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  1. 6 points
    1200rpm. Alternators for five minutes there were kicking out 115 amps - wow. All normal of course Nadine using hair dryer. It’ll be the GHD’s next. More importantly why is the electric toaster not producing crumpets? coz Grandson onboard so my galley slave is on strike cooing over him Griff
  2. 4 points
    It's Tuesday 7th and we have to make our way back North, I'm going to try something daring. A few weeks ago I asked a question on these here boards about passing through Yarmouth outside of the ideal passage time of Low Slack water. I got a lot of replies (genuinely, thank you very much) telling me that the ideal time was LSW for many good reasons, all valid, true and to be fair already fully understood but it was the question....'yeah but what if I go early' that I wanted answers to. Surely not everyone waits for LSW, and taking bridge heights as being researched and adequate, will it be impossible or just not ideal, water speed (current) was my concern in a low-powered hire boat. I'd considered this option for both south and north passages but decided against heading south early because as everybody quite rightly pointed out I'd be going through Yarmouth with (a potentially strong) tide, so steerage might be an issue. Going north however meant going against the current, so steering would be fine, bridge height would be fine, it's just the power (thrust) Vs current (resistance) and what that ratio would be. At the end of the day I've been through here at what was advertised as LSW and the flow was so great that I almost stopped moving, the boat managed and so did I so at worst I was going to use some extra fuel. I'll head that way, stop at Berney Arms for a think and make a final decision. As quietly as I could manage I prepared for departure, and left the basin at tickover speed at 7.30 am. The next 2 hours were the best part of the holiday for me. It was yet another beautiful day in the making, already warm and sunny, no wind, the world was waking up (at least this part of it was) and no-one else was around. The boats along short dyke were passed with barely a ripple, I was 2-3 mph just enough to maintain a heading and once clear and into the Yare I was able to increase speed to what I was allowed to do and I felt like it was just me in the world. Beauchamp Arms, Langley Dyke (mental note to moor there one day), Cantley (what do they use Sulphuric Acid for when they make sugar?) Hardley Cross all passed before boats started appearing on the river. The chain ferry again reached it's destination as I approached so no avoiding action was needed, and soon I was approaching Berney Arms windmill. This was Boris's pit stop before the crossing to the North, so we took our time, walked for about 45 minutes to tire him out (no chance) and then I stood up top with binoculars to see what's what on Breydon water. There were quite a few boats, hire and private moving both north and south across Breydon, it was 10.30 am, mid-way between high and low water and I decided I was going to leave now to save hours and hours giving me best chance of somewhere nice to moor for the night. I could have a look at what the Bure was doing once I got through the lift bridge and turn back if necessary. The Yare was emptying, progress was a dizzying 8 mph, and I had company with similar minded folk so I didn't feel at risk, and as it happened it was absolutely fine. As we passed under the lift bridge the siren went off, Bev jumped in fright and demanded to know what I'd done wrong but soon the bridge started to lift. I couldn't see anything following me that warranted this, nor was anything in view towards the sea as I turned into the Bure, so I wondered why it was interrupting the morning traffic. Never mind, other things to think about. Passage under the bridges and up the Bure was only slightly hindered by the outgoing tide, I would say I needed an extra 300-400 rpm to maintain the indicated speed on the label but I held off and headed upstream at 3-4 mph until things eased off a couple of miles upstream of Yarmouth. We stopped at Stokesby to walk Boris, and also visit the terrific village shop. We bought ice creams and sat on the green, enjoying a summer's day on our holidays. Oh yes, if only it didn't have to end. Having departed at 1.30 pm we approached Acle bridge and what's this? a space outside the Bridge Inn that's what... the first one as we approach. But it's still early, I don't want to moor for the night yet but there's a flipping space outside the Bridge Inn! Nah, I'm going to try my luck at Womack Staithe, if I stop now I'll just spend the day in the pub and have a hangover tomorrow. As we passed a boat heading south spotted the space and you could see by their faces they thought they'd struck gold, I think they had. Onwards towards the Thurne and Womack Water, I hoped for the staithe, 2nd choice was the side-on moorings, 3rd choice was Thurne Dyke and the Lion, 4th was Herbert Woods boatyard. We'd find a place somewhere, keep your options open that's my motto. Actually we got in at the staithe, stern on in a tight-packed bunch of boats 5th one along from the shop, a good spot if a little cramped. Nice people either side of us we compared notes on places to go, things to do etc. We set up the camping chairs on the green and opened a bottle of wine, just chillin' until dinner at the Kings Arms. This is a nice spot to just sit and watch people doing their thing on their holiday. Children playing, adults burning stuff on barbecues, a triumphant cheer as a fish is caught. The little shop is another Tardis, loads of stuff to buy and I bought water, milk, bread and some cheese because although I still had loads of cheese left, I didn't have any of that kind of cheese. We ate in the Kings Arms, it was ok but I was a little disappointed. Firstly the tables were very sticky, you couldn't rest your arms on them as if they'd been wiped with a dirty cloth. Then my Louisiana Burger from the specials board arrived as a plain old burger, literally just a burger with a bit of lettuce and tomato in a bun. It was a few quid more than the burger on the main menu so I was going to ask what made it the 'Louisiana' kind of burger but my wife hates confrontation so I ate it and we left. It was ok as burgers go, but you know when you just fancy a bit of Louisiana on your burger and you don't get it..... Back to the boat, I've got absolutely loads of cheese to try and get through, including the new bit I've hidden at the back of the fridge.
  3. 3 points
    I am coming to the end of my second two weeks bashes on the Broads and this evening I passed the pontoon bridge at Martham. When I pass there I always look down the road onto the island and pause for a thought for how many brave souls that passed that way, never to return in the cause of freedom in our country and Europe. Many of them met horrific ends for the cause of freedom. That piece of track was probably the last piece of England that these brave people saw as they passed by. They were our spies who were put onto little Lysander aircraft and landed in France and other places in Europe. There was an airfield on the island dedicated to the transport of our spies. Please spare them a thought as you pass by this bridge. "For your tomorrow we gave our today". Thanks. Breydon.
  4. 3 points
    There's been a new addition at Freedom Cruisers, a 37 foot Aquafibre Crystal dual steer. Once upon a time it was Poole Harbour at Harbour Cruisers and it looks very tidy on the exterior. Coincedentally I have sister ship Contessa from Richardsons a week on Saturday but I'll certainly consider this one for the future.
  5. 2 points
    That's when it can get a bit tricky..........
  6. 2 points
    Beccles regular, forum member and all round good egg ( Victoryv - David ) painted the scene below for use in connection with this years event. After my daughters stroke in February he wanted to have his painting turned into posters and then used to raise money for the stroke charity. Those attending over the weekend could purchase one of these stunning commerative prints with all proceeds going to the stroke charity 'Different Strokes'. Different Strokes work particularly with young people (my daughter is 32) and so yesterday Hannah went to see them and handed over the weekends proceeds. The final figure is actually £270 as we received another donation a couple of days later. Sorry about the piccy. We haven't got any posters left and so I have used the one that spent the weekend pinned to a sandwich board down the quay!! A cracking result as I am sure you will all agree.
  7. 1 point
    Sunset on the Sunday is 18-57 so you would only just reach the top of Breydon by sunset you have at least another 45 mins to reach Reedham In the dark with no ranger present and little chance of finding a space so I would strongly recommend against crossing at this time. You could stay in Yarmouth overnight and look to cross Monday morning but it would be a very early start 06-00. Not really something I would want to do on my first trip.
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  9. 1 point
    Been there, done that!!! I think Nanny might say that's her prerogative.
  10. 1 point
    As promised a slightly better image. I have 2 posters left if anybody interested, all proceeds to Dave's chosen charity
  11. 1 point
    One of the dishes I cooked this evening,at present I am working in one of the world's top Investment Banks.In the city of London.This was served in the staff restaurant. Savoyarde potatoes, baked in the oven with stock butter onions and cheese,corn fed chicken a cream and mushroom sauce.Crispy kale and oven dried cherry tomatoes. Give it a go mind you takes about three hours cooking all the ingredients.
  12. 1 point
    If you have lovingly burnished stainless steel rhond anchors then you wouldn't want to maul them with a lump hammer either! The way is no secret, just that folk won't believe how easy it is!
  13. 1 point
    Stop people! No knocking, no hammers if you are, your doing it all wrong. Sheesh, I need to get the vid done sooner than I thought Griff
  14. 1 point
    I know ..you doddery old fool. That's why I asked....out on the broad or from your back garden?
  15. 1 point
    Oulton Broad is my back garden! A few from today, picture four showing why there is a need to dredge Oulton Broad!
  16. 1 point
    I worked for BT (previously PO, previously GPO). Our staff canteens could just about manage bangers and mash, or egg and chips - on a good day. How the other half live.
  17. 1 point
    In addition to the annual open day a number of Ranger guided nature walks are available at Heigham Holmes.
  18. 1 point
    The information is all there for all to see on the internet, I tend to research things and I thought this was a little known thing to us boaters and they should know. Anyway, just pause for thought as you pass the bridge. Thanks. Breydon.
  19. 1 point
    Day 10 Sunday 5th Woke up to yet another lovely day, showered and made the tea, disconnected the shore power (the battery charge gauge still only said 78% and I had put three £1 cards in on top of the 56p already in there, then I readied the upper helm. I didn’t leave the staithe until 8am as slack water at Yarmouth wasn’t until 11am and I didn’t want to be early. We had a lovely cruise down the Chet then past the chain ferry, which was busy as usual, then under the swing bridge and round towards Yarmouth. Breydon Waters was quite calm and with the tide out you could see the mud flats and how easily you could get stuck were you to wander beyond the marker posts. We turned round the yellow marker, under the bridges and then up the Bure, perfect timing. As we left Gt Yarmouth and reached the 6mph marker, Silent lost her speed and a warning triangle lit up on the dash with an error code, Jenny manually switched the generator on, this did the job and we were out of limp mode, then reported it to the hire yard. We moored up at The Stracey Windpump and asked about Wednesday’s fracas, they said that the Broads Authority had met the culprits at the boatyard and that they were in trouble over it. We were glad to hear that some retribution was had, we didn’t stop for food as only breakfast was available, so we cast off and thought we might stop for lunch at Stokesby. Alas, when we reached Stokesby it was full and as we don’t do double mooring, even though it is permitted there, we continued on to Acle. The first mooring as you arrive was free, so we tied up there using the rings, so now we would eat at The Bridge Inn (01493 750288) They were really busy but they managed to find us a table inside and we ordered. Our waitress was very pleasant and helpful, she brought us a menu each and told us there was a short wait, due to volume, menu read and food ordered, we only had to wait about twenty minutes or so. Jenny chose golden fried haddock and mozzarella fish cake served with citrus mayonnaise to start, followed by smoked haddock , cod and salmon topped with cheesy mash served with peas and baby carrots and I picked the breaded mushrooms with garlic mayonnaise to start, followed by the slow cooked minted lamb shank on buttered mash with seasonal vegetables, the meal was nice, the service good. When we left some numpty had moored in front of us, in the reeds with their stern on our bow, Jenny took a picture and the guy on the boat apologised, he explained he was just a passenger, I asked him to push their boat away from ours enough for me to get the bow out and leave. We headed to the St Benedicts moorings we pulled in and decided it wasn’t long enough for us to step off and didn’t want to moor stern to stern, so I thrusted the front out and the thrusters died, I only had 60% revs and it made exiting rather difficult with the wind pushing us on to the bank, I finally managed to leave and a couple minutes further down the river everything was back to normal again, really strange. We cruised past Ferry Marina as all was well now, it was still worrying me though, so as we passed Griff on Broad Ambition closely followed by Robin and the lads, I didn’t recognise him at first, but I waved when the penny had dropped. There was a space on Horning staithe spare so I turned in and Jenny said she didn’t want to moor there for the last night, so I backed out and the gremlins struck again, we limped round the corner and half way down the straight it all came back again, it seemed to happen once the bow thrusters were used. With that in mind we headed up to the Salhouse Island moorings and moored without thrusters on the outside opposite the nature trail, right at the end. Jenny was happy with these moorings, so we settled in for the night. Jenny had almost packed everything ready for our departure tomorrow. We watched a dvd, had a drink and pondered over what the issue with Silent might be.
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  21. 1 point
    I still have a few left if anybody wants one all proceeds to the stroke charity. Pm me and I can post on, £15.00 inc post etc. I will post a better picture when I get home, the size is a2, Dave I have a little more money, will be in touch
  22. 1 point
    Tis too. Even MrsG bought one Griff
  23. 1 point
    a wonderful picture reminiscent of the old railway posters.
  24. 1 point
    I think we changed from the inward looking country, we had become during the war years, to a more outward looking one, once we started to travel. When the 'seventies' came along, most of us could afford package holidays and it opened up the big wide world to us. The food, wine and different ways of living became attractive, compared to the 'dullness' we had become used too. Food wise, we have learned a lot from our travels and we now have a huge choice of foods available to us and different, healthier way to cook it. Not everything new has been for the good (McDonalds, KFC, PizzaHut etc.), but that is down to personal choice and unfortunately, we don't always make the best choices, which seems to be leading to an epidemic of food related health problems. But, we are still eager to learn, as evidenced by the popularity of food related TV programmes, magazines and websites. I just hope, with the recent renewal of our 'them and us' attitude, we don't start going backwards...
  25. 1 point
    Susie and I saw that, on Anglia TV last night. Dr Packman, sitting there in a half decker, complacently telling us how much better the Broads are now, and all the problems that have been solved by him , since the bad old days of the 70s and all based on an Anglia exhumation of a film called "No Lullaby For Broadland". I have always tried not to be personal about Dr Packman when talking about the BA but this is a dirty trick. A punch below the belt and I now lose all respect for him. Are you sitting comfortably? I will tell you a story. . . . . Television journalism can be biased in whatever way they want you to see things. In the late 70s there were problems on the Broads - no doubt of that - but the gutter press had jumped on it and blamed it all on the hire boats and the holidaymakers. In other words, biting the hand that feeds you. This was all brought to a head when Anglia TV produced this film. It was adopted by Friends of The Earth (FOE) who championed it as their cause for the "natural beauty" of the Broads. It all came to a head at a public meeting held in Norwich Guildhall in 1980, chaired by someone awfully senior - it may have been the Lord Lieutenant - to discuss the problems of pollution, as well as the bad press which was killing the tourist industry upon which the Broads depended. Standley Bushell attended on behalf of the River Commissioners and I attended as a director of Blakes. Standley and I, in public meeting, succeeded in convincing Andrew Lees of the FOE that they must dis-associate themselves from this film as it was a gross and disgraceful misrepresentation of the truth. We also persuaded him that we were actually on the same side as he was! Lord Buxton, the then owner of Anglia TV, heard about this two days later, watched the film and ordered all copies to be returned at once to Anglia House and destroyed. If you Google it now, you won't find it. But you will find the press cuttings which decried it and vilified it at the time. What was wrong with it? It simply used camera tricks to portray what the film company wanted you to see. Easy to show rubbish strewn on the bank - just get the film crew to throw it there and then film it, in several different locations. Yes, they were seen doing it. Likewise dead fish, floating belly up in the "polluted" water. Just buy some fish from the local eel fisherman that morning, place the same fish in several different locations in the reeds and then film them. How do I know this? Norman Webb, the eel fisherman from Horning, was a friend of mine. he told me about it. Even David Court, the MD of Blakes, complained on TV that he had seen the same dead bird filmed eight times, in different places. The shot of a lot of "rubbish" dumped all over a "river" bank was back-filling for the new quay heading being built in Porter and Haylett's new basin in Wroxham. The film crew must have been trespassing on private land to get that shot, as Porter and Haylett never gave them permission. And what about all the shots of the overcrowding of boats? It may occur to you that these are all long range telephoto shots taken down a long straight river. But do they represent the Broads as they really were? It's easy, isn't it? If you want to show a seriously overcrowded river, just go down the other end of Horning reach with a long range telephoto camera, and film the mixed one-design start of the Three Rivers Race! Sure enough, you will film an overcrowded river. But is it a true and faithful depiction of the Broads as they were? Of course not! Also very easy to show bank erosion caused by excessive wash. Just make the excessive wash with your own camera boat! The point is, that this disgusting and in-excusable "investigative journalism" brought about a drastic recession in the Broads tourist industry, from which it has never even half recovered. Yes, there were other factors, such as dear old Freddie Laker and the "global economy" but for Dr Packman to now grasp this wonderful opportunity to profit from an obvious "leak" by Anglia TV after 40 years, is a cheap trick. So what has really changed? Water quality, is the big one. But this would have been improved anyway, by measures already in place. It had already been proved that boats were not the problem, as pumpout toilets had been put in place (by the boatyards) about 8 years before this film was made. The problem was farm fertilisers and local domestic sewage works. As the water quality improved, so the reed fringe grew back and protected the banks from wash erosion. But none of this was anything to do with the BA! It all happened years before they were created and even today, it is not within their remit. So they cannot glibly congratulate themselves for it. What else has changed for the good? Not a lot really. You can't get under Potter Heigham, or Wroxham, bridges any more, in boats that were designed to do so. The north rivers are just as crowded as I remember them but with less moorings and no more boatyards (discouraged by early BA policy) so no services, very few pumpouts or rubbish bins, very little mechanical repair service - you name it! As I see it, for Dr Packman to sit there in his sailing boat and try to tell us how marvellous it all now is, in this fairyland that he has created for us, based on a film previously banned as being a gross journalistic lie, is astounding arrogance.

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