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hi there members ,recently a lot of topics have been about the cost of a broads cruiser holiday. i have been hiring broads cruisers since 1969.in 1969 i hired a very basic cruiser ranger 1 if anyone can remember that boat.
in 1969 the average wage was 20 gbp a week the hire charges were approx 50gbp so that boat cost 2and a half times the average weekly wage. todays average wage is 300 gbp per week i am sure you can book a basic boat on the broads for 750 gbp.in reality the broads has always been an expensive holiday , but also its a unique holiday there is no place like the norfolk / suffolk broads ,rain or shine!!!

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Well said mate Smile
Could you please tell some of the Employers in Norfolk that the average wage is £300 Gasp
only joking but i agree with you a Broads holiday is priceless
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Agree with the principle of the costs being 2 and half times the average weekly wage, but the annoying thing is that the boats are usually very old in that price range,so in essence your paying for a craft that has payed for itself many many times over, unless you want to pay the over inflated premium for a "new" ish boat.

Still can't knock it all, cracking holiday all the same.

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Hi Mr Smart.
Welcome, its not the age of the boat its the upkeep, the insurance, the rules and regs,need i go on,if it was that easy we would not have so many yards selling up saying enough is enough.
Try buying a boat mate and you will see what i mean.
Like the Smart car is it yours,Gill wants one next .
She does not like the Ass bit though  Smile

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Mar-13-2006 @ 9:21 PM                           Permalink
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Hi, welcome from us too,
Strange coincidence but i too have just been test driving a fourtwo today, looking at replacing the scoot after a cold winter using it for work, i must be getting old  looking for a bit more comfort and fun.
Agree about the prices but it does keep the broads a bit more exclusive for us in the know Playful Wink .

paul  

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Well thanks for the welcome........ Smile

As for the Car, yeah its mine, i have it as my company car (self employed) and i have to say its a great motor, does what it says on the tin, and more space inside than you imagine

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More yards closing pretty well sum's up the original question i would have thought,

finny

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I was amazed at the low wages in Norfolk. My Mum retired to Aylsham and I remember Christmas 1997, her partner collected me from Norwich Station. He was a Taxi Driver in North Walsham and was quite chuffed that he had earnt £115 that week!

Trying to make ends meet, you’re a slave to money, then you die.(Bitter Sweet Symphony The Verve 1997) Mark

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Spot on there Mark, that is the only reason that I have a 500 mile round-trip to the broads on a regular basis ! I wish I didn`t have to live so far away to actually be able to afford to enjoy going  Confused

I even travel 125 miles round-trip to work to be able to earn enough to enjoy going to the Broads ! If I moved nearer to work it would be even further to go to the Broads, or if I moved nearer the Broads it would be to far to go to work ! Maybe I need to get a well-paid job within half an hour of Norfolk ! Oh dear, thats where we started  Question

Better put a quid on the Lottery this Saturday  Frown

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In the bad old days , when I was piloting in the Summer and working in the boatyartd during the Winter, I earned so much I used to get ALL my PAYE back as a rebate!  I regret to have to say this, but much of the tourism of earlier years existed on the back of subsistence level wages - and, even more regrettably, probably still does.  I don't know where the millions go, but it certainly isn't into the hands of those who provide the services and highly skilled labour.

"There are old pilots.  There are bold pilots............."

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