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Cynical I may be but, I am willing to bet that profits and land value came before customer satisfaction in their decision to switch bases with possible chaos on change-over days being given hardly a passing thought.
Accountants, not customer service managers run companies.



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I have asked this elsewhere without response. I am sure I read somewhere a while ago that Richardsons were planning a base on the southern rivers, possibly in the Brundall area. Anyone else recall this?


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Nope, I think you ,may have dreamt that Trevor Smile

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we hope that this will be for the 2017 season only we went from there for the first time in April and going again from there in October were very impressed by all the staff and condition of the boats it will be a shame if RICHARDSONS CLOSE IT FOR GOOD. Wehave been going from Stalham for many years and find everything there really good but it will be crowded if Horizon do shut down and certainly THE Ant will be very busy in peak season be  lots of boats queing to get under Ludham bridge .

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We hired a boat from Acle in May and found all the staff very polite and welcoming.
For us it is a 'best position' boatyard as it allowed us to cruise north and cover a logical pattern - Bure to Wroxham, then Ant to Stalham.
We gave the river Thurne a miss owing to the sailing regatta.

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I haven't looked into this thoroughly however I would say it is a business decision as Stalham gradually downsizes due to the sale of older craft more room becomes available. It will be tight adding 50 boats however I suspect several will be sold off and Richardson's have run over 300 boats from Stalham on several occasions. Remember the Acle bankside moorings are owned by the farm not Richardson's. Nonetheless a great shame as Acle was arguably the better yard and ideal for cruising South hopefully some moorings and yard facilities will remain

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Just a thought ....
Could horizon craft yard be a temp respite for private boat owners who currently moor at Richo's private yard at Horning which will be ungoing new mooring work . ?

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I may be wrong here but looking at the plans Ricko's put
in for the replacement cottage at Acle, I would say the
move is just for next year as the building work is
right by the entrance to the yard. You cannot have the
public passing so close to the building work for fear
of an accident. The demolition and rebuild would take
about 9 months or so, in my opinion, so use of the yard
would be a no-no.

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I was told the other day rickos had brought a yard in reedham

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Wish it was the other way around. The Ant is a lovely river but lots of bends and narrow in places. A few less drunken "stag party" hullaballoos racing downriver from Stalham at a weekend would improve matters no end.

Two things strike me though. Firstly, what are Richardsons going to do about their Horizoncraft fleet that have too high an air draft to get under Ludham Bridge? Personally I could enjoy a holiday solely up river on the Ant but suspect most of their hirers want to travel further afield.

Secondly, is this going to affect availability of moorings at Acle Bridge? Don't normally venture into the boatyard itself, it's a bit tight and congested, but the river bank is a popular overnight stopping place, within a short walk of Acle Bridge Inn and within walking distance of the Embrujo Spanish Restaurant in Acle itself (formerly the Hermitage). It's also a handy water refill point. Will the riverside moorings remain or are they going to suffer a similar fate to Thurne Mouth?

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