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Harrietbrandon
Nov-25-2015 @ 12:27 PM                           Permalink
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I think the thing is in the past there were big problems. Hire boats of ten or twenty  years ago were not built with much insulation and it is quite easy for water systems to freeze and burst when it never gets above minus five or the like.

It was only four  years ago that Norfolk saw its first snow in November and it did not disappear until March.

Not sure it ever got much above freezing during that time.

For it to be practical think the boats would need to be built to a winter spec and hirers would also need to be prepared to convert to a houseboat holiday if the water flows became too dangerous

Grahsm

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There are three issues that I can see.

1. Domestic water freezing
2. Engine cooling system freezing
3. Frozen waterways.

Could 1 & 2 be addressed by lagging and heating on the boat?

Frozen waterways, depending how bad mean boats can't move.

Like I said above, common sense and good instruction surely could address issues.

Since there is less demand during winter, only some boats need a winter spec do they not?

One of the things I like is early morning cruising when you have the river almost to yourself. I imagine the Broads in winter are like that all the time with even better scenery.


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Yes I agree but I don't know if there is a real demand ? Or enough to build specialised more expensive hire boats , I am not so sure.

Yesterday there were no boats moored at coltishall, potter, Womack or Ludham bridge. Can't say that very often in the summer.

Didn't see any boats moving either so your assessment of tranquility is spot on

Have fun

Graham

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I don't see a problem. I use my boat all year round and have only been frozen in twice in over 15 years. A little bit of common sense is all that's needed. If the forecast says it's going to be minus whatever, stick to the main rivers and avoid the "dead ends" like Sutton, Womack, Neatishead and so on.

The biggest hazards to be mindful of are decks and quay headings, which can be dangerous when frozen.

Happy winter cruising!  Smile

Steve. CM1 and NR12

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Is there any danger to the hull by being frozen in?

Or is the ice we get in this country not thick and heavy enough?


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There must be thousands of boats around the country that get frozen in every year. I've never heard of a hull being crushed. Obviously it would be sensible not to move the boat in anything other than a paper thin film of ice.

Steve. CM1 and NR12

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Hi all ,
Think a few of us here who keep our boats in and around the stalham / Sutton area know and have seen these reaches of the ant do suffer bad during the winter , with ice / frozen over water , which does last a few weeks , think one year it lasted 6/7 weeks where it was that cold , somewhere way back here in vaults there was pictures at ranworth where it was completely iced over , and snowed heavy , few boats were stuck for a day or two , I believe a pole and mud weight was used to smash a way through and a route access for the boats to follow behind ,

steve and vicky

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Wrap up warm and get out there!


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The syndicate boats are used all year round apart from a maintenance period of 2 weeks each year, I had a share for 12 years and can't remember any problems, a lot of the owners cruise for a day or two and return to their own moorings for a night then venture out again, an electric hook up is pretty much a must but there are plenty available in the winter, so there is really no good reason not to hire if you get a suitable boat..

L

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Depends how flexible you are, if you don't mind being stuck in one spot if the river/broad freezes then there is no problem because moving a boat through ice can cause significant damage to the gell coat. I have seen people cruising very slowly throwing the mud weight in front of the boat to break the ice but this is not entirely satisfactory and it is no fun as well as being some what dangerous. Of course cruising on a sharp crispy Winters day if the river is clear is a joy.

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