“ Barnes Brinkcraft is situated in Wroxham, the heart of Broadland. The boatyard is owned and personally run by the Thwaites family team. „
Just returned from a seven day holiday on the Norfolk Broads which we booked through Blakes. We chose the Brinks Royale 2 and picked up the boat from the Barnes Brinkcraft boatyard in Wroxham. Here is a few of the criticisms I would like to make and bearing in mind this boat costs one thousand one hundred and twenty five pounds to hire for a week.1. Boat induction including driving tuition lasted seven minutes. Totally inadequate and no information was given regarding mooring up. 2. To steer this boat you sit directly above the engine .The noise from this engine is way beyond acceptable industrial noise levels. Ear defenders should be worn at these levels.3. Toilet was constantly blocked or in need of pumpout so you need to use on shore toilets which you can only find in pubs.TYPICAL ENGLISH HOLIDAY. THEY CATCH YOU OUT ONCE
NAME OF LOCATION: Barnes Brinkcraft day boat launch hire at Riverside Road, Wroxham
BACKGROUND: Holidaying in Great Yarmouth with my boyfriend Robert and his friend Richard and his partner Michelle, we decided to head out for the day to Potter Heigham and Wroxham. It was my idea, as I hate to miss Lathams at Potter Heigham and Roys of Wroxham for Christmas shopping ideas.
Richard saw the boats at Potter Heigham and wanted to go on one for an hour. Robert didnt want to so an argument ensued and both males ended up sulking for the entire journey from Potter Heigham to Wroxham and I ended up shouting at Robert in a Wroxham shop, because he was being rude and ignorant.
However, whilst Michelle and I visited a café, Robert was shown the boats and changed his mind and was eager to go on one. Men cant live with them or without them it seems!
Luckily for him the price was the same and the boat even bigger than those at Potter Heigham so it all worked out fine.
ATTRACTIONS: Hiring a boat to travel on the Broads (large canals and stretches of water specific to the Norfolk area). The boat we had included easy access, seated up to 10 people easily, was easy to handle (Robert, Richard and I all took turns to steer and navigate in it). It had a canopy, which was up when we took delivery but we were given advice, on how to take it down by the helpful woman running the business.
TRANSPORT: We hired a boat and steered it down Wroxham canal for about 1 hour (½ hour each way). We got a little lost on the way back and saw Wroxham Bridge which it would not have been possible to go under with the canopy up.
PRICE: We hired a boat (Day launch) during Low Season for 1 hour costing £12, which seated up to 10 people. Low season is 1 March to 13 April, 2 May to 26 May and all of October (when we went).
If you want 2 hours, it is £24, 3 hrs £34, 4 hours £42, 5 hours £50, 6 hours £57, 7 hours £63 and 8 hours £67 in low season
Mid Season is 14 April to 1 May, 5 June to 14 July and all of September. Prices start at £13 for an hour and go up to £80 for 8 hours.
High Season is 27 May to 4 June and 15 July to 31 August. Prices start at £14 for an hour and go up to £90 for 8 hours.
Take a break for the weekend from £115 per day, with boats including a toilet, running water, a galley kitchen with cooker and fridge and a CD player/radio (according to the leaflet supplied by the company)
You can also hire
1. A Sports Dory (dont ask me not sure but looks like a rowing boat but is fuelled by LPG propulsion and is a 13 ft open launch with Bimini top seating 5 people). Prices range from £9 an hour (low season) to £62 for 8 hours in high season.
2. Picnic Boat which seats up to 7 people and has toilet, cooker and running water on board. Prices range from £50 in low season for 9am to 1pm session to £110 in high season for 1 day. Available for 2 or 3 days session in low and mid seasons ranging from £145 (2 days low season) to £210 (3 days mid season). Also available in low season for Monday to Friday 5 days at £220.
Also available in full brochure are 2 to 12 berth luxury cruisers.
1. The price for our boat was reasonable for 4 people worked out at £3 each. As each boat held 10 people, this works out at £1.20 each.
2. Steering and throttle easy to use and understand
3. Plenty to see whilst on the Broads including Ornithology (bird-spotting), places of interest, expensive houses, etc
1. No mooring spots nearby for a picnic we ended up eating our food on the boat whilst cruising down the Broads not easy for the driver.
2. Canopy when down didnt stay down properly and flapped in the wind.
3. Driving the boat in rainy weather may prove a problem as no windscreen wipers the window drops open for better visibility but then you get wet!
Plan what else to do on holiday or decide if youd like to hire another boat for a longer period.
MORE INFORMATION FROM
Barnes Brinkcraft, Riverside Road, Wroxham, Norwich, Norfolk, NR12 8UD. Tel 01603 782625 or fax 01603 784072, email firstname.lastname@example.org or on the website www.barnesbrinkcraft.com
How to find them: from Norwich take the A1151 to Wroxham. After crossing the river bridge in Wroxham, take the first right and then, right again into Riverside Road.
Please note that parking in Roys of Wroxham shopping car parks is only free for first 2 hours to CUSTOMERS.
On street parking on the day we visited was almost impossible due to the numbers already parked and numerous double yellow lines. I am unsure if there are any specific car parks designated to Barnes Brinkcraft customers. We end up parking in the Garden centre or Department Store car park and we did visit most of the shops (and were paying customers) before returning to the car.