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Mar-25-2007 @ 9:55 PM                           Permalink
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Hi there! I've joined the forum as I am after some advice. We have booked our first ever boating holiday for the summer! There will be 4 of us newbies setting sail on Windsor Bridge from Bridgecraft at Acle. We pick the boat up on a Tuesday at 2pm and have it for 4 nights.

Our questions are:
1) How far do you think we will get on the first night? We want to get as far as possible (heading towards Great Yarmouth)
2) We want to go to the dog track on the Wednesday evening so are we able to moor near there/Great Yarmouth?
3) What is the car park like at Bridgecraft? (are there a lot of trees)
4) What are the must see points for a short break?
5) Will we need to leave the engine running on the boat when we have a shower?
6) Anyone had any experience of this boat?

Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thank you, Lucy.

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Mar-25-2007 @ 10:13 PM                           Permalink
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A Very warm welcome to the forum Lucy! I will let the hire experts answer your questions! Have a great holiday Cheers

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Go on then I will give it a go at your questions!!

1.Ferry Inn at Stokesby would be a good first night stop. Remember to come in to moor up against the tidal flow! Many have come unstuck failing to do this!!
2. I think you can moor overnight at Yarmouth?? Not totally sure though! But there will be a very big rise and fall with the tide which you must remember.
3.Dont think there are many trees there.
4.Head back up North and look at Ranworth Horning places like that if you only have 4 days All lovely cruising up there and plenty of pubs ( Check out the Pubs guide)
5.No you dont need to keep the engine running while having a shower as your boat has a hot water storage tank on board much like a house ( Only smaller so dont be under it for too long or the other three will curse you when the hot runs out) !!!!
6.No but checkout the hireboat info section on this site bottom right of all pages I think.

Hope this helped and I am sure what I have told you will be corrected by someone soon!!!!!!!

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Mar-25-2007 @ 11:54 PM                           Permalink
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Not trying to put anybody off but if it were me I wouldn't do an overnight stay at yarmouth, especially the yacht station anyway.  Have heard stories of people being bothered by local yobs after the quay rangers have gone home.  Not sure if marina keys is any better and I could be corrected here in saying that the difference between high and low water at yarmouth could be as much as 2 metres and on that alone I wouldn't stay overnight.  You would be constantly adjusting mooring lines!

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Hi Lucy & welcome.

How far you go on the first day is up to you. Stokesby would indeed be a good bet, but there's limited space there, so you may need to carry on to Stracey Arms Mill. Stracey is only about half an hour from Acle. Bear in mind that Stracey is the last place you can moor before Great Yarmouth itself (about 2 hours from Acle). At GY there's the choice between Marina Keys or the Yacht Station (which is much more central.

If you want to be in GY for the Wednesday night rather than Tuesday, you might be better to go upstream of Acle on the first day (plenty of moorings) & then chug down to GY on the Wednesday.

Simon

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Mar-26-2007 @ 8:07 PM                           Permalink
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Never hired her, but the Windsor Bridges always look immaculate when I see them up north during the summer. Great design, and I'd say that they're a good example of it.

With the outside helm position (very good visibility!) and bow thruster I should think she'll be quite nice to handle and ideal for a crew who are still learning the ropes.

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Mar-26-2007 @ 8:26 PM                           Permalink
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quote:"......
Ferry Inn at Stokesby would be a good first night stop. Remember to come in to moor up against the tidal flow! Many have come unstuck failing to do this!!
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Wise words indeed...I got this very basic premise wrong many moons ago and ended up with an unscheduled Bure bath!  Smile

Oops...sorry, Lucy...welcome to the nuthouse...nice to have you on board.

Stokesby is a great place to moor (as long as there's still space left when you get there) but if you've only picked up from Acle you may well feel like chugging a little further before stopping for the evening. We hired our first boat from Horizoncraft at Acle and we were just getting the feel of the boat by the time we got to Stokesby and resisted the temptation to stop. We actually carried on all the way over Breydon to the Berney Arms...having said that, we were on for a full week so we had a little more time at our disposal.

Jimbo's suggestion to head north is a sound piece of advice. You could work your way up to Wroxham for Wednesday afternoon and rather than go all the way to Yarmouth by boat you could hop on the train into town for the dogs trip?

Just a thought...

John

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Mar-27-2007 @ 5:48 AM                           Permalink
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Lucy having read your posting carefully and bearing in mind that you pick your boat up on Tuesday afternoon and you want to be at Yarmouth stadium on Wednesday evening frankly I would disregard the advice given so far and on your first afternoon head in the opposite direction going upstream to somewhere like Womack Water for the evening. Nice little village, good shops even the odd resident forum member (well they do get everywhere I’m afraid).

The next day you could then call in at South Walsham Broad and experiment at mooring on a mud weight for an early lunch and then proceed to Gt. Yarmouth mooring I would suggest at Cross Keys (the first set of moorings) rather than Yarmouth Yacht Station.  That is closer to the stadium Johnny or whoever at their little pub will give you directions.  If you let them know your intentions and that you might be back late I’m sure that they will help by mooring you close to a ladder or whatever if the tide is likely to have dropped.

The next day you can retrace your steps and then explore the Ant or Bure.

Re. Use of the shower if you all want to smarten up for an evening at the Stadium I would advise that some of you shower whilst underway back to Gt. Yarmouth that way you will all get hot water.

Bill…


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Mar-27-2007 @ 8:31 AM                           Permalink
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Oh good...sorry, Lucy...we stand corrected  Indifferent

Please feel free to disregard this post too...

John

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Mar-27-2007 @ 9:06 PM                           Permalink
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Thanks for all the advice guys! I'm sure we'll be back before long with more questions we've thought of!! Very excited though! Can't wait until July!! Lucy x


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