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Hi all.

New member and first timer on the Broads.

I've read a few 'scare' stories about the availability of moorings especially later in the day.

We are collecting our boat from Stalham on the 31st of this month. We booked it then because it was cheaper and hopefully the Broads in general might be less busy.

As I understand things we won't be able to collect our boat until quite late in the day, 4 ish?

As this is quite late will it mean difficulties in finding a mooring? Neither of us wants to spend the first night at the boat yard as we want to feel that we've accomplished something on our first day.

We are looking at heading for Neatishead and either mooring there or at Gayes Staithe. Do you peeps think that this is doable or are we likely to find all the moorings taken?

If this was a bust would we have time to head back to Stalham or try Sutton, Barton or Dilham?

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Hi there,
Welcome to the forum , hotspot or favourite moorings do tend to fill up quick unfortunately , although you have booked 31st , it will be still be busy unfortunately , with short breaks weekends takeovers ( fri to mon ) , September can still be busy , more so with the recent excellent weather , it may pay to ring you boatyard few hours before to see if your boat may be ready early , so a chance  you could get out the yard slightly early , with regards to moorings the ones you have mentioned are close to Richardson boatyard , on or just of the river ant 30 minutes away, so may be full up with with hire boats ready for the short trip back to the yard the following morning , but it's pot luck  , also it's worth remembering that you can moor at any hire boatyard for free if nearby moorings are full ,
Good luck and enjoy

steve and vicky
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HI

I agree with Steve but would also suggest you bear in mind the opportunities to mud weight in Barton, south Waltham or Ranworth broads if other moorings are full.

All of these places should be reachable on your first night and you will definitely find space in them.

Have a great time

Graham

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Thanks.

I've spoken to a nice lady at Richardsons who said it wouldn't do any harm to turn up a little early as there is always the chance that the boat will be ready early. Even if it's not ready they should be able to give me an approximate time of availability.

As to the mooring she said that this time of year I would still have a fair bit of cruising time so even if Neatishead/Gayes Staithe was full I might get on somewhere else, I would also have time to turn back and head for Richardsons if necessary.

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Hi DelSue
Firstly a great big welcome to the forum. Norfolk will give you a big welcome as well as it does to all it's visitors.
The mooring depends upon you needing a hostelry or are going to cater for yourselves. A no hostelry option could be Paddy's Lane which is to your right as you approach Barton Broad from Stalham or Howe Hill which is further on across the broad and 40 mins down the river Ant,both these moorings are lovely and give you time to settle in with no worries.
If you need a hostelry then Sutton Staith,
Neatishead or Ludham Bridge with a walk to the dog at Ludham being an option.
I hope you will find that as we have if you ask other moorers they are normally accommodating and will help you to  moor if they can.
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Marge and Parge

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Hi again ,
If you do manage to get away earlier , you could moor at ludham bridge , shop , wayfarers restaurant and pub ( dog inn ) are there, or if you want to stop on aboard and cook , an extra 10 / 15 minutes cruise you come to st bennetts abbey moorings or opposite st bennetts moorings is fleet dyke which leads down to south Walsham moorings  ,

steve and vicky
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Thanks for the advice all. Yes, hostelry preferred especially for our first night. I don't intend doing much in the way of cooking on the boat apart from teas, coffee and possibly brekkie. But we might set aside one or two nights of the week where we moor up somewhere like St Benets.
I might have a go at this mud weight malarkey but as a noob I'll possibly be safer using moorings.

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There are quite a lot of moorings at Ludham Bridge, the BA 24 hour free moorings plus the Hall Farm (I think that’s what they are called) moorings the downstream side. They are not free however. You might find Sutton Staithe and probably Neatishead and Gay’s Staithe fairly busy with boats that will be heading back to Richardson’s on Saturday morning. Thing is, you never can tell as spaces do sometimes appear late in the day when ‘day trippers’ return to their boatyards.
When I used to hire (many years ago now) I used to phone the boatyard 24-48 hours ahead and ask how early I could pick the boat up. Many times I was asked how early I was thinking about and I would settle for between 1 and 2pm. The handover and trial run will take a while so do try and be earlier than 4pm if you can.
You could return to the boatyard for the night (and the pubs in Stalham) if you can’t find a suitable mooring but I am pretty sure you’ll be ok.



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Hi all,

I did indeed find Neatishead, Gayes Staithe etc. all full. After a few moments of "oh flip, what have I let myself in for, this whole trip is gonna be a nightmare with absolutely nowhere to moor except Bate's Motel all week" I managed to squeeze into a mooring that had apparently just come free about 3 minutes before I arrived at Wayford Bridge.
We soon adopted the advice of many and started planning our day with a view to mooring up early afternoon.

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Hi there,
Thank you for coming back and telling us how you got on , glad you finally managed to find somewhere on your first night , some think that when the kids go back to school the broads goes quiet  , I've found this to be the opposite and more so this year with the excellent weather were still getting , think this has caught out a few private owners hoping to get there favourite spots this year ,

steve and vicky
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