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  1. 6 points
    Thanks again for all the help and advice. Danny I've had someone, a very kind chocolate eating woodie , offer to show me the way to bond the batons to fibreglass using fibreglass. Now she is up and running again I've found some real enthusiasm to get her all up to scratch. Grace, jaws is a really bad influence on me, or should I say on Deb. He was the one that said the carpet was unhealthy and he wouldn't sleep on it. Guess what .......... Deb then refused to sleep on it until the lining was replace . Remember, if in doubt .......... Blame Mr JawsOrca Steve
  2. 6 points
    Really pleased for you, Steve and Deb......been ripping out carpets, eh? You've been around Jaws far too long Grace
  3. 6 points
    What has the age of a hire boat got to do with batteries? It would be wrong to put only new batteries on new boats. ALL batteries are tested using drop testers before fitting and all unsealed batteries are tested using Hydrometers when in the charging process. We keep a number of fully charged batteries on the shelf and charge flattened ones immediately. any of our batteries are also dated so we know when they were supplied and we would never put unmatched batteries on a boat. To do this is inviting trouble which creates an unwanted experience for our customers. I know that the first new Commodore from Richardson's (and I suspect all new builds from now on if the trial is successful, Clive can confirm I am sure) is using Li-ion batteries which are probably fitted for life, but to assume that a boat with shore power will keep its set for life is incorrect. If that boat comes in at 9am with flat batteries and is due out at 2pm, you would have to change the batteries for a fully charged set as a fitted charger would not be unlikely to properly recover them before customers arrive. Battery power is a common problem for us all. We hammer home to people the need to leave the fridge set low, turn things off when they aren't using them, run the engine if using the microwave and often for starting the heating. Run the engine for 4 hours a day, etc. I recall a few years ago that one chap just wanted to moor up somewhere and watch the sport on telly all week. We explained that he would HAVE to run the engine every day for the battery charging and hot water, but he ignored us and complained that "clearly the boat is incapable of doing its job and that there must be a fault; please find it and fix it." He would not accept that it was his expectations of the system that wrong not the system itself. The fault seemed to vanish at the end of his holiday.
  4. 5 points
    Good morning one and all Had a trip up to Lady Patricia yesterday. Engine is now in good running order and I spent the day ripping out all the carpet inside the cabin. Now Deb has to choose the required colour / colours of the new lining carpet and make new curtains. A quick question for some of you in the know. I want to fix some batons to the fibreglass while it is striped bare to enable fixing of curtain rails instead of having to use those net curtain wires as we have at present. Is there a contact adhesive on the market that will not react with fibreglass? these batons will then be covered by the carpet so will not be visible. Steve
  5. 5 points
    Sorry for the late reply, I've been boating I was referring to running of engines late into the night, but nuisance noise at anytime can be reported and that doesn't mean just engines. I believe there's an old byelaw that states should a person be found cooking bacon with the windows open, then that person must share said bacon with passing Rangers.
  6. 4 points
    Spent last week onboard Thunder. Never did plan to go far and that turned out to be the case! A few photos from our week> Saturday night was Brammerton with an Easter Egg hunt Sunday morning:
  7. 3 points
    Just leaving the boat this afternoon and this flew over and landed in the trees. Not the best picture as I only had the phone on me. I have seen green parakeets before but I think this one is definitely lost!
  8. 3 points
    "We would have got away with it but for these meddling kids!" "Zoinks!" In true Scooby Doo fashion British Kids foil the escape of suspected burglars fleeing across a field in Surrey. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-35948478 Proof positive that not all kids are thick! Scooby snacks all round I think?
  9. 3 points
    Just thought I would share my experience after just getting back from a weeks cruising the Broads aboard Brinks Rhapsody 2 this Easter (2016). Collected the boat from Brinks on Saturday afternoon. I would just like to say how pleased with the boat I was. It was perfectly clean and turned out, a credit to the team at Brinks. I turned up a little early and was able to see first hand the amount of work they have on a Saturday trying to turn around so many boats in such a short time. I am going to write a short blog elsewhere on the Holiday but for now would just like to comment on the overall experience and differences between Rhapsody 1 & 2. Control system- This is quite different from the system seen in Robin’s video. The speed is now motor related and not GPS as on R1. So this means you’re back to an estimated speed rather than actual. I had an app called SpeedTracker on my Iphone (a free app that does give you a speed to an accuracy of 0.1 miles an hour, which is very useful at the low speeds involved). In clam winds and low river flow rates the speed reported back by R2 was extremely accurate. But On the lower control you now have a choice of running Electric, Hybrid or constant generated power. I ran most of There is an over complicated way of transferring control from lower-upper deck that on the face of it seemed easy but still took a day or so to perfect. I would suggest that anyone hiring the boat should practice this moored up rather than on the move as we did. This involves making sure both controllers are in neutral and then pressing a control button on the control required. The thing that throw us at first is that the upper controller has a foreign language and was obviously designed for a dual engine set up and there are 2 stops that act as neutral and only one of these allow control to be transferred. Fuel usage £124- Overall I was happy with the amount of fuel we used for the week, but I know if the weather on the first couple of days had been better this would have improved considerably. Also used the heating quite a bit which I understand also uses diesel. We had planned to stay at Great Yarmouth on the Sunday night and leave for the Southern Broads early Monday morning as tides dictated, but after arriving at Great Yarmouth YS at about 3:30pm on Sunday the guy in the office said that due to the expected storm they doubted whether they would be allowing anyone over Monday morning so advised me to set off across there and then. Big mistake! As we set off the wind and rain came. So heading over breydon water we were struggling against quite a fierce wind. So I had the throttle at full which was drawing 125 Amps showing 7ish MPH but in fact we were barley doing 3. So to cut a long story short that one journey used about a quarter of a tank of fuel. In electric mode if you run at over say 50 amps the diesel will cut in when the drive battery falls to roughly 70% however if you are happy to cruise at no more than 4mph the motor only draws 25 amps and on one day a managed well over 2 hours of cruising on electric only. Not sure on the total mileage for the week but we went as far as Beccles and Oulton Broad on the Northern Broads and pretty much covered the main routes on the Southern. We didn’t use any shore power and as Robin has said the generator never needed to cut in when moored up even when using oven, kettle etc. I think this is the main reason for hiring this boat along with the pleasure of near silent cruising (most of the time) TV- Only real gripe on the boat. R2 has the standard TV Ariel which for one thing really spoils the overall look of the boat and also a pain in the **** to get a reliable picture. Found ourselves looking with jealously at the futuristic looking 360 domes on the front of many other boats. Haven’t got a clue as to weather they result in a more reliable picture. `Have also booked Rhapsody 3 for a week in July so will report back any further differences if any. Nige
  10. 2 points
    Well no video Alan, but a few pictures. I can also confirm there was not a swear word during the whole process. After a while transporting all the tools to the boat I decided to start with a bit of the hot air gun to see if that would work. It didn't as couldn't get any leverage. So the dremel came out and I made 2 cuts. Using an old paint scraper I could use it as a lever on the cut and a small amount of movement. A bit more heat gun and all of a sudden one half cane loose. Another few minutes of heat and levering and heh presto. 2nd half off. You can see the gunk that was left. Very rubbery and soon scraped off. The other plate looked good so I spent some time cleaning it up. Only to discover after 30 mins that it too had a hair line fracture. So the same routine as before was tried. It worked but was a lot harder as the socket had not fully fractured. 2 plates removed and floor cleaned ready for refitting Here is the (not quite finished) product with new base plates and legs in place. Finished it off today with a little sealant around the socket and screw holes before screwing down. Once she is set will make sure it's solid and then I can fit the stainless cover plates. Just got to wait for the new table to arrive now. Thanks for all your tips and advice.
  11. 2 points
    Steve! all the batons in my boat are glued using Tec7 sealant, I miss placed one baton and a day later when I tried to remove it, it actually tore the GRP, I swear by the stuff, it even sets under water, you and Debs saw my ceiling in Kali II all 1/4 ply and still solid,, so depending how wide your batons are a couple of good beads would do the trick,, Frank,,,
  12. 2 points
    On route back to Brooms we stopped at Reedham and were passed by Moonlight Shadow
  13. 2 points
    Then we stopped by to the seals at Horsey which was well worth the effort!
  14. 2 points
    Monday night was spent at Brooms and Tuesday we went over to Wroxham to visit the little steam train
  15. 2 points
    SOB appears to be out of the Water at Easter Weekend.....
  16. 2 points
    Guilty as charged or should that be carpeted? Iain
  17. 2 points
    Thanks for all the replies you wonderful lot. Ive never done anything with fibreglass or resins. Think an hour or so on you tube is required Steve
  18. 2 points
    Tena might be the answer! http://www.incontinencechoice.co.uk/tena-men-incontinence.html?gclid=CjwKEAjw_oK4BRDym-SDq-aczicSJAC7UVRtpr3zo59tirOqg5IS8ckDW_7PR5VkcB7OuvFK-n3fFxoCaDDw_wcB
  19. 2 points
    Saw this on the news, they did very well and the police made the arrests - Well done to the young uns Griff
  20. 1 point
    I have a page on my website featuring what music or other events are taking place on the Norfolk Broads over Easter and April if anyone is interested. The link is: https://www.norfolkbroadsboathire.biz/Norfolk_Broads_live_music_guide.asp I contact the bar owners one per month to ascertain a list of "gigs" so it will be updated at the start of each month and should always show what is on for the following two months. It also details weekly events such as quizzes, bingo, karaoke etc. I will message again each month when the page has been updated. If any bar owner or entertainer/band etc wants to be listed please just P.M. me. Its all free. Regards David
  21. 1 point
    Hello and welcome.. hopefully not my own section As we now own a Broom (as in a boat not a cleaning device.. ) I'm reaching out to other Broom owners (hopefully someone out there can help us understand this maze of cables ) Please share away if you own a Broom.
  22. 1 point
    Hiya When you moor at Acle, definitely book a table at the Bridge Inn, one of the best pubs on the Broads in my opinion. Not sure of the locations but try wild mooring or mud weighting if you want a bit of isolation, be careful of under water obstructions when mooring to trees and wild banks though. I'm sure someone with a much better sense of direction will come along and advise you about locations I have been on a hen party boat a couple of years ago, providing you are respectful of other river users you won't have any problems, you will meet some lovely boaty types who will be more than willing to lend a hand with mooring and tying ropes etc. Please be warned though, you could very well be in danger of having the time of your life and hire boats for the rest of it lol A very warm welcome aboard the forum Grace
  23. 1 point
    My ears were getting warm?! Looking good Steve. So pleased it's all moving forward .. We have used normal grab adhesive. Although I'm not sure it would stay up (depends how clean the fibreglass is).. Glassing is the best thing to do although it's gonna be messy and a right pain (get debs to do it).. but it will work then. The ribs you mention there should do the job... just remember to use smaller screws (but all it needs to do it bite).. Please though use 6mm wbp boarding though.. anything else will sag and you will hate it. (Plus make sure you got enough timber to screw in.. I always bully dave by saying.. "Make a square" (i.e every edge needs a bit of timber to go into). Bit annoying we can't be around but this had to happen (It's not a bad time I guess).. Will defo be up there soon.. (Just message me if you need me)..
  24. 1 point
    I am pleased thats things seem to be moving in the right direction ,most people would have kicked the cat and the boat and cashed in there chips,you both have stuck with it.Good luck to you and Deb,enjoy the boat and the river this year. PS Cant help with the DIY,however any tips on cooking and food I can help. Best wishes Ian
  25. 1 point
    On route back to Brooms when we saw a seal! Just by the Beuchamp Arms. Despite the storm it was a great week and it made a real change using the car to go out. In the end we only used £24 of diesel and cruised for about 13 hours.
  26. 1 point
    Friday morning came along with a hard frost which was soon melted by the sunshine.
  27. 1 point
    Wednesday night we were still at Brooms but Thursday came with sunshine so we took a run down to the WRC for a swim and a meal.
  28. 1 point
    Having survived Storm Katie sunday night at Brammerton we dashed back to Brooms and went to the sealife centre in Yarmouth.
  29. 1 point
    Boat works does lots of videos. give this a try.
  30. 1 point
    Hi again, didn't look to see what Brinks charge per litre. But like I said I'm sure if you don't get heavy handed with the throttle you would get through a lot less fuel. Also I did use the heating a fair bit and I'm sure during the summer not using the heating would decrease use of fuel even more. After getting across Brendon water the following day we did cruise all the way to Beccles, also very much into a very strong head wind. I can honestly say the more I think about it I was surprised we didn't use more fuel. Brinks do take a £200 fuel deposit on this boat so was quite happy to get so much back. nige
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  32. 1 point
    And just what do they do with the caravans after they've glued them all together?
  33. 1 point
    Good to read that Lady P is back working again, Steve. Iain
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  35. 1 point
    OK I know what I said wrong The Arial is not in my underpants , but now I have lined up the crown jewels with the moon I am connected
  36. 1 point
    I've drunk sufficient for me to stream Broads Authority policy on becoming a National Park through the broadband in my underpants...but not drunk enough to reach the point that the policy makes any sense!
  37. 1 point
    Snorker Sandwiches ??? You've been watching "The Cruel Sea" again Iain
  38. 1 point
    I wouldn't say that I wasn't a fan, I was, to a degree. Simple, enjoyable, sometimes obvious humour, but rarely amazingly clever. A likable man, easy to warm to, always worth a smile and sometimes a laugh. Just not in the same league as John Cleese, for example. I liked Corbett as a person, it would be hard not to.
  39. 1 point
    Yep, based in Warwickshire - they certainly like whacky names eg Gravedigger Ale, Vicars Ruin and Stout Coffin. I will look out for them with interest Dave - I like your fridge - a most eclectic mix I'm afraid I'm not very up to speed on the continental beers but the Blue Monkey and Humpty Dumpty caught my eye, magic stuff. I think Blue Monkey not a million miles from your Manor? Superb stuff
  40. 1 point
    Gracie has really educated me today, for the first time she has explained what WiFi really stands for. All these years I have been wrong. Womens's Internet For Idiots. i'll get my coat and passport lol....
  41. 1 point
    I also have an aerial in my pants - but it's SHORT WAVE only. lol
  42. 1 point
    Oooo, Pops, you are naughty, what was the name of that website again? Dave, you know the saying, "How do you know something smart is about to come out of a man's mouth as he begins to say something?" he starts the sentence with "A woman told me" Grace
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