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bobthebuilder
May-14-2013 @ 8:47 AM                           Permalink
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I have the opportunity to book a dinghy, sailing or normal with my up coming broads fix, should i? simple question, merits of having one? i was suprised how much a dinghy is for a week hence im thinking about it not just saying ok..

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They can be very handy if moorings at popular spots are
busy, that's if you don't mind rowing. If you have kids
old enough to enjoy them safely they can be great fun
for them. if you like fishing it will give you more
freedom to choose where you fish. If you've always
fancied a go at sailing, this could be your chance to
try but if none of the above apply to you, you will
find it a bind trailing it around, you need more
mooring space, you need to take account of it when
mooring and you will probably not use it. I would say
if you have been boating before and not seen the need
for a Dinghy then you won't need one this time.

Dave

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Sailing, mooching about the moorings under oars, freedom to moor over the river or off on the mud weight when the pub mooring fills up, fun for the kids... All good.

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Need more info.

If you are a doddery old wrinkly, single handing, then no.  Smile  If you have got kids of a sensible age then absolutely yes.

Particularly in busy periods, a dinghy adds tremendous flexibility. Ranworth Staithe? No problem. Mudweight on the broad and row in. Horning, the moorings on the "wrong" side of the river suddenly become the right side.

Oh, and get one with a sail. All the best boats have them.


HTH

David
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We hired a dinghy for the first time 2 years ago after 25 years of boating, I would never go on a boating holiday without hiring one again. We had so much fun, the kids (with life jackets) would row out and feed the ducks and fish and some evenings while mud weighting on a Broad our son would take his girlfriend rowing with a bottle of wine and watch the sun set.We always got in at a pub for lunch just drop your mudweight and row over.It can be a bit of pain when mooring up but we designated a crew member to be the dinghy carer as I was advised to do on this forum when I asked a similar question.

A bit more expense I know, but go for it you will have even more fun than you normally would have on a Broads holiday (if that's possible).

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As said, dinghy mooching is great fun, and if you're fit and healthy, I'd go for it. Nominate a crew member to be "dinghy master" for mooring up, especially where mooring stern on.

If you do hire one, please tie it in when moored. Dinghies floating out across the river can be awkward, especially at sites like Ludham Bridge or How Hill, where there's not a great width of river to start with.

Regards, Ray.

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We could have done with a dingy last week as we all wanted a cooked breakfast at the Ferry House Surlingham but there was no room to moor outside.

We moored on the opposite side of the river and fortunately for us the owner of Lazy Breeze came to our rescue and ferried us all across making 3 trips in his dingy.  He then ferried 2 of us back so we could pick up our boat and return to pick up the rest of our crew.  A big thank you to the owner of Lazy Breeze.


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"We could have done with a dingy last week as we all wanted a cooked breakfast at the Ferry House Surlingham but there was no room to moor outside"

That's the point, unless you use it for one of the reasons I listed above, the likely hood is you would use it once or twice in the fortnight, You have to judge if that is worth the cost.

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I thought you had a tender Dave ?

I remember a while back you showing us a photo with it on a trailer in your drive way ,saying it needed some work - any update ???

finny

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I've got 2 dinghies 1 fishing dinghy which I use a lot
both with Andorra and just from the yard and a 14'
Broom day boat which gets very little use but hopefully
that will change this Summer, we had her stripped and
re-varnished and she looks a treat we have a space for
her now in the small boat shed at Brooms. To be honest
other than for fishing, towing the dinghy around and
having to take account of it when mooring or going
astern is more trouble than it's worth.


Dave

if it is to be it is up to me!


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