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Hi All
This October will be my first time on the Broads so trying to put some planning in place. I have founds lots of useful information here. Something I did not take into account when imagining this break was shortage of moorings outside pubs or places overnight – we will be there in October half term holidays. I had this image of arriving in the evening and grabbing dinner at a pub/hotel/village then retiring to the boat. Research seems to suggest that you need to be lucky as everyone else has the same idea.

To partially solve the problem I am considering hiring a dinghy. Idea being that if there is a shortage of moorings we can anchor up close to the shore and use the dinghy retuning later to the boat. Aside from the logistics of dragging another item behind the boat and mooring problems, which I feel I can deal with, I have the following questions:
1. What do you do with the dinghy once you get to shore? Leave it on the bank unattended?
2. Is it generally safe? Do you tie it to something on shore? (it may be left there for a couple of hours while we go out to eat, visit a village, take a walk etc)
3. Assuming you have a good torch is it feasible to row from the boat and back in the dark? Idea is to go for dinner at the pub and row back later.
4. Is the dinghy/pub thing only a daytime activity?

Thanks in advance. Apprehensively looking forward to the trip.


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The dinghy will be quite safe as long as you secure it correctly while you are in the pub, a small boat only needs an all round white light after dark so a small  torch will be sufficient .

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Welcome to the forum, you will probably have little or no problem in October finding a mooring but the dinghy will be fun anyway and you might fancy mud weighting one night and rowing ashore. Hope you have a great holiday I know you will.
Dave

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Hi Welcome to the forum and as already said you only need a allround white light so you should be okay but I think you will find that even with half term you will still have spare moorings this time of the year and don't forget you can always phone ahead and make a booking.
enjoy and have fun. Smile

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Hi, we too are on the water half term week, as we did last year. We had no memorable problems last year finding a mooring next to a pub for the very same pastime as yourself! One thing worth remembering is that at that time of the year the days are shorter (dark earlier)therefore you may be wise to be at your chosen spot before its time to go to the pub . We always have back up pub just in case. ( and a stocked fridge ). Enjoy. PM me if you wish any further details. Cheers, Stu

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All the above - plus - Leave a light on, on the boat so you have something to steer to in the dark.

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Welcome, as has been said but no harm in repeating Smile

You can book ahead to get an overnight mooring at The New Inn Horning, as long as you are eating there. If you want to eat at The Maltsters, Ranworth, then you just have to get to the adjacent public moorings on Ranworth staithe as soon as poss ( mid morning even) because it does get busy there during the October half term, especially at the weekend. However, the broad is a good place to mudweight and try  out the dinghy. Perhaps for a lunchtime/daylight visit in the first instance. There is a specific dyke there for dinghies and dayboats so you can always be pretty sure that you have somewhere to put it ! Looking at the Staithe from the broad, the dingy dyke is an inlet to the left side.

Enjoy your hol and do please let us know how you get on,

Karen

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One small thing, one hire dinghy looks like most other hire dinghies, so maybe some coloured ribbon or similar on the painter ( The rope that secures the Dinghy from it's bow).

best regards, Richard.

Can't wait to be back on our boat on
the Broads.

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Very good point Rustic  Smile  

Some of us have,  no doubt (  Blush  ) tried at least once in our lives to get into the wrong car, especially pre remote locking systems...

Karen



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Not just before remotes, I was parked at the local Shopping Outlet waiting for my ex to leave work and give her a lift home, she came out of the shop and got in a car 3 up from mine, I wouldn't mind but it wasn't even the same colour or the same model. She said the guy was a "bit surprised" lol
Saying that I've actually opened another car with my remote and got in only to realise it's not mine?


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