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Malanka last won the day on September 11 2017

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  1. Socrates, my soon to be friend. I would be proud to have you moor next to us. I Meercat more than most as we have had some interesting impacts over the past 8 seasons. Once five times on the trot by some odd mooring evolutions by the same boat. Can’t wait to nosy about Broadland Grebe and will be happy to show you our old lady. I may even polish the chrome bits. Hopefully you will be there and next to us. Oh and the snoring is the dog honest !!!! Truly would I lie. M
  2. Grendel mate I always found that Marthams we’re happy to turn around early or ASAP if they could. Always very helpful. Earliest I believe was 11 am once. In summer time too. They are lovely you’ll love it m
  3. Polly mud weight in Malthouse is fine. Plenty of options there. Then we can either join early and wait or just arrive pick up and leave. Leave about 12:30 is ok with us ! any other time suggestions welcome of course ? Last time we did this we rafted in Malthouse for a short period so everyone could get to know each other. Drinks and snacks don’t you know x .... lol don't be scared people it’s fun . Don’t worry if it raining or windy we can give that bit a miss . We all know it’s never windy on Malthouse now is it ??? He he
  4. Sea Sickness - Oh Joy And Glee!

    Crossed the channel from Le Havre to Chichester in a moody 29 summer of 1983. Was fine whilst helming ( we were in a force 7 across the deck, safety harness et al all day and all night. Youngest daughter ( I was bf to the oldest) stripped her left index finger of skin down to the bone and up to her wrist with a self tailing winch. She was screaming the place down, I was off watch and shaken awake in the bow cabin. Ten seconds later I was heading over the side in the pitch dark mid channel. The only other excitement was picking up a lobster pot in the dark and being swung round like a cork in a bucket. Enjoyed sailing and that was the last time ever being sea sick . Was sick every day sailing for two weeks and this was the longest section and heading home. Never been seasick since. in Maldives whale watching everyone else on the two story dhony was puking accept me and the three crew. Must admit to smirking just a bit. M
  5. Broadland Grebe

    Great thread which I am following with rapt attention. I really can’t wait to see Broadland Grebe in Beccles at the show. Be nice to meet yet another pair of totally besotted barking mad loons aka wooden boat custodians. We have been down this road, Mals transom was removed not by a power washer but by Phil’s thumb which penetrated into the galley and started an investigation which resulted in new wood. Hardly a surprise veterans will mumble but it was new to us, so total sympathy and empathy from us. Not to be a pedant but Malanka was never all varnish and all her screw heads are doweled, having said that she was privately built and never in a hire fleet. She still has her lump which replaced the original petrol engine many years ago. 3.8 l bmc. It’s huge, but very economical and with a 1:1 Drive cruises along at tickover most of the time. I must admit to huge jealousy over your hands on ability , this is our 8th season and loads of work done all admired by me but not done by me. I’d like to claim that distance is the reason but it’s not ability is. Great project and we can’t wait to mosey around ( ok nosey around) and say hi ?. M&F
  6. And very probably arriving Friday too but we won’t go to salhouse until Saturday with a nice train behind us lol . If there’s only two of us if anyone wants to come from Ranworth to salhouse with us pm me. M&F
  7. We would be very happy to of course. Will get to polishing straight away . maybe just Fiona and I as then I get to drive the sexy lady from Coventry. Germany here we come wooo hoooo M
  8. Chilly Start To Zephyr In The Water

    Super Super Super... Love to see the drip trays under the windows, ours were noted by Paul R once when he received the grand tour, he said its nice to see real ones, that actually have a function..... You now have to get used to showing everyone around the refurbed boat.. (yes please please) See you in 2018. Where in the shed are you now by the way? Quick advice, get some more fenders for the bow, you may need them when moored.... M
  9. Stalham Wet Shed

    Yes it was a bad one we couldn't get out of the back or front doors of the house as the snow was drifted waist deep against both of them. My student house the systern froze on the loo....This year in CH is a traditional one lots of snow and more coming, every day next week. The sexy lady from Coventry is tucked up asleep in the garage till the spring or a sunny winter but not frosty day. Waaay too much torque for a wintery drive ..LOL
  10. Hire Boat Update.

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

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

    Griff is correct. Gavin is the new custodian of Zephyr with Cesar and Max the lab. His handle here is thasarummun and we look forward to seeing Zephyr out and about after some TLC from Phil and the boys. After the sale of the boatyard Phil stayed and is the General Manager there and silll doing a great job. Gavin will soon get used to everyone knowing what Zephyr is doing..LOL The price of fame ....he he... only kidding, although a shock at first it is incredibly nice that folks take such an interest and in a community like this one you're never far from a friendly bit of advice or even practical help. We consider everyone here to be friends we just haven't met yet. Martin / Fiona and Boris and Monty the airedales
  13. Ellie Smells!

    Tim Tim Tim, Chanel Bleu is a bit passe now mate, Christian Dior Sauvage is now the new "in"one. For the younger ladies Carolina Herrera Good Girl and for more mature tastes the new Chanel fragrance is nice too. Old Spice / Pacco Rabanne / Brut 33/ and anything by Lynx / Insignia just remind me of over anxious teenage years and applying talk where talk should not be applied.
  14. Boat Rescued

    Alcohol and hypothermia don't mix or rather they do all too frequently. For anyone who doesn't know what a pain of ten feels like should maybe try 15 ft of two inch gauze stuffed into a packed wound without the pre-requisite parafin lubricant so it all stuck. Said gauze is then pulled out of the gaping wound inch by firmly stuck inch by a nurse with tears dripping down her face onto the patient. Her (the nurse) pain was defo a vicarious ten. Mine I don't know or care as 150 mg pethidine and an indomethacin suppository placed in situe by said nurse half an hour beforehand was not touching it at all. I don't know what scale to apply all I know is I do not want ever to have that much discomfort ever again. Note to self: Go to the docs before it gets serious you loon.....Or as the doc said pre-admission you Bl**dy Idiot.
  15. Nighttime Navigation - Allowed? Opinions?

    Done the Ant in the dark, done the Bure in the dark, Ludham bridge with Guest Charlie Dolphin at the helm in the pitch black (no moonlight) was fun as it was cold we didn't take the lid down and had to spy the bridge clearance with me perched in the pulpit leaning over the rail to see it. We have two lights in the wheelhouse ceiling, one white light, one red light for night naving. I must say I don't use the red one when moving just in preparation as someone earlier said with the light on you can't see anything. Great night vision but can't actually see out. Last trip out in October we left Ranworth Staithe at 05:45 pitch black and headed back to Stalham to catch our onward journeys. Full crew that time so bridges not a worry with canopies etc. Was magical leaving at that time and slowly cruising along was very enjoyable. Sun came up half way up the Ant so it was magical to see that too. We quite often night nav to Salhouse or Ranworth to drop the mudweight as it doesn't matter what time we arrive, not to be done with dog on board but fun when no animals are with us. The twitchy boat curtains as we smoothly float past moored boats always makes me smile and yes before you pervs all ask I have seen things I would rather not have seen moving at night. My retinas have been burned by bottoms, boobs and other stuff I'd rather not remember. Having my night vision ruined by a pair of glaringly white orbs wobbling in the window is a mind picture I wish to forget. Not seen spanking either though Jenny thank god for that I say too. When we have been out for Halloweeen we have decorated the boat with lights, scary carved pumpkins and other spooky stuff and cruised up and down from Salhouse to Wroxham a few times that was fun too, loads of waving and happiness, spooky music is essential so folks can hear you coming and get the kids out to say hi. Just another way to enjoy the rivers and have shared fun really.

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