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Feb-21-2010 @ 7:07 PM                           Permalink
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I wonder if anyone can help me. A group of friends and I will be travelling down from Yorkshire (yes more of us decending on Norfolk!) in June for our annual week on a hireboat on the Broads.  One of the group owns a 15 foot speedboat and would like to bring this with him.  

Obviously this could only be used (at anything like full speed) on Breydon Water or out at sea. The rest of the time it would either be used instead of a dinghy to get to shore from mudweighting etc, under the odd low bridge, or tethered to the hireboat.

Having seen a recent post on here, I am unsure whether this would be allowed by the hire company since it appears the only boats that may be towed are their own dinghies.  If the speedboat is tethered to the side of the hireboat does this make any difference?!

Also the speedboat would be brought down with relevant licenses (BA etc) and have its own insurance.

Does anyone know if this sort of thing is allowed or not?

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Feb-21-2010 @ 7:26 PM                           Permalink
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Where the Ba is concerned with the relavant toll they would not have an issue.

Ref towing it, better ask your hire yard nicely.


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Ok, thanks - I shall put more pressure on to speak to the hire yard

Thanks once again

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Funny thing, as I understand it, the BA won't let you register a ride-on jetski, but there's no bar on speedboats, or their engine horsepower.

So you can get a short visit toll for a "motor launch", and it's the same paperwork and cost whether it's got a 2hp Seagull or a 150hp Honda.  (Mind you, you might find a BA launch following you around at a discrete distance !)  Smile  

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Hi BigFush and welcome to the forum. Firstly, it will cause a few problems on some of the rivers to tow with the dingy moored side on due to the widths of the rivers in many places. Secondly, I have seen them swinging about wildly when towed this way too in strong side winds. If towing in the normal way, please try to do it with the tow rope from the middle of the stern and not from one side, using 2 ropes if necessary, one from each stern post. It makes for a much tidier combination too.
AND, watch your speed if in the speed boat as you could be filmed by the Rangers and get a fine. Several were fined last year and some are still awaiting court appearances...
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Thanks for the advice - assuming we are allowed to take the speedboat, I had it in mind that the two boats would have to travel separately up the Ant and other places to avoid making things more tricky than they might be already. The speedboat does have a speedometer fitted (though how accurate it is I don't know) but bar Breydon and any jaunts into the North Sea it will only be keeping pace with the hire boat so should be doing the speed limit at most and hopefully less!

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That's probably the safest way for the speedboat as well BF.

When towing it, you'd need to raise the leg out of the water, or it'd be yawing all over the place and dragging.  With the prop exposed, it'd be quite vulnerable to a rear end shunt (yes, they happen sometimes on the  Broads !)

I assume being a speedboat, the outboard will be bolted on and too heavy to unship, as would be the case when towing an outboard dinghy.


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