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  1. 7 points
    In fairness, the OP of this thread has asked for practical hands on assistance "on site" and has said he is prepared to pay for it. It does raise the question though - are we taking business away from professionals by giving away "trade secrets" on the forum? We all bemoan the loss of boatyard businesses on the Broads, which makes it difficult to find services, even though there are now very many more private motor boats than hire. So should we be saying that if you want to find good service, then you should "use it or lose it"? On the other hand, Gregg is quite right, in that there will always be those who will wish to do their own work and a forum like this is a great place to find help, as it has many members with the "knowledge". This still can't make up for practical experience though, and there are several jobs which just cannot be described on the Net. For instance, do owners of Fibreglass boats realise how vital it is to check the alignment of the engine to the prop shaft, after the boat has spent a time laid up on the hard, or been transported by road? The PRM gearbox (which Smitch has) is one of the best, but it does not contain its own thrust bearing (so a Plummer block must be fitted on the shaft) and it is particularly susceptible to stripping the splines off the inside of the output coupling if the engine is not properly in line. Alignment is definitely a job for a trained marine engineer. Another example - the BMC 1.5 (which does indeed come from London black cabs) can be difficult to start and needs a lot of pre-heat and battery power. It can be made a lot easier if you advance the injector pump a bit but if you do this too much, it will make white smoke when running at slow speed. This is a simple job which requires no special tools or gauges, but I certainly couldn't show you how to do it on the forum! Anyway, I shall be on holiday in Norfolk for a couple of weeks in May and if Smitch is available I will gladly come and spend an afternoon looking at the boat and the engine. Don't be surprised though, if I end up suggesting that there are a lot of jobs to be done which he would be better not to try for himself!
  2. 5 points
    Mind you it sounds like when you got to Barton you were thinking, Should I stay or should I go now?
  3. 5 points
    Hmmm, I need to check this out. Had some mixed messages about the place. We will be back shortly so I'm going to investigate. I think it was run in the past commensurate with the clientele and location. I am a bit concerned in case the target audience proves to be unattainable. We shall see. Having said that I am, and will remain, a keen supporter of Broadland hostelries
  4. 4 points
    We both finally shook off the horrible virus that laid us low for a month or more and managed to get to the boat on the Thursday before good Friday and had a lovely few days on board. Did we go anywhere much? Of course not! It's cleaning time this time of the season and although Tony had given the boat a good wash last time we were there, this weekend was polishing time Although to my great surprise my patience was rewarded with a short cruise to the Postwick viaduct and back which with the glorious weather that was in place was a real joy. We're back again tomorrow for a long weekend which even though the weather isn't promising to be very accommodating will be lovely I'm sure. Tomorrow we're celebrating our Pearl wedding anniversary and I can't think of anywhere I'd rather be than on board, Although we will be having dinner at one of our favourite Norfolk venues The Wildebeest at Stoke Holy Cross. Carole
  5. 4 points
    Another pic from our journey home , Horsey Mere
  6. 4 points
    Onboard at 0105. 2Hrs 40 mins to do 162 miles inc a quick stop. Nice to see both Fwd and Aft Bilges dry on arrival. Planar fired up first touch as it should Time for bed, said Zebedee Griff
  7. 3 points
    Yep it turns out the system didn`t like the space bar lol Pumpmedic now renamed as OldBerkshireBoy, thanks to all.
  8. 3 points
    I remember that, wasn't it a song by The Clash from the early 80's went something like this, Shareef don't like it Rockin' the Casdah Rock the Casdah
  9. 3 points
    Perhaps both owners and hirers need it to be drummed into them that is an offence to walk away from an accident that is of their own making.
  10. 3 points
    I think some perspective is needed here, even though Mark's "earning a living" comment was undoubtedly made tongue in cheek. This is a great forum, but even if one took the total number of people who belong to Broads forums you would find it to ber a small minority of those who own boats on the broads. Not everybody likes computer forums. Even facebook probably only covers a minority. No, Calls for advice or assistance will have a minimal effect on broadland businesses with plusses outweighing minuses anyway. Were this not the case certain things would be different. J Packman would be quivering in his boots. Businesses would be fighting to get Forum patronage, and local Councillor's would be securing their re-election by replacing waste facilities. We are but a very small voice in a very large choir. An enjoyable voice, a constructive voice, even a wise voice, but still just a small one!
  11. 3 points
    I'm all right. All my Michelin road maps are still working perfectly.
  12. 3 points
  13. 3 points
    Jay - bit of advice - stop playing hard to get.!!!!!
  14. 3 points
    Just a note to say that I am unable to make the meeting with the Tug o War guy due to a flat out rotten cold. Given that we had less than wild enthusiasm for getting dragged about Salhouse, I am calling it quits for this year. There's still a good plan so I doubt it will be much missed.
  15. 2 points
  16. 2 points
    No BR black hard as nails
  17. 2 points
    A quick google and I got this Hands to harbour stations Task order officer (not sure on this) Rig of the day Clear off the upper deck Nuclear, biological and chemical defence state 3 (could not find what state 3 means) Watertight upper hatches closed
  18. 2 points
    I think Neatishead may be a bit more than a 20 minute walk, especially coming back.
  19. 2 points
    Hi Chris We had Swan Roamer twice last year (have her again this year) and I think you will find Rapture is identical apart from the stern where Roamer has a low boarding platform. If you check out my write up and video on this forum "A Week On Swan Roamer: 21st - 28th April 2018" under Holiday Tales you will find a section at the beginning of the video showing the interior. Paddys Lane is a lovely mooring but you do have a security light on in Cox's boatyard on all night. Sutton Staithe is one of our favourite moorings but can get full, especially Sunday lunchtime when there is a carvery at the hotel also a lot of Richardsons boats use it as a last night stop so Friday especially can be full quite early.
  20. 2 points
  21. 2 points
    Of course MM, I should have realised, the Worlds satnav system has been reprogramed to show the Broads as a full fledged National park. Who on earth could have committed such a dastardly deed ??!
  22. 2 points
    Crazy, NE - All the gear and no idea Ban pigeon control = no longer worth growing Rape = The Bee population suffers You couldn’t make it up. I take it NE have taken this into account? Or are they just using this exercise to cash in on issuing pest control licenses? Increasing production costs - Great move NE - Richard Craniums Griff
  23. 1 point
    Welcome to the Forum OBB
  24. 1 point
    What actually surprised me was the lack of Broads Attractions in the Awards let alone as finalists. That's despite there being some superb attractions in the Broads area.
  25. 1 point
    what's that peter?
  26. 1 point
    I managed to get one from the Lowestoft office, which I believe still has a small stock. 01502 500505
  27. 1 point
    We don't allow those, either, also with good reason. I'd suggest using camel case ie 'PumpMedic'
  28. 1 point
    Brilliant. Don’t know how you do it Griff
  29. 1 point
    Usernames can only contain letters or numbers, those are the main rules. Spaces and any special characters cause problems hence they're not allowed.
  30. 1 point
    I dont think the software likes spaces, or certain punctuation items either, if you put the username you wish to use in the search it should find any other instances, otherwise pm me the username you wish to change to and I will see if I can find why it wont allow it.
  31. 1 point
    I have to wonder if businesses make more from putting someones feckup right than doing the original job as it always takes twice as long.
  32. 1 point
    I note that 'dog treats' are on offer. Presumably Grain are hoping for a better class of dog, at least not ones that cock their legs against the legs of restaurant tables! Fully agree with Nog's assessment.
  33. 1 point
    If a fair way of electing members can't be found for a body with "powers" then the "powers" should be removed. A simplistic view which would leave the job of devolving "necessary" powers to pre-existing democratically elected bodies. Not an impossible task though I have taken holidays all over the UK and never felt that I should have a vote in their local elections even though as a visitor planning decisions, fees, access etc. would affect me.
  34. 1 point
    It's looking good, we are camping in Beccles in August so may pay this a visit, we did have a cruise down that way a couple of years ago but it was morning and we didn't stop.
  35. 1 point
    VERY IMPORTANT NOTICE. for those of us on DIY shoots
  36. 1 point
    Hi Graham. I was not previously aware of Paddy's Lane moorings until I saw reference to them on here. I had worked out they had to be somewhere around Barton Turf, so thanks for confirming that and for the helpful directions. To help correct a little confusion I may have caused, Lyn and I are there for three weeks. A group of siblings and nephews/nieces are meeting up with us for the first weekend, Friday to Monday, which is why I am researching possible moorings for two boats on the Friday evening. I think on Saturday we will be mudweighting on Malhouse Broad (Ranworth) which has special memories for us all. Cheers Chris
  37. 1 point
    Indeed, great looking boats particularly as they are upto 42 years old. What was the first boat I saw after typing the above at Holywell another Sancerre on the Goba mooring! Neil
  38. 1 point
    I can’t talk and eat cake
  39. 1 point
    I'm with Vaughan on this - nowadays sharing 'free information' on the socials is a good plan for a business. There are people who are always going to have a crack at DIY'ing it and they'd do that regardless of what is shared online. They'll also never admit what a complete mess they made of it all. For everyone else the business sharing tips etc is seen as a subject matter expert and people reading their posts, following guides etc will gain an insight and understanding that getting a BMC onto the bench is not for them so they'll go to that business because they're seen as the experts.
  40. 1 point
    I am just kidding of course Mrs H, although if you are offering to come and make sweet music........
  41. 1 point
    I always liked the look of the Sancerres but never hired one. I know there is one moored at Thurne (or used to be) but they do seem to have largely disappeared from the Broads. To the fens clearly!
  42. 1 point
    Hi, Currently on the Fens, loads of Broads boats around including atleast 6 Bondons Sancerres seen so far including 4 at St Neots alone. Plenty of Sheerlines, a new Starlight 24 apparently bought from a boat show, masses of Broom/Ocean 30's . Horizon 35 and old Broads boats Inc what looked like a Brinks 35 footer Bourne 35 Sorry off topic but I have never seen so many Sancerres in one place. Neil
  43. 1 point
    An alert to sexually explicit material in a book.
  44. 1 point
    I'm pleased both Richardsons and BA have responded positively. What's a blue book warning?
  45. 1 point
    Spoke to Richardson’s, fortunately the hirers held their hands up and admitted the incident, the Richardson’s are going to call me at some point today to sort out repairs. Closer inspection there are 1000's of scratches all the way down the hull a broken fender eye, broken window hinge in the head, a burst fender and a great big dirty black mark from the rub strip hitting us not to mention a very shook up wife who had me checking the bilges all evening for water ingress. BA have also spoken to the helm and given them a blue book warning. For anyone reading this remember this, if they had not stopped after I had called them back the BA were prepared to prosecute them for leaving the scene of an accident, so if you should hit another boat please don’t just drive off, stop and exchange details.
  46. 1 point
    Don't worry Mark - there will still be business for you, once they have got the threads crossed on the fuel connections, put the fuel filter back on with the gasket cocked and wonder why they can't bleed the air out, snapped off the head studs in the thermostat housing, failed to align the raw water pump pulley and wondered why the gearbox rear oil seal is pouring oil because they failed to check the shaft alignment after launching the boat (or didn't know how to). You still can't beat practical, hands-on experience, especially with old engines.
  47. 1 point
    One side finished !
  48. 1 point
    Friday 19th April Once again it was a glorious morning as we sat with the roof down in Reedham. We seemed to be the most attractive boat to the wildlife as before we knew it we were surrounded by ducks and geese which we gave a morning feast to. It was almost 1200 by the time I finally left our mooring, the kids had asked for a quick visit to Norwich today so that was our direction. The weather had seemed to bring more boats out along the water, and the usual popular spots were full as expected. We reached Norwich and paid for a day ticket, before exploring the city. In all the enjoyment of the holiday I had completely forgot it was Good Friday, and that along with the weather and Norwich playing at home later that evening had brought everyone out to the pubs. Most of the atmosphere was jovial however with just the odd numpty, but once the necessary shops had been visited, we returned to the boat and began the return journey back to Brundall. As I passed Thorpe I saw we could (just) get under the bridge, and so took a slight detour off of the main river under the bridge. The riverside pubs were once again busy, with a few joking comments called out to me, but it was all good fun. Returning to the Yare we progressed back to our home mooring at Broom After securing the boat we headed out to the Ram pub for a few drinks, before returning home for our tea. Sadly this brought our holiday to almost it's end, with just packing and boat cleaning the following morning before rerurning home and straight back to work Saturday night. I will be back in May however, so it's not too long to wait.
  49. 1 point
    Tuesday 16th April Today was the day the sun really arrived, and we sat enjoying the morning at Wayford Bridge all alone as the Bridgecraft boats that had joined us the night before had all left early on that morning. Once we finally set off, it was back across Barton Broad and the return along the River Ant. Once we had passed a much busier Ludham Bridge, I rejoined The Bure and travelled to Horning where we stopped outside The Ferry Inn and had a drink in the sunshine before walking down to the village and sitting outside The New Inn with a drink and a light dinner. Feeling the sun burning our skin we returned back along the road and to the boat, setting off for further up the River Bure to Wroxham. As it had just passed 1700 when we arrived I once again moored up on the Bridge Pilot mooring for the night and we headed into town for drinks and more games, before a chippy tea onboard and bed. The warmer weather had all got too much and took it's toll for the mini beast...
  50. 1 point
    So, the first job was to dismantle the wheelhouse, that is both large dressing sides with all the paraphernalia that is attached to them. Port side - 2 x 240v switches, magazine rack, fire extinguisher, first aid kit, step, one door, numerous screws and out it came to be man handled down under the hull for the rest of the week. Stbd Side, Cushion and backs, two seats, 12v wiring, heating ducting, stores below, 4 x way 12v breaker, numerous screws and out it came to be man handled down under the hull for the rest of the week. Then unscrew and lift port and Stbd sections of the wheelhouse deck. Now this was as much access as we could gain 'easily' to those four posts.That lot sounds easy when you say it quick smart. We then tied on a bit of cord between the two handles, using a weighing hook / scale measured the amount in pounds required to pull up a sash side - about 35lbs it was showing. Next job was to remove the timber faceplates but seeing as they went tight up behind the supports the deck supports they had to but cut using trusty multitool (Extra screws etc when they were eventually refitted). Now we could see inside the hollow posts, gain access to the lead weights / chains / pulley wheels. Well, that is to say we could with the aft pair, the fwd pair, access was much more restricted due to the helm console and the bonded store cabinet being in the way Howard got set too fashioning some lead plates to sit on top of a weight slotted for the chain. It soon became apparent that this was going to take an absolute age and we didn't have enough lead either. Robin on his iphone, sourced / ordered blocks of lead that were the correct dimensions to fit inside the posts. Each block was 14lb and they were four of them that arrived by courier the next day. Next issue was there was too much length in the new blocks to hang under the original ones. When the sides were fully raised, the bottom of the blocks would hit the hull planking with the chains going slack. On top of the original lead weights there was not enough room either, the new blocks would have fouled the pully wheel. So they had to be cut into around two fifths above and three fifths below. Top section had to be slotted for the chain to sit on top of the original. Bottom section had to be hung from below the original 'Letting In' aluminium straps on two sides of the original and new fastened with screws. This added 28lbs in combined weight to each sash side pulley weights. The fwd posts were a veritable nightmare, there was just so much gear in the way that had to be moved / cut / refitted, including 4 x coach bolts right through the bottom of the posts into the main fwd to aft mainframe stringers. I kept a rough check on how many man hours this 'Upgrade' had taken - 48! Can you imagine the invoice total for that lot if a yard did it? The main players involved in this one were mysen, Howard and Steve (Lads week crew) Steve spent two hole days on them. No end of times Howard was loosing the will to live muttering about all this effort / time just so the girls can lift the cabin sides up. I was really getting annoyed at times too. Everything just seemed to be fighting us every step of the way, plus reaching down working blind, dropping tools / gear constantly. Steve Gnasher Gooby however didn't get phased one iota, just kept on plugging away at it Out of all the maintenance / upgrades we achieved over our eleven days at the yard, this one was the most frustrating and time consuming by far. To look at them now - there is no visible difference whatsoever either. Still it's done and sorted. The result? - silky smooth easy lifting. drawback - We will have to re-learn and not shove them up so hard otherwise they will take off vertically and end up in the river! Griff
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