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mamadi
Oct-28-2021 @ 4:59 PM                           Permalink
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Anyone else hired a boat out and felt the boat could have been a lot cleaner.
So glad I brought plenty of anti bac wipes.

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We've had varying experiences over they years with boats and self catering accommodation, but on the whole ok.

In terms of hire boats, the worst boat ( and that was truly awful!) was from a yard on the Southern Broads, no longer there thank goodness. The best was Richardsons, every time we've used them. In fact that terrible boat was in really poor condition throughout ,  so we returned it the next day, after first securing a refund from Blakes, and re-booking for the rest of the week with Richardsons. It was a weeks holiday so we sort of lost 2 days but Richardsons were really helpful and the boat was ready for early pick up, and a later return was agreed too. So we had a great 5 days and soon forget what we have !ways referred to since as the "prison boat "  Evil Grin  

Hope you had a good week after doing the extra anti bac routine.

Karen

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Nov-04-2021 @ 9:32 AM                           Permalink
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tbh I think you tend to get what you pay for, the newer modern (expensive) boats are easier to clean and I guess the operators feel that it doesn't warrant the extra time/cost that's needed to do older boats to the same standard.
In France if you hire a boat you are required in many cases to fully clean the boat yourself on return and that means fully including polishing all glass etc. Failure to do so results in loss of deposit.

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if it is to be it is up to me.

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Perhaps we could learn something from the frogs, clean boats and certificates of competence.

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We were unfortunate to hire an Admiral Picnic Boat from WRC in 2020 and considering the cost of the day's hire was near to £300 , we considered its presentation to be at best poor.    This was reported as soon as we got on board, yes we had to hang about while it was , pumped out , the gauge indicated Full, the water indicated, Empty.    Considering this was the height of Covid , the cupboards were filthy , the fridge had water from a previous family in it, so had not been cleaned.   As you say good job I took antibac with me and I cleaned it from top to toe.  

This was not the first time we had had problems with their boats, but in fairness after this we did hire again from them and the next Admiral picnic boat was pristine, filled with water, pumped out and was presented as it should be.

So mistakes are made but in fairness they did put things right.    They also gave us £60 back on the first Admiral.    This is why we gave them a second chance.    By the look of the Corporate look they were wearing the last time we were there, they had got their act together.   Such a shame they have been sold off.





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Nov-20-2021 @ 8:23 AM                           Permalink
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Karen/Mark

It was a Richardsons, and a platinum boat.

Their answer was they didn’t have enough staff.

But with covid shouldn’t extra precautions be in place?





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Nov-20-2021 @ 10:20 AM                           Permalink
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Thats no excuse from Richardson's,  thats terrible,  how come you can go to a family run yard with fraction of staff and get highly quality turned out boats ,

steve and vicky
( apparently a moaner)

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I dont know if leaving the EU (this is not a political post by the way) but previously I know they use to have a team of folk from Lithuania and they were excellent.  The guys at Richardsons said they were the most efficient cleaners they had ever had.   Now whether they are still there or have returned home I am not sure.    We hired Reflection in September and it was passable.  The only rub was , you queued in your car and then was told to proceed around to Swan Quay whereupon chaos prevailed as nobody but nobody was ready for us all.

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Was a time when the end of a holiday routine was a Friday night feast to clear the food locker and drain the booze whilst on Saturday morning, as the boat headed towards the yard, the crew would clean the boat to within an inch of its life, it wasn't a chore, it was all a part of a Broads holiday. It's a bit like the camaraderie of mooring three abreast at Gt Yarmouth or stern to bow at Ranworth and clambering over each other's boats, happy days of yesteryear.

Jolly Roger

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Indeed echoing Jolly Roger in my youth a big part of the fun of a proper broads boat holiday as a kid was taking a cheap (olden) yacht and with some chrome cleaner, Vim brushes and small pots of varnish and white paint returning it looking pristine. But then the whole point was an activity adventure not just 'swaning about' bored stiff because you could not get a signal on your I-pad or whatever.

Bill...(The Ancient Mardler)

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