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When visiting Ranworth and Salhouse we usually take the dinghy and row in from a mudweight mooring. It is worth practicing getting from boat to dinghy and back in daylight so you know what you are doing and wear life jackets so that people will be able to find the bodies if you come a cropper in the dark (only half joking). We just leave the dinghy tied up in the dyke where there is one or the quay heading where there isn't. Never had a problem with that.

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Years ago on a new site without lighting at the time instead of going into our new bungalow I went into a close neighbours house it wasn't until I'd taken my coat off and I went into the lounge I realised my mistake and crept back out again, I was abou 4 doors down and the door keys were the same for both places.

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A dinghy can make your holiday.  You will not be stuck for a mooring, you can explore dykes and shallow areas, and it's far more intimate with the water, being low down and quiet to see wildlife.  There's just something about rowing along peacefully.

A torch is essential - you must have a means of making yourself visible at night as it can be hard to spot small dinghies in the dark.  You can use a £3 bike lock if you're worried about it being pinched, although put it at the end of the moorings so you don't take up the last 40' mooring space with a 12' dinghy...

Good advice earlier about leaving a light on your cruiser so you can spot it.

Mooring etc - just tie it to the front/side just before mooring if you are concerned about the logistics of squashing it.  You can sort it out once you are tied up.





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Thanks for the replies folks.

Lots of useful information there.

Particular note:
- I must remember the torch and a ribbon.
- Keep a light burning on the boat.
- Practice getting into the thing. Hopefully avoid a viral YouTube video
- I didn't realise you could book a mooring at places if you eat there.
- Take life jackets.

Really looking forward to the trip. The photos I have seen look fantastic.

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In my opinion you are very unlikely to have mooring issues in October, certainly not frequently. Even at half term.
Personally I would not bother with a dinghy at this time of year as the benefits may well be outweighed by the negatives of towing etc. It could even have the opposite effect at times to what you seek. You may find a pub mooring big enough for your boat that is not unusable / very difficult because your dinghy will not fit.
However in the summer I would have one for a cruiser.

I have had that key thing too TT.
In the late 80s early 90s I had a high spec Astra with remote locking. When I went into a car park and fired it at my car it would often trigger one or more other cars to open too.
I once went back to St Giles car park in Norwich and saw a RAC chap trying without success to break into a Peugeot. The owner had somehow locked their keys inside. It had remote locking so I fired my key at it and sure enough it opened. As a mater of interest they tried they key on my car and it failed to open.
Rubbish security but that was early-ish days for remote locking. It seems a lot better nowadays...






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Hi all I was in my local Tesco did my shopping and when I returned the car my remote did not work and so eventually I called the rac .he used a wire to get in the window and he opened the door.then a voice from behind....hello can i help you....the car owner returned...wrong car talk about the ground opening up...the rac man said I'll get going then....I've never been so embarrassed...but we all seen the funny side in the end??

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I can def say with some certainty that Ranworth staithe gets  full at the weekend during October half term. I have seen it every year for the ten years since we have kept our own boat on the private moorings. There is a school trip which has come here for many years and they are spread out over a fair few boats. And they always come to Ranworth at the weekend. It is of course possible that eventually, that plan will change, but I can only tell you what has happened thus far as my crystal ball isn't very reliable at the moment  Playful Wink  

If you are trying to moor in a tight ish spot just ensure a crew member pulls the dinghy round to the front of the boat if you are going in astern (backwards to a stern only mooring such as Ranworth) or to the other side if you are going into a side on mooring.

Steve mentioned life jackets, and I should have too. An absolute must.

Take care, and enjoy the trip - you may seriously get bitten by the bug!

Karen

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No Lavajelly - do not just take lifejackets but especially after dark, wear one!!!

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Hi lavajelly

Regarding live jackets I assume hat you are aware that on holiday boats the life jackets are provided for you but often you will just be asked what sizes you require small medium large etc

I would suggest that each of your party try on the jackets for size at the boatyard to ensure they are the correct size and keep them where you know whose is whose.

Have a great holiday. Cheers

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