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Nobbynumbnut
Jan-26-2018 @ 9:54 PM                           Permalink
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Hi all
Absolute new boy here in every conceivable way.

Never posted before and especially never taken a boat out on the broads.
I have finally taken the plunge (I sincerely hope not literally) and after 30 years of thinking about it have booked my first week on a boat.

Now I am the type that embarrasses easily and as such have taken to the net ( in particular YouTube) in a bid to try and get ahead of the game and learn as much as I can.  I have found,, what I think are some very informative videos to try and help me overcome my terror of how to navigate and Moore up.

I find some of these very useful.

There are also a great deal of videos showing unfortunate accidents and mishaps, in particular mooring up

This brings me to my point and subject matter.

I have read and heard that the broads boating community are a supportive bunch and share a passion for all things afloat.

Yet when I watch the videos of people in trouble it would appear that the main focus of the camera / phone operator (even those clearly aboard another boat) is to pour derision and scorn whilst attempting to provide a humorous commentary.

Is this the norm ? Surely their energy and efforts would be better served in trying to help a hapless sailor in mooring up rather that sniggering behind a smart phone. We all have to start so where don't we.

Sorry if I sound like an old grumpy guts but I am genuinely terrified of making a complete hash of mooring up and ending up as the latest internet sensation

Any pointers or advice from experienced boaters would be greatfully received and faithfully applied!

Kindest regards

Bob

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Jan-27-2018 @ 10:06 AM                           Permalink
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Welcome to the forum. Glad you have come on board. You will lots of things happening that have been posted where you say. Yes there are some times errors but that is it. The boating community are friendly and will help you out. Everyone has made mistakes and we all started some where for the first time. Enjoy your first time I am sure it will not be your last.

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Jan-27-2018 @ 10:32 AM                           Permalink
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Welcome Grumpy Guts... I mean Bob  Playful Wink  
The one thing you will have to come to terms with is
that we all smile at 'newbies' and not because we think
'what numpties' but it makes us remember our first
outings and the mess ups we made! Just smile back,
shrug your shoulders and you'll make friends very
quickly! Afterwards, people will come up both offering
advice and telling you about their 'cockups'.
The boatyard will take you out on a trial run and at
this point you need to ask the instructor any questions
that you may have. They are usually very willing to
answer all your questions.
Tell us the name of the boat and when you have hired
from and we will do what we can to help.

The older I get...
The better I was....!!

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Jan-27-2018 @ 10:37 AM                           Permalink
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First of all, welcome to the forum. I have owned various boats on the broads for the best part of 20 years, plus previous hire boat experience and I still make the occasional pigs ear of mooring up! It happens to the most experienced of us.

You will find far more people willing to help you than the few who think it's fun to take the bung out of your misfortune.

Enjoy your boating experience. The only danger is, you are likely to get hooked and keep coming back for more. Smile

Steve. CM1 and NR12

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Yes, welcome, Bob. Unfortunately that's the way of life for some people. They'd rather film an accident on their phone than use it to call for help. As others have said, we all get it wrong from time to time, even with years of experience, but whenever I've needed a hand, it's been willingly offered. The "film it and scoff" crowd are in the tiniest minority. Ignore them, and have fun.

Regards, Ray.

Whatever happens now, I'm blaming it on Brexit. Everyone else is!

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Welcome.
Can I offer the best piece of advice I learned the hard way? In a boat, on a quiet river, just do everything slowly. Do not copy the professionals in the yard who throw boats around like rally cars. And when I say slowly, I really mean it. If the current is weak as it is on lot of the Broads, when you moor you should aim to barely kiss the quay.

People love to help. Ask and most people will take a rope.

Have a wonderful time.

Bill

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Jan-27-2018 @ 11:14 AM                           Permalink
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One of the great joys of boating is learning how to do it. This is a never ending process and mistakes are all part of the process. We all continue to make mistakes however long or competent we may think we are.  
Embarrassment is a normal reaction, something we have all experienced at one time or another.  The thing to understand is that you don't learn boat handling from a book, you can only do it by experience. You get the experience from those mistakes.
Best advice is to keep it simple and don't try and do too much to start with. Observation of conditions is a key area to learn and when you think conditions are unfavourable (High winds, strong tides) be patient and wait for things to improve.  
You will get in a muddle at some point, when that happens try and stay calm and don't over react.  So many mishaps are simply compounded when a flustered person over reacts to the situation.
I am sure you will enjoy it. The Broads has for centuries been the place where you can learn without to much danger.



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Hell All,
Well I think it's fair to say that faith in the community...restored

Thank you all for taking the time to respond to my ramblings. Some very sage advice that I will take on board.

I didn't see it like  should have. Your right , I need to get over myself and accept that I am not going to get it right all the time as situations will of course vary. Mistakes will be made and I shall accept that.

I really appreciate your support and best wishes and I hope to return the favour in due course.

FYI , I have booked "Ladymore" from Barnes and will be there from the 31st March for a week.

Good luck and thanks all.

Bob



Never knowingly under sailed ??

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Welcome ! Bit late on watch today - There is one YouTube video that should be ignored - its the one of a compilation of incidents with a negative narration which I cant find right now but is very off putting The actual number of incidents with mature boaters is low.  Smile

Peter

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Jan-28-2018 @ 1:31 AM                           Permalink
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I have been boating all my life and have more qualifications than you could shake a stick at (well, at least a few). I still mess up sometimes. Fortunately none of those events have ended up online.
There are those that like to gloat at others mistakes, which makes them rather sad people IMO. But they are fairly uncommon.


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