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Polly333
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I am hoping to take hubby on a Norfolk Broads Holiday in July for a week as a surprise. We are both getting on and although we have been before some years ago, I am looking to hire a boat for just 2 and our dog which is suitable and on the level and is not expensive
( always hard up as we are pensioner's and on limited income)Does anyone have any idea where I should look for a nice modern-ish comfortable boat which I could book? I know the Broads are more expensive now a days, but I am looking for a bargain!  I would love anyones help..Thank you Smile  P.s. Is the Southern Broads easier to find moorings..I have been told its very busy!

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Hi Polly,

I am sure your husband will be delighted to receive a
week on the Broads as a surprise gift.

You have not said when in July you want the holiday so
I cannot check availability but the boats below are the
ones I would suggest. They are all fairly modern,
single level throughout and not at the top most level
of pricing. Just as a note, I would suggest avoiding
the Southern Broads this time. Yes, they are quieter
and therefore easier to moor but here you will find
faster tides making it difficult to control a boat if
you are not that experienced and though the scenery is
great, you will be cruising longer between stops as the
villages are more spaced apart. That is my opinion
anyway!

Gala Girl - Summercraft at Wroxham
Tay Bridge - Bridgcraft at Acle
Coral Horizon - Horizoncraft at Acle
Star Gem - Richardsons in Stalham
San Domingo - Richardsons in Stalham

The easiest way to check availability and get a
description of each boat is to click on the Hoseasons
banner above, click the "boats" tab at the top then
input the name of each boat in the "accommodation look
up" box on the left hand side of the screen.

Hope this helps.

Regards
David



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Nice little Hampton safari at maycraft potter heigham ideal for 2 and dog easy to handle on one level and very reasonable to hire nice boat

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Polly hi,

I see that budget is a priority.  July is one of the most expensive times of the year to hire a boat.  I normally hire late April early May and late season at the end of September when prices are drastically lower and river less busy so moorings are much easier to find.

As we know going peak season has no guarantee of fine weather and I have had some good weather early and late season.  That’s the beauty of being retired; you can go whenever you choose.

When hiring a boat I always chose one with a walk around bed or 2 singles so that should you need to get up you don’t have to scramble over you other half.

Have a great holiday Cheers

Kind Regards
Alan...
www.mynorfolkbroadsboating.co.uk/

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Can only suggest and recommend pacific
cruisers based in Loddon.

www.pacificcruisers.co.uk

Great value for money. Outstanding
service modern fleet of boats, heartily
recommended.

Would personally look at pacific diamond
or pacific dawn. Both lovely boats.

Quick call or email and Fiona will help
you out. Check out the hire boat review
on here.

Goodluck



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Hi Polly and welcome to the forum.

As you say you are pensioners I would suggest sticking to the Northern Broads for hiring and cruising for a week speed of flow and rise and fall are much more user friendly and have a much wider choice of hire fleets and moorings.

As has been suggested choosing your week can have a big influence on cost, outside of peak periods if you stop at a reasonable time finding a  mooring is not to much of a problem apart from the couple of small popular moorings like Horning also stopping mid afternoon gives you a chance to have a wander around and enjoy various places and have a chat with fellow boaters etc.

Hope this helps and enjoy your holiday.

           Brian

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Hi Polly I would advise you avoid when children are of school John

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Hi Polly,
We had Sapphire from Richardsons last year, two double cabins and two heads so lots of room for two, dogs welcome.  Very easy to drive and economical too.

Bit basic but good value.

Doug.

Now I know what Trigger meant
about his Broom !

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   had ambergem for a few times as well as goldgem one level ok for dogs and those getting on a bit me 60+ we tend to make up bed in saloon, watch tv drink while in bed.
               John & Di

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Hi Polly,
We have booked one of the boats which are termed BATHTUBS, which get the name from their shape. They may not look as imposing as some of the sleek cruisers, but for the older generation, are more practical. They are all on one level and very spacious with front steering position, which is fully under cover, so if it's a wet day, you don't have to mess about putting up an awning. And if the sun does come out, you can slide the front half of the roof back for better views and get the fresh air.
They are not expensive to hire and are available for 2 people or some that can accommodate 3 or 4.

We have chosen one of the Star Gem boats from Richardson's at Stalham in mid April when hire rates are a bit cheaper.  Smile

Regards, Geoff & Wendy


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