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Feb-02-2014 @ 10:27 PM                           Permalink
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Hi all,
Looking to spend a week or so on the broads for the first time this summer with our two daughters, 7 and 4, and my parents who are both pensioners. Wondering if anyone could recommend a boat which is pretty easy to get on and off as well as being comfy and easy to move around in.
Any advice and ideas gratefully received.
Thanks in advance, Jon


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Hello and welcome. I think a call to Herbert Woods would be a good
idea, or Richardson's, Royall's  or Summercraft;  they can advise you
of what might be best. I am surprised that no members have com e
out of the woodwork on  this thread yet, but no doubt they will over
the next day or two.
If you live near enough for a day trip to the Broads, the yards are
happy to let you have a look at the boats too.

Best wishes,

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Hi Jon and welcome.
It rather depends on the layout of the bunks as much as getting on and off as to which boats are suitable.
The design I'd favour would be what we here refer to as "Bath tubs". They have forward wheelhouse/saloon and are on one level.

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Hi Jon,

I believe there would be 6 of you in total and because you have young and old with you I am thinking this is a case where practicality is going to be more important than looks.  

With that in mind a single floor level will be perfect for your parents and indeed the  kids, furthermore a forward steer boat will have an outside seating area call a well.  This is forward of the steering position so means one can be outside but be kept an eye on and because the boats are low down in the water not only will pass under the lower bridges, but also feature low decks to step on and off of and wide safe decks when getting on and off.

If you have a look at Oyster Gem http://www.richardsonsboatingholidays.co.uk/boat/oyster-gem/86/#.Uu9ri_s0_LA=&tabs=2 it has a separate cabin for everyone and two single berths for the kids along with 3 showers and toilets. Another nice feature is the salon actually has amble space and seating   for everyone.

You can find this sort of boat from other boatyards such as www.herbertwoods.co.uk www.freedomboatingholidays.co.uk and www.barnesbrinkcraft.co.uk - of course they will change in layout and price.

Another idea would be a centre cockpit boat of which many at Herbert Woods are low and easy to move about in as a forward steer, but also have the benefit of the raised steering position and sliding canopy.

      


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quote:"......
furthermore a forward steer boat will have an outside seating area call a well
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Often but not always, Robin. The Bounty Mk 2 is an example where there is no front well. There will certainly be enough choice where a well exists though.

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Robin is on the money with his suggestion of forward well and single
level.
I would avoid Freedom because they are not on the Northern Rivers,
new hirers would find the tides etc on the southern Broads more of a
challenge.

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Please don't avoid the southern broads. The southern broads are lovely and I don't understand why anyone should be advised to avoid. The tides are perfectly manageable for anyone of any experience, they just need a bit of consideration but certainly shouldn't be "avoided"...

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Jon Hi,

Supreme from Richardsons based in Stalham looks a good choice for your party.
http://www.richardsonsboatingholidays.co.uk/boat/supreme/140/#.Uu99sI3uPIU=&tabs=2

1. 1 cabin with a double bed for you and your wife.  
2. 1 cabin with 2 singles for your daughters.
3. 1 cabin with 2 singles for your parents (can be set up as a double).

The double bed is not a walk around which means that whoever sleeps on the inside will have to scramble over the other should they need to get up in the middle of the night.  This is common on many boats and is not normally a problem but may be inconvenient for the not so young or the less agile.
In addition I can see from the floor plan that the accessibility is further restricted to the side of the bed by a cupboard.  Yet again this is not uncommon especially on boats for larger parties.

With your parent’s cabin the two singles can be set up a double but if used as two singles both persons will have more access to the side of the beds.

This boat also has a bow thruster which is an aid to manoeuvring a boat making it easier to moor up and leave moorings. For more info on bow thrusters and general advice on hire boats etc please click here to visit my web site.

I have never been on this particular boat so can not speak from experience but looks good to me.

Have a great holiday.


Kind Regards
Alan...
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I too would not discount the south broads completely this yard have very good boats and this one would be ideal. http://www.silverlinemarine.co.uk/hirefleet/Ghost.htm

Have a great time no matter what boat you choose.  Smile

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We love the southern broads, but I can understand people saying stick to the north as although the tides are manageable on the south, getting on and off the boat at extremes of the tide can be difficult if mobility is a problem, especially if you are only small.  I am still reasonably agile, but have had to be hauled up to get off the boat at low tide and resort to sitting on the side to get off at high tide.  I did once think I could get off by jumping down and even though I was careful I slipped on the jetty.  No damage in that case, but could have easily injured myself.  On the north the high and low tides aren't as extreme so it isn't a problem. Also there's probably more for the children to do on the north.

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