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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
    Sailed from Hoveton at 1700-ish. Now at Coltishall Lock for the evening Griff
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 6 points
    typical sailie always in the reeds not on the river,no sense of direction
  7. 6 points
    It’s 7.45 and a beautiful morning in the reeds.
  8. 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.
  9. 5 points
    There's nothing quite like stepping out your berth in the morning onto a floating floorboard for getting your instant attention....
  10. 4 points
    Thursday 19th July. A late riser this morning 6.45am wrote yesterday’s blog and proceeded to remove all the canopy panels. Someone had left the staithe around midnight, but they were straight off not causing too much disruption. After breakfast and a crossword Tan helped take down the canopy top, while I chattered away with a few of the other crews at the staithe, It was Roy aboard Lightning (one of our forum members). Robin had gone so it may have been him last night doing a spot of night cruising. We set off at 8.30am me at the helm whilst Tan cleaned the pots, it did not last long and Tan took over the helm. Once I had reception I left a message at the Beccles Yacht Station could they reserve me a mooring. By the time we were at Reedham the tide had dropped quite a lot, we passed Trixie moored outside the Nelson, at the bridge we had over a foot of clearance. Tan took us along the new cut after I had taken us under the bridge. Tan was very concerned that the baggin cages used on the starboard side of the cut were further into the river well beyond the green posts. A boat overtook us part way down the new cut but we caught up with him at Somerleyton Bridge, it was stuck by all accounts, I had timed our passage so we had again had about a foot of clearance at the bridge, we need 9 foot 8 inches and there was around 11 foot or there about, the bridge height boards are very difficult to read on the lower levels. We had only gone a mile or so down the river when the same boat caught up with us and passed us again, so the staff we saw on the bridge must have sorted it out quickly. We followed a few boat towards the Waveney River Centre, I noticed there were about 7 or 8 of the yurts now on the site. The river boat waver a number of the boats to pass her just after the centre. We always forget how long a journey it is into Beccles but enjoyed the journey, I topped up the sun while Tan kept us on the straight and narrow (not too narrow it is the Southern Broads). I had to warn her that Albion was dead in front of her around a bend, she said she was looking forward nt up and had not seen the mast. We arrived at Beccles about 1.00pm and managed to moor; there were plenty of moorings available. Moored up I went to the office and paid for the mooring for the night. We decided not to purchase shower tokens again this visit, it must be around five years ago that there was talk by the yacht station staff that there would be new facilities, over the last five years these facilities have got worse by every season, they are dirty, and hardly maintained. Tan will not use them anymore. We walked up to Beccles and were glad that we eventually arrived at Wetherspoons, menu perused I ordered at the bar, I went for gammon eggs and chips, Tan ham eggs chips, a pint and a half of Fosters all in at £15.90 (my drink was free with the meal. We left the pub and went on to do some shopping before heading back to the boat. At least it was slightly downhill on the walk back. Back on the boat we took in the sun for a while watching and talking to the number of people who were looking at the boats at the yacht station moorings. We went below it was getting too hot for Tan, We played a couple of games of Rumminkub. I went back onto the upper helm and looked a few of the fender socks, one had come loose so I repaired that one and darned a couple of small slits on two more. Tan came back up top and while I was finishing off and we sat watching the world go by. Albion come into moor at the Yacht Station for the night. I prepared our evening meal; I cooked off some sausages and sliced new potatoes in the oven, boiled some sliced carrots and red beans. The sausage and potatoes cooked I put tinned tomatoes and baked beans, the carrots and red beans with a little mustard into a casserole dish. Added the sausage pieces and potatoes onto Tan’s side (I have to limit my carbs at the moment) and covered with a good helping of grated cheese. Back into the over for 20 minutes before serving. We watched a DVD, had coffee and a crossword and were in bed before 10.30 pm Regards Alan & Tan
  11. 4 points
    Wednesday 18th July. Awoke a little after 6.00am and retrieved emails and checked on the forum. We had breakfast and set off for Wroxham and called into Jeckells a little after 9.00am with a canopy section that needed stitching, one of the tie down patches was missing (I had already stitched one back on the previous evening that had been saved by one of my fellow owners). We left the section with them and did a little shopping in Roy’s , a little over an hour after a coffee we called back to Jeckells, the section was repaired. I have always found them very accommodating in these small repairs while you wait. Back at the marina we took down the canopy and set off, I took the boat out of the marina and did a little of “left-hand down it is sir” and handed the helm over to Tan while I took in the sun. We had decided that we would head to Loddon today and hoped we would be able to moor at the staithe. We passed a couple of boats coming down the River Chet, but there was a boat travelling in front of us. Tan relinquished the helm outside of Maffetts and we managed to get at the side of the boat we were following, there was just one space left at the side of us. During the afternoon a few boats came and went, it seemed strange that people were leaving a good mooring after 3.00 and 4.00pm. We walked a couple of boats into spaces at the side of us and chattered to their occupants. On the journey I had a couple of calls relating to our two shares that we put up for sale about three weeks ago, a couple I spoke to on Tuesday who are very interested are coming down to meet us on the boat on Saturday and today we had an interested party who will send me their details, sadly Loddon is virtually a dead zone with regards to phone reception and internet connectivity. In the staithe was Lightning and Trixie, I am not sure who is on Lightning this week, but Robin was walking passed the boat so I introduced myself and we had a chat over boating tails of woe. I had already nipped up the village calling in the DIY for some walking stick feet, we use these on the boarding ladder for protecting the hull. Into the Kings Head not for a beer, but a couple of shower tokens for the staithe shower facility. We have two showers on-board but tend to use land facilities, when ever possible. Clean and fresh we headed to the White Horse for an early meal, as usual a member of their staff had left leaflets with all the boats at the staithe. It was a fair meal but the menu was limited, this may have been because they were also having a barbecue out in the garden, we only saw the Morris Men queuing at the bar for a brew. Back at the boat we had a couple of games of Rummikub (a tile based game similar to scrabble but with numbers) I had won all the games we played the previous evening so Tan was desperate to even the score. We watched a DVD had coffee and were in bed by 11.30pm. Regards Alan & Tan
  12. 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
  13. 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.
  14. 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
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 3 points
    We were very impressed, first time going with Herbert Woods this year on Jewel of Light. Yes old boat and a little basic but clean and tidy. Great layout on the boat. Prompt and polite service from the yard and clean toilets and showers at the yard aswell.
  20. 3 points
    Got a bone to pick with you two......................................................................................... Got me nut burnt chatting at St Bennets.......................... The Wench says my fault not yours, so looks like you wont be in the corner Simon
  21. 3 points
    Yes, he's my hero. I am his understudy, and stand in when he's unavailable. Got a long way to go to reach his level, I'm afraid.
  22. 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
  23. 3 points
    Owls indeed...he's been at the La Thems 'Famous Disco' !
  24. 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.
  25. 2 points
    Re the Dawncraft query mine was fitted out in 1969 by Herbert Woods "D703" have also seen around the broads D700 to D704 still around in various conditions. Gary Pulse..
  26. 2 points
    I have only read this briefly this evening to catch up on the updates. Whilst Barnes Brinkcraft may not be my first choice just because I like starting from places other than Wroxham sometimes, and choosing different boats, I have to say that I have never had any issues with the yard and that our experiences hiring Sonnet were fine. Yes, it's not the newest boat but it's far from the oldest either. And that style of boat is the best that you will get if mobility is an issue.
  27. 2 points
    Well that was lucky. Got alongside the green at Horning. Malanka away as is Trixie. We are enroute to Salhouse but spied a big enough mooring so now in Staithe n Willow. It’s a tad warm. Looks like the big coat ain’t getting used again Griff
  28. 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)
  29. 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.
  30. 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.
  31. 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!
  32. 2 points
    Oh and Gracie, yes I did refer to BOATLOADS of firemen.
  33. 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!
  34. 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.
  35. 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.
  36. 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
  37. 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.
  38. 1 point
    I would like to think that most people would have helped too. Really enjoyed reading your write ups
  39. 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.
  40. 1 point
    Plenty of it on the surface at the Lock but normal before coming up the river. Fishing is rubbish though. Just been presented with a rum coffee and fresh cream scone. MrsG is smiling too. JBX5 - you may well come knocking, but not too late! Griff
  41. 1 point
    do hoseasons do cottages, maybe he could transfer his booking to one of those and only incur the transfer fee?
  42. 1 point
    We will trickle round shortly and make you a cuppa tea
  43. 1 point
    If she don't start behaving herself soon the whole bloody lot will be below the waterline!
  44. 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!
  45. 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!
  46. 1 point
  47. 1 point
    Great to see her where she belongs!
  48. 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
  49. 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!!!!!!!!
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    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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