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  1. 7 points
    Forgive me for being impertinent however there is an assumption in the original premise of the statement about private moorings and private boats which is simply not the case. There are no hirers who pay as much into the local economy as someone who rents a mooring, services and upgrades their boat reasonably regularly, and then occasionally spends eye watering sums for restoration or repair, or in fact to buy a boat in the first place. That money goes somehwere! After all it doesn't evaporate. All this private spending is very likely, mostly (an assumption pls use discretion) money which is brought in from outside the local area and then spent in the local environment/economy providing jobs and income for many people. In my particular case foreign money from a completely different country and I am not alone either, there are quite a few non uk resident owners.. There used to be many more hire boats and so many more people employed in the hiring industry with many more boat yard moorings but that era has gone, it's dead and buried. It died because folks lost money and some didn't close up shop early enough and lost their everything as well. We should accept that hire yards are service providers, the service they provide is the ability to visit the lovely Broads, cruise up and down and get hooked as we all did once, without having to own their own boat. Their entire infrastructure as it's being refered to is entirely in their interests and collectively theirs alone. They are not altruistic 19th century entrepreneurs like Cadbury or Salt, ask Richos or one of the other survivors, they don't waste money. The bean counters who now heavily influence much of UK business (sorry if you're an accountant) are hard headed business men and women who do not spend penny one unless it makes sound business sense. They are risk averse, bottom line focussed and absolutely do not build infrastructure for the benefit of anyone except their business. Those that did are long gone and no longer a business. Richardsons do not invest 250,000 plus on an RC45 unless the Return On Investment makes sense to the bank man who provides the investment opportunity to the business. I think a few have forgotten what the broads used to be like in the late 60's and through to the 1970's. It may indeed have been a golden era of hiring with 3000 / 5000 plus boats of many shapes and sizes however. Few Herons such that a sighting was a rare thing, few kingfishers, filthy stinking water and straight through toilets. A pootle up the Ant behind a 15 to 20 strong train of boats was not unusual. I viscerally remember cruising to almost darkness trying to find somewhere to stop and that's how my fondness for mudweighting originated. I don't recognise this longed for past as any sort of golden era. We, today have issues but nothing like the huge environmental considerations of only a few decades ago. We have fantastic boats available for hire with amazing facilities from four or five very innovative suppliers (yes gosh times change go figure that). We have the improved facilities in Salhouse and I remember the outcry at the cost of mooring increase. I am a half full kind of guy and fail to see the relevance of the number, location or use level of private boats being an issue for anyone other than the providers of their mooring and the owners themselves. Speaking personally we intend to visit in July for two weeks and August for only one week as August is busy with UK families and we can visit when they can't in July and so we do. We have already spent a lovely Easter break floating as well. So I'm afraid I simply don't see the issue some obviously have with private boats. I hired for 35 years and could only afford a boat once a year or in one year twice, and always used Martham boats before I bought our old lady. In the last eight years we as a family have spent at least three, sometimes four weeks afloat every single year, and once, whilst between opportunities...... A continuous 79 days (was bliss) floating. Our contribution to the local economy which seems to be a bone of contention for some, is likely greater in the last 8 years than in the 35 before that and I don't regret anything. More tea anyone??
  2. 5 points
    We have done a forum Update this morning to keep us on the latest version, please let us know if there is any strange behaviour (no not from the members). Thanks
  3. 5 points
    Thanks Guys I'm not totally bonkers as the lady from Coventry is leased, and the new Lexus is also leased. Having said that did I mention we need new cabin tops and electrics for the top of Malanka at the end of the season. No sun kissed beaches in the Maldives this spring. I daren't tot up using invoices, spreadsheets or anything else. We have a simple criterion, if we can currently afford it we do it. Our family motto through premature deaths and near death experiences is simple. LIFE IS TOO SHORT Live it to the fullest. M
  4. 3 points
    Spotted just now in a very summery Bristol.
  5. 2 points
    having had a meaningful discussion with the tea lady (polly) not only bacon butties , also ham and cheese butties to feed the workers
  6. 2 points
    Yes yes a beauty contest to decide the amount of the toll, and an owners beauty contest to determine if you can actually drive said tolled boat... Excellent, oh wait, hold on a minute..... err on second thoughts perhaps not... He he for the benefit of those with no SOH, that's satire. M
  7. 2 points
    Two sugars, please, Martin. Very well said. I've spent more money in the Broads in the last 20 years of ownership, than my whole family did in 40 years of hiring. If I added it all up, I'd realise what a fool I've been in buying a boat. But that's madness for you.
  8. 2 points
    Our old solar panel had a little blue blinking light when it was charging. Upon arriving at the boat one evening (dark) the wife said "the solar panel is broken", I ask why, and she said the little light is not blinking, I replired its dark, and her reply "yes I know but the solar panel isnt working....."
  9. 1 point
    As a lot of people on here know Timbo has been restoring Royal Tudor, you may also know he has not been very well this year and Royal Tudor has taken a back seat. Over a drink a week or so ago some of us came up with a plan to get RT restoration going again. I cannot do it own my own so We have decided a work party weekend probably sometime in May but date to be confirmed to get things started. What I’m after is willing volunteers who can spare some time from a couple of hours to the whole weekend who can either do sanding, painting and of course woodwork. I am happy to provide tea and coffee and a bacon sandwich to those that attend I can also offer Nipper as somewhere to stay if you need accommodation overnight. If your happy to help out please either PM me or reply below. I am doing this with Timbo’s blessing. Doug.
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    Ok good people the vlogs will now be every two weeks as i am to busy to do one a week . This week i show you how to make Scotch Broth Soup .
  11. 1 point
    That proves it! I'm a Capricorn. .
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    or there may be a spring assist for closing
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    Ours opens easily under its own weight and, if anything, has to be restrained from rolling back too quickly. Look carefully at the little wheels that carry the sliding roof down the metal track on either side of the cockpit. You may find that one or more of them have become "derailed" over time. If that is the case, they can usually be re-seated without too much difficulty.
  14. 1 point
    Last post should say 'Paint job' I can't change it now!!
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    if only it was that easy if only They have these, they are more trouble than they are worth. that picture is from block working track, as no bonds for electic signaling on either rail.
  18. 1 point
    Nah, sounds to me more like the oak is getting old. I think it would be best to save it from altzheimers immediately and have it planked and shipped up to Norfolk where some trusted enthusiasts will ensure it is given a far more exciting new home.
  19. 1 point
    It’s not just bridges that suffer since the introduction of continuous welded rail, it’s not uncommon to have speed restrictions imposed on normal stretches due the the rail not being able to expand. Its the passengers fault for complaining about the click clack of the old rails.
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    And if we have too many people other wooden boats are available
  22. 1 point
    Well tell the railway (Network rail) to change all rails for a few miles either side of the bridges back from LWR to 60ft lengths problem solved. But the cost would far out weigh any fines that could be imposed . Would you really like to go back to the 1950's?
  23. 1 point
    But it smells better when burnt. Great smell of the 50's and 60's. Takes me back whenever I smell it
  24. 1 point
    I would not mind if this was a 'one off' unusual case, but it has just slowly become the norm. I could also accept it if Network Rail were caught out by this seasonally unusual warmth, in so far as they had a schedule to put the summer rails on the bridges from mid May let us say. Alas, no. They don't want to put the summer rails on because that is a lot of effort and clearly cost. They don't want to 'hose down' the hot rails because the run off from the track would take grease and so on into the river systems (yet I ponder what happens when it rains). In many locations over the country rails have been painted white to help with issues at Points where excessive heat has caused seizures to the mechanism's. So have Network Rail attempted as a 'stop gap' to paint the rails over the bridges white to help? Not a bit of it. The fear is the bridge will get stuck in the open position and thus cause issues for the railway means whenever there is risk of such, an email is sent to the Broads Authority to explain the bridges are not operational. The Broads Authority then issue an urgent boating update and we all roll our eyes. And so it goes on. Where are the Broads Authority putting pressure on Network Rail to put a stop to this? I can only assume they might raise it in some cross party meeting as a side note to which Network Rail will explain how hard and expensive such is to rectify but they are looking into a long term solution but in the mean time will simply pass on to the Broads Authority when the bridges are not operational. [Stops at this point to research] This is a bit tongue in cheek, but shows what seems to be going on behind the scenes. [Comes back from researching] And the news is not good. In fact I kid you not it is the same as I suspected! John Packman has stated to the EDP the following in February this year: Well that is nice to hear that they are fully aware of how old the bridges are, that they need regular works to keep them operating but despite this are old and coming to the 'end of their useful life' which makes one wonder what happens when the end is reached. He has also stated the obvious: Well no, who would have guessed? The fact however this is only a considerable problem to private owners of large craft unable to passage under tells me all I need to know. I have a solution, more large, tall boats on the Broads are needed it will rack in extra Toll revenue and make such the majority rather than the minority of boat traffic and thus have a greater importance for Network Rail and the Broads Authority to listen to. I will begin the process by increasing the 'Rascal Fleet' to include a lot more tall and large boats. He has gone on to say: He said Network Rail had carried out a successful opening of Trowse Bridge in early January which is handy because I guess they need to make sure it can at least open to let the Sea Cadets boat out once that is sold. However in so doing they seem to have caused more issues...: Priority one label please - duly stuck onto file and put away in back of drawer - worry about it in 2019, may have new management team in by them and problem will be theirs. Mr Packman has also said: So having undertaking a report on how best to deal with the issues at Somerleyton and Reedham, and despite such being concluded in 2014 (having had 4 more years since) they have now got a good knowledge of when the bridges will suffer problems [e.g. when BBC Look East Weather forecasts hot days ahead] and that is important because armed with this information and and knowing a rough idea of when it may reach its peak (low and behold mid-afternoon when the sun is at its most intense) then they can issue a warning. He concludes saying: Well there you go - so Network Rail took lots of time, worked out strategies and reports and concluded that on a hot day in the afternoon it is likely that the rails and bridges since are made of Steel with expand and issues will be encountered with their being able to open and close. Having shared such groundbreaking research with the Broads Authority, they had a committee meeting and it was voted upon that they suggest to Network Rail when such conditions are expected to cause issues to the operation of the bridges, could they pass on this information to the Broads Authority? And that is where we are today... The bridges will open for boats at times (before midday and after when less hot likely) and in between we are told via the Broads Authority when the bridges are not operational. Don't expect to plan trips to sea mind you if it is summertime - there is a good chance your be stuck the wrong side of the salty stuff.
  25. 1 point
    In the US they call merging lanes the zipper merge, in Germany most autobahn "on" ramps have such a system, they also always have crossing at the off which doesnt happen on UK motorways. By crossing I mean on and off the road via the same set of two lanes which means cars on, and cars off, have to cross each others paths. Bearing in mind you could be merging with a de-restricted autobahn where the car coming down the road could be doing 140 mph or even more. You're supposed to not pass merging lanes in the right lane at such speed but some do. I used to use the A81 near Bonn every day for years and every day spent at least 70 or 80 km of the 91 km journey well above 160 kph. Was quite fun passing the fuzz as they stuck to the recommended 130kph. I have spent many hours cruising through Germany very safely at well over 160 kph (100mph). It's not until you stop you realise how hard you were concentrating (I hope), looking ahead and not driving off the front edge of the bonnet is an essential skill I unfortunately don't see that much of especially on the A12 in Essex. Serious question, do they have rear view mirrors in cars on the A12? OK off for another lie down now.... Cow smell has gone as I can't smell it anymore, or I have turned into a cow.
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    We try to stop there for chips on the way home, but the queues can be exceedingly long. Says something about how good it is!
  29. 1 point
    The Ram in Brundall do pizza delivery, and very good they are. paul
  30. 1 point
    Not a fan of fast food,pubs we go when we can New Inn Horning,both white horses,ferry house Surlingham,waters edge. Just to mention a few.I hear some do fast food as well.
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    These things used to be called jam-jar filters because the were made from actual jam jars. These were banned because of the risk of shattering in the heat of a fire, but they were allowed if they had a special jar, made from Pyrex. Not sure if this is still the rule but it certainly was. You can buy clear decanting filters which will pass the standard. Best to ask the examiner.
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    the chip shop just off the bridge at Wroxham.
  34. 1 point
    yes, a couple of thousand pounds to fly to Austraia to get them...
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    I would also give a massive thumbs up for the Bridge, to me the benchmark of how a good pub should be run The Potter burger van is excellent for a 'stand up' style pit stop. We use it a lot in winter ie out of season and it's noticeable how popular it is with the locals.,
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    Peter, Can you make sure it is properly dredged and shore power is laid on, please.
  38. 1 point
    Yes, yes, yes! ......................... Does this mean we can moor at the bottom of your garden? Reciprocal agreement of course. It has been known to happen!
  39. 1 point
    Never been 'chronicled' before. Is it painful?
  40. 1 point
    I agree. We have a 12v TV on Moonlight Shadow. It has an enormous adaptor. We put a 12v lead on board to plug into the 12v socket so that the adaptor is surplus to requirements. SueH
  41. 1 point
    I apologise for the delay in posting the next instalment – this is largely for two reasons: Firstly, we’ve been hit by a spell of good weather so my attentions have been diverted elsewhere; secondly, this instalment is mainly photos, and choosing the right pictures is a lot harder than just writing about them! Anyway –here we go: Cox’s work So just to recap – the work to be undertaken by Cox’s was the elimination of anything rotten (keel, planking, frames) new bent oak ribs, cove line etc. I’ve already described work on the new keel so the next photo shows the stripped out interior before work started: The next photo shows new ribs and two new laminated frames: Actually this picture is a bit out of sequence because it was taken after the starboard planking was completed. After addressing the framing and the keel, next came planking: The majority of the existing planking appeared to be larch but we decided on mahogany because (as Polly has posted) getting hold of good quality larch in quantity is difficult at best and at this stage it was a guess as to exactly how much would be required; Cox’s buy their seasoned mahogany in bulk as complete sawn trees and so have an almost inexhaustible supply at a very good price! I should mention that Cox’s will sell timber as well as using it: http://coxsboatyard.co.uk/top-quality-timber-sale/ And now various shots of the planking in progress. The plan is that the seams above the waterline will be epoxied and those below the waterline will be sikaflexed (as seems to be the fashion nowadays). The following photos cover a period from March 2017 to April 2018. By the end of this sequence the upper planking has been epoxied, the lower planking sikaflexed and the whole given a first sanding down before a second application of epoxy to deal with any remaining blemishes! Coming next – something rotten in that state of the deck and starting work on the interior ….
  42. 1 point
    I've got three of these to fit (aft cabin, cockpit, forward cabin), though I will mount them on the panels up the right way...
  43. 1 point
    I can think of some pretty awful looking, eyesore boats on the Broads, brand spanking new some of 'em!
  44. 1 point
    A couple of years back we moored Lightning in Summercrafts yard, for which they charged us £10 for the night, which included water and 240v hook up. Last year, we moored in Herbert Woods for water and pumpout, and they told us we could moor over night plus hook up for £10. Richardsons just told us help yourself, with no charge, and that included hook up. Other people however did report Herbert Woods had subsequently refused private craft overnight mooring full stop. Maybe the forum members could enquire to ALL yards, hire and private, as to whether they allow overnight moorings with what facilities, so we could compile a complete list?.
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    Yes and no. For example Swancraft is now a private marina but they have a couple of visitor moorings. I understand that this was a condition of the planning permission by the BA. I think other private marinas may offer similar but of course are not under any obligation to guarantee moorings particularly for hire boats and will usually charge. Hire yards are slightly different. If they are members of the Hire Boat Federation (which most are) they will offer free moorings for other operators boats but may charge a fee or even refuse moorings for private boats. Some ask boats not to moor on busy turnaround days but the bigger yards may be OK, depending on how many boats they have out. This is the general set up but as Ian says a phone call will usually give the answer. However I always use the personal approach where possible. The yard staff are usually very accommodating and if you ask nicely they will usually try to help. A phone call may get through to someone in the office who might not know the exact situation in the yard and may give a stock answer. Faircraft Loynes is a good example, I always speak to the staff on the yard and have not been turned away yet!!!
  46. 1 point
    I'm sure the planners didn't just allow them to drop the affordable homes. There must have been some inducement? Brown envelopes at the ready.
  47. 1 point
    a few years back I re-used some old5x9 timbers that my wifes grandad had stored, he had given them a good coat of sump oil/ creosote mix about 30 years previously, the timbers were still perfect, and yes the oil mix still came off over everything - there are also several wooden sheds coated in the same preservative at my mother in laws house.
  48. 1 point
    Can you guess what it is yet? Yes, with Doug's help I've bought another boat...definately a project boat... An 8' Barrow Boat, full kit and caboodle. A flappy thing! Currently named Moonlight, she will become the 'Gracie Tatie' named for my Granddaughter Grace. A GT to Royal Tudor's RT. Grace is excited even though the Gracie Tatie will not be staying that 'orrible pink colour! Quite a bit of work to do!
  49. 1 point
    you should have called it Bear, Then RT would have a bear behind.
  50. 0 points
    What a load of old tosh!! As if any tree, plant or animal can predict the weather 3 months hence. All they "know" is what the weather has been in the past, and whether that's good for growth or not. Does any sane person still take any notice of these old sayings? Still, some people believe in astrology . . .
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