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  1. My Day

    Ooo thats my kind of policing ! I had an incident just before christmas, went to overtake a very slow travelling pickup on a country lane, once along side he swerved and knocked my vehicle into a ditch. I managed to get his reg no and ring the police from the hedge bottom, the police were at best unhelpful, "that reg no doesn't exist, it'll be travellers, nothing we can do". I pointed out that they had set up camp less than half a mile away and it might just be worth a look, but again he insisted there was nothing the police could do. So this week when my old two grand vitara needed an mot, I was very tempted not to bother, just fit some old no. plates and drive wherever without a care in the world, after all with a dent in the side it looks very traveller ish. Sorry for your trouble Griff, just carry on and keep smiling, and remember if they do catch them and they go to prison, you're hard work and taxes will keep them from a proper job once again. Funny old world, never mind at least my two grand vitara passed its test.
  2. On Going Costs

    I reckon, for an old boat like ours, 35ft, £2500 to £3000 a year, same again at the petrol station and in the pub (60 , 40 split as per diesel , except reversed maybe) Probably keep those figures to myself, else there could be questions asked in the house !
  3. Salvage Hunters On Broads On Quest Now

    Much joy watching this, our boat is the one in the opening shot, three parts finished.
  4. Broadland Grebe

    I read the bit about Beccles with a heavy heart, first time we turned up there, was in the dying days of the Vintage Wooden Boat gathering, five years of pouring money into our project and looking forward to being there. Turned up at Beccles late friday evening, hardly a soul spoke to us never mind a welcome. Next day the same, we just couldn't understand it, it was like we had turned up on a gin palace and expected to be welcomed. Next day, late afternoon, as I walked down the quay looking at boats, somebody I vaguely recognised shouted over, "When is she off to the Thames then ?" well I was quite puzzled by this and said as such, seems the rumour had got out that we were taking our restored broads boat and putting her where she didn't belong. well I put him right and the half a dozen or so within hearing range. Next morning, and all of a sudden we were welcome, bit late I thought, you can stuff this ! Now Dave, the organiser of the present meet, asked us to come along, I told him we were not that bothered and explained the reason, still he persevered and we went. What a brilliant weekend, lovely people, lovely boats. Do give it another chance, don't think you would regret it.
  5. Broadland Grebe

    Lets have some more then, stop messing about. As I was amongst the group that sort of cajoled you into parting with hard earned, I support you whole heartedly in this venture, last time we saw your boat it looked a treat, and at least yours floated when you bought it.
  6. Broadland Grebe

    Worthy of a trip back to Beccles come August, your making a grand job!
  7. Newbie Boat Owners

    Ships swindlers ? Just walk by, nothing to see here.
  8. Newbie Boat Owners

    "Preparing for retirement by buying a boat" Sorry, once I have stopped laughing and gathered my breath! Owning a boat and retiring, have you won the lottery ?
  9. Big Changes Ahead

    Looks very nice! saw it monday. Never be finished if he keeps drinking tea with visitors.
  10. Broad Ambition - Underway on the H2O

    Where was it yesterday ? Cheers for the tea and the kingfisher fly by !
  11. Well thanks very much! heres me feeling quite smug that I take my own boat through, and you raise the bar by going through in the dark.
  12. We had a fancy to pop through the bridge for a couple of days, a couple of weeks ago. Left Martham and moored by the fishermen just before the new bridge, no other boats on the mooring as we walked down to the pilots office to check the height, 5ft 7inch, no chance there then! quick wander up to Lathams for teacakes (excellent by the way) and back to the boat. Moored in front of us was Juliette, which ten minutes earlier had been moored on the pilots side, now what sort of magic had occurred here ? one of the Martham boats lads had bought it through, such skill and not a little brave, also perfect timing, end of season and both forward hand rails perfectly sanded and ready for varnish! Ideally I like 6ft 10inch or more to get through, and even then I am a bit outside my comfort zone. If needs must I have done it at 6ft 1inch, not much room for error. If I can see the stone stanchions at the base of the bridge out of the water I am happy to go, if it looks a bit tight I moor up and check the gauge in the pilots office.I never get complacent about the bridge, still scary aiming all that lovely wood and varnish at a small hole, but the feeling the first time you do it for yourself is right up there. I like the challenge of the bridge, wouldn't want to lose it.
  13. Let Off Steam In Here !!!!

    Sorry, must try harder! Me too ! I would buy one of those Warrior/Ninja trucks if only they would put the name on the back in bigger letters.
  14. Do You Still Wave?

    Or wink at you !
  15. Let Off Steam In Here !!!!

    ABC Artisan, Brexit, Chillax 3 of the most annoying words on the planet. And whilst I'm at it, why is everybody now a master craftsman or artisan baker ?

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