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Jan-18-2016 @ 10:32 PM                           Permalink
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Hi There,
I have just bought a 29ft River / Cabin cruiser, similar in style to the Norman cabin cruiser its 9 ft wide, not too sure of its depth.
The boat is currently in Beccles, Suffolk & I am looking at options open to me for transport back up North to Chorley, Wigan area in Lancashire.
Option 1 - Road Transport from start to end - a few good haulage companies would be a great help, its approx. 240 miles
Option 2 - sail / drive along the broads waterways as far as possible, say to Norwich. Then road transport over to the Main Uk Canal waterways at say Thetford approx. 30 miles then from there either blast the journey from dawn till dusk till its in Wigan
Option 3 - As Option 2 but just use weekends to sail / drive the boat up North due to work I'd like to get to know the boat during the trip with no rush.
What do I need to know about getting from the broads to the main UK canal & river network, I there an option to use the River little Ouse?
What hints & tips can anyone give me?
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Martin

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Jan-18-2016 @ 10:56 PM                           Permalink
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option 2 may be a problem as you say the beam is 9 foot I'm not sure you will get through all the locks.

Try here ask for JON
Wayford Marine ,Stalham, 01692 582555 or 07789095032 he is always moving boats.

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Jan-18-2016 @ 11:31 PM                           Permalink
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Option 2 is possible as there are wide locked waterways all the way to Wigan Some "hairy" moments though like crossing the Wash to get from the Middle Levels/Great Ouse onto the connecting navigations, eventually via the Leeds & Liverpool canal to Wigan.
Will take a lot longer than a days "blast" though!

I might be talking conbblers! Its a while since I did any of that!

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Hi Martin,
There is no wide beam link from South to North via the canal system.

The route via the Ouse/Grand Union/Trent/Yorkshire Navigations/Leeds & Liverpool Canal to Wigan is blocked by narrow locks (7ft wide) at Northampton, Watford Gap and Foxton.

All the Midlands routes become narrow canals at Birmingham.

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Jan-19-2016 @ 9:17 AM                           Permalink
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Our boat has a 9' 6" beam, it took us 2 days to get from lincoln, via the Fosdyke, Witham, over the Wash and round the coast to Yarmouth. I guess if your ok with the coastal bit it may be do-able. From Lincoln you have access to the Trent, Ouse and onwards, be carefull round the Trent-Humber junction, you have to wait for high tide to cross, Breydon is a peice of cake by comparison, you will also need charts not only for the sea bit but also for the Trent etc. But I dont think I would make a trip like this my first in a new untried boat, I think I would go with option 1 TBH. Dont forget you will need to check your insurance for any coastal crusing and you will need a Canal and Rivers Trust license to cruse on the UK river and canal system.

Edited because my brain works faster than my fingers.

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"Hi" Martin

Give "Tonytugboat" a call and i'm sure he will be able to help you out with a very good price and at least you will know your boat is in safe hands as he will give you an up-date right from start to finish, he is one of the best and a real gentleman.
Web site www,tonytugboats.com or call him on 07810-646733 or land line 01908-373371.
Good luck
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Kindest Regards Mike

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How about option 4.
Find a mooring on the Broads, try it for a year, fall in love with the scenery and no locks, then make the decision next year.
Find you love the broads, and realise a 3 1/2 + hours journey,  may not be that bad after all, then have another year and so on...
Many people are travelling this journey from further afield.  
I will say it can be a pain on a bank Holiday Friday afternoon, so we set off on a saturday at 5:00 am straight through from Staffordshire to Stalham.
Be aware, at this time of year there are often closures for maintenance to locks, culverts and embankments, on the canal system. There are also emergency closures too, which can happen at any time, and for extended durations too.
Personally, I wouldn't tackle the coastal trip, may be if you were in convoy.


best regards, Richard.

Can't wait to be back on our boat on
the Broads.


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The only way by water is Trent, Aire and Leeds and Liverpool. At 9ft beam you are too wide to pass through any of the Midlands routes. Mid winter on top of the Pennines??? If would take a brave navigator!!! Get it on the back of a truck my friend.

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Hi Martin,

All good advice so far. There is no link through the midlands.  Here is my contribution.

Best option get the boat on a truck and take it to Wigan.  You can get to know it there.

Or you could put it on a truck as far Farndon near Newark for craning back in.  You can then use the Trent and tidal Trent in stages to Keadby, then into the Stainforth and Keadby canal and New Junction canal (SSYN)to join the Aire and Calder Navigation.

Get to Castleford and then decide - river Aire to Leeds and then the Leeds & Liverpool canal to Wigan or river Calder and Calder & Hebble navigation to Sowerby Bridge then the Rochdale canal to Manchester, Bridgewater canal and Bridgewater Leigh branch to Wigan.  There will be associated mooring and travel costs if you are weekending in this manor.

Hopefully it is a diesel boat otherwise you may have logistical problems obtaining petrol.

You will of course have to wait for the canals to be repaired after the flood damage over the past month.

Water Explorer may help you plan

Water Explorer

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Mal
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Martin. Truck it all the way for peace of mind, the boat is new to you it will need something or other doing to it easier to do at home then strange surrounding and you will be a passing trade.It is most unusual to find a boat that doesn't need something doing to it. i don't want to doom and gloom But a simple thing like a fan belt or cooling impeller could spoil your trip, far better to happen near home where a phone call to a mate just up the road gets you help.alternatively do like Rustic suggests keep it on broads for a year then maybe spend three or four weeks holiday to sail it home .My sister took over two weeks bringing a boat from Nottingham to Ely, it's the delays you get at locks that can be a problem.John

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