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  1. @MikyOA conversation I had with some boaters down at Loddon a year back suggests that there are some big carp in the river near Brundall. Escapees from lakes when the river has flooded.
  2. I didn't manage to do much fishing in my week there two weeks ago. The little I did I had hardly any bites, nothing to encourage me persevering. Up at Neatishead a couple of locals from Coltishall set up their rods just as I was mooring so I was limited to off the boat in the staithe itself. It was rubbish, not even a bite in the two hours I tried. Speaking to the two locals they said it was currently poor everywhere. I was parked up in Brinkcrafts marina for most of the week. The people in the holiday homes opposite appeared to be having as much joy as me. Just one of those weeks I
  3. I live in Ipswich. It takes just one and a half hours door to door. I'll be taking the week off regardless otherwise I'll lose it.
  4. According to Freedom's website I'd be limited to the southern broads from 1st Nov to 31st March. Herbert Woods website doesn't let you select dates in November.
  5. I was thinking about hiring a boat for the week in November. Do any of the yards hire out in this period? As far as I can tell from their online booking only Ferry Marina appear to be open for business. To avoid really bad weather I don't want to book until the last minute.
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    Mooring At Wroxham

    Oops, perhaps I told someone the wrong thing last week. I was in Barnes marina and a bloke just as it was turning dark asked me about mooring. I just assumed that he was in a hire boat and told him he'd be OK to moor up as it wasn't a changeover day. He did mention something about having to pay £15 which from a hirer only perspective seemed very odd. Perhaps he was in private boat and got stiffed in the morning.
  7. I've literally just finished a week on Serenade today and I had really been looking forward to it, but regret it now. I have to be open about something first, I'm carrying far too much excess baggage. So sometimes things can be a tight squeeze. Positives: the induction hob is great. We didn't use the microwave as we ate out most of the time. The galley was well stocked with equipment if you want to self cater and enough room for preparation etc. I had to squeeze a bit to get through the rear bathroom but once in there was enough room even for a hippo like me to have a sho
  8. I was going to speak to them anyway regarding life jackets.
  9. We are going to hire a large boat that can sleep 4+2. There are more of us going who will be land based. In total there will be two of us living on the boat and 7 plus a toddler and two infants onshore. I'd like to take us all to a pub during the day. Would the hire company object to this? It's not a major issue if they do as I can send the overspill via taxi.
  10. I don't have a problem with the pilot not working but the lack of information in the brochure about it or at least a message when you go through the online booking.
  11. DJB


    We were out. Pulled into Ludham and it went from sunny and blustery to dark, wet and very windy just as we tried to tie up. A kid in the boat next to us came and helped with the pair of us hanging on for dear life. Another boat then broke its mooring and hit us. I wonder if they noticed that they were tied up differently when they came back from the pub. Turning in Thurne was a nightmare. I had us nice and tight stern on in Malthouse so a decent sleep. Neatishead was positively tranquil thanks to the adjacent fences and wind direction.
  12. You are always at the mercy of the weather and storm Gareth put a right damper on the break but it was still relatively enjoyable but there were a few things that niggled. My first question on arrivals was would we get under Wroxham Bridge. I was thinking about river levels but the hire company told me there were no pilots until the end of March so no we couldn't go. I had deliberately booked a low boat that would get under without rolling back a roof exposing the cabin to the weather. The lack of pilots should have been flagged at the time of booking/in the brochure. We'd not been to Col
  13. We have booked Gold Gem from Richardsons for next year. I chose this style of boat because I want to get past Wroxham and Potter Heigham. I realise the second bridge may be impossible. I also chose it because it is single level so no steps once on board. My wife jarred her knee on the last boat so mooring became a real issue as her knee became stiff for a few days. She can't drive to save her life so I depend on her to tie up. I think the front door will help me do the mooring with or without her help. Running from the driving seat down the steps, through the door into the back cabi
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