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  1. 5 points
    The lump of Oak has been conditioning for over a week now in our lounge. So, today on completion of my fortnightly infuriatingly annoying pastime this forenoon (Clay shooting) I took said rough sawn lump of Oak round to the Wizards. Ran it through his planer a few times, squared ends and cut to length. It is now back on the deck in our lounge. No more can I proceed until MrsG has provided me with a picture of what she wants it to look like with regards to medium working. She did however comment that it looked much better now it has been planed off. Good News - I'm outa the dog house once more Griff
  2. 4 points
    Hmmm ... well ... it takes me 45 minutes ... perhaps that includes a few minutes for deciding exactly where to moor and coming towards the bank extra slow with extreme precision ... or going round twice for my first mooring!!
  3. 4 points
    That hits the nail fairly and squarely on the head.
  4. 4 points
    I am at an age that I remember Black Jacks & Fruit Salad were four for an old penny. Regards Alan
  5. 3 points
    Brilliant response Jean, though the Broads01 post did make me giggle. The more I cruise on the Broads, the slower I get, and the more I appreciate the Broads, and the more I prevaricate about mooring!
  6. 3 points
    Hi all, Nobody on here will know, but Karen used to teach ballroom dancing years ago, she has actually won medals for it. She`s an avid Strictly fan, and never misses a show. So 4 years ago, she said she would like to see Anton and Erins travelling show down here at the Bournemouth Pavillion, but did`nt know whether anybody she knew would want to go. Now, i`m no dancing fan, and i look like i`m dancing with three left feet, but seeing as i knew how much she wanted to go, i offered to go with her. I absolutely loved their show, and we`ve been every year since, being the last 4 years. Yesterday (earlier in the year than usual) was this years regular visit to Bournemouth, and we went to the afternoon show (matinee), and although slightly differnt in format, was as usual, a truly brilliant show. This time, we decided to wait by the stage door to see if they would come out and say hello. They did, as well as Lance Ellington, who regularly sings on Strictly, and also the lady singer "Lauren Emmett", and the back up dancers. We got to say hello to all of them and had some pics taken with them.What a great bunch they were, very down to earth and friendly, and always had time for those who waited by the door. Karen was absolutely made up, and yes, we will be going next year. I also told Anton that it`s about time the gave him a partner who could win lolol. It really was (and always will be) a great show, and i would always recommend anybody, dancing fan or not, to go and see it if you get the chance. I would be very surprised if you were disappointed.
  7. 3 points
    M y parents used to tell the story of a somewhat bombastic character of their acquaintance who hired a boat on the Broads for the first time , it was many years ago so was a " woodie" He was given some basic instructions which included a quick mop down each day with the mop provided for the purpose. His response to this once underway was something along the lines of " I should coughdrop, I've paid to hire their boat they can clean it themselves when I bring it back". He was very fortunate with weather and enjoyed unbroken sunshine until the last but one day when it poured down all night! flooding through the dried out planking and all over them in their beds! Carole
  8. 3 points
    If you click on the tab Handy Information and then click on the First-Timers Guide section there are various links to documentation and videos. Regards Alan
  9. 3 points
    Just reading this again it's a bit ambiguous (my post that is) We had booked with HW early for February, I think we booked in the previous summer They then advertised a discount, maybe the first year they did the winter discount. I spoke to a lady who was quite sniffy (maybe the same one who was decidedly unhelpful when we got stuck with the fish barrier). She said we couldn't have the discount and likened it to a shop having a sale. But now it is a regular feature we take advantage every year. I think I am trying to suggest there is a a difference between established well publicised discounts and those that appear at the last minute. Phew.
  10. 3 points
    Horning,pre book at the New Inn. Say hello to Gus.One of the best pubs on the broads.The Village is also worth a visit.May see you there Welcome to the forum. Best wishes Ian
  11. 2 points
    Lance Ellington also took part in the dancing, albeit the simple routines, but it was still good to watch.
  12. 2 points
    So the Mast MkII, The design is done. Pete the Wizard has in my absence has been having a sneaky hour or so on his own in his workshop without me. He has planed down what will be the centre spine of the mast, realising that the teak planks I had provided were not long enough he has grooved / splined and fastened two bits together making it over length ready for the next round. I could not see the join at first - Well chuffed. The design may not come out very well on the photo's as the pencil lines are not that dark / thick but you get the gist, Griff
  13. 2 points
    If a town had a market or a "Farmers market" it would normally be held on the high street or a market square which would adjoin the high street. One day a week, there would be stalls operating in direct competition to the high street shops, but this would be compensated by the increased foot fall on that day. That was then... this is now! Supermarkets and retail parks have pretty much finished off the high streets as we knew them. Now the only shops that can survive in a town centre are charity shops, Hairdressers and Estate agents. Yes there are exceptions, there always will be, but for the most part high streets are done for, especially in places without the benefits of tourism. With those high streets went the markets. Why would Joe Average go to a market and pay extra to buy loose veg when he can buy everything he needs, all nicely washed and wrapped in handy size plastic bags at lower cost? The final nail in the Markets coffin was the boot fair, loved by so many. In amongst the few amateurs selling yesterdays Christmas presents, you will find the professional toot sellers and a few, just a very few market traders... if you are very lucky . Where all this will go now on-line shopping is growing, who knows? Maybe the pop-up ads are the replacement for "Git your bananas 'ere, two bob a pound."
  14. 2 points
    On thinking of that long row of almost identical coffee shops along Gentleman's Walk, who drinks this frightful stuff anyway? I have only ever tried it once and that was on Liverpool St Station, platform 9. (I admit perhaps not the best place for a quality test). I simply asked for a black coffee and innocently expected something in a cup and saucer. Instead I was handed a white polystyrene cylinder, about the size of a hand fire extinguisher, with a large plastic straw which had been bent over so that it was looking at me from out of a small hole in the top, a bit like the periscope of a U Boat. Lifting the lid (and scalding my fingers) revealed a quite obnoxious liquid paste which looked more like a botanist's sample from the bottom of Barton Broad. It didn't even smell like coffee! It smelled just like Barton Broad. Looking around me I could see that most of the other people on the platform were all wandering aimlessly about, carrying the same white plastic cylinders with little straws on the top. If this is what the City of London is living on these days then I fear for their futures (pun intended). Anyway, I left mine untouched and got on the Norwich train, where I found the buffet car was already open and enjoyed a glass of wine instead. I think that was a lot better for me!
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    Some, not all, people seem to have an idea that they can do anything and to suggest otherwise is a kind of "disrespect"! It is a phenomena of our times and a reflection, I think, of a society dominated by entitlement! Back in 1980, having booked our very first Broads holiday aboard "Conquest" from Stalham Yacht Services, I read and reread every word of the brochure and advice booklet. I made a mental note of everything in the induction and therefore started every day with an oil check, a quarter turn of the greasers and mopping the decks. I was hooked of course and from day one knew my retirement dream was to have my own boat... I was 25 lol The boat had seen a lot of holidaymakers and was probably near retirement, that only added to my enjoyment, for one week she was mine and I looked after her as if I owned her. I've rambled lol I think my point is that first timers either have "hearts of oak" or just want a nice relaxing holiday with little to do but eat, drink and be merry (and there is nothing at all wrong with that!)
  17. 1 point
    Seem to have missed this but it's Sherz and Linz's video of their boat hire last year. Well recommended and just surprised they have not been on here to tell us it was available to view.
  18. 1 point
    Hopefully not misappropriated. He he M
  19. 1 point
    funny place for a water point
  20. 1 point
    Thanks for posting photos again David. Wow, what a treasure trove of 1970s hire boat history those pages are. I wonder if Wishing Waters was the first ever dual steer? Funny to think that Amber Gem, still on hire over 40 years later of course, was ultra-modern in those days. I learned something from the houseboat page because I had no idea wherries, including Hathor, were used as houseboats at Martham. What happened to Bramble?
  21. 1 point
    They are amongst the YouTube channels I keep an eye on. Still enjoy watching other people's videos ... roll on spring. :)
  22. 1 point
    Was frozen in the basin when I went to the wet shed on Thursday
  23. 1 point
    I believe hire boats are classed as public places just like busses, trains, pubs and taxi's etc, therefore smoking on board is no longer legal. Excellent film though, I have just binge watched their previous two as well while waiting for undercoat to dry
  24. 1 point
    Sutton Staithe's ice was thin and well broken today if that is indicative. It's a clear sky though and the temp is dropping fast. There'll be ice tonight I reckon!
  25. 1 point
    45 minutes to Salhouse Jean? That's extra leisurely, even pootling it's only 30. Good shout though and likely to be plenty of space. There won't be space everywhere though because September seems almost as busy as August.
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  27. 1 point
    Re bad language, wait until they have finished and then tell them that 'sorry, I didn't understand a word of that, could you please repeat yourself' often works well! One or two large motor cruiser owners from the Brundall area, for example, would do well to play and inwardly absorb both those training videos! Well, perhaps not the bit showing Capt. BirdsEye tying a cow hitch rather than a clove hitch!
  28. 1 point
    Very good video but and a big but I do not agree with smoking on board. Very unpleasant for other users.
  29. 1 point
    Mind the language? All we need to know is bow, stern, port and starboard? Then in the next sentences we get 'cast off' and 'slip' the bow line followed by I think it was 'centering the helm' er???
  30. 1 point
    Sorry but I'm still not accepting the argument that the Supermarket is at fault. Leicester market has gone downhill since redvelopment by the city council but head west along the M69 and you'll get to Nuneaton which has a thriving street market. 100 plus Traditional stalls clad in blue and white tarps along the pedstrianised "high street" selling all the market staples plus lots more. Keep going down the M69 you'll get to Coventry, another thriving market, this time indoor. Neither are particularly effected by tourism and both have a wide variety of supermarkets from all the main candidates. The other thing they both have is ample parking at reasonable price right in the town / city centre. Supermarkets are not new, the forst one in the town where I live opened in the early 1950's. By 1960 there were three. By 1970 there were five. The market thrived well into the early years of this century, until the district council made the market car park pay and display. Then it went downhill. Now it is almost dead and thetown council are contemplating demolishing it to build housing on the site. Blaming Supermarkets is far too simplistic. I'm sure there are lots of socio-economic reasons but at the top of that list is we, the great consumer, and our personal preference, which quite simply is changing. There are lots of reasons for that. One would be the change in the social climate. In the heyday of markets, selling fresh food, lots of married women were home makers. They would shop more than once a week, they were home during the daytime to prepare fresh vegetable every day, to make a pie, roast or whatever. Those days are gone, massively inflated house prices and our ever growing need for possessions most families now have two working parents. The value of time has risen faster even than the value of property. People want ready prepped or partially prepped food, theysimply don't have all afternoon to prepare dinner anymore. At the least they want to shop where they can get everything they need in one place. That's not the supermarket's fault, they are simply pandering to what we, the consumer wants.
  31. 1 point
    A collection of 8 videos from the Broads Authority detaling everything from general boat handling to stern on mooring: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCo7a1EFpkhL84rCWKX2Ad3Q
  32. 1 point
    Welcome to the forum Andydhewitt! A lot depends on whether you are an experienced boater or completely new. And also what time you get away from the boatyard. I remember our first year on the northern rivers hiring out of Wroxham, the 45 minutes to Salhouse Broad was far enough. Likely to be plenty of moorings in the Broad or on the spit on the main river. For me that was a good length of time to get a bit used to the boat handling, get my first mooring done without fighting for a space, and then get settled and unpacked. Bear in mind, you do have to pay to moor there but the money goes towards the upkeep of the Broad and nature reserve as I understand it. Now that we're more experienced we would usually go that bit further. Ranworth is two hours from Wroxham. The staithe may be full but there's usually room on the Island, although again, you have to pay for that mooring. But I like somewhere less crowded for my first go with a new boat!
  33. 1 point
    Hello Andy, Welcome to the forum, all the above suggestions are good it is up to you to decide if you want to moor outside a pub or just at the side of the river or on a broad, there are riverside 24 hour moorings outside Wroxham Broad, you can moor at Salhouse Broad but on the river and in the broad you will be charged for mooring. Mooring at Horning can be an issue even in September so as suggested booking a mooring at the New Inn is a good option. Regards Alan
  34. 1 point
    Hmm, videos ahead of time really are a good starting point. I do think though that the much maligned 'trial runs' suffer from a hidden problem. It's this : if you are nervous, or even worse scared, you can't learn, the higher brain cuts out and your basic, reptilian brain takes over. This one keeps you alive and runs the fight or flight approach to life, neither of which is great for boat handling, or absorbing what you are being shown. Tricky. We always help newbies, but treat the 'they didn't tell us' comments with circumspection, in that they may have been told but couldn't receive. Thankfully, after a few days the penny drops with most people.
  35. 1 point
    Salhouse Broad, Ranworth, Ludham Bridge, Fleet Dyke, Acle Bridge....to name a few..there is a wide choice and in September you shouldn't have much trouble compared with say, August. There's a publication on the Broads Authority website called, The Broadcaster and that has a basic map for you and cruising times suggested, between locations.
  36. 1 point
    We always help those that ask or appear too embarrassed to ask. There are another group whom I am also for giving “slack “ to those with limited skill at the start of their boating experiences. However some evidence of self reflection or contrition, and an acknowledgement that sometimes the beginner doesn’t know what to do would go a hugely long way. I agree everyone was a beginner, I also agree that some folks have a greater talent for the helm and others should stick to deck washing and enjoying the view. Many many times folks say please help or thank you we are beginners, these people are angels and real people living in a real world. However: The arogant disregard which has accompanied our two worst thwack incidents bedore a word uttered by myself says it all. “ I’m not responsible mate it’s an accident” and “I’m a beginner it’s not my fault” was the latest one. The previous one was “ that’s what insurance is for dear”. This after being hit five times by the same numpty . The harpy responsible for the crashingly condescending insurance quote actually laid hands on me as well. This was after I had spent twenty drippy minutes in the peeing down rain holding their mooring lines whilst they messed about. It turns out there was a hugely experienced helm on hoard “done the round Britain race a few times old chap” who did nothing as he thought it good to give his guest some experience. Raining, wind over fast tide small mooring space!!! Really you can’t make this stuff up. So yes I agree that beginners should be given some slack. Those that can close their mouths and open their eyes and ears even more so. Those that have an appreciation of what private property is even more so. Those that use 100% throttle at all times then shout and scream the c word at my wife and daughter (15 at the time).Those that threaten physical violence upon my person, call me a rich privileged c word and so on I have zero sympathy for them, other than wondering what happened to turn them into such feral creatures. Surely nobody is born like that? What would you think if someone is screaming in your face calling your wife a c u next Tuesday and threatening to f Ing do you , you rich c? I walked away and spoke with broads beat and the boatyard. The bobbies were very interested the boatyard could have cared less. In my experience my tolerance is hugely proportional to the level of intoxication on display. The admittedly small in number described above are a very minor element in the broads family thank heaven for that. To suggest they don’t exist is not where I live. I wish they didn’t exist. Unfortunately for all they do. How much tolerance is in the tank do you think? I have been boating 44 years now and IMO its waaaay worse now than in the 70s and I agree entitlement, and all that goes along with it bears huge responsibility for our experiences. Maybe fearing the loss of the deposit may have absolutely nothing to do with it. Who knows ?? Not me felicitations to all M
  37. 1 point
    I usually buy cod loin but at a normal price of £16.00 per kilo I tend to wait for reduced offers and then freeze the fish after cutting into portions, the same goes for salmon. Regards Alan
  38. 1 point
    Recently i bought some lovely looking Herring from the market ,but walked away stunned at having just paid £10 per kilo
  39. 1 point
    More images of pages from Hoseasons and Blakes brochures for those who like to see them - this time 1975 and 1976. Blakes brochure - notice Petit Barsac which at 19ft length must havebeen the shortest boat for hire on the Broads - unless you know different? Sanderling at the bottom was the first boat we hired in 1973, which in March cost us £29. Wishing Waters from Ripplecraft in Somerleyton had the distinction of being dual steer, incorporating a sort of flying bridge. Visionary thinking? Hoseasons brochures. We hired Calypso King in it's first season. Take a look at the Oulton Broad houseboats for hire - all gone now.
  40. 1 point
    To be fair to Herbert Woods, the discounts are just for starts in the month of March. Offer Details Could it just be that the 14 boats offered have now completed their annual service and are now back in the water, perhaps ahead of schedule and therefore suitable to discount? Insurers and energy companies will often charge you extra for being loyal to them. Most people will have experienced that you can buy the same policy/power cheaper as a new customer if you compare prices. Yield management is employed across the travel industry now. Flight prices will generally be cheapest around launch dates but can "bobble around" right up to departure due to sophisticated computer algorithms which compare yield to expected levels and adjust the prices accordingly. You can still end up sitting next to someone who booked later than you but is paying less than you did. The aim is to achieve a specified load factor. Holiday companies have for a long time, loaded the peak month prices to subsidise the off-peak dates. The price you pay for a week in early May (away from bank holidays) is not a true reflection of the cost to the operator who will use premium date revenues to keep the off-peak dates "operational". This way they can keep staff on season long and iron out the expenses over the year to some extent. Rail fares changed because the operators were finding that their trains were full mornings and evenings but not so at other times. SO they needed to come up with a system where they offered off peak fares to people who would not be taking up seats already paid for in full by commuters and business people. That's where the advance part came in, so they could allocate a particular service to you, which was perhaps not selling well. Again it is the computerisation of the yield management which has enabled this. On top of this, there will always be a number of no shows/cancellations which are not refundable and can be resold, again built into the yield managament. I think we are likely to see more of this behaviour over time. It's a "wild west" out there but the benefit is that there are lower prices out there if you can seek them out.
  41. 1 point
    I too find the late discounting is a poor business model to employ , it’s guaranteed to annoy existing “full price” customers . I wonder why is it that seemingly every business tends to offer far better prices when booked in advance , it works for hotels , flights , holidays , train companies , yet companies such as HW feel the opposite is the way to go .
  42. 1 point
    A bit of a cynical view, if may say so. Unless you are in the business it is always hard to explain how difficult (often impossible) it is to make money out of a seasonal business which only takes money for half the year and yet needs the same number of full-time staff in the winter as well as the summer. Hardly the same thing as a ski resort! I can assure you that, ever since the 50s, we have been trying to "flatten out" the peak weeks in July and August to make a more even price over the season but I am afraid the fact always remains, that more people come boating during the school holidays. If we want to make enough average income over the season to survive the winter months, then we have to put a premium on those peak weeks. At least we have managed to get rid of a lot of the "extras" to make much more of a "one price" holiday. For instance, you don't have to hire a television any more and car parking is usually free of charge. On the French canals you can choose an all inclusive package which includes fuel. Simon's point about being upset to see a discount, when you have booked in advance, is most valid. Traditionally the business has relied heavily on regular customers and still does now. I still have all of Hearts Cruisers' booking charts from the 50's and they show that the next season would be up to 60% booked by the end of September the previous year, by the regulars booking their next year's holiday when they came back at the end of their week. Nowadays I think it is perhaps the internet which has made the difference, as bookings can be made last minute "on a whim" and it is also so much easier to publicise a last minute discount. I still don't like it though! Bad policy overall.
  43. 1 point
    That’s why I like Ferry Marina’s pricing policy. They look more expensive at first glance, but when you start to compare prices of comparable boats they start to look like a good deal, and the lack of ‘special deals’ means that as a long term customer you don’t feel you are being ‘had’. I’m so fed up with the railways. Yes, you can get cheap tickets, but it’s not really a fair pricing policy for those who can’t plan ahead. On my first summer job (way back in 1978) I worked for the pre-privatised British Railways, well to be accurate, Sealink, which was then the BR owned operator of the Holyhead to Ireland Ferry service. I thought the BR ticketing system then was fairer than the current regime. Singles, day returns, monthly returns or open returns. Apart from that choice, everyone paid the same for the same journey. Nowadays it’s just a lottery, and (in my opinion) completely unfair.
  44. 1 point
    Hi Robin, My 535 is the Signature version so slightly different from yours up top. From your video it would seem that the starboard rear area of the flybridge floor is able to move up and down, squeezing water out. This must mean that the screws fastening the teak have become loose and water is able to penetrate the deck moulding through the screw holes. It may be that some of the caulking has become detached which would allow water to penetrate between the teak panels. If that is the case, sealing around the edges may make the problem worse. Given the weather, I would suggest covering the whole of the flybridge to make it rainproof until warmer and drier weather sets in. The chances of either stopping the leaks or making a good repair in the short term would otherwise seem to be unlikely. Without needing to take up the teak deck, the teak plugs over the screws could be removed. They may be glued in with epoxy and may require drilling out. However, they could be replaced with a slightly larger size if any damage to the surrounding teak is caused. Once the screws have been removed and the whole area dried out you could use slightly larger diameter screws and sikoflex to fix the teak and seal the holes. It would be a time-consuming job but not expensive. Water drains from the flybridge through a series of holes around the edge of the floor. The water is then conducted in pipes through the side lockers and other structures to the void at each side of the flybridge that your mate was able to crawl into. This in turn drains to the side decks through a hole under the overhang at each side of the flybridge superstructure just forward of the stern deck. I wonder if one or other of those holes is blocked? You're quite right about not wanting to disturb the ceiling panels in the saloon. They are very strongly glued and there would be a lot of damage if you tried. However, you might get a better idea of what is happening by removing some of the ceiling lights which are spring loaded into position. It's an aquired skill to get them out but gets easier! You can then get a light through into the void above and use a mirror to have a look around. I see from an earlier posting that you were wondering about the blue paint which is a feature of most Traders. The paint is a two component Awlcraft Acrylic Urethane made by Awlgrip and the colour is Aristo Blue. It is designed to be applied by spray but I've had success with a roller. It takes three weeks to fully cure but can then be polished just like grp. Apologies if you know all of this already, and best of luck! Stuart
  45. 1 point
    I would also go for the security hood. The more trouble the would be thief would have, the less desirable your motor becomes. In addition I'd have a sticker saying "The outboard on that boat over there is much nicer than this one!"
  46. 1 point
    Grendel is bang on the money- Show off Chaps - Why do our Ladies jump to conclusions or immediately go off into t deep end, or engaging mouthpiece before brain before transmitting? Or simply ASK? I will digress here once again, I recently found out at my grand old age of only 58 years and having been married for 32 of them. You know that a lot of Ladies often grip / rest their chins in their right hand or sometimes bite their bottom lip whilst frowning, Do you know why they do that? - well I now know (Every day is a school day) and I am willing to share it with you. They are having a deep thinking session and they hold their chin / bite their lip to try and stop themselves interrupting themselves whilst thinking! - Come on Ladies - You know its true! Anyroadup where was I? - Oh yes, that new piece of Oak. At risk of death I had to really concentrate and avoid sounding as though I was patronising and explain a few facts to my MrsG. The mantelpieces she sees on Ebay do not come out of a tree finished like that. Nor does our Oak furniture in our lounge simply get cut and put together and look like it does. No, I explained that our lump of Oak needs to be conditioned for at least a week indoors and become acclimatised to the temperature / humidity of our house. Then it has to be cut to length, then any shakes have to be glued under compression and again left for another week. Then she has to provide me with a picture of the finish she wants, that is moderately worked / scalloped / rounded edges etc. Then I have to take lump round to the Wizards to run it over his bench planer to square it up. Then commence with the scalloping / edges using tools both power and hand as I see fit. Then it is 80g paper on the DA sander followed by 240g. Seeing as it is indoors no need for 5 star cuprinol. Then get set to with the Danish oil to give it a finish to match our current furniture. Then I have to purchase a hidden mounting system and 'Let' it into the timber where it will meet the wall to ensure a snug fit with no gap. After all that has been done, then she can at last put her dust collectors in it (O r m a n e n t s) and I may be allowed out of the dog house and back indoors. All this whilst I'm prioritising on the important stuff - 'B.A's new mast I'll keep thee posted Griff
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    And that sums up mans puny attempts at controlling nature, climate change has always been the current warming cycle is just one small part. Fred
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    Ditto, came up the Ant today, no ice, in fact it was quite warm Big contrast to Monday and Tuesday!
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    Although we have had a couple of frosts, the water is still a bit warm for lots of it! Indeed frosts this side of Christmas down here are pretty rare and whilst we may have one or two over the next week, I would be surprised if they resulted in significant freezing in the dykes and upper reaches. I could be wrong but that would be quite unusual this early in the winter
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    Thanks for the advice. The worse part was the damage they did removing it. It had a lock and a chain, so they smashed the lock and broke off the cleat which the chain attached to. This caused a lot of damage to the transom, and several days in my garage getting covered in fibreglass to patch it up!
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