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Mon, 11 Apr 2016 7:20 am BST- Light Rain
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EYMatt
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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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!!!

Bob Huppendoun

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