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EYMatt
Jan-18-2016 @ 9:14 PM                           Permalink
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Hello ladies and gentlemen,

Mid March will see my girlfriend and I sailing the Broads for the first time. We were looking for a cottage and one of us suggested boating, next thing I knew I'd booked 3 nights with Horizon from Acle, starting on a Friday. (Didn't want to book more than 3 nights as we're just dipping our toes in...pardon the pun...)

I've read through a number of forum posts which have answered a load of questions I had, but I have many more and I've probably missed the answers.

Overnight mooring and travel - are there restrictions on travelling after dark, is it even possible, can I stop anywhere overnight as long as it's a proper public or private mooring point? Looking at some posts, it seems popular mooring points can be full late afternoon, but I guess that won't be such an issue at the time of year we are going?

On a 3 night trip, I assume I'm not likely to have to worry about water levels on board, toilet waste, refuelling?

Last but not least, it looks like there's piles of things to see and do, but if anyone has any ideas for two beginners around the north Broads then suggestions are very much welcome. I'm pretty sure we'll have a beer each evening and decide what to do the next day there and then but I wouldn't want to think I'd missed something "unmissable" first time round!

We're pretty laid back about it and we're looking forward to learning as we go, which I'm sure we will!

Thanks in anticipation
Matt

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Jan-18-2016 @ 9:33 PM                           Permalink
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Welcome, you'll almost certainly wish you'd booked three weeks! In March I cannot imagine you'll have much trouble mooring. Most people will, I imagine, suggest you head north i.e. away from Yarmouth. Ranworth, Horning, Salhouse, Wroxham are probably all good places to head for, depending what kind of evening/night you want (Outside pub or wild mooring and self catering). Up the Ant Ludham Bridge, How Hill, Neatishaed and many other places. You probably won't have a whole heap of time so do a little and leave a lot for the next visit. Probably the decision will be made, as I said, by the kind of things that interest you and whether you want to eat and drink out at night. Enjoy. P.S. Wet weather clothes just in case....

tony b

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Jan-18-2016 @ 9:50 PM                           Permalink
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Welcome to the Forum.

Some good points from Tony, especially that moorings are very unlikely to be crowded in mid-March, I would expect you could moor without difficulty on most public staithes.  A possible exception might be Horning, if you were unlucky  -  but you said you'd be keen to stop for a beer, so the New Inn is not far from the public staithe, and has free mooring if you are eating there (I'm pretty certain)

You asked about cruising after dark  -  there's a very simple answer to that :  No.  From sunset (which will be shortly before 6pm in March) you are not allowed to navigate unless you have lights  -  and hire boats don't have lights.

In three days you'd be unlikely to need a pump-out, but may need water  -  I reckon most boats need a fill every couple of days, although it all depends on your usage.  Ask the boatyard at hand-over, with just two of you on board you may be fine, but it's a bit inconvenient to run dry.

Places to go  -  well, there's a question.  Don't rush, don't try to go everywhere (you definitely don't have time), savour what you see.  I'd recommend a variety of river types, from the wide open lower Bure Near Acle, the tree-lined middle Bure from Ranworth up through Horning and beyond, and maybe the winding, narrow Ant with a new vista round every corner.  Definitely aim to see a couple of broads (at least), smaller ones like Ranworth (technically called Malthouse Broad), South Walsham and maybe Salhouse are lovely;  also perhaps see the wide open waters of a bigger one, such as Wroxham Broad and/or Barton.

Start by going upstream from Acle, turn left at Thurne Mouth, maybe stop and explore St Benets Abbey on your right then first night at Ranworth or Horning, perhaps.  It depends on your start time as to how far you can get.  At Ranworth, you'd need to reverse in to the staithe, which is fun -  get the boatyard to show you how well it reverses, and take it gently.

After that, maybe on up to Wroxham, or head up the Ant to Barton, stopping at How Hill and/or Irstead to have a look round.

The time will go all too quickly  Smile

Don't forget, it may be pretty chilly then!

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Jan-19-2016 @ 8:19 PM                           Permalink
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Thank you chaps for your responses, suggestions much appreciated.

I'd had a vague idea that we would try Horning for the first night, then on up to Wroxham and back again over the next two nights which should leave a bit of time to check out anything of interest we see as we pass.

Tony - you mentioned wild mooring, this is something I wondered as I've also read about mudweighting. Am I right in thinking if we fancy a night "in the middle of nowhere" I can stop anywhere provided I'm not blocking the navigation channel?

The more I look into things, the more I'm looking forward to it....but the more questions pop up!  Question Smile

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Jan-19-2016 @ 12:25 AM                           Permalink
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Horning and Wroxham (with small diversions to the Broads along the Bure would be a good start  -  it depends how long you spend exploring and what you want to see as to whether you have time to go up the Ant or anywhere else.  Daylight won't be plentiful at that time of year  -  you may want to consider getting up reasonably early to make the most of each day (but then you're on holiday, why rush?).

You asked about mud-weighting and wild mooring these are related but not quite the same.  In virtually all the broads you can drop your mudweight over (all boats have one) and spend the night (or stop for lunch, etc) in the middle of the peaceful stillness.  You get a much better experience sitting in the quietness, looking around and savouring the area than when you simply motor across.  Look up other threads for advice, but briefly:  Stop the boat completely, pointing towards where the wind is coming from, then make it go very slightly backwards and drop the Mudweight over the bow.  Don't be too close to the shore, and don't do it when the wind is really strong.

Wild mooring is when you tie up to a bit of bank by the river which is not a designated 'public' mooring with all the posts, surfacing, other people and possible noise.  The Broads are not like the canals, which have a towpath mooring for most of their length, such 'wild mooring' spots are relatively few  -  most of the river banks are reeds or trees, and not suitable to moor beside;  dropping mudweight in a river would be a bit of an impedance to the navigation.  However, when you find a spot of bank with a nice flat grassy area to moor beside, it can be lovely and peaceful.  Your boat will be equipped with Rond Anchors (shaped roughly like a capital 'L'), which you stick in the bank and tie your boat to.


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Jan-22-2016 @ 9:39 PM                           Permalink
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Jeremy - thank you for all the info it's much appreciated.

Cheers

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Ask Horizon or email the Broads Authority for a guide to boating dvd. That may help. Or have a look on You Tube for some videos on the subject but ignore the idiot posts put on there by the minority.
Shouldnt be too busy before Easter but if you want quiet beauty head up the River Ant - turn right at St Benets  Smile  boat-sail
Enjoy!!!

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