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  1. 11 points
    Coltishall Green this morning
  2. 9 points
    Here area few from our recent trip to Beccles and beyond.
  3. 6 points
    looks to be about 4.2 mph to me.
  4. 5 points
    I think a row of cod's eyes down the middle would do the trick.
  5. 5 points
    Now then, where was I? Oh yes, missed a photo of 'B.A' exiting New Mills pond, first time I have actually been able to get her right into the pond. I was brave enough to make sure out of the three craft I was the last one to enter! And here's a good-un of one of the NBN's most senior skippers. Now you have to ask yersen was this taken:- Before a hard days skippering, After a hard days skippering or even during a hard days skippering ? Griff
  6. 4 points
    I have now been asked so many times if I remember where I was when Diana died that I'm beginning to think I'm a suspect !
  7. 4 points
    Nice Knob!!! Throttle looks to be set well above 4mph though
  8. 4 points
    I took the opportunity to talk to someone who has lived, breathed and worked that area for some considerable time. Gordon at Martham. His reply to my question of dredging was straight forward, clear, precise and yet encompassed an appreciation of the water meadows as well as the navigation. 'It needs dredging from Yarmouth to Hickling, some places build the bank others take it away. Water flows, meadows drain and flood, get under the bridge.' I agree with him, to a point professionally. As stated by someone else Hicklings problem is that there are too many conflicting interests, no compromise and no leadership.
  9. 4 points
    For heavens sake, this is just going over the top. When going on the Ant I just increase the engine speed to a fast tick over, just when the engine makes a nice steady hum, l look at the banks and think "is this the speed I would walk when I was much fitter than I am now". A quick look over the stern to see if there is not a breaking wash, job done. I have put a mark on my throttle, yes I have separate throttle and gear levers, and basically the old tub goes at that speed all over the Broads which is about four miles an hour whatever the upper speed limit is. This is a nice speed, very economical on the old go juice and does not drag the banks in. Common sense rules............ok?
  10. 3 points
    I saw the title of this thread and thought "Oh no, not here as well" and very nearly didn't bother to read it. now I'm glad I did as it echoes my views . I wonder if Mother Teresa's 20th anniversary will receive as much attention, somehow I doubt it.
  11. 3 points
    You want to try being moored up on a shallow canal in a small grp cruiser, when a 60' 25 tonnes steel narrow boat goes past you drawing 2' of water at 4mph within a foot of your hull. That's a lot of canal water that has to be pushed aside between the steel boat and you, often lifting our boat a foot out of the water. Problem is...as it goes past, your boat drops just as much, sometimes bottoming out on whatever is under the water. We used the boat hook to test the depth of water under the hull, if we had less than a foot we moved on. Very often the case on the narrow canals. In restricted areas, where mooring was at a premium, we in effect.... keel hauled a couple of fenders under the hull, so they cushioned us from the horrible concrete. Note... No blue fenders were hurt during this operation. You can never have too many fenders, we always keep a couple to hand with 2 metres of line to place as required. Richard
  12. 3 points
    I should have said the above was the result of a silly o'clock start from just up river of Reedham Ferry on the Cockatrice B&B moorings. They very kindly allowed us to moor the night here on our way back north.
  13. 3 points
    I did think at first that he was running the engine at a mooring, tut tut ...but on close inspection of the control knob, it doesn't look like his knob has been pulled out (to engage neutral that is). I can't believe I am writing this.lol If someone has two engines, or the old fashioned twin control, one for gears, one for throttle, as in life it is often common for one to be slightly larger than the other. Richard
  14. 3 points
    The supply and sale of Morse / Teleflex Oak control knobs is now in operation. The NBN Shop has them in stock ready to order at £30:90 Ludham Bridge Boatyard have them in stock and are selling them for around £35 ea I can supply them direct (Not posting them) at £25 ea In each case the funds raised per item for the NBN is the same Please feel free to bring these items to the attention of any other boaty forums that you might frequent as we are trying to fund raise for the NBN. Thanks, Griff
  15. 3 points
    Whatever speed your satnav tells you that you are doing, the ranger will be looking at your wash; are you likely to be damaging the riverbanks, are you going past busy moorings causing vessels to rock about and possibly risking harm to people aboard or stepping on and off? The ranger will also be concerned about the presence of other vessels, and especially canoes and other vulnerable river users. Are you exercising 'care and caution' and consideration for other river users, irrespective of whether you are technically within the speed limit? The ranger has the power to issue a 'special direction' to any vessel in the interests of safety, including telling you to slow down whatever your satnav says. Failure to heed the 'special direction' could, if the ranger chooses to prosecute you, result in a hefty fine. Fortunately, by and large, the Rangers seek to educate and persuade and only prosecute as a last resort. They are primarily there to keep you and others safe, and I for one would always defer to their advice and expertise. Fundamentally they're a good bunch with ours and others welfare at heart.
  16. 2 points
    Am the only one who is fed up to the back teeth with the present obsession with the Late Princess of Wales? Is never a big fan and found the papers' preoccupation with the minutiae of her life tiresome in he extreme. However my reaction to her death at the time was "sad, but at least maybe we will be able to open a newspaper without it being full of her activities in which didn't have the slightest interest. I think it is grossly unfair that in the wake of the present wallowing in the anniversary of her demise that Prince Charles has suffered downturn in his popularity. Carole
  17. 2 points
    This week is Kedgeree what more can I say but there is a little something extra for your enjoyment ...
  18. 2 points
    SSSIs can be of many different types, and each citation comes with its own set of constraints. It might be a historic landscape being left to degrade naturally - if a wall falls down it may not be rebuilt, or a disease must be allowed to take its course. Alternatively it might be land under productive cultivation; if it has traditionally been ploughed north to south it may not be ploughed east to west. The question is whether the site is being restored, preserved or improved. Interesting to speculate where the Broads fit in. Return to (dry) peat diggings, preserve the status as at what date, or improve to what condition and for who's benefit. None of these outcomes is "natural" insofar as they will require human intervention.
  19. 2 points
    My Sat Nav keeps telling me to turn left or right (she gets in a right paddy) because I choose to stay on the river. Regards Alan
  20. 2 points
    Chris! Not a Patrick OBrian reader???
  21. 2 points
    and steel wool- nasty stuff is that - one spark and its embers - how do I know, sharpening a chisel on the grinder when a lump of steel wool off to one side is suddenly glowing all over.
  22. 2 points
    Rag disposed of, I set fire to it!
  23. 2 points
    21.00 hours. Royal Navy time and the RN had provided the basis of some of our finest traditions that our great country follows. 9pm is what you get on a digital watch, 21.00 - ships chronometer - GMT invented in Greenwich for the RN and followed by the rest of the world. Rule Britannia
  24. 2 points
    "You have me all wrong.........Honest!!!!!!"..............Oh I so hope not Grace
  25. 2 points
    Ummmmm, I've heard about Danish oil . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. and you a policeman, tut tut! Gracie, down girl!
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