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Just got back from 11 wonderful nights on the Broads, and the one thing that struck me was just how immaculate the Summercraft boats looked. Every time one passed us on the river it looked as if it was new this year. Spoke to a few hirers who all commented on what an excellent yard they are.

Anyone else got any comments?

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we hire from brian and sue and they really are good at what they do. i would wager anyone to find a better presented boat then theirs.You do pay a bit more for their boats, but you only get what you pay for. i did notice a few weeks ago that some of royalls boats are starting to look their age. we have sat at the yard and watched them totally wash a boat down in soap suds before it went out. never seen this before at any yard,thing was it didn't look dirty to start with.

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Dennismate, so glad Summercraft are getting some recognition. We've never hired from them but we've commented this year several times as to how well presented their boats are. I have never seen a Summercraft vessel looking anything but immaculate. Credit is due to the yard for preparing them so well...and to the hirers for keeping them that way.

Summercraft would most definitely be on our list if we were to hire again.

John

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Jul-15-2006 @ 10:23 PM                           Permalink
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Thourghly agree with you I have hired from them on a regular basis for over thirty years excellent craft and the best kept boatyard on the broads,on one occasion they even arranged for my car to be repaired whilst I was on the river including taking and bringing it back from the garage in Norwich,not many would go that far for their customers

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Hi all,

Summercraft may be very good however they are not perfect.
I hired Goya Girl with my parents back in 1993 and yes the boat was spotless however they sent us out with a faulty domestic water pump. We pointed out that the motor continued even when all the taps were switched tightly of, his response was don't worry about it and promptly switched it off. I know in hindsight we should have made more of a fuss at the time instead we we switched the pump off everytime we used it! Inevitably the motor finally went after three days and we lost half a day whilst it was replaced. Personally I would rather lose a couple of hours at the start of my hols than lose time during.

To conclude I am sure this was a one off minor incident handled by a staff member who probably  doesn't work there any more however just thought I would point out they do like all us make some mistakes.

Neil

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We have just had a wonderful week on Gainsborough Girl from Summercraft and I have to say how immaculate she was turned out.  Like the first poster we too commented on how the Summercraft fleet looked to be in nearly new even though I knew that ours was 7 years old.

The hand over was good too.  I'd not been for a few years so I asked to be treated as a first timer.  Their staff mamber was very professional without making me look even more of a novice than I was and had some good banter with us.

To cap it all when I mentioned to Sue that she's said she would try and provide some cushions for the deck seating she promptly dispatched Brian to get them off their personal garden loungers.

Excellent service.  10 our of 10 from me!

Stewart

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Morning Stewert mate,welcome to the site. Smile
any piccies to share with us please.

roya

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Just returned from a wonderful week on Gardenia Girl (have posted details on holiday tales)  Just wanted to add my comments on this thread.  I have hired in the past from Moores who I think are a really good yard and only hired from Summercraft because the Moores boat I wanted wasn't available.  Well that was my good luck because the Summercraft boat and yard were even better.  I will definately use this yard in the future and would highly recommend them to anyone.

Jess

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Same as sadly had to leave Glamour Girl on Friday after 11 glorious nights, the boat was immaculate (felt very guilty getting bream slim on the boat)although when you receive such a clean boat you make the extra effort to clean it and keep it clean, and with such a good finish on the paint work this is easier and a pleasure, as for the boat yard all the people there were great and very helpful will definitely use Summercraft again. 10 out 10 for me



Kindest Regards Lynn & Gilly

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Like Lynne & Gilly we have just had the week after them on Glamour Girl.Our first time on the broads. I had been on canals previously but not my wife and two children.
The boat was spotless when we took over on the Friday. Very comfortable with plenty of storage space. For a 38 footer, you could turn it on a sixpence. The raised rear steering position was excellent too for viewing in front and behind ( for those impatient cruisers who feel 5/6mph is too slow and always want to overtake you on a narrow bend).
The fuel comsumption was very good using about £20 worth of diesel for the week. We were off exploring at 8am every morning until around 3pm at the earliest.
We were kindly shown around some boats at two other yards. One of them being Herbert Woods.The boats were also clean here but did not have the little touches of homeleness that made you feel cosy.Herbert Woods staff were very helpful though and went out of their way to talk to us and show us round.
The funny thing is, for the last four months I have been boring the wife and kids about boating, but by the end of the week they didn't want leave the boat.I will be booking with Summercraft next year but this time it will be for two weeks.


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