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Spending a few days boating in the winter sun, I found Ranworth Staithe almost deserted. The few boats moored there were all nicely socially distanced, so, for the first time in I don’t know how many years, I moored up and had a wander round.

The first things that caught my eye were the three new stainless steel sign supports. Expensive, undoubtedly, but I’m given to understand that the old iron posts need annual painting, whereas the stainless steel ones just need a quick wipe with a sponge, so, hopefully, there will be a saving (over the next 25 years or so?).

The water hoses are still in position at the moment (unlike at Neatishead Staithe, where they have been removed).

The Norfolk Wildlife Trust Information Centre on the staithe is currently closed and I understand that this is being taken back by the BNA and will be opened next year as a BNA Information Centre. With any luck, that will provide the opportunity for the staff to monitor and control the moorings, and even assist boaters to moor, as used to happen.

It’s also rumoured that the BNA’s trip boat, ‘Liana’, which currently operates from Hoveton, will be based there next season, with ‘Ra’ taking its place at Hoveton.


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Tucked right at the end of the dayboat dyke is a plastic pontoon, which, according to the sign, is a canoe portage. Perhaps someone with a canoe can explain how it is easier to get a canoe in and out of the water from the pontoon than from the quayheading.

But, at least, it was paid for using the Secretary of State’s grant, not out of the tolls.

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Yes, with pleasure.

Whether a canoe or kayak, it is really quite a long reach to get into or out of the craft from/to the height of the staithe edging (at normal water levels).  The likelihood of the craft capsizing is actually pretty high.  On the other hand, from the pontoon, that is roughly the same height as the edge of a canoe, so it is easy enough to slide one's posterior across onto or off the seat  -  or for a kayak, hold onto the pontoon and get one's legs in or out of it safely.  With the advantage that the top of the pontoon will always be the same height above the water.  

Also, getting the boat in or out of the water to the height of the staithe is relatively hard work, with associated risks.  The pontoon provides an intermediate step, to make that easier and safer.

However, the size of the pontoon is another possible area for discussion  -  personally, I think it is a bit on the large side.


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Thank you, J-A. It was a genuine question, as paddlers seem to have managed very well in the past. But I wonder what will happen when the dyke is full of day boats.

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Pally - you are absolutely right  - the BA is indeed returning to the Ranworth Staithe taking over their old residence. Not sure at this stage whether the NWT will be involved at all and yes, Liana will be there. They may be running the trips up the the Centre on Ranworth Broad itself - perhaps the NWT boat will be running more trips around the Broad. All in all a good plan.



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Water levels are a bit high at the moment...

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While moored at Ranworth Staithe at the weekend, I noticed some new mooring arrangements. And that a pair of hardy (it was very cold and windy) canoeists chose to launch from the outer end of dinghy dyke, rather than use the supposedly more convenient pontoon. Their choice, but it does raise the question as to whether the pontoon was really necessary or just a box-ticking exercise. Apparently, some children find the pontoon hugely entertaining as as trampoline.

The mooring for (presumably Liana) has been marked with green non-slip(?) material...

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An electricity supply box has been installed at the head of the dinghy dyke (Liana has an electric motor, so the batteries will need to be recharged)...

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And the NWT mooring has been moved to the end of the dyke at the opposite end of the staithe, which will probably make the rest of that side-on mooring unavailable for visitors. If that is the case, boaters have lost another mooring space at what is arguably one of the most popular and congested moorings on the Broads.

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Mr P. The mooring which you refer, would that be the  no mooring sign bank, or the quay heading from which you were standing when taking the  photograph.

My understanding is that the "no mooring" bank is not particularly attractive to the private boater as it seems to be a magnet for the hire cruiser as a point of contact.  


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