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  1. Ring Of Light 1969 Cine Film

    As ever Vaughan, your knowledge is a real asset to the forum. I also enjoyed the film, thanks Carol. As always with historic films, there is a fascinating blend of views that have changed completely, views that have changed a bit and views which haven't changed in the slightest! Ludham Bridge looked slightly different at the top, perhaps the road and railings have been strengthened since then. The view going downstream under the bridge however looked very much unchanged. Carol - is it definitely dated 1969? I only ask because on the basis of the vehicles, the clothing and the absence of any GRP boats it looked more like early-mid 1960s.
  2. Great Canal Journeys

    I'm really looking forward to it as well.Tim and Pru's strong bond always comes across which for me is one of the things that makes the programme so watchable.
  3. I enjoyed reading this, especially as Ive always had a soft spot for the old Aston boats. I'm looking forward to seeing Rambling next year with its rebuilt roof. http://freedomcruisers.blogspot.co.uk/2017/10/as-another-season-ends.html?m=1
  4. Hello Everyone

    Hello ManofKent and welcome. I don't think you'll be disappointed with Commodore. I went aboard at the London Boat Show last year and I thought it was stunning. My only gripe was the galley is far too small.
  5. Fair Ambassador

    Ah yes, the old Ferry Marina "All inclusive", "we save you money" ploy. Yes its true they include everything (ish, doesnt include pilot fees and you still have to pay mooring fees and no doubt pump out fees) but I haven't yet their prices to be especially competitive even so.
  6. Breydon Water Closed To Hire Boats

    I agree Ricardo, I wouldn't think of going online and a lot of the time I can't get signal anyway. I would have thought all hire boats, whilst not technically sea-going are more than capable of handling Breydon at its choppiest.
  7. Fair Regent - September 2017

    I must admit that although on the south Broads I'm wary of rise and fall and leave plenty of slack, I can be less attentive when on the north. Your tale is a cautionary one for us all.
  8. Fair Regent - September 2017

    Superb review and write up Helen, thank you. Concerning the boat, I would have been miffed about the same things as you. It sounds to me like the batteries were in poor condition as I've rarely needed to run the engine when using the heating. There's no reason why you shouldn't email NBD and I'd be interested in their response.
  9. Solo Hiring Possible Issues

    I'm reassured by your conversation with Richardsons, Bof. I think the policy is fair enough to be honest.
  10. Another Booking Agent From Times Past

    I thought I recognised the building in one of the photos as that.
  11. I spotted this on eBay, not a company I knew ever existed. https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F162697227480
  12. Solo Hiring Possible Issues

    Thank you Andy. I hired from you solo in 2012 and it's reassuring to know you haven't changed your policy. I've always thought resistance to experienced solo hirers is very bizarre. Herbert Woods and Co would rather trust a newbie who happens to have someone else on board who may be offering no assistance with handling the boat anyway.
  13. Solo Hiring Possible Issues

    I phoned the boatyard similar to yourself Bof. Perhaps their approach does vary slightly depending on the staff member concerned.
  14. I phoned Richardsons today to make what was my 3rd booking next year (first time I'm doing that many, more to follow why that is in the members area). This will be a solo hire, something I've done with Richardsons on 3 previous occasions. This was the first time, however, where the staff member said "ooh, hang on, I need to check on that" and then put me on hold for around 5 minutes. She eventually came back and told me all was OK but they would need to "check" (can't remember for what) when I took over the boat. It was something to do with insurance and them having been caught out by solo hirers who hadnt admitted to being such. "If you fall in nobody's with you", or words to that effect. She took the booking (phew) but I'm slightly anxious I may get questions, or worst case, refusal, I haven't had before. My experience of handovers recently, solo or not has been a rapid firm filling exercise where they've taken me at my word on my experience. I do hope Richardsons don't go down the route that Herbert's Woods and others have taken in insisting on at least two people. Neither Mrs Broads01 nor my children will ever want to come boating as often as me, I feel, so my need for solo hiring will always be there.
  15. Fair Regent - September 2017

    Thanks for writing Helen, I enjoyed your start. Re the throttle in my experience there's a soft but noticeable low clunk when the engine goes in to gear but I guess not in your case.
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