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Mooring Tips

Norfolk Broads Direct’s Mooring Tips

Here are some mooring tips to help you with your Norfolk Broads boat hire.

Look out for signs

A lot of moorings are free and managed by the Broads Authority, however, have a good look at the signs to check if there is a charge or not. Most signs will give you useful information about where you are and emergency contacts.


Should I moor Side on, or Stern on?

Riverside moorings usually require you to moor side on, or alongside the quay heading. Moorings on Broads usually ask you to moor stern on, as do boatyards. Read the signs to double check.


When should I double moor?

When it is busy, you may be able to double moor alongside another boat. Check the signs, and always check with the people in the prospective boat. You may need to negotiate bank access with them too.


Should I plan moorings in advance?

In peak season, try to get moored up by mid-afternoon, or even earlier to bag one of the more popular spots. Have a back up in mind in case you can’t squeeze in. Remember: you need to be moored up before dusk.


What is mudweighting?

The mud weight, or mud anchor, is situated at the front of the boat on the deck. It acts as any anchor would, allowing you to moor in the middle of one of the broads (out of the way!), by lowering the weight into the mud.


Mooring side on

When mooring side on, always check for tidal rise and fall; you don’t want to leave your boat hanging if the water level falls. Tie securely to a strong tree, mooring post, mooring ring or use a rhond anchor. Ensure you pay any necessary fees on arrival.


Be courteous

When moored, avoid running your engine between 8pm-7am so that you don’t disturb others around you.


Free moorings

You can moor for free at most Broads Authority mooring locations (see our Map of the Broads for more info) and you can moor for free in other hire boatyards, space dependent and usually stern on. For a full list of participating boatyards, see our Broads Hire Boat Federation Moorings list.