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VetChugger
Sep-11-2005 @ 2:19 AM                           Permalink
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Well we had a brilliant week. Blistering sunshine all the way until Friday night. What about the boat?
Rapide must be the worst designed boat I've ever had the "pleasure" of hiring. The outside helm is instant cramp and backache. The inside helm is so wierdly sited that we never used it. I could go into a long and detailed destruction of the boat but I won't. It seems not to be their most successful model by some distance.
The condition of the boat was a disappointment too. Broken catches, missing handles, leaky windows (Friday night found these out with a vengeance!)and a faulty charging system which had us calling for help on three occasions due to the failure of pumps, lights and the fridge.
We've been hiring from Alphacraft sine 1973 but are unlikely to be returning next year. "Royall Stuart" I think will be our flagship next year.
I checked the winter crusing with Royall with thoughts of hiring Christmas week. They will hire but will not let you take the boat below Acle.
Alpha have a new 35' boat on the way which seems to be sparking some interest. They have orders already and, consequently, its not likely to appear on the hire fleet until 2007.

Trevor

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Hi Trvor.
Oh dear, what did the boat yard have to say about all this. Question

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where are my pink marigolds.

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Trevor, you won't be disappointed with the Royal Stuart...she's a beautiful craft. Has all the usual 'Royall' touches and handles really well too. We hired her a few times and were extremely happy with her. You can't go wrong with Royalls anyway, their boats are first class.

I suspect you'll need to get in there quick with your booking, she has some very loyal followers.


John

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hi trevor,
tell me, have you ever hired alpha sabre? if so what did you think of her i have provisionally booked her next summer.
cheers
les...

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Yes, we hired  "Sabre" three years ago. Its an easy boat to handle, plenty of room and was in reasonable condition considering they are getting a tad long in the tooth.
How many of you are going? The one MAJOR drawback was the midships double berth cabin. The engine is under the bed! It stank of diesel all the time and the covering boards are not that good a fit and creak and groan loudly everytime you move. Also the water pump is by your head so if you have any early risers that want some H2O then you will not be having a peaceful lie in.
Don't be too mislead by my first post on this thread. Alphacraft have been very good to us over the years and I reckon we will be going back at some stage although not in the immediate future.

Trevor

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MMMMmmmm, Alpha Rapide.

We hired this boat for a long weekend in June this year. I have to say, it really is a terrible design.
Getting up onto the fly bridge was almost impossible, really cramped through the doors and a very high step.
Likewise, when we collected the boat, we spent the first afternoon cleaning inside and out, it was filthy.

A lot of money for a lot of grief, not at all relaxing as we had hoped.

However, it did prompt us to buy our own boat!!!

Cheers,

Starby

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heh trevor,
thanks for that...the middle double will be for the enemies parents and mine, they will probably have a week about ....shame about that snigger snigger!
am on countdown already. ol
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hi lez,vetchugger, lysander was re fitted for this season as it is the same type of boat as sabre maybe sabre will be re fitted for next season.glad to hear they are launching a new mould,do you have anymore info on them trevor?

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Hi VC

Sorry too hear Rapide was disappointing.  This was the first Broads boat I ever saw, when I was a young 12 year old nipper at the 1991 London Boat Show.   I remember at the time thinking she was incredibly good looking but a little standard and unexciting inside, but thought I'd read of a re-fit within the last five years so I thought you'd be Ok.

Nothing worse than leaky windows either

Pleased to hear that you still had a great time though.

Did you get under Potter Heigham bridge?

All the best

Dan

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Grateful for your practicl descriptions of the poor design Trevor. It's a style of boat I've often fancied & I've liked them when I've looked on board. Nothing like a 'non-recommendation from somebody who's holidayed on one to put you off though!

Can you explain what was strange about the inside driving position?

Simon

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