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Well yet again brinks new boat 'rhapsody' has been delayed, and its exact delivery date is now unsure, and 'alternative' boats are being put on reserve for anyone with an early booking on board her, like ourselves, who are due out in 2weeks time.
brinks confirmed this morning that 2 of these boats had been ordered, with an original delivery date of the first week in january.
on booking at begining of feb, we were told the new boat would be in the water for the end of the month, but not sure why these delays are occuring, but now know she will not be due to arrive at the earliest till 2 days before her first booking, at the end of march.
brinks will not take any further money from us now till they know when she will arrive for certain.
will keep you all posted on progress of this broads prototype boat. Smile

Julia, from The Hilly Side!

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I walked the yard on Sunday Julia and there was no sign of Rhapsody. I looked particularly to take some pictures. I was shocked at the air draft of Prelude but as one of our crew is 6' 7" then I'm sure he'll be pleased with the increased headroom!

Looks like they are almost fully booked for Easter. I wanted to switch to a Melody or similar but no chance.  Indifferent

Trying to make ends meet, you’re a slave to money, then you die.(Bitter Sweet Symphony The Verve 1997) Mark

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hi mark, yes prelude sure is a tall boat!
the bit that some people struggle with is the height/drop of her sides for boarding and mooring purposes, definately no skirts for the ladies on board this boat!
maybe a step of some kind would be useful?
an upturned beer crate on a length of rope for retrieval purposes?.. seen that one done before a few times!

Julia, from The Hilly Side!

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Julia, I hope you are not suggesting Mark would be so reprobate as to have crates of beer on board Milk crates surely, or is this site turning too dark for comfort  Evil Grin

'You may only be going from Loddon to Reedham Ferry but I still don't think that the power lead you have connected will be long enough' Bill...

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Oh dear uncle Bill! its obvious you dont do the food shop in your house or you would see that milk now comes in plastic containers, which no longer need a crate as much as a large trolley to handle them between the dairy and shop, and milk bottles belong in the relms of your book along with doorstep deliveries! Evil Grin
the good thing about the plastic containers though is that they can easily be nibbled, and so the coypus have a modernised drinking system too,
'The coypus self service milk bar'! Playful Wink

Julia, from The Hilly Side!

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Carrier bags full of Woodfordes won't offer stepping aid! But a few previous might help us fly aboard!

Trying to make ends meet, you’re a slave to money, then you die.(Bitter Sweet Symphony The Verve 1997) Mark

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mmm maybe in a previous life prelude was an aircraft carrier, so hopefully they left the landing strip on deck for you!
just imagine if you were a small bloke of about 5'4, and you turned up with a dollybird short skirted mrs and young kids to take prelude out,
think there would be a few bruised male bits from pole vaulting aboard using the boat hook during the week! Blush  Evil Grin
after a couple of days afloat, all  evenings would be spent swinging on the mud weight in a broad, having given up trying to moor at any quayside, and having laid down the vaulting tackle due to an aquired legs apart painfull walk!  Scared
maybe brinks may do a refit one day with steps down the hull side, similar to the cruise ships.


Julia, from The Hilly Side! Smile

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The Prelude always reminds me of the nautical equivalent of a Volvo 240,built like a tank. Dont like the sound of that boat hook though, its enough to make your eyes water.
Ian

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Boarding boats like Prelude is a bit of an art.. In later designs Broom cleverly introduced a sculpted engine vent in the topside which doubles up as a boarding step... Not seen one on a hire boat though.

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The plastic bottles to our local store come in plastic crates but then they do not stock in the same quanity as a superstore Frown

'You may only be going from Loddon to Reedham Ferry but I still don't think that the power lead you have connected will be long enough' Bill...


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