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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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.
  8. 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 .
  9. 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. :)
  10. 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!
  11. 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.
  12. 2 points
    Well I think your jokes are funny Grace
  13. 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?
  14. 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.
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  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 1 point
    You do? Maybe we should find another platform to have a private discussion and indulge in our fantasies
  19. 1 point
    Sorry for the delay. Was straight onto night shifts once back. Saturday We moored at Salhouse Island on Friday night, my son had fun feeding the geese and we had a nice wake up call with a couple of ducks pecking at the window. Finally headed to Ranworth, got in easily they said they had had a quiet night there with only 5 boats. It soon filled up though with lots of day boats and plenty also using a mudweight, some fishing and then most of us had fun in the sailing dingy which we definitely made the most of this time. We had Chinese for dinner which has sort of become a Ranworth tradition, however think the closest one has maybe gone as I remember they used to deliver menus to the boats in the daytime and we couldn't find a number that worked for them. Then out came the monopoly. Sunday We headed up the Ant today (saw an otter in Ranworth Dyke) and ended up going all the way to Dilham a 1st! Very beautiful though was only boat width at times with some people out in canoes that I managed not to squash! Very pretty up there, definitely somewhere we would visit again. On the way back down mud weighted in Barton Broad for my brother to do some more sailing. We then headed back to Woods ready for handover in the morning. A lovely final day to a fantastic holiday. We had perfect weather throughout. First time of hiring with Herbert Woods and a very good experience we would definitely hire with them again. Boat was in a good condition suited us perfectly and the service was excellent. Saw lots of wildlife, though only 1 moorhen and no coots at all! It was great going for 10 nights (helped by the weather) as we didn't feel rushed to see everywhere.
  20. 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
  21. 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.
  22. 1 point
    Tuesday 26th June Visiting craft have to be away from Barnes by 8am on Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays so I thought it prudent to set the alarm for 7.30am and be up and at-em if need be. I made my awakening cup of tea and generally prepared things so that I could move on at a moment’s notice. Looking outside, there were still quite a lot of empty moorings so I thought I would keep an eye on them to see if they filled. If not I would delay my move until around 9.30am, giving myself time to do a little food shopping at Roys. Not only did they not fill, a huge Richardsons Commander class asked for and was granted permission to moor so I reasoned the staff at Barnes were happy enough with the free moorings they had available to them. So off I toddled to Roys before casting off around 9.30am. My final destination for the night was going to be Yarmouth Yacht Station, probably arriving around 4pm. This was to give me time to cruise on to Oulton Broad the following day, before returning to Brundall for the final night. However as the main reason for visiting Oulton Broad was to film with the drone, I revised the plan to spend the night at Acle, with a midday stop at Ludham Bridge. This would mean I could arrive at Yarmouth at around 11.30am tomorrow and get the full value of the £13 mooring fee. So I headed off back down the Bure in glorious sunshine and hardly any passing craft at that time. The sliding roof was all the way back (as it had been the whole of the holiday) and the peaceful glide through the trees was idyllic. I detoured through Wroxham Broad for the view and eventually arrived at the mouth of the Ant. I approached the bridge and had to abort my first attempt through due to a craft coming in the opposite direction. I held station until they had passed – that’s where bow thrusters come into their own – then continued under the bridge. The first mooring on the shops side was available and I was able to swing the boat around to face the bridge before coming alongside. There was a fisherman on my bank, just next to the bridge and I felt guilty at the turmoil in the water I must have caused turning around, though it has to be said, he did not need to reel in and start again. I hope that means I did not disturb him too much. It really was a hot day and you could tell everyone was enjoying being out in the sun. I made myself another salad – think I’m turning into a hamster – and scurried to the front of the boat to eat it. My thoughts turned to Acle and an appropriate time to set sail in the hope of getting a mooring outside the Bridge Inn. It’s not far from Ludham Bridge so I set off about 2.30pm, which I considered would get me to Acle before most people would want to stop. Acle Bridge came into sight so I looked for the direction of the current which was flowing out. Perfect I thought. I can go past the moorings to see what’s available then turn around to come alongside. The Bridge Inn moorings are also on an outward facing bend so you cannot see a free space until you are right on top of them. Made no difference – every mooring was taken but for what looked like 25ft at the Yamouth end. I could have tried it but I reasoned, yes I might get in but there probably would be nothing to tie the back of the boat to so I spurned it and continued under the bridge once more to the first mooring on the now disused shop side of the river. Again it was tight and meant I needed to go right up to the boat in front, but the current was my friend, slowing Symphony as I got to the bank. I scrambled ashore and tied the boat up. The moorings were actually really good. I had a good view of the fledgling sailors on the opposite bank starting out from Bridgecraft and found out later that the charge to stop outside the Bridge Inn was now £10, with £5 being refundable against food. I had not booked a table at the Bridge Inn but past experience told me most people like to eat around 6pm so if I arrived at 7.30pm, opening the door to find every table in the bar area was taken. Even the little children’s/games room was occupied. So I approached the lady at the restaurant door and asked if they had a table for just me. Amazingly they did! I went straight in without a wait. Looking at the menu I remembered a sirloin steak I had here a few years ago which was delicious, but at £19.50 I thought it overpriced so I ordered the lasagne, which came with salad and chips (again). I have visited the Bridge many times over the years but have to say I was not that impressed with this visit. The lasagne was passable but was mostly pasta, with very little minced beef so it tasted a little stodgy. I had asked to see the dessert menu but felt so heavy with the pasta, I declined to order anything further. So I returned over the bridge and back to Symphony for the rest of the evening. Bridgecraft at Acle The Swan at Horning This yacht at Ludham Bridge decided to punt across the river without noticing the big white and blue thing in front of them, hitting them amidships What can I say? More of those flappy things
  23. 1 point
    Got a pretty similar boat here on Lake windermere
  24. 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.
  25. 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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