not "as good" as their usual northern trips.
Probably simply not to their personal taste. Which I guess is fair enough as we are all entitled to our opinion.
Others will no doubt love the area and the only way to find out is to visit.


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Jan-02-2017 @ 3:26 PM                           Permalink
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I've booked from both south and north. Unfortunately North as more facilities, I remember posting on here as we were struggling to fill up with water whilst on the south.
Beccles is one if my favorites and I'm hoping to reach there in October....
North is congested I totally agree and with less moorings.


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Richardsons used to own Hearts at Thorpe and I had many years happy cruising with them.I never had a problem with cruising on the southern broads,just read all the information in the brochures and guide books.


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I have been going to the Broads for almost 20 years now. Since 2001, we have used Summercraft and never been disappointed by their service or quality. However, I've always taken an interest in other boat hire companies and it's depressing that Richardson's now seem to completely dominate. We have just returned from a week's holiday today and I would say 4/5 hire boats we saw were owned by Richardson's. Not only that, but the vast majority of their boats that I see look poorly maintained, dirty and in need of serious investment. I know they are amongst the cheapest to hire from, but that's no excuse for hiring out boats that look (and sound) ready for the scrapyard? Some of those boats must be 40+ years old now?

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“depressing that Richardson's now seem to completely dominate… I would say 4/5 hire boats we saw were owned by Richardson's”

Dummies Guide to Capitalist Economics: we begin with a free market whereby consumers benefit from a choice of product and price. Economies of scale force smaller competitors out of business and a cartel of the “big boys” rules the roost for a while. This is unstable, and the obvious and inevitable consequence of unchecked competition is a monopoly. Goodbye choice of product and price.

I must dig out my “Never Play Monopoly With Marx” T-shirt.

Peter

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What is wrong with boats that are 40+ years old??

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Absolutely nothing but a wash once in a while wouldn't hurt;-)

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I had a walk round Richardson's yard this afternoon and was thinking to myself how well  the boats looked after a full  season in hire.

Garry

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Could not agree more with the last post. Richardsons cater for the many not the few, and the wear and tear on the boats through the season reflects how they look in October due to their popularity

Some other yards boats were looking shabby in April / May when Richardsons looked immaculate. A well maintained fleet also.

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