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  1. 12 points
    As suggested I thought a trip down memory lane may amuse some people I first heard about the Broads in 1964 during a free art lesson at Sir John Deanes Grammar School. A chap named Kenny Roe was picked out to tell where he had been on holiday and I was swept away by the thought of captaining my own boat for a week. I don't remember many other names in the class but his sticks with me for that reason. I wrote to Blakes at 47 Albemarle Street London and obtained one of their catalogues ASAP. Following weeks of "umming and arring" we made a list of boats to take 3 people, myself, my sister and my then girl friend Val, yes we got married eventually, and sent our list of six preferred boats off for the following year. Being almost a year in advance I was convinced LochTarbert was ours. A couple of weeks later we got our booking for Broadwave 3 from Clifford E Allan's at Coltishall. As many of you know the yard is long gone and houses replace it but Broadwave is still afloat and the attached picture shows her for sale at Ludham Bridge Boatyard in 2016. She was still there, but on a hard standing, in 2017. The boat had a petrol engine, a Vedette me thinks?, and 3 single berths. There was 1 in the bow cabin and 2 in the lounge. The toilet and wash basin were also in the bow cabin but had no door as per the boat plan, just a curtain. The gas stove and a sink were in the stern cabin and there was no fridge just an ice box. Fresh ice blocks were obtained from the many boatyards that were about back then. Knowing the dates we booked a Robinson's Coach from just outside Manchester Victoria station to Wroxham and then we waited and planned. I read the print off the Blakes Pocket Pilot and Holiday Log book. By the time we set off I almost new it verbatim. We caught the late train to Manchester and walked around to the coach office with our suitcases. The coach left around midnight stopping around Manchester for a few more pick ups and then stopping for a break at a Farm Cafe on the A47 arriving at Wroxham about 05.30. We hadn't bargained for that. What to do Know. We waited some time by the river and eventually got a cup of coffee when a cafe opened and called a taxi to take us to Coltishall. The boatyard were a little surprised to see us so early but found us somewhere to sit in the boat shed and we waited and waited. They gave us a cup of tea mid morning but it was the longest wait of my life. The WC consisted of a little wooden shed with a hole in the ground and a plank. All mod cons. Eventually we were shown to the boat and taken for the test drive. There was a wheel, a long gear lever that stuck out of the deck of the centre cockpit, and a thumb lever for a throttle. On the dash was the choke, the ignition switch and a couple of gauges for oil pressure and temperature. Piece of cake to a 17 year old who had driven a dodgem car or two. Shortly we were set loose on our first grand voyage. We were headed for Wroxham and out in the lovely countryside so I thought a good place to practice mooring. Didn't want to look a complete plonker in Wroxham! First try we bounced of the bank. Approach too fast. The next try we ran aground. Great!! been on board an hour and I am in the river pushing the boat off the bottom. After that the holiday became a blur of absolute enjoyment. We three loved it so much we got home and booked again and again and again. I suppose I was a very fortunate person back then as I had a job working away from home, Dundee to be precise, fitting pipework and learning to weld and the overtime and lodging allowance paid for that first holiday which I suppose changed our lives. We have had breaks from the Broads when I discovered motorbikes and toured Europe every chance we got. We then went camping going from a Goldwing with trailer tent to a touring caravan, even tried a motorhome for 6 months. Big mistake! Stereo Tinnitus and motor homes don't work. During these times we still had the occasional Broads holiday because it is a holiday and now we rarely do anything else. When it comes to the boats over the years I have my favourites: Broadwave we will never forget Connoisseur GL2 and the others we had were superb Magnifique (The gin palace as the owner called it) was big and a great boat for 7 The Aft Deck Penichette in Ireland is one of my absolute favourites as a boat design. Loved the stern verandah and just the overall design. Old but good. Worst boats: Swan Renown was a let down, fabulous boatyard (sorry it to has gone) with great boats just didn't like all the steps inside and the tiny galley. Absolute worst: Romantique from Alpha Craft! I will not swear but this floating shed was rented to us instead of being burned and the staff were the worst I ever met. One of the sons received my list of complaints and then showed me his dads boat with the marble work tops and all the luxuries. Brain of a rocking horse!!!! Well thats me for now. Take care and stay afloat. John Broadwave receipt.pdf
  2. 9 points
    Hi Jono Having just read of your first visit to the Broads in 1964 on Broadwave, I cannot believe the parallels to my first visit to the Broads in May 1964. I lived in Blackpool at the time and together with 2 friends we caught the bus to Lower Moseley St bus station in Manchester and like you took the overnight Robinsons coach to Wroxham arriving at circa 6am. We couldnt afford a taxi so we walked to Coltishall suitcases and all. As we arrived a man dressed in nautical gear together with hat and pipe was walking down the road. We asked the way to Clfford E Allen's boatyard and he replied I'm Cliff Allen follow me.When we arrived he asked which boat we had hired,we replied Broadwave 1, That should be ready as it was not hired last week, Cliff said so after our instuction and do,s and dont,s we set off on our first Broads adventure- The time was 8.15 am and all we had to eat was what we had brought-tinned salmon & peaches and cream, sat on the deck and cruising down what in my opinion is still the most beautiful stretch of river on the Broads. I vowed then if I could ever afford it I would buy a boat and in 1995 I was lucky enough to purchase a 4 year old Alpha 35 centre cockpit cruiser I named Sandpiper which I still have 23 years later. I have watched Broadwave's restoration over the years but will never forget that first Broads holiday on her which lead to my love of the Broads Boycee
  3. 7 points
  4. 5 points
    I wish to bring to attention a particularly nasty email scam which has recently surfaced. It is being called sexploitation, but I prefer the old-fashioned name BLACKMAIL! A family member has just received one of these emails, but, after the initial shock, was sensible enough to report it to the police. You can read all about this latest scam on the police Action Fraud web site https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/news/alert-cyber-criminals-send-victims-their-own-passwords-in-new-sextortion-scam-jul18 It seems that criminals have got hold of email addresses and associated passwords, following data breaches of large companies. One such breach occurred in 2012, and involved LinkedIn, but other companies have been similarly affected, and this scam is only just now utilising the data that was stolen. If you want to check whether any of your email addresses have been compromised, you can go to this web site to find out https://haveibeenpwned.com/ (you can either click on my link, or the same link that is provided on the Action Fraud web site). Please tell your family and friends about this. Pre-knowledge may save them a great deal of distress. Don't think it can't happen to you, or them.
  5. 4 points
    Not always that easy ......
  6. 4 points
    Wednesday 1st August An easy relaxed day today began in the beautiful sunshine, which only brightened and strengthened as the day went on. Yes I am burnt already Doing the usual morning duties, tidying the boat, sorting breakfast, walking the dog, disposing of rubbish etc, I had a coffee whilst the kids pondered where we would head today. Setting off just before 1030 we headed down the River Waveney with the tide for a pleasant morning cruise. We passed a fair amount of boats on our way, day boats, hire boats and the odd gin palace too. Winding our way along the bends of the River it was so hot I had to whip off my top and catch a few rays Eventually we found ourselves at Beccles, expecting the yacht station to be extremely busy, in fact it was only half full and the riverside moorings were almost empty. Taking the opportunity I moored up on the South Bank moorings next to the road bridge at around 1230 and began to prepare for a trip into Beccles for a few supplies. After a trip into B&M and Tesco It seemed only right that I treat myself to a quick pint in the Wetherspoons Kings Head. 2 hours later we headed through Beccles back towards the boat, stopping off in a couple of the little shops for some of the kids own supplies. Mainly sweets and games As we passed the bus stop it seemed only right we helped out The Bear and Bells, so doing my public duty we sat in the beer garden and I went to hand over my beer tokens at the bar. We had a right good giggle about very random stuff, and I was able to have a chat with my gorgeous one whilst there for a while too. After another drink we started to head off back to the boat calling in for one last drink in the Caxton ARMS (calm down Mr Nog), I'm not suitable for the Caxton Club apparently, says Mrs Nog. Finally heading back the kids began to prepare some games as I headed down the Beccles Marsh Trail with the dog, some lovely scenery and tree's hidden out of the way A glass of wine (look closely) sat waiting as the sunset in case anyone happened to drop in The rest of the evening was spent playing games with the kids and a little wine, exploding kittens and bananagrams, before we had tea, some lovely conversation and then bed, falling asleep much quicker than I had imagined.
  7. 3 points
    I don’t recall enjoying a holiday tale (plus associated bits and pieces) as much as yours Jono. I suppose because it goes back to a good era, you and I are very similar in age but now please forget I told you that! It always seems to me that things were more simple then, probably mainly to do with the lack of technology. We got a tremendous kick out of trying new things in those days didn’t we? As Vaughan said, ‘please tell us more’!
  8. 3 points
    I use a Cobb "BBQ" a lot when we are out and about, I was a little skeptical at first, but since getting this for our camper I have got rid of the BBQ and cadac grill. This bit of kit is really versatile and we often do a full roast when away camping including Yorkshires and roast spuds. One of the issues with wild cooking is that you don't have an oven, with a few heat beads this fella will do everything that an oven can do from roast to cakes to joints, as well as griddle, fry and BBQ. I cant rate it highly enough. The added benefit is that it doesn't smoke or get hot so is perfectly safe in the camper awning. Look em up on line they really are worth the investment if you have limited cooking equipment, and a week of BBQ and fried food really doesn't appeal when we are away.
  9. 2 points
    I think it's usually "at least 4 hours". Not something I usually have a problem with - But I've taken over hire boats where the batteries needed a couple of days to get up to normal as the previous hirers had not done enough running.
  10. 2 points
  11. 2 points
    Indeed they do - I believe Barnes fit twin alternators as standard. Swings and roundabouts really. I kind of prefer gas in that I don't have to run the engine much in order to make a cuppa, but equally a nice electric combi oven is better to cook with than an LPG stove.
  12. 2 points
    Sunday 29th July. On awakening I dressed and went and sat on the upper helm seating to catch up my blog but also to watch what was happening in the slow drizzle that was coming down. Eventually everyone was up, only washes this morning, because could not get into the staithe yesterday because it was the fullest I have seen it. We chattered away during our breakfasts and were watching the weather to see if there was a lull, sadly not we rolled up the canopy door sections and took out the front screen and set off from the mooring at 10.00 am behind another boat going back down the Chet. Tan was happy to relinquish the helm, she did not fancy going down the Chet with the canopy up. We had the back sections in to fend off some of the drizzle. I was getting slightly wet so Yak put a coat over my knees, is this how it going to be in my dotage! When we go back onto the Yare we rolled own the door sections and headed back to the marina. Moored back up in our home moorings we had lunch before Lynda & Yak had to head off home. We heard from them later they had had a better journey than on the way to Brundall and knocked about an hour off their journey time. Tan & I did a little bit of cleaning in the forward section they had used and vac packed the sheet of shaped foam we use as a topper on the forward berth. We played a few games much to Tan’s regret, I was at least 5 games up on our holiday. I loaded the oven with sausage, bacon to use up our supplies so we would have less to take home. We ate and finished a crossword before we watched a DVD, there was hardly any activity in the marina, and my guess was that a number of boat owners had come down on the Friday night for the weekend, but had now gone home. Coffee and bed a little after 11.00 pm. Regards Alan & Tan
  13. 2 points
    The instructions really should state that parrots should be removed from the pan before use.
  14. 2 points
    Not only does TBMC's barge, Louise, call on Tuesdays, Thursday and Saturdays, but, under new management and new management appointed contractors, she is on 'emergency' call-out duty twenty-four-seven, year round. In fairness to those bungalows that are not connected to a mains drainage system (all of the Martham and Repps banks bungalows and five above Highs Mill on the Potter Heigham bank) none still use cassette loos nor the even older Elsans. They all use macerating systems, the sort that are now found in most Broads hire boats. Incidentally, although an application to connect the ninety-nine riverside bungalows to a first-time mains sewerage system was turned down by Anglian Water, an appeal is currently being considered by the Secretary of State. Footnote: To maintain balance, Riverside Holidays Ltd of Catfield and Riverside Rentals of Horning have already been mentioned. Other bungalow holiday rental agencies exist.
  15. 2 points
    Originally designed by an engineer working in East Africa. He saw women walking miles carrying wood collected for cooking. Meanwhile there was a mountain of maize cobbs around the village. He produced a very rudimentary version but it was capable of using the normal waste from their maize diet "The Cobb" as fuel.
  16. 2 points
    Try the copperstone range. Not overly expensive but absolutely nothing sticks to them. Ours have been plodding on for years now and still look good as new with no signs of scratching on the non stick surface. They are like witchcraft. No oil needed to fry an egg!
  17. 2 points
    Hi all, I've read all your posts, I'm new to this forum to, We have our own boat currently out being refitted, ( very expensive ) so we're hirering at the moment to keep our hand in , I agree with some that hire craft users sail to fast don t take into consideration the tide or wind when moaring we think that's due to the company not explaining it properly when taking them out on rest drive , New sailors can't take it in in 10 mins when their tired from a long drive with family argueing in the back ,waiting around the yard,unloading the card into boat, not been on river before, We've watched them just stood at side of hire craft worker out of yard this long boat down the river he turns it round you take it back he turns it round them your on your own !!! Full boar down the river So please give guidance if possibly (wanted)help them tie up that way your viat won't get damaged, And everyone has a good time And people want to come back instead of coming home thinking their grumpy private boat owner's don't want to have anythingto do with hirers, We're all here because of the broads,
  18. 2 points
    Hi Ray, The simple answer is that you will not be able to run a microwave oven off an invertor plugged into a 12V cigarette lighter socket. You will need an appropriate invertor properly wired into the battery. Ideally I would also install a second battery otherwise your one battery will be dead in no time at all. Some basics, I'll try and keep it as simple as I can. Microwaves are typically rated at anything from 500 watts to 1000 watts. There is a simple formula that works out from the power of an item, how much voltage and current is needed. So Power=voltage x current As long as you know at least two of the values you can work out the missing one. So a 600 watt microwave, not the most powerful on 240V is worked out as follows 600 = 240V x 2.5A So needs to draw 2.5A from your mains supply. No problem when at home. On 12V the maths is as follows; 600 = 12V x 50A so needs to draw 50amps. This is way more than you could ever draw from a cigarette lighter, which are normally rated at 10, or maybe 20 amps. So assuming a 600 watt microwave you need to draw at least 50 amps. In reality due to inefficiencies in the invertor and microwave you will need more like 70 amp. A typical 110 amp hour leisure battery is considered discharged when it has given up half its capacity and should never be discharged below this. So you have 55amp hours to play with. That means that your microwave drawing 70 amps would probably run for no more than 45mins and would give the battery a real good hammering. To many times and the battery would give up the ghost. That is why I think you need a minimum of two batteries. I think Samsung do a 12V microwave and it would save a little as you wouldn't need an invertor and there would be less conversion losses, but remember that power formula, you are still going to draw some big current.
  19. 2 points
    I am sorry, but my main cooking pot when away is a lidls non stick frying pan for £3.99, for breakfast fry the bread, cook the eggs, then the bacon, then open a tin of beans and sausages dump into the frying pan and heat, 1 pan, the beans leave it so it just needs rinse and wipe with kitchen roll.
  20. 1 point
    Yes to both, she is an African Grey and talks - easily a hundred words, some in context like "do you want to go to bed?" when she wants to go to her cage to sleep, but also a lot of babble of the things she hears us say. She has just told me she has a sore butt feather as she's moulting!
  21. 1 point
    So very true. No maybe about it being control, that is almost certainly the reality. Teaching youngsters that the Broads are not actually Broads, rather that they are lakes, as one example.
  22. 1 point
    Err, my lady does not drink from a pint glass Oh err, its a chalice, not a "girls" glass
  23. 1 point
    Obviously not a Norwegian Blue.
  24. 1 point
    Cheers finny Just so you know so could I. Oh no silly me, I did
  25. 1 point
    Ps - don’t let her see the chicken in a can thread.
  26. 1 point
    No but I have thirst on - recon I could easily drop that in one .......you lucky sod finny
  27. 1 point
  28. 1 point
    She still had two of them when I last checked, although she does get threatened with parrot satay when she tries to eat my door frames
  29. 1 point
    Yeah that's the biggest design issue, I think. Could have been solved I think, given that the door slides out of the way, so perhaps some sort of Pearl-style door in the canopy - Although the threshold would have to be pretty low.
  30. 1 point
    I'm looking forward to your review, Robin. I've always liked the saloon and galley areas on the Connoisseur, particularly on the C40/46. The design was new in the early 1990s but was years ahead of its time, just as the original designs were in the late 1970s. My only gripe is with the side entrance, not so much that it's on the side but that the canopy blocks it when you slide it back. Your only exit then is via the steps in the saloon which is less than ideal, particularly on a stern mooring. When we hired Tropic Horizon (old style 37), the saloon steps were well forward, hence to exit on a stern mooring with the canopy open, you had to walk back along the side deck for a few feet with nothing to hold on to.
  31. 1 point
    Hurrah, well done. It certainly was
  32. 1 point
    I have recently purchased a new pressure cooker after having one of the Prestige ones for about 40 years. Darn thing used to frighten me to death with its hissing and steam. Plumped this time for a Lakeland's own , absolutely brilliant it is, no noise, no steam, no fuss. About a third of the weight. Cannot praise it enough. Would have been ideal on the boat as only two of us. https://www.lakeland.co.uk/18435/Lakeland-3L-Pressure-Cooker-
  33. 1 point
    Was just reading through the posts and came across this post from Iain, it has made me feel so sad that he is no longer with us. Strange how things hit you all of a sudden. I never met him personally but he was such a huge help on here.
  34. 1 point
    Hi Ray, although you look as though you have the answers you need for now. You may be interested in some light youtube vlogs to give a better understanding of boat electrics "cruising the cut" this is journalist living on a narrowboat, a good starter for electrics. "journey with jono" still a narrowboat but more techi. But the best vlog for me is a guy called "greg virgoe" he`s converting a merc sprinter van into a motorhome.It gives advice on planning,mains,12 volts,power audits,solar panel,cable sizing and lots more.Although its got a bilge pump and nav light or two missing its still relevant for boat use. Enjoy if you can stay awake paul
  35. 1 point
    I never had any inside info, honest Grace
  36. 1 point
    I hate to interfere in my own game Mr Nog but under my rules, what my baby Grace says, goes. My life is so much easier that way. She has a temper you know So well done gorgeous Grace
  37. 1 point
    You leave THAT bridge alone young man! It keeps the rifraf out. We can't have florescent mankini's up there you know, the waters just not deep enough and you'll frighten the ecosystem
  38. 1 point
    Such a sore loser Grace
  39. 1 point
    ...erm, I hate to be pedantic folks but that is the Caxton Arms...not the Caxton Club
  40. 1 point
    It's the Caxton Club I reckon, am I right babe? Grace xxx
  41. 1 point
    I doubt it, and I dont suppose you will either for re-quoting it
  42. 1 point
    Norfolk Broads - the school for learning to handle a boat, always has been, always will be. I have only hired twice and helmed a boat 4 times now, I like to think I have learned a lot in those times, I learned the most from Griff the one time I was allowed to helm Broad Ambition, some of the best advice I have ever had, and that was if you are headed into a sticky situation, dont just slow down, or you lose all manouverability. have I hit anything - not yet, and I hope not in future too.
  43. 1 point
    Ray, I bet the gas oven is looking more appealing now! Another thought: It is possible to buy 12v "slow cookers". They will be no use for "ping food" instant meals, but you could prepare a meal, cruise for a few hours (the alternator would feed the 7 or 8 amps used by the cooker whilst the engine is on), and the food would be cooked when you moor up. With the engine off, this style of cooker would be using less than a tenth of the power consumed by a microwave.
  44. 1 point
    Prior to the Lads week, this evening we have 5 x RN crew onboard through to Monday - Sadly no clearance divers onboard otherwise we could have done a double whammy 1) Rail swing bridges 2) THAT bridge Griff
  45. 1 point
    Wouldn't it be easier for them to just tell us when it is operational. paul
  46. 1 point
    Have to say when we cruised through yesterday that all of the racing yacht crews were very courteous and friendly. Had one sail between us and the bank but it was obvious they had caught what little wind there was so we pulled out a little and let them through.
  47. 1 point
    Hello Robin, You have a Hurth gearbox which is purely mechanical and when you move the lever, the gear change is made by a strong spring which throws the clutch plate into either ahead or astern. First thing to do, with the engine stopped, is to remove the cable from the little lever on the gearbox and work the lever manually. This should be easy to do with one hand but it will go into gear with with a clunk. If this is stiff and hard to change then you need to get the gearbox spring adjusted by the boatyard and this might mean taking the gearbox off. In which case, check the flywheel thrust plate while you are at it! If the gearbox lever is free and the Morse control lever is also free when disconnected, then you simply need to adjust the cable so that it is not under tension, when in the neutral position. This is perhaps best done by your boatyard but it is an easy job. Morse cables very rarely become stiff of their own accord. They usually break because they have been installed so that they are still under tension when in the neutral position.
  48. 1 point
    I shall report your post for moderation! We just can't have boats "Mounting" each other on a family friendly forum even if it is regatta week! Shame on you TheQ, if the said boat did mount another it should be kept to the confines of your club and certainly not made public.
  49. 1 point
    Saturday 28th July. I awoke and went up onto the upper helm with my laptop and wrote a little more of my blog while everyone were still asleep , it was drizzling a little, the heavy downpour never really got started last night and it was still humid. There was stirring down below and I could hear the forward shower pump activating. I had finished on the computer so I went below and started getting the table ready for breakfast. Everyone was now up and ready for a drink and food, we chattered away and dished out the tablets (one of the deep joys of getting older). Breakfast over and the washing done we watched the boat in front of us leave, heading towards Brundall. There were a number of one, two and four man rowing teams on the river this morning. We waited a while before rolling up the canopy doors and taking out the front screen panel for the drizzling to stop. I took us from the mooring and we headed down river, the sun eventually came out but it was quite windy. Just before and after the Beauchamp Arms I kept well to port to avoid the fishing match that looked to be on, it was just after the pub that a very large boat passed us on the starboard side in front of all of the fisherman, he got quicker once into the 6 MPH section of the river. Tan took over the helm we passed the sugar factory and continued past Hardley Mill so Linda & Yak were now seeing pastures new. I took over again as we reached the River Chet, it was too windy for Tan to take us into the river entrance, needless to say there was a lower boat that I could see on the second bend, we passed safely and progressed up the river, Tan took over after we reached the more sheltered part of the river near to the tree line, whilst I went below to prepare lunch. I came back up top before we reached Maffett’s (I noted Titan was back out) and checked out the staithe, it looked as if there was a space, but sadly a small boat was moored next to the end unseen, after turning round we headed back to the space we had seen on the common. We got in with the aid of the owner aboard Painted Lady who took a rope. Secured we took down the canopy and I finished off the omelettes for lunch. We sat in the sunshine eating our meal on the upper deck watching the Pacific boats going out and coming back from their training. After lunch Linda, Yak and myself went for a walk to the village, we must have taken the wrong path because after the first bridge and style the path we were on took us over a cowpat field and the path then ended by a ditch that someone had put a few pallets and timber in the bottom up the other side on a nettle lined path we ended up at the back of a boat yard. The road from there ended up at the side of the Kings Head, we called into the Swan to book a table for this evening , sadly they were fully booked, we called into the Co-op and bought a few items and a couple of pizzas instead, to be honest we could not have made the journey across the fields in the dark. Back on-board we told Tan of our adventures and whiled away the afternoon until we felt hungry. We put the canopy fully before it went dark and again looked for sighting of the moon, it came up behind the trees on the common so could not be fully seen. We went to bed to the sound of drizzling on the canopy. Regards Alan & Tan
  50. 1 point
    In many things I prefer quality over disposable, and in fact the majority of my saucepans are Horwood Stella stainless steel but I end up having to admit that I use two cheapo non-stick pans for ease of use/cleaning. It seems that I am the only person who uses my boat who knows that you don't use steel utensils in non-stick cookware. Result, many scratches and reduced life. I shall replace like with like.
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