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reganstorm
Aug-06-2008 @ 9:14 PM                           Permalink
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Hi All,

Just after a little bit of advice with regards to our 4th trip to the broads in Sept.
We have hired from Richardsons (Stalham) each time and have previously taken boats on on our own  and also with family.
The alst boat we took out on our own was the Crown Gem, can't remember the exact length, but in the region of 25ft. We have since taken out bigger boats but always with more people on hand to help with mooring.
We booked a little last minute this time so have not been able to get our first choice and have ended up with a 6 berth 38ft boat for the two of us! LOL

We have been down south before and would like to go down that way again but we are a little concerned at the prospect of mooring in the more tidal waters with only 2 of us on board.  Scared  Are we right to be concerned or is it the case that once we get a certain distance past Breydon that we'll be able to handle the mooring on our own ok?

I guess that what I'm really asking, (sorry to be so long winded!) is do you think we'd be better of staying north on this occasion or should we not be too concerned about the mooring thing?

All advice greatfully received!!

We'll be looking forward to it regardless. Can't wait to get abck up there!

Cheers

Clare and Rich.



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Aug-06-2008 @ 9:59 PM                           Permalink
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Hi, Can't really say for certain how you will cope but this is what happened to us. We oringinaly booked the boat for six of us which was a 42 footer from Alphacraft (Alpha Shackleton)at St Olaves. Unfortunately 4 people cancelled but still honoured their payments so my wife and I were left on our own with one of the biggest boats on the broads. We coped quite well both north and south with only one minor mishap when we tried to turn at the wrong place in Coltishall. I nearly crushed a dinghy (moored and empty thankfully)
This was our very first time handling a boat of any discription on any waterway.
As you have been on the broads before you know what to expect so I think you will cope and have a super holiday.

Andy

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Aug-06-2008 @ 11:16 PM                           Permalink
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Hi there,

Only advice I can give you is please remember on the South Broads to moor into the Tide at all times, unless the wind stronger which will not be very often, size of craft can matter if cross winds so watch your line on the rivers. Oh and have a brill holiday!>>Jelous lol Wink  Cheers

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Hi Reganstorm,    Dont worry take it slow, moor into the Tide at all times, I am doing the same thing in a few weeks. there is myself and the mrs and in inlaws but they are in there 70s and never been on the broads before,  So it is down to me and the wife on a 42ft boat,  and we will be on the southern waters most of the time.  boat-power  Cheers Geoff.

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Aug-07-2008 @ 10:37 AM                           Permalink
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Hi.Just a short suggestion; stop the boat in the middle of the river where you intend to moor and see which way you drift. Either the wind or the tide will overcome the other; then moor into the drift.

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Hi,

Thanks to everyone for all the advice. We're feeling a little more confident now.
If any of you happen to see the Major Gem drifting uncontrollably away from the bank, with two thirty somethings onboard, steering the wrong way and both blaming each other that'll be us! So please feel free to lend a hand! Playful Wink

Can't wait to go now, only 4 weeks to go!!!!!

Cheers

Clare and Rich

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Hi Rich;

Sure you'll manage OK and will have a wonderful time.

Look on the positive side.... one big advantage of a 38ft boat over a 25ft boat is that it could put an additional 13ft between you and the missus!! Playful  Tinhat



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OOOOOOOOoohhhhh Tom! You cheeky bugger!!!!!

LOL

Clare


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