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    There are several different schools of thought on the safety aspect of boating, some more valid than others. Mine is very simple. All water is dangerous, some areas more than others. Do not be fooled, the Norfolk Broads is water therefore it is dangerous. HOWEVER... Respect it, don't do stupid things near it and be aware of your surroundings at all times and the dangers will be minimized. Compared with other waterways, the Broads are as safe as one can reasonably expect, but this fact puts essential disciplines into sharp relief, one in particular. You are responsible for your own actions. No one else, not the skipper, not the hire fleet, not even the tooth fairy! You are. In the example given above regarding the lady falling off the swim platform, she broke one of the cardinal rules. One hand for you, the other for what you are doing. If for some reason this isn't possible then a hugely heightened awareness of any danger is necessary, and far greater caution needs to be exercised. We don't want to frighten anybody away from the delights of boating but to encourage them without highlighting this fact is not to be advised It was thanks to Wussername's friends quick thinking and quicker acting that the disaster was avoided but like it or not it was the lady's lack of caution that put her into danger. I will accept that the boat's design was a contributory factor, but this should have been considered by the lady when she chose to stand somewhere where she could not hold on. There have been many cases where a boat's design is such that safety has been given second place to aesthetics, for example the Pulpit rail on a small boat can be so small that acts as a trip hazard but has no benefit other than looks. Whoops, that turned into a bit of a rant!
  3. 2 points
    The only drawback I ever saw with that style of boat Dan, was, you required VERY long legs to get on and off it! Iain.
  4. 2 points
    As I said I moor there and as far as I can remember there are four or five water points but apart from the one near the pump out you have to provide your own hose, something to do with H&S, there is a mechanic on site and they do general boat work like painting and anti fouling thats why David won't let others on site, for most other things like screens and canopies he is fine as long as you let him know and don't just presume it's Ok, the reason for letting him know is because of insurance purposes, and note that most of the negative views so far are from people that have never moored there, most people there are very friendly and if one has problems we try to help each other out, but like anywhere there will be one or two that no matter how hard you try you won't get on with them, aslo if your a fisherman you don't even need to go out the fishing in the marina is brilliant and we have a good few big pike in there, I've moored at the Stalham/Wayford end of the Ant for the last thirty years and never tire of the run to the main rivers, apart from the run from Wroxham to Coltishall it's one of the most beatiful parts of the Broads, quite often even on a week out we never make as far as the main rivers, even if you travel it a few times a day, every time is different, Alan! don't let me or anyone esle persuade you to moor there or not moor there, take a look around when your down and have a chat with anyone you meet who moors there, remember no matter where you moor there will always be a few that do nothing but moan about the place, it will be a bit quite there now as lots have shut up for the winter, but when you get there ask David if Frank and Judi are down and pop over for a Cuppa, I'm working on the boat so will be there most days,,,,, Frank,,,,
  5. 2 points
    I'm hoping it was the grab rails causing the leaks, I'm sure the previous owner/owners must have had shares in a mastic company, it is everywhere and it's not even a tidy job, sorry if your a previous owner but if you must use the stuff mask everything up and do it properly, I spent half a day just removing the excess mastic, luckily they never cleaned the surfaces properly so most of it just peeled off, anyway the next few days should tell if I've cured them all, there's no point in me starting any woodwork until I've cured them, there's no vents in the boat apart from one in the loo, so two new shiny solar vents on order, can't believe the price of them,one will be sucking, the other blowing( keep it clean) LED lights on order as well, all the supporting battens for the roof and side was rotten so the next job is fit new stuff but this time i'll treat it with wood preserver first, Frank,,,,
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    Oh and the best type of skippers? - is a Skipper that never has to prove how good he/she is! We had one at Wroxham this weekend on the 24hr Mooring, nice boat called Carousel, Nice young Lady sees a space and starts to reverse in, not much wind but just enough to blow her off course twice, other half appears shouting at her you havn't got a bloody clue and takes the helm, six goes later we all wondering if he was mooring next to us or on the other bank, Pigs ears didn't come into it, at one point we thought he was trying to come in sideways, Chris on the boat next to me tries to help him by shouting directions, only to be told I've done this loads of times and don't need you interfering, he would have made it as well if he was ten feet to starboard instead of reversing into another boat, next try he's ten feet Port and hits that boat, by this time there's five experienced boaters telling him what do, the rest of us were just cracking up including his other half who was standing at the rear door crying with laughter, she manages to say to him listen to them they know what they are doing, shout goes out F*****g boat if you think you can do any better get up here and do it, I think us lot shouting she couldn't do any worse did the trick and up she goes, and off he goes, coming in nicely but a bit off course, suddenly ole smart a**e here remembers that the RC 45's have bow and stern thrusters, I pass this info onto Doug who knows how they work, two minutes later she in, in one perfect maneuver, us being all gentlemen gave her a round of applause, we! well I mainly made a meal of things by winding him up every chance I could by telling him how good his wife was at mooring, much to the amusement of the others that were egging me on, Chris started singing With a little help from my Friends which resulted in about six of us serenading him, I don't know who laughed the hardest us or his other half, but I think we have a friend for life with her, unfortunately in any funny situation I'm as much use as a chocolate teapot and I swear on Sunday at Wroxham I melted,,, Frank,,,
  7. 2 points
    Mooring? Get your boat as far across the other side of the river from where you intend to moor as possible. Turn your boat so that you are directly facing your mooring spot. Straighten the wheel and give it full throttle. Wedge the bu**er in - no ropes needed. Simples, innit
  8. 1 point
    Well Boils and Grillers! it's time for me to bore the pants off everyone, as most know I have a new/old boat, it's a Birchwood 25 Executive, Oooh! don't that sound posh??? the first job I did was put in 240v shorepower, I won't go into details as it's one of those jobs that if you don't know what your doing can kill you,, now anyone than knows Birchwoods will know everything is covered in Vinyl, walls, ceilings, cockpit it's everywhere, mine was all cream but on looking closer it was originally light cream but it has all been painted in a darker cream, they did a nice job but there is just far too much of it, anyway we had a few leaks around the front windows and from the amount of mastic on the inside and outside I think it's been a long term problem, I cleaned all the mastic from around the glass, masked it all up and re-sealed it inside and out with my new friend TEC7, sticks and seals everything and even sets under water, went to the boat yesterday and still had leaks, but looking at the water stains it looked like it was the frames leaking, and the only way to get to the frame is to remove the vinyl around the front windows, but it had to be done so made a few small cuts, peeled a bit back and it was thick with black mould, so mask on and remove the rest and the whole front section was covered in the black stuff, so plenty of bleach and a wash down and it was all gone, at this point I thought about taking the windows out and re-bedding them, but discovered they were all riveted in, b****r that I thought, so cleaned and raked out all the old mastic masked it all up and out came my clear TEC7, job done, get to the boat today and it had been raining, whoopee! just a very small puddle each side but not where the front windows were, it was about a foot back, very odd! then I notice someone had made a small repair to the vinyl near the back door and it was peeling off, so I pulled it back a bit more so I could re-stick it and behind it was more thick black mould, Judi makes a cup of tea and I'm sitting in the pointy bit when water drips on my head from the roof lining, so I push it up a bit and more water comes out, now I'm thinking the leak isn't from the windows it the roof, after finding this black mould and knowing how dangerous it is I decided to remove every bit of vinyl in the boat and every bit even the GRP was covered in the black stuff, my theory is any water getting in gets trapped behing the vinyl and as it can't breath it just turns to mould, I take out all the cabin sides first, then start on the ceiling and found pools of water around every fitting where the grab rails were, what had been happening was the water from these leaks was running down the roof lining to the front of the boat and running out at the seams above the windows, so tightend every one up and sealed them with TEC7 a good hose down on the roof and windows and so far no leaks showing, so far today I have got through three bottles of bleach, ruined and new T-shirt and have white patches all over my jeans, but no more mould all gone, I forgot to take any pictures of the mould but here's a couple with the before and after result, now I just have to re-build everything, you'll also be glad to know any further post will be much shorter but I'll try and add pictures as things progress,, Frank,,,,,
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    I posted a similar thread on this forum and the NBF (another forum for those unaware). On this forum I received 297 views and 20 replies (at last count). On the other I received 122 views and not a single reply. How very rude lol. This forum is very friendly, long may it continue!!
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    Monica (Hylander) Was kind enough to forward me a video after we were discussing how to check and replace a lifejacket rearming kit if the activator and CO2 cartridge are out of date or the lifejacket has been activated. Please see the following:- Regards Alan
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    Not sure if this is in the right area, but I am sure the Mods can put it where it should be. We spent the last two weeks just pottering about, being onvertaken by many and not actually overtaking many at all. We loved it. Taking it easy and just relaxing at the moorings gave us an opportunity to see many boats come in to moor. With the strong winds and tidal flows some of the moorings were extremely interesting indeed. It was not always hire craft but also the odd private craft. So I thought it would be a good time for the more experienced of you could share how to do it and some of your favourate tips. I always try to plan in advance and know the tide times (and have them to hand) and which way the river is flowing. I keep an eye on the wind and anticipate which way it will be blowing for the mooring that I am approaching or planning to use. I approach my intended mooring spot into the wind or tide which ever I think is strongest even if this means going past my intended spot and turning around where it is safe to do so. Approach at an angle I try 30 to 45 degrees. Make sure you approach slowly. As I get close I give the stern a little (very short burst) flick of power to bring the back in only slightly after the bow. Use reverse power to bring the boat to a halt. My SWMBO has both stern and bow ropes in her hands steps off the boat (no jumping) and I help tie up. With the ropes already in the right position I have moored on my own if she is busy. I use clove hitches running the rope back to the boat. This is how we do it. I am sure that there is lots of room for improvement, and that some will point it out.......the moor (pun intended) the merrier. This year we had some walkytalky radios with ear sets. This worked very well especially for stern mooring as we were on a bath tub.
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    Might sound posh, but we use a silk quilt!! Purchased many years ago on a trip to China (very cheap) and had it on the bed indoors for a few years. Wife decided we needed a new one because it was going a bit out of shape so it got moved to the boat. As we have an almost oval shape bed the shape didn't really matter. The good thing about silk duvet is they are very thin (OK some of you might like the weight of a thick duvet) and very warm in the cold, but even in the summer are not too hot. If you have to take your own bedding, they roll up a lot smaller than traditional duvets. No problems with condensation, but I have mentioned in a previous post we use the moisture traps in each cabin and run a dehumidifier when not on board. Oh, and the electric fan heaters, eberspacher and hot water bottles are all board as well. My wife hates the cold.
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    That sounded like it could have been a terrible accident. Suffice to say I always remind my crew to hold on to a grab rail at all times when mooring (not just stern on) as any throttle or direction corrections can throw you off balance very easily. And also as helmsman your crew should take your lead as to when it is safe to take that step ashore. As for general safety we also have a gate fitted, but not having kids or animals on board tend to leave it open - If we did have small people or animals then simply keep it closed. It is incredible how many people think that at 6mph on the water how much harm can come to you - especially those who like to stand on the roof of their hire boat! Which reminds me of a very near miss earlier this year - Coming in to moor stern on at Beccles I had to correct the angle slightly. The guy on the boat, already moored up, was standing on the roof at the front of his boat sipping his wine looking cool and wasn't prepared for any slight movements to his boat. As I blipped the throttle to correct my line it resulted in his boat wobbling slightly. He just managed to keep his balance, but didn't look quite so cool. Obviously at head height when your on the roof any movement is magnified. He grumbled a bit, but his wife just laughed!!!!
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    Thanks for that info Alan, a quick couple of questions I have. 1. Does the gas cylinder have a "best before" date on it? 2. Will that date be the same as the firing mechanism? (assuming neither hes been used or replaced before) and 3. What should be done with the out of date but not used cylinder?
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    Who doesn’t like a bit of a chuckle at something clever "Lexophile” is a word used to describe those that have a love for words, such as ................ "you can tune a piano, but you can't tuna fish", or "to write with a broken pencil is pointless." A competition to see who can come up with the best lexophillies is held every year. This year's winning submission is posted at the very end. .. When fish are in schools, they sometimes take debate. .. A thief who stole a calendar got twelve months. .. When the smog lifts in Los Angeles U. C. L. A. .. The batteries were given out free of charge. .. A dentist and a manicurist married. . . They fought tooth and nail. .. A will is a dead giveaway. .. With her marriage, she got a new name and a dress. .. A boiled egg is hard to beat. . .When you've seen one shopping Centre you've seen a mall. . . Police were called to a day care Centre where a three-year-old was resisting a rest. . . Did you hear about the fellow whose whole left side was cut off? . . He's all right now. . . A bicycle can't stand alone, it's two tired. . . When a clock is hungry it goes back four seconds. . . The bloke who fell into an upholstery machine is now fully recovered. . . He had a photographic memory which was never developed. . . When she saw her first strands of grey hair she thought she'd dye. . . Acupuncture is a jab well done. That's the point of it. . . And the cream of the wretched crop: . . Those who get too big for their pants will be exposed in the end. Regards Alan
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    I just went to the members list started counting from those that start with numbers (650 for example), then counted the A's then the B's, needed the loo and when I came back to start counting, I had forgotten where I was up to, so started again, I am now on C's so will let you know when i finish the Z's.... Blast... while writing this I lost count again.... Give me time, I will get there eventually..
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    Folly! Deep Folly! It was not my intenticles to confusticate peoplodes!
  18. 1 point
    Oye you pair, i'll let you know I went to electrocution lessons so I can spoke properly, so there Canny speek english indeedy huh! Nae boather at awe see Iain.
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    "but we need a translator for those of us south of Ipswich" Alan you are sooo right, glad you were brave enough to stick your neck out and say it, I didn't have the guts Between you and me I think it's down to Timbo and the Scots type people on here Lol, they are lovely though don't ya think (when you can understand a word they say anyway) Grace
  20. 1 point
    The reason why I like this forum is...everyone seems to know what I'm talking about!
  21. 1 point
    Hi Tim, How did all of that pass the spell cherck??? LOL Brilliant Stanley Unwin eat yer hert ooot! Iain.
  22. 1 point
    Brrr! Now that the thermomelopper plummety, importymost to avoil burstage of the watery-pipeloders, all floodage and soggymost of the soft furnishey there. Folly folly. Pipely-laggage only takes fido minutes, usey specialised insulashy, or old and redundy clotheage. For examplode, Timbo has made effectymost use of unwanty knitwear giftage from prevy Chrimboles, and his domesty plumbage is an attracty mixtule of arran and fairisle. Deep joy. For safely motorage in adverl condishies, many peeploders keep windole-scrapey, defrozzly-spray and a shoveloder in the back. Oh folly. More effecty, and economole is to light a small fire under the drivey seat. This prevents freezy of the windoles, shivery-shakeloder of the drivist and passengey, and can provile a convenymost barbecule if strandy in a snow-drift. Oh yes. (Timbo suggests that there are elemers of riskloder to this suggesty).
  23. 1 point
    Notice my failed attempt above at uploading a photo, the WiFi died on me. Its a great value boat Robin. I chose it because its the only 2 berth Richardsons offer for 5 nights. I booked almost a year ago when there was a 10% discount so 5 nights for £176 - brilliant. The cabin is lovely and the whole boat has a spacious feeling, except the galley which is a postage stamp. The leather chairs have been replaced with some reasonable fabric ones. I had a great time this afternoon as the summer kept on. I mudweighted at Hoveton Little for the first time ever I think. I always seem to find something new to do. I had a look at Ranworth for the night but it was full. This is the busiest I've ever seen the Broads in October -I think its because of the sun we had in September. I finished up at Ludham Bridge. I helped a couple to moor, evidently out for the first time and struggling. 'I forgot how to park it' the helmslady said. I think the hire operators rush the trial runs sometimes.
  24. 1 point
    Yes really. When you are on your own as I am often, and the boat is being blown off the bank that makes life very difficult. It is different when you have two people and one is not able to actually get off the boat easily compared to doing it all on your own. You’ve no back up or second chances. The moment you untie any rope the boat will want to drift away, so it can be tricky. Imagine you have a stiff wind blowing off the bank - you undo the bow rope and right away it wants to drift off away from the bank so you need to keep pulling it back in against the wind while you deal with the stern. It may be that you have to ‘sea saw’ pull the bow in, deal with the stern, pull the bow in – deal with the stern – depending on the wind strength. Once both bow and stern are free you have to hold the boat on both ropes (that part is fine) but now you need to get on the boat and have your lines ‘set’ read for the next mooring. Flinging the ropes on the boat might help at the time to leave the mooring and at least be safely on the boat, but would not aid your next mooring if the ropes are not to hand to step off with. It is made harder still with Rhond Anchors having to pull them out of the ground, hold the boat put them on the boat and then get on with the ropes can be fun to say the least on exposed areas such as Womack Dyke. Whereas...Being blown on the bank is easy. You can un-tie the ropes, or take the Rhond Anchors out the ground and the boat just sits there still and pinned to the bank. Take your time to run the lines to the bow or the stern depending on boat ready for your next mooring and then you can get on the boat in no rush at all. Once on the boat it is a case of leaving the mooring backwards – wheel hard over pointing to bank – blast of forward throttle to kick the stern out a little, then astern – then another blast of forward and you should now be able to leave the mooring backwards to the centre of the river. You also should not have had the bow of the boat touch the bank during the manoeuvre as long as your short bursts forward were not long enough to actually make the boat move forward very much at all but just to kick the stern out. Of course the best of both worlds is to have a boat with bow thrusters – even so, it is quite possible if you use them to push the bow out to then have your stern scrap the bank or if you have a boat behind and in front of you risk striking the boat in front as you leave. I play safe because if you leave in reverse that just can’t happen. Below is what I did at Paddy’s Lane on a very windy day despite being sheltered there giving the boat in front of me a very clear berth and while also ensuring I did not bank into the boat to my stern. Bow thrusters in such circumstances are handy tools. http://youtu.be/gmaQiz1CxAw?t=47m38s
  25. 1 point
    A list of useful comments the crew can make to the helmsman. "Are you going to be taking her closer to the bank or shall I try to book a ferry?" "Just which bank ARE you trying to moor to?" "No, you have as many goes at it as you like, I understand the pub is opening on Christmas day this year." "Well, I've stepped ashore, I've managed to tie the stern, I'm just about to tie the bow. If we are to look like REAL experts, you might think of taking the boat out of gear!"
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