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Dear Forum, we are thinking of visiting The Broads next Year. From Holland. To make a tour of 4 a 5 weeks. During this time we search a place for our trailer and car. And it should be also a place where our trailersailer can be lifted in and out of the water. On that place we do not need a berth for the boat, we want to travel in the broads....
Beccles, or Norfolk are two places we are thinking on. But perhaps there are better places. We do know nothing about the Broads, advice about were to go etc. is very welcom.
Our trailersailer is 21 feet, protrudes 30 cm deep, and has also an electric outboard. See the Photo.
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will be able to accomodate you ,providing parking for car and trailer and they have there own slip.

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As would Whispering Reeds at Hickling, on the South Oulton Broad has a slipway, may be worth contacting the Yacht club (not yacht station) about parking, at Beccles I would try H.E. Hipperson

Good luck and welcome to the forum.

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What a pretty boat!  Smile

Both the suggestions above are good ones, but they are both located above Potter Heigham bridge.

There is lovely sailing to be had up there (arguably some of the best on the Broads), but if you prefer to sail on the northern rivers but it's difficult to take your masts down/up, and prefer to avoid that by launching downstream of the bridge, try Swallowtail Boatyard in Ludham - who also have their own slip and often have visitors like yourselves with trailer-sailers.

To clarify, we talk about the northern and southern rivers, which join at Breydon Water, Great Yarmouth - north and south each have their own different character, both lovely in their own ways

Whatever you decide, I look forward to seeing your pretty boat on the rivers next year  boat-sail LOL

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Hi and welcome to the forum

Just a suggestion but if you are planning on spending a week or two covering all the broads it may be worth considering two locations one North and One South rather than just one base.

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Hi and welcome

What a very pretty boat.

A lot of good suggestions have been made . The other thing to remember about the broads is that the things that normally get in the way of well laid plans  are the significant number of very low bridges which can be a nuisance. Potter heigham, Wayford, Ludham and wroxham to name a few.

If you can get your mast down easily and end up with a height of around six feet three inches you should be OK to go everywhere and in those circumstances I would suggest Martham boats as a good place to start.

The other thing to remember is that although there are nearly 200 miles of waterways to explore very often the distance by land is nothing like as great. For example Womack staithe to Ludham bridge is about four hours on water and about five minutes by road. As another poster suggested you might consider doing a bit of trailering  to get from the north to south as you will be able to experience more variety that way.

Have fun

Graham

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Hi Joho Beccles has a launching ramp and large car park just next door to it at the Mariner, or hippersons boat yard just across river also at Beccles. John

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Hi welcome to the forum.
You mentioned that you needed somewhere where you can be lifted in and out of the water, this implies to me you need a crane or boat lift.
Either way, if you want to launch with your trailer, OR have a device to lift and launch it for you, then consider Sutton Staithe boatyard, on the Northern Broads, once launched, you are about half an hour from Barton Broad, where Nelson learnt to sail lol. No bridges before the Broad, a great sailing Broad. Some good linear moorings around the area, some near pubs etc.

If you are electric, do you need shore power, ie electricity connection, plenty of places to hook up, with the right Blue 16 Amp connector.

You will be limited to 28 days on a broads visitor toll in any one toll year, otherwise you will need to apply for a year's toll, and to get that, you will need a boat safety certificate, ie a boat inspection, to meet boat safety standards, you may need modifications to meet the standard.
So stick to 4 weeks and you are exampt from the Boat Safety Certificate. BUT they might cast an eye over your boat, more especially if you have gas or petrol on board.
Hope it helps.


best regards, Richard.

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


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thank you for all the comment,

2 weeks are short, but not 2 but 5 weeks are planned

The masts are easily take down/up. (carbon)

We learned that getting the boat on the trailer, its often a problem to get him straight on it. So we prefer a crane. Getting in the water is easy, than a slipway is enough.

the permission for 4 weeks, is contact with the autority preferred? Our boat is evaluate by an expert, the assurance required it.

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As Richard (Rustic) says you can only get a short term license for 28 days in any 1 year , I would suggest you contact the B.A. And ask if they would make an exception with you coming from outside the UK

Dave

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