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Jul-16-2005 @ 12:58 PM                           Permalink
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Looking through blakes and hoseasons last night to get some idea for next year,  take richardsons out of the hoseasons catalogue and both are really getting thin on the ground for the broads[probaly even worse next year].
Decided on some boats for next year and then looked more closely and saw my dreaded word "regret no pets"
even on the new richardsons boats".
We are responsible dog owners and considering that you can pay from £25 - £35 per week supplement for any extra cleaning which i think is never needed i find it very sad that a lot of yards do not allow dogs on certain boats.I think a broads holiday is very family orientated and i'm sure yards are missing out on bookings.I'd love to hear what non dog owners feel and if anyone has had any problems with hiring a dog friendly boat.
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Jul-16-2005 @ 1:09 PM                           Permalink
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Hi John

You've touched on something that really annoys me too, and your point that pets are banned from the higher standard Richardsons craft being a bit excewsive I agree on.

I think, as Richardsons pointed out when I created about it some boats do need to be pet free to help those with allergies etc and I appreciate some pets will leave odours that are hard to shift, but it seems theyve got a bit carried away to me.

Banning from ALL Rhapsody's, Concerto's & Melody's is to my mind too extreme, and the main reason why I am hiring a nice boat from elsewhere this October, and probably for next year now too.  

I would suggest looking at Summercraft, or Royalls or Bridgecraft who may allow them with permission first - although to my mind this is even sillier...surely they are allowed or not, what's the criteria for how they decide yes or no...whether youve hired with them before, whether they're in a good mood or bad that day, how well the bookings are going....???!

Right, rant over, now, where's that glass of water!!

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Jul-16-2005 @ 1:21 PM                           Permalink
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Dogs are fantastic additions to a Broads holiday, but i'd still have to agree with what Dan said. There MAY be some who leave unwanted odours/deposits etc, but in the main i think i've witnessed better behaved dogs than people on some holidays.

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Hi Dan
We have hired from summercraft and royall and extremeley well presented boats of the right size,but mainly royals best boats of our required size ie satin and the 2 newer velvets go out mid week which is another pet hate but i suppose they do to ease congestion and save on staffing levels.I do find it interesting that moores hardly let dogs on but their goboating division does allow dogs which is strange.I think they charge £35 a dog, I would't mind one of their cleaning jobs on that pay.

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Hi
Forgot to mention that the last time we went with summercraft they said if we booked direct that our dogs would be allowed for free which i think is useful for people to know.
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Jul-16-2005 @ 2:24 PM                           Permalink
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There are also owners who are not prepared to accept that their pets do not enjoy a boating holiday. If prone to motion sickness anyway to be left alone on board a rocking boat by one's owners' is not a lot of fun. If chartering next year sorry but it will be strictly no pets

"I know we are up the bank, but I didn't think the ducklings were going to get out of the way"  Bill...

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Hi Bill

That must be a pretty rare scenario...I've never met a dog thats not beein in its element on the Broads (if you'll pardon the expression)

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Far from it Dan, I would say that there have been problems on about 20% of parties with pets either jumping in or being sick etc., and on average about 2 early curtilments of holidays as a result

"I know we are up the bank, but I didn't think the ducklings were going to get out of the way"  Bill...

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Even as a dog owner, I can't agree that all boats should allow you to take them on board, particularly those that are fresh and clean. Even the cleanest dog leaves a smell. Those of us that own one get used to it and can't tell, but those that don't, can. Our dog loves the boat, even though he falls in at least once per season (and ends up smelling of wet dog for days) but I'm sure that is not always the case.

I would not be happy to use a hotel room after someone has spent the week there with their dog, particularly after paying upwards of £1000. At least on the broads you have a good choice of craft that WILL allow you to take your dog. Is it not fair that some have the opportunity to book a boat that has not been used as a floating kennel? After all, you pays your money and takes your choice.

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Going to go slightly off topic here, unless the mods pull it !

All the boats I've hired smell of, well boats, the combined smell of diesel, mold, various rotting smells, not like that new car smell, but one I love anyway.

Also I'm a smoker, but don't smoke inside the boat as we've got kids, do others (non smokers) find that smoke smelling boats are a pain ?

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