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Apr-29-2012 @ 11:26 PM                           Permalink
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My wife and I have hired a Concerto from Stalham and set off for our first week on the Broads in just over a fortnight (Thursday to Thursday). My wife is dialled so I will have to do anything requiring much in the way of mobility. We're late fifties, have seen nothing of the Broads and would be really pleased to have some recommendations for a week's itinerary (I've seen similar requests here but for different periods and from larger and younger groups). We're particularly attracted to mooring on a Broad. The thought of waking up to water all around is delightful so we'd like to do that for a couple of nights.
Any advice greatly appreciated.

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Apr-30-2012 @ 12:19 PM                           Permalink
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thursday night how hill
friday night salhouse broad
saturday night acle
sunday night potter heigham
monday night wroxham
tuesday night ranworth broad
wednesday night boatyard ready to hand boat back over thursday morning

don't forget to buy a map when you get there
hope you enjoy your week

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May-02-2012 @ 3:17 PM                           Permalink
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Thank you so much for this, my only reply.  I've bought a map so have been able to visualise what you've recommended - I think - and I shall try to follow it next Thursday. Any background you can offer or advice on the two overnight broads moorings would be helpful (whereabouts to moor for example)? Also, w';d like to see a bit of Norwich. I'm assuming that a train from Wroxham is the best way?
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Martin


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May-02-2012 @ 4:07 PM                           Permalink
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Hi  -  I hope you have a great trip, most of the people here have fallen in love with the area over the years, and you should be aware that it is likely to happen to you, too.

As a relative newcomer to this forum, you may not fully realise that the question you asked has some similarities with others, so that could be a factor in why not too many people have replied.  There is a lot of useful stuff in the red links at the bottom of the page, and you can search old threads  -  but I appreciate that it can be quite daunting, when you may not quite know the right question to ask.  You may also feel that your particular enquiry is not quite the same as those answers you may have found.

Here is a response I made a week or two back to someone asking if it was possible to anchor in a broad:

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Yes, dropping anchor in the middle of a broad is absolutely fine, with a few minor points to note.

The anchor is generally referred to as a 'mudweight', because it is basically a weight (typically 56lb / 25kg, sometimes less) that sinks into the mud at the bottom and sticks in.

On broads such as South Walsham, Malthouse & Salhouse along the Bure, this is fine.  Stop the boat absolutely still (preferably pointing into the wind), not too close to other boats (at least 20m), then lower away over the bow.  Don't pick a spot that would obstruct craft coming in and out of the broad or staithe, and try to be near the windward shore (i.e in the shelter of the trees where the wind is coming from).

Barton Broad is lovely, but it doesn't have as much sticky mud at the bottom  -  so if there is much wind your anchor can drag.  Be even more aware of getting close to the windward shore.  Note that most of Baton is deep enough for boats, despite the posts, so don't anchor in the main channels.

Waking up in the middle of a broad with the mist low on the still water is one of the nicest experiences I know.
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For your trip, note that the Broad typically referred to as 'Ranworth' (because it is by Ranworth village and staithe) is technically 'Malthouse'.  Also, you mentioned that you were not in the first flush of youth, so you may find it quite hard work getting the mudweight up.  Take it slowly, and wash it thoroughly by swinging back and forth as it gets to the surface of the water, before bringing it on deck.

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May-04-2012 @ 10:44 PM                           Permalink
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I've just had a welcome note from Richardson's to say I can pick up the Concerto at 1pm rather than 4. While, no doubt, I shall adjust to a gentle pace after a day or two, on this, my first day on the Broads, I'm unlikely to want to go just to How Hill (a couple of hours) and moor for the night at three-ish. So is there a route going past How Hill for a little but which allows a turnaround so that I could, as recommended, moor there but after enjoying a little more cruising?

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Hello, Martin, welcome.

You can certainly cruise on to Ludham bridge, but you might have difficulty turning right at the bridge, not recommended. Why not carry on through the bridge, turn left at the Bure and moor at St. Benet's Abbey, or turn right opposite St. Benet's and go to South Walsham Broad. If you do, you'll have to mudweight, so make sure you have food and drink aboard, but as Jeremy_Aslan says there's nothing nicer, or more peaceful than being on a mudweight. A tip; After a while, your weight will sink into the mud and will be very hard to unstick by hand. If you can't manage it, take in as much slack on the rope as possible, make it fast, then use a quick burst of reverse gear to unstick the weight from the mud. Then it will come up easily (apart from it's own weight, which is considerable, if you're not that strong in the upper body!). After that, just go with the flow, as they say. We've lost count of the holiday tales that start with a "plan" which is ditched after the first two days! Have a good time.

Edited: DaveBirch's itinery sounds good to me, but you'll find your own balance of how much or little cruising you'll be comfortable with after a couple of days, so don't feel you need to stick rigidly to a plan, just relax as much as possible!

Regards, Ray.

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May-04-2012 @ 11:23 PM                           Permalink
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I love the idea of mud weighting and although we might fancy a pub for lunch, on an evening I think we'll prefer a meal and a bottle of wine on the boat. At the risk of trying your patience, can you give me a bit of advice of where on South Walsham Broad to anchor?

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Anywhere you like! I try to keep in the shelter of the trees, if there's a wind blowing, but that's because my boat is high out of the water, and is prone to wind causing the mudweight to drag. You'll have no trouble in that department.

Regards, Ray.

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Warmest Thanks.

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May-04-2012 @ 11:35 PM                           Permalink
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If you want to moor in the broad, there is often a westerly wind, so turn to starboard (right) as you come past the public moorings and boatyard into the open water.  That stretch is tree-lined, and should give good shelter.  Once you are half-way along there to the narrow gap into the Inner Broad (where you are not allowed to moor), come to a stop about 4 or 5 boat-lengths from the trees, pointing roughly into the wind, then lower your mudweight to the full extent of it's rope.  If the wind is from another direction, moor close-ish to the side of the broad where it is blowing from.

If it should be very windy, mudweighting may be uncomfortable, so you may want to moor at the B.A. free 24-hour moorings just before you come onto the broad on the port side (left).


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