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thebrownboss
Aug-18-2013 @ 3:16 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 @ 3:39 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 @ 3:58 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

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Hello,

Welcome to the forum too.

It is fine to ask anything, and being nervous is something which in my mind gets worse the more you think and plan and worry.  

Now you talk about going next August, so there is a lot of time to think ahead and book this year a boat that otherwise closer to the time next year will be booked – you will also pay this years prices, and be able to pay a  small deposit now and put aside the money so that will help finances.

Feel free to join in here, ask anything – detailed, or simple there is never a stupid question.  

What I would suggest though, is since the weather of late is nice (and I am not sure how far you live from the Broads) why not drive here – or even let the train take the strain – and have a day out?  You can bring a nice picnic, hire a small day boat and get a real taster of things.  If you did not want to hire your own dayboat, you could take a trip boat from say Wroxham and have a look at the boatyards – if it is not change over time many would be happy to let you have a look-see at the boats that are in the yard.

Either of the above will mean you can both decide if a week’s holiday on a boat is what you want – you might go back home thinking that it was great and you can’t wait to helm  your own ‘floating home’ – or decide actually it was a lovely experience, but boating might not be for you – in which case you might prefer to hire a waterside property where you get up close and personal to the river but everything stays still and no worries about mooring and ropes.

Truthfully when it comes to boating there is nothing to be nervous and worried about – as long as you take your time and are safe – and that means the person doing the mooing and the person at the wheel to both have on their lifejackets when mooring up – never jump off or on a boat or leap from the boat to the bank – there is never a rush, if the wind makes the boat drift away from the bank you go around again.   I get worried about ‘cocking up’ a mooring, and it is that which what you will find yourself thinking of more than ropes and correct knots and the like – but if you do it well after a bit you will be flushed with pride and think “year we did it”.

You can click my link below to the ‘Captain’s Blogs’ where I have playlists of each boat I have hired and you can get an idea of what different boats interiors are like, and places I have visited.

I'd recommend this video [Click Here] as you will see the way controls work and average way a boat is laid out for while they may differ in size and style much of the things inside are going to be the same.

It is truly a great holiday and unlike anything you will have done before and it only takes a week for many people to ‘get hooked’ and come back time and time again.

So maybe try a day out on the water for as taster, but for sure don’t worry about doing things right, using the right terms to call things it is not a test its a holiday after all Smile


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