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Once again, we returned to Summercraft on Saturday 24th for a week cruising around on one of their Gala Girl boats. This time though we were armed with a 3 months old baby, so it was going to be a new experience for us.

Not a brilliant weather forecast but that didn't bother us - someone said to me on this forum that the Broads is the best place in the world when it's sunny, and the second best when it's raining. Bring it on!

We went up with the in-law's; they had a holiday cottage in the Summercraft yard with a launch. We picked up the boat at around 2pm and as always it was very nicely turned out. Very clean, inside and out. I'll put a boat review up shortly and a link to it from here.

We stayed in and around Wroxham that day, did the customary food shop at Roy's and spent some time with the mother-in-law which was nice for her as she spent time with my daughter.

Overnighted in the boat yard but set off early on Sunday, hoping to moor somewhere on the River Ant that night. It was a lovely day and a cracking afternoon, although it was pretty busy - a lot of single sex parties that all seemed to be on hire craft from Brinks. But, in the main everyone was happy go lucky, just as it should be on the Broads!

I absolutely love the Ant, and along with the stretch from Wroxham to Coltishall, the journey up through Irstead and out to Barton Broad is probably my favourite. We cruised for quite a while, the sliding roof open, beer in the fridge and a well behaved baby! We moored up at How Hill that night, very pleasant indeed.

The following day was another busy one; we cruised up to Sutton Staithe, got a spot right near the water point so decided to fill up there. It was relatively quiet at the mid morning point of arrival, so we relaxed and enjoyed the sunshine. Another hire boat came in shortly after so I moved us along so they could get to the water point, and helped them with their ropes. That's what I love about the Broads; helping your fellow man!

We then spun around and headed for Neatishead; Charlotte (my better half) hadn't seen it before and she loved how beautiful it was in the sunshine. A bit of manoeuvering down the staithe where one lady leant over her boat and said "you've been practicing by the looks of it!"...which gave me an ego boost but just led to Charlotte shaking her head and telling me I was just plain lucky! Charming.

A trip to the newly refurbished White Horse for a burger was a lunchtime well spent; lovely beer and food. Back to the boat where we relaxed and overnighted.

Tuesday saw us cruising around some more, this time we went down to Stokesby and met the in-laws at The Ferry Inn. Nice food, nice people. By this time, my sister and brother-in-law had turned up, they were camping near Salhouse Broad. An enjoyable lunch and a cruise up to Womack Water where I fully expected the staithe to be full...and it was! Luckily a nice spot on the island was free so we overnighted there. Very nice indeed.

The next day, we went back to Barton Turf for water and to meet Charlotte's sister and brother-in-law. This is where I need to make a public apology!

We moored up for water, no problems. A private boat did the same, and then moored up opposite us on the Staithe (I forget the boat's name). They left me plenty of room, but when I cast off I tried to do it on my own and the bow got away from me and I completely messed up a very simple manoeuver! I gently nudged his fenders and I want to say now that if by some miracle you are reading this, I whole heartedly apologise for my poor boat handling skills that day! Certainly not indicative and it was a schoolboy error. Obviously someone needs more practice!

Obviously no physical damage done but certainly my pride took a hit so I am sorry to whoever you are.

Anyway, a nice little jaunt up to Wayford Bridge followed, and I was hoping to get under it - was a little to tight so decided against it. Back we went down the Ant and moored at How Hill for a cuppa before going back to Barton Turf to drop them off at their car (they did have life jackets on board).

It was Charlotte's Mum's birthday on the Thursday so that night we moored up at Ranworth and made the trip back to Wroxham to spend the day with her. Went down to Salhouse for a nice packed lunch and then overnighted back in Wroxham. The Friday was nice and sunny again so we all headed down to Ranworth Island for a picnic, it was a family affair and there were 4 Summercraft boats there including ours and the launch.

Saturday the boat was returned and it rounded off a brilliant week. Poppy (my daughter) slept like a log on the boat, and I am itching to get back as soon as I can.

Highly recommend Summercraft as always, the boats are very well maintainted and very well presented. Plus the service from Sue and the team is great!

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Enjoyed your write up, just over a week to go before we are down for our annual visit.

Cheers

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Nice story Tom
I must agree with you about Summer Craft an excellant boat yard. We have hired one of the Gala Girls and could not fault it or the yard.
Reading your blog has really unsettled me as now i am very impatient to head south from Inverness next Friday for our two weeks on Limelight 2 from HW at Potter.
Regards Kev

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Jun-06-2014 @ 9:29 AM                           Permalink
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Cheers Kev

We use Summercraft most years, I once used Brinks and they were poor in comparison.

Nice profile pic BTW, what a bit of kit. Sad day when it retired; I saw one of the last VC-10 flights out of Brize last year, another icon.

Anyway, enjoy your next trip down!

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Summercraft get some really good press and deservedly so. Their boats always look the business.

John

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We are out on Gala Girl II shortly.  Been hiring from Summercraft for many years and have never been disappointed.

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Bryan, we were on Gala II and really enjoyed it. She has the winch for the mud weight but we never used it. Only thing I would say is that against the wind and tide, it was a push to get her up to 5mph (where permitted of course!) but, the engine was tip top and sounded smooth when given a few revs.

Easy to handle I found (with the exception of a couple of driver errors!) and the helms position is comfortable.

Will do a boat review in a bit actually. We would hire again if it was just the two of us, but now we have my daughter we may well go for something larger next time.

Couldn't get under Wroxham bridge on the day we wanted to though, the pilot said he could get it through at 6'6" but she is 6'9". Just a shame for that particular day where rainfall and spring tides were against us!



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Hi Tom

We do usually have Gala II and never had a problem with the power
availability but normally we don't do more than 4mph anyway.  The only
thing I do find is that in reverse she does pull to starboard no matter
where the rudder is pointing.  In April we had Gardenia II (6ft 10in air
draft) out and she is a lovely boat for 2, 3 or 4 but no powered winch and
she does actually handle better than Gala.

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