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bikerinky
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Just had another thought. Last year when I went into Rico's office to pick up Orion, I was told to 'wait there a minute' while we check you're allowed as you are an all male party, I nearly passed out then too

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Another place to try would be Martham Boats.  
Reasonably priced, and absolutely wonderful woodies. (They even have a USB charging socket for powering essential electronic devices!)

A Janet or a Judith might suit your party, and I'm sure they'd be only to happy to accommodate you and your boys.

Hiring from Martham also gives you access to some peaceful waters that you may not have visited so often in hire craft from other yards, so quiet above 'The Bridge' Smile  


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Word has got round, this has appeared on Instagram.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BfVHamdBZu9/

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There's a lot of adverse criticism on Facebook, as well. Many hirers are, understandably. rather annoyed.

"..for the avoidance of any doubt, the broads are not legally a national park and do not come under the national park legislation, and nor will they."
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for DEFRA (Hansard 2015)

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It's hard work being a single parent without being punished for it! I've been there twice due to marriage breakdown.  People still seem to assume that children from single parent families are all badly behaved,mini crime waves on legs! When I tried to book my first holiday on the Broads back in 2009,Blakes wouldn't take bookings from single parent families but Hoseasons left it up to the individual boat yards. Summercraft in Hoveton happily took my booking! Had such a wonderful holiday with my 11 and 13 year olds that I caught the Broads bug! We just had Glitter Girl,their smallest boat.

Love from Pegs

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Hi Peggy

I understand why people are cross but I don't think it Is anything to do with children's behaviour good or bad.
I suspect an insurance company has looked at the risk if a single adult falls overboard  and leaves an expensive boat in the hands of one or two young children and have decided to make the premiums prohibitive for the hire company.

Hence the new policy being introduced.  That at least some seems logical if somewhat harsh.

Have fun

Graham

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Only one thing for it then, you'll have to buy a boat.....
You know you want to!

Dave.
Formerly 'LeoMagill'

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"I suspect an insurance company has looked at the risk..."

Clive Richardson has said, on Facebook, that it is nothing to do with insurance. They are simply following Hoseason's (new?) policy.

"..for the avoidance of any doubt, the broads are not legally a national park and do not come under the national park legislation, and nor will they."
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for DEFRA (Hansard 2015)


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Bikerinky, have you tried Freedom boats at Thorpe St Andrew..
Whoever you try, it may help if you tell them your boys ages. They are not young children and more than able to handle a rope.
Best of luck with your booking
Colin Cheers

P.s. Just had a look at Freedoms site. They have boats available early July from about £500 wk. Hope this is of some help.

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Large companies do not usually change policies without there being a financial driver particularly a policy  which will upset a lot of people.

Graham

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