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mdeacon
Aug-03-2008 @ 9:46 PM                           Permalink
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hi alan i know how you feel. we are going in october for the first time and have same concerns as yourself. we are taking three girls aged 12,11 and 5 with us so if you find lots of exciting places to visit can you let us know when you get back please.

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Hi Alan;

Firstly, welcome to the forum of lunacy.

I had exactly the same concerns as you for my first time a couple of weeks ago but managed to return the boat unscathed.  The good advice from many is don't try anything daft and don't try anything at speed - particularly mooring - that's when you will look daft!

First rule is listen carefully to your mentor at handover and watch how he/she handles the boat during your trial run. If you are not sure about anything - ask.  Others have advised to pop into Salhouse Broad to practice handling the boat and that is also good advice.  The main rivers are quite wide so don't worry about oncoming boats, there's plenty of room. However, the River Ant is narrow in comparison so I suggest you avoid that one until you have a couple of days cruising under your belt and have a better feel as to how the boat handles.

With regard to mooring charges; we had free moorings at Ludham Bridge (on the right after you pass under), Sutton Staithe, Stalham, Potter Heigham and Horning. The only one we paid for was at the Bridge Inn at Acle (£ 4.00) overnight but it was well worth it and felt we got that back with the facilities and value at The Bridge Inn.

Also suggest you go to the 'downloads' at the bottom of this page where you will find a printable excel file of times and distances between most points on the Broads - I referred to it every day and found it very helpful.

So, as other have already said, don't worry - there really is no need - and have a super time.  Bet you'll be back!!!  


The Wayward Scot

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Aug-04-2008 @ 8:00 PM                           Permalink
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Hi Alan and welcome!
A couple of points.
Firstly Bill's comment re Horsey should have had a devilish smiley as Horsey is above Potter Bridge and your boat will not be able get there.
Re Great Yarmouth. Last time that I was there with a dog, they were not allowed on the beach at this time of year.  Also, this is a horrendous place to get anything that cannot climb ladders ashore as the boat deck can easily be 5ft below quay level.
Salhouse Broad is a good place to moor both for the kids play area and as a place for the dog to have dash about but there is a mooring fee of about £6-£7 overnight.  Free to moor on mud weight but where does that leave you with the dog?  Be aware that the mooring fee is the same for mooring to the bank outside the Broad on the river - ie same landowner.   Good (but not cheap) pub about a mile away from moorings allows dogs in the garden but not inside.

The dog may not like water but that does not mean that he won't end up in it.  Be safe and get a doggy life-jacket with a handle on the back.  Trying to lift even a small dog out of the water by its collar or the scruff of the neck is a big problem as it is surprising how heavy they get when wet - even if you can reach them.
By the way.  It will be you using the games as the kids will be too busy steering the boat.
Don't be frightened - just be aware.

BOF - Clive

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Aug-06-2008 @ 9:07 PM                           Permalink
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Thanks for all the replies .

They have been really helpful .Yes we are having a doggie life jacket dont worry about that .

So Yarmouth for the dog is difficult then takes a bit of the fun out of it if we cant get her on land coz of the 5ft drop :S .Also no walkies on beach ggrrr.

Is there another seaside town worth the visit ?.

Also yes will report back after hols to tell you about our troubles and strife lol .

Thanks

Alan



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Re GY alternative.
I don't know where your priorities lie in regard to GY.  Is it giving the dog a chance to have a run and the kids to have a swim/paddle or is it the ‘attractions’?
If the former then you may consider the following.  
A mile up the River Bure from GY Yacht Station (itself a mile from Britannia Pier) is GY Marina.  When I have cruised past there (have never moored) it always appears to be an easier place to get ashore.  More enlightened members will correct me if I am wrong.  From there it is .75 of a mile down one of the roads opposite to the sand dunes and beach between GY and Caister.  Next to Haven Seashore caravan park to be precise.  When I was there with dogs a few years back they were allowed on the beach.  In fact we thought that we had acquired a third black lab but then realised that a seal had popped its head up out the water to watch us.  
There is (was?) a fairly regular bus that runs from here along the shore road the 1.25 miles to GY and the attractions around Britannia Pier.


BOF - Clive

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Aug-07-2008 @ 10:31 AM                           Permalink
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Row boat, two 9 year olds, two sets of leg irons available at all good chandlers at 5 dubloons a piece and where's the problem of getting to Horsey  tounge-in-cheek Evil Grin

Bill...(The Ancient Mardler)

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Having looked at the Hireboat info for GG, no problem with charging up the Nintendos, there is a 3-pin plug on board (charge up whilst chugging is a good idea).

Kids are catered for at a few of the riverside pubs with the usual of a beer garden with penny arcades and outdoor pool tables. Swan at Horning and the pub at Acle Bridge spring immediately to mind. OK if weather is good.

Stracey Arms Mill is good with rescue animals (donkeys, pheasants, shetland ponies and a parrot)

A hoot might be to wander along to wave at the webcam at Southgates yacht station (right next door to The Ship at Horning) while phoning friends and/or relatives to log onto....

http://www.norfolk-broads.com/webcams.php

...and save the piccie for posterity Smile

Apart from the above Rononday has it sussed I think.

Incidentally the hireboat info states that you can book a doggie lifejacket if you call in advance, take a look if you haven't already...

http://www.the-norfolk-broads.co.uk/bd.cfm?id=299&CFID=3229118&CFTOKEN=20936010

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Errr

          Just had a nasty thought .What do you do with doggie doo on the broads wouldnt think there are many bins around ?.

Maybe stupid question ?.

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Hi Alan, some folks I know throw it into the river, we pick it up in a plastic bag and keep it on the back of the boat till we find either a dog bin or a rubish bin to dispose if it.
Enjoy.
Robin.

Cruising is fine but I would rather be sailing, long live sailies

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