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  1. 11 points
    psychicsurveyor

    Towing

    I lost my towing cherry today Fortunately I had read the recent posts on the correct way to tow and promptly ignored it all. Happily pootling along in the little Broom and we spotted a woodie rag and stick on a mud weight in the middle of the Yare. Now I know these folk do strange things but I called over. Appears the outboard was broken, the wind had disappeared and the tide was starting to run fast. Turns out he wanted to get to Rockland but had been stuck for over an hour as only hire craft had asked if he needed help and couldn't tow him. Having just come out of Rockland I knew it was only half a mile upstream. We grabbed a bow line and managed to get him up to the Broad and moored without any problem. Makes a change to get a smile and happy wave from a rag and stick pilot
  2. 9 points
    Wussername

    Parking Meters.

    Ignore it. It's a parking meter. It has even got a big P on it. Cars park. Lorry's park. Buses stop. Boats moor. I think someone nicked it from Norwich and dumped it there. Nothing to do with us.
  3. 7 points
    addicted

    Spur Of The Moment

    Sitting on the boat on the mooring this afternoon doing nothing in particular our neighbour from a couple of berths away suggests a cruise up to Surlinghsm Ferry for a drink. Great idea off we went had a lovely hour sitting on the front out on river front in the sun. Lovely glass of red or two! Decent pint superb. Our commpanion made the point that some time in grim January we could look back on this interlude and enjoy the memory. How right he is! Cloudless blue sky river like glass all' s right with the world. Carole
  4. 6 points
    mbalding1050

    New Member To Nbn

    Hi All I’m a new member and not being very tech savvy, this is my first ever post on any social media stage. But having been reunited with the broads earlier this year after a very long break, I left my comfort zone as it seems you all hold the broads close to you heart and I can certainly identify with that. My son and I are already counting down the too many days to go before our next adventure in the Spring. Mark
  5. 6 points
    boycee

    The Champion Pub Norwich

    Was told about this pub by a good friend friend who said the beer was excellent and the food home cooked and very good so on our trip to Norwich over the last two days we called in for a beer-really great pint in an unusual brewery pub- Batemans of Lincolnshire, Howard you would love it. Having read the menu we decided to return for an eariy evening meal the following day- what a good decision that was. I had liver & bacon with mustard mash and two veg- £6. Mags had fish pie new potatoes & two veg-6.95. Wiggy had home cooked roast ham two eggs and chips-£6.95. We all thre ate for under £20 and the food was excellent. Cannot recomend this place highly enough if you like genuine home cooked food in a very old traditional English Pub. The address is The Champion Pub, 101 Chapelfield Rd. Norwich NR2 1SE. To get there walk up St Stephens Rd past Chapelfields shopping centre and the shops until you reach the roundabout with Chapelfields Rd, go under the underpass and take the Chapelfield Rd exit and the pub is 50yds up on the left.Food served between 12 and 3 and 6 and 8 daily. Happy hour between 5 and 7. Jackie is the landlady helped by her twin sister Kelly, well worth a visit Boycee
  6. 6 points
    JennyMorgan

    The Authority Oversteps The Mark?

    Actually the Authority officers told Mr Knight that he needn't demonstrate the portability of his portable yurt, presumably so they needn't move their tent either.
  7. 5 points
    psychicsurveyor

    Towing

    I think we need a smug g#t emoji for stinkies who help wind warriors
  8. 5 points
    Dilligaf

    Sitting On Me Wall

    Seeing those piccies why do I suddenly have the last of the summer wine theme in my head???
  9. 5 points
    BuffaloBill

    The Authority Oversteps The Mark?

    Because they wouldn't have an argument then would they?
  10. 5 points
    andyfish

    The Authority Oversteps The Mark?

    Bet the BA loved that Were their feelings Yurt I wonder though
  11. 5 points
    Timbo

    The Customer Is Always Right?

    Many moons ago I was working my way through Uni with a job at Pizza Hut. We had a regular lady customer who would visit with her large family every Saturday, order large quantities of food, find something wrong with the meal and expect to pay nothing. This used to annoy me, but as a waiter, it was the managers call not mine, and the woman, her six kids, husband, her mother and father ploughed their way every week through copious amounts of free food. Head office noticed the weekly discrepancy, among others, and sent one of their roving troubleshooters to investigate. The troubleshooter turned out to be a young 'go-getter' who had managed restaurants all over London and didn't stand for any nonsense. Saturday arrived and so did the large family. They ordered their usual amounts of food. Over the course of their meal, they tried every trick they knew to get away with not paying. Our new manager was wise to all of them and courteously waited on them himself and made sure everything was exact to their order as it arrived at their table. As the time to settle the bill drew ever nearer the family were starting to get decidedly nervous. The manager presented the bill and retired to the counter to watch them. Finally, the woman approached the till and presented the manager a fingernail. "I found this in my pizza! I'm not paying for any of the food." said the heavily perspiring woman. The manager reached into the till drawer and pulled out one of the envelopes used at the time for customer surveys. The manager opened the envelope and indicated to the woman to put the fingernail inside. He then sealed it. "If no one claims it in forty-eight hours madame...it's yours!" said the manager as he popped the envelope onto his clipboard. "Now shall we discuss your bill or call the police?" The police were called as the family did not have the means to pay the bill. "I'm never coming to this restaurant again!" snarled the woman as the police removed the family from the premises. "You can be certain of that!" said the manager quite calmly.
  12. 4 points
    Matt

    Parking Meters.

    Would it be illegal to cover up the solar panels on the top? Asking for a friend.... Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. 4 points
    Timbo

    The Customer Is Always Right?

    The customer is always right? Wrong! I was reading an article this morning on the boycotting of retailers and businesses by customers and discovered why I would be no good what so ever working in customer service. You see, it's because I'm getting a bit tired of standing in shops listening to the crap coming out of the pompous, jumped up, obnoxious twonks that think that somehow they are entitled to something for nothing. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for a bargain and excellent service when I go shopping, but things are getting a tad ridiculous. I was stood behind a well-heeled woman yesterday shouting her mouth off because the supermarket refused to replace the bottle of gin she had allegedly bought, taken home, and had leaked so badly the bottle was empty. The manager on checking the bottle pointed out that the seal was broken, the cardboard packaging was not gin-soaked, the bottle itself did not leak and the cap fastened securely, and the woman did not have a receipt. Fortunately, it was the elderly lady in front of me that intervened "Shame on you!" she scalded the woman who then quickly left the shop and hopped into her new Mercedes car, this time without her free bottle of gin. This is not an isolated incident. On one of my many trips to a chandlery this year I stood behind a chap that selected quite a pile of 'potential' purchases plonked them on the counter and announced 'you will have to knock 50% off". I started to chuckle when another member of staff served me and pointedly informed me he had 'applied my usual discount'. A bit confused I looked at my bill and he had...10% knocked off, for not being a twonk I assumed. Probably because I'm a smoker, I'm usually loitering outside shops while my better half is doing the actual hard work of shopping. It's my story and I'm sticking to it. I often hear some quite shocking conversations from customers of the shop as they plan exactly the tactics that they will employ to get free stuff or a discount or a refund and still retain the product. A recent one was 'look they have a trainee, keep her flustered and we will get some money off'. To my mind, this is just as much theft as the hoards of shoplifters that descend on shops now that the silly season is almost upon us. In this instance, I sidled up to the security guard in store and passed on what I'd heard. It was with some satisfaction I noticed the store put an older staff member with the trainee and while the couple dithered over till point the manager graciously opened a till just to serve them. In the article, I was reading one Tesco customer boycotted the store because a checkout assistant called her 'darling' which was supposedly belittling and derogatory. When the woman complained and was informed she could use another checkout assistant and one would be made available, perfectly reasonable in my mind, she decided to boycott the store. As the silly season approaches (notice how I avoided the C word there) please spare a thought for the people who work in retail. Long hours, often unsocial, stressful...on their own as their other half is off mending a boat in Norfolk...ahem Now my other half who works in retail would like to point out that not all retail staff are downtrodden. The majority of them would not know what 'good customer service' was if it jumped up and bit them on the bum.
  14. 4 points
    thingamybob

    Parking Meters.

    The answer is, just don't moor there. Personally I never pay mooring charges or indeed, parking charges for my car. If a business or a town wants my valuable custom then I moor or park for free. If they want to charge I simply go elsware where my custom is appreciated.
  15. 4 points
    JennyMorgan

    Parking Meters.

    Rumour has it that the Authority has been trialing waterproof double yellow line paint but so far it tends to wash away with the tide. Snowy, yes, you have read it right. Not a welcome move in my opinion.
  16. 4 points
    Gracie

    The Customer Is Always Right?

    Slightly different but a girl I used to work with would have new beautiful dresses and shoes every time we went on a night out/work do, never wore the same thing twice, I used to think she had some sort of sugar daddy tucked away, by chance I found out that she would order the most expensive clothes from catalogues, wear them, dry clean them and carefully pack them back in original packaging sending them back saying they were the wrong colour or size etc, she said I should try it, amongst other things and the fact I thought it was a tad out of order I couldn't be bothered with all the faffing about. Anyway, I'm not so shallow that I would allow a clothes and shoes obsession take over my life Grace
  17. 4 points
    JennyMorgan

    The Authority Oversteps The Mark?

    Or a leg to stand upon!
  18. 4 points
    tjg1677

    The Customer Is Always Right?

    I think your pizza hut family now use the ferry inn Timbo. 3 times i have seen the same family pull a similar scam. There is always at least 12 of them and they always seem to cadge at least a free dessert. Makes me irritatingly incandescent to see thispathetic behaviour and if it happens next time i am there I will be so tempted to make a scene to cause them some well deserved embarrasment..Another thing i despise is when people consider shop assistants and waiters / resses to be fair game for abuse. They just do it to massage an already inflated ego and think they can get away with it. Its just so wrong as unfortunately most of the time they do get away with it and it needs to be stopped.
  19. 4 points
    Vaughan

    Sitting On Me Wall

    On our holiday on the Yare last week I was able to join old Wussername for a sit and a mardle on his wall, and watch the passing boats. Turns out, his wall is only few yards from the Lord Nelson! The nice man from the Broads Authority said how much he appreciated our help.
  20. 3 points
    Timbo

    Just Had A Surprise

    Had one of these beasties on my shoulder driving home this evening, 70mph on the motorway and Ellie, sat behind me, had the sense for once not to belt me with her shoe while I was driving and not expecting it! Phew!
  21. 3 points
    chameleon

    Towing

    us stinkies haave our uses, i remember having to deliver an outboard to a rag n stick jobbie, stuck in the reeds above horning , no wind and their outboard had caught fire, no name as they are member on here, they will recognise the scenario though
  22. 3 points
    Hylander

    Look What Good Weather Brings

    The old Tour Busses are doing a roaring trade today....
  23. 3 points
    Hockham Admiral

    Parking Meters.

    If anyone wants my money they can come and collect it!
  24. 3 points
    Moosey

    Sitting On Me Wall

    Its thanks to people like you that we got moored up at all during our very first holiday on the broads. We were just about to run away from Neatishead when a very kind couple shouted out they would help us, we were so very grateful to them. We still love to be offered a hand, gives us a chance for a little chat too!
  25. 3 points
    LondonRascal

    Big Changes Ahead

    Trev, thanks for the input - it what makes this community such a great place, many people with various skills and ideas to put in and help. So another update, I've had some more information and a 2012 Survey sent to me on boat 2. To avoid confusion here Boat 1 is named ‘Fari Trader’ and boat 2 is named ‘Lily Jean’. The Survey Report on Fair Trader was commissioned by the owners and not part of a pre-purchase survey. It had 3 recommendations – two of which were to do with the area of Osmosis on the Starboard side below the chine. Have the boat out of the water if possible over winter, monitor the Osmosis blistering and continue with the ongoing maintenance program generally. The Survey Report for LilyJean was commissioned by the prospecting buyer in 2012. Who knows if it was a result of this or not, but that transaction did not proceed. The Survey Report has 12 recommendations – two serious, the others not and they are: Note: A condition which requires immediate repair which if left unattended may affect the safety of the vessel. These recommendations should be undertaken before the vessel is used again. A condition which may require repair or renewal within an expected time period of one sailing season (March to October) or similar. This may include major items. No guarantee can be given that items will last for this period of time. A condition which requires repair or renewal in order to enhance the cosmetic appearance of the vessel 1A/ The waste tank discharge shut off valve should be serviced. 2A/ Access should be improved to the forward heads discharge shut off valve and master cabin heads discharge valve. The forward heads discharge shut off valve and master cabin heads discharge shut off valve should be tested in order to ensure their integrity. 3A/ As a precaution the air conditioning shut off valve flexible hose, located aft of the port engine, should be replaced. 4B/ The single blister (6mm) should be ground out, dried and the cavity filled and faired with an epoxy. 5B/ The wear to the rudder bearings should be further investigated and remedial work undertaken in order to avoid unsceduled maintenance. 6B/ The undersides should be prepared to a good standard prior to providing an pplication of anti-fouling. 7B/ The sacrificial anodes should be replaced 8B/ The earthing plate should be cleaned of anti fouling contamination. 9B/ The minor corrosion to the external portlight frames should be further investigated and remedial work undertaken. 10C/ The rust staining adjoining the portlights should be removed as and where necessary in order to be restored to a good standard of presentation. 11C/ The above waterline hull should be cleaned in order to be restored to a good standard of presentation. 12C/ The bathing platform teak overlay should be cleaned in order to be restored to a good standard of presentation. Blimey – you think that is a great deal of issues and problems, but let’s narrow it down so far as I see it actually narrows down to only three issues: 1. The waste tank discharge shut off valves are effectively sea-cocks, I’d rather not simple service them but prefer to have them removed and new ones put in and they are not crazy expensive items to procure. The actual problem and issue I find more intriguing is in the body of the report whereby it states: “The adjoining shut off valves and engine sea cocks were inspected. The shut off valves and sea cocks were tested however the forward heads discharge shut off valve and master cabin heads discharge valve were found to be obstructed preventing satisfactory access in the event of emergency closure being required, or for testing purposes." Obstructed preventing satisfactory access – hmm. Now this to me says that they have sat wherever they are since 2002 and nobody has been able to get to them to test them, and why might that be? I bet you because some numpty in the building of the boat built something over them, be it furniture, toilet pedestal so the real issue is going to be getting the access to them and providing an inspection hatch. 2. The rudder bearings – I wonder if they have been addressed and if not how one can gain access to drop the rudders. I suspect through the aft cabin sole and since the boat has an auto-helm and the drivers for this would need to have been fixed to the rudder system, access can’t be too painful. 3. The corrosion of the port lights. What bothers me here is something has gone wrong, they should be Stainless and are corroding so is it the fixtures or actual frame and since the company that original built the boats has folded, although there is another now taking on these as ‘Explorers’ how easy and at what cost could new port lights be found. These sort of things I only will know when I inspect the boat personally (hopefully in the next 10-14 days). If it is just some of the fixtures that is not so much of an issue, if it is the frames of the port lights this is a biggy and potentially will allow water in too. Now here is my best guess. Back in 2012 these boats were silly priced and I recon the seller was holding out on not reducing the price down enough and the buyer walked away. 5 years later the boat has dropped in value considerably and the general ‘boat market’ has not had the best of times. It might well be that following that report, the owner bucked up their ideas as to maintenance and did themselves carry out the works and if they say they did I won’t just take their word by will want to see evidence and invoices of such. If however they did not carry out the work other than to ensure the anodes are sorted, the anti-foul is done, the decks are cleaned, the gel coat has a cut and polish and the issues with the tank discharge valves, port lights and rudder bearings have been left then I am actually a little pleased – as I can have a far bigger bargaining tool on this boat than Fair Trader who is seemingly far more sound. I like Lily Jean a lot more than Fair Trader. She has a more recent and comprehensive navigation package, she has a nicer and more practical layout with a settee and arm chair but then a fixed table and seating to starboard for eating at. She has a Williams Rib, a larger sized fridge freezer, dishwater, washer dryer and nicer heads and the helm is to port which I much prefer and am used to than with many a sea boat being to starboard. But above all her engines and drive train just simply has not seen the long hard working hours of Fair Trader. Even if (and it does not seem to be the case) things like oil and filter changes had not been done as should at 250hr intervals, she has only done 560hrs so it almost like saying if she only had one fluid change all is not lost. The CATs on Fair Trader are approaching 2,000hrs of use that goes for the gear boxes too, bearings and seals everything on her has been used more, longer and she has travelled further. I have a gut feeling that something might happen that I will suddenly need to attend to and it cost a fortune because something mechanical has gone bad and I need a CAT specialist to come in. LilyJean has her flaws – but I think I could enquire on every Trader in the country and of this vintage and fine issues but I am more happy dealing with sea cocks, bearings and polishing gel coat than worrying about what’s under the cabin sole. So, what are the collective thoughts on the above? (Some recent photos I was sent below of LilyJean )
  26. 3 points
    Paladin

    Parking Meters.

    From the legal point of view, I took the photo, the copyright is mine and remains mine until I choose to dispose by sale or gift (in writing). That I published the photo doesn't change that situation. I had to go to court once, to prove that point to someone who thought otherwise. It cost them a bob or two.
  27. 3 points
    This surely, is the point? WRC has planning permission for a camp site, to operate year round and, sure enough, they have erected tents on it! I timed that video, and from de-mounting to re-placement on site, using their own plant equipment and staff, took seven and a half minutes. I agree with others here - the challenge has been accepted, so let's see the BA do the same thing with their "temporary" structure!
  28. 3 points
    I could see that you would require planning permission for camping to be able to just pop these up anywhere, but when the site is already a campsite, then asking to apply for planning permission is taking the P.
  29. 2 points
    jeffbroadslover

    Look What Good Weather Brings

    It puzzles me that they all set off within minutes of each other. I've often wondered if they would get more business if they set off at , for instance, half-hour intervals It seems they are like buses....wait for ages then three come at once. Jeff
  30. 2 points
    LondonRascal

    Big Changes Ahead

    Yes, you can but seeing a chap spray a garden hose into a turbo after squirting in dish soap into it did not make me at all comfy and the final freshen up with Febreze was the final straw
  31. 2 points
    psychicsurveyor

    Parking Meters.

    Is it really that different to a pontoon bollard that has water, electric x 2 and a light on top.
  32. 2 points
    Polly

    Parking Meters.

    And the countdown to when some oik robs it starts here........
  33. 2 points
    Islander

    The Authority Oversteps The Mark?

    Having a closer look at the pic of the BA 'tent' is it not bolted down onto lengths of steel piling? Moveable, easily transportable, temporary??? Colin
  34. 2 points
    JennyMorgan

    Sitting On Me Wall

    In Oulton Broad the local council have provided seats for us ancient mariners to sit upon and cogitate, far more comfortable than the wall! Funny thing, down my way, 'tis private boats that provide the most entertainment!
  35. 2 points
    Timbo

    The Authority Oversteps The Mark?

    ...just undoing your belt if you had pudding with a starter and a main? Sorry G...too tempting at this time in a morning!
  36. 2 points
    tjg1677

    Big Changes Ahead

    Hi robin. Have been following this with keen interest but so far have been very restrained in jumping in. The important thing to know about marine diesels is that the shorter the stroke, the higher the revs, the lighter the engine then it aint going to last compared to an engine of the opposite qualities. I was in marine engineering for 20 years and saw the old school slow revving, long stroke plodders replaced by the more modern counterparts i.e. cat, cummins, scania, volvo etc. Was this a good move? In a word- no. Example. Small fishing boats in grimsby that had been running engines like Gardner's and kelvins for over 40 years, were persuaded by the new school manufacturers to change to them promising low maintenance costs and fuel efficiency. Did this materialise - no! In fact after anywhete between 5 and 7 years they were looking for a replacement for them. Moral of the story, high revving short stroke engines are bad news in my experience in the marine environment and personally i do not like cats nor cummins for that reason. Yanmars to me on the other hand always seemed to be a reasonable compromise between a modern and old school engine. I know i may sound like a luddite and very old school where this is concerned but 20 years experience teaches you a lot and having seen the shift from the old to the new, it left me quite unimpressed. Naturally in a boat things are diffetent as it is difficult to fit the larger, heavier older engines and i am not recommending any brand here but the principal applies. Thats why beta, nanni etc are successful engines, they are based on tried and tested kubota industrial engines that are designed to run all day long at varying loads and are capabale of sustaining high power outputs for long periods reliably as oppised to an over turbocharged, screaming engine that our american cousins favour. So do my opinions seem biased. Yup - dead rigjt they do and i unashamedly admit they are but more importantly this bias is based on experience as opposed to hearsay but i do emphasise is only my opinion. Just to give you a bit of food for thought mate..... Cheers Trev
  37. 2 points
    I agree entirely, and the same goes for big, white, oversize party tents!
  38. 2 points
    By the time they have set up a working group and had the multiude of meetings to decide everything from what to have in the sarnies to how many pairs of safety gloves and hard hats they need it will be winter time and they would have to postpone till spring anyway........
  39. 2 points
    The BA team were to arrived at 2.30 but arrived two hours early. Reckon that they must have read Jame's invite on Face Book
  40. 2 points
    LondonRascal

    Tv On Boats

    When I take over a hire boat, first thing is stash the pain in he backside aerial somewhere and leave it there - I don;t do telly and DVDs when I've been on my own, I sort of become a different version of me. Mellow, some wine, classic FM on low, cook, look out the window and everything seems just right with the world. Try doing that at home and I feel thoroughly bored and soon am reaching for the TV remote.
  41. 2 points
    Well done James and the crew!!
  42. 2 points
    ranworthbreeze

    Reserving A Mooring!

    I am like many men, I have selective hearing Regards Alan
  43. 2 points
    A friend of mine heard the Tesco advert stating that they would replace any product without argument. HE wondered if they actually would. He bought an expensive bottle of wine then wrote to Tesco saying that although there was nothing actually wrong with the wine, he couldn't get over how much he'd spent on it and that this worry had marred his enjoyment of the product. Tesco sent him a refund. This he spent on a bottle of whiskey. He wrote to Tesco saying that although there was probably nothing wrong with it, he had suffered a stinker of a hangover the morning after he'd drunk it. Tesco sent him a refund. This refund he spent on a real top range blow out meal, all items from Tesco, He wrote to them saying how good the food had been and that he would be recommending the store to all his friends.... . . . Tesco sent him a refund.
  44. 2 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!
  45. 1 point
    Wussername

    Sitting On Me Wall

    Sometimes Mrs Wussername and I pop over to Reedham by car to eat our meagre lunch by the river. Watching the antics of the boaters as they battle wind and tide………………. and each other. I always walk up the quay heading looking at the boats and occasionally chatting with the holiday makers. It is always a pleasure to speak to the harbour master or the Broads Authority Ranger whatever is his correct title. I then wander back towards the car so as not to miss any orders or instructions from Mrs W who is normally ensconced in a book I then sit on the wall and survey all that beholds me. I try and keep a low profile and make a point of not interfering in the duties of the harbour master although there has been occasion where his work load is such, particularly on days of extreme tidal or weather conditions, that I have been able to temporally secure a boat to await his final approval. One such occasion occurred last year. The HB was dealing with a boat at the far end of the quay near the Sanderson boat yard I was sitting on my wall opposite a picnic boat from the Waveny River Centre. The tide was barrelling down the river. The wind was howling across the marshes towards the northern bank where the Haynes craft was moored. The occupants, some ten people started to prepare the boat for leaving. It was going to be an experience for all. The boat went forward and hit the boat in front. It then went in reverse and hit the boat behind. The pin ball wizard at the helm continued this procedure for several minutes. Then a lady immerged from the cabin and proceeded to push the boat out, and at the very last minute leapt onto the boat. Which was promptly blown back onto the bank. Now, sometimes you have to be very careful when offering advice, some get offended. This women was no exception. I ventured to ask her if I could be of assistance and tell them what they should do. “I do not need your help, thank you very much” she said in a very aggressive manner and disappeared back on the boat, which continued to ricochet backwards and forwards as before. I thought to myself, get you back on your wall, let em get on with it. So I did. I sat there pretending to be looking at anything and everything other than their boat. Everything seemed to go quiet and I was mindful of a person standing close to me. I looked up to see one of the crew from the picnic boat. He was very polite and apologetic and apologised profusely for the attitude shown by a member of his group. He had come to the realisation that without help there was no way he was going to be able to leave the mooring. So I explained to him and the helm as to the best way to continue. They followed my advice, albeit the helm by this time found himself in a trance and simply was unable to comprehend the simplest of instructions. Anyway short story long, they eventually managed to get on their way Another episode, this week in fact, was quite bizarre. Once again sitting on me wall, two ladies, two very small dogs, in a small cruiser came into Reedham, with the flood tide, on a windy Wednesday. They proceeded to try and moor opposite to where I was sitting. The HB was at lunch. Don’t get involved I thought to myself. The boat had come from a local boatyard and I knew full well that they would have be told to moor against the tide but like some they had failed to listen or understand or perhaps didn’t want too. Four attempts were made, each attempt more disastrous than the former. They then proceeded to travel up river past the Harbour Masters hut. As the ranger was at lunch I decided to walk up the bank and watch from a discreet distance. One could see from the outset that all was not well. On the bow of the boat was a bird nest of ropes. A rope connected to the mud weight, a mooring rope tied to a cleat and another rope of an indeterminable purpose. I asked if they needed a hand and was informed “no thanks we can manage thank you” said very politely, I had no problem with that. The ladies friend proceeded to tie up the stern. (the bows would have been favourite). The dogs leapt onto the bank. The other lady held onto the bow rope. One of the little dogs tried to scamper past, but was stopped. And then was promptly tied to the bow rope So we had the bow rope attached to boat and the other end tied to the dog. The women held the middle of the rope with a somewhat vacant expression puzzling as to how she was going to secure the boat to the mooring post with a fast running tide. Wondering perhaps that the dog might have possessed many attributes, one of which was boat handling skills, I was loathe to interfere. However, against my better judgement I offered my services again, which thankfully were gratefully received. I untied the dog, tied up the boat, walked down the quay and retired to my seat. Well another day at Reedham, another day on me wall, give me a wave when you go past.
  46. 1 point
    Ricardo

    Parking Meters.

    Makes you wonder how people share others pictures on such as Facebook etc and I think we both know forums in the past have done exactly the same with no problem's , I just thought it was nice to ask that's all as lots of people copy things from elsewhere without bothering to do that , and on that note I think I'll move on to the actual problem if it is one of the parking meter .
  47. 1 point
    Bound2Please

    The Customer Is Always Right?

    Thought as much pmsl Charlied xx xx :default_kiss:
  48. 1 point
    looks moveable to me.
  49. 1 point
    WherryNice

    Hello From New Member

    Hello there and welcome from me, I am a relative newbie(couple of months)here too but I have found it to be a cracking forum so hope you do too. Sent from the Norfolk Broads Network mobile app
  50. 1 point
    Oh Robin's a special case alright, but that has nothing to do with hiring boats :) :) :)
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