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geoark
Mar-25-2019 @ 6:49 PM                           Permalink
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I have wanted to take a boating holiday on the broads for years, this year the dream (nightmare?) comes true.

Long term sciatica means the last holiday we took was in 2000, and has affected many of the memories my daughter has of us together. Really looking forward to our trip in October and building memories together - probably of me making a fool of myself.

Anyway, decided to join the forum to get useful information and tips, and hopefully enjoy a few days without spoiling it for others. But also what to do if I mess up big time. For example I have read any number of horror stories of newbies hitting others.

Seems like common sense, ie stop and apologise, and give any relevant information. Hoping I will not need to use the information, but minimising the stress for all if it does happen.

Looking forward to chatting to people and thank you in advance.

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Mar-25-2019 @ 9:13 PM                           Permalink
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Welcome to the forum.

Just a couple of pointers. When you pick up your boat, you'll have a 'hand-over' with a member of the boatyard staff, who should explain the workings of the boat and some simple handling instructions. If there's anything you don't understand, ask to have it explained again. In October, there won't be so many boats going out, so there shouldn't be too much of a rush.

Speaking of rushing - don't!!! Take things nice and slowly and enjoy the journey. The places you don't reach on this trip, you can visit on your next  Smile

While boating is not a contact sport, collisions do sometimes happen. The slower you're going, the less damage will be done. Remember this when coming into and leaving a mooring, and yes, you are obliged to stop and give details, if there is any damage or injury.

Use the blue-bounded Search box, next to the logout button at the top of every page, to plumb the depths of knowledge within the forum. If you can't find what you're searching for, just ask and someone will either find a link for you, or answer your query,

"..for the avoidance of any doubt, the broads are not legally a national park and do not come under the national park legislation, and nor will they."
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for DEFRA (Hansard 2015)

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It's a welcome to the forum from me too.  Smile  Good advice there from Paladine and remember, the only dumb question is the one you didn't ask.

Steve. CM1 and NR12

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Mar-25-2019 @ 10:23 PM                           Permalink
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Hello Paladine and thank you for the reply and advice.

This year we are only going for four nights, and in part chose October as we expected it to be quieter, even though the weather may not be so great but who knows this is England. If we enjoy it then we plan to return next year for a longer holiday.

Speed is not an issue for us, and enjoying the wild life and scenery is of greater interest. As I don't drink and my daughter enjoys the odd quiet drink finding pub moorings is not high on our priority, though near to villages may be for me if we want to explore.

At the moment I guess I am doing what I was taught as a young man, plan for the worst and hope for the best. I used to do a lot of camping/canooing, pot holing etc with a few friends. Probably why I am finding a lot of horror stories or boat owners upset with irresponsible people on the broads.



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Thank you for the welcome Steve.

I am sure I will have lots of questions, and many I am sure I will find answers for in posts. I am also finding the forum very informative.

One idea I have seen and would love to try, depending on the weather and hire company rules, would be to use the mud anchor and stay out in one of the broads overnight, then up early to see the start of the day. One of the things I used to love about canooing was getting an early start on the river and seeing the wild life.

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That's one of the very best things you can do! Nothing like being out on a broad, no noise, just complete peace and quiet. My only reservation is one of physical ability. A mudweight is heavy, and can be a struggle to free from the ooze. Does your intended (booked?) craft have an electric winch? If not there is a trick to get things moving - just tie it off as tight as possible and reverse on the motor. That breaks the suction from the goop. We tend to mudweight as much as possible, preferring it to bankside moorings. You shouldn't find it too busy at that time of year, anyway, if you prefer landing.

Regards, Ray.

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Morning Geoark, if swinging on the mudweight appeals to you, Barton broad (assuming you are on the northern rivers) is one of the best places for this. You can safely drop your mudweight well out of the navigation channel as there is good depth right up to the margins.

If you like your wildlife, this is a good spot. As well as all the usual suspects, I have seen otter, bittern and overflying common crane. The other bonus with going in October is that you won't have to get up at some unearthly hour to see the dawn break over the broad!

By the way, what boat are you hiring?

Steve. CM1 and NR12

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Mar-26-2019 @ 10:46 AM                           Permalink
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Hi Ray, that peace and solitude is one of the main attractions for staying out on a broad rather than using a landing. Plus the improved chances of seeing local wild life.

Thanks for the warning regarding weight of the mud anchor, it is something I will obviously have to assess prior to trying it. Also thank you for the hint on getting it free.

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Morning Steve.

Thank you for the recommendation. We are coming out of Wroxham, so assuming this is doable to get there, spend the night and return we will keep this in mind. Neither of us fancy boating for an hour or two and then mooring up for the rest of the day so hopefully this will be achievable without rushing.

The craft is called Rapide. The real seller for us was the two bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms. There were a number of boats we liked, but this one had that bit extra.

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Hi Steve, thanks to a number of references by you to new members I have found the download section, and a big thank you for everyone who has contributed.

Loved reading first time guide great humour, and some very good advice.

My other favourite was the travelling time and distance and delighted to see that Barton Broad will be within easy distance at a leisurely pace.

Something we are likely to use when we plan where we would like to visit.

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