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andrewleighcook
Aug-30-2009 @ 1:45 PM                           Permalink
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Hi to the Forum Members I have a question to ask you all. I have notice a quite a few New Boats now out on the Norfolk Broads have Electrical Hook ups so why can the older Boats have the same as I do know a few private older Boats have been converted to go on the Hook ups as I think there are called. OK I do know that not many places have Electrical mains for the Hook ups to be done but this would save a lot on the Batteries that are now being used for Electrical appliances such as Electrical Fridges as Gas Fridges are now being replaced for safety reasons and for other Appliances i.e Microwave/ Hoovers/ Hair Dryers and a few other things including Space air heating.I  think this would save a lot on Fuel being used while the Craft is moored up as to keep the Batteries fully charged up. So what do you Forum Members think.
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There is no technical reason why they can't have a 'shore power' connection (electric hook-up) installed.

I guess as far as hire boat companies go, its the cost of the installation, and another safety parameter to be checked.

Also, those outlets on the Broads selling fuel (which includes the hire companies), at inflated prices, get to sell you more fuel, make more money, and a bigger profit.

When asked recently, "why do you inflate the price of the fuel you sell, by such a high amount", one outlet replied "because we can".

Dave

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As I understand it, the (non yard) electric points around the Broads are primarily there to charge Electric boats and therefore promote more "green" boating on the system. They are not being installed for the convenience of present users.
The long term wish is to encourage older diesel / petrol boats to be replaced with non water polluting Electric versions. Especially at the smaller end of the range.

All very noble and all that... but I can think of at least 3 problems.
1. It will be very many years before all the fossil fuel boats have reached the end of their lives and no new ones are being built.
2. There are nowhere near enough electric points available waterside to be viable.
3. Unless all except electric boats are banned from mooring adjacent to the electric points, they will not take off in the first place.
Imagine the reaction an electric boat user would get if they tried to remove an already moored boat so that they could get an overnight charge, especially at peak times! Possibly even worse than an anglers reaction when you politely ask him to allow you to access the mooring that he is fishing...

For Electric boats to make a significant move onto the Broads everything has to be put in their favour. ie; A large number of exclusive moorings with electric points, completely subsidised tolls (with the rest of us picking up the tab) and some well designed boats.








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"Imagine the reaction an electric boat user would get if they tried to remove an already moored boat so that they could get an overnight charge, especially at peak times! "

It's bad enough trying to moor at the official 'msting' point at Potter and elsewhere to raise/lower your mast.
I was roundly abused recently when I moored alongside one such (hire) craft in just such circumstances  Mad

You can say what you want about Norfolk, but I never did hear of anybody wanting to retire to London!

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i have electric hook up on my boat,and when i was moored in cambridgeshire had 240v on my mooring, its the only thing i miss, leaving the fridge on, hoovering, wifes hairdryer, and a full range of powertools to work on the boat, ahh the good old days (just over a week ago )
forgot to mention, i hated the great ouse, it just wasn't the norfolk broads  Playful

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