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gumbie
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me and my mrs will be taking our honeymoon on the broads in june on the sonata from wroxham. has anybody taken this boat out before? also any suggestions on where to go as we are first timers?

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Not been on the boat but seen it on the river many times and it looks good, bit restricted on a few bridges but plenty of other areas to explore. How long are you down for?

Dave

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were only on it for a week. The booklet said theres only 2 bridges it wont go under. if not no worries as long as it gets us down to great Yarmouth and back via a few drinking holes we will be happy

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Hi, Gumbie,

Welcome to the Forum.

If you go to the bottom of the page and click on "hireboat info", you can select "Brinks Sonata" in the search box. If you search, that'll get you the basic info you already know, but you'll see a link to "forum topics" in blue. Click that and it'll bring up previous mentions of the boat on the Forum. Hope it helps, and I'm sure you'll have a great time aboard.

Regards, Ray.

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I've hired this boat (No. 4 in the class) here is are a couple of photos.

Here are some pointers for you as far as the boat goes:

The centre dome light has a two way switch so at night in the cabin you flick the switch the other way and it will glow red - rather cosy to just have that light on.

Under the helmseat is where your find space to store the canopy and your also find the electric cable to plug the boat in should you find a mooring with shoreside power;  Get an electric card from reception to use these.

There are speakers inside the boat and outside - use the fader option on the stereo to switch between which set or both to use.

To the right of the steering wheel there are two switches marked 'navigation lights' - they have done away with the navigation lights but these turn on the outside mood lights - so you can sit out in the cockpit and not be in the dark.

It also has a very small water tank - its essential you top up daily.

Personally, if it was me I would fill the fridge with Champagne and find a nice quite mooring or drop the mud weight on a Broad (its electric so no effort to raise it after) and without anyone about enjoy the first night of your honeymoon 'making waves' Wink





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Cheers robin thankyou for that. I dont care much for the champagne. Fizzy cr*p lol. I remember on 1 of your vids you took the sonata out but didnt film it. I thought just my luck lol. Im 6ft 3 and was hoping to see if the bed was big enough headroom wise. Its down to your videos that we are coming up. Keep up the good work.
cheers chris

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As I remember the bed is very wide and long which makes it comfy - the bedding too is of a high quality.

Sorry I did not film anything nor take many photos, it was a last minute booking and was part of a C in C with many Hampton's Owners Club (I believe that is the name)

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Apologies for hijacking the thread but what was the Sonata like to handle single handed?

Simon

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@Bueller:

Though it is small and narrow it is not that easy to moor single handed (there are no side decks) so you have to get off at the stern and sort of 'jump' to the bank at the side.

If there is two of you then one person could hand the ropes to the person on the bank already making life so much easier.

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