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jennih
Dec-27-2016 @ 3:12 PM                           Permalink
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Hi..
We would like to try our first boating holiday next year on the Norfolk Broad and I really don't know where to start when it comes to booking as we know nothing about it!! We are a family of 6, 2 adults, 14, 9 and 5 year old plus our dog.

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Hi Jennih, welcome to the forum. I'm sure you will get lots of advice as to the best company's to hire from. The northern broads are much busier than the southern so it depends what you want. Boat hire varies from absolute luxury, at high cost, to more than adequate at reasonable prices. Your main concern will be if the hire company will allow your dog on the boat of your choice. Don't worry, there are many boats for hire that are dog friendly. Do be aware that if the broads bug bites you will have no choice but to come back every year or if really unlucky, end up moving here like we did. Smile
Wishing you a great holiday.

Colin.
P.S. Came for a few months break still here 16 years later and staying

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Dec-27-2016 @ 7:49 PM                           Permalink
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I'm a little surprised that none of our members who a regular hirers have replied with recommendations. That said, it does go a bit quiet on the forum over Christmas.

We all started in your position at some time, though when I did there was no such thing as the internet to help.

If you Google 'broads hire boats' it will turn up links to all the major hirers on the Broads. Have a look at their websites and the styles of boats available and that will give you a good starting point.

When you see something you fancy, you may find reviews for the boat of your choice on the forum, or ask the question, someone is sure to have hired it and will give you all the info you need.

Steve. CM1 and NR12

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There is a whole lot of good information at the bottom of this page.The tide table is spot on as you can printout just the days you require there is a boat list the one poor show is the Pub List which we are not keeping up to date (hint hint) As has been said there are all sorts of boats many now with excellent graphics so you can see what you will get.

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Hi and welcome

My suggestion is to read the first time guide which is reproduced in the download section at the bottom of the main page.

It is a light hearted look at things to look out for and is well worth a read. It dispels a few myths about how hard it is and also makes some good points about how to interprete the descriptions found in the hire companies brochures.

In particular bear in mind that boat berths do not often equate to the size of real people particularly on what constitutes a double.

Have fun

Graham

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Dec-28-2016 @ 11:30 AM                           Permalink
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One small bit of advice: Whatever boat you hire make sure it is two berths larger than your party, that way you won't feel cramped. Best of luck,have a great holiday and welcome to the Broads.      Cheers


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I fully agree with Alan regarding number of berths. If you hire a four plus two berth for example you will find that the 'plus two' means converting a dinette into a double berth....do you need such hassle when you are on holiday.I have never in 50 years of Broads hiring encountered a bad boatyard.I can give good marks to Silverline Marine,Summercraft,Bridgecraft,Richardsons,Maffet Cruisers,Pacific Cruisers,and others that I have patronised in the last 10 years or so.Do not be afraid to accept assistance when mooring etc,most boaters are friendly and helpful although caution must be exercised when getting on and off the boat particularly in wet conditions.Relax and take it easy and you will find Broads boating a rewarding experience.The downside to this is that you will become addicted and it is likely that your offspring will also become infected.There is no known cure.
             Happy New Year,Brian.

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