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  1. 9 points
    Friday could not come any quicker. The kids finished school at 3:30 and bundled into the car . We are on our way . Traffic was good and we arrived at potter heigham just in time for the chippy . Hours must have changed for winter . Well chips and a few beers . Time for bed . Well it's eight o'clock and charlie is shouting . One up all up. Weather not brilliant a nice cuppa and breakfast ,even with the weather would rather be here than any where else . Well we are at potter ,so a trip to lathhams . The wind and rain is not getting any better . Wife wants to stay in yard but I want to move . John from HW popped in to give us a price to have electric hook up . Really don't want to leave her over winter without it . Just in case the bilge pump runs the battery down . So took the advantage while he was aboard of picking his brains . He has a wealth of knowledge . Can't fault any of HW staff all friendly and helpful . Rain has stopped . Let's go and we were of battling the wind at one point think I was going backwards . Really wanted to get to salhouse but with the wind and rain and the possibility of it being the same tomorrow . Headed into ranworth. Three boats on the staithe and none on the island . We headed to the island moor up and managed to get the stickers on Russet Retreat . The wind had dropped and sun is out . We took over the island dog and kids running about can't beat this . Tea time and get ready for the fire works. The weather is mild sat up on top watching the free fireworks and few more beers . All good things come to end its bed time again it just goes to quick. Well eight o'clock and charlie shouting again who needs a alarm clock lol. Breakfast and a cuppa sun is shinning again . It was really hard to leave the mooring as it means one thing last trip and home time . Well it would be rude not have a cruise so headed for horning before returning to base . Nice to see a few boats out and people in around the cottages . Also plenty of waves from them going to miss it . Top up up diesel a pump out them more her up . Wife had to drag me to the car . On the plus side my daughter said ,I don't want to go home can me and you stay . I wish so sleep well russet we will be back soon.
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    bit uncomfortable! I prepared for all the wrong questions! all achievable with a fantastic team behind me and at the coal face. I think we won it as we had a 5 year plan and have stuck to it, we also work with some great partners in achieving what we do. cheers.
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    How lovely, New Year afloat must be even more magical than any other time, I would imagine. Don't know about pubs etc at that time of year but would advise lots of layers of clothing, all the heating you can muster, thermal underwear and definitely wear life Jackets when mooring up, I would imagine the pontoons/moorings could be icy and slippery Lots of lovely hot soup with fresh bread rolls and butter helps to warm you from the inside out, plus absolutely yummy. Torch and non slip footwear for when walking back to Orca from the pubs and I reckon you'll be sorted Grace p.s Lot's of photos of course
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    A boating theme might be rather nice one year!
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    This is a warning for anyone tempted to decorate the 'Winterval' ( what a stupid word but we can't use the other word yet) tree early
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    Thanks Gracie.. if it happens (Should know tomorrow as the surveyor is going to survey) then I'll defo do pictures and a tale Thanks Howard, I think your tales in the early spring are the thing that made me think about this! I'm probably best flicking back through your tales and taking a look! (Shame that London rascal is a bit of a softy and doesn't do winter trips either as it would be good to look up some of his videos! ) We do have full oil skins worst case lol and Orca's heatings hardly been run in so should be good.. I will dig out the fan heater though as mentioned but would be nice to know that we can rely on the pubs for grub and find somewhere for new years eve evening.. Must admit i am surprised the hire fleet slows down as I bet its a cool place in the winter.
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    Hi Alan Just spotted this, losing my touch. We've been out every December for a good few years now. I'll post a bit more later but basically the pubs are all open, it's often colder in April and water is available in quite few places. You don't need any Artic gear just an extra duvet and make sure your heating is up to scratch! It really isn't difficult and it's a great time to be out. Apart from a few liveaboards you pretty much have the moorings to yourself.
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    Hi Alan, I find that for the small space it uses, and for heating on a mooring with electric, it saves the noise of warm air heating disturbing others if it runs late at night or early mornings. I suspect you won't have many neighbours over New Year It is handy to shove away for occasional use, less space required than a panel or oil filled heater.
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    Ok, let's see how this works. Apologies if it doesn't all look clean. I've copied from the Printer Friendly version as the full version is broken down into multiple pages: Introduction - Navigating Through Great Yarmouth This is written for the Broads sailor. It contains much that will interest any Broads navigator, but it assumes a level of knowledge and experience and is not focussed on the motorboater. For an excellent guide from the motor perspective, with excellent diagrams and pictures I recommend the guide on the My Norfolk Broads Boating Important disclaimer. I am not an expert at passage through Yarmouth, although I have done it a dozen or more times, These notes are intended to summarise some of the things I have learned and found useful. I have found the instructions contained in Hamilton’s Navigations to be a very good guide, but there’s more that can be added. Moreover, the best approach to some aspects will vary with the weather (wind direction and speed). This is not a decisive document and it is up to the master of each vessel to determine his own best course of action. As a final introductory note, this is written in February 2006. If updated it will be noted here, but please be aware that phone numbers, VHF channels, Channel Markers and other aspects of the river environment can and do change. Explore the chapters below for more detail. Chapter 1 - Yarmouth Tides The tide at the confluence of the Bure and the Yare does strange things. The falling tide will continue to fall until low water Yarmouth Yacht Station (approx 1 hour after low water Yarmouth Bar). During the ebb, both the Bure and the Yare flow out towards the sea. At low water, the tide begins to flow up the Yare across Breydon Water, however it still continues to flow down the Bure. This is caused by a combination of two factors: * The vast expanse of Breydon acts as reservoir space, and water from the Bure can join the incoming tide and spill out into Breydon Water. * The incoming tide will run up the Bure at depth, whilst water near the surface is still flowing down river. The time at which water begins to flow up the Bure, at least near enough the surface to affect a sailing yacht, occurs about 1¼ hours after Low Water, and is known as Slack Water. Don’t forget that tide times are a prediction, and can change with weather, e.g. strong onshore winds. All tide times used here refer to Yarmouth Yacht Station. If using tide tables for Gorleston Bar or Lowestoft you will need to make the appropriate adjustments. Chapter 2 - Useful Resources It is unthinkable to consider a trip through Yarmouth without a tide table. On a Hunters yacht, there is one in the information pack. Other sources are listed in the links. Other useful but non essential things are: * A mobile phone, for contacting Breydon Bridge and the Yacht Station. * Marine VHF: an alternative form of contact. (I’ve never used it, but if you have a handheld it would be worth taking. You can also use it to contact the railway swing bridges). * GPS: Accurate speed and position information. * Hamilton’s Navigations: highly detailed charts which show hazards and emergency moorings. (Sadly now out of print). * A dinghy: If you have one in tow it can be useful (as will be seen). * Oars/paddles: for progress where it’s too deep to quant. Chapter 3 - General Whether travelling north to south, or south to north, planning and preparation is the key. The aim is to be in the right place at the right time, and prepared for what to do on arrival. In both directions, the last safe mooring is well before Yarmouth (Stracey Arms on the Bure and Berney Arms on the Yare). Below these points I always see that everybody wears a lifejacket. From now on the currents are fast, the water deep and the consequences of a mistake can easily be more serious. Don’t forget that having completed the passage through Yarmouth, you need to reach a safe mooring on the other side. If slack water is half an hour before sunset, that is probably not the day to choose unless you have navigation lights and are happy navigating in the dark.. Chapter 4 - North to South This chapter looks at the approach to passing through Great Yarmouth from North to South. See the sections below: 1 - Timing The time to arrive at Yarmouth is at slack water. There will be very little current. The ebb current is still flowing strongly at low water, adding considerable difficulties and dangers. I try to estimate my arrival time by judging my speed from the landmarks passed or the GPS. If I’m too early I sail back up the river again for a bit. It is probably better to be slightly late than too early. The flood is weak early on. I have managed, at the cost of some vigorous quanting and paddling, to go through an hour or more after slack water against the flood tide. Also the penalty for failure is simply that you have to turn round and go back. Arriving early can mean being carried down towards the road bridge and a panic to get moored up. 2 - Preparation Aim to have everything ready well in advance. Fenders deployed, jobs allocated, mooring lines ready, lifejackets on. Also have the mudweight ready to deploy, on deck and with a long line (30ft or more) secured at the other end. 3 - Communication If you have a mobile phone with you, a call to the Yacht Station is a good idea. You will be able to check that the tide is running as predicted and also the staff will be on the lookout to give you a hand. I usually call twice, once to check on the tides before going below Stracey Arms and again when I get to Marina Keys, to let them know I’m nearly there. When I get into Yarmouth I also ring Breydon Bridge to arrange for a lift. 4 - The Lower Bure Coming down the Bure you will be on a falling tide. The river is also relatively narrow. Stay well clear of the banks. If you go aground you are likely to stay there until the tide is on its way back up. In particular keep well clear of the areas marked by posts. 5 - Mooring up for Masting Unless you are happy dropping your mast under way, you will need to moor up for masting. There are masting moorings on the east bank immediately above the A47 road bridge. These leave little room for error, especially if you are early and the tide is still ebbing, so I usually moor up on the lower part of the yacht station. Rarely is it a true lee shore, as the high banks and buildings tend to funnel the wind so that it blows up and down the river. However, if coming down early with the wind behind you, mooring can be a tricky wind against tide decision. Better to kill time upstream and wait until slack water. You can then choose your approach to suit the wind alone. If you intend to stay at Yarmouth, then it is vital to moor using springs to allow a comfortable and safe lie at all states of the tide. 6 - Through the Bridges These days it is fairly easy to quant through the bridges. The river is now shallow enough for the quant to touch bottom. Some form of paddle is useful though as actually under the bridges there is not enough headroom to lift the quant for planting. (If you’re careful going under Vauxhall bridge, you can get it up between the girders). Keep to the marked channel through the bridges, and once under Vauxhall bridge, aim to moor up to one of the red Dolphins on the west side. It can be a bit shallow round the first, so I generally go on to the second. Be very careful to avoid damaging your boat on the barnacle encrusted uprights. Fend carefully as you come alongside and take great care with placing fenders. If you haven’t rung the bridge, or called them on VHF, now is your last chance. If you have they will be watching out for you. 7 - Breydon Bridge With the mast up you can set sail again. Be sure to leave the yellow marker to Starboard as you go round to head up to the lifting bridge. They will leave the lift to the last minute, but you will see the red lights go on, the siren will sound and the road traffic will stop. That is a clear indication that the bridge is about to lift. Very occasionally, especially in a strong wind, you may need to make a quick turn back to avoid arriving too soon. As you go through the bridge, you will often lose way as the bridge blankets the wind, but as the tide is now with you it should be easy to drift through. 7 - No Lift Very occasionally you will not be able to arrange a bridge lift. This is most likely when slack water coincides with the morning rush hour. Also if you are in a private craft and navigating at night you may be outside the manned hours (06:00-22:00 from mid April to mid October, 08:00-17:00 at other times). There are two options. The marker posts both above and below the bridge have “jug handle” moorings, so you can sail from the dolphins to one of the posts, drop the mast and paddle through to one the other side to hoist again, (forget the quant, it’s too deep), or you can opt to paddle all the way. I find the latter is more efficient. Once through, either raise the mast under way or moor to one of the "jug handle" moorings on the posts above the bridge. In a strong west wind though, you might be better leaving it for another day. Chapter 5 - South to North Travelling from the southern rivers via Breydon and in to the Bure. As before, see the sections below. 1 - Timing Plan your trip to arrive at Yarmouth at low water. Before the construction of Breydon Bridge it was easy to aim for slack water, but now if the wind is blocked by the bridge you may need the last bit of ebb tide to carry you through. You will have to wait to get up the Bure, but that’s better than not making it at all. 2 - Breydon Bridge Again, ring in plenty of time, probably before you get onto Breydon. You should have no difficulty getting through the bridge, (the last of the tide will help) and round into the Bure. 3 - No Lift I have no experience of going through from south to north without a lift, but the same principles as north to south should apply. Given the likelihood of a prevailing westerly wind, you are more likely to have a bit of help from the wind as you paddle through. If you want to moor up for masting then use the jug handles in the last marker posts. 4 - Mooring up for Masting Aim for one of the dolphins. The tide will be low so the upstream one may be clear of the water. It may also be shallow by the second. This doesn’t matter too much. If you go aground, simply use your dinghy to take a rope across to the dolphin.You will float off as the tide rises. If you do not have a dinghy then just use your quant to nudge you closer as the tide rises until you can moor up properly. Again, take great care with fenders. If you have ones that can be mounted horizontally with a rope at each end it will make the job easier. Take time over the fenders as you will be here for a little while. 5 - Up the Bure Because it is not yet slack water, you will need to wait before venturing up the Bure. You’ve got an hour or more, so make a brew and relax. You can’t go anywhere, so enjoy the surprise on others faces when they see you there. I always leave dropping the mast to the end, to make life more comfortable in the well. As slack water approaches, drop the mast and keep an eye on the current. Unfortunately it’s not a hard and fast guide as the surface water can continue to run off long after the water below surface is flowing up river. If in doubt, call the Yacht Station. They will be happy to advise you. Cast off and head through the bridges, it should be straightforward. Once through it’s probably easiest to use the masting moorings just above the road bridge, unless it’s a dead lee shore. In this case you may want to quant up a bit further round the bend to be better placed for hoisting sail. Chapter 6 - Contacts and Links Yarmouth Yacht Station Tel: 01493 842794 Breydon Bridge Tel: 01493 651275, VHF: Channel 12 Tide Tables from Shorebase If you are new to Yarmouth and want an idea of what to expect, there are a couple of videos on Lord Paul Sergent's site showing a passage through Yarmouth. They are from the perspective of a motor cruiser, but give a good idea of what to expect. The one going from north to south is here and from south to north here. Many thanks to Paul for letting me link to these.
  10. 2 points
    Congrats to Richardsons - not only winning the Business Development Award but also the Business of the Year in the EDP Business Awards on Thursday evening. Clive looked a little uncomfortable on stage and a rowdy bunch they were, but well deserved.
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    Hi Alan I wouldn't worry unduly about the fan heater, Orca's heating should be fine. We just run the heating a bit during the day (the winter sun is surprisingly warm) go to the pub during the evening. When we get back we just run the heating for half an hour. Then get under the duvet and you are as snug as a bug. No need to have heat on when you are asleep. Then in the morning put the kettle on, switch on the heating and by the time the kettle has boiled the boat starts to warm through. You do tend to find in winter, particularly in places like Horning and Loddon, is that the liveaboards tend to hog the electric posts anyway. I've been on numerous winter holidays in December and February and never plugged in once. Pubs are generally open as normal although the Locks has reduced hours and some pubs like the New inn at Horning have slightly altered hours. Pubs like the Swan at Horning and the Bridge Inn open as normal and are just as busy as the summer. Most pubs will do grub too although the Dog Inn, I know, doesn't do food in winter. The locals tend to come out of the woodwork in winter and we have chatted to many folk in winter who you probably wouldn't see in the summer. We have had water from: Ranworth, Horning Marina Services, Boulters, Faircraft Loynes, Moonfleet, Sutton Staithe boatyard, LBBY, Potter Pilots Office, Goodchilds among others. The water at Reedham is left on but they take away the hoses. If you have a short length of hose (Swancraft lent us one) you can still fill up there. Talking of Ranworth if it does get really cold, Malthouse Broad can freeze over quite quickly. As can the Ant above Barton Broad, Loddon and Salhouse Broad too. The main rivers are fine where there is more tidal flow. Just don't moor at Ranworth if freezing weather is forecast! The river levels can be a bit higher in December but not usually a problem, its just a bit more of a step down and possibly adjusting fenders. As other have said just take normal precautions on deck particularly if they are icey. The thing I would stress is that it not like going to another continent in winter! It's bit colder and days are shorter but otherwise its every bit as good as summer if not better. If I ever had my own boat I'd tie it up in July and august and use it throughout the winter. Enjoy, and please let us know how you get on!! PS take a torch for the Dukes Head as that path is a bit dark in winter (been there, got the T shirt) although I did do it in the dark once....
  13. 2 points
    Yes its too early.....STOP IT
  14. 2 points
    Lots of good advice in here. Servicing is essential if you want to be sure you can rely on your lifejacket. If you don't want to do it yourself there are people who will do it for you. I always have mine serviced professionally as I need the certificate. (Some of my sailing is professional and I also race under ISAF Offshore Special Regulations). I've found Seasafe to be very good and it's only a tenner plus any parts needed. They're on the Isle of Wight but have pickup points around the country, including ADB Services in Reedham. I have no connection with them other than being a satisfied customer.
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    If a priest stops me in the street asking for money, would that be a papal scam?
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    I have just bottled a batch of Christmas beer. Looking forward to it but, if it is any good, it will take great strength of character and determination for there to be any left by December 25th. We have the whole family with us for Christmas, which includes a "picky" 5 year old with a limited tolerance for unusual dishes, a son-in-law who can't eat fish and a daughter who is a vegetarian. Dreading it! Steve
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    Hey All, So hopefully Orca will be back afloat before Christmas, everything crossed. As we sadly missed the autumn we are looking at spending the festive season on her. (Yes sorry we can start using the C world now as bonfire night has gone! ) The plan was originally to go up for Christmas but I guess we will have to the Family run around (Folk's no I don't know what I want) and at least that will remove some thought about finding somewhere to eat on that day, So I guess the next idea will be new year (I hate being at home for new years eve anyway).. As long it's not so cold that the rivers are frozen it's a plan. We are probably going to be moored up north towards Stalham which I understand freezes anyway.. so it would need some thought. But we've never been out on the boat at this time so I've couple (Ok few) of questions which I wonder if any one can help answer: I guess the rivers will be quiet so BA moorings will be easy to come by? I note the water points may not be active.. I'm not too worried about water as I'm sure we will find some somewhere (Or beg the pubs!).. if not just use bottled water.. We have a webasto heater so I'm sure we will be warm (although will bring up a 240v radiator).. I guess the pubs will be open and food will be available but may be busy with locals so can't really be relied upon for meals? Will the breakdown services like Moonfleet and Boulters be about just in case (I need to decide which one to join.. Although Clive can I have a discount as we just kept moonfleet busy lol! (Worth a try))? For new years eve evening is there anyway up there (either accessible by boat or car) which is worth going to.. does anyone do fireworks etc? Do the broadland pubs do live music? (I tried googling but I guess it's too early still). Any hints tips recommendations etc as always highly welcomed!
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    Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)Cuts of 30% have been agreed, with the department expected to scale back the extent of its footprint whilst prioritising spending on flood and disease prevention. To achieve an average of 30% surely means cuts of up to 40% in some quarters, and the National Parks grants would be an easy option. Arguably us boaters are protected in that our tolls are ring fenced, to a degree. However, as grants drop you can almost guarantee that the pressure on our tolls will increase, and so will the demand for an increased toll. Quite clearly the time has come for a review of the Authority's duties and finances. All in my opinion, of course!
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    Good thinking Mark You could try our new members Wayford Bridge Hotel for a Hogmanay stop over Alan? Never heard of New Years Eve What ever you decide, I hope you are afloat and enjoying the festive spirit! Iain.
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    Alan good to hear Orca is on her way back to good health. The fan heater is a good idea. Handy while the Eby warms up and for a little boost. We also have the hot water bottles. I am sure if you can find a pub for new year and book in you will have a great time. No driving as well.
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    More life Jackets in last nights program. How does an hour long program seem to last only a few minutes. The canal and the broad waterways featured were almost like sections of Broads or the lochs in Scotland. We have not used electric operated locks but have operated a few road bridges, most in the UK operate using the BWB key. A great program to watch, we are looking forwards to next weeks episode. Regards Alan
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    Hi Alan, No problem. The only downside is it's static here. I do occasionally make changes to the website in the light of changes, new learning or spotting a relevant change. For example, when I first wrote it, it was based on the assumption of always mooring for masting and always crossing in daylight. Over time I have updated it to reflect these possibilities. I also updated it when the lower Bure was dredged. It's always worth a check on the website for the latest version.
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    To be honest ,I don't think many landlords would be able to stop a Douge de Bordeaux from entering there inn even if they wanted to
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    Good show Prizes all round (not that it was hard to spot!) Jenny's time concerns noted and sensible, but since I'm a customer rather that staff it wouldn't be a problem, subject to prior arrangement so we'd both be there at the same time... I'm still tied to earning a living Mon-Fri for the moment, but weekends after the weather turns should see the annual paint/varnish malarky in full swing, so let me know if you'd like a gander...
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    Thanks Alan. I guess the queitness of this thread indicates the broads really are a low key place for xmas!! Mark .Lol.. we still have out festoon lights up from last year... poor reindeers.. mwahahahah Do you think we still need a heater as well as the diesel heating?
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    Best tip, take a smallish fan heater, for rapid warming as well as a radiant heater, (keep the temp up) Hot Water bottles, Another warm body, We will be up day after boxing day until after New Year .
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    Hi Alan, The only nights I could see regarding An Evening with Bob are:- The Ferry Inn, Surlingham - Christmas Eve - 6.00pm - 9.00pmThe Rushcutters, Thorpe St Andrew - New Year's Eve - 9.00pm (you will need to book in advance.) Regards Alan
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    a couple of years ago we bought a sack of onions for pickling + vinager.... it'll be a few years before we need to any more.
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    The biggest give away to an eBay or PayPal email is they always address you by name not by dear customer valued customer etc etc and they never contain log in links. eBay and PayPal will still help people out with problems even though separate company's since July this year. Charlie
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    Just spotted this on Ship Nostalgia forum : BE AWARE IF RENEWING YOUR DRIVERS LICENCE ONLINE - When going online to the .GOV DVLA website you select the correct one. On Googling for the site quite a few .GOV sites come up. If, as I did you log on to the top one (seemingly) main site and fill your details in etc you will be asked for a 0.90p admin fee payable by debit card. Bearing in mind that all pages look like an official dvla site, it is only when you log off and check your e-mail you become aware of the fact you have signed up to a £29 per month service that has nothing to do with driving licences. The wording on the official renewal form is exactly the same as the scam site. The DVLA is seemingly aware of what is going on but no action has been taken. They have in fact been supplying outside companies with bulk postal licence renewal forms - the end product of your £29 per month agreement - they are free at the Post Office!!! The Bank (Barclays) tell me I can only have any deductions taken from my account questioned AFTER it has occurred. I gave the name of the company to stop anything leaving my account but they wont act until it happens.??? Cheers Ray
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    The only trouble with buying a bottle here and there - for Christmas - somehow they seem to get drunk well before Christmas. I now buy the week before. No good hiding either because there isnt a lot of hiding spots in a bungalow.
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    the reserve will be set at realistic price the 8 k boat will not be start bid at 100 pounds other wise its a waste of time and we will not get nay where the boats will start bid at where we see the start bid will be ... start bids will be set by owner in conjunction with wayford boat sales to be realistic bring yer money ,credit card ,wife ,friends mum and dad .....son and daughter and of cause yer pets too whellis and brolly might be needed..........or not expect a good day or two bring yer sense of humour as the auctioneer will swear and offend ohh dear ......!!!!!!! all small item will be sold in the main shed under the yard sale with price tickets .....simple you want it yer buy it .... some item will go in the auction to break it up a bit ....not too boring i hope large item boats engine etc auction ......if it don,t sell on saturday we will place it in on sunday ..... we still need boat and bits we accept large item now boats dinghies speed boats engine etc etc ..... on land or in water .......we welcome all ................. 01692 582555 07789095032 emial me direct wayfordmoorings@yahoo.co.uk bust week this week make way for boats will take a few weeks to sort this one out ....... classic woodies yachts to speed boat and broads cruisers and of clare a bargain or two ..... we did sell a few project yesterday so we welcome more ..............on it like car bonnet ...!!! regard s................jon are you coming .............???
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    A spot of Googling found this page: http://www.egyptian.net/~raymacke/TG/Bracket.html For me this is a realistic DIY project and this link gives some good pointers.
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    On the afternoon of the 3rd. August 1961 the motor - yacht " Rakes Retreat " which was owned by the television personality Hughie Green who was on board at the time, was seen to be having difficulties picking up a mooring buoy in Friar's Bay. The " Field Marshal and Mrs. Smuts " was therefore launched at 5.25 pm from the Penmon and Beaumaris lifeboat stations, Anglesey, and found that the yacht's engine had broken down. A line was passed across and the yacht was towed to safety.
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    So my father is still busy with Rakes Retreat. The chain locker has been opened up to reveal a solid lump of rusty chain. This had to be broken up with a sledge hammer and thrown out of the window. The forward cabin has then been cleaned and painted ready to be fitted out.
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    I have spent this weekend in Norfolk, sadly writing the funeral service for a dear old friend who lived in Norfolk. Remembrance Sunday always make me a bit maudlin, they only time I remember my Dad crying, silent tears, was during the Cenotaph service. He was a Royal Marine and served throughout the world, from the Pacific to the Far East. He earned an impressive array of medals but never spoke about his service career. A thoughtful weekend
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    I'll second that, nothing seems too much trouble. ( do I get a discount on my mooring now Clive). Doug.
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    ]Hi, there are many arguments for and against for keeping your boat perminantly ready for a day/weekend out in winter,the weekend just gone we decided we were going to get a weekend away on the boat,so a quick call to Que Vadis for weather updates during the week sealed the deal.We left for Norfolk after work friday ,and arrived a the mariner about 7 30pm,oh dear it,s frozen over!!,so a session of ice testing revealed it was very soft ice /slushy, because of the brakish water(st olaves).After warming the boat up, and doing some preparation work we settled down with drinks and telly....outside the temp dropped to minus 8!!! . Morning came so after several cups of tea ,it was time to test the ice again, strangely the ice was creaking and what sounded like screeming quiet loudly too,...the tide had just started to rise it was about 1/2 inch thick,sooooo started the old girl up and put her in foward gear,great large chucks of ice started to break because of the air pumping under the ice,so the decision was made to go for it!.When ready we let go the ropes and gingerly selected reverse...no proplems behind the boat so made the turn to go out of the mariner, the ice wasn,t broken here so it was slowly forward, creaking and craking our way through to the entrance to the new cut,, which had slusshy ice flows coming down it!! .Anyway by this time the sun was shinning and it was lovely and warm under the canvass(after mopping up all the water because it had frozen inside overnight) .We did a left and then a left ,to meet Que Vadis for the trip down to Braydon,ducking under st olaves bridge. The trip down to Braydon was great ice flowing down the river but very soft stuff,there was a heavy frost on the reeds and against a cyristal blue sky looked ....stunning.Braydon looked fantastic aswell with several hundred wading birds on the ice/mud at the edge of the channel.We proceeded up the Yare past reedham,the service from the bridge was very good with very imformative operator(for Que Vadis as is tall boat).further up we we decided we might visit Rockland broad and the New INN ,but there was tooo much ice.So it was back to to plan a . I was kicking myself i didn,t take the camara but Que had a go with his phone ,the river was like glass ,with lying snow and frost.... As you can see the light was fantastic for pictures, we arrived at our chosen mooring for the night ,Surlingham ferry and had a great night ,Yummy!! and lots of the amber necter,Sunday was overcast but brightened later. all in all a great boating weekend.
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