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Jul-25-2013 @ 10:15 PM                           Permalink
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Hi,

Haven't been to the Broads for 20 years, thoroughly enjoyed myself back then so am considering re-visiting in May '14 for a fortnight with my wife.

However, perhaps it's me, or perhaps not.. most of the boat yards websites aren't very user friendly for comparing features of various craft etc.

I've drawn up a bit of a list of various items:

Essential:
storage space for luggage & fishing tackle
low freeboard
draught free
able to go under all bridges (not including PH & Wroxham)
large shower cubicle

Would be nice:
bow thrusters
dual steering
modern smooth & responsive engine
shore powered heating

not required:
freesat

Quite a list, if anyone can think of anything I may have overlooked feel free to mention it.

Prefer not to spend over 1400 +fuel for 14 nights.

Cheers,

Pete


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Jul-26-2013 @ 5:33 AM                           Permalink
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Take a look at Superior light from Herbert Woods it certainly matches most of your criteria & is a very nice craft. If you look at Herbert woods fleet page you can compare different cruisers from their fleet.

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Jul-26-2013 @ 7:48 AM                           Permalink
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Hello Pete,

Welcome to the forum.

May 2014 you are thinking well in advance.

14 days and not in the busy months of July & August so you should be able to choose a boat that suits the two of you for a number of hire companies.

Being as you are planning a 14 day holiday you could start from the Northern or Southern Broads and take in the whole of the navigation with ease, this also does not limit you just to hiring from the Northern boat yards.

Regarding luggage storage, these days we pack all our cloths and boating kit into the reusable Morrison's shopping bags they fit easily into the car, the clothes are packed flat and we just fold up the bags and store them away.

If you want a boat with shore power you may find that limits the number of hire boats you can hire.

If you look in the hireboat info at the bottom of the page you can check out a lot of the boats that some of the hire companies have to offer.

Keep us posted on your search results.

Regards
Alan

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www.ranworthbreeze.co.uk

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Hi Pete,

I do not wish to spoil your plans but May is closed season for fishing.  It's not an all year fishery like the canals and some other areas.

Good advice about soft bags for luggage.

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Jul-26-2013 @ 8:33 AM                           Permalink
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   have a look at SYMPHONY from richardsons

within your budget,  modern engine, plenty of storage, and shore power

  ALAN   DL15

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Jul-26-2013 @ 1:57 PM                           Permalink
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Apart from bow thrusters have a look at pearl horizon from Richardsons, we hired it in June, loads of room for two, large shower room etc, very spacious.
Val

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Jul-26-2013 @ 2:01 PM                           Permalink
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Hi again, sorry not quite everything on your list on pearl horizon, but was a brilliant boat for two people, we had it for a month and loved it.
Val

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Pete hi,

If you do decide to go on The Broads during the fishing season and want to take a lot of fishing tackle and general luggage it may be worth considering a boat that has an additional berth/cabin that you can use for storage.

Kind Regards
Alan...
www.mynorfolkbroadsboating.co.uk/

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Wow! Thanks for all the replies. I had actually been looking at Superior Light, it ticks quite a few boxes, and certainly looks the part Smile

I'm disappointed to hear that May is closed season.. here in Ireland there is no closed season for coarse, and game season is 1st March - 31st October

Thanks for the info though, will save me carrying a lot of tackle over for nothing!

Been watching the Captain's Blog on Youtube - it has reminded me just how nice the broads are, can't wait!

Will update when I get the boat booked, probably in the next week or two.

ttfn

Pete



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I have to be honest I don't know the cost but check out the Brooms Hireboats. They tick a lot of your boxes but not dual steer and no shore power, however, at Easter we were moored at Reedham it was very cold overnight with a strong wind blowing. The following morning the people on the Broom Captain where very happy and reported the heater was more than adequate and they were draft free!

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