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Monty2018
Apr-16-2018 @ 12:40 PM                           Permalink
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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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Apr-17-2018 @ 7:02 AM                           Permalink
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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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Thanks again to everyone for your helpful comments, I have found your replies and the archives on the forum incredibly useful in my planning.

I have decided to go against my original thoughts of visiting the quieter areas  in order to experience a more typical day on the  Broads ( at least that's what I think in my ignorance!).

I have therefore hired a "Skipper" from Ferry Marina, and plan to visit Barton Broad and South Walsham Broad.

I will save Hickling and Horsey for a future visit ( always providing that the wife stays bite free this time).

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May-01-2018 @ 9:36 AM                           Permalink
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As nobody else have mentioned them and if you have more than one day available, you might try Sutton Staithe I think they do have electric boats. This would let you explore not just Sutton Broad and Stalham but Barton broad, Neatishead, Wayford bridge & Dilham where certainly Kingfishers are not uncommon.

Bill...(The Ancient Mardler)

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Just an update to again thank you all for your posts and personal emails.

We had a great day with everything going perfectly to plan on our route from Horning to Barton and then on to South Walsham. We hired Skipper 3 from Ferry Marina and it was perfect for our needs.

I would highly recommend it for anyone new to the broads who may read this.

And to top it all we saw one kingfisher, two otters and no mozzies or midges.

In respect of the recent post re dayboats - no alcohol was consumed and no boats were rammed, although mooring up rear end at the end of the trip was a bit hairy!!

Many thanks again for all your help. The forum is a great resource for newcomers to the broads, better than any travel book, so I will donate accordingly, and encourage others to do the same.

Until the next time.....

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hopr you and your wife are now broads lovers and will come again

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