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Aug-15-2012 @ 11:31 AM                           Permalink
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Hi all,

    I have hired canal boats many times but this is my first time hiring a craft on the Broads.  I have hired RAY OF LIGHT 2 from Potter Heigham for a week starting 25th August at 4pm.  I have to say, the discussions I have read on tides etc have me slightly nervous, but i am sure we will cope.  My problem is, coming up with a route.  As well as myself (52 yr old male) I have my 20 year old son with his girlfriend, and my 15 yr old son with his school friend, of the same age.  I was originally going to route via Great Yarmouth for a day at the Pleasure Beach, but now think it may be too much for a first time! Can anyone suggest a sensible route for a first timer with teenager aboard?  Thanks in anticipation.
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I am not sure I can help with practical things to do and go with the crew – but what I can say is although it may well say ‘4pm take over’ on your booking confirmation, I personally always like to arrive between 12:30 and 1pm and 9 times out of 10 have found the boat to be ready, and once the paper work is sorted life jackets are had and trial run over you can expect to be on your way by 2:30pm.

But the above is an example and you may find busy times make that less likely – therefore it is good to have a Plan A and a Plan B.

As a seasoned boater on the cannels you will know what on board life is like and the good thing about the Broads is there are no locks and really on the Northern Broads this worry of tides should not bother you one jot.

Where tides do come into play is if you were to want to go through Yarmouth and over Breydon Water.  Even then it is simple – if you are going south go with the tide (this helps with the fuel economy) and when you moor up, moor ‘into’ the tide.  

Let me not complicate matters as I can rattle on a little.

As a rough idea let us go with plan A:

Leave Herbert Woods boat yard, and turn right head along the river Thurne and upon reaching the junction with the River Bure, fork left.  You will then be able to moor up at Acle.  You can all go for a good meal in the Bridge Inn and the teens can have some fun with the outside amusements too.

On Sunday you could go down to Yarmouth – indeed you could cross Breydon Water and explore the southern Broads if you so wish, low water is roughly 11:30am on Sunday – slack water where the tide is not going out or coming in – is 12:30pm.  

The above would mean the first day after take over is a short cruise – time to unpack everything and settle in, followed by either stopping at Yarmouth on the Sunday or carrying on over Breydon Water and heading to say Reedham.

Plan B:

You have been delayed somewhat int he arrival and take over of the boat and so not wanting to head to Acle you could again turn right and go along the Thurne.  After all the water side chalets have stopped you will see a a sign on the right for Ludham.  You can go down this quiet dyke to the very pretty stern on moorings at Womack Water – walk into Ludham village if you so wish to the pub there for a meal.  Alternatively, if you wish to cruise a little more and eat aboard you could continue down the Thurne, and upon reaching the Junction of the River Bure, fork right and moor at St. Bennett’s Abbey which is currently undergoing extensive preservation works.

From both locations in plan B it would be possible to still go to Yarmouth on the Sunday with the ebb tide helping you down the Bure – and you could still go south if you so wished.

You can get information of tides from the red link at the bottom of this page named ‘tide tables’ – you can call the relevant yacht station for help and information – Yarmouth being 01493 842794 and is staffed from 8am to 8pm.  They will help you with information to do with going over Breydon Water, and will help with the mooring and ropes upon your stay – especially useful for overnighting there as the rise and fall is extreme.

Bearing mind the moorings are charged for, Day mooring £5 - Overnight mooring until 10.00am the next day £12 .

Have a lovely adventure and welcome to the forum.


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Hi

I think the anticipation of tide related problems are usually worse than the reality.  Don't be put off visiting Get Yarmouth, if that's something you wanted to do.  So long as you are careful and take time to moor up, you should be ok.  You've got more than enough able bodies to help moor/steer.  You don't need to cross Breydon Water to get to Gt Yarmouth from Potter Heigham and although the tide range is great, the Harbour Masters have a good reputation for giving help and advice.  It may be a good idea to hire a dinghy as this may be good fun for the teenagers especially.  As for a route, it depends on what you want to do.  Get a good guide book to check out what each place has to offer, and "go with the flow".  Hope you have a great time.

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I would go along with what Robin(London Rascal) said.
Go to Acle and overnight there. But I would suggest
catching the bus to Yarmouth the next day and back
again in the evening.
Why?
Canal boats and cruisers handle very differently and
Yarmouth does catch out even those with some
experience!
As it's your first time, you could be put off if it
goes wrong. The tide can run fairly quickly and so
things do wrong even quicker! If it was later in the
week when you've had a chance to become more familiar
with it's handling, then yes do it.
This way it's no hassle and the next morning head back
up the Bure and explore. There's so much to see up
there.

That was quick!
Now the nights start to draw in again...When was
summer?


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"Hi" kendo,
as it is your first time why not head for womack no matter what time you pick up your boatand get yourself sorted out and have a look around Ludham, you can always contact Yarmouth yacht station and the chaps will tell you the best time to arrive and will look out for you and give you a hand so no real problems there, spend all day and Sunday night in Yarmouth as the young one will love it, you may find it better to head back up North section as there is more life then down on the south section and you have some real nice areas to visit, not saying that the south in not nice but you may find it a little too quite if you have younger members on board, waht ever you do take your time and have a wonderful Holiday and lets hope that this is the first of many, if you would like more detail then PM me.

Kindest Regards Mike

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Aug-16-2012 @ 12:16 PM                           Permalink
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Thank you all for your swift replies.  Sounds like a leisurely cruise first night, followed by Great Yarmouth Yachting Station on the Sunday, and an afternoon at the Pleasure Beach.  Stay the night moored at the Yachting station, and then head back north for the rest of the week.  Any other suggestions for good teenage stops north of Great Yarmouth would be more than welcome.

Kendo


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