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Scruggs
Jun-20-2014 @ 9:55 PM                           Permalink
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Our First visit to the Broads in early June this year. Played safe and booked a boat through a major provider.

Great fun despite the weather being a bit below average. Now planning for next June.

Issues I need resolving by experienced forumites. The boat was supposed to have two double beds but for us at over 6ft tall neither were anywhere near big enough. I spent the four nights sleeping on a single bunk whilst my wife slept diagonally across a double.

It was very cold at night and the warm air heating would have drained the battery quite quickly. Is it advisable to pack clothing normally used for camping in Wales during December?

Any advice on boat choice welcome

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Sorry to hear about the beds not being big enough , and i suppose with more tall folks about, it will become a more common complaint. I will say that berth sizes (like some caravans too!) can be  a little cramped, but it might be best to mention this problem to the booking agents when booking your next boat, and they may be able to suggest something a bit roomier.
In regard to warm clothing , its advisable to take a few  wooly jumpers etc., as it is always a few degrees colder near water, even in high summer!
Hope you have a more enjoyable broads experience next time round!

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Thanks for the advice ref warm clothing. We did mention the bed size to the hirer on return and their response was to book a boat where the bed does not butt up against a wall. That way our feet can hang off the end!!

It was good fun all the same, more like a waterborne pub crawl. Definitely looking into going again next June. Don't think we could cope with high season and with the kids off our hands we are free agents.

Bit disappointed with the number of BA no mooring signs on the banks. Also need to improve my mooring skills. Scared

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Jun-21-2014 @ 1:47 PM                           Permalink
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It's quite common that boat builders shave an inch or two off traditional bed sizes to assist with gangways or bulk heads. Most of us barely notice but once you get towards a couple of meters tall it becomes a problem. I can't tell you of boats with "full" size beds off the top of my head  but I have seen such references in brochures down the years.

I think you'll find Barnes' Topliner has a four poster so I guess that's full size.

Any boatyard worth it's salt will know which of their boats have full size beds so perhaps have a word with one or two.

As for clothing then I would always take some lightweight warm weather clothing as is can get chilly by the water. Fleeces are ideal, or modern "base layers", the 21st century equivalent of thermal long johns!



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Re warm clothing, try a motorcycle clothing shop, they have one piece thermals for about £30:00. I wear them all the time unless we get our 2 weeks of hot weather Smile  

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Try a boat with a bed that your feet can hang over the end of!
Herbert Woods do some beauties like that, but unfortunately the price goes up 3 fold!

As for the heating, we were there from the second of June and we were that warm after the first day (Sun tan) that we were sleeping naked (Not a pretty sight!!)


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Scruggs hi,

If you are happy starting out from Brundall on the Southern Broads. Swan Roamer, Swan Rapture and Swan Radiance are real luxury for two.
I often hire these boats and have hired Swan Rapture for a week starting Sept 26 this year.

There is also Swan Reflection 1 & 2 which are slightly smaller but still superb craft.  
These have a real comfortable layout with a full walk around double bed.
I am over 6 ft and sleep very comfortably on these boats.

We always hire a boat out of the main season in April/May and September/October.  We have always found the blow heating fine and have had no issues with flat batteries.

Not only are these boats bath tubs but Swan Roamer, Swan Rapture and Swan Radiance each have a bath in a good size bathroom.

All these boats also have bow thrusters which I find useful  especially as I do a lot of the mooring and leaving moorings on my own.

These boats are very popular so early booking is advised.
You can view them on this link. http://www.swancraft.co.uk/2-4-berths.html
You can book direct with Swancraft by phone which gives you free parking but it still goes through Hoseasons.

Another option is Shimmering Light from Herbert Woods based on the Northern Broads in Potter Heigham.  Not quite as luxurious but that is reflected in the price and still a very comfortable boat.

Hope this helps.


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Alan...
www.mynorfolkbroadsboating.co.uk/


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Thanks for the replies folks. As I am new here my posts are moderated before being shown so the storyline is getting a bit out of step.

We shall look into the various alternatives suggested.

I also now see that this thread would have been better placed in the Hire Boats Q&A section. Ooops

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I'm over 6' tall and we had Tropical Gem from Richardsons.  This boat has a 'poster' bed and I didn't have any problem.  It isn't the most expensive to hire either.  We book directly with the boatyard.  http://www.richardsonsboatingholidays.co.uk/boat/tropical-gem/148/#.U6XczlVdXSs=&tabs=2

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Hi

I'm 6'1" and my wife 5'7",  we have hired some two berth boats which seem to be okay for sleeping.

1. Broadland Saturn from Richardsons. When the two singles are made into a double, it is like a king size bed, so big the sheet we were given didn't cover it all fully. We ended up sleeping from side to side rather than front to back (the boat is listed as being 9'6" wide, so you will have room to spare sideways even when it starts to narrow towards the pointy bit). Liked this boat a lot, the cheapness also helped.

http://the-norfolk-broads.co.uk/bd.cfm?id=252

2. Fair Senator from Faircraft Loynes. Other end of the price range but a beaut of a boat. Has a decent sized double in the front cabin and a free standing settee in the saloon which folds down to another double.

http://the-norfolk-broads.co.uk/bd.cfm?id=1434



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