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Nov-13-2020 @ 1:20 PM                           Permalink
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If you have not yet purchased the boat I would reconsider if it is the correct vessel for the Northern Broads.
With a minimum airdraft of 8'10" your navigation is going to be severely restricted by the multitude of bridges blocking your path.
It is the main reason we got a "bathtub"! People sneer at them but we have unrestricted access to the network and it will even go under Potter Heigham old bridge with a normal tide (lately it would have been difficult to get a canoe under there!).

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Our current boat has an airdraft of 8ft and usually this gives us access to most of the system , this year and last the river levels has meant that often Ludham Bridge is a no go as well, however our dingy and outboard means access all areas.
We have looked at a few of the “bathtub” boats , which although are perfect for all of the Broads we just don’t enjoy them as muchAnd they lack the outside space we enjoy.
The boat we are looking at will mean that we can also go round the coast and further afield .

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I often wonder what is the ideal boat to use on inland waterways all around uk and is a good sea boat ,twin engines would be useful although a lot of the steel barges which do coastal work only have one engine,I suppose air draft depends how far you want to get into some of the systems.


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I think the choice of boat style is one of priority and compromise. If you have the skills and qualifications to spend more time at sea and just use the Broads as a base, then a bigger sea-going vessel makes perfect sense. I love the ever changing scenery of the Broads and have no desire to take a boat out to sea, so I have a boat which is 6'3" all down, allowing me to go just about anywhwere.

Of course there are boats out there which provide a compromise, but will also limit thier capabilities at sea and  access to large areas of the Broads beyond certain bridges.

You pays yer money and makes yer choice!  Smile

Steve. CM1 and NR12

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