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ggb1980
Jan-25-2012 @ 4:48 PM                           Permalink
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More help required please.

We are looking for a large boat for three families, 6 adults, 2 chidlren and 2 infants. I know, not going to be easy! We are all family though, so not shy of sharing space etc, i think...

We ideally need 3 or 4 cabins and to date we are looking at Fair Empress and Fair Emperor, does anyone have any experience of these boats?

Can anyone suggest any other boats or yards that may fit the bill? I have mainly looked on Hoseasons for now. We are looking at the 14/07/2012 for a week. The other option would be to have a couple of boats, but think this will be too expensive.

Any help and advice, again would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance Gareth


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Jan-25-2012 @ 5:27 PM                           Permalink
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gareth, I have done a search on hoseasons and there are 20 boats big enough for your party both north and south broads,i have put a link here to the relevant page for you to have a look at.hope this helps.


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I'm really impressed with the link you put in Jaguar, some nice boats there too.
Not too bad a price for 3 families.

best regards, Richard.
I'm glad we moved the boat from the canals to the Broads, No locks.

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Have you had a look at Challenger, Acapulco, White Champagne or Pink Champagne - all from Richardsons Group - the layouts should suit your party I would think.

Have a great holiday!

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Fair Empress works with leccy cannopy and will go under Potter bridge (I know as we did it- with Pilot)

There is plenty of room, nice wide walkways. The only criticism I would offer is that the lighting in the cockpit is a little dull so some LED supplementary ones are a good idea.
The stern area allows storage of barbe stuff and bait as well as easy access...

Big advantage is that NBD do very nice sailing dinghies as well which Richardsons do not.

She is easy to handle although no thrusters but she is soo manouverable she doesnt need them.

My pick would be Fair Empress mainly to allow access to the whole system.

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Cheapest 10 berth on the Broads is Fair Freedom from http://www.freedomboatingholidays.co.uk , could be worth a look. She had a fairly significant refit in 2009/2010.

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Thanks all,

Looks like there are a few that would fit the bill. My preference would be Fair Empress, but have doubts about the layout. Looking at it, i think that Brinks Symphony, Brinks Emperor or Topaz Emblem may could do the job. They look like a pretty good standard as well...

As ever, really do appreciate the help!

Cheers

Gareth

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Just a quick update, I think we have decided on Brinks Emperor.Taking into consideration layout and real estate we believe this should meet our needs best.

Has anyone had any experience with this boat? Pro's and Con's etc etc

Cheers

Gareth

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Yes, we hired two of em for the same week, plus a Romany.  This was not a 'Lads Week' but a family / friends affair for taking Dads ashes ceremony.

The Emperor's are BIG (stating the obvious), it was quite a while ago now so can't remember all the pro's and cons, I do seem to remember the middle dining table area was very tight for actually dining, this could be converted into a double berth though.

They did us fine for the week and I would recommend them if that's any help


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Emperors only have two showers whereas the Empress has three.

This was a huge advantage to us. Mind you we made up the saloon bed too as its massive...lol

Three ensuite double cabins plus a double in the saloon is really useful. We have never used the single in the corridor or the double in the galley for anything other than sitting down.

Life is too short

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