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Agean41
May-30-2010 @ 10:15 AM                           Permalink
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Hi,

My wife and I have booked our first holiday on the broads in July. We have booked through Hoseasons with Swancraft on the Swan Repose 5 for 1 week.

We will probably be sticking to the south broads.

Any advice on what essentials we need to take on our first ever boating holiday would be helpful.

Also any advice on moorings, and where to fill up with fuel & water etc.

Many thanks in Advance


Agean

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May-30-2010 @ 9:11 PM                           Permalink
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Hi Agean

Welcome aboard  Smile

Swancraft are a great boatyard we have been using them for many years, and their boats & service are top notch.

Essentials, well a torch certainly, a decent map showing free moorings, if you like walking and ordnance survey one is handy as well, non slip shoes, you can buy deck shoes or just some rubber soled pumps. Bird / wildlife book to identify all the creatures you see. Always keep a few food supplies on board so you can make a bit of something if you don't manage to get moored by a pub etc.  Cash as banks and cash machines that don't charge aren't on every corner, although lots of places do cash back.

Places to stop, Reedham, water shops and pubs,, we like the Ship by the bridge but the LOrd Nelson gets good write ups to.  New Inn at Rockland excellent food but not many moorings, Beccles water, shops pubs everything you want here. Somerleyton a walk up the hill to Dukes Head a bit pricey but lovely food.  Reedcutters at Cantley good food live music. Loddon/Chedgrave pubs/food & water.  Coldham Hall at Surlingham (just opposite the dyke to Swancraft when you join the river) recently re opened we've not been yet it seems to get mixed reviews, so make up your own mind but it is a great spot. Surlingham Ferry get a pretty good write up we went last year and it was great.  Also recently reopened  Bramerton Woodsend on the way to Norwich.

Hope that gives you a few ideas, there are plenty of other places apart from these.

The main thing is relax and have great time.
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Sharon & Tony

Is it Pimms O'Clock yet ?

Agean41
May-31-2010 @ 10:23 AM                           Permalink
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Hi Sharon & Tony

Some good infomation there, thank you very much for that.

What are the rules on mooring with the mud weight if we cannot find a mooring ?

Kind Regards

Agean

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May-31-2010 @ 10:55 AM                           Permalink
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Ever the optimist I’m going to say make sure you have sunglasses with a stringy thing so they don’t fall in the water.  In full sun you do get a lot of glare off the water and foredeck and given the type of boat hats, to avoid heat stroke or sun burn if you are not well ‘thatched’. Playful

Bill...(The Ancient Mardler)

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Hi Agean

You are OK mud weighting in any of the broads just make sure you keep within the markers, as some are very shallow and don't block the channel.  You need to have enough space for your boat to rotate around the mud weight as the current/wind direction changes.

When you pull the mud anchor up, surprisingly enough it will be covered in thick sticky mud!!! We usually tie ours off so it is just touching the water, cruise for a little bit and it washes the mud off then you can pull it up fully and store back on deck when you next moor up.

Don't mud weight on the actual river, the currents are too strong and the rise a fall to great especially on the Southern side.  You will find plenty of free moorings or you can use rhond anchors (big hooks) on to the bank on the smaller rivers, watch out for "no mooring signs" these are usually due to underwater pilings or it's private land.

However, there are lot's of moorings most places, and some places you can double moor (tie along side another boat). Best always to ask if someones aboard, and never moor on to private one (they will probably have red ensign flag)without asking, as quite naturally when they have paid an arm and a leg for their own boat the thought of an inexperienced boater mooring on to them makes them go a very funny colour !!



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Jun-01-2010 @ 10:34 AM                           Permalink
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Many thanks for all the information

Kind regards

Agean

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Hi Agean,
        We hired this boat 5 yrs ago,its a lovely craft and swancraft keep there craft imaculate
The only problem you may have is the front double berth a tad small in width  due to shape of the bow so we made use of the centre double berth and had no further problems.
A tank of diesel is more than plenty for your holiday and as for places to visit you will be spoiled for choice just take it easy and enjoy. Wink  Cheers


Regards Len Collins

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