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  2. Independence - Updates | Maintenance & Care

    I think you may find a wet and dry vacuum cleaner will be a good investment if you are going to keep this up Robin.
  3. The Peer Review Of The BA

    I read it and it took me back to when we used be ISO9001 registered, load of box ticking and way with words that looked good to the inspectors but said nothing of merit. Basically just another job for the boys. Regards Alan
  4. Independence - Updates | Maintenance & Care

    So, time for another update: In this shorter video, I get on with the final cabin to be cleaned - and I mean all out, full inspection and every surface cleaned down and this time it is the twin cabin on the starboard side. Upon lifting a panel under the bunk I found something odd - possible water ingress from the port light but running down the inside of the hull and not touching the wood that surrounds the port light - it was not wet, and actually appeared to look like a muddy deposit over a long period of time where water had come in with sentiment dried and the black sediment then was left over. I duly cleaned all this away and will keep an eye over time what happens here, since I have a leak in one of the galley port lights that has rotted the wood! I now need to find out where I can get some faced ply that might not match exactly but at least is of the same colour/finish as what is up currently - I am contemplating doing a temporary fix whereby we stop the leak and attend to the soft wood just to seal it and put a stop to its spread while then working on a permanent cosmetic solution down the line. I also thought I would give the washer dryer a go -it worked, for a few minutes before water began to gush out the detergent drawer on the front. I duly stopped the machine, cleared up the resultant water from the galley and tried again - worked and then once again flooded out. It did not do this on rinse cycles mind you only on initial fill (and no the drum was not full and overfilling). It may be a partially blocked pipe leading to the drum, but since its performance was less than great I may just be getting a newer machine the fun will be removing the old and getting a new in, as it can only fit through he port side sliding door by the helm. Next up was the Dishwasher. This was in a terrible state inside so thought why not first put it through a cycle - thing was I did not check the filter and as the machine did it's thing I had no idea that no water was being drained at the end of the cycles, just filling up the interior - more water to clean up, messy, yucky, greasy water at that. However after much time it was not only gleaming but the stiff to open runners on the drawer were smooth running once more and it is a lovely addition to have on board and made short work of the mountain of glassware I found!
  5. Fishing Rights Question

    Mark , what I meant was " Rules still apply " with still and enclosed waters having their own ,......
  6. An Early 1950's Broadland Christmas.

    Cracking read
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  8. An Early 1950's Broadland Christmas.

    Some of you might have read this before, others may not have so I've dredged this one up again, it being that time of the year, A 1950's Broadland Christmas. Christmas by the Broads has always been very special for my family, not least because it was the one time of the year when we could all come together. My father was the proprietor of a restaurant and shop overlooking Oulton Broad, Christmas and Boxing day being the only two days during the year that his business was closed and his family could come together. As a youngster Christmas Eve was always a joy, a chance to go pike and perch fishing, my mother glad not to have my brother or myself under her feet. For Mum, my Gran and Mrs H, the hired help, Christmas Eve was about preparation. A quick story about Mrs H, I well remember her for her outright broad Suffolk and honest, simple manner. It was a few years before I understood the family legend as of when, during the war, Mrs H was late for work. Full of humble apology she had explained that 'she'd hadda incendry up her back-passage'. Let me explain, back passages in Suffolk, and maybe elsewhere, are the narrow passages between houses that lead to the backdoor. Incendries were incendiary bombs and, thankfully, that one did no real damage. Anyway, back to Christmas Eve, the three ladies did prepare but also entertained their lady friends as seasonal pleasantries were exchanged. In the meantime Roger, my brother, would edge our rowing boat towards the Commodore, the local's local. At that time the pub itself was separated from the rather primitive urinals by a covered passage way where us youngsters were able to congregate in the dry whilst our fathers enjoyed their pints. Back then the Commodore, quite sensibly in my opinion, was a man's pub and the license was for ale only. We were kept supplied with copious ginger beer & crisps, the ones with little blue salt bags, by the men repeatedly crossing the passage and treating us lads. I don't remember what we caught on the way but I do remember downing thirteen bottles of ginger pop one Christmas Eve! Back home and Dad would arrive home with a sometimes odd array of goodies that would be past their best by the time the Christmas holiday was over. Our Christmas Eve feasts were memorable for the family time and the lack of a television. We would eat a plateful, play a game of droughts or pelmanism, Dad's favourites, before the next course and another game. Christmas morning was inevitably about presents, not that we had that many as just after the war such luxuaries were not widely available. Of course we had to make good the aftermath of the previous evening's feast and, as we had no central heating, we had to make up the fires. I well remember the joy of my parents as items that had been absent from the shops during the war and even after made a welcome return to the table and Christmas stocking. More than anything I remember the long walks after our Christmas lunch, an all male affair. Always an adventure and full of interest. My father knew the local marshes like the back of his hand, the net-work of dykes and, most importantly, where the 'liggers' that crossed those dykes were. Liggers were generally nothing more than a narrow plank but, thankfully, non of us fell in. Winters were colder then, frost and snow was not uncommon. Being lost on the marshes would not have been fun but Dad never lost his way. Halfway house would inevitably be on the river bank at the Dutch Tea Gardens where we would sit and enjoy hot drinks and mulled wine. Chatting, laughing and maybe a carol or two, we would watch the sun work its way down towards the horizon. Inevitably we would arrive home in the dark, to a table loaded with mince pies and a Christmas cake from Dad's bakery, courtesy of Mum, Granny C and my Aunty Peggy. Aunty Peggy's husband, Jack, had been a P.O.W. in Burma and Japan, had come back home when he weighed little over six stone, well under half his normal body-weight. He weighed even less on release. It was many years before I knew what he had gone through. A born & bred countryman and farmer, now I can understand and appreciate his joy and thanks for the freedom that we enjoyed on our Christmas walks. His understanding of the countryside was intense and his contribution to our walk was a joy. Boxing day generally started with a bonfire, wrapping paper, used crackers and party hats, any left overs that would burn. No sooner had we finished the big clear up then we were out on the water. As usual our sailing boat was laid up for the winter so we would be out fishing or aboard Dad's motor-boat. Sometimes we would head up to Dirty Dicks, the Waveney Inn at Burgh St Peter, or perhaps up to Reedham Ferry for a drink with the Archers, great friends of Dad's. Way back then Mutford Lock would open on Boxing Day & one year we went through and into Lowestoft Harbour, the fishing fleet was in, the fish dock crammed with boats. Continental shipping would have a Christmas tree at the mast-head, a delightful custom so I thought. Boxing Day would end with a cold table, the Christmas left-overs and a welcome soup. The next day Dad would be back at work, the holiday was over, more memories were made, days were getting longer, summer and the first regatta was only five months away!
  9. The Peer Review Of The BA

    Sorry, but I got as far as no 2 - recommendations, and realised that this was just American gobbledygook that actually says nothing. About the only one I agreed with was "learn from others". What is "navigating the local government landscape"? And what is a sub regional platform? Was that when they put that sign up on Beccles railway station? I just wonder how much this review has cost?
  10. Stalham Wet Shed

    Ah I remember driving my VW variant in those winters, rear engine - rear wheel drive, went to a pub meet cross country over the wye downs, got to the top, and was flagged down by an astonished tractor driver and asked how i got up the hill- no problem I replied, he then told me they had been cut off for several days as even the landrovers with 4wd couldnt get up the hill - only tractors until I got there. getting down was fun as with all the weight at the back there was no steering on the front until you dabbed the brakes to break through the snow with the front tyres. I think it was the good old slow revving 2.4 litre air cooled lump that did it, in third at tickover you could feel the cylinders firing at every lamppost
  11. The Service At St Pauls

    The Service is taking place at present,at St Paul' s Remembering those sadly lost in that dark and sad sad night which also affected so many others. Lets hope something like this does not happen again.My thoughts go out to all those at Grenfell Tower.
  12. Hire Boat Update.

    Puts a whole new meaning to "THE NEW CUT"
  13. Christmas Quiz

    Should be a fun evening
  14. Hire Boat Update.

    What's wrong with the totally green large leaf and index finger? Works for the Scouts ...lol
  15. Stalham Wet Shed

    Ours reads somewhere in the region of £2.50...lol Ours only tops up the batteries for the bilge pump, we don't do tube heaters and radiators etc. mainly cos it's a pain in the bottaahhm to get from here to there in the winter. All exciting stuff like curtains and leccy things are removed, she is just a hull at the moment. Got some neat new canvases for the wheelhouse we can't wait to try out though. Inside privacy screens in the same colour and material as the canvases. Last Journey across Europe was last Sunday (yes in all that snow) and it took over 11 hrs to do 886km. Two idiots in RWD cars not knowing how to drive the things nearly took us out in Belgium. The perfect driving experience may well be so but in the snow it takes some skill which they obviously didn't have. As Griff would say "should have been born ooop north melad". Not to derail but watching these loons slip and slide up the slight inclines on the motorway was quite amusing until one of them looses it and flashes across from the on ramp going way too fast outside of a Finish rally and nearly takes us out with a sideswipe. Winter tyres and two tons of four wheel drive saved us. And I was born and learned to drive ooop north to boot. Anyone remember the winter of 1981/2 ... M62 closed hundreds of truckers stranded at the Birch services, 14 and 20 ft high snow drifts.... Our response, figure of eights in RWD cars in the snow filled local tennis club car park....Super fun............ Merry Christmas from Snowy Switzerland (Bernese Oberland) Martin and Fiona
  16. The Peer Review Of The BA

    http://www.broads-authority.gov.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0004/1064506/Broads-Authority-report-12.12.17.pdf A relevant and fair document, in my opinion. However there is no mention of the relationship of the BA with the public, such as the wider toll payer community. No mention of direct elections either.
  17. The Admiral's Little Ship?

    Hi LuLu, I'm sure that you can make or respond to 19 posts in next to no time. One liners are good!
  18. Simpsons Boat Services

    Griff is correct. Gavin is the new custodian of Zephyr with Cesar and Max the lab. His handle here is thasarummun and we look forward to seeing Zephyr out and about after some TLC from Phil and the boys. After the sale of the boatyard Phil stayed and is the General Manager there and silll doing a great job. Gavin will soon get used to everyone knowing what Zephyr is doing..LOL The price of fame ....he he... only kidding, although a shock at first it is incredibly nice that folks take such an interest and in a community like this one you're never far from a friendly bit of advice or even practical help. We consider everyone here to be friends we just haven't met yet. Martin / Fiona and Boris and Monty the airedales
  19. Dear All Please find attached the ABP Notice to Mariners No. 36 regarding planned wreck salvage operations in Lowestoft Inner Harbour area. Kind Regards Laura Milner Administrative Officer Operations Broads Authority Tel: 01603 756035 Broads Authority, Yare House, 62-64 Thorpe Road. Norwich NR1 1RY 01603 610734 www.broads-authority.gov.uk LOWESTOFT INNER HARBOUR – WRECK REMOVAL - AISHA – FURTHER INFORMATION Mariners and Port Users are advised that from 18th December 2017 removal of the sunken vessel ‘Welsh Conquest (Ex Aisha)’, in position 52° 28.60’N, 001° 43.225’E, (alongside Harbour Road Jetty), will commence. During the removal operation, the ‘Aase Madsen’ (35 m x 8.5 m) will be positioned alongside the wreck, obstructing the north side of the channel. The channel width will be reduced to approximately 20 metres adjacent to it. The Aase Madsen will be appropriately lit if in this position during hours of darkness. The yellow special mark buoy, displaying a light Fl Y 5s, moored immediately south of the wreck in position 52° 28.595’N, 001° 43.230’E will be removed whilst work is being carried out. All vessels are requested to afford the operation as much room as possible, and pass at slow speed. A floating containment boom will be in position around the Aase Madsen and the wreck, which should contain the escape of any pollutants resulting from the operation. Mariners are however requested to be alert to the potential for floating debris in the vicinity of the wreck. Please report any such debris to Port Control, VHF Ch14. The salvage operation is expected to take approximately 3 to 4 days. Notice will be provided once operations are completed. This notice supersedes NTM No.27 which is hereby cancelled. Please contact Lowestoft Port Control, VHF Ch14, or Tel. 01502 572286, if further information is required. Harbour Master 13th December 2017
  20. The Admiral's Little Ship?

    Lulu, Hi. Sorry, but I think that you've confused posts with reputation. When you posted above it was your 31st post but your reputation was 49. Since when Grace added another "like" and it's gone up to 50.
  21. Ice On The Ant

    It is that bit where the tree cover disappears where the cut through between Stalham Dyke and Sutton Dyke is, that goes first. A few times I have left Broadsedge only to have to turn back there even if I can see open water beyond. Gays also is an early freezer.
  22. Just Posted The Cards

  23. Stalham Wet Shed

    Once the fuses have blown from all that gear overloading the system the meter will stop running down, should stay at £36.52 until the spring now. Only joking!!!!
  24. Stalham Wet Shed

    With the tube heaters and the onboard oil radiator and with this being our first year as boat owners I wanted to make sure the leccy would last till we could be down next , obviously the usage is lower than I feared
  25. Fishing Rights Question

    The majority of stillwaters and canals are exempt from the closed season. Privately owned waters may have their own rules relating to this though.
  26. Stalham Wet Shed

    I suppose it depends on how long the OP intends on staying in the wet shed
  27. Stalham Wet Shed

    £36:52 ?? That's just showing off, that's what that is! We'll have to up our game plan Griff
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