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Had a phone call from Richardson's Friday to inform me I WON'T be allowed to hire from this year on, due to insurance not covering single parents with children under the age of 18!! I have been going to the broads since 1961, and the last 5 as a single parent with my 2 boys now aged 14 and 15. The only way I can do it is to take another adult, not as easy as you may first think, as I said I been going boating a long time and never have I worried about being the only adult. It's actually much the same as going solo, which I might add, they still allow!!
The caller mentioned a few other yards are in the same boat, excuse the pun, just wondered if all hire yards are following this new request, law? from Richardson's

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That's scandalous.

I bet big groups of single sex are still allowed although they will cause a lot more damage, in general, than the single parent family.

Let's hope you get something sorted.

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Thanks Gary
It certainly pi**Ed off my boys when I told them. Just hoping someone here may be able to list a few yards that still allow it. Only used Rico's cos their cheap and others may be out of my price range. Mainly because I have to go in school summer break

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Get under sail, I'm sure Eastwood Whelpton would accommodate you and the boys and they would get to pull the bits of string to keep the boat moving. Smile

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Gary
Lol good idea but I see sailing as a little too much effort. I struggle to get the boys to put their tablets down or to get their life jackets on let alone helping with the rigging!
I have sailed a dinghy but not proficient enough to handle a proper yacht and much prefer sitting at the helm with a cuppa just cruising.....
Just thought I'd add my boys are not the sort to be rushing around being careless, they are positive angels when aboard (well almost)

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I know what you're saying about the tablets but have you asked the boys if they would like it?

Never know, they may enjoy it more than sat in the back playing on tablets.

It's not for everyone but.....

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I would suggest Richardsons actually change their insurance company or suggest to them, that if they do not wish to insure them, then so be it!!

Have you spoken to Richardsons? Not one of the booking people but to management? Why is being on a boat more risky than taking children to Center Parcs or even a package holiday with a pool? Or the seaside? Indeed I would take it further and discuss it with the Insurance Ombudsman as well!!

Something a bit odd here.....!!!


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Hi there ,
Sorry to hear your bad news , but your gain there loss , personally I'd try a few other hire boat yards , why not try the recent new hire boat yard at acle , the broads boat company , can be found also on this link.    http://the-norfolk-broads.co.uk/viewmessages.cfm?Forum=22&Topic=39867

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Hi Bikerinky.
Whilst some Broads yards do require two adults, others are happy to accommodate single handed hirers or one adult and one under 18 provided the boat is one which is small enough to be safely handled short handed and provided the hirer has previous experience. We hold a full list of boats and yards that would accept your booking (which includes Acle, Wroxham, Martham and Horning) - all of which have live availability and prices on Waterways Holidays or give us a quick call on 01252 796400

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Thank you all for your responses, I've been surfing around and come to the conclusion that no one is as cheap as Rico's. Terms and conditions, hw actually specify no single parents, other's t's and C's are six pages long and some say you're advised to take out your own insurance, wtf!!! So still none the wiser as to who would and who wouldn't allow me to hire. So I'm now left with finding available boats within certain times, ringing each yard before I book on line to be told later I can't go...such a pain in the *rs*. As one of you said earlier, what's the difference between center parks, the beach, swimming pools or boats...... jeez, wish it was still the 70's

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