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  1. 21 points
    So here we are again. Back aboard Swan Reflection 1. I’m posting from my phone courtesy of Richardson’s on board wi-fi so these posts may be brief! Good journey up from Essex. Nice lunch in Bridgestone’s Tea Rooms in Potter Heigham. Very good handover from a nice polite young man and out of the yard by 2. Very quiet cruise down to How Hill. Turned around and went back to moor at Irstead. Hurray! Finally I have managed to get on the staithe here! Took a walk to look round the church then on to the Boardwalk for a lovely peaceful look at Barton Broad. Beautiful even on a grey day. Now back on board with the heating on having a very quiet evening.
  2. 19 points
    hi, finally managed to buy the boat my wife fell in love with, at last we are back on the water, lovely mooring at Acle all sorted, thanks to everyone who's advice i duly ignored, thanks anyway. its 32 feet long 12'3" wide single volvo penta diesel (2.0 litre austin montego engine) or perkins prima. we love it!!
  3. 16 points
    Someone who knows which way round a boat should be when going under a bridge. :-)
  4. 15 points
    Home again ... we hadn't been on the road for long this morning when I wished that I was out of the traffic and back on the boat! And it always seems so funny that in ten minutes you drive along from Stalham, past Sutton and on through Potter Heigham whereas we all know how long that journey is by boat! Anyway ... time for some Reflections on Reflection ... The Boat - Swan Reflection is still a great boat to hire. Compact at 31 feet it is a little tight for space on board but ideal for a couple especially if you haven't got much experience. Plus it warms up quickly once you get the heating on. Great to steer - you can set the revs, set the steering and it will go in a straight line for as long as you need until you reach the next bend in the river. Comfortable bed, the seating has been re-upholstered at some point, decent size fridge and ice box plus a gas cooker as well as a microwave. Electric flushing toilet which does use a fair amount of water but is a nice little luxury! I would always highly recommend this boat. The Yard - We had only hired from Richardson's once before and that was at a busier time. It still feels like a holiday camp kind of check-in to me but the system works well. The staff were all very friendly and the young lad who did our handover and refuelled us this morning, was great. He asked how our week had been, asked if there were any problems with the boat and wished us a safe journey home. That counts for a lot with me and we would definitely go back. The Food - Always a highlight of my holiday because we don't eat out much at home and it's a treat not to be cooking. The Sutton Staithe Hotel was first class, Bridgestone's Tea Rooms in Potter Heigham was excellent, the New Inn was great value and good food as always. The Swan Inn was my least favourite, good service but overpriced and not as good food as everywhere else. That's just my personal opinion based on the meals we had on the days we dined in each of these establishments. Incidentally the Staithe & Willow in Horning was closed and looks to me as if it has just been sold from something I saw on a property website. The Wildlife - there was a lot of life in the wildlife ... if you know what I mean. Plenty of birds flying around in pairs. ;) But what a delight to see an otter and to see a good number of kingfishers around Irstead. Plus the sound of the owls in the trees after dark was amazing ... I don't get that living here in the city. The Firsts - I always like to try to tick some items off my "still to do" list. This week we moored at Irstead, we went right down Lime Kiln Dyke, and we moored on the public staithe in Horning. That was good enough for me. All About March - Finally my thoughts on hiring in March as this was only the second time that we have been out this early in the season. Don't forget that even if it is going to be mild for the time of year, you are not at home in your double glazed centrally heated house. So for me it is always going to be cold and my thermals were required every day! We had one sunny day, the rest was overcast and grey but it was dry although the breeze picked up on our last day. No bright sunny frosty mornings but I'll take that over wind and rain and ice. But best of all was the ability to choose where to moor at any time of day and be almost certain you wouldn't have any problems. We were completely on our own overnight at Irstead, Womack Water and Paddy's Lane. And it would have been a full set if someone else hadn't turned up when it was getting dark at Cockshoot Broad. The photos through the week were from my phone so below are just a few off my camera. There will be a video as soon as I get time to put things together.
  5. 14 points
    Well, it has taken long enough but finally here is a video of what Trixie, a 24ft Sheerline Aft Cockpit from 1992 is like. I rather like her, cosy, warm and 'cute' with everything you need albeit in a very small space. These boats come on the market every now and then, and vary a lot with internal fit-out, some have a fridge in the cockpit area, freeing up space down below for more cupboards, others have a more open plan layout but they make ideal boats for a couple and can get into moorings others cannot. Cheaper to moor, insure and toll I think they work well and have aged well too.
  6. 14 points
    Some of what you said there Robin really made me laugh, whilst other bits made me quite sad. Ok, firstly Top tip, Treat it like a stylus and a touch sensitive screen. The pencil and paper is an old system but with practice you can get quite good at it. Hmmm, yes,,, small talk... Some people find this concept difficult to grasp so permit me to offer a quick explanation. Talking (of any size) used to be the way people related to each other before the days of computers. In the olden days people used to survive having telephones that you had to speak into, most of these were attached to a network by wire and had to be left at home. This required people to have to go to places, meet other people and speak to them. This of course suffered the disadvantages of not having emoticons to explain themselves and frequently catching colds from each other. In the enlightened days we are now in, we can converse with people without actually having to meet them and one day, if we are very lucky, we might be able to go through our entire lives without meeting or speaking to anyone. The answer for that embarrassing question all children eventually ask "Daddy, where do I come from?" will in future be far more straight forwards. "Amazon" We're doomed, we're all doomed.
  7. 13 points
    We're visiting the Broads, for the first time ever, in mid-June. We're both approaching 60 years of age but I've always wanted to have a boating holiday on the Broads and have finally got round to visiting. We're hiring from Richardsons in Stalham, and I've read this thread with interest, and have watched several YouTube videos including nearly all of the excellent and informative Captain's Blog ones. I fully intended to cross Breydon Water and will still do so. I'll be following the helpful tips on this thread and am really looking forward to it, but will also treat the waters with the respect they deserve. Steady as she goes seems to be the overriding message.
  8. 13 points
    Not sure why owning or hiring a boat makes you any more or less a lover of the Broads? I for one enjoy seeing members pictures on here, either their own boat or ones they are hiring. Does seem a bit of a shame to dampen the mood of this thread. Obviously the OP and his wife are very happy with their new boat and I for one wish them many happy hours on board and enjoying the Broads.
  9. 12 points
  10. 12 points
    Day 2 then. And it turned into an absolutely beautiful sunny afternoon. So the day started at Irstead. Cruised up to Neatishead, my first time ever down Lime Kiln Dyke. Then back to Ludham Bridge where we stopped for coffee. On from there to the New Inn in Horning for lunch. Had a lovely chat with Seagypsy and his good lady - lovely to meet you both - before cruising on towards Salhouse. Turned around and came back to Cockshoot Dyke where we are now moored. Barring any late arrivals we have the place to ourselves! Took a walk down to the Broad and are now sat in for the evening about to get some tea. A few photos - not sure how the quality is coming out as they are from my phone. Edited to say that I spoke too soon! Another boat has just moored up as the sun is setting!
  11. 12 points
    So here are the final pictures from last years maintenance that turned into a saga. No job yet but still working on it, but here is something to cheer us all up. The pictures are two angles for the new galley and the new window from inside showing the new window and underneath that the plank well fitted in and varnished to match already existing wood, great job Roger. View from the stern well: View from the saloon: New window and new internal planking: I hope you will all agree that the guys have done a magnificent job. We will be (me and Fiona no doggies unless Brexit rules sorted for pets) out for Easter, a few days before, then Easter, hopefully with Charlie Dolphin (if anyone wishes to say hello), then a few days after depending on the weather. If it's glorious we will stay longer, if rubbish we back on the Harwich ferry pronto like. We look forward to seeing you all out on the river and thank you all for following the continuing restoration of our old lady. I really do hope Clive can do something with the roof over us in the wet shed after all this expense. To watch it dripped on and the new canopies discoloured will be a PITB to say the least. Hopefully this year we can forgo the major hull dents too...lol. Malanka's poor port and starboard bows, starboard side and transom took some battering last year, almost exclusively from boats with bow thrusters and also stern thrusters. This year we hope for less. We hope not to be broken into as well, oh and less sinking would be good too. Without a job I will have more time for Malanka tales and so will write them up in 2019, until work drags me away. Best Wishes to everyone except southern Jessie Drascomb sheet danglers....Go northern monkeys go......lol More later Martin..
  12. 11 points
    What an interesting concept. Made me chuckle and brought back a veritable medley of memories. At the height of the season I would put through 'that bridge' one hundred plus cruisers per day - hire and private - and often received the comment, "You must be paid per boat. You almost run from boat to boat!" Crews were surprised to learn that I was paid £2.00 something an hour whether I put one boat through or one hundred. In fact, of course, if the tides were so high as to limit the numbers, the job became much, much more difficult. Trying to explain about air pressure, wind direction off the coast of Scotland, neaps, springs, unexpected or forecast heavy rainfall to someone who just wanted desperately to get through 'that bridge' was, well, to put it quite bluntly, simply too difficult sometimes. Punters were often told a porky. The mains water pipe that crosses the river at Wroxham has burst - hence the high water. Now that's an idea that most people can get their heads around and to watch the lightbulb moment on their faces when told such fake news was as much pleasurable as it was a relief. The downside was that, having now understood the situation, the same punters then shouted the 'news' to every boat coming up the Thurne hoping to get through 'that bridge'. I have little doubt that even canoeists were treated to the bad news. To answer the question, no, there has never been a quota. Although every boat turned away had no effect on my wages, the impact on my income was dramatic. I always earned more in tips than I did from a subsistence level pay packet. It cost me dear to turn a boat away. I was never tipped for delivering disappointment. And, yes, part of the job was the decision as to the certainty, or otherwise, of getting a boat back. And, yes, I always advised the day and time slot. And, yes, there were always people who had worked it out for themselves - wrongly more often than not. To Willow I would explain that 'centre cockpit' boats ranged, then, from needing 6' 4" to 7' 2" and all stops between at one inch intervals. Someone who had just been told that they couldn't get through on 'Royal Crusader' (centre cockpit AF needing 6' 9") but then watch me take forty-five foot long Connoisseurs (centre cockpit needing 6' 6" - at a push) through one after another, of course they would pop back into the office for an explanation. I even had many a telephone conversation with boatyard owners and managers complaining that I had refused to put their hirers through. My answer was always the same (after a brief explanation of facts as they apply at Potter Bridge) if they, as the boat's manager or owner was instructing me to put their boat through then, against my better judgement, I would take it through. No-one ever took me up on the offer! Whilst many hirers chose their centre cockpit boat because of the sliding canopy, few hirers would appreciate a boat without the sliding canopy for the remainder of the holiday. Boatyard owners were even less keen. And to Willow again, I have to say, the pilot has to make a call at the point at which he is asked to make the decision. It is his decision alone, but that decision can be reversed provided developing conditions permit it - or the weather forecast changes throughout the day. I cannot with any certainty remember what height Countess of Light needed, but, if she was a 42' Alpha centre cockpit then she would have needed either 6' 10", or 7' 0". Nothing would have been going through that day if the gauge had been reading 5' 4" not even the Martham boats. I suspect, because you were eventually told that you could get through, that you went through right on the point of low tide which had gone lower than predicted, which is why you were told to get back at the same time the following day.
  13. 11 points
    Tuesday 19th March After finishing work at 8am I nipped home to pick up the dog and my meagre things and set off for a short break on the boat. The journey there was annoyingly slow, particularly with a tired mind from working the night shifts but after 3 hours I was back at Broom boatyard and dropped off my bag inside before walking the dog around to The Yare pub for a pick me up dinnertime drink or two. Refreshed and ready I set off back to the boat and after a chat with my mooring neighbour it was finally time to release the lines and head off down the river Yare towards Reedham at about 1300. The day was fine, with a light cloud and so instead of poking my head out of the roof, I lowered the canopy and cruised with the top down, accompanied by the local wildlife Passing the ever inviting Beauchamp Arms And then the love it or hate it Cantley Sugar Factory (personally, I love it) And then Hardley Mill Reaching Reedham Swing Bridge I passed under and then neared left and along the river passing Polkeys Mill and The Berney Arms before crossing Breydon to Yarmouth. Slack passage was given as around 1545 and I passed Yarmouth bridges at about 1600. The long cruise up the lower Bure then commenced, before I passed the deserted moorings of Stracey Arms and then onwards passed The Ferry at Stokesby where there were a couple of boats, one being Silver Cloud, so I gave the guys aboard a wave as I passed. The stretch along the lower Bure was helped by a beautiful sunset As I reached Acle there were moorings at the Bridge Inn but as I was solo helming opted to try for the BA moorings and the posts rather than opting for the rings at the pub, despite this making it a more awkward starboard side mooring. Mooring up on the BA moorings at around 1800 I closed up the boat and headed over to the Bridge Inn to enjoy a couple of beers. Before returning to the boat and finally falling asleep, exhausted from work and the day but happy to be back on the waters once again.
  14. 10 points
    I tried that once, and ended up here !!!
  15. 10 points
    The period when we had glass hulls and wood superstructures might be considered. This is a Moores Griffin/Bourne 35.
  16. 10 points
    That’s Kathleen service completed. Now having a catch up at her wake as one does. Clive is doing very well, a credit to his whole huge family. Much respect to him Griff
  17. 10 points
    Laura - I do hope despite the time delay you discover this post, as I can provide some detail for Sundog's last year or so. Vanessa, my wife, and I bought her around June 1974. She was then owned by the people who owned the wherry yacht Olive (or was it White Moth?!) and was moored at their property which was about a mile or so from Gt. Yarmouth along the Acle straight on the left heading towards Yarmouth. I think we paid £500 for her. We got married in the August and the first night was spent on her. By that time we had her moved to Wheatfen Broad, Ted Ellis' (the naturalist) property. We had a very interesting evening on our wedding night, somewhat worse the wear for alcohol we had to take everything about half a mile through the woods and then across the Marsh! Very memorable! Vanessa was teaching at Bungay Middle Schòol, and I was in my final year at Keswick Hall College of Education. Our intention was to do her up and we started a lot of work in that regard, whilst living aboard. We had her moved to Geldeston in September 1974, as that was nearer to Vanessa'so work, and lived on her very happily, despite the damp! The wood burner was brilliant! In the December we went to the West Midlands to visit Vanessa's family. Whilst we were away she sank! She had a plank removed, well above waterline. But a strong wind blew her onto the bank and as the tide went out she was held there, tipped and flooded! We came back to find all our possessions, including wedding presents, either floating or sunk! We had her pumped out and managed to refloat her. It was clear we couldn't live on her for sometime. But our intention was still to do her up. There's lots of details I could give in that regard, but sadly have no photos. But then a few weeks later Vanessa found she was pregnant and VERY reluctantly we decided to sell her. We sold her to two young men who worked on the rigs and so we were told and thought had the money to fully restore her. We went to see her a couple of times. On one occasion she had been hauled out and was on the bank, the next time she was burnt out. I don't cry much but I did on that occasion. She was truly magnificent and if I could rewrite history I would not have sold her. She still has a very special place in my heart. My eldest son, Ben, was conceived on her; that's how special and personal she is to me. I would be very happy to answer any further questions. Hope that's helpful and fills in a few gaps.
  18. 10 points
    So, today I collected Trixie, having had the last of the work completed on here - and all new seating internally. So since purchase she has quite a lot of work done one way and the other, this has included: New canopy New fenders and fender ropes New mooring lines New twin tone horns Compound and polish of both hull and superstructure New name decals New vinyl stripe (now in the correct colour red) New batteries making up a much larger bank (twice bought first set destroyed by over charging) Re-built Alternator All new drive belts, and Impeller a full engine service (done twice in 5 months for good measure) Striped down and cleaned heat exchanger All new sea cocks New engine water strainer New hot water tank lagging New water pump and accumulator tank New shower pump New taps New steering and throttle/gear linkage cable A battery monitor USB charging outlets New TV New 2500w Inverter New shore power connections, consumer unit, sockets and internal ring main wiring New automatic shore/inverter changeover switch New LED navigation lights New LED internal lights New seating including foam and upholstery Hard wired high speed LTE Router for onboard WiFi Remote monitored alarm There is some new carpets to get for the cabin and aft cockpit along with new curtains to match the seating colour better. Possibility for a new fridge that will reduce power consumption and have a bigger internal cavity space than the current and a new oven but the main thing is she is ready to go for the season so it will be nice to get some use and go exploring once more. Here is the seating which is a soft Sage colour in a hard wearing but smooth to touch frabric.
  19. 10 points
    I see we’re back to personal attacks on another member. That’s very regrettable, as there is actually some value in looking back at history. The forum on which that particular history is recorded was one of the first Broads Forums, if not the first. Many late-comer ‘little men’ don’t know of its existence, yet there is other content there that it would be unfortunate to lose. Broadly Speaking is moribund and could be taken off the Web at any moment and all that history would be lost. If nothing else, this thread has brought that forum to the fore and those interested on what went on before could do worse than explore it.
  20. 10 points
    I think it must be a generational thing, or maybe just living up here in Yorkshire. I love the small interactions with people I meet on the way. Not to sit and have a long conversation with, just to acknowledge that we are still alive and kicking. Loneliness is indeed a debilitating condition in lots of ways. Having lost Doreen, I am thankful for the interaction I have with workmates in my part-time job. To sit indoors without seeing someone for days, as many elderly frail people have to, would be a very grim prospect for me. I do think that loneliness is something you only contemplate when it hits you. It does not matter if you do not interact for days if you know there is someone waiting to appear at the end of it (if that makes sense).
  21. 10 points
    Nah, I'll still visit regardless I'm afraid, there's too many pubs to pop in to in Loddon and Chedgrave
  22. 9 points
  23. 9 points
    Not sure if she really counts as a Classic but definitely my pride and joy
  24. 9 points
    I see your point Chris, but don't agree with it, or perhaps more accurately don't see it in that way. The amount of waterway available isn't really an issue. When a visitor comes to the broads for the first time Life is very different from the norm. Life is afloat and with new and variable things to see. If that visitor returns many times his/her experiences change with each visit. The first time getting everywhere seeing little, the 20th time going to fewer places but seeing much more. The more frequent the visits, the lower the mileage. The Liveaboards (a generalisation) probably do the fewest miles yet absorbing the greatest amount of the peace and tranquillity to be had, and would, if permissible and practical, stay weeks on end in one place. (yes, I know some do, but that's another issue) The diversity to be seen on the broads is as good as you will get for the most part on any other waterway, missing out only on the more industrial features to be found on the canals. Another difference my parents and I found between the canals and the broads was the attitudes of people. On the broads the vast majority of people one meets are on holiday. They are all enjoying themselves, all having (or trying to have) a good time. This happiness is infectious (unless you are an angler :-) ) On the canals, the people you are most likely to meet ashore will be normal people doing their normal things. The pubs don't have that "holiday spirit" and are full of people not on holiday and busy moaning about their day at work. (Though they do make the anglers seem a jovial crowd.) No! give me life on the broads any day.
  25. 9 points
    Really interesting. Reason I say that is I've read and heard of many first time hirers who have gone for marketing spiel, at a premium price, and been disappointed. If you are charging a premium, you have to do your best to deliver on that, and that involves understanding what your customers expect and trying to exceed it. Not easy. Although I know nothing about Sandersons I would bet they are not trying to appeal to first timers (no bling required) but more so the likes of Wonderwall above. Hirers whose expectations are more muted...supply something that floats, is watertight, everything works. Supply that you have happy customers who will enjoy their holiday and will return. It's a strange thing is boating and I'm learning stuff all the time. I've hired cheap and expensive and been most disappointed with the expensive boats because I expected more, which is stupid because being afloat on the rivers is the joy, not the blingy thing you are on. Am I making sense? I hope Sandersons can continue to be a viable business.
  26. 9 points
    Looks as though it did. When I saw it, I wasn't quite sure what to say in reply. You were not complimentary about them, so I imagine someone considered the TOS but then again, you are someone with many years experience of Broads holidays, as are many other members here. Maybe it is reasonable that you should speak as you find? A boatyard depends very much on its reputation and if that starts to slip for some reason then a forum such as this will surely pick it up. I have known the Sandersons, both Colin and Steve, since many years ago and I also knew their parents when they ran the yard. The site itself goes back hundreds of years, to Halls of Reedham, who built some of the most famous wherries on the Broads. Running a small boatyard can be a great strain, especially in difficult economic times. It certainly was for me, in my time! I sense that better times may be coming for tourism on the Broads and I hope that Sandersons will be able to profit from that. I wish them well for the future.
  27. 9 points
    nothing wrong with being proud of your boat, but it takes all sorts to make this world spin, we like seeing pictures of boats.
  28. 9 points
    Friday 8th February We were up at the usual time on Friday morning. Debbie took Harley for her walk and I had breakfast and went to get showered. What a godsend the immersion heater is, too. Our little fan heater had been set to low and on all night and had certainly kept the chill off. The pub moorings were not busy and we had moored side on, due to the weather and it certainly was windy and the sky grey and cheerless with heavy cloud cover. Debbie had breakfast when she returned and while she was waiting for me to finish showering, she had stated to pack. She went to get ready as I emerged from the aft cabin, feeling better for my shower. I started to move all of our bits and pieces from where we had stowed them into the saloon, so they were all together and when Debbie was showered and dressed, we finished packing our clothes, stripped the bed and moved all of our bags into the aft cabin to make it easy to get them out of the aft doors to pack the car. I topped up with water at the pub, as I knew from our experiences earlier in the week, that the hose at the kiosk at Brooms had been turned off. We had really been in no particular rush and by about 11:00, we cast off for the short trip back to the yard, filled up with fuel and had the required pump-out, which all together came to about £90. Bill paid, we moved to our berth, I packed the car and the wife vacuumed through MS. With everything done, we pulled out of the boatyard at about 12:15. We weren’t in any great rush to go home, so headed for Hoveton (for the pedants) and had fish and chips from Greys before heading for home. The return journey took about three hours, largely due to a combination of roadworks and Friday traffic and could have been worse has it not been for some local knowledge around Bedford, where I turned off the A421 and headed through some local roads home. No scenic photos on the last day – the weather was too uninspiring, just one of MS at her home mooring. That’s all for this trip – thanks for reading and your comments. Just looking forward now to April and another week on Moonlight Shadow.
  29. 8 points
    Monday 8thApril We were awake at about 05:30 on Monday. The wife pulled on some clothes to take Harley for a walk and I hurriedly dressed to take a few photos. The early start was necessary due to the tides and slack water at Yarmouth. It was quite foggy as we cast off at about 06:15. With navigation lights on we headed along Langley Dyke and turned right onto the Yare. The fog was quite patchy, but visibility was okay with the side door slid open and my head sticking out. With the engine revs set to 1500, we made good progress, helped by a strong ebbing current and were soon passing what appeared to be a silent Cantley plant. We passed through Reedham and headed towards Breydon and I did wonder whether the fog would prevent our passage across, but the nearer we got to the start of the crossing, the rising sun was burning off the mist and by the time we passed Berney Mill, visibility was returned to near normal. Breydon was calm and although we passed several craft heading south, we were the only one heading in the opposite direction. We were running a little after slack water and as we neared Yarmouth, the effect of the incoming current became more noticeable. We passed the yellow post at 08:20, some 40 minutes later than the ideal time, but the benefit was the help we had from the current as we headed up the Bure. The weather improved as the morning drew on and it wasn't long before we had to wind the roof back and let the sunshine in. We stopped at Acle for water and to let the dog off for a while and to top up with water. I’m not sure who had used the hose before, but it had more knots in than at a scouts convention. It took me a while to untangle it so that the water would flow through. We cast off again heading towards Potter Heigham. We needed some milk and I was keen to see if the bakery in Lathams had any London cheesecakes in. It was very noticeable how much more river traffic there was on the Northern rivers. We kept right at the junction of the Bure and the Thurne, past Thurne Mill, looking smaty now with relatively fresh paint and the sails repaired. It wasn't too long before we reached our destination where we got ready and walked the short distance over one of Potter’s famous landmarks to the other. Deb sat outside with a cup of tea whilst I was entrusted with the shopping. Milk, cakes and a couple of other essentials purchased, it was back to the boat for lunch before we chugged back down the Thurne to Thurne Dyke for our overnight mooring. Dinner was to be at The Lion. It was Deb’s birthday on Tuesday, so a good excuse to celebrate the day. The meal was excellent as always and the pub must now be my favourite on the Northern Broads for food. We returned to the boat at about 21:00 and it wasn't long before the early start caught up with us and we retired to bed, happy after a fantastic day rounded off with a wonderful meal.
  30. 8 points
    Just wanted to add my pennies worth to this thread, having finally seemed to have a moment between cars, boats and certain special lady..I have to say thanks to Charlie for his ever calm and helpful ways. This time around I was working to begin under the hull finding, and chiselling out the rot and learnt a lot. There was so much going on over a relativity short space of time that it blurs into one. We would end our days sat on stools and camping chairs in a deconstructed wheelhouse aching all over watching a DVD - and yet despite this come the next morning nobody would complain or fuss about, even Howard who might otherwise say "that is too much work let's not do that" was stuck in with wiring from switches to coax for our new digital radio aerial, Andy (LondonLad) clearly was mad to come up and help but did so much mucky and hard work helping Charlie between woodwork and metalwork, Peter (Grendal) and I struggled with heating issues, running wires then hitting another issue and so it went on - even the Mast was not playing nice with us. Doug the cream cake superstar and wooden boat wonder took over where our own 'Wizard' had left off, and whom took a great deal of pressure of Charlie. It was hard work, it was long days, but we have a strong team, some good friends and a wonderful looking boat and having put everything back together and cleaned her up inside from all the dust you sit back and feel proud. These old ladies of the Broads seem to have a soul, you put so much in, and take care of them and they take care of you.
  31. 8 points
    Is there something you want to tell the forum??
  32. 8 points
    I have just seen the certificate awarded to the Lion Inn Thurne for winner of Pub of The Year 2019, by East Norfolk Camera.
  33. 8 points
    A few photos from Womack Dyke and a video going under the Acle Bridge yesterday CC9J7238 by Jeff Cranwell, on Flickr CC9J7353-Edit by Jeff Cranwell, on Flickr CC9J7230 by Jeff Cranwell, on Flickr CC9J7300 by Jeff Cranwell, on Flickr
  34. 8 points
    Believe me at the end of the day a boat is a darn boat. Talking 'stinkies' here. Be it from the Top End version to the basic , they all go wrong , everyone of them has its negative and positive points. I have yet to be on a boat that is absolutely perfect. Depends on a lot things, time of year especially. Hired early in the season to find that you get told , " well its early season and these things show up when the boats first go out" , to "well it is the end of the season what do you expect". Oh yes and that was from a top end establishment. Personally speaking I think the industry has shot itself in the foot trying to make the boats into floating hotels which they are not and never will be. Top or bottom end they all need 'pumping out' 'water' and fuel. Gadgets and gizmos are just something waiting to go pear shaped. People's perception of a boat now is really not a boat in the true of the word. Smaller yards need good support and good publicity. The Agency that has dropped this yard speaks of standards. People in glass houses should not throw stones I believe is the saying. No one is perfect in this world. To end on a light note - the funniest thing I think I ever heard was a conversation repeated from a customer to an engineer when the customer enquired as to whether the boat got Sky and he replied yes 'open the roof'.
  35. 8 points
    Here's my convertible. .. Well, what did you expect really?
  36. 8 points
    After all that wind and rain last week it was nice to take the boat out this afternoon. Don't know how it happened but I seem to have ended up moored at the Bridge Inn for the night by way of a change IMG_5315 by Jeff Cranwell, on Flickr
  37. 8 points
    Evening all! Day 3 ... mostly a grey day with some brightness at lunchtime but it didn’t last long. This morning we left Cockshoot Broad and headed for Ranworth to fill up the water. Three boats departed leaving just ourselves and two private boats at the staithe. Headed back to Horning where we moored on the public staithe for the first time ever! So lunch today was at the Swan Inn. Food was ok and the service very good. Having therefore spent the morning sorting out bits and pieces as one sometimes does, we departed for our overnight spot. A lovely cruise with the outgoing tide all the way to Acle where we then turned round and headed back to the Thurne. Lovely to pass our new friends on San Domingo 3 with a cheery wave and hellos exchanged along the Bure. Now which mooring to choose? Opted for Womack Water. Passed several boats coming out of the Dyke but found these moorings empty! So it’s another quiet evening as no-one else arrived. Yesterday we saw lots of kingfishers. Today we saw an otter. And this evening I am sat here listening to owls calling in the trees nearby. Wonderful!
  38. 8 points
    thats pretty normal in kent- called operation stack.
  39. 8 points
    I have NEVER EVER bought anything off of Amazon, and only ever bought 1 yes, that`s ONE thing from e-bay. I like to go to shops, look at what i want and see if it`s up to standard i`m after. I also NEVER EVER use self service check outs, prefering to use staffed check outs. How would people feel if they sat in an aircraft and flying abroad knowing the interior was built by robots?. I would be bloody livid, because i`d be out of work, and probably homeless because i could`nt pay the motgage and the bills, so would be evicted and on the streets. Please everybody, before you buy from the likes of Amazon and co, think how many people could be unemployed and living on insufficient benefits because people want something 10% cheaper. PS, i also like and shop at Screwfix, at least i can deal with a person, and be polite to them.
  40. 8 points
    I appreciate there seem to be irregularities on the listing but is that NYA or hoseasons fault? and why oh why do we still have to all want to have the most basic boats?. Some of us like a bit of comfort and luxury and there are people who will pay for it. live and let live folks. Some of the boats you have or hire might be classed as poor mans floating caravans to some.
  41. 8 points
    I understand that a slightly revised planis being held in reserve in case the Blessed Authority cannot obtain the required land and/or funding ....
  42. 8 points
    http://www.broadsnationalpike.com/2019/03/wheels-fall-off-pikemans-folly.html?fbclid=IwAR18e2rZdQd_HgcGR2rWKgVrMZvFGXtLaFWv-6E4FyQzYJULSRuMWMo3f7Q Some very close to the knuckle comments from the Pike. Clearly some information from inside.
  43. 8 points
    Overstaying in the winter months. Imho live and let live. But don’t hog the electric point, some boat owners and hirers cruise out of season and may want to use the shore power / water points Griff
  44. 8 points
    Thursday 7th February The weather forecast had warned of strong winds for Thursday and Friday and just when you don’t want them to be right, they are!! I rolled out of bed at the usual time, around 06:00, followed my usual routine of kettle, immersion heater and weather check to see that the tops of the trees round the basin were bent over and the water, although we were relatively sheltered was far from millpond smooth. Not only that, but the heating on MS wouldn’t fire up, despite the repairs carried out at the boatyard following problems reported by shareholders on two previous weeks, so we had taken a small electric fan heater just in-case the problem manifested itself again. The boat soon warmed through, although the one pound credit I had topped up the electric post the previous evening with didn’t last long, but it wasn’t so bad. The wife took Harley for her walk, retracing the route we had followed the day before and I had some toast and marmalade. When she returned, I made her breakfast and went to get showered and dressed. Whist the wife readied herself, I called our home boatyard to report the fault with the heating and they suggested that I call in and they would get someone to look at it, so at about 09:30 I started the engine and cast off. The cloud cleared for a while as we chugged up the Chet, such a pretty river, but quite hard to navigate with the strong wind blowing Moonlight Shadow about, but by the time we reached Hardley Cross and the junction with the Yare, the cloud had rolled in again. We turned left, heading for Brundall. The river was as choppy as I can ever remember seeing it. White horses were forming on the waves as the formed. It was particularly bad from Cantley, where the waves were overtopping the quay heading outside the pub. As we approached Brundall, the small wooden aft cockpit cruiser we had followed the previous day from Somerleyton to Reedham was heading towards us, but with the canopy up this time. We arrived at our moorings and called the yard to say we had arrived. We were told that they would send someone straight away. We waited for about three quarters of an hour, before having our lunch, by which time no one had arrived and about an hour and a half after we had phoned, I wandered round to their office and asked if anyone was going to attend. A few minutes later, an engineer turned up and said that he hadn’t been given the initial message and apologised for the delay. He tried to get the heating to fire, without success, so disappeared under the floor (having first lifted one of the panels) and emerged some time later saying that no fuel was being delivered to the heater unit. He wandered off for some parts and fitted them without success. It appeared that the pipe feeding the heater was only drawing up air. Little wonder it wasn’t working then!! By this time it was about 16:30 and darkness was beginning to fall, so we said not to worry, we’d head off and spend the night at the Ferry House and return on Friday to end our week prematurely, so as to give them time to remedy the problem before the next shareholders arrived on Saturday. To be fair, the weather forecast for Friday and Saturday, was much the same as it had been on Thursday and although we were disappointed, it wasn’t as if we were missing too much of our break. By this time the cloud had partially cleared and the setting sun was creating some wonderful picture worthy skies, so I snapped a few shots on my phone as we cruised to the pub and moored in the same spot as we had the previous Sunday evening. There was still plenty of credit on the electricity post, so we plugged in and set the fan heater going. Moonlight Shadow was soon toasty warm and we relaxed for a while before going to the pub shortly before 19:00 for dinner. As ever, the greeting was as warm as the pub itself and we were soon tucking into our food. Finished, we wandered up the lane with Harley to let her do what she needed to before returning to the boat and our last night onboard on this trip. As usual, we had hot drinks before retiring for the night. Neither of us wanted to go home – we weren’t ready, but at least it wouldn’t be long before our next visit in April.
  45. 7 points
    This no doubt has been reported elsewhere in here but I can't find it. Anyroadup a picture tells a thousand words. The location is the northern end of the 'Triangle' island between Sutton 'Broad' and the river leading to Stalham This wreck has taken up a popular wild mooring / fishing spot. Another great advert for first time holiday makers afloat. No doubt us toll payers both private and hire will end up footing the bill yet again to remove the damn mess left behind. It needs doing sooner rather than later before it pollutes the water way if for no other reason - and there are a few of them that springs to mind Griff
  46. 7 points
    I agree. Can I just add to this thread and also related to the recent one about "when did people get scared" If you are a relatively newbie to boating, reading this thread, or never been through Yarmouth before, just aim to get to Yarmouth at around or just after slack, going north or south and all will be fine. The ONLY thing you HAVE to worry about is clearance under the bridges, if you're not sure call the Yacht Station. The reason I made this post is that chat about the crossing, either way, is very interesting and informative and provides food for thought for all, but speaking from experience does worry some people unnecessarily. (sometimes too much information is a bad thing). I just wanted to reassure the less experienced reading the forum that passing through Yarmouth is not a problem, and something to be enjoyed.
  47. 7 points
    Every year Horning sailing club has an open day, this year it is Saturday the 6th of May. (Probably from 10pm till -16:00 I'll up date that, when I get the full details.) We arrange for a selection of sailing boats to be available to take people out on 20 minute -1/2 hour trips (I believe for free). Most are Keelboats, that have a lump of lead hanging underneath so there is no chance of Capsize. If you wish to go for a sail, to see what it's all about come down and see us there are no comittments to join or anything. (though we'd like you to of course). Wear flat soft soled shoes. Llife jackets and an experienced helmsperson are provided... Tea, coffee and normally a good selection of cakes are available ( for a very small charge, (60p for a coffee)). So come on down see our freindly club, see what's it all about, even if you have no intention of becoming a sailor ..
  48. 7 points
    Just by way of an update. I happened to be in Loddon for one night this weekend. As most of you will know it was a tad windy this past weekend. Was hoping to be able to tuck into one of the two corners at the Loddon mooring to be able to also secure a bow rope off to a nearby post. No such luck, both corner spots taken by long term overstayers. In total there were three overstayers at Loddon and two at Pyes Mill. Somebody mentioned earlier on in this thread that it has been muted that the charge be £5 per night. I wonder if there would be such frequent overstaying if the charge was introduced? £35 a week suddenly seems a fair chunk. I noted two other boats had overstayed at Brundall Church Fen and one at Bramerton. Off course if charges are introduced at Loddon and even Pyes Mill, will this not just move the problem onto the other free BA moorings making them more congested? Perhaps it is time for the BA to take proper control of this situation? I know it is a quiet time of the year and whilst these eight boats have overstayed, there is still space for others at this quiet time of year. However without a home mooring, the best that can be achieved is that in the high season they keep moving on within 24hrs, but ultimately they are going to land at another 24hr mooring somewhere, so which ever way you look at it, there is more or less permanently 8 24hr moorings in constant use and therefore not available to those who require a visitor mooring when away from their home berth. The hire yards get charged a multiplier on the tolls for their boats. Perhaps the same should apply to any boat applying for a toll that cannot provide proof of a permanent home mooring for their boat? The extra revenue raised could then be used to fund some additional moorings to provide extra capacity. It may not be a popular move for some, but personally I'm getting sick and tired of paying all my dues, toll, insurance, home mooring, only to find the upper Yare to be almost impossible to moor at during the high season. Whitlingham and Commissioners Cut and to a large degree Bramerton always heavily abused leaving a large chunk of the Yare with little visitor moorings.
  49. 7 points
  50. 7 points
    I think you have misunderstood me. All I meant was that if you have a part share in a boat then you have a definite responsibility to do your best to get something fixed for the next owners. It's your boat after all. And on occasion, from the holiday tales I have read, that means sacrificing a day or two of your holiday if there's a problem. Mouldy did say that they would end their break prematurely on the Friday. Yes, hirers can encounter breakdowns as well. And yes, hirers will naturally have to do their best also to get to somewhere where an engineer has land access and can come out. We've done that ourselves three times but only been inconvenienced for a couple of hours. I wouldn't expect to have to end my holiday early in order to give the yard time to investigate something for the next hirers. Just a slight difference.
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