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Karen&Mike
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Hi, and welcome to the forum.

Good advice from everyone there - it would be nigh impossible for you to do this trip in the time you have.

I remember our own first boat trip on The Broads ( as adults ), and the realisation that somewhere 20 mins down the road was hours away by river! In fact we particularly recall asking a local in a small village  for the nearest fishing tackle shop and his first question was "are you in a boat or a car ?" Lol

I'd do the Norwich visit before you pick up the boat, or on the day you return it. Have fun and enjoy the boating experience - it's special in many ways.

Karen



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it can be easily done no matter what the state of the tide. The "experts" tell you only to pass through GY at low tide or slack water, this is the most fuel economic way to do it but is not a must, the deciding factor is the bridge clearance at GY, provided you have that you can go through anytime. You will be punching the tide at some point which will cost you more fuel but in August the days are long enough to do the journey in 1 day, early start  late finish.
It will however mean an awful lot of cruising and little time to see other places so if thats important either call into Norwich before you collect the boat or after you have dropped it off or as others have suggested moor up and get the train,bus or Taxi in.

if it is to be it is up to me.

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TT is right you can do but as its around 12 hours motoring each way at best, you might find the throb of the engine gets to you by the end of the day - by the time you get there, the shops etc will be closed and as the night clubs are still closed as well, not sure what you can do other than fall asleep once you have got there!!!

Probably just best to relax by doing much shorter trips so you can relax and actually enjoy your "holiday"!!!!!

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The bus also takes you right to the city centre the train to the edge (just across from the Yacht Station incidentally)

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I would definitely listen to the sound advice you have been given by not sating time and fuel by cruising by boat to Norwich.
Also I would not ventiure down the river Bure " despite what the experts say " as an ebbing tide racing down the Bure is no place for a first time novice in a 40 ft boat ??  At best you will get stressed out with the vessel seemingly having a mind of its own with regards to steering control and the worst is then you could collide with something due to that possible lack of control. I your holiday and your choice. I hope you all have a super time . The Broads are lovely.
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Hi there, we have just returned from a fabulous week on the Broads and also wanted to visit Norwich.  But we realised it would take a big chunk out of our week so we travelled up from Sussex the day before we were collecting our boat and we stayed overnight in the Premier Inn in the heart of Norwich.  It was very nice, it wasn't expensive and we had a full English on the Monday morning Smile .  We had Sunday afternoon and Monday morning to discover Norwich before setting off to collect our boat mid afternoon on Monday.  It was also a really nice way to start our holiday.  Have fun and enjoy your holiday!

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Pauline

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When  I commented that I felt this was nigh impossible, I was taking into account the whole situation, pretty much the same as others.. As has been said, I don't think this would have been a good idea for a novice helmsperson on their first short boating holiday, and I honestly don't think we should be encouraging that. I don't think a hire yard would be that chuffed we were doing that either to be honest, and I'm sure if a new boater customer had asked about this route, the yard themselves would have advised against it.

Karen

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We keep our boat at Stalham , and only go South when we are on her for a week or more , a three day break would be wasted IMHO if you spent 20 odd hours on the journey to your destination and back , the Northern rivers are busy yes , but they are beautiful and a slow meander around at 3 or 4 mph is incredibly relaxing .
Depending on what time your boat is ready there are many moorings within an hours cruising where you can refresh yourselves and enjoy your surroundings

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we have gone as far as beccles  and loddon from stalham  on different weeks but wouldn't attempt on a short break - for norwich we tagged a saturday hotel onto a short break

paul

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