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i have just had a look on the good boat company website & noticed that they dont appear to be hiring anymore, only boat sales etc, i wondered if anyone knew if this was the case or not? just seems a shame if the hiring side didnt take off for them.

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The fact that both of their ex hire boats are listed as for sale suggets that they are no longer hiring.

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Such a same to hear of another hire company to cease trading.

See you on the ice old chap!

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It is a bit of a shame, but equally I think Jake has pinpointed the reason the hire business didn't take off for them - they only had two boats.

Hiring out boats is a business where economies of scale apply, particularly at the smaller end of the market. As a rough guesstimate, half a dozen boats is probably the minimum necessary to break even, and ten would make things a lot easier. In this case, they're not helped by being based on the Southern Broads, which do seem to be less attractive to a lot of hirers (I've no idea why, but the decline of hire yards on the southern rivers is difficult to ignore).

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There could be a option for (not naming yards) yard to make use of one of these closing down bases and set a number of boats aside to do one way trips i.e.
start at the north side and end south. Mini bus link to take and collect crew take back for there car. Would make more options available. Not everyone wants to spend hours fishing going nowhere fast.

I'd do it. - There are neg sides to this like set class of boat or you'd have boats in the wrong places.
There a canal company does it in Yorkshire



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This was tried many years ago by Pennant and more recently by other yards.

The problem was that everyone wanted to start in the north and finish in the south and nobody wanted to run the other way.

In addition if the boat was laying in it inevitably ended up out of position for the next hire.

Darren

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I agree the 'collect from the Northern Rivers & return to Southern
Rivers'  system is good but it has been tried & tested before......and
unfortunately failed.
(plus visa versa)

It was very well advertised with the big hire companies many years ago
but the costs to keep a base on the Southern rivers just couldn't be
justified.

Unfortunately hire companies & boatyards closing are just a true
reflection of the state of the industry, and sadly its always going to be
the smaller companies that close down first.
The larger companies will just sell, down size & asset strip to suit the
market......which is something thats been happening for a while now.

After living & working in this industry all my life, the industry is clearly
on a very fast down hill trend.......

     Indifferent   Mad

PS - I do hate it when someone with a excel spread sheet with some
'selective' 5 year old information states anything different!  Smile







They say that 'Hard work never killed anyone' however, sleepless nights, stress, not taking breaks & not eating correctly may just get you there early!!

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Hi all, just to confirm spoke with the good boat company today about one of there boats they have for sale,the chap confirmd that they had stopped hiring boats as there yard is just not that big and they could do with having about 12 boats to make a go of it.
Mike

Kindest Regards Mike

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thats a real shame, its never nice seeing a yard stop hiring  Frown  
i must say i would love to start my holiday on the south side & finish on the north or vice versa but you can see that it would be a nightmare for the yards.

graham

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Take my hat of to them, as they had a go.

If it was 1975 they would have had a chance, but 2010 was a difficult year
to start a business on the norfolk broads, in fact any new business in
2010 would struggle.

great shame.......    

They say that 'Hard work never killed anyone' however, sleepless nights, stress, not taking breaks & not eating correctly may just get you there early!!


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