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Hiya, I have done a quick search to see if anything has been posted about this boat before and was unsucessful so here we go, has anybody got any experience with this boat, got a slight concern that it was in the same price range as some of Richardsons older craft so wondered if anyone knew why is was being offered cheap.
Do the pictures flatter it? as most do to be fair. Has it been in some accident which has left it a bit worse for wear?
Have taken the plunge and hired it for 2 weeks since the boat we wanted from Richardsons was no longer available at time of booking, we have a fussy requirement with regards to layout and access needs, for what we wanted to pay they didn't have any other options.
So have you hired this boat before? seen it on the river? had a nosy inside?
Any info will be appreciated.

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Lynsey hi,
Here is a link to a review about Gliding light that appears to be identical to Ray of light and is mentioned in the review as being the sistership of Ray of light.  Infact the review would suggest that Ray of light may be a better boat.  
http://thenorfolkbroads.net/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=11432&start=15
In addition I saw another snippet of info that would suggest a total refurb around 2008 due to a fire.
http://thenorfolkbroads.net/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=1719.

Hope this is helpful.

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Hello,

As far as Ray of Light goes it is an 'ex Faircraft Loynes' boat and one that my family and I hired in 93' when it was a new boat.

It has actually been improved since then - when new the forward cabin had no head lining - just the bare fibre glass, this meant it got extremely cold while the interior was warm and guess what.. it was terribly with condensation - it now does have a head lining so that won't be a problem.  

The rear toilet compartment is very narrow but other than that (and remembering not to step off the back of the boat into the water from the rear door) is a very nice boat with a great fly bridge affording excellent views.

Herbert Woods take a lot of care in their fleet, and all their boats have been brought up to what I would call a 'unified standard' - so for the money paid for a modern design I don't think you can fault it.



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Thank you Alan & Robin, feel a bit better now, she is a lot older than I thought which might reflect why the price is what it is for 2 weeks in peak season, very surprising and makes me realise we should shop about a bit more in future  Cheers

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Lynsey, looking t the pics she looks a nice boat though I would advise you not to try to get to Hickling broad in her Smile

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Lynsey,
I agree with Maurice_Mynah looks like a realy nice boat.  If the snippet I read was correct it should be more like a 4 year old boat.  I have been on a lot of much older boats and providing the boat yards look after them they are absoloutly fine. Ray of Light looks to be of a very modern design. I would be interested to know what you think of the boat after your holiday.  I may book it myself some time.

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Lyns

I used Ray of light for a week at the beginning of last November with a friend, the boat itself is fine, she handles well and is relatively comfortable though the stern cabin is the best bedroom with the en’suit, the midships one had a fairly good bed but the room is very cramped with limited headroom, the v bunk forward cabin hasn’t much floor space either, both heads are very small but there's plenty of storage throughout the boat and a nice quiet Nanni engine, even if helming from the saloon, though she is difficult to moor from the inner helm if the weather is poor and you don't want to get wet.  
She has very high freeboard and poor forward deck access from the upper helm which can be a problem to some unless you use the ‘swim deck’ for boarding and as a route forward but theres not good hand hold positioning on and around ‘swim deck’ and it feel very exposed for the crew so care has to be taken.

Al in all she’s a nice easy craft to use but with limitations of suitability for anyone with any difficulty in mobility due to her high freeboard and crew vulnerability when using the ‘swim deck’ also she has some sneaky internal steps to be negotiated too.

She’s slightly frayed around the edges and frankly not over clean when we took her over though it was at the end of the season if that is an excuse, saving grace is the heater was very good as it was a damned cold week.  And with the water levels at the time we couldn’t get her under Ludham Bridge thus losing out on some favourite haunts.


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Thanks guys, why on earth would we not try to get to Hickling?????? Playful
Will make sure I put a review in the Hire Boat section when we get back  Smile

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Lynsey,
I assume Maurice_Mynah is refering to the height of the boat leaving insufficiant clearance to go through Potter Heigham bridge.
A quote from Herbert Woods Web Site "Ray of Light will not pass under Beccles Old, Potter Heigham or Wroxham bridges"
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