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Blackpoodle
Aug-24-2005 @ 12:42 AM                           Permalink
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Hi, eyeryone.I've spent hours reading the posts here and wondered if anyone can give any advice about choosing a hire boat.
After extensive trawling of the web and telephone there are a few suitable boats for our holiday but it's difficult to get accurate information about accessibility and standard of furnishing etc. My Dad has been ill and has fairly limited mobility and we're concerned about how he will get aboard certain of the boats.
The ones we're looking at are Finesse, Superior Gem, Brink of Day 3 and Jewel of Light.
On Brink of Day it's not clear how you get aboard as there doesn't seem to be an aft door on the boatplan  and it looks a bit dodgy to try to get him on through the cockpit on the website pics.
Does anyone have any experience of any of these boats? I would be grateful for any help
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Janet

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Aug-25-2005 @ 7:04 AM                           Permalink
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Of the boats you mention Finesse or something like her is what I would go for not just ease of access but also all on one level once you are on board. No clambering up and down steps to get to the loo Playful Wink   With a forward well somewhere to sit outside as well.

This thread may also give some ideas of things to do

http://www.the-norfolk-broads.co.uk/viewmessages.cfm?Forum=23&Topic=1368

"No I'm not clueless it just that my wife is below decks at the moment!"  Bill...

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Aug-25-2005 @ 4:53 PM                           Permalink
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Hi Janet

The thing to be aware of, as Bill touches on is that some of the craft on your shortlist have steps up and down inside of the boat between cabins and areas, although all on your shortlist are fairly easy to get on and off and into the boat.

Whilst interal steppings aren't ordinarily a problem with older or infirm crew members it can be a problem, which no doubt you will be able to decide on.  It tends to happen between the main cabins and the central (ish) saloon/wheelhouse on craft that have a centre sliding canopy.  This means you normally step up to the saloon and then down again into the cabin forward of it.  Sometimes a similar thing happens in other cabins too.  Doesn't necessarily mean the boats are out because of it but Jewel of Light and Superior Gem will have this scenario.

Brink of Day does have stern access as well as through the flying bridge (the more awkward as you say), and once you are inside everything is on a level, although there are steps up to the flying bridge (external steering).  From what I remember of this mould it shouldn't hold huge problems for less mobile people, but I think the floor does slant in places and the headroom decreases as you walk further forward in the craft.

Therefore from your Shortlist I think Finesse would be the most suitable, or any other similar one level 'floating caravan' design that can be hired from most yards.

Hope the above makes sense and helps.  Enjoy!

Dan

P.S Other craft from the same yards you've mentioned in similar pricing brackets but of all single level design include Starlight, Folkestone Light, Shining Light, Brink's Ultima, Onyx, Oyster Gem....actually its an almost endless list!

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Thanks Bill and Dan for your help.

Finesse did seem the most suitable all round for our needs but we were swayed by the fact that some of the others appeared a bit newer and perhaps smarter, but I don't want to tempt fate and then find it's impossible for Dad to get aboard.

Dad's got cancer and is recently out of hospital and tho OK in himself he's become a bit weak though bed rest and treatment.He can get into and out of our touring caravan and move around it without difficulty so I think a single level would be best.

I'm hoping Finesse is still available in which case we'll be there from 9/9 for what I hope will be 2 weeks of relaxation (if there's no infighting about who steers and moors and who gets the best cabin-still that's families for you!)
Thanks again
Janet   Cheers


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