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I have admired the old wooden cruisers from this boatyard for years but unfortunately my husband has reservations.  He thinks they will leak if it rains.  I for one could live with that.  I think I have finally persuaded him to give it ago and am thinking of hiring Janet for a sort break Oct half term.  Any thoughts please.

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I hired a Juliette seven or eight years ago....handled beautifully and certainly did not leak.Long may this boatyard prosper.
             Happy boating,Brian.

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Proper boats.... as said they handle so well and go absolutely anywhere truelly boats made for the broads! They are the best way to get about at the same time the feeling of being part of the surroundings. I believe the best boats you can get, and while hiring you can give them back not having to consider the up keep and loving care that goes in to keeping them on the water, looking good as they do. Leaks? Those days have long gone, as the fleet have been modinised over the years with epoxy decks and new cabin sides.

All that charm in keeping with the surroundings, go anywhere, fantastic helm & vista position, low wash hulls, some mod-cons (heating etc.), and handling that is second to none. Where ever you stop folks will admire these boats and want to know more about them.

I say go for it, you don't know what your missing ??

Cheers

Paul

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I've hired from Martham several times and would defiantly recommend them. Lovely boats easy to handle. Also you don't need to use the pilot at Wroxham  bridge.

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I'm only on hullabaloo when I'm on a Martham Boott. Give me a Siloverly Jubliee or Jouliette every year for the ultimate in broadsman comfort, in faqt give me any Martham motor cruiser over a Tupperware please. Never disappointed in twice a year for the past 20 or more now, never a bridge too high. As me grandfarther used to say, if it aint wood it aint no proper good.  On reflection he may have said woods but me grandmother said he'd have loved to have got involved with Martham at the beginning... only she wouldn't have let him, at least not on her account. So to Tupperware he turned for his twilight working years. But never retired of derating the fibred, the only tears in his wake were probably those of blistered osmosis!

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Thank you.  Your comments have given me the push I needed to go ahead and book.

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Hello Jess,
I have been coming on the broads for more than 45 years and now, after a spell in which I needed to get around 8 adults and children on a boat when the latter were young so needed to choose another yard, I wouldn't dream of hiring anything other than a Juliette (my all time favourite), a Judith or the relatively new addition, Tumblehome.
For a start, for me, a boat has to be able to get under PH bridge. The fact that the Martham boats are already the right side, so much the better !
As mentioned by others, they handle beautifully. My wife and children won't come with me any more (!) and I can still handle any of the aforementioned easily on my own, with the possible exception of when the conditions are very windy.
The one thing I would say is that the double beds are not exactly spacious so be aware of that !
On Juliette, I convert the entire rear cabin into a double just for me and that is fine.
A fantastic yard and fantastic boats.
Make sure you take a bbq, get your meat from the lovely butchers in Martham, stock up with pimms/ beer/wine etc, moor up at Deep Go Dyke and enter another world !
And no I don't work for them, I live in Hampshire !!


Best wishes, Charles

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I have just spent a week on a Juliette from Martham  -  and it definitely didn't leak (no rain through the top, and very little ingress to the bilges from the bottom).

Absolutely fabulous boats.

They have new cockpit canopies on several of the cruisers this year.  As others have said, they go where you want them, like 'proper' boats.  The high steering position gives a fabulous view of the wide-open vistas, especially above Potter Bridge  Smile

They have decent cookers (the ones in the Jubilees have four rings, in Juliette and Judith just two), fridges and heating  -  what more do you need?  (that's 'need', not 'want'  -  but they do have 12V and USB power sockets for recharging modern electronic thingees).

And all in a beautifully varnished wooden masterpiece.

The rear 'double' in the Juliette is a bit cosy for two (but some people like to be cosy), whereas the aft cabin of Silver Jubilee is very much larger, with a full-sized single and a big double.

No, I don't work for them either, just been hiring for more years than I'd like to admit (but I can remember when there were ten Juliettes!)


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