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Oct-19-2004 @ 2:30 AM                           Permalink
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I just saw post from Woodwose about taking his boat out for a run, and I was just wondering waht the members of this forum think about owning a boat, as opposed to most of us who have to hire boats.

Even though I've been on the water since I was a young kid I've never owned a boat (apart from a knackered Avon, with even more knackered Seagull), so I've rented leased, borrowed etc.

As an owner, what do think are the pros/cons costs, maintanence, insurance. The old saying about the two happiest days in a boat owners life, just curious.

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Oct-19-2004 @ 8:52 PM                           Permalink
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Hi Richard my wife and I used to hire boats on the broads for a number of years before we bought our own, we bought an old Herbert Woods boat built in 1954, wooden of course, having got it sorted we now use it most weekends, It takes us 3 hours to get to the boat and we think it is worth it, we use it from march to the end of November. Moorings cost about £27.00 per foot and insurance about £160.00 with fule costing around 31p  It coste me about £15.00 each time I fill up which I do about 4 times a season. wWe use it for 3 holidays each year and paint her every 3 years upkeep of a wooden boat can be costly unless you do most of the work yourself, if you buy a plastic boat upkeep is less of a problem. Hope this helps Robin.

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Oct-19-2004 @ 9:24 PM                           Permalink
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Hi...Robinw.
Where do you get diesel at 31p per litre?

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Owning a boat is not a cheap exercise, but I am not sure that you should just look at it in cash terms. After all, you could just sit at home, watch TV and save money, but where's the fun in that?

I would say that if you just come to the Broads once or twice a year then it is easier and more cost effective to rent a boat. However, if like me, you spent most of your weekends on the Broads, then owning your own boat is a more realistic option. Now I have moved to live here all the time it is even better.

Look at it this way ..... Why do you own your own car? Why not just rent one once a week? It's all about convenience. If you have got your own, you can use it whenever you want to.

Boats need to be used regularly and need regular maintenance and cleaning. If you don't do this, they are a wreck within a year. Nothing is cheap to repair on a boat and they can be hard work, but ..... they certainly are fun.

Mooring is one of the big problems with a boat. You need somewhere secure to keep it with good access and shore based services. You can rent these from boat yards. A typical space at Herbert Woods is about £800 per year. I own one of the holiday bungalows on the Thurne and I keep my boat there. This is another expense but, like boats, they sure are nice things to have.

I have owned quite a few different boats over the years, some motor cruisers and some sailing. All have been GRP. I don't have the time to look after wood. Even wooden handles need to be rubbed down and stained on a regular basis.

Yesterday was a nice day, so I took Woodwose down to South Walsham and had lunch floating round the mudweight. I could have hired a day boat instead. This would have cost me about £80 for the day. That would have made it one very expensive lunch. So expensive in fact that I don't think I would have bothered.

Owning a boat is not for everyone. Make sure you have got the time to use it and maintain it. They look good in the summer, but a cold wet weekend spent cooped up in a tiny cabin in November takes a lot more dedication.

The picture shows Woodwose on its moorings on The Thurne.

Nigel
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Here is a picture I took during my trip yesterday. It shows Hunter boats being put away for the winter.


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Janine.have you got oil heating at home. if so you can run it on L.F OIL. At the moment it is not illegal to run BOAT DIESeL ENGINES OR TRACTORS FOR FARM USE ON IT.It may be changed in the future.IF bought in bulk  for heating etc. it can be had for 20pence or less a litre,i also run our steam cleaner on it.of course it is ILLEGAL to run road vehicles as they have to pay duty, buy have you noticed l.p.g.{gas} at the moment is half the price of petrol.once a goverment is safe enough in power ,the duty on light fuel oil for boats and tractors will put the price up to 80p a litre and i am sure bottled gas will follow the same route.AT the moment i can take a bottle of Calor gas of a fork lift truck and put it on a converted petrol engined car and not be doing anying wrong,but we still get the old Boys in blue dipping lorries in NORFOLK to see if they are using L.F.O.{red diesel}

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One advantage of hiring is that it gives you variety.

But I know that I'd feel fantastic if I was pottering up the river on a boat that I'd just bought. And the idea of a boat gently tugging at its mooring ropes at the bottom of my garden is a nice dream.

Going back to one comment... the only boat that I ever owned was also a dinghy (but GRP - hah!) - also powered by a Seagull. I think that I read somewhere that Seagull advertised that you could leave an engine underwater for a week, take it out, clean it up and it would start.
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My Seagull had no hope of starting, though, in Cowes harbour (in the path of the floating bridge) when I dropped the HT lead in the river in 1970something.


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Hi Janine I get mey diesel from Boulter Marine in Horning they used to have a sign on the river at the end of Woods Dyke but the Broads Authority made them remove it,try them they are on the right near the top of the dyke. They will sell at this price to anybody private on hire boat Robinw.

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We decided that for the cost of 2 or 3 weeks hire we would / could buy our own boat, you can see the results of our restoration at www.dawncraft.com

Its a pure money pit, anything with marine on it is 3 times the price, but hopefuly the work will be worth it!

As a side note, we had a week on the Broads this year and I'm looking to book a week for next year LOL!



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Ey up Woodwoose, forgive me if ive got this wrong but the picture of your boat looks very much like a Norman.
I own a Norman 23 and keep her on the Ant.
Live in North yorkshire, drive time about 4 and half hours but the wife and I love the Broads. Get down about 2 or 3 time a month in the summer, but depressingly she is now covered up for the winter.
Ive attached a picture of our Norman 23
Cheers
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