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philipt740
May-24-2016 @ 5:57 PM                           Permalink
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September will be our first of many boating experiences hopefully.

We are doing a long weekend (probably late September).  My wife has expressed her desire to moor overnight in Great Yarmouth; with this in mind I was thinking we won't get to GY in a single afternoon as we'll be setting off from Stalham.

I'm looking for ideas of where to moor for a nice meal and a few shandy's before moving off to Yarmouth to be there at around low tide time = 07.46 so am I correct in thinking 08.46 will see me safely in the yacht harbour.

Do you think I'm being a tad ambitious for my second day a the helm, or with care is it doable.  If you think I'm punching way above my weight please tell me.  

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May-24-2016 @ 6:33 PM                           Permalink
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Depends when you get away from Stalham but GY is a fair way, specially end of September and early sunset. GY is around 5 1/2 hours cruising time. Thurne Dyke (Red Lion) is around 2 1/2 hours; Acle (Bridge Inn) easily under 3 hours. If all you are doing is heading for Great Yarmouth you don't need low tide as the Yacht Station is on the R. Bure before the bridges. Best to time it to travel down the Bure with the current as pushing against an incoming tide will really slow you down. Go past the mooring, turn and come up to the quay against the river flow. Take your time and enjoy the cruise down river. You'll be fine. There's going to be at least two of you, so you can share the helm and not get tired. Depending on what cruiser you book, check its clearance as Ludham Bridge on the R. Ant has only about 8ft 6" at high tide and you have to pass under to get to the Bure if you are coming from Stalham. It will go but you might have to wait on the tide if you have a high cruiser and time it wrong. Any cruiser lower than 8ft won't be a problem.

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Thank you its starting to become clearer; I think I'm going to enjoy this.

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If your mind is set on spending the night at Gt Yarmouth Yacht Station, the following information may be helpful.

Once the children go back to school, the number of boats on the Broads reduces substantially. If you're hiring  from Stalham, Acle Bridge is an easy 3 hour cruise, so you'll get there in nice time for an evening meal at the Bridge Inn (which I can recommend). Free mooring at the pub for NBF members – just print off your logo using the Make My Logo link at the foot of this page. Best to book a table though 01493 750288. You can't book a mooring (unless any of your crew is disabled) but there are plenty of moorings available upstream of the road bridge.

It is then about 2-1/4 hours to Yarmouth. The tidal flow on the Lower Bure is strong, so always moor AGAINST the tide (which is a good practice anyway). The ebb past the Yacht Station continues for about an hour past slack water, so you'd be better delaying your departure to arrive some time after 10am, by which time the flood should have begun. If the tide is still behind you, you will need to go past the yacht station, through the two bridges and past the yellow post, in order to turn safely and come in to moor against the tide. There are BA staff members at the yacht station (0800 – 2000 hrs), who will help you to moor and arrange your mooring ropes correctly.

Forgot to add - sunset on 21 Sept is 18.56 (GMT), by which time you must be moored up, as hire boats are not equipped with navigation lights.

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Hi there
Just to correct pally and update members , the nbf members no longer get free moorings on show of nbf logo ,
Thank you

steve and vicky

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Thank you, Steve. I wasn't aware. Something to do with the change of ownership?

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My idea would be to spend a long weekend away from Yarmouth seeing the prettier parts of the river - there really is very very little to see between Acle Bridge and Yarmouth but you will be spending 4/5 hours cruising looking at not a lot!

Cruise up towards Wroxham where it is just so much prettier and as for Yarmouth - take the wife for another weekend but not by boat!!!!

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Agreed. There's a lot of not very much on the way to Yarmouth, and on a low boat you'll be seeing nothing much more than miles of reeds! If it were me, I'd stay above Ludham bridge, if it's just a long weekend. Plenty of places to whet your appetite for a longer stay next time. And I can almost guarantee that there will be a next time!

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Cheers guys; your comments have been noted.  If our trip goes ahead we'll stick to the northern broads.

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Hi Phillip

It's worth remembering yacht harbour is rather a grandiose term for what is basically a stretch of quay heading on a not particular
Attractive  bit of river manned by helpful BA staff.

As others have implied the amount of enjoyment you will get from a night moored at Yarmouth is minimal when set against the time taken amidst unattractive scenery in order to get there.

.  Not so if you are coming for a week but for your first weekend I would suggest you turn round at acle and head towards coltishall if you are able.

Have fun

Graham

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