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  2. It's one thing being bold and brave while taking someone else's boat under. Not quite the same as when you take your own.
  3. You can always varnish someone else's woodwork
  4. We could also take the view that the helm knows what he / she is doing with the boat. More than can be said about many other Broads users, private or hire.
  5. Wow getting under Wroxham Bridge but Potter Heigham is a different kettle of fish I believe as you have to have a nerve of steel to get a boat under that Bridge. As the Bridge Pilots are bold and brave taking boats under either Bridges.
  6. Hi is some trying to speculate to accumulate as to seeing this Land being up for Auction once again
  7. No, I'd have gone up to a tenner; I'm no cheapskate!
  8. I agree with that Cheesey. Can't see the boom continuing unless something blocks the mass exodus to the Continent. The weather this summer has been unremarkable at least, and the prices being charged make overseas travel atractive again. Of course, Richardsons "retiring" so many of their larger boats, will likely put a squeeze on high season availability.
  9. Lot more when you add in Auction fees and the VAT
  10. Just heard on the radio record numbers booking foreign travel with Spain in the lead. A bad summer let old Blighty down with the more traditional weather.
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  12. Well I managed to find a couple of days to nip over on Friday 8th and came home Saturday. Luckily I had a good trip over and got there with enough daylight left to get a coat of Toplac on my repairs. Again, there were three tins in the boat, two partly used but this time the first one I opened (the lightest) had usable paint! That was my main objective for the visit so as to get some decent protection on the repairs for the winter months, so with that achieved, I could relax. I hadn't set myself much to do inside this time apart from wipe down all the surfaces with anti bacterial cleaner. I look forward to the day I can start revarnishing the it all..... However, with the extended darkness I spent some time assessing the work required for the worst part of the deck repair along the starboard side. I got under the deck from the inside (easier if I were still 30 but just slow everything down!) and shot some video. By the look of it, there has been a lot of damp in one area, for a long time. I'll have to remove the internal panelling to get close enough even to measure, let alone do any work, but I'm more confident as we go along. On Saturday I had plenty of time to start stripping out the caulking in an area of the deck at the rear port side. I used my custom made tools which turned out to be a little on the wide side but they have since been pruned. The idea was to use my slot funnel for the first time to get some resin into the deck support timbers. On the bright side, I was right with my assessment that they are a bit soft. On the down side they were still a bit damp therefore the resin wouldn't be so effective. I left the slots covered over with tape. Never mind though, I've now trimmed the tools to make the slots a bit cleaner and next time should see some significant progress deckwise. In other news, I have been playing live online auctions again! There is a space in the saloon where some oaf has cut out some cupboards to make way for a log burner. It's 52” wide, 26” high and 16” deep. I've been looking for an old radiogram or similar to convert into a drinks cabinet as a “temporary” installation until an internal refurb takes place. So this wine rack came up, looking for all the World like a magazine rack, I thought it may be useful with another unit instead of the radiogram. I was the only bidder at the minimum £5, net £7.50 with charges. It's huge. It's a bit weird in that it is held together with crude pegs, takes 12 bottles, but it's portable! However, as can be seen, it's more likely to have 6 bottles of wine, with gin taking up any available space. And to keep the glasses in, this lovely little drawer unit. I didn't inspect the rack before the auction but this I did. I'm no furniture expert but I have seen a few antique shows to have learned something. I removed each drawer and noted they were numbered with the base unit so each drawer was matched to it's own slot. The joints are all excellent dovetails. It was listed as mahogany. The brass bits make it look a bit boaty for me, or military. They are laquered brass and patinated but that's ok by me; I'll not be trying to clean them up. I've waxed the wood and fed the leather top. How old does it look? Guess the hammer price? And for the Grandchildren: There was a poor picture of a British Seagull outboard in one auction and I thought it would make another little project for the kids to strip down. £15 hammer price. I haven't got it yet, it's still in Norfolk, but it turns and the plug looks new. It's even got the string!
  13. It seems like the old Alphacraft boatyard sold for a decent price of £360k in the end: https://auctioneertemplates.eigroup.co.uk/LotDetails.aspx?LotID=1062532&a=95&c=top
  14. Or, just assume that it has the correct permissions to enjoy the Broads and the BA are aware of it and it is their responsibility to deal with it, and not ours.
  15. One way of finding out, get into conversation with the Skipper. Put us all out of misery then. I am sure there is an explanation or a reason or may be just plain did not realise that certain boats should not be up The Ant. All in all it has at least given us all something to talk about. Never a dull moment.
  16. How can we tell by this vessel's appearance whether its a leisurely cruise or someone who has a specific destination?
  17. JT cleared Wroxham bridge at around 1130 reporting it as being somewhat 'Tight' In my book, clearing a bridge by one whole inch is the same as clearing a bridge by a whole foot. Now safely alongside at the Locks, Coltishall Griff
  18. I appreciate that although there is what appears to be a question of interpretation, given that a starting and finishing point is required in the 7 days notice and the restriction specifically mentions pleasure craft I wouldn't think the exemption applies to a leisurely cruise that appears to be the case here. Fred
  19. Similar to many jobs - quality and reliable workers are in demand!
  20. Fred - there are still the exceptions stated similar, to those applying to length - these are quite specific! He may well have applied for permission and be travelling under that basis!
  21. There is a 12'6" width limit on the whole of the Ant and 14'0" on the Bure. Fred
  22. 8 (c) doesn't mention it has to be anything to do with boatyards etc just that it is limited to 4 trips a year - the boatyard bit is specifically referred to under 8 (d) as I read it - but I am no lawyer!!!!
  23. Possibly so, but there are rivers and moorings on the network more suited to a craft of that size than The Ant or The Chet.
  24. Well, it's possible that he might have arranged a winter mooring somewhere on the Ant. A lot of canal based boaters do that: continuously cruise spring, summer and autumn and then hunker down on electric in a yard mooring for winter.
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