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Sheque1
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https://www.amazon.co.uk/Avon-Original-Spray-Jojoba-Citronellol/dp/B01EB6FNCI/ref=sr_1_3_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1523863895&sr=8-3&keywords=avon+-+skin+so+soft

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Hello Monty. I have to agree with Exile. Hire whispering reed and explore the tranquility which north of potter has to offer. Some beautiful locations in which to unwind and enjoy the total peace and quiet. Then perhaps a lazy short cruise down to south Waltham to enjoy your lunch with a bottle of chilled wine ( the wife will be impressed ) whilst out in the middle of the broad. You will both be hooked !
Regards kevin

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Ps. The cream you want to keep the insects away is called Avon skin so soft. We had an eight day walking holiday in the Scottish highlands last year and this spray really did work. It's not greasy or smelly either !

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Monty, in response to your question, I would not necessarily restrict myself to just above Potter - but, if you are only hiring the boat for one day then there is plenty of water to explore above the bridge allowing for lunch etc.  Depends whether you want quiet, wild beauty or the hubbub of busy cruising and popular spots.  If you want to hire a boat for the entire time and not a holiday cottage then I would go below the bridge.   There is a chance your picnic boat would fit under the bridge dependent on tides, but if not then hiring above the bridge gives you the access your original post mentioned.

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Just to add that Martham Ferry (under new ownership) also have day boats above Potter bridge

http://www.marthamferryboatyard.co.uk/

They have Siesta 20 (not listed on the website for some reason) which has a loo I think but is smaller than some so better if you also want to go through the bridge.

Should also mention Martham Boats, but if you want a toilet then Jayne is their only suitable one I think https://www.marthamboats.com/hire/motor-cruisers/14-jayne#jh-dateStart and she's normally hired for more than a day (although I think they may hire her for a day if she's not out).


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What great responses, thank you all very much, Exile, Sheque1,Kevin, JillyWix, Fens Fatale etc...

Avon skin so soft - yes my wife uses this and agrees it is the best she's tried, but the blighters  still seem to get her... I like the idea of them not bothering you when you are on the water, rather than near it - sounds like mud weighting may be the answer.

An ideal day out to me sounds like that suggested by Exile and Kevin - start off above Potter Heigham and travel down to South Waltham and back, if possible. So with that in mind I will contact the boatyards you have mentioned and see what their advice is re Bridge clearance on the picnic boats. if it is not possible, then we will go for the peace and quiet - I am now considering an electric boat rather than diesel, so as not to disturb the wildlife.

I have a photograph taken by my mother in about 1963 of my father going under the bridge with inches to spare, she took the photo from the back of the boat and just remembered to duck in time, so it would be nice to do the same, I have no real memory of the holiday as I was only about 5 or 6, but there is a photo of me steering the boat, so I guess I'm not a total novice.






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I am not sure that any of the picnic boats are electric - certainly the bigger ones are usually diesel.

Neither do I think you will get any closer to the wildlife with an electric dayboat - virtually all the wildlife would be frightened by movement and not noise.


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I saw some electric ones on Martham Ferry Boatyard, however when I've just checked the site I see one is not available until July.

I take your point about movement rather than noise frightening the wildlife, but it looks like it will be diesel anyway.

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a old auntie used to stop any midges by useing oil of citronella lemmon oli put a few spots of it on the places where you grt bitten and trhey eont come near thry hate thr smell apparantly and will think you are a lemmon

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I have sympathy with your wife, Monty I too have been a bit tasty to the odd midge!
One holiday in particular in Tunisia I think I was a 'live' buffet to most of the mosquitos in Old Sousse
However, I've been holidaying on the broads for the last 10 years and I can't remember being bitten!
I hope you enjoy your day, only been through Potter bridge once and that was leaving the hire boat at Herbert Woods and getting a day boat through to Hickling Broad!
If you want to stop for lunch then I can recommend The Pleasure Boat
This year we are thinking of leaving the boat at Sutton / Stalham and walking to The Pleasure Boat and getting a cab back
Hopefully you'll get the 'bug' OK, pun intended, and keep coming back like we did

Tim


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In the main Mosies and Midges are not a problem on the running waters of The Broads certainly the parts with a higher saline content.  The problem is more of an issue if moored in a secluded spot close to a body of standing or near stillwater.  This used to be the case on some of the reaches just above Horning.  Unfortunately these are of course the very places where wildlife is most likely to be at it’s best.  Not to put anyone off but there are various things on the broads that do bite especially where cattle can come down to the water’s edge to drink.  One of the ‘bite relief sticks’ is therefore a wise precaution even if you have an effective deterrent.

Bill...(The Ancient Mardler)

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