Topic: First time on the broads - advice needed!

robjohnstoneuk    -- Jun-1-2017 @ 7:29 PM
  Good evening all!

My wife and I have booked to hire a 3 berth boat from Brinks in Wroxham from 29th July. I am really excited having been on the Broads numerous times when I was younger.

Tye excitement however does cloud a couple of concerns I have taking into account this is the first time we have hired a boat by ourselves!

The first concern I have is mooring. I am guessing July on the broads will be a particularly busy time so can people with experience give me an indication of how easy it is to pick up moorings with good facilities (i.e. with a nice pub or one within walking distance)?

Secondly, with it just being the two of us, how easy is it to moor? I am thinking I will steering whilst my wife will be jumping of with the ropes. Do people normally assist?

Thirdly, can anyone recommend a decent weekend route from  Wroxham? People on other sites have recommended Ranworth but I don't fancy mooring stern-on for my first time!

Any help you can give would be greatly appreciated!

DorsetHelmsman    -- Jun-1-2017 @ 8:10 PM
Forgive some of my fellows for not replying but there have  been several simlar requests in the past few days it may be worth going back over the past 7 days topics.
That said 29 July is in the school holidays not specially favorable for pub moorings unless you get in at 2-30 for the evening
If you are on for a week it might even be worth heading South as there are much bigger pub moorings.
2 people is fine for mooring and in general not many offer to help

Dreamer    -- Jun-1-2017 @ 8:30 PM
  I think what DorsetHelmsman meant was that there will usually be someone ready to give you a hand to moor up. It is possible to reserve moorings outside some pubs as long as you intend to eat there. There are a couple in Horning but that is really not that far from Wroxham. I'm sure someone will be along shortly with some recommendations for you.
I hope you enjoy your holiday, just a warning it can become addictive!

woodwose    -- Jun-1-2017 @ 10:36 PM
  If you can get under Wroxham Bridge, why not go up to Coltishall? It is a lovely part of The Broads and quieter than going the other way. There are lots of side on moorings and several pubs to choose from.

Personally, I am not a fan of pub moorings and never moor there unless forced. My preference for a great place to stop would be to go to South Walsham Broad and drop the mudweight in the middle. This is one of my favourite ways to spend the night. No pub but you can get alcohol and food from Roys in Wroxham.

There are lots of side on moorings at Acle Bridge and the pub there is OK. Thurne dyke is also side on but you might want to get there early.

Of course, there is always Womack Water for Ludham Village. The moorings in Womack Dyke are side on and free. Good pub in the village. More information here:

Mooring will not actually be much of a problem. It is easy with two people and lots of people will come to help you if needed.

Have a great holiday.

Sunny Ludham

boat-mad    -- Jun-2-2017 @ 6:44 AM
  Rob Hello and welcome.

I wouldn't be too concerned about stern on mooring, just take it very slowly. You could enter a Broad and practice a bit of reversing.

I find in general the steering has very little effect in reverse so when reversing I leave the steering on full lock from when I have turned the boat to point the stern/back toward the bank.
I then reverse very slowly and as necessary use a short burst of throttle in forward gear to straighten the boat up continuing to reverse and repeating the action as required.

There may be better methods but this works for me. Cheers

Kind Regards

FishersHaven    -- Jun-2-2017 @ 2:24 PM
  Why not let your wife steer whilst you step (not jump) on and off? Or even better take it in turns.

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