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Swordfish
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Hi All,
Can I just say first off, what a great site this is, only found it today and have spent the last 6 hours going through postings. What a nice friendly crowd you all are.

Ok so here's the thing...after spending the last couple of years holidaying in the States the wife and I fancied a change this year but neither of us knew what we wanted. Last week we were sat watching boats on the Trent when I thought (How about the Broads). We rushed home, got online and within an hour had booked a weeks hire of the Alpha Swordfish.

On reading some of the posts,some had me in fits of laughter others made me think maybe I have bitten of more than I can chew. Neither of us have ever had a boating holiday know nothing of locks, moorings or navigation in general.. Was this a wise decision???

We arrive at Brundall Saturday, so any tips on an easy weeks cruise for a beginner, moorings, costs, places to eat ect would be very welcome.I read you can book moorings in advance?

So if any of you more experienced guys see a boat drifting out of control with a man standing transfixed, sweating profusley and a woman screaming
"your gonna sink us you idiot" please feel free to board and take control of the situation...

Back to the board for me..hahah!

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hi swordfish ,
welcome to the site ,as you've found out there a friendly bunch on here ,but here to help and pass on our boating experiances . you'll find the broads relaxing ,peacefull , and beautiful . there are no locks to go through ,so just cruise along .
there are plenty of pubs to chose from just read the pubs and resturants section from recommendations from members . somewhere back here on general chat there is a post with current mooring charges ,just click on last discussions .
anyway i'll let the other members give there help to you ,if you have any other questions please do ask away.
good luck

steve and vicky

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Hi Swordfish, gald to hear you have booked your first boating holiday, and I'm sure you'll have a cracking holiday, you've picked a super little boat.

Our webmaster would never forgive us if we didn't poiont you in the direction of his excellent first timers guide, you can download a copy from the downlaods link at the bottom of the page.

Welcome to the forum, any qauestions I'm sure you'll find answers here, let us all know how you got on when you get back.

Paul

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Actually, said webmaster would prefer if folks bought the real thing http://www.cafepress.com/norfolkbroads (subtle plug !)

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I thought of that Richard, but alas for this weekend delivery may be a problem?

Will get my order off for the trip in October soon however.


45 days, 5 hours etc etc etc.

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Hello Swordfish and welcome!

If you're starting from Brundall then just relax, there is plenty of room on the river there, so you can get the feel of the boat without pressure. As Steve says, there's lots of good info already on this site so take some time to read up.

The main things to remember are that boats have no brakes, 6 mph is fast with no brakes, moorings are mostly solid, people are not and boats don't steer go backwards. Oh, and it may be a good idea to have some practice moorings against a bank away from the busy areas, so that you get confidence and you and your crew understand each others communications. 'I meant the other left' is not just a joke if you have to fish someone out of the river after!

But most of all slow down and enjoy, as it's not a race to get from one mooring to another. You can buy maps with all the info that you need on them to find your way on the river. We'll be on the river this weekend so will give you a wave if we see you.

Harry  



Just try and keep it on the wet bit dear . . . .

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Hi Swordfish

Glad to hear you like the site.

You will have a great holiday. Just relax and enjoy the Broads. You won't be able to see it all, so just take it slow. The boat will not be a problem to handle and you will see lots of interesting places and wildlife.

Nigel
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Hi swordfish mate
Welcome i will keep my
eye open for you this weekend for you and give you a toot. Smile
Richard just to be a smarty pants my copy of the broads guide arrived to day,
yes every one i paid full price,super night time reading on the boat.{if im sober} Cheers

roya

now about my bilges.

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hi roy, that is the big question, IF....... well we all know the answer to that one,lol.hope you and gill are enjoying your times on joshua anyway, take care  Smile

sue

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Hi Swordfish welcome. Just to let you know it can take up to 2-3 weeks to get back into the swing after being on the boat!!Pack for all weathers and let the world get on without you everybody will explain and help when needed. Smile It may well be a life changing experience !!!!!!!

Regards Bern.
I told you the boat had no brakes !!!!!!!!!

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