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G'Day Forumites.

I guess we all have our favorite hire yards, and generally if we have had a good experience we keep going back to the same yard.
In our case, it has been Silverline marine. We have used them since 2011, but now due to my wife's limited mobility we have to look at a boat with a low stern as in the Richardsons RC 45 design (eg Broadsman) or Faircrafts Fair Chancellor (alphacraft 44) or similar.
We hope to be back in 2022, or 2023 depending on coronavirus, and the effectiveness of the various vaccines.

Which really leads to my question (we are favouring Moon Discovery at this point)
With the size of their fleet, how well maintained are their boats? and what makes you keep going back to them?


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Hi and Happy Christmas to you both.    Good to see you are still planning on coming to the Broads.    The difference between Richardsons and Silverline is the scale of the place for a start.   They do , do things on a large scale.   I have always found their boats spotless and thus far have never had any problems with their boats , performance wise.   I know if you do have a problem at any time they will come out to you and sort out whatever promptly.    It has struck me that in recent years their cleaners have come from the Continent and oh boy have they been excellent.   I am wondering with us leaving the EU, would that make a difference.   I hope not because they really do , do a  thorough job of cleaning the boats.   Let us hope everything remains as it has before.    

We have not hired the boats you mention but I am sure at some time you will get a reply to help you further.

As I said Merry Christmas and let us all hope for a much better (can it be worse) New Year.

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G'Day Monica

Thank you for your reply, and Christmas wishes.
leanne and I wish you and your family a Merry Christmas too.

Nice to know a big yard looks after their boats, and for the cleaners, hopefully they have permanent residency in England.

The Norfolk broads are always on my mind, and we would love to be able to come back for another visit

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Gracious from ferry marina also good if you have mobility problems. Also large shower.
I’ve got arthritis in my left knee so can struggle to get of the boat, but this ones fine xx

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Thank you for your suggestion Mamadi

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Dave Downunder

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Giving this boat a quick once over , can I ask , does it have a large fridge and plenty of cupboard space for your food.   I hate it when you arrive and the cupboards in the galley are full of plates and cooking equipment but no room to put any of your tins etc.

Love the layout but and a big but ,  I am in my mid 70s and not that mobile either and the thought of coming down those stairs from uptop is quite frightening for me.    As you have been on this boat and have first hand information I know you will give an honest reply.    

Another and important question from me ,  the loo,  it looks like a loo that you have at home.    On most boats we do a pump out every three days or so,  how did you get on with this one please?

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Sorry for late reply. Yes plenty of storage. The corridor if you look up there is space to put all your cases away.
Led lighting which you can adjust.

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Thank you for helpful reply.    Now the loo,  not a nice subject at all I know , especially first thing on a Sunday morning.  We normally have a pump out every 3 days to be on the safe side.    I do have tum problems.  Would you say as being a bigger boat the system is more than adequate for longer.   I was thinking that as it has a domestic type toilet it may fill up the waste a bit quicker.

Also those darn steps.   Did you feel safe.    Believe me I can trip over anything at the best of times, and that is sober.



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We had Gracious Emblem in October. We couldn’t fault it. There was 4 of us. In answer to your questions, Steps, 2 of us have arthritis  but managed the steps up to the top deck. You can also access the top deck from the side deck via internal steps to the deck and then a single step up to the steering position. From the steering position there is a single step up to the top deck. Storage space. There is ample storage space. There is a full size fridge. The aft cabin has a toilet and sink. The main bathroom is excellent. We had a free pump out at the yard on the Wednesday. Gauges on the dashboard show  levels in each toilet. Everything is 240 Volt, no gas. ( Unlike Graceful Emblem)  The heating system good. Each area has it’s own thermostat for temperature and fan speed. You do not need to run the engine for hot water or heating. There is a switch in the aft cabin for Hot Water  and Hot water plus Heating. Heating doesn’t run off the diesel. The only downside I find with any of the newer type craft is that if you  have mobility problems and moor a low tide sometimes the step  down onto the aft platform can be a bit challenging. Hope this helps.





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Thank you Graham.    I am sure like myself others will find your detailed response very reassuring.  Although I will add a caveat in that I would prefer the second boat you mention Graceful , sorry my memory is terrible.   As I cook from scratch every day , yes even on board I would not like an all electric set up.  Give me reliable gas everyday , you know where you are with the gas.

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