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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.

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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!

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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

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Alan...
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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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Sep-25-2014 @ 9:48 AM                           Permalink
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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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We take our dog on the boat all the time and he loves it, one thing I would say is that as it's your first time on the boat with your dog I would go for a boat that has a rear entrance, some dogs particularly large ones are not keen on coming out of the cockpit and trying to turn to walk down a narrow side if you have to moor stern on. Please also lock the dogs in the Cabin when you are coming in to moor or leaving the mooring, that way the dog can't jump off after you (or before) and it is one less worry
The other point I would make is that I would not rule out the Southern Broads, if you intend to take the dogs on decent walks then this is far better catered far on the South IMHO. Enjoy it I'm sure the Dogs will.

dave

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Hi Boat-mad

Yes I think I noticed your review on Diamond from earlier this year - will look out for you.

Home from work now, last bit of packing and then off to bed.  Early start planned to leave by six from Longridge near Preston.  Should be in Loddon midday.

Spoke to Fiona yesterday and she said they'd do their best to have the boat ready for us.

Alan

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Thanks. Good tip about getting a boat with a rear entrance. Our Dalmatian can be abit spooked about things like that. Also about considering the southern broads. Most of the time when we plan our holidays it's centred around the dogs, and mostly about good places to walk them, so that's a great bit of advice.
Thanks once again for all the replies.

Thanks for any replies.

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We have boated many times with 1 or 2 dogs ,mainly now we just take
Boris the Airedale and he is very used to boating and even jumps in the
dinghy to go for a row-loves it as he can drink on the move!

Have a check when booking ,some boatyards now can let you have dog
lifejackets in addition to the human ones.They are quite bulky so the
dogs can be a bit clumsy in them but they are safe.

However we did have an experience with one when trying to get the dog
in the life jacket the clips came undone and the dog fell back in .Our
solution is to keep a harness on the dog at all times as this is alot easier
to get hold of the dog in the water and distributes the weight well when
getting them out.

I agree the rear access helps alot as well as having wide decks so the
dogs can patrol up and down the boat easily.

WE have done as suggested bringing throws so the dogs can sit on the
seating without making a mess ,lots of towels -yes and familiar toys and
bed or blanket .I did make a suggestion to phil at Moonfleet that if they
allow dogs they should do the lifejackets and also dog bowls and beds
for the dogs -it would save on car packing space -boatyards take
note!.Oh and from experience with Boris rolling in smelly otter mess
,bring dog shampoo!

Have fun and it is a great holiday allowing you to includes those with 4
paws!

Fiona.

Life is too short

M&F

Forum Girly Swot 11.02.2011


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We just got back from our 1st week on The Broads with our dog.  He loved it, & he settled really quickly thanks to advice from this forum about having a favourite treat ready for when the engine first started up.
We don't allow him on our chairs, which doesn't stop him from doing it if we are not there with him! but we took a doggy towel and his bed and he wasn't left on the boat by himself.

We had Chelsea Bridge from Bridgecraft at Acle, (a nice family run business), but that's only a 4 berth.  We were told to look carefully at the bed sizes, as 10 berth may not mean 5 couples, but 2 couples and their children, as some beds are smaller than others.  Bridgecraft do larger boats, but I noticed that most Herbert Woods' looks a good deal bigger.

P.S. the warning about tying the dogs up before mooring is a very good one - ours embarrased us at Ludham Bridge the first time. Sigh.

We stayed in the North Broads all week, although we did look at Potter Heigham Bridge - then we ran away!   Lol!
(actually we knew it would be only a look as the tide was wrong for a boat the height of ours to get under the bridge at that time.)

Salhouse Broad was the best part of our week, we went there for part of a day, then went back for a whole day and a night - glorious!  Highly recommended.

We hope to do the South Broads next year.

FranOnTheEdge

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