A holiday on the Broads is most relaxing and is usually spent meandering along the river at a few miles per hour. The vast majority of people who hire a boat on the Broads have had no prior boating experience myself included. The boat yard staff will take you for a trial run and show you the ropes "excuse the pun". Most will find boat handling quite straight forward, especially if you have a crew. My wife helps with the mooring but I leave moorings normally unassisted. Any teething problems are normally comical and just part of the fun.
Regarding the above printable unofficial L Plates, feedback received confirmed that people did notice them and that help was regularly offered when mooring up. People sometimes hesitate to help as they are aware that some of the more seasoned sailors prefer to handle their boat unassisted. The L Plates make it clear that help is welcome.
As already stated I am no expert and have had no specialist training but I have been taking regular boating holidays on The Norfolk Broads since 1970. I am simply passing on tips based on what I have picked up and from personal experience that I have found helpful to me over the years.
“Broads Boating information”
Reference has been made many times throughout this site to Bow Thrusters. This topic explains what they actually do
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Advice on choosing a boat suitable to your party size and Information about some of the different types of available hire craft.
Advice on general boat handling, navigation and some of the basic rules of the river.
General mooring and rope tying help including diagrams.
tips on boating single handed.
An aid to leaving moorings in different tide and weather conditions.
Life onboard. Basic information concerning water, toilets and electricity etc.