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Hello. I have just joined this forum so I apolgise if this is a repeated thread. Anyway, I just ordered an inflatable canoe this morning (blame the sunshine!) and only afterwards did I consider the logistics of launching it. Assuming I purchase the correct licence from the relevant authority, am I then able to launch the boat from any slipway? If so, is there a list of slipways available anywhere for me to consult to vary my experiences of different broads and rivers? Also, are there any extra charges for me to launch, or is it as simple as get licence, find slipway,launch? And apologies if this seems a sily question!

Dan

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Just sling it in the river, clamber aboard and off you go. You will need to pay a toll to the Broads Authority, at an inflatable price!!!

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There's no such thing as a silly question Dan, only some of the answers may be silly. Smile  

You'll probably get quite a few suggestions of good launching sites on the Broads, quite a few people on here with much experience on the subject.

I'd start it off though by saying that with an inflatable canoe you can save money by not using slipways, which almost all have charges.

Canoes have the very distinct advantage of being one of the few craft that can easily be launched and recovered over low river banks and low Staithes.

Ideal, completely free launching locations would include:

The green at Horning, near the Swan Pub,

Womack Stathe,

Hoveton Riverside Park at the back of Roy's Car Park,

Potter Heigham Staithe, (by the Bridge)

Coltishall Green, near the Rising Sun pub,

Belaugh, the green by the car park,

That's just a small sample of Broads riverside locations with nearby parking and free launching over a very low bank (about a foot).

You'll find it's much cheaper and easier to launch canoes around the Broads than anything requiring a slipway; like trailered dinghies. If you buy a small folding canoe trolley, you'll find it even more convenient to get the inflated and loaded canoe to a from the car parks.

edit - I took so long typing that lot out that I overlapped Peter's reply, giving the same good advice to avoid slipways and their charges, but much more succinctly ! Smile  



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Hi Grelboy,  I have an inflatable kayak, as well as a couple of rigid 'sit on tops', and use them all on the Broads.  You'll find loads of good places to paddle on the Broads.  You will need either to pay a toll to the Broads Authority, or alternatively join the British Canoe Union.  BCU membership gives you a licence to paddle throughout Broadland, but also on other rivers and canals, should you choose to put your canoe in the car when you go on holiday elsewhere.  BCU membership also includes some insurance cover, and you get regular magazines with good ideas about places to paddle and much more.  You may have guessed I'm a BCU member  Wink

Strowager is right, there are loads of potential launch spots.  Some boatyards will charge to use their slipway (usually about £5), eg Cox's at Barton Turf, Whispering Reeds at Hickling, Martham Boatyard. But there are alternatives.  If you ask at the Pleasureboat pub at Hickling for example, they're happy for you to launch there (and park your car free) provided you pop in for a pint afterwards, the same is true of the Bridge Inn at Wayford Bridge.  Any Broads Authority mooring that you can access can also be used to launch from, free, so Belaugh is good as is Irstead.  Try up the Bure above Coltishall as well (Horstead Mill or Bayton Bridge) where you can get away from the big motor boats and enjoy a quieter paddle ... and also launch for free.  The Broads Authority publicise a number of 'canoe trails' and directions and maps are available on their websites or at BA information centres.

http://www.enjoythebroads.com/boating/canoeing

Have fun out there - may see you about!


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quote:"......
the Pleasureboat pub at Hickling for example, they're happy for you to launch there (and park your car free) provided you pop in for a pint afterwards
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And a lovely pint it will be too. Another good spot is Woodbastwick Staithe, on the Bure opposite the Ferry Inn at Horning.

As important as where to launch is the question of how to launch inflatable boats. I first saw this done on the Callie in Scotland.

Tuck the inflatable under your right shoulder with your right hand taking a firm grip of the top tube. Grip the bottom tube firmly with your left hand. Stand ten to twelve feet from the river bank facing the water.

Run at top speed towards the water and "dive in". As you extend your arms in front of you the inflatable will square up underneath you and "catch" you as you hit the water. Just don't forget the oar, best on a strap and fastened securely!

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Hi grellboy and welcome to the forum.

A useful website for you is www.boatlaunch.co.uk it is a bit of a cranky website to use, especially if you use the tap facility on your computer but it gives a comprehensive guide to most launching places all over the country and Europe.

Hope this helps, and have fun with your canoe.

Best wishes.

Zeb.

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I would have thought you could launch from any quay heading that is open to the public. Just pop her in the water sit on the quay and ' in you go  Blush '

hope you have lots of fun messing about on the river.

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Oh, and here's a useful tip given to me when I was just starting out.  If you plan a 'there and back' paddle on a river, start downstream and paddle up.  That way when you're coming back (and tired) you've got the flow of the river with you to make it easier.  It's easy to start going 'with the flow' and not realise how far you've gone, and then struggle against the flow on the way back.


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Thank you for all your replies, they have all been very helpful.....although i might not take a running leap to launch the canoe! My nearest water apart from the sea is the Waveney and there is a broads jetty/mooring just down from the Dukes, so i might try there.

Dan

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Dan, by the Dukes I presume you are at Somerleyton. Do a spot of walking around the marsh & you will find numerous dykes that are great for exploring. Best done at this time of the year before the weeds & crud takes over.

Yacht 'Jenny Morgan'

The Broads is a member of the
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