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  1. 11 points
    I think that is pretty relevant! What we do know is that there are some differences in opinion and before we line up in allegiance order, perhaps we should wait for the facts! If we had waited for the facts at Thorpe Island, we could have saved many many pages of supposition! This is a personal view but I think it somewhat below the standards of this forum to call individuals "names" which could even be a tad derogatory - do we even know that Prof Burgess is one of those hallowed persons everyone on this forum now seems to call her? Very few of you have even met her yet feel it appropriate to call her by other than her proper name? Probably me being sensitive but then I am...!
  2. 9 points
    Polly

    A Wonderful Bit Of Timing!

    I sew, it's a big thing with me and a lifelong hobby; and just like your super woodworking tools guys, the machines in my life are significant. I have grandma's treadle machine, bought in 1910 for a princely £10 and used ever since, by her and then by me. I have a Husqvarna Viking electric, bought with the small legacy from my other grandparents and used for everything from lace evening dresses to boat covers. Recently my best friend died, leaving me a small personal bequest. I decided to get an overlocker and an embroidery machine as a way of remembering her too. Overlocker duly bought, and not mega bucks, but the embroidery machine! These are in a different league. I did my homework ages ago, and chose the one that I really wanted, then sat down to consider the expense! It's a top make and exactly what I want. The cost is uniform across suppliers, I have checked this all out for weeks. I spent much of today looking at YouTube clips of all the things I might do with this gizmo, hmmm time to chat to a supplier and ask about design transfer formats and stuff like that. Salesperson 'Have you rung about the offer?' Me ''No, what offer?' Him '£500 off today only it's a Europe wide offer for just one day on this model, it was on the Shopping Channel' Me 'Argh!!!!! I'll get my card!' Thrilled doesn't cover this, it's due next week.
  3. 6 points
    Vaughan

    The Authority Oversteps The Mark?

    Interesting discussion. Two things are perfectly clear to me : 1/. Having passed it by boat twice last week there is no question that the white building on Griffin Lane is a total blot on the landscape of an otherwise beautiful river. Yes, I always remember this as a works site, by Hobroughs and later May Gurney but I have never seen it in such a dis-ordered and ugly mess as it is now. NO-ONE but the BA would ever be allowed to operate on the riverbank in such a fashion, as the BA would never give anyone else permission for it! 2/. It is quite clear that James Knight is now being deliberately persecuted because of opinions he has expressed earlier. He is obviously subject to the same sort of deliberate obfuscation that Roger Wood had to suffer in Thorpe for the last 11 years. The BA may find, however, that James is a rather different opponent than Roger. He is, remember, a planning consultant himself. (FRICS). I just wish I could be there for the site inspection on Thursday. I have always enjoyed a Brian Rix farce!
  4. 5 points
    Timbo

    Wanted: Tardis

    "Timbo come forth!" And Timbo did climb out of bed, walked the dogs and went into the shed whereupon he... ....used a foam brush to lay down several coats of varnish rubbing back in between each coat with some 400 grit paper. I have to hold my hands up here and say...I made an elevated male chicken of the job. I set up outside as it was a nice day. Managed to get two coats on. Then my next door neighbour, not Ellie, turned on her garden sprinklers which sprayed over into my garden and I ended up with nibs and splotches all over the place. So I sanded back a little harder on the second coat, managed to get most of the water marks out...and carried on varnishng. A couple of days and about four coats and I now have a nice glossy sheen with the grain nicely visible through the wood dye. Now to fixing the coat hooks. Now then, what is it with people that make hinges and coat hooks and anything that needs attaching using screws that they don't supply or sell screws of the right size? I've hunted high and low for the correct sized screws for the door hooks and the only place I found them was from the Pound Shop. Yes, they do fit...but the heads chew up almost immediately. At first, I tried gently turning the screws by hand with a No2 Philips. They chewed up immediately. In the end, I discovered the best technique was to use the drill driver set to a low torque and 'blitz' the screws in quickly without stripping the head. Finally, I mounted the coat rack, all glistening varnish and chrome, on the wall. From where I sit at my computer I can look down the hall and see the chrome reflected in the glossy varnished mahogany and...I don't want to cover it up with coats! It has a definite 'boaty' feel to it! Next project....
  5. 4 points
    donnygeoff

    Big Changes Ahead

    yup, I said that to myself, (I didn't call myself Robin though) So I did
  6. 3 points
    LondonRascal

    Big Changes Ahead

    I am now chasing two boats - the first I had mentioned, but now a second with a keen seller. Boat number two (identical model but 2002 vintage) has smaller engines at 500HP (less fuel burn which is nice ) but they are Yanmar 6CXM-GTE2 . I need to go looking up these and find out the low down. Thing is, they seem a lot smaller - 7.4 litre compared to the 12 litre CAT's. (no doo doo Sherlock) but I mean actually they are a lot lighter, so much so a second 90 gallon fuel tank is provided midships to keep the center of gravity down. They have only 560Hrs on them, and have been looked after by Barrus in Plymouth - the boat has had two owners, the current for over half the boats life. indeed the boat was out the water for anti-fouling, anode replacements and engine service two months ago. She has a Survey Report I want to get my hands on too, be interesting to compare to the other one in near Southampton. But she has more toys - Satellite Trac Vision for the TV but also a second one for satellite phones - they don't come cheap, has had all the carpeting renewed, all the upholstery internally renewed, with new blinds and curtains has a new washer/dryer and even a dishwasher but the best toy is the Williams 285 Jet Tender which is just a couple of years old and needed a new crane installing with remote operation to get it on and off the upper aft deck. Hmm. HMM! However this broker seems a little too honest for his own good. He has told me how hard these boats are to sell especially since the company that used to build and sell them went bust in 2009 - some have taken up to 5 years and many price reductions to sell. Reading between the lines this one has been on the market a good while too. Since I am not looking to buy, keep for a couple of years, sell and move on it suits me and this also tells me I might be on to something good when it comes to price negotiations.
  7. 3 points
    Malanka

    Two Strokes: Is This The End?

    This nonesense is all about reducing peak load and nothing to do with efficiency per se. The amount of energy required to boil a fixed volume of water is the same if the kettle is 100 W or 1000 W all that changes is the time over which that energy is transferred to the water. The people who thought up this rubbish are or were scientific illiterates and shouldnt be in charge of energy policy in any way. It buys into the pre-conception that domestic use of electricity is a major issue. Therefore we must do something...This is perhaps partly true but not in the sense that most folks assume. One of the biggest uses of electricity domestically is the provision of water in the home to flush it down the loo. Many folks don't give it a seconds thought that you turn the tap and water comes out, why would they. Every single millilitre has to be pumped, mostly uphill by the most humongous water pumps, then boosted several times along the way by humongous water pumps. The old joke about the bond film ending and everyone rushing to put the kettle on is true but the bigger issue is everyone rushing to the loo and flushing it. Billions of gallons of water would need to be moved instantly way more than the energy required to boil the kettles which may take two or three minutes. Remember kettle efficiency used to be measured by how quickly it boiled your water. Not anymore.....You can't make this stuff up. Oh and these are EU commission requirements. Most countries that have these capabilities have something called the spinning reserve that gets switched in at the right moment. In CH this is easy as its Wasserkraft as they say. (hydro electric). Uk its both this and the non renewable sources (until someone invents a way to store it of course) Hydro is such storage of course but not everywhere is like switzerland with valleys everywhere. The equation is simple with electricity if you have efficient electric motors and most are these days then reducing the number of Watts just makes the task performed take longer. 1000 W x ten minutes is the same as 500W x twenty minutes. If we cast our minds back and remember the old black and decker ads from years ago. Their drills were always sold on how many watts it was. the Bosch equivalent never had the same wattage value. the reason was simple Bosch used a very efficient electric motor and Black and Decker didn't so the wattage had to be higher to achieve the same torque values from poorly wound motors. I'm sure there are enough sparkies on here who can explain that better than me. My knowledge is purely from the physics perspective. Rant over... Post Brexit please let us go back to old style bulbs that don't require me to immediately ventilate the room and leave for 15 minutes, not walk on the area with the bulb in then use sticky tape to pick up the phosphorous powder in the carpet. That follks is from the US EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) that then goes on to say dont worry at all it's not an issue. (say what! leave the room ventilated, get out and do not re-enter for how long? Not an issue! Huh go figure.) LEDs are fine but not universally liked. How come its not ok to eat minute quantities of mercury in fish but it is OK to inhale it if I break a bulb? Medically speaking inhalation is waaaaaay worse. We can metablise mercury at low levels so consumption technically is natural but I draw the line at breathing it because the commission tells me I must to save the planet. M
  8. 3 points
    The video is now complete and uploaded to Youtube here: This time it consists of a lot more stills and less video of the rivers. Enjoy (I hope)
  9. 3 points
    donnygeoff

    Shoes

    heard a great thing on telly last night.... how to confuse a woman...... give her some chocolate shoes.......... eat them or wear them
  10. 3 points
    RumPunch

    Security Of Your Equipment.

    They don't want anyone taking the p***
  11. 3 points
    grendel

    The Authority Oversteps The Mark?

    It could almost be construed that Mr Knight is being persecuted by the authority for not toeing the party line.
  12. 2 points
    Well that was “That Was The Week That Was”, it must be the worst for weather that we have had in 28 years or so. Generally enjoyable but could have done without the fog, rain and wind. Barnes are now supplying non-automatic buoyancy aids (the type with a pull cord), not sure if this is a good idea since you can’t pull the cord if you are unconscious. This was the second time on Encore 1 so I will not say much about the boat apart from the fact that more drawer runners had failed, the hinged glass hob cover was missing and she had obviously been crunched just by the helm position (and a different fender eye plate fitted), such a shame for a new boat. The pull ring on the Escape Ladder was also broken so that was now useless. Through the week we did notice that there were an enormous number of Cormorants about but fewer Grebes, I suspect this may go hand in hand since the Cormorants are basically greedy, haven’t seen so many for quite a few years. After our experience on Thursday I have decided that I really, really hate tinted windscreens, it was cold and raining with the windscreen misting up making life very difficult with having to get my wife to clean the inside of the screen every 5 to 10 minutes or so. The video this time will be very short, didn’t do much video but more stills, since I am sure most people who have seen our videos get bored with the same stretches of river every time. Met up with Meg (NBN member) twice and quite a few very friendly private boaters as well as hirers. As far as mobile signals are concerned every mooring we made had a 4G signal (Vodafone). Virtually every day we saw the Rangers out except for the very windy day (Wednesday) when they were nowhere to be seen, their boathouse at Irstead was all shut up as well that day. We didn’t use the TV at all nor the boats wi-fi since we were getting a good 4G phone signal which we just used for weather forecasts and news. Friday 8th September We had put down on the Arrivals Sheet for 13:00 and called into the yard at about 11:00 to let them know we were in the area, then it was off to Belaugh for sandwiches and coffee. We went back to the yard just before 13:00 to be told that the boat wasn’t ready so we sat in the car watching the black clouds gather just hoping that we would be able to load-up before it rained, wrong. After about ¾ hour there was still no sign of anybody going near the boat so I checked with the office again only to be told that she hadn’t been cleaned on the outside yet so I said we would accept her as she was since it was now pouring with rain and I could mop the decks later. With that we loaded up and finally got away from the yard at about 14:15. As usual we headed for Cockshoot and found plenty of space. We went for a walk around Cockshoot but nothing of much interest. Tea consisted of a home made Chilli Con Carne that we had brought with us. A beautiful full rainbow (with a secondary one even bigger) appeared later on in the early evening unfortunately it was too large and close to get a complete photograph even with a 12mm (24mm equivalent) lens. After having a shower the Towel Ring on the door fell off so it was out with the trusty Swiss Army Knife and managed to tighten the screw sufficiently for it to hold but it did need re-tightening a few times in the week since I didn’t really have the correct screwdriver. As usual it was early to bed in anticipation of an early rising for a sunrise. Saturday 9th September Well I did get a sunrise but not the best I have seen. After breakfast we made a decision to go to Barton Turf via a cruise around Malthouse Broad to see how full the staithe was. There were an enormous number of Swallows flying around Malthouse Broad, presumably topping up ready for the long trip south. There were four or five spaces on the staithe but we didn’t bother to moor since we still had plenty of water, in fact we only filled up with water twice during the week. Onward up the Ant we had to wait at Ludham Bridge for a couple of boats to come through and then it was past How Hill, which was pretty full, and on to Barton Broad. We made a detour to check out Gaye's Staithe where there were only three boats moored and then on to Barton Turf. On arrival at Barton Turf the section I wanted to moor on had a private boat pulled right to the end, I was in two minds what to do but decided that we would moor behind the other boat and then check if they were going to move. The other boat seemed deserted but a guy did come down to it and he told me that they were going nowhere so it was ok to stay where we were. The weather was not bad at all so the afternoon was spent watching the sailors and a model yacht. We did take a wander over to Paddy’s Lane since I was after photographing butterflies and dragonflies and managed a few shots on the upturned dinghies but there was very little around. Shortly after we got back to the boat the heavens opened again. Come evening the sky was lovely but no proper sunset available here. Sunday 10th September Woke at 06:00 to find a foggy morning. After breakfast we decided that Womack would be our destination today but was a little bit dubious about Barton Broad in the fog, we eventually decided to go for it and come back if we could not see two posts ahead over the broad. As it turned out visibility was just ok and by the time we got to How Hill the fog had pretty much lifted. Once again I had to wait for three boats this time to come through Ludham Bridge. Once on the Thurne we met quite a few Hunter’s yachts tacking towards us, all except one were very good but the exception surprised me, I was holding back ready to go behind him on his return tack but he decided to go between me and the reeds much to my alarm since I was pretty close to the reeds anyway. We did meet Albion as well but that was no problem. On arrival at Womack it was quite full so I chose a spot between two other boats but just as our stern was by their bows the boat on our port side decided to leave which had the effect of making Encore swing off track with his prop wash, not too badly recovered and with the help of other folk (water rather high making life difficult for my wife to moor) got safely moored. Not my best stern on mooring. Some time afterwards Encore 2 with Meg (NBN) & Jill came in and moored close to us. Ended up having a rather long chat to them only to find that Meg used to live on the same estate as us and now lives only 30 miles away, got chatting to another couple as well who, again only live 20 miles away, talk about a small world. An uneventful afternoon generally talking to other boaters, we did also fill up with water even though we still had half a tank left. Monday 11th September Neatishead was to be our destination today and the trip was totally uneventful. On arrival at Neatishead we found only two other boats there so I reversed in to moor on our port side one boat length from the dyke end. We walked up to the shop to buy some of their delicious nougat and then it was an afternoon talking to the owners of Mallard, which had moored in front of us, and the owners of an ex Russell’s boat who moored behind us. Some very heavy showers in the afternoon. Late in the afternoon/evening a yacht came up and moored right at the far end of the staithe in the middle (the staithe was now nominally full) followed by another shortly afterwards which moored behind the first thus blocking four cruisers from getting out. Tuesday 12th September Again an early rising. By 07:30 one boat had left and the second yacht pulled down to moor in his space, very considerate. We left at fractionally after 08:00. A nice day today, the only really good one, it was decided that How Hill would be our destination for the afternoon and night. We took a detour to Sutton Staithe for a pump out (£12) even though the gauge was still showing empty since in June we found that as soon as the gauge went off “Empty” it then very rapidly went to “Full”, we also filled up with water. After Sutton Staithe as we were passing the Irstead Ranger’s boathouse we saw a Kingfisher sitting on a post, unfortunately we had another boat close behind so stopping and turning was not really possible, just my luck. We had about 4 or 5 Hunter’s yachts to pass on the way down the Ant, all but one gave indications to me but I did have to shout and ask one who was all over the river. One arrival at How Hill we moored at the first posts just after the inlet, Hathor was no longer moored there anyway although some red and white cones remained where she normally moors. We took a fairly lengthy walk (in time not distance) around the house lawns and found plenty of dragonflies to photograph this time. We also got some decent shots of the Hunter’s yachts that we had passed down the Ant. We did see Waveney Stardust pass down and up stream which surprised me somewhat, so where is she based on the Ant? In the evening we walked down towards Turf Fen Mill in the hope of a good sunset which was not to be but we did see the amazing site of a Starling murmuration, photographs not good due to slow shutter speed dictated by lack of light but did get some video. Having seen the weather forecast I set an extra rope and ensured that the boathook and mop were tied down. Wednesday 13th September What a wet and windy night, was up at about 06:00 again to the sound of the wind but the rain had pretty much eased. We decided to wait for some time before setting off in the hope that the wind would die down a bit (it was keeping us on the quay side quite well) but by 09:00 decided that if we were going anywhere today we needed to do it and there was a bit of a lull. It was a case of kick the stern out, use the bow thruster and reverse to the inlet section to turn round since we were going to Sutton Staithe. I decided to turn the boat one way but the wind had the opposite idea so I let the wind have its way and all was well with no melodrama, thank goodness for a powerful engine and bow thruster. Because of the wind I decided to go the long way round the island on Barton Broad and on up to Wayford Bridge and then back to Sutton Staithe, only passed about one boat on the way up the Ant. We saw the Kingfisher again at Irstead but it was far too windy to think about photographs, also noticed that the Rangers boathouse was all closed up. On arrival at Sutton Staithe it was full but after turning and going back a boat started to pull out so it was back onto the broad to turn again. Once the other boat was out of the dyke we went back in and moored in their spot with the assistance of the owners of Mallard and Meg from Encore 2 who was moored just along from where we were now, it was still very windy even on the staithe with it blowing down the dyke from the broad. Few boats moved all afternoon with a fair number having stayed put since the previous day. In the evening we took a walk to the end of the dyke, again in the hope of a sunset, and got talking to the couple on Royal Velvet 2 and watched a Kingfisher flying across the broad and down the dyke a few times. Thursday 14th September A wet and dismal morning so it was decided that we would return the boat this afternoon and then go home since we are only 1½ hours away. After clearing all the windows (again) we set off waving goodbye to Meg and Jill. It was not a particularly pleasant cruise down the Ant because I had to keep the canopy closed due to the rain and the screen was continually misting up but that kept my wife busy wiping the screen for me at very regular intervals. I hate tinted windows since they make visibility even more difficult it these conditions. We stopped off on Salhouse Broad (mud weighted) to pack and clean the boat up (not that it was particularly dirty anyway), fortunately the rain had stopped by then but more was threatening. Once back at the yard they topped the diesel up and I got a refund of £69 so £31 pounds used, amazing how economical these boats are when you keep the revs down (never really had it above 1600 except negotiating yachts). Met Phil (Barnes engineer and NBN member) in the office and had a bit of a chat about the boat, likes and dislikes, and ascertained that they are having two more Encores but dates are uncertain, the third Serenade will be available from next April. All in all an interesting week and it was good to meet many friendly people. I will be putting a video/slide show together over the next few weeks and will then update this thread. If anybody knows the owner of “Mallard” “471S” and they would like to get in touch I have a decent side on view of them leaving Sutton Staithe and would be more than happy to send them either a digital or hard copy. The same applies to any of the people who may recognise themselves in the video on the Hunters yachts that were going down stream at How Hill. Next year it will be a bit of a change of routine since we have Swan Roamer booked in April and June, keeping our fingers (and toes) crossed for better weather.
  13. 2 points
    Snowy

    Big Changes Ahead

    Can I just say that this is THE best topic I’ve read (and I’ve read a lot of previous topics since joining) its so exciting, you really feel like your going through the whole experience with Robin but without the outlay ! I can’t wait for the maiden voyage video blog
  14. 2 points
    CambridgeCabby

    A Wonderful Bit Of Timing!

    I can see a side line of embroidering NBN logo on various things
  15. 2 points
    Polly

    A Wonderful Bit Of Timing!

    Could be, but this isn't the top of the range, nor by thousands the dearest, just the one that suits my brief.
  16. 2 points
    LondonRascal

    Big Changes Ahead

    This is rather nice, like an evolving story or diary. So in reply firstly to Jack: You make some good points, so let’s address the first which is cost and the big one that people mention is fuel, but that is only relative to what you use, very much a variable but what is a pretty stable and a known item that must be attended to is servicing. The problem is this the least enjoyable and nice part about boating – or with anything in life. I mean, how many people bother to check under the bonnet of their car once a week and check the belts, the coolant, oil and brake fluid levels and tyre pressure and keep on top of any obvious things and religiously stick to the service regime of the car? Because growing up with my Dad it was the Sunday afternoon habit, and I would help out it would be something I naturally do and a number of issues were nipped in the bud before they grew to be a costly repair that way. Conversely, how many who own a large boat lift up the floor boards and do the same checks on their boat engines – on what is effectively a ‘large toy’? They feel perhaps they should do but only because one day they might sell and encounter a fastidious buyer who wants to know such has been done. On my part I come eyes wide open to this fact and I am fast going off the idea of the boat I like because of a gut feeling – it has been done because it needed to be not because they wanted it done. You know the type of phone call: “Mr Smith we noticed that the exhaust elbow on the port engine is showing some signs of corrosion and this really does need to be replaced” “How much is the part?” “It is £1,700 Mr Smith.” “Can it wait until next season? “Urm, well based on your usage I don’t see too much harm to wait until then” “Ok we will leave it as is.” Next season comes around, by now the port engine exhaust elbow is almost shot and starboard one is well on the way too – port engine one gets done, starboard one is bodged but Mr Smith can say the craft has been serviced annually and all work that was advised carried out – big difference than it actually being perfectly sound. Secondly, I don’t actually agree with wanting to put the throttle down and head out to sea – just because you can. I understand that most owners do this because that is the point of owning a powerful boat – it is the thrill of the speed but it does not appeal to me as much. When I speak of driving, I am told things like: "Oh Robin, one day you’ve got to get a small mid-engine sports car and give it the beans on a twisting A road, through the gears, feeding it into the bends, top down, sun out and really feel the car” I almost embarrassingly have to reply: “I’d prefer to be in a Lexus or a BMW being cosseted along in silence in an heated leather seat.” Oh, the look of partial confusion and disdain I then get. So it is to me the main selling point of new boats – speed and power – ‘the magical 30 knot performance.’ Go to a boat show and you see men almost drooling over new shiny Penta’s and salesmen keen to point out their new craft ‘comfortably cruises at 25 knots but can achieve 33. It is like a peeing contest - I’ll pass thanks. I want to enjoy the act of the passage, the rolling, the sound of the water being parted at the bow, the reassuring growl of the engines. Being able to walk around, or get a drink and not holding on with white knuckles smiling through gritted teeth as the helm reaches for another handful of throttle. Take me to Holland at 9 Knots, sip some good wine and glance down to my fuel flow meter working out the fuel savings are helping buy me a Williams Jet Rib to mess about in. That is my idea of cursing for it is as much about enjoying the journey as the destination. Moving to Pauline: A nice idea but not for me because then I would surely find all the problems and as my mum would roll her eyes to my mantra “It is lovely, but..the only problem is..” and the bubble would be burst, the excitement, it would be like seeing a girl you have a crush on and you’ve only ever seen with her make up on and perfect styled clothes, on a Sunday morning pop out with the rubbish bags. Oh, so that is what she is like really then. The bubble would burst. It is perhaps about value and life. It seems acceptable to have a coffee with friends and announce that you are going to have a new fitted kitchen and conservatory. You go over the idea, the ladies agree reassuringly at how this would bring so much more light in and be a nice extra social space, and to think of how those fancy drawers and cupboards will help with the storage and you just simply cannot wait for the integrated 5 burner hob with double oven. Husband pipes up 'Have you seen those new Smeg oven doors Robert? They fold away flat into the oven after you have opened them'. What really is going on is a expression of reaching a point in life that this can be done - it is countered with the sensible fact doing so will add some extra value to your home. It is like a ladder. Be it in education with the ladder you begin with there: school to collage to university. The you get on another ladder when you begin employment but it does not stop there, there is the housing ladder and even in the world of boating the updates, the upgrades and selling on and moving up. I don't want any ladders - I have successfully dodged them all my life preferring to catch the lift instead. This boat buying has no reason other than a wish. I need not have such a large boat, with such power and as many berths - lets face it 90% of the time it will be me on board from time to time, but it is the freedom and choice to do more, take on that new challenge and it all be on my shoulders. It is also to include others share, debate, invite, learn from etc. Because if it all goes wrong, the worst that can be is I am no worse off that I am as I sit here now and I am rather happy with my seat and life as it is so really, in life you got to feel the fear, but do it anyway.
  17. 2 points
    Chelsea14Ian

    Shoes

    Last time we went to Bluewater. I noticed they now have Jimmy two shoes.
  18. 2 points
    Has it been chained to an upended 'log'? I note that the dredgers have them aboard, does that make them 'floaters'?
  19. 2 points
    Wildfuzz

    Security Of Your Equipment.

    More likely to stop it being tipped over, in a previous life I ran a plant hire company, one of the favorite tricks when the loo was on site and occupied was to either tip it over..... or lift it in the air with a teleporter..... of such merry japes as a boy!!!!!!
  20. 2 points
    dnks34

    The Authority Oversteps The Mark?

    Well put and I completely agree.
  21. 2 points
    Wildfuzz

    Posts Missing

    I had logged in with the wrong profile.... lol. Intelligence unit does not infer intelligence of the staff!!!!!!!
  22. 1 point
    What an appropriate nickname though
  23. 1 point
    grendel

    The Authority Oversteps The Mark?

    I wonder if anyone could live stream it on facebook.
  24. 1 point
    grendel

    A Wonderful Bit Of Timing!

    I have several sewing machines, but the one that gets used most is the old industrial treadle one (now run by hand turning the handle the wrong way - this has made tents done leatherwork, and still going strong.
  25. 1 point
    Londonlad1985

    A Wonderful Bit Of Timing!

    Congratulations! A friend of mine bought an embroidery machine a year or so ago! He gets a steady trade in holiday uniform for my various broads trips! You will have a blast using it. It really appeals to me from the computer aided manufacture side of things! Can't wait to see what you produce! Sent from the Norfolk Broads Network mobile app
  26. 1 point
    Timbo

    A Wonderful Bit Of Timing!

    ...begins a long list of items requiring embroidery to send to Polly... Excellent news Pauline, looking forward to you posting the results! Ben Gunn has two Husqvarnas that I use. Lawnmowers! I bought Ellie an overlocker last year, but she's not had chance to use it.
  27. 1 point
    Islander

    The Authority Oversteps The Mark?

    Well, I think it's time to put the gazebo back up for the winter with my outdoor workbench and my mirror dinghy under it. So 28days doesn't apply to white party tents if you keep changing its use. My gazebo is green and is hard to see from the river or the green unless you live on the top floor of the flats and use binoculars when all the leaves have fallen. Anyone come up with a nickname for Cally Smith head of planning. One from the Dallas series for a short blond actress comes to mind but I couldn't possibly post it here. I bet these yurts are easier to move than the BA 'Party Tent'. Colin
  28. 1 point
    MauriceMynah

    Rip For A Wonderful Lady

    Well Martin, You did meet my sister just the once, at the meet for the other forum. We were moored next to the boat hired by Good Fortune and Wombat (cooeee) Next time we meet I will certainly stop for a glass or two..... do you like Port?
  29. 1 point
    ChrisB

    Big Changes Ahead

    The word "yacht" is used for any recreational boat. Naturally it needs to be a bit bigger than my twenty footer, I would not call it a yacht. I think the bit about sails is mostly to do with the UK, the word comes from the Dutch "jacht" which was a fast sail boat and has stuck for saily ones. Motor boats were traditionally classed as TSDY or SSDY. Twin Screw Diesel Yacht or Single Screw but this description seems to have gone out of fashion and been shortened to yacht, shame I liked the sort of ad that said " Gentlemans TSDY "
  30. 1 point
    LondonRascal

    Big Changes Ahead

    They used to be called Trader Motorboats and the CEO Tony Chappell has been in the UK marine business for over 30 years, selling boats to customers worldwide from their Emsworth base. Tarquin (the company that builds them) have their boats built in Taiwan and China at two separate and independent boat yards which continue to build yachts for other brands, including Monte Fino. in 2009 the business went bust - the boats live on under a new owner and new name 'Explorer' (rather than Trader) and Mr Chappell has a string of creditors from large companies to individuals, not a nice chap it turns out. He cant be a company Director now, so has decided to 'work for' a new company as a Sales Manager the last time I heard. The reason they are 'Trader Yachts is just a brand you know a Motor Yacht sounds better than a Power Boat. Adds an element of style and luxuries a few stations past its own stop.
  31. 1 point
    Polly

    The Authority Oversteps The Mark?

    I dislike name-calling. As a keen Daily Politics nerd, I love the way that presenters are scrupulously polite as to names but skewer their inteviewees on points where skewering is richly deserved. The politeness adds to the impact in my view, conversely, the disrespect in name calling weakens the arguments! I think. Friendly nicknames are quite different.
  32. 1 point
    thingamybob

    Security Of Your Equipment.

    That could be fun! Wait until somebody is comfortably seated then hook it up to a car and run it a few miles down a bumpy road.
  33. 1 point
    JennyMorgan

    The Authority Oversteps The Mark?

    You could be, in spirit! What time? Vroom vroom, I will be a 'stinky' for an hour, I fancy a pint at the Waveney!
  34. 1 point
    grendel

    Security Of Your Equipment.

    even with the pink safety fence?
  35. 1 point
    Meg

    Big Changes Ahead

    Hello Robin, I do not think you will have any problem getting a job, it would seem you can turn your hand to most things. I wish you well in your new adventure and hope it doesn't stop the blogs. Remember someone once said" life is too short to stuff a mushroom", time is pretty slippery stuff and so do not waste any of it.
  36. 1 point
    Hello Bryan as you say what a week, thanks for your help with guiding Gill and I in at Womack also good advice on mud weight deployment, we saw several people really struggling with theirs. I had a chance to speak to the owner at Barnes when we returned, he took time when really busy to listen about tightness of bed space and frosted glass opposite the shower room. He did say it is helpful if users point things out. We had no problems with Encore 2 fixtures and fittings ok and it handled very easily and I held station at How Hill for a punting Wherry really well even if I say so myself ,not a boat to bump into! Happy days
  37. 1 point
    Boatingman

    The Authority Oversteps The Mark?

    I would agree with Timbo that some of the wording in the letter is direct extracts from planning legisilation What you cannot do with planning is directly compare one permission with another, planning history and any conditions attached to permitted permissions have to be taken into consideration. That is why you need the full information to make a considered comment. Ray
  38. 1 point
    Timbo

    The Authority Oversteps The Mark?

    I'd say 90% BA Planning Department, with a signature penned by the dear lady. I'd be interested to hear Boatingman's opinion, but it reads like a pro forma statement.
  39. 1 point
    JennyMorgan

    The Authority Oversteps The Mark?

    I agree with Ricardo in that the Authority should lead by example. However, it doesn't mean that they should apply for prior consent for their tent as it is, by definition, a temporary structure. If their temporary structure doesn't require consent then neither should Mr Knight's. Goose and ganders and the good thereof springs to mind on this one. Yes, lead by example, the Authority should apply the same rules to themselves as to others. Does anyone honestly believe that 'Granny's' letter was really written by the good lady? Perhaps it was actually written by the Doctor!
  40. 1 point
    JennyMorgan

    Security Of Your Equipment.

    If it were pinched the would it be an in-convenience? Is it in Great Yarmouth?
  41. 1 point
    Ricardo

    The Authority Oversteps The Mark?

    Seriously its readily moveable is she serious its bolted to the ground multiple times , it too BA a few month's to realise its potential ? Er like 2 yrs and only then because questions were being asked , bedsides should planning be sought before the installation ??? After all plenty of times BA have demand structures be removed because planning hadn't been applied for and spent a lot of money in seeing that done , why can't they see that leading by example and not pretending they are above the law is the right way to behave !
  42. 1 point
    JennyMorgan

    The Authority Oversteps The Mark?

    I quote from 'Granny's' letter in the EDP, see following picture. Dear Professor Burgess, please read what you, or your ghost writer, has written in the EDP, inwardly digest and then ask yourself whether the same comments might not equally apply to Mr Knight's yurts. The answer is blatantly obvious, don't you think? A rather silly letter in my honest and sincere opinion.
  43. 1 point
    LondonRascal

    Big Changes Ahead

    So things are moving and time for an update. I have had a few conversations with the Broker, who while acting as the typical hyperactive ‘estate agent’ character is also reasonable and helpful and not to pushing. He has done a great deal in a short amount of time and things are looking positive. First of all the fact the current owners are getting on in their years and no longer able to manage the boat, and indeed may have to give up boating altogether and not just downsize. This is as good as it gets so far as I am concerned since it was only owned by one couple and they have likely had a number of different boats over the years and this was their big ticket – custom built to their design and taste (which thankfully is neutral and not garish). The fewer people have owned a boat the less ‘tinkering’ goes on and if works have been done and it has been done by a professional it adds to the appeal so far a I am concerned. It has been on the market sometime – April 2016 and had a major price reduction this June. There is a healthy market for these types of boats, but generally people prefer the smaller engine options for increased range and economy – this having the largest engine option is perhaps therefore more niche. I have had it confirmed that the engines have had main agent CAT service history will all relevant paperwork and invoices. Works were carried our annually with anything that was flagged up being attended to. Furthermore, every year between October and April the boat was take out the water for a full underwater check up and kept on the hard over the winter period (nice). I also guess their mooring Contract runs from April to April, and that the yearly out of water time is included in theri mooring. It would be nice if such could be transferred to me, so that I am then in no rush and paying storage fees. The boat had a full survey completed in 2015. I am pleased to say that there is a pretty clean bill of health. I know that things can deteriorate but I am confident that matters should not have become suddenly shockingly bad in two years. The hull had a ‘professional’ mutli coat of Copper Coat anitfoul – but this perhaps was not done as well as could, since throughout the underside of the hull there are small 2mm-4mm blisters. Upon removing many of these it was found to be dry and where the Coppercoat was applied trapping air between the surface of the hull and the Coppercoat. There however were found to be a small number of blisters on the starboard chine at the waterline of an Osmotic nature – being between 4mm-6mm in diameter and when checked did contain liquid. Their number is small, location limited and to be expected with this age of boat. Sixty moisture readings over the hull were taken using a Tramez Moisture Meter varied on a scale of 0-100 to between 5 and 20. It was considered to be in the low range and therefore satisfactory. All sea cocks were tested and found to be free and working, the rudders are stainless steel and in good order along with the props (3 blade 37”) the cutlass bearings where possible to inspect were in good order and no play was found in the shaft, props or rudders. It was noted the hull above waterline is in a good and well maintained and presented conditions especially considering the boats age. Internally the stringers and where inspection was possible bulkheads and were found to be in a good condition. The recommendations where only 3 items in length: It is considered beneficial and good practice to remove the vessel from the water for as long as possible during the winter months in order to allow the underside to dry The condition of the osmotic blistering should be monitored for evidence of any further deterioration. The ongoing maintenance programme should continue. So two of the recommendations are the usual given whenever any sign of Osmosis are found – and since most boats have this I can’t say this report shows anything too bothersome. It certainly does not provide anything that is needed to be carried out and a reduction in price sought on the basis of the boats structure. So where can I get some wiggle room as to price? Well, firstly it’s been on the market for over 17 months, the sellers in this time have used the boat for 20hrs since the engine hours were taken when the boat first came to market. They are older, can’t use the boat and frankly may like to just get this boat of their hands and concentrate on retirement. The engine hours for year are a little higher than I might have liked (1,800hrs) others of similar vintage have between 860hrs and 1250hrs furthermore on the expectation of being sold, they skipped the 2017 service which is now 4 months overdue - it would be nice to have CAT do another prior to me taking the boat away to Norfolk. What I propose to do is take a risk on my part but have large carrot for the seller. I am going to do is go view the boat and I am sure I will be happy – then go in with a low initial offer, not subject to a further survey, and the cash can be in the Brokers account that day. It’s taken off their hands nice and smooth and I hopefully make a good saving on the already low asking price to spend out for some cosmetic works and upgrading of the electronics (already spoken to Broker and he is clearly also keen on this score as it is their yard who would get to do the works). I’ll update more when things begin to move – possibly in the next 10-14 days.
  44. 1 point
    Ricardo

    The Authority Oversteps The Mark?

    I think people would be considerably more miffed if a structure the size of BA's tent appeared at least the yurts look attractive and they are a heck of a lot smaller , regarding the fixing down eminent the BA tent is obviously fixed down well its survived several storms over the time its been there so could hardly be classed as portable , as for electric are they seriously expecting people to believe there is no power hook up inside ? What do they do for running the steam cleaner run a cable across the car park from the workshop ? , thing is its as simple as this before accusing others there is a need to make sure your own house is in order and it clearly isn't .
  45. 1 point
    psychicsurveyor

    Wanted: Tardis

    He has blown his undercover cover, burn it Stuart and choose Phoenix as a new undercover cover, no-one will know.
  46. 1 point
  47. 1 point
    grendel

    Broad Ambition - The Model

    well they correctly identified it as a broads cruiser, then said they had never seen a model of one before. this evenings bracket was made, motor testing done - after 20 minutes the motor was still hovering around 0.7A and was barely warm - result, next to see how it performs on the water.
  48. 1 point
    Gracie

    Rip For A Wonderful Lady

    "What a wonderful forum this is", do you know I was just thinking the same thing, as well as a boating forum it's a support network for so many other things, definitely one of a kind Grace
  49. 1 point
    Great write up. Waters Edge and the Ferry House, two of my favourite destinations, 5 and 20 minutes from my mooring.
  50. 1 point
    Baitrunner

    Electric Mudweight

    It's the Broads Triangle. Boats have gone missing on Ranworth!!! not uncommon to come out of there and your in a different time zone. Oh, sorry, that's just Norfolk
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