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andrewleighcook
Jun-19-2008 @ 9:11 AM                           Permalink
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Hi all as we all now know energy Fuel has shot up quite rapidly and making every thing more expensive will this also have a knock on effect on making Boating more expensive in the future for Private and Hiring Cruisers and also Sailing Boats as to what I mean is maintenance river tolls and other things even Pubs and Restaurants will be hampered by all this. Do you Forum members agree with me on this and how can we keep the cost down and still keep on Boating on the Norfolk Broads.
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Jun-19-2008 @ 10:38 AM                           Permalink
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This credit crunch can only do most of us a bit of good - we all spend too much waste too much and are mostly over weight.    I am sure most folk could cut down - but there again you can only do that for so long.   When it comes to fighting the dog for the bone then we will have problems.   Till then keep of smiling and boating what could be better.

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Boating gets more expensive every year, and this year will be a biggie with the (partial) loss of the old 'red juice', but will it stop us? I doubt it!  Playful Wink

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A contact at a well known yard commented to me recently that customers had always valued getting back part of their fuel deposit as a 'bonus' at the end of their holiday which allowed them to go out for a good meal as an 'unexpected treat'.

These days, the hirers are often being asked for more money to cover their fuel costs, and this does not go down well.

It seems the hirers have the choice of increasing the fuel deposit even further, or absorbing some of the cost of the increase themselves.

TJ

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Very reasonable question, Andrew, but let me turn it round the other way....

Will boating (or anything else for that matter) become LESS expensive?

I doubt it very much, but if you find something which is genuinely cheaper now than before, DON'T tell anyone....'cos if you do, there will be a scramble to get it, and that will automatically push the price up!

We all make economies as we can, and start from different places - but whatever it costs, if you can still enjoy life that's really all that matters.... if I end up unable to afford to go boating, I can still enjoy the rivers in other (free)ways, and this isn't a rehersal, so live while you can Smile

it's a bit blowy, best put a reef in the burgee...

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Jun-19-2008 @ 2:03 PM                           Permalink
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My bank manager tells me to expect a further 10% drop in house prices this year. There is no doubt that the economy has slowed up, massively in many quarters. Costs are rising, and the need to cover those costs will be over a lower number of transactions. Then we have such as the tanker drivers, hugely overpaid by most folks standards, clamouring for a percentage rise above an inflation rate that is likely to rise anyway. So, will prices rise? I think that that can be absolutely guaranteed.

Jenny Morgan,

Where am I going on holiday this year? The House of Lords of course!!

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Jun-19-2008 @ 2:26 PM                           Permalink
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Good question.
I have owned and hired boats fo more than 50 years but now seriously thinking of stopping both.
My own boat is moored and used where I live on the Warwickshire Avon,I have my own mooring but in spite of this I am begining to feel that the cost is just not worth the reward of ownership.I just dont use my boat enough to get good VFM out of it.I know every inch of the navigable Avon and Severn so there is nothing new for me here.
As far as The Broads are concerned,I think that this year will be my 12th visit and probably my last.Reason again is cost.Not so much what I pay for boat hire but all the extras that are charged. I object to being charged to park my car at the boat yard,I dont know of any other holiday destination that does this.Diver insurance..I know I dont have to pay this but I always do,just in case.As I said Ive been chugging about on rivers for a long time and never had a fouled prop.This charge could be absorbed by the boat yard.                      

Mooring fees at some places are just silly prices and so I avoid those moorings but by doing so I suppose I miss out.Water chages are also an  anoyance,I dont mind paying a resonable amount but I dont like being ripped off. Take Ludham Bridge,If I remember right the charge is £1 for a small boat and £2 for a large boat even if the large only wants a small top up and the small wants a full tank...Silly.
Last year I paid £2 at a water meter for about two buckets full.Peanuts I know but anoying.
I think the whole boating industry should take a close look at itself and try to give better value for money...Les

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Jun-19-2008 @ 2:29 PM                           Permalink
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Not quite true on the tanker drivers peter afterall its a high risk specialalist job that involves regular training plus classroom examination test,s regularly. being and ex tanker driver i would know -do you!!!
now if you was to mention the vast profits being made by the company -that would have been different

Andrew iam not sure which would be more expensive boating or the added cost of going boating,not a problem if you are nearby but if you have to travel some distance like me then it would cost more to get there than the fuel i would use with the boat and its also the other little bits and bats that push the cost up

Finny

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Hi Andrew,
in the old days (groan you all cry again),gas and electic was exspensive but then we used to wear warm clothes indoors,now it seems folk like to walk about in their homes ,with very little on,when its very cold out side,but have the heating on full blast.

round here as well would you credit it folk take their dogs to the local woods in the car for exercise, 20 min walk to get there. most odd.

so i think if we thought a bit more before turning the key or switching on we could save a packet.

over the year it could save enough pennies to make a boating holiday more of a  a goer.

final nag tumble driers, round here on a sunny day not many washing lines are in evidence,£1 a time  to dry your laundry when the breeze is free.

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Roy...Spot on...I think we must be of similar age.
Reminds me of my son,drives 15 miles into Worcester each week,spends a packet at the gym' to use their jogging machine and then drives home.Could save all that petrol by jogging around the village.Les.

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