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AlanPeach
Aug-03-2008 @ 11:34 AM                           Permalink
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Hi All

           O.k first time on Broads we are coming down for a week on Gainsborough Girl from Summercraft in middle of August .Two Adults 2 children and a Dog very much not liking water lol ( Shud be fun ) .

We are going from Wroxham ,are there any sites etc etc that will particularly keep the kids happy ?.

Also very vital this lol can they recharge there nintendos while aboard the jolly roger ( GG ) ?.

Also a question about mooring im quickly gathering from this forum that you are basically charged where ever you park your boat .Are there any free ones and which are the best value moorings for the money ?.

Our boat will not go under the bridges and i was thinking of a route down to Yarmouth mainly for the dog to run on the beach and the kids to visit the seaside and amusements .But some people seem to welllll lets say not be very polite to Yarmouth is it one to avoid at all costs ? .

P.s Dreading my first day and mooring manouvre where i can see me trying to park it into a to smaller a gap infront of a busy pub and everyone have a right good laff lol .So if you see that you will know its me .

Also hoping for good weather .

Alan



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Aug-03-2008 @ 12:56 PM                           Permalink
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There are plenty of free moorings and if your nervous about your first then choose one of the free moorings away from the busy villages to practise. Take your time, always come into the mooring facing the oncoming tide, if there is one and you won't go far wrong. As for charging the games, I'm not familiar with the boat you have but most boats nowdays do have such facilities.You don't say how old the kids are so difficult to recomend anywhere.

Good luck (you wont need it)

Dave

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Horsey, also gives access to the beach and there's a pub on the way for drinks and ice creams Playful Wink

Bill...(The Ancient Mardler)

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Hi!

Exploring the nature trails Cockshoot and Hoveton Broad,
Bewilderwood adventure Park
Footie or whatever at Ranworth with all the other kids
Ditto Womak Staithe
Butterfly/bird/fish spotting- they have 'I spy' type books at Ranworth Info centre a pair of binoculars each helps!
If they are old enough hire a dinghy for messing about in -- WEARING LIFEJACKETS
Set an example, and always put yours on when you go on deck so they do the same.
Swabbing the decks to get the mud off.
Helping to steer!!
Superblaster waterpistols for showdowns on the mooring
Decent torches for checking out what's about at night, ducks & geese are often quite active. Other kids may signal and they can respond.
Get & read 'Coot Club' & 'Big Six' Arthur Ransome & trace the places where these excellent stories are set.
Get them to record a video diary of all the events of the holiday.
Swimming pool at Horning Ferry, I hear.
Teach them: the 'one hand for yourself & one for the boat' rule ie. ALWAYS hold on.
Take your time, doing things slowly avoids most of the drama/stress of mooring up.
Who needs a recharge!?
Have fun!!

Pauline

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They are both 9 years old .

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If nine year olds nothing wrong with Gt.Yarmouth, carriage rides, donkeys on the beach, the rock shop, the marine centre if it’s raining, funfairs all the things which the Grummpies don’t like but they will find great fun including candy floss and toffee apples. In a quiet location stay up late one night and with a pale umbrella with a lantern tourch underneath go moth spotting.

Bill...(The Ancient Mardler)

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Hi Alan,
welcome mate,

Ahem
Uncle Bill im a Grumpy and i love the fun fair at Yaremouth,
Alan just enjoy it mate take lots of piccies and post back under
Holiday Tales.
dont forget the sun cream.
Smile

roya

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Hi Alan, welcome to the forum.

Don’t worry mate, good choice in boat and yard for your first Broads Holiday.Maps of the system are available to buy at reception and show moorings. Most are free unless you want to moor outside a pub. You will be given tuition on handling before handover so ask the guy anything you’re not to sure about.

Salhouse Broad is a great place to practice mooring up on your first day, so maybe spend an hour there to build up your confidence. With dual steering on your boat the fly bridge position will make life easier too.

Just remember, the slower the better when mooring up, and there will always be someone there to help and offer advice.

If you go to the bottom of the screen, in the Download section there is a first time guide you can download (pdf format) which makes interesting reading.

Have a great time, you’re in for a real treat, and like the rest of us I’m sure you’ll be bitten by the bug and planning your next visit even before this one ends.

Cheers

Paul

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We were worried last year how our 11 year old son would cope without Playstation ,Nintendo etc ,but no need ,he had a great time .

Get them a fishing rod each for when you moor up , our sons face was a picture when he caught his first fish !

Salhouse is a great place to moor up with kids as there is a play area and woods to explore and room to play football . (Also quite easy to moor up if you a novice as we were last year )

Bewilderwood a good place to go for a day out , not sure how you get there without car though as we went on last day after we handed boat back .

You can actually get small portable chargers for Nintendo DS that run off batteries if you think they will need them to be on safe side .

Have fun , you will never want to holiday anywhere else once you been afloat for a week .  Smile

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Hi Alan, Welcome to the forum. I have never hired from Summercraft but reading the threads they seem to have a good reputation on here. That being so they will take the time to instruct you how to handle your craft and make sure you feel competant. Think about it, it is in their own interest to ensure you will bring the boat back undamaged as it is an expensive piece of kit. As said earlier Salhouse broad is a great place to practice and its just down river from Wroxham. Furthermore if other boaters,private or hirers see you are struggling someone will come and give you a hand and advice. Gently does it,come in against the flow of the river or tide and have a super holiday.

Andy

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