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Hi, I have just booked a weeks holiday on the Broads during July. I was hoping to moor up at the Yacht Station at Great Yarmouth for a day mid way through the holiday (seems to be popular stop). Reading through some information it seems to be advisable to arrive there at low or slack tide, is this absolutely necessary as during the dates I am there low tide is around 5am. My holiday starts from Wroxham. I could get to Yarmouth the evening before but as this is pretty much high season I presume it will be very busy. Are you able to book a berth in advance?

Thanks in advance for any help/advise.
Nige

going to the broads for the first time in may 2009

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It all depends upon where you are coming from and what height your boat is.

The reason for the low water slack advice is the clearance of the bridges and the speed the tide runs at.

If you are approaching from upstream on the Bure, and IF you are confident of handling the boat in swift flowing water you could moor at any state of tide. But, for heavens sakes (if you have to turn in an outflowing tide) make sure you turn well upstream of the bridges, the speed you are taken down is horrendous.

If you have a low enough boat you could pass under the bridges at any state of tide also, but when you come off Breydon and turn up the Bure it can be like hitting a brick wall.

It is certainly a lot safer at slack water.

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Hi Nige,

Sure you will get a few replies to this but here is my interpretation.

If low tide is at 5am on the day in question, slack water (the best time to arrive)is usually around 1 hour later. As that takes you to around 6am you need to consider that the tide will be running in from the sea on arrival. As such the fact that you are coming down from the Wroxham direction should enable you to moor at the Yacht Station facing into the tidal flow and therefore not having to pass under the low bridges first to turn around before mooring. This should help considerably because if you can arrive at the Yacht Station between 10 and 11 am you are more likely to get a mooring as this is the "change around" time when skippers have to pay the next set of mooring fees. As far as I am aware you cannot reserve a mooring.

To enable an arrival at that time I would (and frequently do) stop off the night before at Acle (or Stokesby or Stracey Arms - not a pub anymore) The journey from Acle will take around 2 hours meaning an 8am departure will facilitate an arrival in Yarmouth at just the right time.

The alternative to all that is to leave the boat in Acle, get a taxi to the rail station and travel in that way. Personally I always enjoy staying at Yarmouth so have never done that.

Hope this helps.

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Hi  Nigel, Daves answer pretty well sums it up and you can always call the Yacht Station in advance (01493 842794) and advise them of your intended arrival time, the Rangers are very helpful and will assist you in mooring.


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If coming from the bure and stopping you can also arrive at the high water slack period, before HW would be better as you'll have some flow against you to help moor, LW is only needed to clear the bridges.
Theres nothing to stop you heading down against the tide it will just take a bit longer and use more fuel, have showers on the way and make the most of all the hot water that you'll be making.

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I've always showered on shore after arrival.

As has been said, the Rangers are spot on with helping you moor, and set your ropes for the day/night so you don't need to worry.



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Thanks everyone for your replies. Plenty to think about. Have booked a weeks moorings at the waveney River centre so I know that what ever happens I will have somewhere to moor up with power etc, even if I only use the mooring a couple of times during the week it means that I can make the most of the extended day light hours without worrying about mooring up half way through the afternoon.

Nige

going to the broads this year (2016) for the first time since 2009

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Hi Nige,

As The Waveney River Centre is on the Southern broads about 8 hours or more from Wroxham and you will have to go through the bridges beyond Yarmouth.

You will then be more restricted to travel  through Yarmouth and Brinks Rhapsody looks like it may need a fair bit of clearance to make the bridges.

Sorry to put a downer but I don't feel you will get much use of the moorings and be able to enjoy the freedom of visiting different places.


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Nigel, if you are planning on going straight down from Wroxham it will take you approx. 5 to 5 .5 hours to Gt Yarmouth. You can then go through the following morning early. If you are out for a week and intending to spend your time on the South then rather then limit yourself and  book the WRC for a week and having to get back there if no mooring (Long distances in the South) you may be better off creating an itinerary and book some of those slots in advance eg Oulton Broad yacht station,  Beccles yacht station and of course WRC all for one night. You can then easily cancel if you wish to change later. You would in any case have to spend  (as  stated above) at least night 1 North eg in Gt Yar and then in order  to redeliver the boat back to  to Wroxham for early morning of day 8,  need to be back North for night 7 at least - possibly night 6 if tides/bridge clearance dictate.  Therefore you will only have a max of  5 or 4 nights in the South to have to look for moorings.    

Mark

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Nige Unless you want to be sailing all the time there are lots to see and do by staying on the North side and don't go below Stokesby.John


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