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sailorjim
Oct-03-2013 @ 7:23 PM                           Permalink
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Hello to all,

I'm seriously thinking about buying a 28-foot Broads sailing cruiser in a couple of weeks. The only problem (well, the biggest problem) is that I live in France and will need to get it across the Channel. Do any forum members have any experience or advice to offer? Many thanks in advance for your (inexpensive) suggestions.


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When you say broads cruiser I take it you mean wooden broads cruiser. When any broads cruiser leaves for other rivers in this country it is a sad loss when they leave for a new country it is terrible loss because there is not much chance of it coming back. Easy cheap answer go buy elsewhere leave our historic broads boats where they belong in NORFOLK  if my anse offends tough  I don't think there will be many broads folk disagree with me

kindest regards mark summers

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Hi, welcome to the forum, not much to offer I'm afraid, but assuming she is well found and shipshape, I would think that the biggest problem (apart from all the paperwork) is getting a long enough weather window for the trip,(or several windows if moving her down the coast in a few hops)  if she is a traditional broads boat, won't take kindly to shipping it green over the foredeck. If fitted with a diesel engine better make sure you've got rid of any 'red', I understand the authorities over there get quite nasty about that.
Not much help I admit but all the best.

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Oct-03-2013 @ 8:20 PM                           Permalink
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Hi best way is put it on a lorry take it to Calais put it in water and take it through the canals which can take you anywhere in Europe

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Mark,
Whilst I can understand some of your sentiment, I have to add that it is better for a boat to live anywhere, rather than to be left to die where it was born. I appreciate that it doesn't sound as if Jim is saving a wreck, but your answer could be construed as a little harsh. Tinhat

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Just out of interest, where do you plan on sailing this boat once you've bought it?

Broads sailing cruisers, by and large (there are a few exceptions, but they're rare) are designed and built to sail on relatively sheltered rivers. The scantlings are often substantially lighter than would be expected on sailing boats designed for the sea, they normally lack self-draining cockpits, and they often carry far more sail than would be usual on a seagoing vessel.

Of course, your intended cruising grounds may be rivers or lakes similar to the Broads, in which case the idea may have more going for it. In that case, you'll need to look at road transport. A rough idea from people I know who've done something similar with motor cruisers or narrowboats is somewhere in the region of €1.50 per mile, both ways, plus the cost of the ferry.

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I would suggest a lorry.

IIRC you are in La Rochelle?

A classic broads yacht is not capable of taking you there safely by sea without huge modifications.

I'm not sure if that is within your budget - if not then perhaps you should consider a sea faring cousin like something by Dr. T Harrison Butler or similar as a project that may be fit enough to sail across?

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blast me, well that told him, nearly as to the point to it like me ....!!!!!

well if it sits ere and rotts or gets used some where else it a good thing i say

each to there own.......

moving an ole girl by road and expect launch her after her trip i suggest yuo check them ole planks and seal he up well

get her on a trailer thats suited and well supported too...

good luck and bon vayage an all that ole squit....

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Don't go to sea in a Broads Cruiser!   Scared

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Would a true Broads boat gain the necessary certification for use in France? I also doubt that any form of insurance would be available for such a trip.

I agree, leave classic Broads boats on the Broads.

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