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When i started on the Broads i was only 9 and can't remember either double mooring or being double moored on (if such a phrase exists!).

Then in the mid-70s and early-mid 1980s it was so common that it was almost impossible to avoid.

Only spotted two cases of double mooring a fortnight ago and it looked like they were known to each other (one was a brace of Forth Bridges.....ten blokes in all.....very quiet too, especially at 11:00 on a Friday morning when all the curtains were closed and the hatches well and truly battened down!).

Obviously this will have something to do with the drop in numbers of hire boats, but i was just wondering how you all felt about it these days.

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Not too fond of double mooring...never have been. Always a great potential for disturbing others when trampling over their boats.

These days, we discourage anyone from double mooring alongside, not because we're miserable anti-social types but, our deck is very high and surrounded by railings from the bow to the aft deck which makes it extremely dangerous for anyone to get on board. The aft deck itself also has a narrowish transom top and is not somewhere I would want to walk especially in the dark.

What we have done instead if it's very busy is we offer to move and let the other skipper have our spot and then we would suggest that we moor on the outside of them...

  



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as you say this was very common in the 70's, you still see it a bit at horning,of the top of my head.
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Hi lez
at the Swan at horning there is a notice saying double mooring is allowed,so really i spose no one can object.
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Hi Roy...

I once asked Alan Royall about double mooring and he maintained that double mooring was at the discretion of the skipper being moored to and that you are not obligated in any way to allow double mooring if you don't want it...regardless of the signs saying it's allowed.

As posted above, I only discourage it because of the dangers involved for other people trying to get on board our boat safely...I have no desire to see anyone hurt.



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Must admit that like John I have never been in favour of it, mostly because of the risk of disturbing people or being disturbed by them. In addition if double mooring is needed somewher then it usually means that the mooring is too busy for us.

Mum likes to have other boats about so objects to being completely in the wilderness but I don't like being on top of other boats if we can avoid it.


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The place where I used to see most double mooring was at Potter Heigham runnimg up to the Bridge Pilots. This year there was always space.

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I'm definitely not one for double mooring either. One of the best things about a boat holiday is the space, freedom & privacy - all of which evaporate in seconds if somebody moors on top of you! For similar reasons, we tend to avoid stern-on mooring overnight.

Simon

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we use to love double mooring as kidds we would all ways try and get dad too moor along side a boat with other kidds on. great way to make new friend's  Smile

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One of the strangest things i've ever seen was a Caribbean style boat attempting to double moor at the mouth of Thrune Dyke. Nobody knew exactly what was going on, presumably because everyone thought the same thing.....ie "Nah, he can't be staying......must know the folk in the other boat and he'll be off in a minute".

But no, he genuinely thought it a good idea. He was soon disabused of this ridiculous notion and slithered off elsewhere.

You do see some odd things on the Broads!

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