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onceayearcruise
Apr-02-2014 @ 11:07 AM                           Permalink
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Hi all,

Just got a few questions.

Firstly i have hired the Brinks Emperor Class boat.
I know this sleeps 12 but there is 10 of us going to be on there. Is this boat nice and also will it feel really cramped with 10 people on board?

Secondly we are going on the August bank holiday weekend. What will the broads be like then. Im hoping for the nice weather but will it be busy on the water ?

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Apr-02-2014 @ 11:23 AM                           Permalink
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I actually had a quick look at Brinks Emperor a few weeks ago when I was returning Brinks Omega.  It is huge at 48 feet long, I think 12 would struggle, 10 hmm let’s just say it is going to be ‘cosy’ I’d say it honestly is more suited to about 6 as you will then have space to move about, store things and the likes.

It is rated 3 stars by Barnes Brinkcraft and it is much the same standard as a cheaper large boat you may get from Richardson’s – it’s got everything you need and looks clean and tidy inside but don’t expect anything fancy.

It is a bit late now since you have booked it, but if you bring a large party again it may be easier to hire two boats and split the group between them.  

As for August – it will be very busy so if you want to get to a pub for the evening you would need to be moored up say 3:30 - 4:00pm to be sure of getting in the popular spots.  You will only know the state of play on the first night to see how busy things actually are, and how the moorings are filling up to then plan for forthcoming evenings.


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Apr-02-2014 @ 11:26 AM                           Permalink
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Welcome. Cheers

August Bank Holiday weekend is always very busy on the Broads. Having said that, there are ways to avoid the bustling crowds and congestion on the rivers.

Choose your cruising time carefully...early morning and later afternoon are often very pleasant times to be out on the water. The downside with late cruising, of course, is that you may have to be satisfied with a 'wild' mooring or a mid-broad mudweighting at the end of the day as most of the formal mooring places could be full by then.

10 on a 12-berth boat...probably a bit cosy but part of the boating experience. Smile

Have a great time!

John

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Apr-02-2014 @ 11:30 AM                           Permalink
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Thanks for the reply.

We are actually thinking about hiring another boat. Could be possibly more coming so might hire another 6-8 sleeper.

Was expecting a busy weekend but thats fine.

We are doing a Fri-Mon weekend break. How far can we go down the river?
Been many times before and we got down to Yarmouth. Is that to far for a weekend break?

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Apr-02-2014 @ 11:33 AM                           Permalink
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Hi John,

What exactly is a Wild/Mid-broad mooring ?

Can you moore anywhere on the broads.

Within reason of course!

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Hello and welcome,
Myself and 5 friends hired Brinks Emperor 1 last May.  I wouldn’t go overboard (excuse the pun) with what you take.  Not a lot of luggage space for 10.
I assume you have checked the layout in detail for sleeping arrangements.

I’m afraid I think you will find it rather cramped with 10 especially if you are all adults.  Bear in minds cabins are restricted in height in the bed area. It shouldn’t be too uncomfortable if it’s only a weekend trip.   I see you may be hiring an additional boat.  I think this a good idea.  

We had a great time but this is not the easiest boat to handle.  48 foot long and not the most responsive boat I’ve hired. On many occasions we used the ropes to assist with turning the boat around.  When put in reverse to slow down or stop this boat travelled quite a distance before it came to a halt so needs plenty of room to stop.  Nice and slowly does it. All part of the fun. Smile

Having said that we found the boat to be reliable, no battery problems and felt warm enough on board.  I couldn’t believe how good the reception was on the TV.  We left the Arial down and never had to adjust it in any way for an excellent picture.  Some folk do like there telly.

I’m sure as we did you will have a great time.


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Alan...
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A 'wild' mooring is one where there is no formal designated area to moor and is usually well away from civilisation. Not so good if you want a pub or restaurant but can be very tranquil.  A lot of anglers will nudge their boats into the side and establish their 'swims' in such places.  

There are lots of places where you can tie to trees, watch out for roots and other obstructions though. Just respect any "No Mooring" signs or signs indicating danger. Additionally, keep away from red posts as they signify an underwater obstruction.

Mid-Broad moorings are exactly that. You drop your mudweight and stay in the middle or edge of the broad for the night. Try to keep away from the main channel otherwise no worries. Watch the depth at the edges though.

Hope that helps. Smile

John

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We will be down there then too on Contessa from Richardsons so will keep an eye out for you! x


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