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    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.
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    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
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    Or perhaps lack of dredging (MM sneaks into a corner giggling)
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    Oh no - thats obviously caused by the lack of dredging!!!!!
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    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.
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    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.
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    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....
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    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
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    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
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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
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    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!
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    My claim to fame was winning a fancy dress competition with my twin brother as Bill and Ben when the world really was black and white
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    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
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    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.
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    Missed out on Muffin the Mule. On Welsh TV they had ‘Twm Tattan’ ( literately Potato Tom). I guess it wasn’t any worse than Bill and Ben though.
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    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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    be able to get it with one of these Watch Spanner
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    I was about to suggest circlip pliers too. or a very pointy nosed set of long pliers. or something like this https://www.amazon.co.uk/Neewer®-Professional-Pointed-Spanner-Repairing/dp/B00J5F6O92 or something could be made up with a couple of bolts filed to a point spaced to fit the holes.
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    Take a look here: https://www.seascrew.com/browse.cfm?SECURITY-SCREWS--SELF-TAPPING-AND-MACHINE-IN-A2-STAINLESS-STEEL-&l=0000000108 seems like the same head and further down there's a bit suitable.. I'd guess you may find simular in screwfix etc if you can measure. All sees "fun" though! enjoy ;)
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    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
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    I know those bumps well too.
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    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
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    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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    I think maybe the intention is to reduce speed to make it easier to join from a minor road? That awful roundabout at Newark just before joining the A1 / just after coming off it onto the A17 is probably what they're trying to avoid? The problem is that people just take them at the same speed and then come unstuck, especially as the trend is for people to drive SUV's and crossovers which have an inherently high centre of gravity and therefore poor handling.
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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/
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    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.
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    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?
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    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
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    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
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    Officially they have one noise wave, so the best rating. However given the state of Norfolks Coast Road, I probably would not notice noise as the surface is so uneven. They also have Michelin's legendary longevity. I am sure there are better All Season tyres for pure grip out there but as an all rounder they are good if a little on the expensive side.
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    Agree with the heat option. However, instead of grease on the wood I'd be tempted to use vaseline, cheap in the Pound Shop.
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    Have zipped an email over to the company. I'll let you know if they can help. Cheers Ray
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    Agreed Vanessan. Beccles is another of our favourite trips out when we’re at the caravan.
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    Am I the only person who thinks all these "Strictly no talent bake me out of here on ice" are just cheap TV fodder created by the witless and aimed at the mindless? I remember when weekend evening used to be primetime, with well made quality programmes. Now it's all staged "reality" junk.
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    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.
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    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.
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    Would be interesting to know Griff as you have the only sort of private syndicate boat I know of whether what I stated for the expenses is anywhere near what it costs yourselves to run the boat. Obviously I didn't put down the costs of winter maintenance or things like gas bottles and valets. 'B.A' annual running costs as of 2018/19. Moorings (Wet Shed), River toll, Insurance, 24 x Hr breakdown inc prop insurance come in at nigh on £3k per year. There are five shares in 'B.A' but only four shareholders - mysen, Bro', Capt Chaos and of course LondonRascal. (Capt Chaos - Both me and Bro have known him since 74-ish). There is a fifth share left over from 'The Admiral' mine and Bro's Dad who sadly left us during the five n a half year restoration. Myself and Bro' took on that share between us. So in Yorkshire speak (Straightforward stuff) that means that for every £100 that each share holder invests into 'B.A' then me and Bro' have to invest £150. The both of us do not get any benefits from owning that fifth share between us, no more extra time on the water etc. What we do have is an extra vote between us should we as a syndicate ever have differing views we have to put to a vote. In the sixteen years we have been 'B.A's custodians we have never to date had to use the voting system. If as a group we ever sold 'B.A' then we would enjoy a slightly larger return as her sale price would be split into five equal shares. Whew, that's got that lot explained. Back to that £3k = £600 per share for the year. Yes that's all she costs per share. For me and Bro' she costs us £900 per year each. BUT that is before the key is turned, mooring ropes onboad and she sails forth. Diesel is each ones burden - you pay for what you use. She is always returned to the wetshed with emptied black tank and full diesel tank. Cleaning / turnaround - NOWT - We do it oursens whilst cruising back up the Ant, finishing off inside the wetshed. We each bring our own bedding with us, the duvets and pillows stay onboard. Gas 13kg propane we take it in turns to replace but it costs us pennies and who cares if we go slightly out of turn now and again So we are still on £600 per share plus running costs, these cannot be pre determined. 2018 saw 'B.A' Crewed up for ninety one days. Not all of these days were spent out on the rivers some of them were maintenance weekends. You bend/break it - You fix it. That is, any damage whether the skippers fault or not is down to the skipper onboard at the time to make good on behalf of the other skippers. If you have to use the insurance - Do so but you will be responsible for the loss of the no claims bonus to make up the shortfall. Maintenance - Minimal due to the painstaking not skimping or cutting corners during the restoration. However there is of course some to do, this is split 5 x ways. Upgrades - A blasted kings ransom when you have a young ambitious techy called Robin with his finger firmly on the pulse! We are sensible about upgrades and only really do them if it will benefit 'B.A' and the crews Every two years 'B.A' undergoes an 'AMP' - 'Assisted Maintenance Period' the assistance comes in the way of whichever yard we are out of the water at and our long suffering 'Associate Members' (Press ganged mates) This involves her being out of the water for ten days max and we go bonkers, 12 Hrs + each day. Lots of planning beforehand and yes it is open wallet surgery but only every two years (April this year at Sutton Staithe). Even if we spend say £3k it's only £600 each (£900 for me and Bro') The main points with a diy private syndicate. Someone has to be the 'Senior Skipper' to make decisions on all our behalf. which is of course me, but nowadays less and less which is a good thing. You need lots of skills to. Mine are woodbutchery / engineering / 12 and 240v / Gas / cabinet maker / painter / varnisher / surveyor and all rounder. Bro' is better than me on electrics, he is ok-ish at woodbutchery rubbish at painting and even worse at varnishing, he is right up there with electronics. He is v.good on metalworking and could do the engineering but leaves that to me. Robin - Is the tops on tech / upgrades / research / bargains / ideas. He is also a damn good listener and will turn his hands to most things if shown the way, a real bonus in his locker is that is not afraid to ask for advice / help. Capt Chaos - is well, just Capt Chaos, would put Frank Spencer to shame. Proper good at doing as he is told and is keen to have a go at most things. He is also our financial safety net should the sh1t ever hit the fan (It never has) Th weakness is our syndicate is the amount of time we each spend 'Hands On' during maintenance or upgrade weekends. It isn't fair, never has been and probably never will be. Life is like that some times and we just have to take it on the chin Hope the above helps Griff Edit - P.S The biggest two savings imho any syndicate can make is not paying for management services and labour on any maintenance and upgrades. Do it yersen for a fraction of the cost
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    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.
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    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
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    definition of an expert - ex - has been spurt - a drip under pressure
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    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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