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All this talk of the Broads makes me want to get back out there for a holiday afloat rather than in a cottage by the river (my usual solution).

I am contemplating a holiday on a boat again but as a single handed hirer I'm not sure I can manage it on my own.  Has anyone got any tips in handling the boat mooring and casting off etc.

What other problems might I face - apart from being pulled in by the mud weight?

Also am I likely to get refused hire if I am a party of 1?


Grateful for any feedback from you experienced and Broad wise skippers and holidayers.

Many thanks

Terry

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G Smiths boatyard had no problem hiring out to a single person they just had a problem with my age.Also I'm trying to get Crown Gem as it is aft cockpit so I would have thought this would make it easier to moor on your own would this be right of me to think this.

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Could be a problem from the hiring point of view. I had a customer last year who's party consisted of herself and a 12 year old. Both Hoseasons and Blakes wanted more information and acceptance from the yard before they would allow the booking. It was only confirmed because the 12 year old had sailing experience. I would therefore check with the yard of your choice before taking it further.

REGARDS

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Hello Terry,I've been hiring for a few years now with my elderly mother who is in her eighties.The key for me is to have the ropes all prepared before I come into moor,preferably side on. If you extend the bow and stern ropes towards and as far as the cockpit as they will reach (I always have a centre cockpit cruiser) then you shouldn't have any difficulty mooring. Stern on is a bit more tricky.
You'll also need to prepare well in advance for any low bridges so as to avoid a last minute panic !

Best wishes, Charles

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Hi there,

  I spend most of my cruising single handed, and would recommend one or two pointers.

  Personally I would sugest you went for an aft cockpit. The trick for easy singlehanded boating is, as has just been said, rope preperation.

If you intend to do this often, you might even consider getting some ropes of your own. and if you do, I have a word or two to say about that.!

Tip 1   Have two bow ropes. as you cruise, have the ropes, one each side, running down the catwalks to the cockpit, in easy reach to pick up and step ashore with.

Tip 2   Have two stern ropes, one each side. Dont forget to have them ready and useable with the canopy DOWN.

Tip 3   Gently Bentley! take your time on any manouver. To misquote Winston Churchill, "it is better to go slowly, and appear a fool than to rush and remove all doubt."
  
Tip 4   important anyway, but vital if single handed. NEVER jump from a boat, always step. and look carefully as to what you are stepping onto. remember, there's no-one on board to take control if you turn your ankle.

I have a great deal of fun single handed cruising and these tips along with a few others I have picked up over the last 25 years or so.

The other thing is that you may have to become a transvestite to get over the boatyards policy of "no all male or all female crews" !!    Smile

Best of luck matey.

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Arthur or Martha!!!

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Just to add to what all the others have said.

Fwd drive boats are also no problem for single handers only the method needs changing.

Ensure that stern ropes are run as far forward as will allow. Tie up bow line and then go back for stern line.
If you have moored into tide then the stern should come in by itself. If there is little or no tide then step back on board and take the stern line ashore.

For stern on mooring in any boat.

Once you have made contact with the quay apply full throttle astern this will pin the stern to the quay and you can then tie up at your leisure.

The above is not recommended for some sailys with round sterns or any boat with bits sticking out the back such as outboards or outdrives but works for any 'standard' inboard cruiser with a square stern.

Rod

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hi terry, try brinkcraft, they have some small easy to handle weekender type boats, which are the same size as their day boats.
i have moored one alone before by putting the stern back to the quay first then attaching one of the stern ropes whilst still aboard, and using the full throtle as mentioned above, once attached, release the throtle to neutral, and with some slack in the rope to the mooring post, let the current take the bow round to the bank,keep the bow rope to hand in the cockpit, then fasten the bow and adjust both ropes once ashore.
these boats are also easy to manouver by hand in dykes and narrow waterways for turning. low air draft also cuts out any bridge problems.
im not sure if this would work with a larger craft, but with smaller (22ft)lightweight ones it worked for me.

                julia  Smile

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Thanks for all the most helpful advice particularly on the preparation of the ropes forward and aft (see I'm getting the jist of it).

Now to tackle the cross dressing bit as suggested to overcome boatyard rules, think I'll look very fetching in wig, make up and me Mum's best gear - (oh er).

Thanks for all the pointers (or should that be setters)!

Regards

Terry

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It is perfectly possible to singlehand. I used to take out our 42ft broom admiral by myself, and as long as you follow the advice already given with regard to setting you ropes up carefully you should be ok, one thing i would mention is that if you do trail ropes along the deck be careful, because they roll when you stand on them. The other thing to remember if you a trailing ropes down the side decks, make them fast to the hand rails, as they have this disturbing effect on propellers when dropped in the water!

Chris

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