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  2. 12 points
    Went out at silly a.m to catch the early morning light yesterday on Lady Emma. A nice cruise from Acle to Womack and back. EY7P4857 by Jeff Cranwell, on Flickr EY7P4843 by Jeff Cranwell, on Flickr EY7P4895 by Jeff Cranwell, on Flickr EY7P4963 by Jeff Cranwell, on Flickr EY7P4981 by Jeff Cranwell, on Flickr
  3. 12 points
    Beautiful sunrise over the early morning mist on the water.
  4. 6 points
    Another massive thumbs up for Bridgecraft Boat ready early and sparkling like a new pin inside and out. Lovely friendly welcome, personal attention and nothing too much trouble. Highly recommended
  5. 6 points
    Going to be cruising around hickling and horsey today, meanwhile, I have taken some interior shots of Judith 5, both using my DSLR and my tablet, so I will share the tablet ones for now, excuse the lived in look. Opposite the toilet is a storage area (the domestic batteries live under here) this is plenty big enough to store most things, currently it has my telescope and camera gear, plus the boxes I used to transport stuff to the boat. It would even store quite a large pushchair or pram. Seating in the cockpit is a small 2 person bench and a high stool for the helmsman. The boat is very easy to handle, goes where it's pointed, and compared to some, quite light on the steering, it also carries on pretty straight if you leave the wheel to take a picture.
  6. 4 points
    Moon through telescope
  7. 3 points
    Well called in at the Locks today. Particularly interested in comments from Carol and JM Open from the moorings and no suggestion (that I detected) that boats are not welcome. Big Dog Ferry doing a good trade. All Grain beers but well kept, my 316 was very good. Prices bit on the high side but OK It does look quite bare though and not quite the same atmosphere. Old front door now shut, need to access via the side.
  8. 3 points
    A few more from yesterday. EY7P4839 by Jeff Cranwell, on Flickr EY7P4839 by Jeff Cranwell, on Flickr EY7P4862 by Jeff Cranwell, on Flickr EY7P4854 by Jeff Cranwell, on Flickr
  9. 3 points
  10. 3 points
    Quick visit today and one of the best pints I've had in ages. Timothy Taylors Landlord is not an easy beer to manage and it was perfect. Place looks spruced up too. Folks outside enjoying the sun and the stunning views. The TTL was an amazing 3.50 a pint. Seriously impressed. Spoke to the guy who I assume is the new landlord. Very customer focused. He will do well. I certainly hope so.
  11. 2 points
    Currently moored up here
  12. 2 points
    Your right Peter,think there hoping to be different. That's okay,but this menu for me does not work .Get the basics right.People will come back,Believe me the two dishes that I mentioned dont work.Putting a few sofas and menu on a clipboard dont make a good pub.
  13. 2 points
    Call me a foody Luddite if you must but good, fresh fish does not need messing around with. Indeed why camouflage or hide a good, natural flavour? Lowestoft & Southwold both have quality fish available. Neither outlet is that far away.
  14. 2 points
    We’ve hired with Bridgecraft several times and they have always been great! Have a good trip!
  15. 2 points
    The moorings are what they are, they are solid, with a good depth of water but are concrete so good fendering is needed. I'm sorry I didn't walk up to the "Fort" moorings to see what was going on with them. Always approach against the tide which runs quite quickly here, especially the ebb.
  16. 2 points
    If that's the case I would be looking at the installation and how the boat is operated rather than the engine itself. The majority of modern engines are reliable, but not all are installed correctly or matched to the job they are being asked to do.
  17. 1 point
    I don't often do holiday tales, but having been accused today of ratcheting up pressure on the BA, apparently in a pompous and dogmatic way, that and seeing the water clarification project thread, I thought it was time to turn my hand to a holiday tale, partly by way of an explanation. Just over two weeks ago I headed to the boat with a friend to spend a week aboard. After spending the first day catching up with a few jobs and spending the first night in the marina we headed out on the Sunday to travel North for the week. Sunday night saw us nestled on The Bridge Inn moorings and a few pints and a very enjoyable meal, whilst we discussed plans for the rest of the week. Now normally at this stage we would discuss a route that involved a trundle up to Potter to check the bridge height in the hope that we might get through and plans for when we didn't. My boat is an ex hire boat, and was built to pass that bridge on occasion. Since it has been in my ownership it has passed that bridge about five times, but not for about four years now. Anyway for some reason we made our plans and never even considered Potter bridge and beyond. The plan was for Coltishall on Monday evening and to try out The Rising Sun which is now in the hands of Colchester Inns. For those that don't know, the same group that run The Recruiting Sargant and The Ship South Walsham. Monday morning see us up early as we knew the noise from the road bridge would mean little chance of a lie in. Coffee machine on and cast off and head towards South Walsham to drop the mud weight and enjoy breakfast. A thoroughly enjoyable breakfast done and it was time to cast off and continue our journey. The empty moorings outside The Ferry and it being lunchtime meant it was rude not to stop and part with some cash. Ever mindful of our final destination we didn't spend too long there and cast off to continue our journey. A very pleasant cruise towards Wroxham and as we headed into Wroxham, we were absolutely gob smacked and couldn't believe what we saw. 7ft7in clearance under Wroxham bridge! Yes that's right 7ft 7ins! We both looked at each other and at the same time said, "we never even consider Potter bridge this trip, what clearance is there under Potter?" My boat only needs 6ft6in under Wroxham, slightly less if I'm feeling really brave. My record so far is 6ft 4.5ins and never again at that. Any way we continued to Coltishall and enjoyed a thoroughly good meal in The Rising Sun. Perhaps not quite the standard of their other pubs, but given it's mass market location, still very good. A definite improvement and we shall be going back. The next morning dawned and so did a phone call to the pilot. Low water is still a few hours away and we have 6ft9in clearance. Give the pilot the name of my boat when it was in hire and he confirmed we need 6ft 9in. Wahay! I know that Pat took it under at less than that, but I'm happy when there're happy. Weather is looking fine for the next couple of days and we deliberate on whether to alter our plan which was for Tuesday night in Wroxham and give Liberty a chance in it's new disguise, or head straight to Potter. Wednesday had been planned for going up the Ant, but that would definitely be Potter if we didn't go Tuesday. Tuesday morning dawned nice and sunny and we had remembered the EA gauge at Repps and clearance was still holding good and potentially improving slightly so we opted for Wroxham Tuesday night. A very good meal was had in Liberty and I can only say that it really doesn't compare to last year's meal. Not sure if it is still the same owners as rumoured, but they have done more than just try to bury the bad reputation. The food and service is chalk and cheese. Sitting at the table just finishing dinner and talk turns to heading to Potter the next day for that bridge! We are moored at the Viaduct moorings and we could stay there, or perhaps take a night cruise to a more peaceful mooring! The trains do rumble through quite early. It's dark outside but little alcohol has been consumed, the bridge clearance is still really good at Wroxham and the thought of passing the bridge whilst it's quiet and without the day boats etc, buzzing around is just too appealing. TBC
  18. 1 point
    The original offer was announced last week in their latest newsletter which I receive because I have subscribed. It offered 8 different boats on special offer till the end of May. One example Platinum Emblem from £581.00 all inclusive. Website price is £1153.00 17th to 24th May. I would imagine they say from £581.00 because the following week being a bank holiday is £1500+ on the website so the offer price will probably increase proportionally. On their Facebook page they are offering Zircon, Mercury and Graceful Emblem from Friday 24th May but state Phone the office to take advantage of their fantastic May offer. This may be a way of shifting their un hired boats but it doesn’t, go down well with regulars like myself who had to pay full price because I had booked with them last November and couldn’t take advantage of the 30% discount offered throughout April. I won’t be booking early for later this year or April next year.
  19. 1 point
    Couldn't agree more, which is why pubs like Surlingham are so popular?
  20. 1 point
    Me thinks the chef has been watching too many TV cooking programs. Katsu pork belly,dont work and as Peter suggested Deep fried curried haddock with a pea and mint chutney, really.As a chef good food should be basic and honest. Ie Ferry house surlingham or a bit more modern such as The new inn or The white horses in Neatishead and Chedgrave.
  21. 1 point
    And fresh battered onion rings
  22. 1 point
    Can't make Friday have to go to hospital at Yarmouth, car at Stalham trying to work out best way to do it, in HWs at the moment been to Stalham today from PH by bus got car went to James Padget back to PH drop wife off, took car back to Richos then back to PH bit of a tiring day.
  23. 1 point
    A game the present owners can afford to play, but doesn't bode well for the rest!
  24. 1 point
    Us too, before we bought our share in Lightning. One of the yards i would ALWAYS recommend to anybody considering hiring.
  25. 1 point
    Hi Coolcat, some really stunning pics there, i just wish my wife Karen would be as keen to get up and set sail that early.
  26. 1 point
    I have just looked at the Norwich Cathedral Peregrine webcam, the additional camera that shows the the nesting box from above puts a new view on the development of the three chicks. Regards Alan
  27. 1 point
    Agreed, it's an interesting addition Alan. Here's a screenshot I just grabbed of feeding time in the nest.
  28. 1 point
    How gorgeous are they, wish I was better with the camera
  29. 1 point
    A big thumbs up for the fishermans this season, it's a pub again! Joe that ran the berney before has a 6 year lease and is running as a proper pub all year round, beer is nicely priced, grub is cheap and cheerful but I was very happy with what I got for the price. Beer served till sensible times unlike the last lot that wanted to be at home by 10.00. Worthy of support, a much needed pub by breydon.
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  31. 1 point
    When I had Janet the big ends were certainly a bit noisy until you hit about 5mph.
  32. 1 point
    It doesn't matter how good and reliable a boat engine is and its setup/configuration, if it is not suitable for the job it it's doing it won't be reliable, broads boats have there prop protected by a large size skeg and many have two raw water filters or are keel cooled, harbour boats are designed to work in wide open deep waters and have a high speed to get to work sites and don't work in muddy shallow reed infested waters. The R N L I use inflatables or hover craft for shallow waters, perhaps asking the local workboat operators for their advice might be a sensible way to get the right replacement next time.John
  33. 1 point
    See answers below for above question.
  34. 1 point
    Remember the sink water goes straight into the river.. Beautiful pictures , that'll be a nice place to moor in 18 days timewatching the sailing boats drift by, all with a red and white tape hanging from their boom or back stay.
  35. 1 point
    The purchase of S O B was a case of “I want” as opposed to “I need” , which is ok if is your own money but when it’s public money it’s a disgrace, but as usual no heads will roll, at least the registration numbers are correctly displayed.
  36. 1 point
    https://www.greatyarmouthmercury.co.uk/news/haydn-thirtle-deselected-from-broads-authority-1-6049372
  37. 1 point
    As always the Nogs enjoy
  38. 1 point
    Hello Paul, Have a look in the Handy Information tab, we have a distance chart and various other files. Regards Alan
  39. 1 point
    You should find this a useful https://www.norfolkbroadsboathire.biz/mileagecalculation.asp?depart=Horning&arrive=Stalham&Submit=+Calculate+
  40. 1 point
    You’ll certainly have plenty of daylight but St Benet’s is popular and will probably fill up during the afternoon. Having said that, there will be day boats visiting plus others who may return to their home moorings late in the day. It’s really one of those ‘unknowns’, you could be very lucky. There is also Fleet Dyke nearby with two lots of formal moorings and a few ‘wild’ moorings too but the same applies.
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  42. 1 point
    The next day dawned dull and overcast but at least the rain had stopped. I checked the EA gauge at Repps and the water level had risen a little and the pressure has continued to drop, so a quick call to the pilot was in order. I'm not sure answered the phone, but it wasn't one of the pilots, however he did confirm that current clearance under the bridge was 6ft7in. Low water wasn't until around 6pm so it was potentially going to rise a little further before hopefully dropping enough to let us back under. One thing was for certain, we were not getting a second night North of the bridge. Nothing to do but make the most of the day above the bridge since we didn't yet have clearance at the bridge and there was no point just hanging around in Potter. Breakfast was cooked and very quickly eaten and by this stage the clouds were clearing and the sun is coming out, although the wind is getting stronger and very cold. It's now a full on Northerly, oh wait, what did the pilot say about beware of anything North of North East! We decided to have a nose up at Catfield staithe since we had plenty of time to get to Potter. We cast off and reversed away from the mooring being sure not to stray to close to the shallow water markers, although we still stirred the bottom quite well. We are now heading along the channel away from The Pleasure Boat and then turn right and into the channel to Catfield staithe. We got as far as the entrance to the dyke and decided it looked about as passable as when we last did it in the day boat two years ago. Keen not to get stuck we turned around and aborted our mission to get to Catfield staithe. Shame because it is a lovely spot and my boat has been there before. We continue to retrace out steps and before long Hickling is behind us and we are heading up Meadow Dyke and on towards Horsey Mere. In the distance I can see another hire boat coming towards us which is probably one of the ones that had been at the Pleasure Boat over night. Soon we are approaching a left hand bend and the hire boat, an RC45 comes around the bend towards us and then it does something I wasn't expecting! Instead of turning and keeping on its own side it strays on to our side and is heading straight for us. I knock it in to neutral and wonder when he is going to get back on his own side and then I hear the bow thruster go and eventually he is heading back over his side of the river and we engage drive again and glide past them with each of us giving a cheery wave and a greeting. Slowly we make our way along Meadow Dyke admiring the marsh harriers and taking in all the scenery and before long we are on the Mere. We slowly cruise across the mere and head towards the staithe. As we approach the staithe the wind is getting stronger and we can see Ross's tour boat either loading or unloading with passengers and also a sail boat on the move in the dyke. We know from previous experience that the dyke is too narrow to turn a 35ft boat and with the strong wind I'm not keen on going to far into the dyke and having to reverse out a long way, so another mission aborted and we decide to cruise towards Somerton. Although the wind is very annoying, the clouds have all but gone and it's still very enjoyable to be afloat. We cruise slowly back across the Mere and back into Meadow Dyke and retrace out steps when something rather strange happens. Just as I'm approaching a right hand bend the engine note changes slightly, similar to when we put the coffee machine on and load up the alternator. The boat also appears to be slowing slightly. I increase the revs slightly and steer to starboard to go around the bend and we continue going straight towards the port bank. That's strange I steer a little more to starboard and increase the revs slightly more and I'm just thinking we might need a burst of reverse before we make contact with the port bank, when suddenly the boat starts steering again and we are heading back towards the starboard side of the river. All very strange and then we remember that this is where we passed the RC45, maybe he had the same issue that we have just had. At this point my friend points behind us and says "look how much we have stirred up the water" There is clouds and clouds of silt in the wash behind us and then suddenly the engine note changes again and we are gaining speed once more. Meadow Dyke is now so silted up it is barely passable for a boat that is designed to go under that bridge. We both comment once more about how murky the waters are up here compared to previous visits. We continue on our way and before long exit Meadow Dyke and turn left and on towards Somerton. Passing no other boats we retrace our steps towards Martham and then turn left up towards Somerton. Now here at least the water has always been clear, but not today. There is a fair amount of weed growth around the edges and we cruise slowly onwards keeping to the centre where possible. Before long we are approaching Somerton staithe and decide to moor up for a bite to eat. There is a fair amount of weed here so we decide to moor and turn the boat on the ropes. Boat turned and we settle down for something to eat. It is now 2pm and we decide it is time to head back to Potter and hopefully a return passage back under that bridge. We cast off and again at barely tick over we retrace our steps once more. Passing Martham Broad and once more the engine seems to load up quite a bit and we appear to be slowing again. My friend checks out the back and we don't appear to be stirring up the mud this time, so I increase the revs a little and we continue on. Then I notice the engine temperature seems to be climbing a little more than I would expect given our speed. We still don't appear to be moving as freely as we should and I have also become aware of a strange response from the steering. Normally the steering moves freely from port to starboard and doesn't require too much effort. Now however when you move the wheel back and forth it goes from more effort to less and feels almost notchy as it travels from one way to the other. The engine temp is still warmer than normal and we are doing 2.8mph for 1200 revs, which would normally be about 4mph at least. All very strange! TBC
  43. 1 point
    Keen not to waste any time in Potter now we are North of the bridge we drop the pilot off and continue on our way. Discussion now turns to where that might be. My friend is keen to head to Catfield staithe and The Crown Inn for the evening until I remind him that the last time we were up there in a hired day boat, two years ago, we both remarked how overgrown with reeds it had become, and that it was unlikely we would get my boat down there and the risk of getting stuck was too great. I should point out that I do have pictures of my boat moored at Catfield staithe about 12 years ago, but the dyke was a lot more navigable then. Three times in the last few years myself and a small group of friends have hired one, sometimes two of the National Trust Barns at Horsey, next door to The Nelsons Head, for a week over the New Year period. During these holidays the Nelsons Head has become our second home, so whilst we are keen to visit again, we know there are other opportunities for visiting this pub. During those holidays we have also travelled to The Lion at Somerton, and whilst it's good to see the pub open and busy, it has always seemed very slightly uninspiring compared to the other pubs North of the bridge. Based on all the above we decide the two choices are Hickling and Horsey, with Hickling being the first night just in case we don't get a second night North of the bridge. We cruise at tick over past all the bungalows and eventually turn into Candle Dyke and are heading towards Hickling. In the distance we can see a ranger heading our way, the first one we have seen so far this week. As we get closer the side window slides open and a head I don't recognise pops out and says "The water levels must be low if you're up here!. You did well getting that through the bridge". "Not me" I replied, "the pilot got us through, but he reckons we should be good for a day, maybe two" A cheery wave and we are both on our way. A brief stop at Deep Go Dyke moorings for a bite to eat and then we cast of again and continue our journey to Hickling. The sun is now starting to break through and all is good with the world. Hickling comes into view and we cruise across it with one other sail boat for company. As we approach The Pleasure Boat we decide to take the end of the dyke closest to the broad and moor up using the very last posts at that end. It's now mid afternoon and the beer garden of the pub is just looking too inviting. So roof and windscreen up and we depart the boat for the pub. In case a certain forum member reads this part, I must state that the next part of this tale is as it happened and no offence is meant and hopefully none is taken. We start to head done the path to the pub when my friend suddenly stops and says "that's a strange name for a boat" "Which one?" I replied. To which he replied, "look that one over there" pointing to a boat in the other dyke. "The one with the names LOOS" At which point I have to stop and look at my friend because I'm unsure whether he is being serious, or pulling my leg. I decide in disbelief that it is the former and cannot help but reply with, "you idiot, that's the boat registration number, not the name. The name is there on the side look" At which point we both burst out laughing and continue to the pub whilst I explain who's boat it is, and how we have met the owner several times at previous NBF forum meets. The rest of the afternoon passed quickly aided by the cider and real ale selection from The Pleasure Boat Inn and just a little ribbing from me about the boat name mix up. Before long it was time for showers and a freshen up before a stroll into Hickling and a visit to The Greyhound. Again a good selection of beers and the food being served was proving too tempting, especially the specials, so we opted to eat there. A gentle stroll back towards the boat and it is time for a night cap or three at The Pleasure Boat. We did enquire after said forum member and was told that he was possibly due up the following weekend, so if anything was mentioned to by the landlord, you'll now know who it was asking. Maybe it was the beer or the sun, but I could have sworn that time seemed to be going backwards and remarked as such to the landlord. As it turns out it is a bit of a standing joke because John who runs The sister pub The Nelsons Head has a real problem with the backwards clock at the Pleasure Boat Inn. Before too long it was decided that it was time to head back to the boat and a small glass of port before heading off to our beds. I'm not sure which awoke me the first, the need to go to the toilet, or the sound of the rain drumming on the cabin roof. Whichever I went to the toilet and as it was still dark headed back to bed, but not before checking the weather. The wind was now blowing a North Easterly and predicted for Northerly later in the day. Oh well nothing can be done about it now so sleep called again, TBC
  44. 1 point
    A second small glass of port was poured and it wasn't long before we could hear our beds calling. A very peaceful nights sleep ensued and a bit of a lazy start the next morning during which a full English brekky was called for. We had stocked the fridge with lots of tasty treats from Roy's the day before whilst in Wroxham. My friend started the cooking whilst I had a bit of a tidy up and setup the table ready for breakfast. Cook informed me that the plates would be hot, so I placed two place mats, (otherwise known as The Broadcaster) on the table at the ready. Over breakfast we discussed whether to call the pilot again to check the clearance or just head to Potter anyway. It was decided that plan A was head to Potter and hopefully through that bridge, with plan B being either The Lion at Thurne, or Womack if not. It was decided that we should fill with fresh water in case we do get through the bridge, not being sure how many water points there were above the bridge and also to help balance the boat in readiness for the bridge. Breakfast polished off and the roof is put down and we head over to the water point at Salhouse to fill up. The sky is looking grey and overcast, but no sign of rain. With a full water tank we start our gentle cruise down the Bure. We had been told on Monday that we should be at the bridge about 2 hours before low water which today was around 5pm, so a 3pm arrival would be ideal. Horning approached and discussions turned to whether we should stop for a pint, or carry on. In the end we decided to carry on as if we were earlier at Potter we might get through earlier and if there was no chance we had more time to implement plan B. After an uneventful slow cruise we arrived in Potter and got a mooring close to the pilot office, arriving just after 1pm. I go off to have a chat with the guys in the office and to find out what our chances are. The guys are having lunch and we chat about the possibility of going through the bridge. The gauge is showing 6ft10in and I'm told we will clear the bridge now, but the only concern might be coming back. I enquire whether we might be able to stay for one or two nights and am told that one night should be fine, but we need to keep a close eye on the weather and pressure. They say it is very unusually good clearance for this time of year and we need to watch out for the wind swinging back anywhere North of North East. I'm then asked if we want to go through now, or a little later, to which I jump at the chance of going now. "ok no problem, he'll be over in a little while" pointing to a pilot I'd never seen before. I return to the boat and inform my friend we are going through the bridge and proceed to ensure the roof is as far back as it can go, and that everything is clear for our passage. A little while later the pilot joins us on board and we slip our mooring. A brief chat with the pilot during which time he tells me how these are not his favourite boat to take through the bridge, as when you stand in the centre of the boat to line yourself up with the centre of the bridge the wheel is too far over to one side and you cannot reach it, without having to keep moving back and forth. This immediately reminded me of a night some years back when myself and another friend got chatting to the sadly departed Graham RIP at the bar of the Broadshaven. Keen to improve my technique for Wroxham bridge, I had already decided it would always be the pilot for Potter bridge, I asked Graham what the secret was for taking a boat through a bridge like Potter or Wroxham. No secret was the reply, you just need to know that it will fit, and then aim straight for the centre of the bridge. He told me that once a boat had been measured the first time they kept records of what height was needed and as long as you knew you had the clearance it should go. He told me to ensure you stand in the centre of the boat and ideally find something on the centre of the bow you can line you with the centre keystone of the bridge, even if this meant keeping the wheel at arms length. I asked him about the speed they go through at, did that help with lowering the boat in the water and he said it did a little, but it also helped to maintain a true course and offset any gusts of wind etc. This did however sound a bit like make or break very severely, and I've always adopted a cautious speed at Wroxham bridge. If I misjudge it, I want to hit the bridge as lightly as possible. We are now on the approach to the bridge and I give the pilot the same courtesy my friend offers me at Wroxham bridge and I step down out of the cockpit and stand still in the galley to allow the pilot to concentrate. This means that I have no view of where we are going, all I can see ahead is the closed cabin door and the bulkhead that makes up the front cabin. The Nanni beside me starts to scream like a banshee as the engine and transmission get their pilots stress tests. We are picking up speed and it is actually quite unnerving to not be able to see what we are heading for. Suddenly it all goes dark, then it goes light and we are through that bridge. The date is the 1st May 2019 and we are now North of Potter bridge for the first time in about four years. The boat has passed it's pilot stress test MOT and we are heading towards the green outside Norada, TBC
  45. 1 point
    With the meal paid for we set off back towards the boat, stopping on route to check the most accurate height gauge in Wroxham. For those that don't know, if you head towards the Faircraft Loynes day boat hut next to the bridge and walk down the pier towards the bridge, they have a height gauge mounted on the reverse of the where the BA height gauge is. That is the one that the FL pilots will work from and has the true height. 7ft6ins and we are well and truly good to go. We head back to the viaduct moorings and drop the sliding roof and fold the windscreen forward. My friend unties us and with nav lights on we slip our mooring and head under the railway bridge. At barely a little over tick over I head towards the bridge. My friend at this point steps away from the cockpit area and stays still, so as not to unsettle the boat at any point, and to allow me to concentrate and line us up for the bridge. It's a well rehearsed procedure that neither of us even thinks twice about anymore. Not for the first time in the dark I head downstream towards the bridge and with masses of clearance we glide under and past the Hotel Wroxham and the staff clearing up from the evening's trade. My friend reappears and asks if I want a glass of Red and then goes to select a bottle for a celebratory drink. We continue our journey slowly downstream and the first part is very easy gliding past the old Moore's site and Barnes until the harder part arrives. No not the tree lined banks, the endless floodlight after floodlight that are either left permanently on or flash on as you trip the infra red's. These people have obviously never navigated a boat after dark, and certainly not through Wroxham / Hoveton. To be fair, it is marginally better than normal because it is the closed fishing season. No anglers with 100W LED head lamps that look up from the water and directly in your direction and blind you. Eventually we reach the easy part, the darkness of the tree lined banks where once my night vision returns I am able to see clearly the twists and turns of the river. The entrance to Wroxham Broad approaches, as does a rather nice glass of Malbec and we turn into Wroxham Broad and cruise along the inside towards the other exit. Keeping a close eye out for buoys and the odd surprised swan we continue on our way until back out on the River Bure. The dampness is coming down and it's feeling colder, but still very pleasant cruising. As ever with night cruising we leave the windscreen and the roof down to gain the best possible night vision and continue on our way down the Bure. The Red is starting to cool a little too much in the damp air, but before too long we are at Salhouse, our destination for the night. We turn right into Salhouse and then right again to a nice empty spot and my friend dons his life jacket and goes to drop the mud weight. I set about putting the windscreen and roof up and before too long we are settled in the saloon chatting over a night cap of a small glass of port and discussing our chances of getting through that bridge! TBC
  46. 1 point
    Because Grendel my friend they have absolutely no idea what will actually result. A few questions first of all. 1.why is there a presupposition that clear waters are preferable? 2. Who decided 1 on the basis of what? 3. As clear and or murky waters have completely different micro ecologies why is it a good idea to suppress one in favor of another unless in an attempt to provide a habit for species not YET resident in the area is the goal? 4. What is the goal of all these projects to introduce apex predators into what are artificial however reasonably stable ecosystems. Sea Eagles to the Isle of Wight, Ospreys and so on? Maybe someone doesn’t like how successful the otters have been or maybe they didn’t figure out how successful they would be. For an Apex predator anything that’s within its weight capability is a target, lambs, small dogs, otters, geese, ducks, wildfowl in general. It wasn’t long ago we were talking about where have all the wildfowl gone and now more raptors ? If as the article claims the initial causes of the algal population levels have now been removed or as they say controlled then why is this necessary at all. Leave it alone it will clear in its own time as anyone with a large pond can tell them, unless there is another reason? Who knows.. Oh well who am I to question? Better to just keep my head down in “open forum” and let my betters decide eh? M
  47. 1 point
    Why does this strike me as having a great potential to go horribly wrong? - even if it does achieve its goal, it seems a little too close to playing god for my liking, surely the correct thing to do would be remove the root cause (they mention fertilisers draining into the waters, rather than playing around with the eco balance? a lot of other factors have changed since they closed cockshoot broad and cleaned that, dredging practices, etc was cockshoot ever open to boaters? and is it still open to boaters? hmm that could be a bad precedent to follow.
  48. 1 point
    I hear alarm bells here. I usually do when I read gobbledygook. "Now a new “bio-manipulation” project aims to restore clear waters to Ranworth Broad and Barton Broad," … Didn't Barton Broad have an awful lot of money spent on it doing just that? "paving the way for the return of osprey, common terns and rare aquatic plants currently thwarted by the murky depths." ….And just how will the RSPB treat boating activities if Ospreys are seen on Barton? "Predators such as pike can no longer hide among the plants, leading to unnaturally high populations of roach and bream. Roach feed on the zooplankton which would ordinarily eat algae" … Ahhh so Roach are a good thing. :-) "Predators including pike and osprey will reduce the impact of the grazers – zooplankton-feeding fish – by moving them around more." … ahhh so Pike and Osprey are a bad thing? :-( "Forty years ago, conservationists closed off one of the Broads’ freshwater lakes, Cockshoot Broad, from the main river system to restore its water. Cockshoot’s water is still clear," Hmmm, So it's boats that are to blame. Well, you all know I just love a conspiracy theory, and I smell a whopper here. They want to reduce the roach and bream population. They want to increase the Pike population. They want an Osprey population and Little Tern population. Well those alarm bells just keep on ringing.
  49. 1 point
    Sometimes one persons banter is taken by another as rudeness.
  50. 1 point
    Funny how we all think differently, I was thinking Son of a b*tch
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