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Marshman, I agree with you that 8 quid is not a lot, well to me anyway but for some people it is. Out of interest, I have never paid a mooring fee anywhere on the Shannon or Erne.
We did the Canal de Midi last year and never paid a mooring fee there as well.
Saying all that, most of the places we moor we pay, Oulton, Beccles, Norwich but that's because we like pubs, restaurants and clubs and don't mind (and can afford) paying to stay at places close to them but it's not so many years ago that having to pay a mooring fee for several nights in a 2 week holiday would have put a serious strain on our budget.

I guess some of us are lucky enough  that the kids have left home and we have a reasonable income so paying a few quid doesnt factor but some of us remember the times when it did.

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Marshman, I agree with you that 8 quid is not a lot, well to me anyway but for some people it is. Out of interest, I have never paid a mooring fee anywhere on the Shannon or Erne.
We did the Canal de Midi last year and never paid a mooring fee there as well.
Saying all that, most of the places we moor we pay, Oulton, Beccles, Norwich but that's because we like pubs, restaurants and clubs and don't mind (and can afford) paying to stay at places close to them but it's not so many years ago that having to pay a mooring fee for several nights in a 2 week holiday would have put a serious strain on our budget.

I guess some of us are lucky enough  that the kids have left home and we have a reasonable income so paying a few quid doesnt factor but some of us remember the times when it did.

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Oct-28-2016 @ 9:03 PM                           Permalink
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We are moored at Salhouse tonight. We have just spent 7 fantastic nights , as usual , down on the Broads. We have moored at a place of our choice, every night, and enjoyed great food and hospitality. Tonight, is the first time we have had to pay, and that again was our choice. That in reality amounts to £1 per night during our holiday. We are no neither rich nor posh, but my wife says I love waving to folk. I call it respect. I walked down Horning Lower St yesterday morning, to spend money in their community, and was ignored by the first three people I met. The forth, an elderly gentleman, said good morning. It made my day. I wave to private and hires. If I don't get a wave back, I make my own opinions. Today, another gentleman, in a private boat, tipped his cap to me. Respect, my friend. Let us us not be too critical and just learn to enjoy what a beautiful place we have yo enjoy. I must drive 265 miles home tomorrow haha

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Oct-29-2016 @ 9:01 AM                           Permalink
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SALHOUSE BROAD.

"The site is managed by it's landowner, Henry Cator as a sustainable business"

I believe he does have a charitable foundation for disadvantaged youth but it is different and separate from the Broad (actually an ex sand and gravel pit)

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Pally - you are right! And I was wrong!! It is not a charity but one of those "looser" community organisation things! I guess at the end of the day, one difference is that their accounts may not be open to public scrutiny!

Having said that I suspect that the costs probably far outweigh the mooring fees - I see from their website they employ 2 full time Rangers and thats fairly pricey. I guess perhaps this is one issue where old Henry is digging his hand into his pocket - perhaps I should reconsider my views on that lot!!!

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At least at Salhouse the moorings are looked after. The fees have also been used to construct boardwalks and keep the area looking nice. Two water points as well. Well worth any fee IMO although I am unlikely to use them very often as I have an aversion to stern-on moorings, they make me feel too claustrophobic! Mrs D prefers to mudweight free on the broad.

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Mamadi - We hired Broadsman (one of the 'posher' boats) and rarely waved at other boat users. Not because we didn't want to or because we were 'better' than those in less expensive hire boats, but because the side view from the pilot's seat was abysmal and to look to the left I had to crouch my head down, almost breaking my neck in half, to see the port side; so the only time I was able to wave to others was on the couple of occasions when the rain held off long enough for us to open the roof, then I waved at all other boats.


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I never know if my waves are returned from the new boats with heavily tinted windows. But I wave anyway.

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The ones that could see me through the small and almost useless side window and I waved to were fishermen in small rowing boats. Most waved back.

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Marsh man. You seem to put up a case for justifying  the £8.00 mooring fee and saying that that you thought it was run by a charitable trust .You also say that you have moored there without being charged.  Did you ever offer payment to the Rangers before you left. I have moored there on the main riverbank moorings a few times but have always had my fee collected by the canoo man when he packs up at night.



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