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MisterB
Feb-13-2016 @ 10:23 AM                           Permalink
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After a few weeks of searching, asking questions, visiting boatyards, looking at boats and some negotiating - we've finally put  a deposit down on a Maxum 2400 SCR, secured a mooring at Brundall and set to undertake a sea trial this coming Friday !! Then hopefully a short journey up the coast from Brightlingsea and onto to the Southern Broads !!! We're new to the Broads and looking forward to our new adventures, though I am sure the kids (grown ups, but only in a legal definition !) will use it just as much as us. any advice as always, would be welcomed ! The one concern I did have re availability of petrol has been answered by quite a few people, so thanks for that !

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That looks suspiciously like one of those 'motor boat' things... Gasp  but never mind, welcome anyway! At least you'll be on the Southern Rivers... Playful Wink  

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“… a short journey up the coast from Brightlingsea and onto to the Southern Broads”

And a nice trip too, with a boat like yours capable of a bit of speed. Let us all know nearer the time, I'm sure you'll get some good advice about coming into Great Yarmouth (VHF ch12 and all that), but a bit of passage planning is required to ensure getting to Haven Bridge at LW to avoid calling for a bridge opening.

Last time I came in I mistimed it, was obliged to tie up at the Town Hall facing downstream then, when the bridge opened and I was fully conscious of having grid-locked the whole of GY, I made the beginner's mistake of not going far enough away from the bridge before (attempting to) come about. Engine and bow-thruster screaming, swept through at a 45 degree angle with only inches clearance, some cheeky blighter put over the radio: “Do you need me to open Breydon Bridge too?”

Peter

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Or potter through Lowestoft - it's a bit more friendly.

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Feb-14-2016 @ 9:31 AM                           Permalink
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thanks, yes, it is a one of those new fangelled petrol jiggerypokey things, the wife produces enough hot air for a balloon, but not a sail boat! I was thinking of coming through Lowestoft as it does seem a bit easier, though I will be using an experienced 'assistant captain' to make the journey, so I don't foresee any (too) embarrassing moments along the way. we picked the southern rivers as a starter point as its a bit closer to us and even though it may have some speed it is dwarfed by some of the fantastic boats we saw around Brundall when we visited. We also have a mobile home out on the Vendee on France, where we spend a few months a year and most of the summer , so we only wanted to start with a boat that was fine for a week or so at a time, rather than a month or so at a time - but hey, who knows what might happen if we take to it, and the kids will certainly be there whenever they can, anything for a free holiday !!


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I can't believe you said that about the wife on Valentines day!!  Smile

Hope all goes well - and enjoy your boating on the Broads... I think you'll get hooked!

Danny

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Boat is being delivered to the broads via trailer now instead of driving it up the coast, it will be in Brundall on Friday - woo hoo !! just needs a couple of minor jobs when it gets there, then boat safety certificate and then 12m broads licence and, and, and ...... oh, eventually we will get chance to use her (after the kids of course)- when you see us we'll be the ones with the mad weimaraner !!!

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If you can get under the Yarmouth bridges and are out and about on 25th June then there is no better way to meet new friends from here and enjoy yourselves than attending the Forum Meeting on the Ranworth Island for the Saturday afternoon and Sunday.
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Mar-03-2016 @ 10:18 AM                           Permalink
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Thanks, not sure whether we will be in France or in blighty at that time. We spend a lot of time in France and the ultimate objective would be learn as much as we can about ourselves and spending time on a boat before taking it (or another boat as I doubt this will be big enough in terms of accomodation size)) over to France to spend some time meandering around the rivers down to the canal du midi - but we're a long way off that yet !!

Has anyone any experience of the French rivers/canals. or tips on where I can get info from?

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Welcome Mr B its all good here but we have never seen a boat that just needs a couple of jobs yet  Smile  all ours have been an on going list but wonderful, enjoy.
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