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Hi

As per the title can anyone name forward drive hire cruisers where not only the driver, but also passengers can see out whilst sitting comfortably. We hired Swan Reflection in May and it is a loveley boat but passengers cannot see out when sitting in the saloon. I would like to find a single level boat where the view is as good for passengers as for the driver.

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I was about to suggest Amber Gem, as the Bounty bathtubs have very deep cabin windows and have, IMO, the best view out. But then I noticed that it has fixed seating down the starboard side, which means the passengers are looking across the boat, have to screw their necks round to look forward, and get up and turn round to get a view to starboard. Grrrr!

My Bounty 30 utilises folding lounger-style seats that can be moved around the cabin, which are comfortable and passengers can set them facing forward, so they can get a view to the front and both sides. I wouldn't have fixed seating if it was offered for free.

Maybe someone can come up with a particular boat that meets your criteria, but I suggest you look for Bounty bathtubs (or Hampton Safaris, if you can put up with less space and more noise in the cabin) then look at the seating configuration.

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Was there a hire yard back in the 90's that offered "bathtubs" with living room lounge furniture (a la 3-piece suite)?

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Herbert Woods Pearl of Light is an Alpha 32 and has deep side windows and L shaped seating, so at least one passenger can sit facing forward.

https://www.herbertwoods.co.uk/book/pearl-of-light/

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Hi Yorkie the Aquafibre Diamond 35 should fit the bill, several yards have them including Barnes, Summmercraft and Bridgecraft, a quick look on Craigs daterbase will identify the others.

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Thanks for the suggestions.

The Alpha 32 does seem to have deeper windows than most so will check them out.

The Aquafibre 35's are not all one level so probably won't fit the bill for us.

The seating arrangements are not particularly my concern at the moment - a good sideways view would be better than no view at all and loose chairs can be too low as in Humber Bridge that we hired 2 years ago and provided no view out.

I am probably looking for something that is not available but surely the height of seating should be suitable for the windows, after all it is the views that we like about cruising the Broads.



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We got around this restriction by purchasing a high folding barstool such as this one in Argos. Obviously only any good if you are coming by car.
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Bridgecraft at Acle have got a couple of bathtubs that may suit your requirements.

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Hi Yorkie

As you have identified Aquafibre Diamond boats are not on one level.  We have hired this design from Pacific Cruisers, boat name Pacific Diamond, although a fantastic boat the view out front is very restricted as the "dashboard" is quite high.

We own an Alphacraft 34 and can confirm the view out from the saloon is very good.  The boat is all on one level, very comfortable for a couple and spacious enough for two couples as there are two cabins and bathrooms on the original design.

You'll find many hire boats of this particular model, have a look here

http://www.broads.org.uk/wiki2018/index.php?title=Style_Details&style=Alph34FC

I'd suggest you approach this by choosing your yard first and then calling them with your requirements.  You can always come back and ask whether the recommendation is suitable

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Hi. We hired Classic Gem (can't recall if it was 1 or 2, but it had no rear entry and a side door) which was equipped with large easy chairs in the saloon and the forward visibility for passengers was very good.
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