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Jan-07-2006 @ 8:26 PM                           Permalink
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Hi Everyone and a Happy New Year.

We think that we have finally found a broads boat that meets our requirements.  However, there is one problem - the vendor advises that Firenze was built in 1992 - great we think.  Then we look at Horning.org.uk only to see that it was built in 1982?  Does anyone know when the Alphacraft 32 with centre cockpit were built.  Any idea how much they are going for re price.  We know that the boat was with a Hire Fleet in Yarmouth and in the 2005 Blakes brochure.  Any info would be greatly appreciated.

Best Regards,

Janet and Keith

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hi janet & keith,
just a thought ,but have you also tried the B.A authority ?
if you have the boat reg number maybe the B.A can give you the date she was first registered when built , i know craigs site is pretty accurate ,but this may confirm things for you,
cheers

steve and vicky

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Janet and Keith...

The Alpha 32 was indeed being built as early as 1982. The Royal Sovereign was one of the first (Royalls Of Wroxham/Hoveton). We were the second people to ever hire her...real privilege at the time. I remember being told that it cost around the £30k mark to build back then! If only that was the case now eh?

We've seen this type of boat being sold from as little as £28k for one which needed a little, or in some cases, more than a little TLC to almost £45k for a pristine example. That high priced one was a little over-optimistic IMHO but the boat itself was immaculate and had been maintained to supremely high standards.

Please don't be put off by a 20+ year-old boat, if care has been taken of the vessel, 20 years is nothing. Some older craft are in better nick than vessels half their age.

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John

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Our first motor cruiser was ex-hire. She had been in the fleet for 17 years when we bought her. We had to do a number of things to move her from hire fleet to private use (nav lights, screen wipers, re-upholster, etc.) but the basics were sound.

We then had ten years of fun out of her before we sold her to friends last year. She is now moored next door to our current cruiser.

In general, ex-hire boats will have been strongly built and well maintained. Cosmetically they may show the scars of the odd hirer's learning curve but that can be dealt with.

In some ways, it is more risky to buy a privately owned boat with many fewer running hours, but significantly less expertise directed at maintenance.

Phil

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It proves that you cannot believe everything, the boat turned out to be a 1985 not 1992 as advertised.  So back to the drawing board - at least we know what we want now and have a little more experince of broads boats.  Disappointing though, especially coming up from north Essex - finding a boat that we really liked - paying a deposit - thank goodness for Horning.org.uk, otherwise we would happily be motoring around in a 1985, thinking it was a 1992.

Janet and Keith

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HI JANET AND KEITH

DID YOU GET THE PM, AS I AM NOT SURE NOW IF I GOT THE MESSAGE SENT MESSAGE OFF THE SITE WHEN I HIT THE SEND BUTTON

REGARDS

ANDY

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Hi Andy,

Got your very informative PM - I will reply today - Many Thanks.

In the meantime, we came up again yesterday to have a general look round at boats.    As there are only two of us, we are now leaning towards a 30ft max in length with both fwd and aft doors. However, it must have the all important sliding roof.  Sorry, we are used to the 'wind in our hair' having owned sailing boats for the past 30 years.

These seem to be the most practical for mooring etc.  The DC30, Alpha 28 seem to fit the bill - does anyone have anymore possible suggestions?

Many thanks Bill for being so helpful, hope to speak to you very soon.

Janet & Keith




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