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  1. 9 points
    'I wanna tell you a story'. In the early 60's my dad bought a timber boat, she was called "Useful" and I believe had previously been the Whitstable harbour launch. She was about 30' long. He bought to use as a fishing boat in our free time off Herne Bay where she was kept on a wet mooring. She had a Kelvin petrol/parraffin engine and the starter dog was so worn that when I tried to start her the starting handle would fly out and smash your knuckles on the engine bearers. Anyway we used her for the first summer and he decided to have her out the briny, fit a new engine and totally re-vamp her. She was taken to a large building about half mile from the sea. Work began. A brand new BMC Captain was supplied and fitted by a local garage and a lot more work carried out by carpenters and painters (who happened to work for dad as he was a builder). When the work was finished she would have passed for a new boat, she looked magnificent! Time came for re-launching on Easter weekend the following year. She was towed to Neptune Jetty at Herne Bay and at high tide she was slowly pushed into the water - I will never forget that day - it was quite sunny, bit of swell and loads of people watching the launch. When we got to the stage that the water intake was below water the engine was started and we came astern off the trolley and headed for the mooring which was the other side of the pier. It was not long before water started to be flicked up by the prop shaft as it passed through the new floor boards that had been fitted. We were about 450 yards offshore. I said to dad 'they have not connected the water outlet' how wrong I was! There was a massive brass hand pump fitted which I tried to use but that did not work. By this time we had sea water over our ankles and were obviously going to sink. I headed back to shore and we started waving and shouting at our launch crew who were still at the jetty, to which they and most of the other onlookers waved back! Now the water was up to our knees and it was getting a bit frightening. I aimed for the beach next to the jetty and beached her, just in time I think. One of the local boatmen came over and said - 'How long did you soak her for?' Puzzled looks on both our faces and we said, what...............................................? About 10 or more 50 gallon drums with the tops cut out, were taken to the beach and pumped full of seawater on the next high tide and my dads yardman stayed with the boat and kept filling her with water as far as the lower part of the engine until she took up. In that time the hand bilge pump was repaired! Anyway, after I think around a week she was re-launched and taken to her mooring and probably only made about a gallon a week thereafter. For those that read this, I hope you enjoyed it. A lot was learned, and yes, we were very lucky and I will never forget it!
  2. 7 points
    Got up, had coffee and a spot of fishing , it was a bit cloudy , but still warm . Had a tidy up and a trip to the bins . The bins were overflowing , I managed to squeeze mine in a bin, and tidied up the best I could , but they really were at bursting point . I find it both sad and bewildering that a country which can afford nuclear weapons, cannot afford to empty it's bins regularly. It's a strange world in which we live. Set off and arrived at st Olaves about 9am. Went under the bridge and since it was really quiet, reversed moored beside the old drainage mill . Perfectly done with the aid of the bow thruster, but of course nobody was there to witness it! . Had breakfast on the roof and watched as a good few boats passed heading towards Oulton broad, probably all having crossed Breydon around the same time , timing the tides. My wife also seen a " snake " in the water swimming along the surface. With a strong tide on the go, I helped ( as you do) a boat attempting to moor beside us. The American or Canadian family were so grateful, put a spring in my step. It's nice to be nice !! Across the new cut . Wondering again , what does the tide do on this stretch ? Surely it is getting fed from both ends? Has anyone worked out how it behaves , I would like to know , have always wondered this ! Stopped at Reedham , got some ice creams and chatted to a few strangers . Also fed the ducks , and since time was against us , we started to unload all our surplus food. Between cut up apples , some ham, cheese , grapes , blueberries and bread amongst a few other things , the thing they craved the most was bread!!, Maybe it is like us humans having the choice between fruit or crisps!! We cruised up to Cantley, where my young lad took 5 straight games of pool from me !!!Holiday champion he was crowned!! Stayed for a bit , then cruised 5 mins to the pontoon next to the drainage mill , which I had never visited. A tidy little mooring, with well kept grounds, . There is a charge for overnight but looked well worth it . At that point , someone on a private boat boat in a bit distress asked if we could tow them somewhere they could reach land as there water pump had packed in .Well, I'm well aware that hire boats should not do this so was put in a bit of a position . With Cantley only 5 mins away and the tide in our favour , I lashed their boat to ours and slowly took them to the pub moorings , untied them and pushed them onto dry land . What would you have done? So the beautiful but sad cruise up to Loddon was all that was left . Only 5pm and nobody serving food yet. We were all keen to get a good mooring and set up for a special last night , so pizza and kebab take aways were bought and the moorings just opposite the boat yard , right on the end were taken . Food was good, evening sun terrific , fishing fantastic , with my young lad again showing me up with a few cracking bream to finish the night off . I had a take on my spinner , felt like a biggie , but managed to unhook himself before I got him to the surface. The sad symbolic task of packing away fishing gear began. Sat with a night light , a couple of whiskies and watched my son fish away like the master he is.The three of us reflecting on a lovely holiday, in a place which is still a relatively hidden secret of a destination. I had a little stroll along the moorings, picking up some rubbish on my travels and putting it in the bins. I ain't no saint, big time, but it really saddens me that people find it acceptable to leave mess , it " rips my knitting!" as my amazing Granny would say..I wasn't litter picking, I was going for a nightime stroll! A hot drink, and sadly off to sleep in cabin for the last time. Well, the last time in July only hopefully
  3. 6 points
    It’s 7.45 and a beautiful morning in the reeds.
  4. 6 points
    That's very sad to hear David and I offer my sympathy. Please consider getting a letter from your doctor and then Hoseasons may well refund your deposit, according to the conditions of hire, especially if they can re-let the boat. When you next come to Norfolk, consider the Nancy Oldfield Trust, who have specially adapted boats and run trips out on the Broads for those who can no longer do it on their own. That way, you can still get out on the water.
  5. 4 points
    RT has survived her second night afloat without issue. We still have this torrent along her keel each side but it is slowing a tad now. Elsewhere she continues to close seams in one area and open them further along as bits return to their intended size, just not all at the same time! As I went to check her around five ish I could hear an absolute torrent of water being pumped. Of course you fear the worst but it turned out the yacht next door and RT were pumping at the same time. With everything being so quiet and still the noise was amplified dramatically! I have had the absolute pleasure of watching owls in the dawn light though. Such a wonderful spectacle as they passed within just a few feet of the car and something I would never normally get the chance to see. Time to find a bacon roll methinks
  6. 4 points
    And we are on the road. Took the chance to have a quick scrub of the bottom to tidy her up a bit.
  7. 4 points
    At that point , someone on a private boat boat in a bit distress asked if we could tow them somewhere they could reach land as there water pump had packed in .Well, I'm well aware that hire boats should not do this so was put in a bit of a position . With Cantley only 5 mins away and the tide in our favour , I lashed their boat to ours and slowly took them to the pub moorings , untied them and pushed them onto dry land . What would you have done? Exactly that. Good work! Sent from the Norfolk Broads Network mobile app
  8. 3 points
    This will be a brief holiday tale as it’s a short holiday. We needed a visit to Brilliant, tucked up at Upton, and we planned to see Royal Tudor go in. Plan A was to flit down and back, but the weather being lovely and the wind forecast nearly perfect Plan B was put into action. I checked with Martham to find that Zoe, our favourite 127 year old sailor was available so the flit became a four day break. Day 1 we were getting sorted to go when MM happened by, we planned a sail to the Pleasure Boat and he, a regular of that establishment was off to West Somerton for a change. So that was a maybe catch you later in the week... We had a great sail up to The Pleasure Boat and had an early evening meal. We met John and Donna who are NBN FB regulars, and that was most enjoyable. They revealed that they had met Griff and co ‘darn sarf’ but showed no sign of trauma, so that was ok. We planned to be at Martham early for the RT launch so headed back across Hickling and moored up above the yard, where I am again at the time of writing.
  9. 2 points
    Hi David im sure things will be fine. Even if you only cruise a little, for peace of mind you can let your engines run a bit longer. You sound like you are well prepared to conserve energy and I'm sure the boat is set up for more usage. Please enjoy it , relax and take it all in . It won't happen , but if something fails , an engineer will come along and sort it out . Go and enjoy your holiday, and tell us all about it when you do.
  10. 2 points
    I dunno...you accidentally nick a man's teabags, leave him a kettle but bring the stove home with you...and he shakes your boat to bits! It's a problem with the Robin Hood doofah and needs a pipey type wotsit although Dave reports that starting the engine has opened her up again and she is currently pumping every three minutes but just on the one pump. Poor old Dave is babysitting RT again tonight sleeping in his 'locked' car...'locked' so I don't ask Griff to nip round and shave his eyebrows off! Thank you everyone for everything you have done to get RT back on the water. Even though we still have a lot of work to do...the old girl is looking very glamorous indeed! I'm off to bed clutching a bag of frozen peas to my neck having burnt in the sun, full reports and videos...oh yes there are lots of videos, over the next day or so!
  11. 2 points
    Oh and Gracie, yes I did refer to BOATLOADS of firemen.
  12. 2 points
    That was last night... this morning we set off under sail for Horsey to meet hometown friends late this morning. Conditions were great on Hickling and we had a great skim along. Horsey Dyke however was a ‘head to wind’ set up so we motored up were moored up to meet John and Jo by 11.30, even managing a toasted tea cake at the cafe whilst we waited. The four of us trooped off to the Nelson Head for a light lunch and good banter. On returning to the boat we motored out into the mere and dropped the mudweight for a couple of hours to watch the world go by. What went by a lot were fire crew in ribs. There is a major exercise going on with two appliances setting up base camp in the NT car park and relaying crew in and out of the reeds. I gather Waxham Cut is the focus of the exercise. After John and Jo left, the wind was nicely in the beam for most of the run back to Candle Dyke and we had another idyllic sail. As mentioned on RT’s thread we stopped off to check out how things were going and then came back up into the reeds for an egg and bacon supper washed down with a nice rose. .....And here we are. Cheers!
  13. 2 points
    Next morning we upped Rhond anchors and pottered round to the boatyard, Doug and Timbo arrived with the news that RT was on its way by trailer. Sure enough Ian on tractor appeared towing RT and very quickly she was edged in to a spreading cloud of sawdust, about three bucket loads. Pumps spewing out half the Thurne, as JA has said, we pulled her round to the quay heading and tied her up. Dave, JA, arrived followed later by Ali. There was much poking about in bilges and sucking of teeth. Eventually a seam was found that needed putty to seal it. Zoe was towed alongside and Dave did a hanging upside down from her deck truck, poking gunk into the seams, whilst Doug muttered at him from inside, ‘left a bit down a bit, further underwater’ etc. I hung on to RT and Dave’s legs, ignoring ribald comments. The gap plugged the flow lessened somewhat, although Tim felt that he should stay nearby (and snore we are told ) to protect RT from sinking should the pumps stop. We decided to slope off sailing and had a lovely run up Hickling Broad. We moored up there overnight, enjoyed the second delicious evening meal and were entertained by the band who cam in to practice blues and traditional rock numbers.
  14. 2 points
    The only photo I have 1962 before your arrival . I seem to remember stopping at the yard in 76 where the then Mrs. Ashby, Moira, was heavily pregnant with your first ? child. Those were the days 1952 when you could get moorings, no ster on then.
  15. 2 points
    The Ricardo meeting. No harsh words were spoken but straight and to the point Yorkshire speak, we are good at that. We left on a handshake on good terms and that is how I’d like it to stay. Nowt else to be said really Griff
  16. 1 point
    Hello to you all. Thought we had better introduce ourselves. We being me, Rachael, my other half Liam, the hound Sydney and our ever faithful boat, Sealine S23 Naughty-Cal. We have visited the Broads many times over the years, starting off in hire boats before taking the plunge and buying our own boat which we have kept for the last ten years in Burton Waters, Lincoln. We have previously visited the Broads three times with Naughty-Cal, each time spending a week getting to and from Norfolk on the rivers and coast and then spending a week doing a whistle stop tour of the Broads. This time we will be doing things a bit differently. We had originally planned to have a visit to the Thames this summer. The trailer was booked many months in advance for this trip. But then about ten weeks ago we unexpectedly gained a rescue dog Sydney so we cancelled the trip as we didn't know how he would get on with the boat and as we had never visited the Thames before didn't know just how dog friendly it would be. Our plan changed instead to having a chug around our local rivers instead for a couple of weeks. As it happens Syd loves the boat so we needn't have cancelled the first trip but we have managed to rebook the trailer so we are instead going to be trailed to the Norfolk Broads so that we can spend the full two weeks down there for a change. So we head down there on the 20th July and will be coming back home to Lincoln on 3rd August. If you see us out and about give us a wave or better still pop across for a cold drink. The bar is almost always open on Naughty-Cal. So here is Naughty-Cal: And the newest recruit Sydney Hope we see some of you out and about on the rivers.
  17. 1 point
    We will trickle round shortly and make you a cuppa tea
  18. 1 point
    If she don't start behaving herself soon the whole bloody lot will be below the waterline!
  19. 1 point
    We have had Sonnet twice. No problems with the electrics at all. We cruise around 3 hours a day but all hire yards recommend that kind of cruising time. I think you get the cable so you can use electric hook up if you want to. Just buy some cards and ask about how to use the electric posts when you get your handover if you’re not sure. But I wouldn’t worry just because it’s all electric. Just need to run the engine if you use the microwave. Sonnet is a good little boat.
  20. 1 point
    Well what some people have mentioned on the forums about Griff's jokes, I can assume Ricardo lost the will to live after 5 minutes. I bet though that Ricardo is raising a glass to his adversary with friends and mentioning that he was a boat builder, which I believe not a lot of people on these forums knew that!
  21. 1 point
    Sonnet does appear to have shore power and ‘limited’ 240v power from inverter. Strange to have a microwave/combi oven. Might be a good idea to try and talk things over with Barnes, no use asking Hoseasons anything they probably wouldn’t have a clue!
  22. 1 point
  23. 1 point
    Hi Simon, Yes I swapped with another owner he was going to be working abroad so could not use next but wished to still have a school week allocation, we are not tied to fixtures so swapping seemed logical. In the end his job abroad was put on hold. All owners try and accommodate other owners when possible. Tan was unsure re having two weeks together, washing came into it I believe and there was talk of how we would get it all in the car. Regards Alan
  24. 1 point
    awoke around 0630 , beautiful again, but a private boat just opposite us already had his engine running . Im not one to get over excited about this kind of thing, live and let is the way forward, but why, on such a beautiful morning do they not just go for little cruise and back? two birds , one stone and all that. I fished for a little while then went for a walk . Its a smart set up at the WRC , all the amenities are modern , with the glamping and yutes looking top notch . A very short cruise to Oulton broad, another walk , picking where we shall have lunch. back to the boat , where a terrific spell of fishing was had, with a few big fish caught, unusual for the middle of the day. We went to the " copper pot??!!" a new restaurant, on the same side and close to the entrance to the park. Very very nice, highly recommended, something a little different. The main St , and Oulton broad itself is looking a bit tired these days. Such potential here as well, I hope it dosent slide any further . The big tour boat was doing a great trade, so the visitors are there, as was the mooring busy. After lunch we set off and ended up at somerleyton (passing our 2nd otter of the week, the first around brundal). As far as I can remember, I cant recall ever overnighting here, so we made camp and set up for the night. the young lad pulling fish out at fair rate, some good sizes. Me , not so much!! I took a stroll up to the pub , but as expected it was just a place for eating . Looked lovely , but I do like a traditional bar, with darts dominoes and pool . Gave the young lad the bad news , then assisted him for the rest of night , pulling in fish and the odd eel. It was mostly private boats around us, a very friendly atmosphere , in a lovely spot , somewhat sheltered in the fast river. Barbecue for supper, and I think we watched a dvd . My last full day ahead tomorrow , just where does the time go?. I was just beginning to unwind!!!!!!!!
  25. 1 point
    Thank you for the warm welcome guys. We feel very privileged to be Sydney's custodians. He hasn't had the best start in life. He is only 20 months yet we are his fourth owners. We took him on about ten weeks ago when his last owner left him and some cats locked on a narrowboat for at least a week with no food or water . Fortunately for them some kind narrowboaters spotted their plight and stayed with them feeding them ice cubes and tit bits through the window! We managed to get in contact with his owner who agreed we could take him on as he couldn't cope. A visit to the vets revealed he was 2kg under weight, flea bitten, covered in cat urine, had an infected cat bite on his rump, had worms and was generally in a dishevelled state with very little muscle build and itchy skin. Ten weeks on he is almost back to ideal weight, is bulking up nicely, his coat and skin are in much better condition and he is free of fleas and worms. He has come out of his shell and is now a proper mischievous young dog. He still has a lot to learn but he will get there. All of which had nothing to do with the Broads. Sorry for waffling!
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