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Heard from the horses mouth today that Fencraft are selling off all their fleet at the end of the season.

How many more are going ????? Frown

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I'd heard rumours but nothing definate, great shame because a nice fleet. Only a small fleet of course but nicely fitted out, it would be good to think that some of the boats might stay together but be operated from elsewhere. To be honest had hoped that the fleet might have ben combined with another yard in Brundall, none of the existing yards has much critical mass, in the area seems to rapidly becomeing the reserve of expensive private moorings. No reasonable sized yard which can accommodate visiting hirers will be a big loss.

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Disappointing to hear that another Brundall fleet may be disappearing, although after my own experience with them last June I think unless they have an additional £3,000 ish to spend on each craft in addition to the usual winter maintenance programme costs then I have to say it doesn't suprise me, and though I wish I could agree with Bill re their interiors having had to endure 3 days on one just over 12 months ago I'm sorry to say I can't.

Still, as I say I'm still disappointed as I don't like to see less craft about and I can appreciate the catch 22 scenario fleets have got in where boats need a lot spending on them with little spare money about, but it's a shame if this becomes the conclusion.

Dan

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dan mate
your right all a bit to late.
its so sad but if folk feel the value for their money is bad they vote with their feet.
i have spoken to a lot of holiday makers this year, and the good yards seem to be winning , but for certain ones i keep hearing the same moans,does not affect me but those hirers will not return, and thats bad.
i have taken notes of my coversations with folk at the staith they seem happy for me to divulge them but will have to make sure im ok to do so.

roya

now about my bilges.

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I have not had your recent experience Dan, my point was that the layouts on their boats always used to seem to me less crowded than some.

"No I'm not clueless it just that my wife is below decks at the moment!"  Bill...

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Hi Bill

Yes the layout was fine, and quite spacious...it was the quality of upkeep of soft furnishings (inc mattresses, curtains etc etc) and fitout maintenance and engine standard that made it an uncomfortable home for three days and bad value compared to other fleets.  Shame as until then I too thought they were quite a reasonable fleet.

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oh roy how right you are,yard owners have to understand that the vast majority of holiday makers today wont stand for sub standard boats.i know this seems a bit harsh but standard's have to improve and the holiday makers aren't interested in how long a season is or the problems yards have to deal with,they haven't paid their money to listen to operational problems.yes of course things go wrong that's the nature of the beast.if you hire a boat in september their is no reason why that boat should not be presented to you in the condition its was in lets say in april.the old one of( well its had a hard season just doesn't wash).if silverline marine,summercraft,royalls and moores can do it, why cant the other yards,or is it a case that many of the boats started the season like it!!! all this lets defend yards that keep turning out sub standard boats is in my opinion romantic pug wash and helps neither the hoilday maker or the yard owners.if a yard can no longer make a go with the fleet it has, then its time to move on and let the yards that can take over, thats just the harsh reality of the world we live in

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quote:"......
if a yard can no longer make a go with the fleet it has, then its time to move on and let the yards that can take over, thats just the harsh reality of the world
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Sadly Matty, there are no Yards to take over, I don't think that any yard is actually increasing the size of it's fleet, even the largest will I suspect show a clear net reduction.

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this may well be the case bill,but i think I'm right in saying the bigger yards are selling off their older boats and building new ones, and you of course you are right in saying the total net number of boats that are for hire on the rivers may be dropping but the ones that are left are going to be of a higher standard.i think we all understand the picture at the moment their are currently to many boats for hire on the broads and I'm sure this number will drop even more in the next few years, but what you will end up with is a fleet of boats of a better standard.these boats may not be ultra moden boats but will be truly well maintained and will justify their hire charge.  


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