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A group of friends and myself are having 7-days of relaxation on the Northern Broads hiring from Richardsons on 1st June. We intend t stay in the North. We are mostly new to the Broads, although one of us has been on a boating holiday there some years ago.
We intend to go to Norwich by train (from Wroxham?) at some point. Other than that we mainly want to see the sites, relax and enjoy the food and drink from the local pubs.
We have a large boat (Majestic Gem) that looks as though it could get some time to get used to.
I know I've been going on about this in other threads But... If you are Collecting your Boat from Stalham, you will have to go through Ludham Bridge. On 1st Jun is the Start of the 3 Rivers Race At 11:00 At Horning, By maybe 11:30 - 12:00 if the wind is reasonable, you will have up to around 100 Sailing boats starting to sail up the Ant to, but not under Ludham Bridge and back down again. The stragglers may be till say 14:00, though some will choose to do this on their return leg on Saturday Night - Sunday Morning.
I would sincerly suggest it may be an Idea to go through the bridge before 11:30 if possible or leave it After say 14:00, therefore avoiding a very nerve racking crowded bit of river.(There's pub at Neatishead that may be worth a visit or maybe moor north of the bridge and walk down river and watch the Chaos) For full details of the event please look at this thread http://the-norfolk-broads.co.uk/viewmessages.cfm?Forum=22&Topic=42779
My 3 bits of advice are 1. Top up with water as often as you can. It is amazing how much you can use on a daily basis.
2. Remember in the main broads hire boats do not steer when going in reverse. You manoeuvre with short dabs of forwards or a bow thruster if you have one.
3. Take everything slowly particularly when you are in a pickle and all your instincts are to rev away like mad. It is often better to use ropes to manoeuvre a boat in a tight corner rather than use engine power.