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MrC
Feb-12-2021 @ 9:45 AM                           Permalink
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Hi all

We will be hiring a 44' long boat, so my question is can you moor on the side of the staithe with a boat of this length or just on the front.

Many thanks

Chris

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That should fit no problem

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Don't think there are any rules to stop you but whether you will ever find enough space is another question.

It is hard enough to find 13 foot for a stern on mooring at most times of year let alone 48 foot . I know it is only 44 ft but you have to have some clearance each end .

Graham

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Graham, I think they mean stern on at the side of the staithe, not side on mooring. Should be enough room but might be a bit difficult getting in and out if you are in the inside corner.

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Woops,that makes much more sense. Sorry everyone .

Graham

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Hi there ,
Stern on moorings only there , please note very popular moorings,  especially at peak times , so you'll need to think your time to visit , 44ft boat stern on will be no problem to moor there ,  

steve and vicky
( apparently a moaner)

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I don't think the OP was looking to moor side on. I think he was just wondering if a boat that long would fit in the side section rather than the open front of the staithe where any length boat can project out into the broad. Whereas the side section is limited width.

So on that basis I'll answer that we have moored a 45 footer in there but manoeuvrability is limited ! Depends on what else is moored there at the time, how tight the available space is, how windy it is etc. And getting out next morning can be a challenge if you are tucked on rather "cosily" at the top end. However, with a bow thruster it will be easier to get in but you do still need to take it carefully if you just have the one space left and other long boats to get around as you reverse in.

Hope that helps ( and I've understand correctly what you are asking!)

Karen

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Hi all sorry yes I did mean stern on mooring. As I know can’t side on moor there. We going in March next year so hopefully broads will be  quieter, but that may not be the case. If books for this year are anything to go by.

Chris

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Hi Cris Yes i am 44 foot and have no trouble mooring STERN on any where their easier if you reverse in unless at or near front, if busy just mud weight until space comes available and nip in,  it can get very busy there a very popular spot, there's  better TV reception at the right hand side too and nearer electric points. John

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Depends on your level of experience and how accustomed you are to the boat. We have taken 2 different hire boats to those side moorings at Ranworth Staithe and both handled differently.

Also, as owners, we get very comfortable about , and familiar with the handling of our own boats. And even that's not always enough.

I've seen some very stressed private owners getting knocked about at tight spots like Ranworth , and many a hirer also getting wound up, so I wouldn't say it's always easy. In fact, we've had a whack at Ranworth from a large boat coming in , and a back end swipe from another one leaving and not realising how the back end swings out. We all know that reversing isn't the same as a car, as the boats not on a solid surface, so I would always urge caution as you simply can't line it up and shove it in like you would reverse into a parking spot. In fact I think that's often half the problem in terms of inexperienced helms.  Not suggesting Mr C is.

Even for those with many years experience it doesn't always go to plan , so the tighter the space , the more care needed, and so whilst it's possible and can be straightforward I would always advise caution rather than saying it's easy. We have a small boat, less than 25 feet, but being light she is easily affected by even a light wind. Backing in for us is not always easy therefore, even without having to worry about turning 45 feet, which is what you need to do to get into the side spaces at Ranworth unless it's not busy.  Best advice is look out for someone on either of the boats to the side of the space who can take a rope for you. No shame in that and far less stressful!

Karen

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