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Sep-24-2014 @ 1:38 PM                           Permalink
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Hi, we are looking into booking a boating holiday on the Norfolk broads for next April. We have 2 dogs with us. Where is the best place to hire from, that would cater for dogs. We are 4 adults going, so need some space onboard. Never been boating before, but really enthusiastic to go, looks amazing. Is it best to do the North or South on your first trip. We are looking at going for 1 week. Thanks for any advice.

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Sep-24-2014 @ 2:08 PM                           Permalink
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Hi

Welcome to The Forum.

What type of dogs do you have? Big, small or what? We have an English Show Cocker Spaniel onboard  and he loves boating.

Would suggest trying a few yards Herbert Woods, Richardsons, Sumercraft (Northside) or Pacific Cruisers, Broom, Swan Cruisers. etc. to see what they say about dogs onboard.

North or South are great but different. For a first go I'd stick to one or other and not try both in only a week. Think I'd suggest North to a first go as well.

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Welcome to the Forum

We take our dog on the boat as well he loves it and seems to know when we are near the boat. Richardsons have a good choice of boats. Not all their boats accept dogs but most do it will depend on the type of boat you want to hire. I am sure you will find one to suit you all and the dogs.

Trevor & Deirdre

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We'd say definitely stay north (more frequent moorings)
for a first trip.Richardson's have biggest fleet so most
choice. Make sure you get lifejackets for both beasts and
keep them on until you settle down for the night. Our
collie x springer has an 'Up-buoy' - about £25. Its not
so much for the floatation as the handle in the middle of
the back to hoick her back when she does go in. Hauling
20kgs of wet dog up 3 foot of freeboard by the collar
isn't fun! Most BA moorings and many pubs are dog-
friendly (Sutton Staithe Hotel bar sometimes turns in
Crufts rejects room lol). Bring their own bedding and
towels. I'm sure you'll have more questions - feel
free!ETA - welcome to the madhouse BTW!

Andy and Kathy (IP11)

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Welcome all of the above advice is excellent I have taken a dog four times now including a 12 year old collie Alsatian cross who after 3 days of sitting quietly looking around decided to jump in just through Ludham Bridge and yes a handle would have been useful when he and the boat reached the bank But would like to add that remember a fit dog will get to the bank so don't jump in after it in any circumstances even an older or unfit dog will survive in a dog life jacket


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Thanks everyone for your feedback. I will definitely check the different boat hire companies out. We have an English Springer spaniel, who would spend all her time in the water if we let her, and a lazy deaf Dalmatian. Looking at around April time or early May. Looks like I have lot's of research to do. North looks the best option I think for our first time. Hopefully this will be the start of many more boating holidays, it does look great fun. Thanks again.

Thanks for any replies.

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We start our one week hire with Pacific Cruisers on Pacific Diamond this Friday!  Can't wait.

First time we've hired Diamond, but hired many times from Pacific.  Looks a great boat.  We are going with two friends (four adults in all) and two dogs.

Pacific are a great boatyard based at Loddon, in the south.  Taking into account you would like to be in the north.  We are heading north as it is our friends first time and there's more to see in closer proximity.  That said the south has its charms and we love both.

We hope to catch the evening low/slack at Yarmouth but looking marginal as you need just over the hour to reach the first mooring point at the Stracey Arms.  Failing that it will be early morning.

The trip from the south is doable for you if you chose that option but I'd recommend checking the tide times for april because like september you may be stuck with shorter daylight hours.  This means if the crossing time is close to sunrise or sunset you may be restricted

It isn't as complicated as it first appears and the trip across Breydon Water is part of the adventure.  Just gives you an alternative and a great yard to consider in the south

I'm sure you'll have a great holiday!

The pace of life down there
suits us

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Forresters hi,

Me and the missus hired Pacific Diamond end of April/May and sure you won't be disappointed.  Very nice boat and as you say really nice people running the boat yard. I have attached a photo of the boat.

We are back on the Broads starting the same day as you on board Swan Rapture leaving from Brundall.

We only intend a short trip to the Beauchamp Arms for the 1st night but will be heading North on Monday morning so may see you around.

Cheers

Kind Regards
Alan...
www.mynorfolkbroadsboating.co.uk/


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As you can tell from our signature we have large breed dogs which are Newfoundlands of which we currently have two "cooper" and "Gigi"

We always have one holiday on the broads each year and sometimes two.

This year we were down in May and we are back this Friday travelling from Moonfleets yard at Stalham for a week

We have already booked for next May!

The reason being is that we have found no better holiday to relax with humans and pets

As long as you let the boatyard know in advance what to expect and they will be fine.

We bring throws for the furniture, no other reason than we pride ourselves in returning the boat in the same or better stats than we received it

Boatyards we have found are exceptionally dog friend

Moonfleet - owned by Richardsons
Richardsons
Herbertwoods
Bridgecraft

Pubs we have found as exceptionally dog friendly

White Horse - Neatishead
Dog Inn - Ludham
The Shed - Wroxham
Ferry Inn - Stokesby
Bridge Inn - Acle
Cross Keys - Dilham

Our favourite spot though is Salhouse Broad as our babies love a good swim!

Yours Newfoundly
Warren and Julie

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quote:"......
We bring throws for the furniture, no other reason than we pride ourselves in returning the boat in the same or better stats than we received it
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If only everyone showed that degree of respect for others' property. Nice one! Cheers

John

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