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carolineinoz
Apr-03-2014 @ 7:10 PM                           Permalink
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Hello all!

Brand new to the broads - will be on my first trip there in late July. A little nervous at the idea of being in charge of a 40ft boat for a week, but will hopefully be able to keep the top end pointing skywards...

All advice gratefully received!

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nothing to worry about you will be given all the help you need when you pick up your boat, and u will soon be out there, have a great holiday. Smile

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Hi There,

Welcome, I am sure you will manage fine. Just remember most of us started as rookies so don't be nervous.
Just do everything slowly, rushing aint on the menu. You will soon get the hang of stearing etc.
Have a great holiday. Smile

Iain.

Lower your windscreen!!! Ooops
too late!



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Apr-03-2014 @ 7:33 PM                           Permalink
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The slow tip there really is the best one.. The boat is soo easy to handle if you do things slowly... So come into a berth at a snails pace and everyone will think you have been doing it for years.. Have a brill time Smile

We do not need a bigger boat...

Regards, Alan

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Hi
Check the tide tables and come into a side mooring against the tide. Look for flags blowing in the wind as well.
Even if you do mess up (so long as you do it slowly so no enormous crash), it doesn't matter anyway, all the people around have messed up in the past and will probably do so again.
Enjoy a wonderfully peaceful holiday.
Smile

We love the Broads
http://www.riverside-rentals.co.uk/NorfolkHolidayCottages/fishers-haven

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In a way you are lucky,  you will only get that first time nervousness once, I remember our first, I couldn't even drive a car but they let me take out this boat for a week,  enjoy it and don't worry about messing up, even the best on here get it wrong every now and again, just kick back and relax,  take it slow, plan your route,  then find you will throw that in the water with allyour worries. Enjoy your discovery,  it will blow you away.

Gary
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Click on this;
http://www.richardsonsboatingholidays.co.uk/first-timers/#tabs=1
Really helpful advice.

Yacht 'Jenny Morgan'

The Broads is a member of the
National Parks family, it is
NOT a National Park though.

Worth a read:
http://www.thegreenbook.org.uk

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Apr-03-2014 @ 9:39 PM                           Permalink
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Hi and welcome, slow is a great tip, maybe practice maneuvers on one of the broads like Salhouse or the likes. You will soon pick it up, there are some good tips on this site  http://www.mynorfolkbroadsboating.co.uk/ Don't worry and enjoy your holiday.  Smile

Paul & Jenny

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We hired for the first time last year and are heading back next month (counting down the days). As the others have said slow is best when manoeuvring, and dont be afraid to stop, move away, and restart. The bloke doing the handover and intro to boats was great, was happy to spend as long as needed to get us up and running, we found the whole thing much easier and more relaxing than we had expected. Other boaters more than happy to lend a hand, or advice when needed.

Two bits of advice
1. Practice simple knots before you go.
2. Have some food and drink onboard for a stop over. At some point you will see some place and just want to spend the night or rest of the day there.

JennyMorgan
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JonC is right about knots, click on this one:
https://www.netknots.com/rope_knots/clove-hitch/
'Tis a doddle.

Yacht 'Jenny Morgan'

The Broads is a member of the
National Parks family, it is
NOT a National Park though.

Worth a read:
http://www.thegreenbook.org.uk

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