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I book my deposit with "Waterways" They say I pay the balance to the boatyard (DRL Marina) I get the paperwork through the post asking me to pay off the balance to "Blakes!" What's this all about? Confused

Another question. Why are there mud weights rather than the traditional anchors on the Broads? Is there a reason for this?

Does this mean I've got Blakes'/ Hoseasons boat yards for free moorings? Are Hoseason's and Blakes owning all the boatyards? I'm confused!



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Most of the hiring is done from boatyards through the agency of Blakes or Hoseasons or whatever, but it is the boatyard who actually,and rightly pockets most of the cash. I would guess that DRL use Blakes to collect their fees. Just call the yard and check if you are concerned.
The relationships between yards are normally cordial/co-operative so I'd not be surprised by what you said here. It is also the case that, except on turnaround day, boatyards will happily allow you to moor your hire boat in their yard.
Hope this helps. Smile

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Oh yes, and the mudweight thing.
It is a lump of metal on a long rope, rather like a Christmas Pudding in most cases. This is ideal anchor gear for the muddy bottoms of the Broads, the weight sinks in and holds you nicely, the suction created when you get it up again is pretty impressive.

We have a 'proper' anchor on our boat but would not use it on the Broads, the mudweight is more effective.

Pauline

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Thanks for that, pauline I was beginning to wonder who I'd booked my boat with! So that says that if I go into any boatyard to moor up it will be under the Hoseason's or Blake's flag?

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You are a hire boat, the yards know the fleets, it's a simple matter, no flags involved. It will vary whether they charge for the night or not, ditto water, some will charge a £1 or thereabouts, some 50p some will not charge. If you think the loo is getting a bit fragrant by midweek, any yard will do a pump out for you, for about £15, I think Wink
Broads Authority moorings are generally 24hours and mostly free, you can get water on these too.
Of course, most of the reedbeds and riverbanks are free to moor up and you can drop a mudweight on Malthouse, Barton, South Walsham and other Broads for free too. Salhouse collect a mooring fee, and Wroxham post charges, but we have never been asked for the money there.

Pauline

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You are a mind of intelligence and wisdom, Pauline Playful Wink

I wish I had 1% of your knowledge! Cool Indifference

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...and I wish I had 1% of the knowledge of most of the rest of the regulars on here!

Pauline

'Stop it you silly ass!' cried the Rat from the bottom of the boat 'You can't do it! You'll have us over!'

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You'll pay to moor to the bank at Salhouse but you should not be paying to mudweight! I thought they had chased off those that were pulling this scam??

Trevor

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Well you can skipper our boat in September,Pauline. I have the greatest of faith in you. I haven't much faith in me or the O/H being a skipper. Maybe a mudskipper if it all goes pear-shaped!  Playful Wink

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Hi Goose,

Perhaps I can help. We use Blakes to handle our paperwork, but also use Waterways to generate bookings.

Most yards are members of the Broads Hire Boat Federation and as such provide free overnight moorings in their yards to other members. Renting a boat from a federation member is also peace of mind that the boat you are hiring is compliant with the nationally approved Code for the Design, Construction and Operation of Hire Boats.

With regards the mud weight and other questions, all our customers (whether new to the Broads or not) get a comrehensive run through on the boat and a river trial, including helpful tips for mooring up and a few suggested stops based upon customer preferences.

Darren

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