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thebrownboss
Aug-18-2013 @ 2:16 PM                           Permalink
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I am looking to book a trip on the Broads for a week with my husband next August for our 25th anniversary. I am very nervous about it and have spent many evenings on the sites and found myself more and more confused and unsure if it is the right thing for us to do as we have never done it before. Can anybody help me please? I have so many questions but I don't understand the jargon!!

Kind regards..Browny

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Aug-18-2013 @ 2:39 PM                           Permalink
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If your too shy to ask, use the search facility at the top of the page but if you do ask you will find plenty of people more tham willing to answer your questions. as for the question 2should you book a boat on the broads"? IMHO there is only 1 answer , yes undoubtedly.

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Hi, welcome to the forum.

Probably the best advice so far is to read some of London Rascals posts, he visits the Broads several times a year on his own, whilst cruising along with a video camera in one hand and a tin opener in the other.

His views are not biased in any way, and the stories and tales he tells are how things are.

Chose a suitably sized boat for your needs, don't go too big as they take some handling in the wind when mooring and when casting off.

The best advice, take everything slowly.

Start on the Northern Broads, ie don't travel past Acle on the Bure, as the tidal rise and fall and tides and the currents are much smaller than on the south.

You should see tidal rises of less than 6-8 " most of the time, and can be ignored during normal cruising.

There are some great riverside pubs, and plenty of places to stretch your legs.
My advice, would be, don't be tempted to get a dinghy if this is your first visit, as it tends to get in the way whilst mooring, especially trying to reverse moor.

There are plenty of quiet places on the Broads, even during high season.

I'm sure that you will both enjoy it.




best regards, Richard.
I can't wait to be back on our boat on
the Broads.

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Aug-18-2013 @ 2:58 PM                           Permalink
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Hi.
Of course it's the right thing to do, you will both love it, and for a first for both of you is even more exciting, it's so easy to do, you will have plenty of advice from here, so please ask any questions, lots of people do, like what boat you are looking for and the type etc, you will get lots of help.
Go ahead its a brilliant anniversary present and one you won't forget for all the right reasons.
Val

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Thank you. It is advice like this that we need as we have looked at the web sites out there but they don't give info on experience the experts in this field, have gained over years of sailing. I will follow the posts and see what information and advice we can gather. Thanks again.

Kind regards..Browny

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The vast majority of the members of this forum learned to handle boats on the broads. It is an ideal learning ground.
The main rule of thumb is just to take it slowly and enjoy

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

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fully agree with mm ,take it nice and easy , stick to the northern broads if a short/ or week break,and do please ask away any questions you have , and welcome to the forum ,

steve and vicky

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Definitely do it Browny.
We did our first broads holiday last September, we loved it so much we went back in May and are going again the first week this September.
The only advice I, still as a newbie myself really, would offer is to go for a boat with easy access on the bow and stern (front and back). We have found the boats with a front well with seating are ideal for us, it makes mooring so much easier and it is lovely to sit out in during nice warm evenings.
A broads holiday is THE MOST relaxing holiday you will ever have - Guaranteed   Smile

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8 days until our first broads holiday, still a little nervous about handling the boat but looking forward to it - like a kid at christmas to be honest!!. Will let you know how we got on when we get back. Smile

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Hi Brownie and welcome to the forum. I remember my first time of hiring a boat on the Broads and I can tell you I was very nervous. I read many a post on here and it set my mind at rest to a certain extent. I'm still a relative newbie compared to some of the other forumites on here and their experience and advice is invaluable. The main thing they taught me was to take everything nice and slow, especially when mooring, and to enjoy the experience. No matter how silly you think the question you want to ask sounds ask it anyway, someone on here will answer you and put your mind at rest. As has been said already "the Rascals" posts and videos are well worth a look. It does seem a bit daunting at first but believe me once you've done it you will be back for more. My best advice is to relax, ask as many questions your not sure about and enjoy one of the best holidays you can ever have Smile

all the best
           Jim
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