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bigray
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I'm looking at hiring a small cruiser for a weekend next year. I'm looking for something cheap just needs to have toilet, hob and ideally a fridge. I'll be going solo so need a yard that will be happy with that. Ideally northern area.

Does anyone have any suggestions?

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Motor or sail?

And what can you tell the yard about your experience?

This message was edited by Warp on Nov-1-13 @ 11:07 PM

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Sorry forgot to say Motor. In terms of experience I have been on the broads a couple of times and on one occasion I was practically on my own as the Mrs damaged her ankle and could only hobble with a stick. Have also been on a couple of Canals and the Trent.

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Hi, try Whispering Reeds at Hickling, they have a suitable "picnic" type boat called Bittern. can be hired for a few days or a week.
Seems to tick all the boxes.




best regards, Richard.
I can't wait to be back on our boat on
the Broads.

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Try looking at Maffetts at Loddon. We hired Swallow this year, excellent boat for two, handles like a dream. We are on Kingfisher next year. A bit bigger but good value. Their boats are very well maintained. If looking in the north Richardsons usually have some good value boats, try their web site.

Ian

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  CROWN GEM from richardsons.

  excellent value,  just what you are looking for

  ALAN   DL15

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hi there ,
this is a little beauty , good price and suit your needs
http://www.maycraft.co.uk/cruisers.html

steve and vicky

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And just where did you get this idea that boating is cheap! The only thing going cheap round here is day-old chicks!

Geof

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Quote ". And just where did you get this idea that boating is cheap! The only thing going cheap round here is day-old chicks!"

We all know that boating can be achieved on a Budgie...  sorry Budget
Smile

With a limited budget, you can either go low cost boat and stay longer, or a higher cost boat and go for a short break.

I know that most of us would always want to stay longer.
So is there a market opportunity for the smaller lower budget boats on the broads? The problem is that they need nearly as long on turn around day as the bigger boats.
For a first timer, a small boat would appear very cramped and could put people off a Broads Holiday.
Our boat is only 23 feet long, and with the two of us is plenty big enough, and we have all the facilities of the bigger boats except a microwave oven. We have a shower, central heating, fridge, oven, inverter, TV  full standing headroom, etc etc. and we can get to Hickling, so far on ALL states of the tide through Potter Bridge.

Oh and we can moor at most busy places as we can often squeeze in.

One problem with a small boat, is that everything must be put away in it's own place as you soon get cluttered.
Another problem is that small boats are not built as strong as the larger craft, and so are less suited to the hire fleet.
Having said that, in the 70's  Dawncrafts and Burlands, were used extensively on the canal network in hire fleets, long before the steel narrow boats appeared.



best regards, Richard.
I can't wait to be back on our boat on
the Broads.

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Pacific Cruisers Loddon have a couple of small boats. Always fairly priced...Lesley

Insanity is hereditary. You get it from your kids.

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How about George Smith in Hoveton (near Barnes boatyard). They have some small cruisers which they hire out for 1-5 nights.  Not tried them, but they look tidy and reasonably priced.

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