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GaryCantley
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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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Just had another thought. Last year when I went into Rico's office to pick up Orion, I was told to 'wait there a minute' while we check you're allowed as you are an all male party, I nearly passed out then too

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Another place to try would be Martham Boats.  
Reasonably priced, and absolutely wonderful woodies. (They even have a USB charging socket for powering essential electronic devices!)

A Janet or a Judith might suit your party, and I'm sure they'd be only to happy to accommodate you and your boys.

Hiring from Martham also gives you access to some peaceful waters that you may not have visited so often in hire craft from other yards, so quiet above 'The Bridge' Smile  


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Word has got round, this has appeared on Instagram.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BfVHamdBZu9/

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There's a lot of adverse criticism on Facebook, as well. Many hirers are, understandably. rather annoyed.

"..for the avoidance of any doubt, the broads are not legally a national park and do not come under the national park legislation, and nor will they."
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It's hard work being a single parent without being punished for it! I've been there twice due to marriage breakdown.  People still seem to assume that children from single parent families are all badly behaved,mini crime waves on legs! When I tried to book my first holiday on the Broads back in 2009,Blakes wouldn't take bookings from single parent families but Hoseasons left it up to the individual boat yards. Summercraft in Hoveton happily took my booking! Had such a wonderful holiday with my 11 and 13 year olds that I caught the Broads bug! We just had Glitter Girl,their smallest boat.

Love from Pegs

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Hi Peggy

I understand why people are cross but I don't think it Is anything to do with children's behaviour good or bad.
I suspect an insurance company has looked at the risk if a single adult falls overboard  and leaves an expensive boat in the hands of one or two young children and have decided to make the premiums prohibitive for the hire company.

Hence the new policy being introduced.  That at least some seems logical if somewhat harsh.

Have fun

Graham

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