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Richard
Aug-29-2004 @ 3:35 PM                           Permalink
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I'm writing a First Time Boaters Guide and I would appreciate any comments or suggestions as to what needs to go into it.

TIA

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Here are my suggestions:

Tell them to get a free copy of The Broadcaster from a Broads Info Center. It contains all the information they need.
Tell them to slow down. The Broads is not the M25, there is no rush and nowhere to go.
Tell them that their mobile phone will work (the question I am asked the most).

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Aug-31-2004 @ 6:56 AM                           Permalink
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Agree with above....

Plus specific instructions on safe Yarmouth / Breydon passage - everyday the river inspectors are turning back hire boats on Breydon that are attempting to cross high water and clear the yarmouth bridges!!!
Particular emphasis on understanding the tides and how to manouver and moor safely where they are flowing fast! (Berney Arms, Burgh Castle, St Olaves, Reedham, Yarmouth etc).... Attention to strong winds and how they can (and do!) affect tide times.... Breydon in a strong wind in the dark is not a nice place to be even with Nav lights!!! I speak from experience!

Some good safety pointers would not come amiss.... It seems hire operators can only give you a certain amount of information during the trial run....
Most of which will be how to protect and look after  their boat!

Such things as... Human legs are not fenders - so don't dangle them over the side ESPECIALLY when mooring!!! Don't jump to the bank when mooring - with a boat heading towards the quay heading the last place you want to be is going splash in the gap between the quay heading and your boat! This has happened to an experienced boating friend I know... She was lucky to escape with just bruised ribs and dented pride.

No on roof sunbathing whilst going under Wroxham bridge!!! Yes this has happened!!!

Use the bridge pilot at Potter Heigham !!!! It is a free service for hirers and many of us private boat owners who have to spend a fiver will consider this money well spent!

Drink: There is a general push to have drinking whilst piloting the boat outlawed... I don't mind admitting that I enjoy a drink whilst on the move... But the emphasis here is moderation... I have seen many inexperienced crews with the added disadvantage that excessive drinking brings... Results > At best collisions... At worst > Fatalities...

It is worth considering that excessive drinking was blamed on 3 different individual fatalities last year.... Admittedly 2 were moored at the time... But they do bring home the message that the Broads can be highly dangerous under certain circumstances.

During winter months and early spring the water is deceptively cold - if you fall in you have only minutes to get back out again (Re the 2 fatalities above)...

It is a shame but it is those that drink to excess that will some day bring down the law on those that are responsible with their intake.

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Aug-31-2004 @ 8:55 AM                           Permalink
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Outstanding, Melb, you've pretty much written it for me ! I try to write in a light hearted style, but safety on the water can't be over stressed. I 've seen many a first timer on a large boat just not understanding the physics of a heavy boat, the power, and dangers of a spinning prop.

I'll try and get that section knocked up this afternoon/tonight and maybe you would be kind enough to cast your eye over it when I'm done.

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Sep-03-2004 @ 1:12 PM                           Permalink
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Splendid!

I do try to be light hearted and everybody on the river is essentially their for the same reason - to have an enjoyable time.... So certainly for first timers - forwarned is definately forarmed!!! I remember my first time many many years ago - on a Richardsons special.... Getting to close to Potter Heigham bridge & colliding with because the wind caught us side on as I turned to close to the bridge without taking into account that I was going to get dragged sideways at a rate of knots!!! Simple oversight - but as we were a practical group of lads we straightened the handrail and re rawplugged a couple of mounting screws ourselves and saved our deposit!!! But it was an obvious(now it is)oversight on my part that created the situation... This obviously causes severe damage to ones pride also !!! Not really what you want to help you 'have a good time' !

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Whoops should have been a 'there on the river' !!!

But the edit button causes an error - so I couldn't correct my spelling above!

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A quick few ideas:

- How to throw a rope (though it IS fun watching the first failed attempt, followed by the successful wet one.)

- How to pass a yacht.

- How to find fishing spots away from Ranworth Staithe.

- How to moor without having the boat do a 180 degree turn with Mum on the bank holding the bow rope and Dad shouting.

- (at the risk of sounding obsessed) not to run the engine all evening while moored.

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My 2p's worth...

Breydon water approach from Yarmouth is NO joke when fast flowing..take care.

Reversing a boat with a rudder needs practice, find an empty Broad and have a trial run.

When mooring, slowly does it! Dont rush and always moor against the tide.. Get the crew to tie the front up first and the Stern should swing in on its own.

Dont be afraid to ask for help, The boating comunity are friendly and willing to help.

Relax and take your time, shouting at 'crew' members will only lead to a stressed environment and things will go wrong. But do brief the crew on your intended course or actions in advance.

Boating shoes are not just for show - they act as a very good foothold especially in slippery conditions.

Don't use the cooker whilst the boat is in motion.

If you're a car driver, remember that a boat steers (very slowly) from the 'back wheels' not the front.

Courtesy to other boat owners earns the same respect back. Think of how you would like to be treated, and treat others the same. Examples of this could be watching your speed and wash, not running your engine for prolonged periods late at night or early in the morning and helping people to moor up.

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Sep-17-2004 @ 3:53 AM                           Permalink
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Richard your illustration of rope tying is superb.

I saw a chap trying to moor his hire craft on the main river at somerleyton in windy conditions. He only wrapped the rope around the post and by the time he reached the other end of the boat the fist rope had undone and started to drift.He then done the same with the second rope and run back to the first.I don't know how many times he would have done this. Needless to say I sent one of my lads to help 'show him the ropes’! The boat yard had given him no instructions. (Alpha craft) I think.It was his first day on the Broads.


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Ah yes.... "Brief your crew" is a good one.
A couple of weeks ago on South Walsham, High Seas pottered in on a gorgeous still evening. Dad summons son up from the cabin. "Son," he said, "I want you to go to the front, and when I tell you, I want you to GENTLY lower the mudweight into the water."
Son duly scrambled forward.
Dad puts in a burst astern.
Son yells back, "Dad.... what does a mudweight look like?"

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