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FredDrift

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  6. Isn’t it the case that the Broads boat hire companies collectively fund bridge pilots at Potter Heigham & Wroxham and that no hire boats should pass under either bridge without the services of the pilot? You’d imagine damage occasioned by hirers hitting these bridges is outside of any insurance provided by the hire companies.
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  8. You cerainly didn’t offend me MrsM... I suspect a case of mistaken identity between me (happynomad) and the similary named @The Happy Nomad.
  9. Our first ever narrowboat holiday was on Taw Valley out of Springwood Haven. If I remember correctly it was a 48/49 ft semi trad and we were surprised at just how smart and well appointed it was. We enjoyed the boat and our holiday enormously but for reasons quite unknown, and despite quite a number of years of three or four hires per year, we never hired from Valley again. These days, I think hire company’s are pricing themselves out the holiday market. Hopefully the staff of Valley will get some sort of pay / redundancy settlement and go on to find new employment opportunities.
  10. My first bike came from (and was branded) Curry's which started as a bike shop but of course, have long since stopped them. How I loved that bike. It got stolen and was never recovered although I think the old man sold it for beer money ?
  11. My vey first boating holiday was from Braunston in the sixties - grandparents took me and my brother for a week to get us out the way for the birth of third brother. It was on an outboard motor powered camping boat named Bluebird I / II / III or IV - (can't remember which now but there was a number of them available for hire and probably Blue Line too. We got as far as Banbury - working the locks and lift bridges, lock keepers in all of the lock keepers cottages, working boats (looked very very big compared to our little punt shaped camping boat. Probably twenty feet long with square bow and stern and very small foredeck on which two coal scuttle shaped tall water containers stood. To divid the boat into two 'bedrooms' a canvas divider was hung from the roof frame. I used to have an image of one of these boat - different owner and paint scheme though. My brother and I and I absolutely loved it.
  12. I'm sure Clifton Cruisers used to hire out 'static' narrowboats - floating holiday cottage holidays type of thing at their base on the North Oxford canal. That they don't appear to do so now may suggest that there isn't a real market for it. If you look look at the current per week hire price of a narrowboat, hiring one to go nowhere makes little sense compared to hiring a cottage. The cost of operating a boat for hire, whether static or cruising is probably not going to be hugely different.
  13. Having hired many boats, I don't recall one with a life ring on the roof but in every instance, life jackets were available if required.
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