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gancanny
Dec-06-2007 @ 9:33 PM                           Permalink
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apart from a weekend at easter and then a week in late october we have seen very little of the broads
due to not having a boat,  as you may expect i can hardly wait for the new season to begin.

            alan

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not where i should be

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Well for us it was just great, the best ever.

We brought 'Broad Ambition' back to the Broads at long last in September. We had the commissioning ceremony, when we had the best day ever.  Dreams do come true then, even if it did take 4 years and £50k more than we originally thought.

Next year should top it even more so as we get to use her afloat (If I ever get that damn snagging list done) see more of you forum members, see more of you onboard 'B.A' for a chat/chug/drinkipoos.

Looking forward to many fishing trips with that BreamSlayer chap and his invited guests (Are YOU one of them?)

Looking forward to the VWBA annual meet and of course the FORUM meet 21st June  -  

Griff and the 'Broad Ambition' Crew

'Broad Ambition' - 'Dreams do come true' - Afloat at last 06-10-07

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Unfortunately for us it was a terrible year. We found the weather so bad during our week we came home on the Wednesday (day 4). A real let down after a fantastic '06.

But we will be back, maybe not for a couple of years, but we shall be back.

p.s. me and the boy might see you all at the meet in saily!!

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I'm with Boatboy on this one.
Any year is good.

Weather has it's ups and downs and problems might be greater or lesser, but 2008 will see my 10th anniversary as a boat owner and I still get a buzz every time I cast off.

Long may it continue, and Happy Boating to all.


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Everything works in theory

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Dec-07-2007 @ 6:20 PM                           Permalink
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On the bookings side, we had a good year. We turned over £100,000 of boating bookings for the first time this year - 95% on the Broads. All passed off without hitch except for a booking on the Fens which was severely affected by a train derailing and depositing its ballast contents into the river near Ely thus blocking it, together with the multiple engine failure of a Herbert Woods boat on the Broads which resulted in the hirers having to return to base and switch boats half way through their holiday in July.

Sad to see more hire boatyards ceasing their hire operations - Sabena and Woods Dyke. Only hope the likes of Summercraft, Royalls and Silverline can keep going. Quality counts!

Blakes reduced our commission so reducing our leeway to discount on their boats. They more or less said take it or leave it! Fine, but our Blakes booking levels after having shown a good increase in 2007 will decline again in 2008, in favour of Hoseasons.

Wish Herbert Woods would not waste their time attempting to send my customers a letter telling them that they are an independant family owned company and that from that point on they should contact them direct for bookings. None were passed on!
  

REGARDS

DAVIDH

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Like has already been said, any time on The Broads is good, well almost! My problem has been self inflicted by taking a mooring top side of Potter Bridge. You could say I'm now very familiar with Hickling, Horsey and West Someron with an occasional wander down Catfield and a push up Waxham! There have been too many failures to get under the bridge and when Horsey is shut! Nuff said.
Hope for some lower levels next year if I can't find a mooring on the Southern rivers.

Trevor

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Hi All,

A good year for us cruising again this year even though our boat use was less this year than in previous years, around 9 weeks this year as opposed to the usual 10 to 12.

Only one washed out long weekend and that was a bank holiday early in the year although the weather generally was not as good as 2006 we still had enough dry days to make up for the bad.

On the boat side Sally finally got her second propeller that I had been promising since we bought her three years ago so along with a bottom paint and hull scrub and topsides polish that just about blew the budget early in the year.

On the social scene we contined to meet more folk and reinforce other friendships thru the 2 forum events that we attended and of course did our usual socalising outside the scope of the forum as we always did pre forum days. (yes the broads did exist before the Forum Evil Grin  ).

On the upside our Barley is still with us when there have been times over the last 2 years when we thought we were going to lose him.

On the downside although not a broads related thing particularly there was the introduction of the smoking ban which I believe will make life more difficult for the owners of riverside pubs to keep going. Indeed I think it will(has already had ) a great impact on all rural pubs and sadly we will see more of these gems dissapearing over the next few years. (Little impact on the folk who thought up this as (always)  they are town and City dwellers or not Pub visitors.

So although the boating season is not closed for us we will be looking forward to some better weather in 2008.

See Ya All next year.

Rod

Soon to be retired
Flag Officer NBF

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We had the first full season on our new boat, fishing was good, had some nice pub meals and beers, weather mixed - 3 weeks holiday rained off in the summer, but lots of nice long weekends in Spring, late Summer and Autumn. Mosquitos the size of small horses in August and saw our first otter in October. All in all, a pretty good year. Can't wait for next season. Smile


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Well it wasn't great for us.  The whole reason for basing ourselves in Brundall was to take advantage of being owners, take the boat out on a nice weekday evening to Surlingham Broad, drop anchor and have some dinner and wine or whatever.  But we never did it, not even once.

Easter was good.  The first May bank holiday was good fun with other forum members down in Beccles but in the all pictures we're wearing jumpers and jackets and it's really grey and overcast.  We went to the Dragon Boat racing, planning to anchor in Oulton Broad and watch from the boat but the weather was too bad so we had to moor at the yacht station and watch from the park.  The second May bank holiday was an occasion to forget, wholed up at the WRC in non-stop torrential rain.

June saw the meet, which for us was brief because we fled to the safety of our boat on the raft when the weather intervened and missed all the awards etc.  The week that followed was so bad we attempted to scrap the holiday and got all the way to Yarmouth before being forced to turn back because we couldn't pass the bridge even at low tide.

On the return journey we struck an underwater object and had to be lifted out of the water, she remained on the hard standing for most of the month and was back in the water just in time for Lowestoft Airshow and our first trip to sea.  But bad weather meant we couldn't put to sea and stayed holed up in the RNSYC watching the airshow, what was left of it, from the beach, frozen and miserable.  We're out this weekend as well and if Oiler's NBN forecasts turn out to be accurate then this could well be the worst one of the lot.  I can't wait....

There's a good possibility we'll be jacking in boating altogether in the new year.

All the above events have also had good points, plus I have to mention the Pyes Mill meet, a fabulous time at Easter oop north and a very good August BH weekend, so it wasn't all bad.  But the vast majority of our big trips out were cold, wet and miserable and not at all what we had hoped for.

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Bad year for us,had two weeks in August and the second week was probably the wettest and most miserable week of my life.So bad that we packed up and went home early.Will keep a watch on long range weather forcasts during 08 before deciding whether to return.Les

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