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So next year I’m possibly looking to do my first solo hire. I’ve previously been on the Broads and hired boats before (12 times) but they were either with my family or my ex wife. Now I am finding it difficult to find someone that would be willing to come with me.
A little anxious about this but also very excited, I was looking at boats such as San Rafael or Siesta as I really don’t want anything bigger than 30’ for my first time.
Any solo hirers comments would be appreciated and anyone who has hints and tips would be gratefully received.
Welcome to the forum, you may not know ( apologies if you do ) that Richardsons do not now hire boats for solo hiring , but Barnes brinkcraft do at wroxham , but what ever you decide and book , have a great time afloat
I have recently returned home from a two week hire solo cruise aboard brinks jazz....what a great boat to handle on your own....after 43years of hiring with Richardson's they simply told me I'm no longer welcome to hire solo with them.....Barnes brinkcraft were great and all my hireing will be from them....try barnes you won't be disappointed.....and have a great time
For a first solo trip I would suggest that a boat which you can control from midships is the best option. Unfortunately small centre cockpit boats are hard to find these days. Something like a Brinks moorhen or similar with the canopy run back does quite well. What you want to be able to do if you can is step ashore with a bow and stern line at the same time whilst neither end of the boat develops a mind of its own . A sleeping cabin separate from the saloon is an advantage so that you can invite visitors aboard without having to worry about beds being made up ect. Just because you are solo does not mean that you have to be unsociable.
So I was just browsing the Hoseasons website and put in some dates for April 2019 and Brinks Jazz and Brink Of Piece cane up at a very good rate. When I went on to the booking page and asked for the party details it said there had to be a minimum of two adults on the booking.
Does this mean that Barnes Brinkcraft policy has now changed or could it be a Hoseasons policy only that two adults are required?
No the policy has not changed. You need to book direct as Hoseasons will not even price without a minimum of two people.
I have also hired Brinks Jazz solo - my first time solo infact and can recommend it as you have two vantage points to drive from. The only down side is that if you are driving from inside you cannot see what the rear of the boat is doing as there are no through viewing windows. Brink of Piece and Moorhen would be OK but are very small and not very modern.
You can also hire solo from Bridgecraft in Acle by the way.