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Feb-14-2007 @ 10:42 AM                           Permalink
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It has been said that you can never go back, things are never the same and all that awaits is disappointment. Our return to the Broads after a period of thirty years proved this not to be the case and that some things in life remain basically the same.

We had taken a number of holidays on the Broads in the sixties and seventies, the first before we had any children. After our two boys were born we continued hiring boats until we decided to buy our own. Living on the Thames it was the obvious place to be, and the next fifteen odd years saw us with three different boats, members of a club, and relations complaining that we were never in but always on the river.

This all came to an end when we moved away. We tried the canals for a couple of years but were not that keen and so the boat was sold and we came ashore as it were.

We had taken to putting ourselves at the mercy of P&O and going on cruises. You don't have to worry about finding a mooring for the night or making sure the galley is well stocked. In 2004 we had a cruise booked for October. Thinking that this was a long time to wait for a holiday we decided to go back to the Broads. Our eldest son was six on our last visit, now married, he and his wife expressed a wish to come with us.

We booked Alpha Sabre from Alpha Craft at Brundall, 42ft long with a 12ft beam and sleeping up to eight. We also booked a rowing dingy to go with it.

We arrived at the boatyard in bright sunshine with a feeling of eager anticipation. In fact that year saw a rather bad summer for weather but we were lucky with the week we had chosen as we saw no rain but mostly clear blue skies. There was a cold breeze at times but nothing to detract from the fact that we were back in Norfolk and about to go afloat again.

The dingy turned out to be a problem. Dealing with the paperwork in the office we were informed that theyn did not have enough of them due to hirers attempts to alter the shape by flattening them while mooring. I pointed out that this dingy had been booked for some months and following consultation with another member of staff it was decided first come first served, so we got our dingy.

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