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Longjohn
Aug-30-2017 @ 11:09 AM                           Permalink
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Hi all, I'm a reasonably experienced Broads boater but my son is planning a birthday celebration for his 30th in late Feb. year.  I know that it'll be cold but that's no problem. The question is are the water point hoses available all year round (I guess that there's a chance of them freezing) and what are the forums experiences of Feb. boating?

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Hi Longjohn.

I've not been on The Broads that early and I can't answer all your questions  but you may find the following info of use.

Northern Broads.
If  Yarmouth is on your agenda - Yarmouth Yacht Station - No mooring is allowed at out of season which is from November 1 to Easter.  Apparently “no mooring” signs are put out and the quay becomes the responsibility of the local council whilst out of season.

Some boatyards may also restrict travel toward and through Yarmouth out of season.  If this could be an issue it may be best to check with the boatyard before booking.

Opposite Yarmouth Yacht Station at Everitt Marine Services there are two overnight moorings available all year round. The  Moorings are based at Crusader Boatyard and have non BA electric points. I would think they would have water so you could check. Contact Tel: 07943 7008652.

Southern Broads.
Reedham Quay – Although unmanned from November 1 to Easter it is ok to moor all year round but you will find the water hoses removed. They do sometimes leave one hose operational by the main hut.
Beccles and Oulton Broad Yacht station – These are open for mooring all year round but only manned from 08:00 to 14:00 from November 1 to Easter. They are not B.A but run by Sentinel Leisure Trust.

All the above has been confirmed by the relevant authorities last year.
Hope this helps. Cheers

Kind Regards
Alan...
www.mynorfolkbroadsboating.co.uk/

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Aug-30-2017 @ 12:24 PM                           Permalink
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Weather wise you may be lucky. It is not unusual to get gloriously sunny beautiful days in Norfolk in Feburary. I have been known to be sailing in a T shirt and shorts that month before now. The nights get cold though.
Alternatively it could be snowing! But on the whole Feb is usually a dry month here compared to those either side of it. At least that is my impression.
Plenty of boaters are out all year round so I would expect that facilities are available. Others who are out more than me that month will no doubt confirm or deny that. I tend to day sail in the winter.

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Aug-30-2017 @ 12:41 PM                           Permalink
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Difficult one to answer as I honestly think it depends on how harsh a winter it may turn out to be. We have been on the boat late feb/early March, as well as December and sometimes it has been OK, sometimes not so good if ice has affected the rivers. Even a bit on the quay headings and decks on a morning can makes things a tad awkward.  Slippery conditions need careful attention! And, as you have mentioned, water points do get closed off in bad weather, even at marina moorings. The water around Stalham does tend to freeze up sooner than other areas, so may be worth remembering this when you choose which yard to hire from. When we have hired in the past, quite a few yards were closed completely during the winter months, but I can only suggest you check this out as I don't have up to date info on this, though others might...

Not all the shops wll be open either - at Ranworth for example The Granary shop on the staithe, as well as the adjoining tearooms, usually closes completely during the winter months.

The rivers out of season are beautiful no doubt. We spent a fantastic weekend on the river this February, and had a wonderful day trip about ten days into the new year when it was mild, still, and so very different to a summertime pootle. The colours were so different too and the views varied due to the reduced foliage and leaf cover.  We are blessed however that we can choose a day to go on the river based on the weather forecast.  Have you considered a holiday cottage with dayboat - they're pretty cheap out of season and could likely give you the best of both worlds at that time of year.

Regards, Karen


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Aug-30-2017 @ 6:02 PM                           Permalink
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Hi Longjohn, should you be south and can get under the bridge at Thorpe we should have at least one working tap by the bungalow.

Colin

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Hi boat mad, thanks for the response.

We would only be pottering around the northern broads, so wroxham, Ranworth, Ludham, potter and neatishead all of which have water points and hard moorings.

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Even at those places you mention, the wooden quay heading is still slippery when icy, believe me - I've slipped myself despite appropriate footwear! and water points are sometimes off.

Karen

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Don't worry old chap, slippery all over in winter with a sharp frost. As for water, the boat yards will be open. That will always be there to help you out. They won't let you down.

Dwile Flonker

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Just be prepared to be more self sufficient than usual. We have sailed in December before now, on mostly empty waters, so no one around to assist in difficulty if you are not close to yards...

Plan ahead, think it through and there is no reason why you shouldn't have a good time...

Danny


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Hi all, many thanks for your contributions! It looking more like a cottage and a day boat, but you never know! If we do finish up on a hire boat I promise to keep a diary of the week and share the highs and lows with the forum!

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