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Hi everyone, long-winded post coming up.

It's 10 days until we take over Ruby Emblem from Ferry Marina in Horning, and I'm finalising my plans for the first couple of days. I'm very flexible with where we go but we are definitely heading south initially because tide times through Great Yarmouth get less workable throughout the week. Slack water gets close to sunset towards the end of our week cruise, so we have to go and come back, then spend the second half of the week up north.

First night (Friday 16th Aug) my wife wants Tapas, so it's an overnight stopover at Stracey Arms. This is pretty much fixed in stone, she doesn't ask for much but she really wants this so it's happening. Saturday LSW is 14.04 and since I want to take the kids to Yarmouth so they get to go on the funfair, but I don't want to moor overnight there, I'd like an early start from Stracey Arms, and moor for 5 hours in Great Yarmouth before leaving at 14.00 for Breydon.

My concern is that High water is approx 05.40 so I'd be travelling with the tide from Stracey Arms (which is a good thing usually) but it would mean having to turn around in what seems a narrow river to moor against the tide when I arrive in Yarmouth. This sounds dangerous because I've read that the current is strong. I'd be approx half way between low and high tides so with all this in mind does it sound do-able or complete lunacy? Could I go through the bridges (Airdraft is listed at 6'10" but I'd want 6" more than that since it's not my boat and I'm not taking risks)and turn around and come back against the tide, I saw London Rascal's adventure running against the tide and I don't want to be attempting a mooring if it's like that.

Any clues anyone? If I'm not entirely happy I'll have to hang around at Stracey Arms until lunchtime and travel straight through to Breydon, but I would like to take the kids to the fair if it's possible without putting us all in unnecessary danger.

Cheers

Neil

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You could consider getting a taxi in from the Tapas place....by road you are vary close to Yarmouth from there.

Steve

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Thanks Steve, but due to opening times at Yarmouth Pleasure Beach, and the fact I'd have to get back and then leave Sracey Arms in time for Slack Water, there would be no time at the fair. Plus I've got a dog and taxis usually don't like them. Plan is for the wife to have some time on the beach with the mutt, while I make myself sick on the rides.

Thanks though

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Hi Neil, sounds like the perfect scenario to me. You'll be mooring at the yacht station before you get to the bridges anyway, just follow the advice of the guys there and they will help you tie up. Hundreds of boats do it each year without incident, it's only the odd few that get it wrong and end up on you tube. Relax and enjoy. Smile

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Neil, See you on YouTube. Evil Grin

As Steve says, the rangers will assist you, they're very good. Have a few practices at turning and handling your boat on a quiet stretch of river, just to get a feel for it. You'll be fine, I'm sure.

Regards, Ray.

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I agree with Steve, The rangers there are very helpful and will advise you what to do.

I think therefore I am.  René Descartes.
I sink therefore I was.  Maurice Mynah.

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Just another quick tip.... have a 'Google' to see if there are any current offers on 'wristbands' for the Pleasure Beach.... I got a great deal a few weeks which I (or rather the kids) will use next week.

Steve

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Neil as you approach GY you will be coming with the tide at low revs, go
past the yacht station away from the moored boats to make your turn.

As you turn on low revs the tide will start pulling you sideways,
be ready to increase your revs as you go around to get the boat back
under control.

My main concern for you is that you will arrive at GY approx 7.30, being a
busy period hopefully some boats may have moved to give you room to
moor.

There is a bridge height board opposite the rangers office for your
guidance.

You say you will leave GY at 2 oc, try and make it 3.
There will be a short distance against the tide and then a full tide behind
you to take you over breydon.

With this in mind you could start out an hour later to arrive at the yacht
station at  08.30.

Wish you and your family a good holiday.

Malcolm



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Neil, just thought of a good tip to further ease your concerns. If there is a boat ahead of you on your approach to GY, leave plenty of room between yours and his. That way if he makes a total pigs ear of his turn, you won't have worry about tying to put the brakes on with an ebb tide up your backside.

Steve. CM1

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Neil,
Why d ont you moor at Reedham  on Sunday and catch the train into Great Yarmouth, dogs accepted  have the day exploring  the fair and the beach train back then either stop over night again at Reedham or chug further up river.  It's only about 20 mins by train and the station is in walking distance from the Staithe.

Doug.

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