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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. 5 points
    Monday 6th Woke to another lovely day, I mopped the decks, then made the tea and Jenny cleaned below decks. I untied and slowly cruised the short journey back, whilst Jenny packed up the last few items. We arrived at Ferry Marina (01692 631111) and stern moored, I fetched the car, whilst Jenny made sure everything was clean and tidy, it was really strange reversing the car after ten days on the boat. We handed the life-jackets back, thanked them after having informed their engineer of Silents recent issues. We left Horning and stopped and parked at Faircraft Loynes car park and had breakfast at the cafe just across the river, a nice way to finish our holiday. The walk through From stern to bow and back across the sundeck, a nice large non slip bathing platform and rear deck with non slip steps both sides leading to the freeboard decks, french style opening doors to the aft cabin. Down a step into a roomy bedroom with a very large bed with bedside cabinets and flexible reading lights on both sides, plenty of room to walk around both sides, a very large wardrobe, a vanity unit and chair, tv/dvd with freesat via the tracivision, radio/ipod centre and two small opening windows, all tinted for privacy, with pull down easy to use blackout blinds with built in LED's above and ceiling down-lighters on separate switches, the generator and parts to convert the lounge settee into a bed were under the bed, easy to lift as it was on gas rams so held itself up, also there was storage space under as well as above the bed. Next was the heads, a large shower tray with a glass sliding door over a fixed glass panel, could be slippery when wet, with a thermostatic mixer with both a deluge head and a hand shower head on the riser rail. There was a button flush household porcelain toilet and a porcelain vanity basin with a waterfall tap and a towel radiator which if turned on heated with the hot water. Then the lounge with a very comfortable corner sofa with a mirror and two flexi reading lights and a table that was height adjustable and swivelled for ease of access, a good size tv/dvd on an adjustable arm with freesat via the tracivision, radio/ipod centre and the fridge/freezer, the fridge was reasonable but the freezer was very small. Then there was the lower helm with a very comfortable seat, digital gauges including rudder position, battery status, two wipers and a rear view camera. The galley was next with plenty of work surface and storage space, an electric two ring induction hob, large electric oven and grill. A microwave, toaster, steamer, electric kettle and a sink with drainer, finally there were steps up to a sliding door. There is one opening window by the helm, one sliding window to the upper decks which doubled as a serving hatch and the sliding door, all with tinted privacy glass except for the four windscreens. The galley had press stud covers, the rest had roller blackout blinds with built in LED strips above, two LED ceiling strips on a dimmer switch as well as ceiling down-lighters on a separate switch. Outside, Silent had a relatively high freehold but the steps down to the stern deck made it easy to get on and off, good rails all round for safety, no electric windlass just a mud weight, I think that they missed a trick there, it was was very awkward to get the mud weight over the rubbing strip, all the ropes were nice and long and of good quality. There was side access to the upper helm which had two padded seats, there were digital gauges, rudder position, horn and bow thrusters, then there were padded bench seats along both sides with a very wide padded sun-lounger with angled back and a table, then non slip steps with lighting down to the bathing platform which also had lighting. There is another radiator which works off of the hot water system and Silent also has hot air heating throughout, untested by us, except the towel radiator which we used to dry the towels on occasion, a very large water tank and as Silent puts no waste water into the river she has an even larger grey tank, there are ample 240v and USB sockets throughout. On conclusion, Silent Emblem was a fantastic boat, very luxurious, very eco friendly, lots of mod cons and very quiet which was a whole new experience for us. Apart from the mechanical glitches, which all boats have from time to time, we loved it, great boat, great yard, great staff, thank you Ferry Marina. We hope you have enjoyed our holiday blog, now to choose a boat for next year…
  3. 4 points
    The BA DO use red and white tape on moorings and NEVER fence it off with proper fencing. If you do cut it off and fall down a hole, telling the BA you require compensation will be a bit fruitless. Although there have been some cases when it has been established that individuals have used red/white tape these are very few and far between and certainly if it was at Deep Go Dyke I can see little reason to tape it off when the moorings are rarely if ever full. The usual reason for doing it, is either damage to the mooring posts which can easily get pulled out, or the safety steps. I think you can probably assume that it was done by the Rangers and removing it without checking, puts others at risk. Perhaps for everyone's sake you should at least check with Broads Control before taking matters into your own hands!!
  4. 4 points
    There is no point Polly. BA have a duty of care to its customers. If the bank was dangerous they would have made a proper job of it and fenced it off properly with proper fencing or those plastic board things and put up "Danger no Mooring " signs. I have seen these rude, aggressive, arrogant fishermen there before. They just spoil it for everybody else with their selfishness. If anybody sees the tape just cut it off and moor there. It does not belong to BA.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 2 points
    I visited the pub this evening as the weather was dumping lots of wet stuff on us and not wanting to do a three day camel ride up to the Falgate with the possibility of getting run over in the process. To be honest I was pleasantly surprised. I thought it was an all larger and fizz pub but to the far right hand side of the bar there were two handpumps, one with Sharps Doombar and the other Adnams Ghost Ship. Despite the rather dark décor I found the pub basically ok. It is 100% better than we have had in the past where we had a scruffy old landlord who could not care less and after that two loads of weirdos who did not know how to run a pub and made a right mess of it. The manager seems on top of things and the staff are young bright people who were very attentive to the customers. I did not eat there but food passing by looked good. The prices for the food and the beers are quite competitive. What is more there were loads of customers in there. I am not too sure I like the name of the pub, perhaps it should of been "Albion". All I can say is Well done to the owners, staff and management. Breydon.
  9. 2 points
    Great write up. Really enjoyed it :)
  10. 2 points
    I have just heard "along the rhond" that Solace, on her way to Oulton, ran well aground in the river just downstream of Runham Swim and was towed off by a passing preserved launch/towboat which was also on her way to Oulton. And they say the lower Bure does not need dredging?
  11. 2 points
    For those interested in the history of the Special Operations Executive during WW2 I came across this extraordinary series of interviews on the IWM website a couple of weeks ago: https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/80009337 It is 27 reels of interviews with Anthony ( Tony) Brooks who parachuted into Vichy France aged 20 and became one of the most successful SOE agents of all in France (he survived). He ended up commanding various disparate groups of Maquis in the Montaubon area and he and his Maquis were largely responsible for ensuring that the notorious " Das Reich" 2nd SS Panzer Division ( of Oradour sur Glane notoriety) took nearly 3 weeks to reach Normandy following D Day, rather than the planned 3-4 days. The recordings I am finding quite fascinating although the 27 reels last for a total of 800 minutes, so maybe for the cold winter evenings !! Best wishes Charles
  12. 2 points
    Just to put matters straight, I am a keen fisherman as well as a keen boater. Just in case anybody thinks I am anti-fisherman. Breydon.
  13. 2 points
    Here we are at Ranworth Staithe. It’s chokka but we got here early enough. Charlie Girl with her Dad on Blue Dolphin alongside and SteveDuk a few berths along. MrsG, Nadine, Grandson Charlie and Macie dog enjoying the sunshine on t grass. I’m enjoying yet another ‘Robin’ cocktail he introduced me to at at Beccles. There is a breeze thank goodness as it’s proper warm. We are thinking of Potter for overnight. May have two more crew members joining tomorrow Griff
  14. 2 points
    Today I passed the rude fishermen's mooring on the downstream end of the Deep Go Dyke mooring and it is taped off again. Needless to say the scissors came out again. There is nothing wrong with the banks, the quay heading or the mooring posts. The moorings are for everybody, boaters and fishermen alike. First come is first served. If anybody knows these selfish fishermen let them know this. In the meantime, keep cutting off the tape!
  15. 2 points
    That's when it can get a bit tricky..........
  16. 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.
  17. 1 point
    A picture is, allegedly, worth a thousand words! Hopefully this picture is self explanatory.
  18. 1 point
    We have a Great Leader locally who likes to wear a traffic cone. Great Leaders, wearing cones since 1850
  19. 1 point
    A serious question, should you really be drinking Stella?
  20. 1 point
  21. 1 point
    I'm with Polly and Marshman on this, having seen a ranger use the tape over the last two weeks. One occasion an area was marked before the ranger returned to work on something then removed the tape and on another occasion, the area was marked and when I passed the following day the area sported yellow stakes. On yet another occasion, the tape was there for several days. I tend to think it's a bit like traffic cones. Occasionally I see a traffic cone that is obviously the result of a random drunken hat episode. I also see sections and laybys on the A17 coned off. Would I stop and remove the cones because I wanted to park there? Nope. I'm not qualified or insured for that matter. Although with enough Stella...yes, perhaps I would be wearing a cone on my head before the night was out. Not that I'd be drinking and driving...
  22. 1 point
    Oulton Broad Regatta 2018 is over, speedboats take over on Monday afternoon! Pictures taken on the last day.
  23. 1 point
    Thank you, we are checking out all the boats that fit the criteria and hope to find one soon.
  24. 1 point
    The red & white tape also appears on land that is nothing to do with the BA. There was a time not long ago that some of the wild moorings on Stalham Dyke were taped off, only for anglers or private boaters to appear later. If the BA want to close one of the BA a moorings there should be a BA sign. If a BA sign appears on private land it probably means there is a navigation issue, or someone with influence has pulled strings.
  25. 1 point
    That was the taste of everyones toothpaste or mouthwash
  26. 1 point
    Grendel was just pulled impeller out and all back of the blades are damaged Sent from the Norfolk Broads Network mobile app
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  28. 1 point
    I have just found the following - whether it refers to the airfield here or not I dont know. there seems to be a lot of different stories about the airfield and its secret nature, I suppose the truth may well be lost to time now as the people who were there pass on, but its still good to remember those who fought for us in all their roles, whether it be the agents who went to France, or just the old boys lighting up drums of rags, all risked their necks to save others. (of course a dummy airfield might just have been another cover story for the local natives to explain its presence)
  29. 1 point
    How interesting Breydon, thank you for this. I thought I knew a lot about SOE ( my mother was at Tatton Park south of Manchester where they taught the agents and others to Parachute in WW2) but I had never come across Heigham Holmes as a Lysander airfield. I took her to the site of Tempsford airfield just before she died and it was very atmospheric although very poorly maintained. Best wishes Charles
  30. 1 point
    Found out this morning that my boss and his wife have done the broads quite a few times so they have given me some good advice - mainly on what pubs to do :) We are aiming to set off between 4-5am so its early to bed. Thanks once again for all the advice. If anyone else is out there this next week, give me a blast on your horn :D
  31. 1 point
    I think I have started something here..
  32. 1 point
    As are private craft if no nav lights fitted Griff
  33. 1 point
    when I did viking re-enactment there was a tradition called the horn of plenty, this was a drinking horn filled with ale (the basis of the thing was you took a sup, then topped it up from your glass, even if you were drinking spirits). the one overriding thing was who the heck was drinking the creme de menthe, as it always ended up tasting of the stuff. by the end of the evening, the contents of the horn were generally a lethal mix, much like I suspect Robins cocktails are.
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  35. 1 point
    Been there, done that!!! I think Nanny might say that's her prerogative.
  36. 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.
  37. 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!
  38. 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
  39. 1 point
    I know ..you doddery old fool. That's why I asked....out on the broad or from your back garden?
  40. 1 point
    Oulton Broad is my back garden! A few from today, picture four showing why there is a need to dredge Oulton Broad!
  41. 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.
  42. 1 point
    In addition to the annual open day a number of Ranger guided nature walks are available at Heigham Holmes.
  43. 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.
  44. 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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  46. 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
  47. 1 point
    a wonderful picture reminiscent of the old railway posters.
  48. 1 point
    Cheap whips? Am I on the correct forum?
  49. 1 point
    Thank you Wyndham, and others, for your kind comments. A bit of historical reference is always good. It often puts things in proportion. As to writing a book, maybe I have already written most of it, in the pages of this forum? It is a very valuable resource, especially in the historical and technical areas. It is always here, for members old and new to dip into, and find what they are looking for. I sometimes spend hours, just reading back on information and history, from long before I joined. This, of course, is something Facebook cannot do for us, as that is a transient medium but this is a lasting archive. When the time comes (as it must) to adopt a new constitution, we must ensure that we assist our team to give this resource a secure and solid grounding, so that it is always there for us. This not a political message - just a sentiment from me!
  50. 1 point
    Taken from Broadland Memories website showing at the time there was a lot of upset about this film. However, what I think the film shows (looking past the playing up to the camera) is a time where the collective 'we' in this country really enjoyed a good, fun holiday and mixed in with people. For myself this takes me back to times on holiday as a child in Devon, Cornwall and Dorset - hotels with no television in the rooms so you had the 'Television Room' and people would mix and talk and laugh and join in more together. On the Broads you would feel all part of the same 'club' and merrily moor up along side and talk about where you had been, what scrapes you'd got into and the like. Pubs would be full of families and kids doing what kids generally should do - run about and mess around (for some reason I always remember bright orange outdoor chairs with a sort of lattice back to them). Grown ups would share stories of where they were from, what they did and there was always need to explain the exact route and road numbers you had taken to get to the boatyard and another man would then interject with a better route that might have only shaved 10 minutes off. The thing is, we seemed to all not think much about was the actual waterways - they were a given, the boats too - so what if it was a bit mucky and a bit bashed about and the batteries only gave you an hours worth of TV in the evening, it was fun and you felt part of something great. It as a real adventure holiday with cosy berths and 'funny' three burner hobs and the smell of matches being struck to light gas heaters or to boil a kettle, oh that brings me right back. That comes through so well in those films and here now, with all our communication in our hands, Facebook Groups, this Forum we seem to have lost that. Kids just stare at phones, parents keep to their little group on their table with very little interaction between people going on. These days we moan about boats not being moored closely enough to each other to allow more boats to get on a mooring, we talk about how good food was (or was not) in a pub and take photos of it, but we don't talk about the quality of the Beer. We post countless photos digitally but then keep so few to ever bother to look back on in a decades time or share with kids growing up now 'that was what it was like in the year 2000' , and above all we just don't seem to interact with strangers who become friends in reality - we do it all in comments and likes on Social Media...Even if we find out that they were posting from a boat 6 down from ourselves. So that is what I feel a great sorry for, the loss of the services, innovation, boatyards, staff, help and choice in cruisers. A real family holiday where anyone from anywhere felt included. Only over the last couple of days I stopped off at Summer Craft, what a perfect trip down memory lane that yard is. Friendly, open and kind people. Old Hoseasons signs up pointing to the services they offer and talking of the many other yards you can expect the same from under the Blue Bird flag. God I miss the late 80's and 90's!
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