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RichardLee
Mar-09-2014 @ 9:32 PM                           Permalink
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We have booked Silver Emblem for a week at the start of May - holidayed on The Broads many times but not since 2010 - 2 questions…….

1 - Silver Emblem, does anyone have any feedback having been on it before?
2 - Has anything changed much in the last 4 years that I could do with knowing? (We will be staying up the North, so only need to know re any changes there!)

Thanks in advance for any advice - can't wait…….

RJL

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Richard hi,

Ive not hired Silver Emblem but I did go on board to have a look around last September.  I'm sure you won't be disapointed superb inside and out.

I'm unaware of any major changes still as nice as ever.  I know that in the Ferry Inn at Horning the games room has been changed into a restaurant.

Me and the Missus will be on Quartz Emblem from April 25th for a week.

Have a good one.

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Alan...
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Richard...

I can confirm that Silver Emblem is a cracking boat.

We have hired her twice before and she is pretty much perfect for a couple, although there is enough room to take advantage of the extra convertible berth in the saloon. I found that steering from the outside position offered a much better view, especially when manoeuvring in tight spaces, although the presence of the bow thruster makes light work of such situations. The view from the interior helm is fine when cruising on the wider rivers, but a bit restrictive on rivers such as the Chet and Ant.

We are back on Silver Emblem this year and will be out at the end of May. We hired Moon Discovery last year and took our nephew and his girlfriend. We were the first to hire this brand new boat for 2013 (and the yard staff said it had cost 260k.)Although a better, larger boat than Silver Emblem, S E compared very favourably with Moon Discover in terms of comfort. And at less than half the price. Just watch out if you plan any trips under the lower of the bridges as the height is either 8'6" or 8'4" - I can't remember which. We were spoilt on M D last year as that is 6'9" with the roof slid back!

SE is a great boat though and for us the only slight drawback is it won't go under Beccles Old Bridge. But we can live with that!

You'll definitely enjoy it, I can guarantee that! If you want any specific details just PM me.

Buy a secondhand boat and cast off in someone else's cast off...

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Mar-22-2014 @ 9:36 PM                           Permalink
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8'6" will go under beccles at a low tide.. its 11 odd at low water... Just check theres no rain due before going under though.

We do not need a bigger boat...

Regards, Alan

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Beccles Bridge is about 6ft 6" at high water and there is around a 2ft tidal range there. Pretty sure that 11ft at low water is incorrect.

Which is what makes 8ft 6" headroom a bit tight on Silver Emblem!

Buy a secondhand boat and cast off in someone else's cast off...

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It was a good 9ft6" at Low water early last October, but it was a very low tide indeed then.

Iain.

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Yes, I've seen the level there well above 8'6", although last time on the Broads, you'd have stood no chance getting Silver Emblem under the bridge as it was around 8' at LW. But, even when the height available is suitable,there is clearly a risk of getting stuck upstream of the bridge.

This would p off my other half, so we've only been under thus far in a bath tub.
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For those reading this thread and can get below Old Beccles Bridge, but have never done so...please do, its a lovely streach of river, especially coming back towards Beccles. Smile

Iain.

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Hi Iain - is that the same stretch of water as going upstream just after the bridge? Smile

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Am I likely to have any problems getting through Ludham to go up the Ant?

RJL

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