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after enjoying a fabulous holiday last year on the broads, and looking forward to another this year, I am now thinking of buying my own boat but I am not sure of the annual costs such as mooring fees, insurance boat safety certificates etc. The boat I would be looking for would be an inside engine cruiser about 20ft in length. Could anyone give me a rough estimate of the costs involved. I would be looking for a permanent mooring. Many thanks

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Welcome to the forum, easyrider.

This is a question that comes up quite regularly. If you use the search box (top right of the window) you'll find more info. This is a recent thread on the subject. http://www.the-norfolk-broads.co.uk/viewmessages.cfm?Forum=22&Topic=17555&srow=1&erow=10

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welcome to the forum

my boats about 20ft - youd be looking at running costs of about £700 for moorings, just over £100 for insurance and just over £100 for toll...  safety is only done every 4 years but that (if a pass) costs about £75  - and spares and repairs if any needed.

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Its the same with Rolls Royces, if you have to ask the price then you can't afford one! Boating has been likened to sitting under a shower and tearing up ten pound notes!!

Seriously though, about a thousand a year just to keep it on the water. Depreciation on an oldish boat seems to stand still but then maintenance can rack up the costs, unless you are a capable sort of bloke.

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just to let you know that BOAT stands for Bung Out Another Thousand. if you can afford it go for it just have some money in reserve in case you need it

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Another cost forgotten by many is the cost of backwards and forwards to the boat, another thousand maybe. If you are only able to use a boat occasionally then it is probably cheaper to hire.

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JM's answer is the important one. We now own our own little ship and that was the decisive issue - how much will we use it? Assuming we were spending Between £500 - £700 per week to hire a yacht, we were unlikely to hire more than twice a year. One of those may well have been a week at a bungalow with a half-decker outside.

I am fortunate in having very low costs for mooring... but even if I paid the typical cost, my total costs (including travelling up) would be about the same, or less, as hiring for a couple of weeks. The difference is, that we get a lot more use from our own boat, even from a distance.

We knew we would come more often, for long and short breaks, so our choice was clear. Mind you, we have not spent a lot on the boat, we keep it simple and use very little fuel!  boat-sail

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thanks everyone for the help, most appreciated. The figures you quoted were roughly the same as i had in mind. Now all iv'e got to do is tie up a few loose ends back home and start looking for a nice craft. So with a little bit of luck I will become a fully fledged mariner'ish in 2010. Thanks again

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Just one other thought easyrider - is it the whole experience you are after i.e. having a boat AND being on the Broads?  Obviously if it is both, as others have commented, commuting can really add to costs if you have a distance to travel & also limit your precious time on the water.

As an alternative, you could consider having a boat (maybe with trailer) closer to where you live (if you have waterways close to you.  However forget this idea if you live nr the Thames - mooring fees are very expensive!

Our boat is on the Witham (Lincs) & we have miles of uncrowded waterways although not as pretty as Norfolk ones, no real travelling costs to speak off & cheap(ish) mooring fees.

We also have the option (& do so)of trailing her down to the Broads when we fancy a change.

Not everyones cup of tea as it is often cruising the Broads is the main aim as opposed to being boat owners

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hi debs,
       thanks for the added info.
i dont drive  so i was really trying to find out about the costs of permanent moorings. i saw an ad on line from tingdene marinas ltd based at brundall. this would be an ideal place as it is 2 mins walk from norwich train station. this would mean i could get to the broads practically every weekend as it would only be 2 hours traveling.as it wont be till the latter part of next year that i will be looking to buying a boat i have plenty of time to sort out all the pros and cons of ownership. this is why i am so grateful to all those that have answered my question so far. the more info ive got the better prepared ill be when it comes to fullfilling one of my dreams. thanks again

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