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  1. 7 points
    Sorry peeps, been a tad busy to do updates but have been chastised accordingly RT continues to filter the upper Thurne at a rate the water board would be proud of. One pump does most of the work but it's starting to sound a bit rough so I will be changing it over this evening. We have a slowing of one of the major leaks which is encouraging as well. She does still need supervision though, debris blocking pumps has been a major factor over the last couple of days with a clean out needed every couple of hours or so. We will be making a decision in the morning as to whether we head for that bridge and onwards to Stalham.
  2. 7 points
    Zoe is indeed lovely. We are at West Somerton contemplating the weeds in the lovely, otherwise clear, water. Attached are hopefully pics of a swimming grass snake, otherwise nice shots of water weed
  3. 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
  4. 5 points
    There's nothing quite like stepping out your berth in the morning onto a floating floorboard for getting your instant attention....
  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. 3 points
    Hello David. We had absolutely no problems with using anything electrical onboard. In fact being all electric you don't have to think about gas supplies. And there is no inverter to turn on and off with Sonnet, the 240v supply is on all the time as I recall. The only time we needed to start the engine while moored up was while we used the microwave for a few minutes as it is recommended to do that. Having the lead to hook up to shore power is just a nice extra in case you are somewhere where you can get hooked up and want to take the opportunity to ensure that the batteries get a full charge. But if you're not using much electricity i.e. longer daylight hours, not running the heating, not doing much cooking, then you would be ok as long as you get a decent cruise. If you want to cruise for less time then hooking up to shore power is a nice thing to be able to do. If access is an issue then using stern on moorings is great and really easy and there are quite a few places to stern-on moor on the northern rivers. Remember that as a hirer you can also moor in other boatyards overnight and many of those will have stern-on moorings. If none of that suits, or if you felt that the boat would be too small inside, then you would probably find the same with many boats. Some of the newer models have more space in the cabin and the bathroom but they tend to be the more expensive ones. And if you don't want to be cruising for more than an hour or two each day then you may have an issue with keeping the batteries topped up no matter what boat you're on. Perhaps boating just isn't right for your circumstances. I'm sorry that you seem to have gone through a difficult time with bookings and finding the right information so that you could make informed choices. Perhaps the self-catering option in a riverside property will be more for you.
  10. 3 points
    I wonder how I will feel when it comes to me, after a lifetime on the water. May not be all that long at this rate! I would just ask, please, that David does not place too much blame on the boatyard for this. I happen to know all the Thwaites family personally and have done for more than 40 years. I therefore know how much they genuinely care for their customers, both first timers and regulars. That is probably why they are still in business, on the Broads. I feel that some of his allegations have not been fair, in this respect and may actually come from a simple lack of communication.
  11. 3 points
    No-one seems to have answered this, so I will have a try from what I remember. J.S. Hobrough & son were the company who did all the civil engineering works on the Broads, contracted to the River Commissioners and dating back to the early 1900s. Dredging, bank work, quay heading, etc., were all carried out and their base was at the big works on Griffin Lane in Thorpe. They were bought by May Gurney & Co sometime in the early 40s when James Hobrough retired. I believe May Gurney also had a works near Trowse Eye in Norwich. They bought a large number of old wherries when they became too old for trading, stripped their gear off and used them as dredging lighters. When these got even older, they were simply sunk along the banks of the Yare between Postwick and Bramerton and also on Surlingham and Rockland Broads. Many more of them, however, were grounded and later burned, in "Ho'Bros' Dyke". This was not in Brundall but just to the east of the May Gurney yard, where the boatyards now are. It was just a long dyke then, not like it is now but more or less on the site of City Boats and underneath the present day Norwich southern bypass bridge. In Brundall, there was a dyke leading up to the Yare Hotel, to the east of Broom's yard, which was later incorporated into their expansion and is now part of their marina. There was also the long dyke which started opposite Coldham Hall (at Harvey Eastwoods) and contained a long row of small boatyards. I assume this must have been dug out just before, or after the War. I can't remember when the second dyke was dug, but it must have been sometime in the 60's and I remember that the preserved MTB 102 used to moor in there. This is now known as Ho'Bros' dyke but I don't know why, as it was never there in the time of Hobrough & sons.
  12. 3 points
    Passed The Three Amigos this morn when leaving Ranworth , Kate actually spotted your red flag when you arrived yesterday and we wondered if was you . we spend a most sociable day/evening at the staithe in the wonderful company of the official forum idiot MM
  13. 3 points
    Owls indeed...he's been at the La Thems 'Famous Disco' !
  14. 3 points
    I’m sure I am not the only one thinking that David has done the right thing, not because of the electrics but because of his mobility problems. Boats are not the easiest of things to get on and off and with a little dog could become a real difficulty. Think about mooring up on a windy day. Once legs become painful and walking is difficult, even a small step can seem like a mountain. We are also talking 14 months on so David has no idea what his situation might be then. He might lose even more money leaving it later to cancel. David, it is very sad that you are not able to follow your dream. Have you thought about a riverside cottage where you could still watch the world go by? If things were good at the time, you could hire a day boat. Whatever you do, I hope you do manage to enjoy the Broads at some point.
  15. 2 points
    Vaughan I rather think it is actually Monarch. Gerald Sketch and his family used to holiday on Monarch while we always used Landamores. I of course could be mistaken. (often I am)
  16. 2 points
    if a member asks to be removed from the forum, we oblige that request under gdpr, and are unable to comment on individual cases.
  17. 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!
  18. 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.
  19. 1 point
    Just had a lovely meal at Pedro's. Now time for an early night after what has been a long day.
  20. 1 point
    That early stuff was certainly more brittle than later products. Strangely enough I have a Swedish ABU fly-fishing rod from the same period. ABU maintained that their products had been tested to destruction and they forecast a forty year life. Mine is still going strong, is as sweet as ever and certainly not gone brittle.
  21. 1 point
  22. 1 point
    Still two red flags flying but the bridge has just opened. No, as I type this one flag is being removed. It’s all systems go again folks!
  23. 1 point
    No rain until Royal Tudor has got under Potter!
  24. 1 point
    Well Vaughan your prayers have been answered but a little misplaced. it’s just started lashing down up here in the North East (Geordieland)
  25. 1 point
    This is no surprise owing to the very dry weather. Let us pray for rain.
  26. 1 point
    Classic Gem 2 Sent from my iPhone using Norfolk Broads Network
  27. 1 point
    Thursday, head back north. Sailed at0900 in company with Malanka. Non stop to Ranworth island. 7 x hours non stop. Against tide to GYA then flood up the Bure. Met up with Trixie near to Acle. Bbq on the island last night. We are still here in blazing sunshine yet again Griff
  28. 1 point
    do hoseasons do cottages, maybe he could transfer his booking to one of those and only incur the transfer fee?
  29. 1 point
    David as I said we have had this boat and we are not ones for long cruising, but if we are going somewhere not very far away we often do a little detour cruise to get charged up. We had no problems and did use kettle microwave TV and fridge as if we were at home. There is also the option of shore power at some locations which you buy a card for, ask at the Barnes office they will be pleased to advise you. I bought 3 and still have them. I know you will wonder what all the worry was for once you are on your way, relax and enjoy
  30. 1 point
    We will trickle round shortly and make you a cuppa tea
  31. 1 point
  32. 1 point
    It's 1/4 to three and she's still.pumping away quite happily
  33. 1 point
    Checked in with my brother today and his old Seamaster he owned, all GRP was built in 1954 according to the records. Confirmed it was one of Barnes fleet. Cheers Paul
  34. 1 point
    If she don't start behaving herself soon the whole bloody lot will be below the waterline!
  35. 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!
  36. 1 point
    The difference between Sailies and Stinkies finally pinpointed. Sailies can’t answer the phone and haul down sails, stinkies are surprised by this inability cf Chameleon for further information
  37. 1 point
    Time to relax at last. We are on holiday. The boat is loaded up. We are showered and refreshed. So now it is time to wander around to Woodcocks for a bite to eat and a few drinks before we have an early night ready for our 6am pick up in the morning. Alarm is set for 5am! That's earlier then for work.
  38. 1 point
    We hire the same Richardson’s Classic every year. It has had a total interior re fit, a new engine, and every year since we have have been hiring her something new to surprise us when we arrive (240v, microwave, new cooker etc). We keep dreaming we will treat ourself to one of the new ones, but when comparing the interiors... there’s not enough difference to justify the jump in cost! Always immaculately clean and tidy. Dated on the outside, yes... but we can’t see that!! Sent from my iPhone using Norfolk Broads Network
  39. 1 point
    I have just looked up the NMM. Cornwall page. They say that Tods Brochure was over-optimistic. I say that The Advertising Standards Legislation was a good thing. I quote:- "Stronger than steel", "will not absorb water", and that damage could be "easily repaired without special skill or tools".
  40. 1 point
    Ah, the joys of wooden boat ownership....
  41. 1 point
    There was I Monday afternoon having a quiet well earned drink in the bistro at brundall when this rabble and pile of old planks turn up! have to say Griff from where I was she looked very lovely. I would have poped over to say hi, but had to go and get the missus from the hospital.
  42. 1 point
    As a little taster, I could point you towards an article "wot I wrote" for Carol Gingell on the Broadland Memories website, titled "Broads cruisers, their evolution" - or something like that. You might find it amusing, if not necessarily historically accurate. I think the short answer, as with other things, is that it didn't all change at once. It happened gradually, over several years. When I used to work at Jenners in Thorpe, in the late 60's, we had fibreglass boats, but over half the fleet still had petrol engines. Maybe it is time that some of us on the forum (yclept the Old Coots Club by our chairman) got together and tried to produce a history of it all. Could be interesting, to put all the memories together.
  43. 1 point
    We called at the Beauchamp Arms for a lunchtime snifter n some cheesy chips n stuff. They have done a great job of decorating / renovating the inside. Outside is progressing too. That also now have overnight accommodation available too. Sailed for Coldham Hall. Met up with Simon n Sonia aka River Song. Coldham stop doing food at 1800 so we had Sunday dinner at 1755. Eventually retired to the lawn aft of our three craft for the evening. Came face to face with non other than Ricardo - proceeded to have a frank and open discussion
  44. 1 point
    I have just been looking for other photos and found this, which was my yard in Womack at the start of our first season, in 1976. Below is what it looked like this year in May, taken from the same spot on the opposite bank.
  45. 1 point
  46. 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
  47. 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!!!!!!!!
  48. 1 point
    The last time Uncle Albert was out on Royal Tudor we had moored at Paddy's lane and the old boy was deep in conversation with a couple with three young kids about littering and the amount of rubbish we had found and picked up on wild moorings on the Ant. As I walked past them to fetch the old boy a cup of tea, my tobacco pouch dropped from my pocket. On returning with the old boy's tea the couple were saying how difficult it was to 'teach children in today's throw away society to pick up after themselves'. "It's not hard at all!" declared Uncle Albert as he clipped me around the back of the head. "Ow!" "Pick up the litter dropped Timothy! What no biscuits?" Different times and generations I'm afraid.
  49. 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!
  50. 0 points
    Sad news I am afraid. Keith passed peacefully away yesterday. Lisa and Gareth were able to be near.
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