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robinhood69
Sep-01-2012 @ 10:31 AM                           Permalink
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Hi All, im brand new to this forum. Im nomally a Thames boating addict but this year all my annual leave is in November and there ar so many lock closures that a cruise in the last 2 weeks of Nov is impossible. So ive turned my attention to the Broads.Im wondering if any of the hire companies hire out this late on in the year? also if they do what are the restrictions, apart from the cold wet weather, on the broads area? Any information would be most appreciated. Im a complete Broads virgin and have no idea as to the bridge heights,water level implications etc.

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If you don't want to limit yourself, you need to find a boat that will pass under Potter Heigham bridge. However, that time of the year water might be a bit higher than the norm. That should be the only limiting factor, water levels.
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Hello Robin,

Welcome to the forum.

We operate our boat until the 1st week in December and are thinking of extending our season slightly.

Being on the water out of the season is perfect, few boats you don't have to worry about stern mooring and it is great to see the wildlife in abundance.

Most of the public toilets are closed at this time and some hoses are removed so make sure you have one on board. If you have shore power hook up get some of the £1.00 cards in advance for the BA electric posts.

I think you should find some of the hire companies that will still be hiring but plan it early just to be sure.

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hi there ,
i tend to find that some hireboat companies seem to wrap up about a week or 2 into november , but the general rule seems to be on the northern side that they ask you go no further than acle bridge , also many of the riverside shops have closed for the winter too ,( ie , ludham bridge stores , stokesby riverside stores ,and possably ranworth granary stores ) but at this time of year can very , very nice and scenenic !
enjoy

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Robinhoood hello and welcome,

Moonfleet Marine in Stalham seem to hire pretty much all year round.  They don't appear to have a large selection of boats but might be worth a look.
http://www.moonfleetmarine.co.uk/boats.html

You could download/print a pdf map and river distance chart from my web site using the link below.  Hope this is helpful.

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www.mynorfolkbroadsboating.co.uk/

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Welcome to the forums.

I know Freedom hire out cruisers at that time of year, and their winter cruising restrictions are that you don't go below Stokesby.

Depending on how big a boat you want, I believe both Ludham Bridge Boat Services and Whispering Reeds at Hickling have small cruisers that I believe might be available (certainly I remember taking my boat out in January this year and seeing Bittern from Whispering Reeds out and about).

If you've got a fortnight, then it might be worth seeing if any of the yards are prepared to let you cross Breydon (weather permitting). If they do, then given the limited daylight you'll need to plan your journey so you have slack water at Great Yarmouth in daylight, with time to get to a safe mooring before dark. Over a fortnight this should be possible, but needs a bit more care than normal.

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hi there ,
not saying your going to have bad weather , but as been suggested forward planning will help , heres a link to the BA website to winter boating advice
http://www.broads-authority.gov.uk/broads/live/boating/safety/winter_boat_09_PT.pdf

steve and vicky

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Personally I'd head to the River Yare, there are some very good hire yards there. For a kick-off the scenery around Rockland and Bargate Broad is spectacular at that time of the year. Secondly if the weather is crud then you can head off to Norwich, still a fine city and well worth a visit with the wonderful Castle Museum and the shops in Elm Hill as well as an incredible cathedral. Some really excellent pubs on the Yare.

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Many thanks for the prompt and knowledgable replys. I will follow all the links provided. This has given me a little to chew on. I think i will concentrate on finding a hirer who will allow passage between north and south broads. With 2 weeks i should manage to visit both..
What a great site, thanks again to the seven replyers....the magnificent seven!

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We had Moonlight Shadow for the VERY harsh Christmas/New Year 2010/11 period and were unable to get water at Brooms where she is moored because of ice.  After a few days, the ice retreated so we went down to Reedham where water was available.  We still had a very pleasant time, including a pared-down Chrimbo dinner cooked on board.  We used the boat like a hotel and travelled around Norwich and Oulton Broad and elsewhere.  Bungay was a particularly nice place.

We'll be back on board this Christmas, too.  Hope it won't be icy this time.

It's not likely to be as cold at the back of November, but I would also suggest a boat with 240v and electricity cards - and mooring up where you can plug in.  We've also been on the boat in November, come to think of it, and the Southern rivers were so empty!

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