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Chriskarl22
Nov-22-2015 @ 11:36 PM                           Permalink
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Hi, I've been to the broads numerous times over the past 5 or 6 years but nearly always in season. It occurred to me and my partner that it would be nice to spend new year on a boat as a second holiday as out of season it is usually quite cheap. Unfortunately I cannot find any small boats for hire only those for 6-10 people. A few years ago out of season we hired a small 4 person boat for £50 per night from Ludham Bridge which was very reasonable but they do not appear to hire anymore. Does anyone know where I could hire a small boat from the 28/12/15 to the 01/01/16 as most big yards seem to close over winter. Any help will be greatly appreciated. Thankyou

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You could try Freedom Boats by clicking Here Cheers


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Alan...
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Nov-23-2015 @ 10:34 AM                           Permalink
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Hi there, NBD (norfolk broads direct) defiantly hire over xmas and new year, i think you may struggle to find any alternatives other than a cottage or lodge riverside. We looked into possibilities, even having an amazing relationship with our usual yard drew a blank so ended up booking with NBD not cheap but an amazing experience.

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Nov-23-2015 @ 9:19 PM                           Permalink
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Thankyou for the responses, I shall look into both yards. Such a shame more yards are not open all year I much prefer the broads when they are quiet, Im even fond of the cold somewhat but maybe I am just strange.

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Nov-23-2015 @ 9:38 PM                           Permalink
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Hi  good luck with your search.

A factor worth bearing in mind is that we have had a few very mild winters recently and to some extent have been lulled into forgetting what winter can be like.

Up until quite recently more hire yards sent boats out throughout the year but a series of bad years caused s major rethink.

Floods mean boats can't move, ice means boats can't move both  creating disgruntled customers. Both are also dangerous conditions which means a hike in the hire yard insurance premiums , not to mention water systems bursting and engines seizing both requiring call out in unfavourable conditions.

Finally river heights alter which means many boats got stuck the wrong side of bridges they would normally get through with ease.

I am pretty certain the yacht stations and the bridge pilots also shut down for the winter but I might be imagining that.

The yards would also have to stay staffed  open to allow the reciprocal mooring arrangement to operate when the chances are very few boats are actually on the water.

Like you I enjoy the winter months  but I wouldn't fancy spending my whole week in minus five conditions and not being able to move .

Have fun

Graham

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The Met Office are also forecasting a severe winter, maybe the worse for several years with temperatures down to - possibly - minus 15oC.
It's all down to a dramatic increase in the effects of El Niño.

DaveHR

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Ok thankyou for the insight,  looks like ill have to wait untill spring.  

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" The Met Office are also forecasting a severe winter, maybe the worse for several years with temperatures down to - possibly - minus 15oC.
It's all down to a dramatic increase in the effects of El Niño. "

Given their past record in longer term forecasts (non appearing BBQ summers and the like) I would not base my decision on the Met Office rune reading.


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Me neither. I'm sure Faircraft Loynes would hire to you. Why not ring them and have a chat about it. You've nothing to lose.

HB

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