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  2. Poppy

    Tolls

    I paid my toll by phone this morning. I would have preferred to have paid on line by BACS, but is appeared thet The Blessed Authority insist that people 'register an account' before doing so. I can think of no other organisation where I have to do this. When will their IT department move into the 21st century?
  3. Yeah I've seen a bit of that channel. I reckon the two-door coupe version of the 800 might be the one to have? They do look a bit special, although I suspect you wouldn't want to have a crash in any of them, though. Sounds like the V6's had some issues but most of it could be sorted with new gaskets etc - Much like the dreaded 1.8VVC unit. Those were prone to failures but if a bit of time was spent on them they could actually be a good engine.
  4. I watch a chap on You Tube who is so down to earth and not someone you want to see a tutorial on when it comes to DIY car fixes, but I admire his fleet of cars and love of late 90's cars. Hub Nut is the name, he has just got an 800 series Rover 'poverty spec'. I loved these, way above the Vauxhall's of their day like the Senator. I am now on a video marathon of Rover 800 related content and even eyed up some for sale on Ebay. Alan Partridge Ah Ha!
  5. Today
  6. EastCoastIPA

    Tolls

    Thinking about this some more, it is actually quite worrying that people feel they must be careful not to give JP any excuse to create bigger departments, or excuses to increase head count etc. That says more about the way JP is perceived as running the BA than anything else!!! That is the real concern here! I received a toll account reminder email from the BA on the 20th February as I'm sure did every other toll payer who has opted to give the BA an email address. This email is plainly a computer generated email using a standard template populated from the tolls database. In other words the actually creation and sending of that email needed no human input other than the initial setting up of the system. At some point after I received the email, I logged onto the tolls system and paid my toll. A computer system processed that payment and updated the tolls database to reflect the fact my toll has been paid. I had no interaction with anyone in the tolls department, and I doubt anyone in the tolls department has expended any effort in prompting, or processing my toll. You could say my whole toll transaction has involved no actual input from anyone in the tolls department this year. Therefore the system could have generated my toll reminder on any date, and I could have paid it on any date and still not disturbed anyone in the tolls department. Food for thought! Perhaps if everyone moved to paying their tolls online there is room for savings to be made within the BA. I certainly see no way in which JP could justify increasing his empire!
  7. First time ever above Wroxham Bridge Sent from the Norfolk Broads Network mobile app
  8. Just reviving this, because I've just found something out which may have relevance to the name of coke oven reach They used to make Peat Coke... , dried and coked peat, in later installations the gases driven off were used to heat the ovens themselves. The peat coke was used to make iron and power things like blacksmiths forges which need an intense heat.. The notes I've just read said this was done from at least the 1300's through until coal coke and modern iron works came into common useage..
  9. EastCoastIPA

    Tolls

    We now have these new fangled things called computers. They are very good at keeping track of things and sending out automatic reminders and compiling lists of things that overdue. Why would it cost any extra money if people were allowed to toll their boat for 12 months from when they purchased it? Why would the department need to increase in size? It's still the same number of tolls ultimately. It would smooth the massive peak of work load around April and spread that work load out over the course of the year. Since the BA have done away with the toll plaques, the only way a ranger can tell if a boat is tolled is to enter the reg number into a database and check it has been paid. Doing away with the plaque which was a different colour each year and a quick visual check that a boat had been tolled for that year, has in my opinion removed the last barrier to creating a fair system where people should be able to toll a boat for 12 months from date of purchase or first use on the system. To stop people trying to play the system and only pay for part of a year and taking the boat out of the water during the Winter, you simply make the toll 12 months non refundable from when it is registered to you, or first put in the water. If you chose to take the boat out of the water at the end of the season that is your choice, but you don't get a refund for any unused months.
  10. From a drivers point of view I preferred my old Xedos 9 to the Rover 75, My brother in law just scrapped his Rover 75, in due curse I will have to do the same with my Xedos. Regards Alan
  11. marshman

    Tolls

    MM - yet again m8 you are so right. Although it appears the BA have a seperate tolls dept it is not full time and any change in structure would involve more cost. If thats what you want, by all means push for a bigger department, to handle everything you want, then so be it, but for the vast majority it works fine and if its not broke, don't fix it!! I am sure JP would love to have a bigger department paid for out of the navigation account - but few would see any improvement or change other than more BA money going down the pan!!
  12. BroadAmbition

    Tolls

    I would too prefer annual tools from registration and not April each year. Nowadays it doesn't bother us too much as we just renew each year come April. However when we launched 'B.A' back in 07, had to pay a full years toll in the October, then another full years toll come April 08. No one likes getting ripped off, but when you know it before handing over your beer chits and there is nowt you can do about it - That sucks Griff
  13. I had a company 2.5 ltr Rover 800 Sterling. It was a superb long journey car, I drove from Cherbourg down to Andora and it was effortless.
  14. Seagypsy

    Tolls

    I agree it would be a fairer system, it works well with road vehicles
  15. Smoggy

    Tolls

    But as it is the staff are free for other stuff for most of the year.
  16. TheQ

    Tolls

    The one thing I would change is every one having to renew on APR 1 because it must be a terrible train for the office staff to deal with all those registrations in one go. If the dates were to be from first registration it would spread the load out throught the year, the losses from Apr 1 to the new dates would be minimal. (yes there would be some peaks in the spring)
  17. TheQ

    3 Rivers Race 2019

    Must have been a windy night with near perfect tides. The best I've done was in the top 20 in a Yeoman, and that year we had an elapsed time of something like 11 hours arriving at HSC around 10pm. Though years ago I did the race in a Lysander, and one year had I been allowed the correct handicap of 35% I would have been 16th. Sadly to discourage very slow boats the maximum handicap you can have in the 3RR is 25%
  18. A few years ago we finished at 00.30 Sunday morning and that was in a 23% river cruiser.
  19. MauriceMynah

    Tolls

    This is a subject that often comes up with the cry "Not fair" but I tend to think of it this way... The more simple the system is, the cheaper it is to run. Also being very simple makes it harder to abuse, again keeping the price down. There are those who would look for loopholes and try to get away without paying, or just paying for a few months a year. The broads exist 12 months a year, work needs doing 12 months a year. if you make it cheaper for some, the others have to pay more. Whatever system you use, someone will, with good reason, find it unfair. so my vote goes for the cheapest unfair option, the one we have.
  20. expilot

    Tolls

    The boat in question is moored in a privately owned boat dock. The boat dock is owned by the same person who owns the Foster 30. Had the boat belonged to anyone else, it would, I believe, have needed to be registered and tolled. Broadland Swift, my own boat, is moored in our own wet-shed at Potter and similarly hasn't been tolled for several years. On the rare occasion I have had to bring her on to the river, I have stumped up for a visitor toll. At the moment we have another boat moored on our river frontage. Because it is on the frontage as opposed to inside one of the wet-sheds, she, too, has to be registered and tolled.
  21. Cheers Coolcat. I joined the members' club months before I bought my 75. I used the brilliant 75 owners site to educate myself about what to look for and what to avoid. Like you I use the same name, Expilot, on all forums to which I contribute.
  22. If you're not already, might be worth joining the 75andZT owners club forum "https://the75andztclub.co.uk/forum/index.php" I'm an ex MG ZT-T owner and still very much a member of the forum. I'm Coolcat on there as well
  23. TheQ

    3 Rivers Race 2019

    Unless you're in an A rater or Punt, then staying out all night and sailing in light winds overnight are definately skills you will need. You've got a week left to get your entries in Folks!!!
  24. chameleon

    Tolls

    how can the foster 30 at potter(the one with the light on) get away with no toll, accordeing to craigs database it has not been registered since 2013.doe not show any details on BA toll checker.its reg no is L320 and is called tessa II
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  26. As far as fuel economy etc on premium V supermarket diesel goes , when I used to run LTI (London type) taxis , if the driver filled up at the local Tesco as opposed to the nearby Shell Station I would notice a drop of as high as 5% on fuel economy ; with the price being approx 5% cheaper at Tesco then there was no financial advantage in buying the cheaper fuel. The main drawback however was that the cabs tended to “pink” when struggling up a hill fully loaded (yes Cambridge has three hills) and slowed down noticeably often causing concern (or amusement) amongst the passengers. Since then I have only used either Shell , BP or Esso standard diesel in my cars , although Katie does use Roy’s (and that one is actually in Wroxham) which is I believe Jet
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