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I requested both the Hoseasons and Blakes brochures recently. I received 2 copies of the Hoseasons "collector's edition" brochure. It's noticeable that there is no mention of Blakes on the front cover or even a referral within the pages. The Blakes site still offers 2014 bookings - as it has for some months - but does not look to have been updated recently. I wonder if this is the sad end of "Blakes" as an entity of the Norfolk Broads.

Also it is puzzling to see Hoseasons almost encouraging you to get hold of a "collector's edition" brochure in today's on-line world.

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Two points, one being that people do seriously collect Hoseasons brochures, mad but true, only got to see e-bay.

Secondly it's long been on the cards that Hoseasons would eventually absorb Blakes and that the identities would merge, perhaps now is as good a time as any. Apart from the sentiment of a few I can't see any reason to maintain the Blakes identity.

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"It's noticeable that there is no mention of Blakes
on the front cover or even a referral within the pages."

There is a mention near the bottom of the page on the inside
of the cover. Small, but it's there!

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Two points, one being that people do seriously collect Hoseasons brochures, mad but true, only got to see e-bay

People collect Broads brochures for a variety of reasons: some want a particular year to remind them of the boat they hired; one guy I met had a boatyard in the 70s to 80s and hadn't kept a copy; most though see them as a history book, a record of the different styles of boats built and those boats' journey through their working life moving from boatyard to boatyard.

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Roy, I stand corrected! My apologies to all the sane collectors out there.

I used to work at Hoseasons brochure dispatch during the winter, should have half hitched a pallet or two for subsequent selling on e-bay some fifty years later!!

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The point I was trying to make about the brochure was that at a time when most operators are doing their best to cut down on expensive print runs and move everything on-line, it is extraordinary that Hoseeasons seem to be inviting you to have one posted to you so you can keep it to sell on Ebay some years later. They are well aware that this happens. The brochure even leads you on-line now as it no longer publishes season-long hire prices. You have to check the latest prices on-line.

I did spot the small Blakes logos on two of the inside pages but only second time around so they are not making anything of this pedigree now. The last two years Hoseasons brochures both had "incorporating Blakes" large on the front cover.

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Roy, I stand corrected! My apologies to all the sane collectors out there.  I used to work at Hoseasons brochure dispatch during the winter, should have half hitched a pallet or two for subsequent selling on e-bay some fifty years later!!

No apology needed. Doubt if a lot of people would think of us as completely sane: spending freezing winter weeks on the Broads when we could be lovely and warm in the Canaries; or lashed to the tiller of a narrowboat for a week in driving sleet, navigating along what most people think of as stinking ditches.

I also remember a stack of the previous years brochures awaiting disposal at Richardsons in the early 80s. If I had been a responsible citizen I should have saved them the time and effort and taken them away for them.

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The point I was trying to make about the brochure was that at a time when most operators are doing their best to cut down on expensive print runs and move everything on-line, it is extraordinary that Hoseeasons seem to be inviting you to have one posted to you so you can keep it to sell on Ebay some years later. They are well aware that this happens. The brochure even leads you on-line now as it no longer publishes season-long hire prices. You have to check the latest prices on-line.

If they are aware and have any sense they will save some to sell themselves, but I suppose that would flood the market and devalue them anyway. And they do need to be at least 30 years old to have any real value.

As we now have a shared boat on the Broads I don't look at hire prices much, but your note about them not putting a full seasons prices in them is quite sad. I find that most websites are not clear about prices especially whether special offers/discounts are included in the prices shown and comparing boats especially between different boatyards is slow and cumbersome. I have no doubt that with a brochure I could find and compare all the boats I would be interested in in a fraction of the time on the web – and I have worked with computers for almost 30 years.

Roy


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