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Simo
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Hi all - just joined as looks to be the place to come for good advice! Me and the wife have fallen for the broads and have started looking for our first boat, having decided to sell our 69 VW camper. Cogs are now turning trying to find out about mooring, toll fee etc!
Simon and Terri

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Hi and welcome Simo.

It all depends on what type and size of boat you're considering. The bigger the boat the higher cost of keeping, moorings, toll etc will be. You should also think about where you would like to access on the broads, where home moorings would best suit you and what your needs are in the way of creature comforts are from the boat and moorings. Add all this to your budget to purchase then your on your way to finding a boat that fill your needs and can then consider what the running cost per year would be. Just as an example our 30' Ocean fixed costs, moorings, toll and insurance come in at around £1700 per season, mooring in Wroxham upstream of the bridge.

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Hi there, and welcome !

A 1969 VW camper or a boat ? Ooh 'eck that's a really hard decision
as both wonderful.

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Welcome to the forum. There are many decisions to be made, not least the budget, type of boat (motor or sailing), forward/centre/rear drive, which area you'd like to keep it...the list goes on.  Ask whatever you like, and we'll do our best to answer. Many of the questions you'll have will have been asked on here before. Here is some light reading for you  Smile

https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=site%3Ahttp%3A%2F%2Fthe-norfolk-broads.co.uk+buying+boat&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&client=firefox-b&gfe_rd=cr&ei=fKRnWZPTFonH8Ae6yoSADg

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Hi Simo
I am a recent boater and I've just changed my first boat because I discovered that an outboard engine was a disadvantage, also the chemical toilet was a pain.
I now have an inboard diesel engine on a shaft which means that I can moor stern on and get fuel easily. The pump out toilet is a far better way of dealing with the waste. I've also got a larger outside social area which suits me better.Also I found that the southern broads are a lot quieter if that's what you prefer

Steve

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Hi Simo I suggest that you visit some mariners and speak to boat owners about what you should or shouldn't get ,there are many owners that have changed their boat after only a short time because it is not suitable for them thus incurring expense,which could have been avoided before they get what they really need,you only need a small four cylinder single diesel engine if you only use it on the broads.BUT big boys like big toys until the bills start coming in.You only spend a relatively small amount of time sailing,you spend a long time sitting/relaxing/ eating/cooking/ showering on board so comfort is inportant .John



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Hi

Welcome from me as well. All good advice so far but I will put another idea into your head.

People never buy the right boat first time no matter how much research they do. There is a huge disconnect between what you may think is important and what actually is important in practice.

It follows you should first get a boat, any boat and use that to Dec ide what you like and what you dont like. You can then choose your second boat with some degree of confidence that you will be content.

My second piece of advice is not to be tempted into buying a boat which you think you can improve. It may have a double berth only five foot six long but if it was easy to put in one of normal size why didnt the original builder do it.

All boats have design quirks and almost all of them are for a logical and sensible reason. Very often sorting one issue out leads to a greater unforeseen issue somewhere else.

Good luck and have fun

Graham



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Hi all - thanks for the replies. We stayed at Norwich fri night to get an early srart sat, and spent all today looking at boats, chatting to some fantastic owners who were so helpful! I now know that i want a deisel powered shaft drive, pump out toilet, shower, double berth with another convertable double berth if possible! Oh and room to fish from lol! One boat i wanted to view i couldnt get in contact with the owner - then when i did get a reply later he said it sold this morning!!
The best thing to happen so far was finding a mooring, which am very happy with and when we find a boat we can go straight on!
So the search continues ?



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Hi all - little update - we are now the proud owners of a Connoisseur c900 called Carol Annis, so if you see us about give us a wave! We viewed a lot of boats and scoured the net, and all the research we did seemed to have payed off, as we are very happy with the end result! Had some good support and advice from members on here sona big thanks to you all ??

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Hi Simo

Great you got sorted with the boat. The great thing is whenever it takes your fancy you can pop along to the boat. Yes there is always a bit of cleaning and maintenance, but that is all part of the joy of boat ownership and the great thing is it is never ending :o).

Did you get your moorings  sorted?

Enjoy.

Cheers

Paul



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