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  1. 10 points
    Friday 4th January Waking up to a grey morning at Oulton, it was yet another relaxed morning as every one continued to knock out the zzzzzzzzzzz's as yours truly was up and about making himself a coffee. By the time 0900 rolled around, it was time to take the reluctant dog from her bed out for her walk around the park and then, after starting the water off to refill the tank from almost empty, walk over to pay our nights mooring fee. I was inside the office for around 15 minutes with the very friendly harbourmaster, talking about the plans for Beccles Yacht Station, the Waveney River Centre, the old Topcraft yard and what it all could hopefully mean for Oulton and the yacht station. Once I walked out of the office, I made up the water hose and after refilling my coffee mug, set off once again, under a grey sky at approx 1040. The weather didn't really change all day, a cold and dark gloom over the rivers as I moved along the broad, to the dyke and then along the River Waveney through Somerleyton. Passing along the New Cut before joining up with the River Yare, where I fought against the tide all the way back to Brundall. We were planning on getting fuelled up and pumped out at Brooms, and then heading across to Coldham Hall for the evening, but by the time we had reached our home mooring it was decided to just moor up and head off to The Yare pub instead and then walk through Brundall to The Ram. We had a lovely relaxed evening out from around 1600 before returning back to the boat at about 2200. As we sat down for a last drink we heard a knocking outside. The kids were somewhat lost as to where it was coming from, however having heard it many a time previously on our mooring I took the kids out to the aft well, to point out the swans that frequent our boat regularly looking for food. After feeding them for a while it was finally time to head off to bed, the following morning I had the task of getting the boat back up to standard and refilling the water tank, before the return journey home, and immediately back onto nights for the weekend. What a great week it was once more, and I can't wait to be back again soon. Cheers Jay
  2. 4 points
    probably about the same as you would get round where I live where some brilliant spark thought that speed humps 10m before a junction on a downhill section were a good idea, the person waiting to pull out sees you slow for the speed hump and jumps out in front of you, you hit the brakes, then the speed hump, ooh, why arent the brakes working very well- yes all of the weight in the car that assists the brakes has suddenly been transferred into a vertical force, upwards away from the road. facepalm.
  3. 4 points
    Dear all, Flood alerts are again in place today Wednesday 9 January for the tidal River Waveney from Ellingham to Breydon Water (including Beccles Quay, Oulton Broad, Somerleyton, St Olaves, Haddiscoe and Belton) and tidal River Yare, from Thorpe St Andrew to Breydon Water (including Brundall, Cantley, Reedham and Burgh Castle). High water levels may last for a few days until the effect of the high tides at Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft this week have passed. This is due to the natural tide locking effect of high tidal waters moving up the rivers yesterday from Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft that restricts the normal drainage out to sea of the Broads river system at low tide. The Environment Agency are not currently expecting the situation to escalate on either of the rivers. For more information please visit the Flood Warning Information Service website: https://flood-warning-information.service.gov.uk/warnings Kind regards, Tom Tom Waterfall Digital Communications Officer 01603 756034
  4. 4 points
    Or perhaps lack of dredging (MM sneaks into a corner giggling)
  5. 3 points
    Oh no - thats obviously caused by the lack of dredging!!!!!
  6. 3 points
    It's why the motorway hasn't been invented in Norfolk.. The NDR clearly demonstrates that Norfolk locals can't drive on dual carriageways.. I guess that's what happens when you go from a Tractor to car though. I'm sure they will get it one day although the rest of country has had more time.
  7. 3 points
    We use 'Auto' greasers. Two fitted, maintenance free and only have to be topped up rarely if you regulate the flow down to a minimum Griff
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    I’ve been posting updates today on the NBN Facebook Group but here is my videos edited into a single one for you HERE As I type, the tide is once more rising with high water in Brundall expected to peak around 2:00am. Hopefully it won’t be too awful when it does.
  9. 3 points
    Three latest Denham Owl vids: Part 3: Part 4: Part 5: Nothing much doing in the January sales and I ended up with an Ecoair Simple. Next trip over will involve experimenting with a Sonoff TH16 with temperature/humidity sensor to control it. It works here at a distance of 3 feet via my home broadband; just need to add 142 miles....
  10. 2 points
    I am now a boat owner and wanted to say hello, not had the best of starts only had the boat 3 weeks when the mariner emptied and pulled the back cleat out. Things can only get better I hope, can’t wait for the weather to improve and get out on the river
  11. 2 points
    Cheers everyone. Will be up to the boat Monday after work and will remove one ( I have obtained an anti tamper screw driver set) and get the size from it. Then order replacements from which ever of those companies that have the closest or same replacements. Cheers once again to you all for the help
  12. 2 points
    Cheers Alan, Have saved those companies as well in my favourites. I think I need to get one out when I'm next up at the boat so I can take some measurements etc and see what I can come up with. Will need to find or make a suitable anti tamper screw driver to undo one though! Of course I could always drop an email to Skilso as well and see if they keep spares or if they can let me know where to obtain them from. Should keep me out of mischief for a few days anyhow
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    Yep, I understand the driving techniques, but what if you're doing everything right and some numpty forces an emergency stop on you? I can't see a space saver contributing to good control under those circumstances!
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    We have the similar system / hatch in the well deck on 'B.A' Ours is a loose fit with currently an aluminium dressing strip to cover the gap.(It will soon be a polishes S/steel version) The s/steel ring pull - I usually have to replace them about every five years or so but next time will put beefier ones in. As has been previously stated, candle wax, and good for drawers too Griff
  17. 2 points
    What the hecky pecky are you all talking about...
  18. 1 point
    Ooops https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/politics/waveney-district-council-pakefield-beach-hut-damage-1-5845550 Damn, it hurts when you shoot yourself in the foot!
  19. 1 point
    Like checking the tide tables and weather forecast?
  20. 1 point
    I remember Muffin the mule but no-one has ever offered me a seat on public transport, admittedly the last time I was in a bus or tube was 40 odd years ago
  21. 1 point
    That’s very true, however it won’t inspire me I’m afraid. My bones and joints just don’t appreciate the cold and damp these days and I have to accept that . I will just have to be satisfied with the 15-20 weeks we get in between March and November and enjoy the tales of Captain Pugwash and the Nogs during the winter months.
  22. 1 point
    Thanks Mr Nog Could I be honest and change the habit of a lifetime and be a little bit selfish for a moment. Whilst I love how people get to see the broads and maybe become addicted like I am, I'd be very pleased if the hire yards didn't hire out in the winter. I know I know, completely selfish of me, but it's just so calm and peaceful I wouldn't want it to be spoilt.
  23. 1 point
    Sorry Jean I've been watching the water levels too, although the boat should be out of the water for part of her winter maintenance so I'm fairly hopeful she was ok with the high water levels
  24. 1 point
    Another aspect of JF's blog has been to highlight just how magical the rivers are in winter. Its just so peaceful and the rivers are all yours. I do hope it might inspire others to venture out too. Not too many mind! Apparently Herbert Woods had quite a few enquiries about December. I suggested to the very nice lady on reception that she might have a word with the powers that be. you never know, we might see a change of policy there!
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    Do you want me to say it for you Jean?
  26. 1 point
    And it didn't matter if you couldn't afford a colour telly!!!!!!!
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    Ooh Muffin the Mule? What's that? I love to get my mouth around a delicious moist muffin
  29. 1 point
    be able to get it with one of these Watch Spanner
  30. 1 point
    Spring clip pliers may do it perhaps? https://www.toolstation.com/combination-snap-ring-pliers/p34192?r=googleshopping&rr=marin&utm_source=googleshopping&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=googleshoppingfeed&gclid=Cj0KCQiA1NbhBRCBARIsAKOTmUsU6qgzh_zUDwGRyk2tMHB-3YgJJGUKWB8sw6HTaGmm15jTlB9F_HEaAnA9EALw_wcB
  31. 1 point
    I know those bumps well too.
  32. 1 point
    Hi Floyd Why don't you get a aluminum scaffold pole for a ridge pole to make a tent with the edges tied down with cut bands from a inner tube to tension and give plenty of ventilation open ends, along with good water run off this is what i did for all my boats, it work well with no mold and kept the outside clean and protected. John
  33. 1 point
    Rather similar down the Old Dover Road in Canterbury where you have also got two schools and school traffic to contend with. I certainly don’t envy the people living on that road.
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    They look a bit big for interscrews (They are normally a standard size, forget now what that is, the outside is generally just a standard screw too) but would need to something like that from your description. I'm not sure though ...Although a couple more links: http://hadlowmarine.com/ https://www.seascrew.com Also worth emailing norfolk based leading window company: http://www.seaglaze.co.uk http://www.seaclear.co.uk/
  36. 1 point
    That's an interesting one, but I think if it were the standard 'biscuit' provided with the car then you should be okay? They are awful though, yeah. The 50mph rating is little to do with straight-line speed and more to do with the fact that they're scary if you push into a corner at anything like normal speed. I've had to use one once and on the way to get the puncture repaired I came off a roundabout and felt that corner go all wobbly, followed by a blink from the ESP light just to remind me that biscuits have no grip.
  37. 1 point
    Something that's "Verrrrry interesting!
  38. 1 point
    Just to digress a little - how would you stand if you had an accident whilst using a "space-saver" get you home spare? Really, these things make a mockery of all we're told about mixing tyres and tread construction, surely?
  39. 1 point
    They don't seem crazy actually compared to other mid-range tyres, and considering the extra grip you get in the winter. I was one of the crazy ones who got in the car last year the morning after the beast from the east had hit... Winter(ish) tyres would have been handy then. Sent from the Norfolk Broads Network mobile app
  40. 1 point
    It’s been great to enjoy your trip with you Jay. Lovely write up and photos as always. Hope your night shift on getting back passed off ok.
  41. 1 point
    I would suggest said car going far too fast. Roundabouts are sign posted, I did notice that one of the road signs was missing but generally speaking although laborious with all those roundabouts it is a good road.
  42. 1 point
    Those two are the gentlest swans I've met when taking food from your hand. They even got used to the dogs peering over the stern at them while they were being fed. And they certainly have us lot well trained. Tap, tap tap "Got any bread?" Steve
  43. 1 point
    Have zipped an email over to the company. I'll let you know if they can help. Cheers Ray
  44. 1 point
    Agreed Vanessan. Beccles is another of our favourite trips out when we’re at the caravan.
  45. 1 point
    Oulton Broad is always worth a potter around, you can stay fairly close to the sides of the Broad much of the way. If you’re not bothered about the yacht station to stop at, I reckon the Dutch Tea Garden moorings in Oulton Dyke are much nicer anyway. I think the meander right into Beccles is lovely, whether you stop at the yacht station, the Lido moorings or go right on up to Geldeston. I love wandering through Beccles itself, it’s a great little market town.
  46. 1 point
    I wonder if I might offer a different perspective on this, as the subject of the thread is "thoughts"? I have a lifetime (literally) in the hire boat business, so I know how much it costs to run a hire boat. In May this year we have hired a 10 berth cruiser from Richardsons for two weeks, for about £1400. This includes the fuel deposit and a damage waver (which is optional). This is a large boat just for Susie and I but we have hired it for 3 reasons : 1/. We like to have plenty of space when we are living on a boat in comfort. 2/. We can invite family and friends to join us for a night or two during our holiday. 3/. It can be used as a clubhouse for impromptu cocktail parties if there is bad weather during the spring meet! Meantime, we have a great boat, maintained in top class condition and the hire price includes winter moorings, maintenance, servicing, upgrades including a new engine, damage repairs, insurance, river tolls, "management fee" and free car parking for our camper van. We also have the protection of a full breakdown service which is 24hr if necessary, we are provided with bed linen, we don't have to clean the boat in more than a cursory fashion (although of course, we do) and we don't even have to pump out the toilet tanks before we give it back. Depending on the speed that we have been driving it, we might even get a few quid back out of our fuel deposit! In late October we might well book a smaller boat for a week, which will still bring our annual costs for 3 weeks on the Broads to no more than £2000 - total. In addition, we have the choice of whatever boat, from whatever yard, we wish to book it. Personally, that is a deal that I am very happy with.
  47. 1 point
    Thank you David for another enjoyable read and great photos. Four hours to clean the boat, blow that for a game of soldiers! I'd be tempted to pay someone else to do it as I do effectively when hiring.
  48. 1 point
    Used the NDR yesterday, left Stalham at 1630 - It was dark of course, straight through Wroxham and onto the NDR, right through to the Western end then onto the A47. It was at that time of day the busiest I have seen it, yet no problems it was fast moving and a pleasure to be on. I had no issues with the much talked about roundabouts or lane markings, neither did anyone else that I could see Griff
  49. 1 point
    definition of an expert - ex - has been spurt - a drip under pressure
  50. 1 point
    Don't get me started on "experts". The gardening "experts" told me not to water my lawn last summer as "it'll recover when the rains come". Result: A sea of weeds on a grey surface, and a lawn that needs re-seeding or turfing. I should get Monty Don to come and do it, it's all his fault.
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