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We've boated as hirers and owners all our married life, 37 years and counting.   Starting on the canals we also hirered on the Thames and Broads.  We had Grebe built in 1999 as a 'go-anywhere' boat and had plans to visit British and European waterways.  We kept her initially near home at West Stockwith for the first few months and did trips up the Chesterfield Canal and the Fosdyke/Witham etc.  Our first expedition was to be to Norfolk in the Autumn of 1999 and to stay there for most of 2000.  However fate took a hand, we fell in love with the Norfolk Broads and never left.

I had a serious health issue in 2013/14 and whilst now in good health (always say remission never cured) we both want to do more than drive to Norfolk, pootle about on Grebe and drive home.  Not a bucket list just a number of little things we would like to visit, see etc.  As we both approach significant birthdays we have reluctantly decided to sell Grebe and do them while we can.

Probably every generation says 'we've had the best of the broads, but they've changed...'  we're no different to that.  The family boats with three geneation aboard are fewer and fewer, the big 'all mod-cons' boats are taking over with large adult parties, hire yards closing forcing competition for mooring spaces, the horror of double mooring and reckless stern-on mooring in inapprropraite places and the dodgems attitude adopted by many hirers.

I'll still be keeping a watch on you all and adding a comment when I think it would be useful.



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Mal,
That is a shame, if understandable.
At least you will still be able to enjoy the Broads vicariously through the forum. Cheers

John

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Jul-11-2016 @ 7:37 PM                           Permalink
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Be sad to see you go Mal but I think we all understand and to be honest some of your thoughts are very similar to mine. Hope to see you in the chat room from time to time, look after yourselves.

Dave and Jen Cheers

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Good Luck with whatever you do and hope you fulfill all your ambitions, the Broads will always be here should you get homesick.

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Sorry to read that, Mal.

Take care, keep safe and best wishes for whatever the future holds and wherever life takes you.

Cheers  Steve.

Steve & Maggie.


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Sure will miss seeing you coming down the Ant.
Please keep in touch with all your friends on here and those you have made while cruising the Broads.

Good health and wealth for the future.


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Sorry to hear you are leaving Mal, I and Upper management decided to give it all up in 2013 to try pastures new which we did for around a year. We missed it so much that we bought another boat and have enjoyed it just as much ever since. Incidently I passed a significant birthday mile stone last year!!!        

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Best of luck for the future and enjoy all you do  Smile

Regards

Adrian, Michelle, Beck Braydon and Bump.

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Yes that is disappointing news but unfortunately the broads like the rest of Norfolk is undergoing a massive change and that quiet tranquil beautiful space is being well and truly spoilt.    

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Worthy - whilst I take your point to a degree, its far worse outside if you ever go!!

New people coming to the area still think it is bliss - I had a long chat recently to a couple who moved up here from Cornwall and they think its wonderful!!

People moan about how busy the Broads have become but they are not talking about the area I know and love - I do believe as one of them myself, that older people often find the faults without seeing the positives, and there is plenty of evidence that that is the case! Newspapers add to that rather twisted view and unlike the younger persons, some of us are obsessed with those things where truth is painfully difficult to find!!

All people are individuals and I accept that and some find the need to move on, which I respect, but the area as a whole still has so many positives when you remove those myopic glasses!!

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