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Hi,
New to the forum having trawled the web for infor mation on the Broads.
We've got a boat down on the Thames and are finding it a bit too limited in terms of moving around and mooring without constant locks and very busy areas. Having had a holiday on the Broads many years ago we started thinking about maybe moving the boat up to the Broads instead where hopefully it's a bit more 'open' to chug around and stop at sights / pubs etc.
Just really after any advice or pointers what areas are good to look at or to avoid etc.  
Might even look to buy a place with mooring as this would be my ideal and there do seem to be some nice riverside properties on some estate agents websites.
Any suggestions / comments etc. etc. massively welcome
Cheers,
Andy

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Hi Andy, welcome to the Forum.  We have had boats on the 'Broads' on and off for nearly 25 years.  With over 200 miles to explore and no locks to worry about it will definately be an eye opener for you!  The last time I did a comparison boat yards were a little less expensive also. The only restriction you will have for some cruising is bridge heights.  What sort of boat do you have and what is her air draft?  Regards Alan  Cheers

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Thanks Alan,
We've got a Sealine S28 down near Windsor.
Like the idea of lots of river / broads to navigate rather than queuing for locks so often!
We're aiming to have a drive around the Broads this weekend or next to get a feel for what's around but have no idea where would be a good base to start from. I guess Horning and Wroxham are the towns most often mentioned but suppose these might also be the most crowded. Any pointers on nice areas to start looking would be very welcome as it looks quite a big area on the map where we haven't got any knowledge of the area.
Cheers,
Andy

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Hi Andy and welcome to the forum. You're right about Horning and Wroxham, also have a look at the moorings section on this forum.

I don't know what engine/s your Sealine has, but if petrol, bear in mind that there are only 2 riverside outlets for petrol and they are both on the southerns.

Steve. CM1

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Is there really 200 miles of navigable water on the Broads? I thought it was around 140 but could be wrong. Even then there is Potter Bridge to bring into the equation.

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It is the larger figure TM. And a good deal more than that if you use a kayak!

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Unless your radar arch can fold you may find your air draft will limit your access a bit. If it is over 10 foot then you will have all the River Bure between Yarmouth and Wroxham Bridge, the Thurne as far as Potter Heigham Bridge and the Ant only as far as Ludham Bridge. You will need to get some low tides to get under Vauxhall Bridge to reach the Southern Broads where you will be able to travel as far as Trowse Railway Bridge Norwich, it should lift but not working properly. You might get under at low water.

Also Reedham and Somerleyton Swing Bridges have been known to fail quite often which can cause a lot of headaches. On the Waveney you should be able to get as far as the Beccles old Bridge and Oulton Broad. Except for St Olaves Bridge, possibly OK at low water but you can divert by the New Cut.

If you plan to go to sea from the Broads you might be better based on the Sothern Broads. Access to the sea from Great Yarmouth or Lowestoft.

Sorry don't mean to be a gloom and doom merchant but better to know the limitations beforehand. You still have a lot of the Broads to play with. Hustle and bustle Northern Rivers, quieter and less stressful on the Southern Broads.  Good luck.

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Hi Andy, and welcome,

You mentioned the "towns" of Wroxham and Horning. Well... I wouldn't call either of them towns - Horning in particular is a village only.

Enjoy the research and let us know where you fancy.

Karen

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Hi
We kept a narrow boat in Leicestershire for a while, hardly used it because I didn't feel comfortable operating the locks alone, so both needed to be available. Its wonderful having no locks.


We love the Broads
http://www.riverside-rentals.co.uk/NorfolkHolidayCottages/fishers-haven

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Hi Andy and welcome.

We are moored at Broom in Brundall and they have petrol.  Also handy for Norwich, by train or cruiser(there is a railway station very adjacent to Broom) which is always worth a visit, it is nice to see the Cathedral lit up at night.  Hope you enjoy your drive around. Smile

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