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  1. I had also considered one or two viewing slits in the front of the cabin, a bit like a bird hide, so that the person sitting on the "bog" could drive the barge at the same time?
  2. I just thought it pointed to the bio-friendly future? Workboats powered by methane!
  3. Is it too late for a last-minute entry?
  4. Ring Of Light 1969 Cine Film

    This does not surprise me as HW still carried on as a company in those days, although under different ownership - The Caister Group. Hire fleets (but not yards) such as Landamores, Windboats and Dawncraft were bought by Jenners in 1966 and started to appear in Jenners fleet during the 1967 and 68 seasons. The Jenners fleet were shortly after bought by the Caister group and were either re-located to Horning (Southgates) or Potter Heigham, or were sold off privately. The Broads was going through another of its deep recessions in those days, and these were times of great change for the business.
  5. Ring Of Light 1969 Cine Film

    The oldest Blakes Catalogue that I have is 1964 and that shows the Blakes flag with the word Blakes in the hoist, but the flag flown on a yard in the film is just the plain "A" flag. It might have been an old one, of course! The catalogue also shows the flags of 43 member boatyards, just for Blakes alone. There are no GRP boats in the catalogue, but the Wilds Caribbean, of course, was Hoseasons. I think they were built in that year. The Landamore Velanda is shown as a new boat, in building for that season. So my bet would 1964 or 65.
  6. Ring Of Light 1969 Cine Film

    Very good point. Landamores for instance, had already been sold to Jenners by then, in 1966.
  7. Shock Closure Of The Buck At Thorpe

    Obviously the owners of these houses would object to any development at this location. The Griffin is an obvious target for development as it has such a large garden at the back. A veritable field in fact. Frankly, it was never a good pub anyway, so it will probably end up as crammed in chalet bungalows. Hopefully the Buck, with such a small car park, will not have the same attraction for development as the building itself is grade 2 listed. Interestingly, the Griffin is within the BA planning area but the Buck is not. Behind it is the long ridge of high land which Timbo insists is not the bank of the Great Estuary but which nonetheless forms an abrupt geographical boundary between the Broads, and the rest of Norfolk.
  8. What Would You Tell A New Hirer?

    I "liked" Wussername's post, naturally, but I would not like KaptinKev to withdraw his, because that was his opinion, based on the impression that we gave him. It is easy for Wussername and I to tell funny stories about trial runs that we have done, just as I imagine it must be for a driving instructor. I hope Wussername's last post shows you the other side of the coin. We actually care very much and have spent a long while trying to find the best way of doing it. The best trial run is not read from an auto-cue : it is a personal relationship between the instructor and his customer and it depends very much on the customer's "input" as well as the instructor's. In other words, if they won't listen, you can't tell them anything! One thing I can tell you - I still get Christmas cards from first time customers that I gave trial runs to and who went on to become regulars, and some of them are as far away as New Zealand and Canada. The trial run counts for a lot!
  9. What Would You Tell A New Hirer?

    I am sorry my friend but you could not be more wrong, in my case. I first gave a trial run, on an auxiliary yacht, when I was 12 years old. Since then I have always tried, and trained my staff accordingly, to introduce first time hirers to boating, so that they could relax and become familiar with it. They are in an environment which is strange to them and this can make them very anxious. If you can remove that anxiety by showing them that there is not actually, a great deal to worry about, then two things will result : 1/. They will relax and enjoy a lovely holiday on the Broads, because they have been made familiar with their boat and how it handles. 2/. Because of this they will be so captivated by the boating holiday that they will want to come back again, year after year, and this is the basis of the boat hiring industry - regular customers. Those who were not put off the first time, by a casual trial run, and so they want to come back again. Were you, by chance, one of those?
  10. What Would You Tell A New Hirer?

    I knew we could rely on Old Wussername!
  11. Ring Of Light 1969 Cine Film

    Incidentally, the "A" in the Blakes flag stood for association. The Norfolk and Suffolk Broads Yacht Owners Association, which was the co-operative of broads boatyards marketed by Blakes Ltd, which was a non profit making company. Any profit at the end of the season was passed back to members as a dividend. There was also the BOA (Broadland Owners Association) who were the boatyards marketed by Hoseasons, but in this case Hoseasons was an independent travel agency, which charged its members a flat rate commission. As far as I know that is still the case.
  12. Ring Of Light 1969 Cine Film

    Thank you very much for that Carol. The flag at the beginning is indeed Landamores and I think I recognise the foredeck as one of the Velanda class, which were the the last hireboats that they built. I knew these boats quite well as I delivered them from Wroxham to Thorpe when Jenners bought them in the late 60s. Lots of old hire boats on view and I can put a name to a lot of them! Also the Iron Bridge in Yarmouth, of course, which used to carry the M&GN railway towards the old Breydon swing bridge, which is now the Breydon road bridge. I also noticed the old Wayford bridge before they re-built it. Timbo's scan of the Blakes boatyards is pretty old, and shows the Blakes flag without the vertical word "Blakes" in the hoist. You can also see this in the film. It also shows Trumans as a Blakes yard, which was long ago! Nice shot of the old Red House at Cantley and also what I assume is Hardley Flood. I was especially interested in the shot of a coaster going past the moorings at Beauchamp Arms. He has the tide under him and has taken the bend far too wide, to the extent that he may well go aground before he gets round. You can see the moored hire boats being "sucked" away from the moorings by the squat effect and this would often snap their mooring lines. In one of my mother's old films that you have posted, called "a launching and a sinking", we can now see why the old Four of Hearts got squashed flat by a coaster on these very moorings.
  13. What Would You Tell A New Hirer?

    I hope we will get some input from Wussername on this, but when I am giving a trial run to first timers, after we have "been through the boat" and started the engine, and are standing on the bank ready to cast off the lines, I tell them these things :- The rudder is at the back, so the boat steers by the stern or, if you like, "by the back wheels". Always leave a boat's width of clearance, for the stern to swing. When coming in to moor, come in against the wind or tide, whichever is the stronger. If in doubt come in against the tide. You can tell where the wind is coming from by watching the ripples on the water. Come in to a mooring at a speed slow enough so that if you make a mistake, you will not do any damage. Never be in a hurry when handling a boat. All you have to do when mooring, is to get close enough to the bank so that someone can get off with a rope. After that, you can do it all with the mooring lines, and that includes mooring stern on. Always step off a boat and don't try to jump off it. We have an old saying : "let the boat do the work". In other words, I try to instil an atmosphere of peace, and calm!
  14. I thought we only had three each? That's a lovely photo of Maud, by the way. . . .
  15. Hydraulic

    Can you mend the hydraulic motor as well, as that "characteristic whine" sounds rather like one of the old Dowty type which has started to "run" its thrust bearing. In which case, have a boatyard check that the motor is properly aligned with the prop shaft.
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