Guest Posted August 23, 2012 Share Posted August 23, 2012 A good idea or just a pipe dream? Having just returned from 21 days on the Broads (2 on the north, 19 on the south ), the amount of wash that we experienced on BA moorings from both private and hire boats, large and small, was at times, quite hair raising . The worst one was at Hardly Mill when a Haines 400 went past on the far bank and almost deposited us on the floating pontoon. Yes, the Haines from BBM, begins with "E" and ends in "A". Take Herringfleet for example, which has a 6mph speed limit past the moorings. Whilst moored there at 11.00am at almost low tide, we were joined by a BA launch doing spot checks on speed with their radar gun. Of the 20 or so vessels that came past in an hour, most were bang on the limit whilst others were clocked at up to 8mph. No one was under the limit! One thing they all had in common was the huge wash. As the BA chap said, "wash is subjective but speed isn't - you're either speeding or you're not". I know we should all "slow" down when passing moored craft, so why not have a 3mph speed limit past all BA moorings, say 200m before the mooring up to 200m past the mooring? The BA chap thought this was a great idea as i) it would reduce wash considerably to moored craft and ii) they could set their radar guns up on the moorings and no doubt catch more speeding craft acting inconsiderately. A win win situation for us moored boaters and the BA . This could also be extended to other moorings on the Broads such as outside pubs, built up areas (Brundall?) and the like. Then I woke up and realised this was all a dream - or maybe not ? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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