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TedNewman
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I have booked a four night trip in mid September for my wife and I plus my wife's German cousin and husband - we are all retired so getting on a bit Scared

We have booked an Alpha Craft Rapide (via Hoseasons) and pick it up in Brundall l - liked the look of this boat as it has two separate on-suite cabins and a large social area.

Two main questions:-

1/- Are we mad getting such a large boat? tounge-in-cheek

2/- As it is too late to change our minds any suggestions on an itinerary - not including Norwich - and any useful tips.

I have been reading a lot of internet items and now have a couple of books and maps so am aware of the 'obvious' like tides and mooring BUT of course it is all in theory.

Excuse us if you feel that you have already answered our questions 'somewhere else'

Many thanks Ted, Karin, Michael and Gisela.



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Hello Ted,

Welcome to the forum.

No you are not mad re your boat choice you want to be comfortable.

Being has you are taking the boat in mid September you need to be aware that there is going to be work carried out on the old Vauxhall railway bridge at Yarmouth from the 10th of September through to January 2013, there will be delays for boats going through Yarmouth with a safety boat under the bridge which will make the passage through narrow, in addition there will be scaffolding under the bridge that will reduce the air draft through the bridge at high tide. If you are not going to travel through to the northern broads then this is of no concern to you.

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Alan

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www.ranworthbreeze.co.uk



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Hi Ted,

You should be fine.  I've never been on this boat but looking at the layout a very tall person may find the bottom of the bed being enclosed a problem.  We have tall members on here who would avoid such a bed layout.

Retired is a difficult definition - we are both retired and I retired at 55.  If you are generally fit and reasonably supple in your legs you will have no problems.  Make sure you try getting on and off the boat a few times in the yard and work out how to cope if the land is lower still - an appointed 'shore-hand' may be useful - Swan Line may have a portable step (empty crate) to lend if you need one.

Do not miss out on Norwich.  Moor at Bramerton the night before then run up next morning.  Do the city and then leave at teatime for an out of city mooring, say Whitlingham.


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Ted, Alpha Craft are good people, no worry on that score.

Your chosen boat offers a good, stable platform for older legs so no worry on that score either.

First night at Rockland might be good, the pub there is well thought of.

Just do us all a favour, have a good holiday.

As for the wee bit, no problems on that score either, just don't face the wind!

Jenny Morgan,
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Don't worry Ted.  I'm sure you'll enjoy it.

I agree that you shouldn't miss out Norwich it's a lovely city.  Do as 16E says and go in for the day. Also try to get to Oulton Broad and Beccles.

What date as you going, we're there on 15th Sept for a week.

TedNewman
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Many thanks for your replies - retired equals 70 and over BUT three of us are reasonably fit and the fourth ... well she can sit and watch us make fools of ourselves Playful Wink

Perhaps we should take our caravan step with us to help where the drops are a bit long!

Re Norwich - we stayed in a 'rental house' in the centre last year and thoroughly enjoyed it so I thought this year we concentrate on the 'watery' side of things AND if we like it then next year the wife and I will make a longer tour.



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Hi Ted, thought I recognised the name, seen you on a caravan forum I frequent.
We hired from Alpha this year, brilliant service and friendly people, also followed Alpha Rapide upriver and helped them moor at Bramerton(lovely place for first night)as they were first timers. It's a lovely boat, don't worry about it, you'll soon get the hang of it, I'm jealous now.

            Jim

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Thanks Jim !!

Which caravan site? CT or T&T

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Ted.
If your are going to moor at the Nowich marina I would advise you to after you have moored up to lower your mud weight as there some idiots who thing it is "fun" to untie mooring ropes after the dumbo,s leave the Pub.
Just a thought.
Otherwise hope you and your crew have a great time.
Jimretter boat-sail

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Brammerton is a good choice for the first night, it's long and will give you initial mooring approach practice without being the centre of attention for a crowd.  When we first got Moonlight Shadow we went there and did "touch and goes" one day to try to get used to a 38' central cockpit after a 27' stern helm.  (I even tried it myself, but it was obvious that Keith/SternMoor was much better than I was.)

Another place I absolutely adore is Geldeston, but if you plan to go there check opening times for your planned date as they do go to winter hours at some point (can't remember when).

Have a lovely time and come back and write a Holiday Tale?

Lisa, aka Scarlett, "Official"
Dolly Daydream, Miss Mudweight
(and I have a certificate to
prove it), Honorary Malankan


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