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  1. 13 points
    Friday 29th June I had set the alarm for 7.15am as I needed 15 minutes to cruise back to Silverline. Breakfast was a healthy granola (had to be healthy sometime) with cold milk on this hot morning. I scuttled around the boat preparing things and at the allotted time, I untied the ropes and slipped the moorings, which by the way were still empty so not sure if Brooms have any returnees on a Friday morning. A slow cruise down the river brought me to the dyke where Silverline are situated. At an even slower pace, I continued down the dyke until my home boatyard moorings could be seen. A chap on the quayside signalled where he wanted me to moor so I swung the boat around again and used the bow thrusters to place the stern gently against the mooring. I expected the yard to be a hive of activity with returning boaters but I was the first. Shortly after, another two boats arrived and both required staff members to go aboard to moor them stern on. See years of training had not gone to waste said a rather smug I. I transferred everything from boat to car and went around to the office to received refund of £32 against the £100 fuel deposit I had paid. Not a bad result. I didn’t like to say I would not be returning as I had bought into a syndicate boat, as I like Silverline and that they gave me the opportunity to continue hiring from them even though I was single handed now. I started the car and the journey home had begun. Observations I had a really good time on Symphony. The memories of being with Doreen two years ago were all around but I am glad I chose the same boat none-the-less as many of the memories brought me comfort. I am becoming more used to solo sailing now. It was never about the physical side of it as I had more or less moored and driven the boat single handed for a few years now. It was more how I would feel in a small space on my own. The Broads has ever changing scenery and the weather conditions are so unpredictable, so there was plenty to keep me interested and I ended up liking the space and was sorry to have to leave it. I left feeling I had done the right thing by buying into the boat syndicate. Even though the World Cup was underway, it seemed as though the rivers became busier day by day That is unusual as an event such as the World Cup, suppresses demand both here and in Europe until it is over. I guess people were seeing the weather forecast and plumping to be on the rivers while the going was good. Another thing you could not help but notice was the number of the high-end hire craft which were out. There seemed an inordinate number of big white flybridge cruisers around, together with the sliding wheelhouse Broadsman types. It struck me that so many of the dual steer boats were based on the Bolero type mould, which I am guessing were developed by Alpha craft and wondered in their demise, if some licensing agreement was still in force. Not sure how that works. As a solo sailor, handling a 28ft cruiser, I wondered at how many people had hired large 40ft plus cruisers with a crew of just two people. I’m sure if you are used to it then it’s no problem but many of these crews seemed to be first timers. I assisted an elderly couple aboard a Broadsman, leave the moorings at Potter Heigham, and the chap was having trouble even climbing back onto the deck of his boat. Perhaps it’s all part of the same thing. They see the big shiny cruisers advertised and want one irrespective of how they will be able to control it. The failure of the drone was infuriating as the weather and therefore the conditions were so good. The long days meant I could be out at 7.15am, before people generally were about. I may have to wait until next year to repeat those conditions. Anyway, I have included a few more aerial shots which I could not include earlier. By the way, the drone was returned to the retailer and has been deemed not repairable, and a replacement is on it’s way to me. And finally, here is a link to the song named in the title of the thread, in the event you have not heard it and were wondering where it came from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aatr_2MstrI Potter Heigham Reedham Yarmouth
  2. 9 points
    Spent my day dealing with the issues caused by the new neighbour's two cats. The biggest issue being the cat's crapping in my garden and then Dylan the Beagle rolling in the crap and the decaying corpses of their kills. Dylan was covered. He stank. He got showered. He stank. He got showered again. He stank. He got showered again. Slight improvement. My garden stinks of cat crap. It got hosed down. It still stank. Hosed down again and it got treated with Jeyes fluid. Improvement but smells like a public loo. Next the car. The cats pee under the car. It stinks when you turn the engine on. Jeyes fluid. Next, cutting the hedge where I discovered where the cats were depositing their kills. Fifty little feathered and furred corpses stuffed in the hedge back. It's no wonder we have not seen any birds in the garden since the new neighbours arrived. Visit to B & Q and found a jet gun nozzle that fits the garden hose. Bought Gracie a super soaker water gun, but appropriated it for my own use. Neighbours returned home just now and moaning that their cats have crapped in their garden...for a change...and are now trying to coax them into leaving their garden for mine. 'Well to tell you the truth, in all the day's excitement, I kind of lost track myself. But being that this is an ANSIO Expandable Garden Hose Spray Gun with 9 Pattern Multi-Functional Watering Nozzle Head with Built-in Lock, and would blow your kitty clean off the fence, you've got to ask yourself one question: 'Do I feel lucky?' Well do ya, puss?"
  3. 7 points
    Saw A couple of newish, larger boats go past our bungalow today. One was a Richardsons' RC45. If the other was Fair Countess - and it may have been - it would make a mockery of Faircraft Loynes' website that announces when describing Fair Countess' details, and I quote, 'Please note will not pass under Potter Heigham bridge.' On Friday morning, as a stand-in pilot, I returned to my old job (after a twenty year break) and, with a maximum low tide of 6' 8", I was putting Bounty 30s up. Apparently, it's a bit like riding a bike. It's a skill you don't forget. My first customers were 'well impressed' by the fact that their boat was the first hire boat I had piloted through THAT bridge for twenty years! In the old days, a typical day at this time of the year would have seen us putting up nearly a hundred boats a day. We will never see the likes of anywhere near that ever again, unless the tide levels are artificially managed.
  4. 7 points
    A bit of a gap between updates for which I apologise. The first photo is the reconstructed engine beds. The originals were not made for these engines, so now they have new beds and new mountings. The next is the Port side bunk with its boards fitted over the waste tank. The next is the same bunk with some cushions on for scene setting. The next No 4 is looking the other way ie forwards with the starboard bunk to your right. You can see in this photo at eye level an aluminium tool box sitting on a cushion, this is the original set up for sleeping four in the main cabin two bunks suspended above the other two. Photo 5 Alan is adapting on old pine carver which over the years has had its legs shortened. He is making for new pine legs for it. Then a swivel plate will be fitted and thus the helm (especially Me) will be able to turn around easily without dismounting. He comes up with all these aids to help especially my boating enjoyment.
  5. 5 points
    No worries smelly A top tip I can give you is that if I have written something, it's a joke. Don't worry if you don't erupt in fits of laughter however, no one else seems to either for some reason, but don't worry I'll never give up trying
  6. 4 points
    Thanks for the kind words Lulu. I do sometimes think I do go on a bit. Broads01 I take my first week on Goosander on the 6th October. Just hope them pesky hirers keep away from my boatOops i feel myself turning into something else!
  7. 4 points
    In photo 2 you can see bottom right the draining board in place although it will need final fitting.
  8. 4 points
    The question is: where is the best place to watch football on the Broads? I usually watch football in the Inngate in Beccles, a decent pub with decent beer but it is a bit of a trek from the river. Not sure about other places on the south side within easy reach of Somerleyton. We can't go far because we will be taking up for a good few days and don't want to push our luck. If all goes to plan we will be afloat (with the aid of plenty of luck and sawdust) early this week. That is if the new windows for BG arrive and get fitted, the boatyard have enough time to launch this week, and the usual variables that seem to cause delays.
  9. 4 points
    Yes may be tiny on the scale of some but it really is a smart little number and knocks spots off others we have seen. HW must be doing something right as you want to see the boats pouring out of there on Friday/Saturday off on their holidays. As for the day boats , luxury or basic they go like hot cakes in this weather.
  10. 3 points
    BE quick, they don't hang around! (except the 740 but thats overpriced!) https://www.richardsonsboatsales.net
  11. 3 points
    Well, it's all over , a week of wall to wall sunshine , many many fish and many beers with a few whisky chasers aboard the lovely Pacific Diamond from a very family friendly professional boatyard . I will get this bit over with , and try not to reference it too much in my tale ( I will dig out an old thread and explain more later maybe if I feel it's right) but I wasn't feeling my best on the couple of weeks lead up to my MUCH anticipated holiday, and it took a while to relax into broads mode. So that's the negative out the way. Light hearted from here on I promise Ive not written a thing down!! So it's all from memory , so a few mistakes might and will be made I'm sure!!! Myself , the gaffer, and 15 year old lad set off 30 miles north of Edinburgh for the 450 mile journey on Thursday 1900. My 19 year old daughter , despite some serious cajoling, pleading and to be fair emotional blackmail , decided that 19 year old uni " dudes" have better things to do on a summer than go to the broads. Ibiza , parties and boys all came in the way apparently. I'm not sure what this Edinburgh uni is actually teaching her. Strange girl Peterborough Premier Inn was first stop which we arrived around 2330 . A quick half for a night cap and a good night sleep was had , breakfast ( okay for the £9.00 ) was had with lots of fruit juice and coffee and on the road again. Arrived at the boatyard at Loddon around 11.30 , said hello and went back into the village for supplies. The lovely Fiona at the boatyard had said our boat should be ready around 1300 , so there was time to get some fishing supplies and a beer and a game of pool in the pub . I won this game of pool, not the sign of things to come so in future I might just say " we had a game of pool" Back to boat yard , the sun was working hard , car unpacked and pretty much all things stowed when I got the handover . All very professional , not rushed and any questions I had answered with thought and a smile. I've been with this yard once before , and many others before so a trial run was not needed and down the Chet we went about 1400. Is there a happier time than setting of on your first cruise , with the whole holiday ahead , and as a wee Brucie bonus , the forecast of 99% guaranteed sunshine . Beer opened and rods built as big junior slowly and skilfully took us down the narrow wynding Chet . He has been boating a long time and really is skilful knowledgeable broads skipper. A quick stop at Cantley , really just to play with the first time had! bow thrusters , a quick look in the pub and menu for return journey and off into the sunshine we sailed ( or is it cruised technically ) . The New Inn at Rockland was target destination, chosen by the skipper of the day. ( we had made a rule , off the cuff, that who ever was driving, was in charge of the tunes!!) and he remembered a few years ago getting a fantastic burger there! So we cruised past the quiet moorings on the way in, looking for a nice first night fishing ( and reading for Mrs W) into the lovely summer dusk hours. All these seemed surprisingly busy so we thought we would check the other side on the way out. The first of many good meals was had , I would recommend the place . Not super fancy , but value good honest pub grub . It's what you expect . The way out did not not throw up any great mooring offerings and since we all were happy to cruise a little more on a lovely evening, off to the broad at Brundall we headed . Found a lovely sheltered spot , still in the dipping sun and mud weighted for a night of fishing , beer , chilling and taking it all in . A superb start to a time I look forward to so much. The broads hold so many memories for me . From going as a 4 year old in a chalet at potter heigham , to big family boating holidays , to smaller gatherings , to taking my true love ( Mrs W now !!) on her first boat from Astons , to taking my young and then bigger family on chalets and boats and so many other holidays of all shapes and forms , with dear people sadly no longer here, it truly is an emotional place . But filled with so many happy memories . Im sure that's enough for now , your probably all sleeping . More to follow as the days go , I can't type very fast so this takes a while !!,
  12. 3 points
    Is it possible? Is it coming home? Could England actually do it for the first time since 'B.A' was built in '66? After the performance just witnessed against Sweden where they really were magnificent in every department of the field and made Sweden look ordinary. If England produce a performance like that again then they have nothing to fear against any team that is put in front of them. If, and yes it is a big 'IF' England can make the final, that means I'll be onboard 'B.A' with my MrsG and Macie dog on Sunday 15th. Just what better venue to be than afloat on our Broads and watching England win a world cup final. Dare to dream? You just couldn't make it up. Three Lions on a shirt indeed Griff
  13. 3 points
    What part of cruising after dark do some people not understand. 10pm and a hireboat comes past with someone shining a phone light from the front and tries to moor on the private No mooring area, I directed them to the empty church fen mooring 5 minutes away. They said they had run out of daylight, amazing really its not like it gets dark at about the same time every night. 11pm another one comes past without even a phone light and gets directed to the same mooring. Give it another hour and Church fen will be full.
  14. 3 points
    First off - Well done for successfully being a PHB Pilot after a break of 20 years and doing it like you do - Respect unless the tide levels are artificially managed. Does dredging the lower Bure regularly as in the days of GYA Port Commissionaire s before the 'B.A' came into being count? Griff
  15. 3 points
    well my day so far, a bit of a back story, the car has been losing water - not a lot, half a litre in a fortnight, then the low water light comes up, top up the expansion tank with half litre and its full again. anyway friday on the way home the light flashes up, I am 10 miles from home, so do I stop, wait until the engine is cool enough to open the expansion tank and top up, or keep an eye on the gauge and keep going - I did the latter. got home, no problem - ordered a set of radiator hoses. yesterday I topped up a litre, went shopping and did some running around. this morning, checked the water level its dropped a little - topped up went to the bootfair. on the way home the low water light appears, so arrived home popped the bonnet and there it is, a nice little spray of water coming from a heater hose. so a quick trip to halfords this morning to get a pack of silicon repair tape, and lo they have lengths of heater hose in stock, great that will fix me up until the new one arrives, ah but will it, my heater hose has a special fitting at one end, its crimped on, so my idea is to cut and join the hose to the old end, ah i hear you cry, how will you join it? a quick trip to b&q and a look around the plumbing department locates a 15mm copper pipe straight join, its not the most substantial thing, then its down to garden hoses, a perfect match, a brass joining piece, this fits the hose perfectly and is good and solid, it might restrict the heater supply slightly, but hey, I dont need the heating this weather. Just waiting now for the engine to cool down enough to do the work.
  16. 3 points
    I have been told my joke jokes aren't funny either, but it would be laborious to PM all of those to everybody. The fact you have been a member of the forum longer than I is a great honour to me, obviously everybody values your opinions in such high esteem. I shall take on board your comments and consider them seriously, thank you for taking the time out of your very busy life to have taken such an interest in me. Love to everyone
  17. 3 points
    Well for what it's worth I think we have a good shot at getting to the final Well done England and Gareth Southgate Grace
  18. 3 points
    Thursday 28th June It was the last full day before hand back tomorrow so the plan was to cruise on up to Reedham for lunch then on to Brundall, possible to the home yard for the last night. Away from the breeze of the east coast, the morning was already warm without a cloud in the sky. Breakfast was making use of the last of the sausages together with egg, bacon, beans and a fried tomato which had gone all soft in the fridge. By 9.30am I was ready to make my move. If you have stayed overnight at Yarmouth you will know that the rangers use all four ropes to secure the boat. The tide was flowing in so I decided I would reposition the ropes to make it easier to depart. You will recall I had to turn before the bridges so I was facing the wrong way. I started by removing the off side ropes, then repositioned the nearside stern rope so that it was holding Symphony against the current, but with only a couple of turns on the mooring post to make it easy to remove when needed. The nearside forward rope was positioned in a similar fashion. I planned to let the stern rope go free and allow the current to turn the boat around. However before I could get to that phase, the next boat along cast off and instead of reversing out into the stream, slowly drifted with the current along the quayside. He managed to turn his boat out as it got closer to Symphony but not enough to stop his broadside hitting my stern corner. All hands were then on deck to try to push it off Symphony while the current was doing it’s best to keep it in place. Eventually we got it clear but the weight of his boat against mine, pulled my stern rope from the post and Symphony swung around 180 degrees coming to rest facing the bridges. I was concerned that damage may have been done as I heard a horrible creaking when the two boats met, but as it hit the corner of Symphony no damage was evident. I suspect that might not have been the case for my adversary. Pretty soon after that a ranger saw that I was about to leave and came over to me to offer assistance. Of course now I was facing the right way so it was just a case of him removing the forward (as it was now) rope so I could “thrust” into the stream. The current assisted my journey over Breydon and I arrived at Reedham around 11.45am. Again, space was tight but I managed to come alongside in the Lord Nelson moorings. I had not used the tinned red salmon I had brought so I made sandwiches with fresh bread for lunch. It was really hot so I decided to have a beer on the Lord Nelson patio overlooking the river which was just what the doctor ordered. Don’t know who this doctor is but he is clearly an order giver not an order taker. England was playing Belgium at 7pm so what time I should leave Reedham was a consideration. If all else failed I was guaranteed a mooring at Silverline, my home boatyard so I planned to see if I could get a mooring at Brooms on the river front, which would be much nicer than being crammed in to the stern on moorings at Silverline. There was no rush and the cruising was really relaxing so I took my time to get to Brundall. I went past the dyke which leads to Silverline and made my way around to Brooms moorings. It was a Thursday afternoon so I expected they would have returning boats for turnaround also. The fuel hut came into sight and from what I could see, there were no boats where I wanted to be. So I cruised up to the moorings, and swung the back around so I could reverse Symphony into and alongside the head of the moorings. So I was moored up at the head, facing out onto the river. One of my favourite moorings! With the football beginning at 7pm, I needed to eat earlier than usual to I made my way to the Yare at about 5.45pm. By the way, has anyone else ever noticed the big pile of receipts and paperwork which always seems to reside on those two tables at 90 degrees to bar? I imagine someone sits down to do the company accounts there perhaps once per week. God help them if a strong draught somehow managed to blow the lot off the tables and around the bar. My last meal on the Broads for now was the 8oz Burger with salad and chips. It’s one of my favourites at the Yare so I was not going to miss it this time. Then it was back to the boat to make a few preparations for my flit the next morning, before watching England take on Belgium. (I think?). The view from my window again - sort of. The Lord Nelson waiting on Breydon Outside the Lord Nelson at Reedham This is from my "outward" visit to Yarmouth. It was taken into the sun so the image has needed to be processed a little.
  19. 2 points
    Eric Dier - Owns a Yorkshire terrier. Danny Welbeck - Ate a lot of Yorkshire puddings. Jordan Henderson - Drinks Yorkshire tea for breakfast. Dele Alli - ex plumber who preferred the Yorkshire fitting. Marcus Rashford - Knows where Yorkshire is. Jessie Lingard - can spell "Yorkshire" Raheem Sterling - went on holiday to Yorkshire. Ashley Young - Owns a lot of waterproof clothing. Harry Kane - Can't speak properly. No doubt Yorkshire has the world cup sewn up. Come on you Tykes.
  20. 2 points
    Expilot. There are people who walk the walk. There are people who talk the talk. There are a few people who walk the walk and talk the talk. Without any question of doubt in my mind that you are perhaps one the few people who fall into the latter category with regard to the Bridge. May I ask your personal take with regard to the issues and subsequent solutions. Perhaps the latter is unknown. I do not know and I suspect that I am not alone. However I would welcome your thoughts. Andrew
  21. 2 points
    Should have guessed, says it all Griff
  22. 2 points
    Hi thanks for the ad.I hired my first boat from Herbert Woods in 1961 and have been visiting on and off since.We have just returned from a week's holiday on Brinks Serenade 3 , and I'd like comment on a couple of points. Barnes told me that one of their staff must take all their craft through Wroxham bridge.Secondly ,after reading the review of Serenade I was very impressed and must try it out.Nice craft,handled well,but if we had not had such glorious weather the crew would have seen nothing with the roof closed unless they were well over six feet.Visibility while driving is also difficult without a pillow to sit on .
  23. 2 points
    Sheerline have built 2x RC45 for the broads and are building a RF45 for the south of France,
  24. 2 points
    Sadly "in jokes" between good friends can seem a tad confusing on a public board. But then as I don't get jokes I never know if what has been writ is a joke or not. Slowly backs towards door, so no one will notice, and hurriedly leaves. :)
  25. 2 points
    I was about sixteen, at art school, a pipe was part of the image I suppose so I went out and bought one. Dad was surprisingly supportive, 50 Senior Service a day man, and he bought me an ounce of tobacco. I duly had a good puff, in fact several, was as sick as a dog, a dying dog even. I lay on the floor of the bog, retching my gut up, never again! Dad had wisely & craftily bought me roll-up tobacco, I was never to smoke again. Snogging a bird what smoked, urghh, further cause for not smoking!
  26. 2 points
    We were shown one of the new boats in February. Very smart. However Mrs Nog says she would still prefer Freedom of Light next year. Vaughan makes a good point about yards building bigger boats. The downside is, I belive, they are more difficult to sell on into private hands as the demand tends to be for smaller boats which seem to command a premium and sell quickly. Swancraft were one of the few yards that built smaller boats.
  27. 2 points
    Well I think your jokes are funny Grace
  28. 2 points
    I caught Ellie the other night telling a motorist not to park outside my flat as the bloke who lived there was 'old, bad-tempered and grumpy'. It took me about five minutes to cotton on! You aren't the tenant are you Mark?
  29. 2 points
    I’m dreaming but even if they don’t quite manage it, I’ll be so proud of what those lads have done. They have given us hope and at last we have a football team to be proud of. Thank you Gareth.
  30. 2 points
  31. 2 points
    Monday 25th June An early start was not required today so I arose at 07.45am, feeling the heat of the sun behind the closed curtains. The plan for today was to make my way to Horning for lunch and on to Wroxham for the evening. So after a bacon sandwich for breakfast I settled down to watch the procession of returning Herbert Woods boats which were drawn under the footbridge entrance opposite. It was as though someone had pulled the plug out of the yard and all the boats were being sucked in. There were around 20 boats making their way back in the 15 minutes or so before 9am. I wandered off to Lathams to see what I could find and came out with a pack of 5 disposable razors and a can of shaving gel. That was all they had so it was either that or book my audition for the next Captain Birdseye advert. By 10am I was ready to cast off and use the current to turn the boat back the other way. I stepped on-board and was off without mishap. As it was such a warm day, I thought I would make a salad for lunch on arrival at Horning but that was a problem because all three pubs there give preference for moorings to day boats at lunch time so if I didn’t get in at the Ferry Boatyard, I would probably not get a space. I thought I would see if Ferry had space and if not I would moor on the bank opposite (Woodbastwick?). Anyway on approaching Horning I remembered Cockshoot Dyke, somewhere I had not visited since it first opened. There in the distance was the dyke with an appetizing space right at the head looking out onto the river. It was just waiting for me! I moored up and made my salad, which was consumed sat on the front of boat in the warmth of the sun. I still had an hour or so to spare before heading off to Wroxham so I ventured down the pathway to the boardwalk to explore. Now the last time I walked that way was more or less a few weeks after it opened to the public in the 1980s and being so early in its career, it did not really offer much. There was no boardwalk as I remember and it seemed to me to be a poor relation to the nature trail just outside Wroxham (forgot it’s name). So it was a lovely surprise to walk around this time. I found it enchanting, especially watching the dragonflies which were darting above the water and dancing around my feet on that little bit of staging which juts out into the broad. The heat of the day was bringing all manner of insects out to play. I took so many photographs trying to catch a dragonfly as it alighted on the staging, only to find it had hopped off before the shutter had fired. Definitely a place I shall return to! I was aiming to arrive at Wroxham around 3.30/4pm to give time for all the turn-around boats at Barnes Brinkcraft to turn around and be gone. So around 2.15pm I started a leisurely cruise through Horning village, past Salhouse and Wroxham Broads and on to the home of Roys. It was around 3.30pm by the time I arrived at the outskirts of the village, so on barely more than tick-over, I cruised on until I could see the moorings at Barnes. If you followed my tale aboard Brinks Jazz 4 last month, you will know I like to moor on the river side of the moorings as you see more there. It’s hard to see what moorings are available until you are right on top of them due to the outward curve of the river. However, just past the opening to the “bay”, I could see a space that would suit Symphony down to the ground (water). I approached sheepishly so as to go un-noticed, stepped ashore and tied up. At any minute I was expecting someone from Barnes to tap me on the shoulder and tell me they needed the space. But it did not happen and so I contentedly settled back to watch the passing river traffic. Around 6pm, I broke out the drone and walked around to Faircraft Loynes yard, which I had worked out, would be a good place to fly from bearing in mind the direction of the sunlight that evening. I set everything up and switched the motors on, but there was no response. The remote control was messaging that there was a sensor error. I tried unplugging the battery to reset it but the error message remained. In fact the error message never went away for the remainder of the holiday, despite numerous attempts to figure out what was wrong. It is still under guarantee so it will now have to go for repair or replacement, but it was a huge disappointment, especially since I was looking forward seeing the aerial views of Wroxham. So I trudged disconsolately back to the boat and readied myself for a meal at the Kings Head instead. There I ordered a chicken and chestnut mushroom pie, served with chips and vegetables, together with lashings of gravy. It was very tasty and I would order it again on a future visit. I was back onboard Symphony by 9pm to watch TV and reflect on my disappointment of being drone less for the rest of the holiday. Last month it was strong winds, this time the drone had gone tech! The view from my window (sort of - yesterday). Probably not long for this world. Cockshoot board walk Potter Heigham Symphony at Wroxham
  32. 1 point
    Well Griff, it looks like Yorkshire ( under the assumed name of England) taking on the world. And us Yorkshire folk cannot do wrong...... coming from God's Country !!!!! Jeff
  33. 1 point
    Ok, Charlie - I meant me not you (as the cat whisperer) sorry I confused you.
  34. 1 point
    I've got England and France in the sweepstake at work for the top four .........winner winner chicken dinner i will cross the boarder Griff ( Saddleworth moor permitting) and visit a Yorkshire pub for slap up meal on the strength of that info finny
  35. 1 point
    There were stories of excess alcahol and crashing into something, not sure where the initial report came from.
  36. 1 point
    Adverse? We are having a proper summer like I remember when I was a kid. It,s just hot. Just sort it and fix it. Colin
  37. 1 point
    The coastguard turned up at ferryhouse last night with blue flashies going looking for the second boat, one of freedoms I believe.
  38. 1 point
    I remember we got caught out many years back when hiring. We had come across Breydon heading north and wanted to moor at Stokesby and have tea in the pub. It was virtually dusk when we got there and, as per usual, there was some very inconsiderate mooring with gaps left between boats but nothing big enough for us in our 32 footer. We ended up moored at the end of Acle dyke which in those days was Eastick’s. We thought we probably shouldn’t be there so we got up and left early, as it was a hire boat yard it wouldn’t have mattered but we weren’t aware of that then. The hire boats mentioned in the OP were very late in mooring up, I’m not sure there is any excuse for still being on the go at 11pm. It must have been almost dark when they left wherever they left from!
  39. 1 point
    When we have hired from Barnes we have taken the boats through Wroxham ourselves. We did have to get them to bring us back through though on drop off day when the bridge height gauge was reading 3 inches less then the stated boat air draft! It went through just but we did have to walk it through.
  40. 1 point
    Sunday 15th. If England are there I will either find a riverside pub on the Yare somewhere between the Chet and Norwich or failing that a tv signal onboard Griff
  41. 1 point
    You do? Maybe we should find another platform to have a private discussion and indulge in our fantasies
  42. 1 point
    Is the water deep enough to use the periscope?
  43. 1 point
    That maybe so but women are always right and don't forget it my gorgeous man Equality champion pfft ( I think that's how you say it anyway) Grace xxx
  44. 1 point
    Wednesday 27th June. Having changed my plans to now arrive at Yarmouth a day later and at midday rather than late afternoon, I was aware that the tide would have been ebbing for only a couple of hours by the time I arrived. That was no problem for a “bathtub” like Symphony but I was a little concerned that the current might make it difficult to moor single handed so I resolved to call the quay rangers for assistance when approaching. So after another cooked breakfast I cast off at around 10am so as to give more time for the water to run out at the Yacht Station. It was another beautiful morning and the journey down with the sun on my back was very pleasant. I was for the most part unaccompanied, probably because the larger craft would not get under the bridges at Yarmouth and indeed I passed many fly-bridge types moored up at Stokesby and Stracey. Hope I have worked this out correctly, was a thought that kept crossing my mind. I did not fancy having to turn Symphony into the current at Yarmouth if it was running fast down there. As Yarmouth Marina came into site, I called the Yacht Station. There was no answer so I called again and this time got the answer phone. I slowed Symphony as much as I could, waved ahead a tortoise which overtook me and tried the number once more. This time the attendant replied and we agreed he would be my welcoming party in around 5 to 10 minutes. The moorings were as full as I have seen them outside of the school holidays. The attendant pointed to a spot and I turned into the current, which by this time was in that strange scenario where it appears to be still flowing in on top but was actually ebbing underneath. As such, the speed of the current was not much of a problem. I came alongside, the ropes were made fast at 12 midday and I was OK for the night. I will add again that for solo sailors (or anyone) wanting to visit Yarmouth, this telephone in advance of arrival service is excellent. So having the whole of the afternoon free, I walked into Yarmouth and had the obligatory chips from one of the stalls in the market followed by a McFlurry at McDonalds. It was much too hot for coffee. I eventually resurfaced at the Yacht Station around 5pm, by which time the river was well down, though still ebbing fast. Of course now the stretch was busy with craft some arriving, some leaving and many just passing through. I noticed a fine looking Herbert Wood dual steer craft passing Symphony, making heavy going against the current. I went inside only to hear someone shout “ drop your mud weight – drop your mud-weight”. I looked onto the river to see the HW boat easing itself down towards the bridges with its mud weight doing its best to slow the approach. It appears the HW craft lost forward power. Its engine was still alive and you could hear the helmsman use the bow thrusters every so often but it had no way of pulling out of the ebb. The quay ranger ran further towards the bridges and threw a line over to the boat, which of course fell short, before repeating the exercise, this time being caught by a crew member on board. The boat was pulled over to the quayside and the panic was over. I observed that the mud weight did not hold the boat. It had no more effect than to stop it drifting down sideways and to slow it down. That was a sobering thought when you read that certain toe-rags had been letting boats loose over the preceding nights both in Yarmouth (the mud barge) and at Barton Turf and Irstead. Come 7pm it was time for food so I went over to the Kings Arms again. This is a really nice, friendly place and it’s a good job it’s there as neither of the other pubs, the Suspension Bridge or the White Swan is very welcoming. Both are currently for sale and as far as I could see, were offering no food. A cool breeze had arisen so I decided to pass on the beer garden and stay inside. I thought I would go for a light bite meal as I was not overly hungry and chose the baguette steak sandwich, which arrived with chips and a side salad. If that’s a lite meal I am glad I didn’t order an outsize variety. It was delicious – possibly the best meal I had all week. And with a pint of Fosters the overall cost was less than £6. Then it was back to the boat, where it was good to see people milling around and on their boats right up to about 10pm. The Bridge inn at Acle Yarmouth Yacht Station
  45. 1 point
    There are some really smashing moorings up there. Such a shame it is a rarity that holiday makers cannot get up their that often with their boats. Not only the moorings shown in the piccy but a load of others. What a waste.
  46. 1 point
    Sunday 24th June Another 06.45am start as I wanted to fly the drone again, this time over Breydon. So after an awakening cuppa, I made my way past the train station and onto the footpath overlooking Breydon. As it was a Sunday, nobody was in the Asda car park so I had the area to myself. I sent the drone out to do its thing, noticing that the local seagulls were kicking up a right fuss. They were flying around the drone – thankfully they kept their distance. Clearly, the drone was on their patch and they sent up their big guns to escort it out of their airspace. Anyway, I got the images which I have included below. Then it was back to the boat for my first fry up breakfast of the holiday. First I needed to shave and just as I completed the task, the electric shaver started to make a fizzing sound and eventually gave up the ghost. No problem, I can always wet shave and I thought I would see what I could buy at my next overnight stop, which was going to be Potter Heigham, with a lunch break at Stokesby. Now England were playing Panama at 1pm and it was clear that everyone would be making for a mooring in time to watch the football so I thought it wise to arrive at Stokesby before midday. I could see two spaces available on the grass bank as I approached so I quickly bagged one, to be followed swiftly by a wonderful looking restored woody (pictured below). Within 15 minutes all the moorings were taken and indeed for the next hour you could see boats of all shapes and sizes fluttering around like bees returning to their hive and finding someone had blocked the entrance. As kick-off time approached, the speed of the passing craft increased in desperation to find somewhere to stop. I opted to watch the match on-board. Soon after it ended, I was on my way again towards Potter Heigham, arriving around 5pm. I made a pigs ear of the mooring though. I spied a single space on the bank opposite Herbert Woods and though the tide was flowing out, I decided to carry on to the bridge to turn as there was a fair breeze pushing me on. I thought it best to allow the breeze to act as my brake. I nosed into the space and of course the wind dropped and the current carried me around. At that moment, the occupants of the next boat offered their assistance to get Symphony alongside the bank. I thanked them then slunk back inside telling myself I had it covered anyway! (all men know this is true). Unfortunately, Lathams had closed at 4pm so I would have to wait until the morning to purchase the shaving apparatus. I noticed that the sun was shining in just the right direction to get some aerial images so at 6pm I went out with the drone again, and again some of the results are shown below. Then it was back to the boat until around 7.30pm, when it was time for some food at the Norada, which I had also visited five weeks ago. It was a lot busier today, as you would expect with the lovely weather. Families were sat outside and it really did make it a place you wanted to spend time at. Walking inside however, is like walking into a huge black tent. It is so dark until your eyes adjust to the light levels. I opted to sit outside with the families having ordered chicken strips (goujons if you want to be posh). It came with chips in a miniature frying basket – they couldn’t fool me – it had seen no action, and a side salad. The waiting staff were attentive and the meal was enjoyable. I stayed until around 9pm before returning to Symphony for the night. Breydon Looking down over the two bridges HW at Potter. Just lies the colour of the boat. Its taken from the footbridge in the yard. Potter taken from the other footbridge Stokesby. Sorry it's out of order Aerial over Potter The artistic shot
  47. 1 point
    Thanks for all the comments and likes. It's good to know people are reading it. Saturday 23rd June. Sorry – this is a long one. The alarm clock awoke me at 6.45am (what?) Today’s list of events included launching the drone to get aerial views of Reedham, a cruise down to Yarmouth, a train journey to Wroxham via Norwich and a viewing of Goosander, a syndicate boat. Now you know why I was up at 6.45am! Bleary eyed, I put the kettle on so I could at least have a cup of tea before I launched the drone. By 7.15am, I was down The Ship end, pleased that nobody else was about. The drone was sent on its way probably oblivious to my heart being in my mouth. It did its thing then returned back to me on command. The aerial views of Reedham below have come out well so the early start was justified. I made my way back to the boat where my thoughts turned to breakfast. There would be no time for a fry-up as I needed to get underway by 8.45am. So the compromise was a bacon sandwich, which turned out to be more than just a consolation prize. Soon it was time to leave. There was very little wind and the tide was slowly ebbing so a quick burst on the bow thruster was all that was needed to get me mid-stream. My train from Yarmouth was at 10.41 so in order to give time to get to the station and to buy a ticket, I considered an arrival at the Yacht Station anytime before 10.15am would be good. However, I did not want to arrive before 10am in the event I may be charged twice – once up to 10am and then from 10am. Probably unlikely but I was not going to take chances, so I had a 15 minute window for a comfortable arrival. So the journey down was just trying to guess the correct speed to arrive in my “comfort window”. By the time I got to Breydon, I thought I should open the throttle a little and according to the on-board gps, we were doing around 9mph. As Breydon Bridge came into sight I called the Yacht Station to check I had enough room to get under the bridges and to ask for assistance with mooring. Symphony needs 6ft 8in clearance under the bridges and at the head of Breydon, the height gauge was reading 6ft 6in, so I thought I had better ask the question. The attendant told me there was currently over 9 feet of clearance so clearly the gauge at the start of Breydon is incorrect. I advised my position and that I expected to be at the Yacht Station in around 15 minutes – which I duly was. I was alongside, ropes professionally tied by 10.15am. So no time to waste as I needed to make my way to the train station. Thankfully there was no queue for tickets and I was sat on the train ready to depart with 10 minutes to spare. The train in question is that combination of diesel loco– three carriages – diesel loco. I have seen it many times before but riding it was a first. I have pictured it below for reference but would love to know (and I am sure this has been asked before but I cannot remember the answer) why does such a short train require two massive engines? I assumed one of them would detach and have many more carriages attached at Norwich before it went somewhere more exotic but that did not happen – it just returned to Yarmouth. Surely it’s not that in the absence of a multiple unit railcar, a loco is needed at each end to avoid uncoupling and moving to the opposite end at Norwich? Surely it’s cheaper to operate a diesel multiple unit than to keep these monsters guzzling fuel all day long? Having said all that, it was a really interesting ride, plenty of acceleration where needed and comfortable coaches! At Norwich I had a 30 minute connection for Wroxham, in which I arranged to call Dawn, the lady whose share in Goosander was for sale. She had volunteered to collect me from Wroxham Station and bring me to Goosander in Horning, as the likelihood of getting a taxi at that time of the day was pretty slim. So I called but there was no answer – it went to voicemail. No problem, I thought I would try again when about to board the train. Again no answer so I left a message saying what time I would get to Wroxham. I expected a call back at any time but it did not happen. I ended up stood on Wroxham Station forecourt hoping vainly that someone would be looking for me (perhaps with a little card with my name on like at the airport?) Anyway, no card and no reception committee! I called the number again but got the same result. I thought what should I do now? This could be awkward. Anyway, I thought I should attempt to get a taxi and make my way to Boulters in Horning, where Goosander lives. Dawn and her husband had arranged to meet some other people there between 10 and 12 midday so they should be on-site. There was a list of taxi numbers at the station so I set about calling them. The first did not reply – theme developing. The second did answer and said he could be with me in 15 minutes, which I accepted. No sooner had I finished the call, than a text flashed up from Dawn saying that she had missed my call and that when she tried to call me back I was engaged. Was this developing into a situation comedy? Where’s Rodney? I called her back and this time she answered. She had listened to my voicemail and was en-route to the station. Apparently the oft mentioned Horning data black-hole was to blame. I frantically called the taxi man back to avoid him having a wasted journey within 20 minutes I had been picked up and was now sitting comfortably on Goosander. Well, I was not going to let on so early but yes, a deal was going to be done. She is a lovely boat and has been kitted out with several features which assist the humble solo sailor. It has a reverse view video screen – you know what I mean. It has a centre cleat making it easier to secure the boat when mooring and of course in has bow-thrusters. So soon enough, I was being transported back to Wroxham where I could withdraw a £300 holding deposit with a view to paying the rest when I got home. Job done! So after a celebratory McFlurry in McDonalds, I made my way back to the station for the return journey to Norwich where my carriage (and two great thumping diesels) awaited me. I got back to the boat around 5pm and just chilled out (warmed down in football speak) until around 6.00pm. I had planned to fly the drone at this time to take images over the Yacht Station area. Pleased to say it went without a hitch and some of the results are shown below. Straight after, I visited the Kings Arms. I sat in the beer gardens at the back – it had been a hot day. I ordered the cottage pie which was delightful. It came with lots of gravy and various vegetables. By 8pm I was done and made my way back to the boat for the rest of the evening. What a day! Reedham That train Goosander Yarmouth Yacht STation
  48. 1 point
    Got a pretty similar boat here on Lake windermere
  49. 1 point
    It'll be there the inside may not be finished but we will have cooking and water and bunks. What else could one possibly need. Oh and engines and steering.
  50. 1 point
    Alan and Barry need all the encouragement they can get. That old boat needs to be afloat in 8 weeks! It has a very very important event to attend.
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