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Apr-05-2014 @ 1:42 AM                           Permalink
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Hi all,
Does anyone have any knowledge of the (Richardsons) Broads Harmony (I believe this may be nearly identical to the Brinks Harmony, and maybe a few more...?)
We are a group of four adults and two children (first trip to the Broads in July). One of our party has mobility issues - nothing that requires a wheelchair, but steps higher than about 6 inches could be very problematic.
The few pictures I have managed to find of the back of the Harmony suggest that the three graduated levels at the stern may well be do-able, but I am unable to find any information on how high these steps actually are.
Also, does this type of stern enable easy access with both stern-on moorings and side-on moorings? We will be taking along some kind of folding step and/or 'plank' to assist with low tides if this is recommended.
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Apr-05-2014 @ 7:13 AM                           Permalink
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Hi Caroline and family. Welcome to the forum .
The craft 'Broads Harmony' is an alphacraft 44

here is the link to alphacraft who make the mould , some good photos. Hope this helps


Steve & Maggie.

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Apr-05-2014 @ 7:54 AM                           Permalink
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Caroline hi and welcome,

With regards to mobility depending on the levels of water/tides the difference between the bank and boat level could be significantly more than 6".  Bare in mind that the level could change significantly from when you get off the boat to when you get on.  Some areas there is very little change but others are quite dramatic.  
If you follow this link it will take you to a page on my web site detailing river levels rise and fall so you may chose an area more suitable.  When you get to the page scroll down to "Norfolk Broads River Levels".
My wife is less agile than she was and I have invested in a caravan step which I'm hoping we will be able to make use of on firm ground.  Not tried it before but hopefully it will come In handy.

Have a great holiday.

Kind Regards

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