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  1. 7 points
    This was the most interesting ex-hire for sale - R644 sister to Broad Ambition and also ex Star Supreme/Superb Gem. Yours for £29950. It's flanked by Alpha's 42 foot 2 berth Jaguar and Teal 1 which has been brought back from hire life in Scotland.
  2. 6 points
    That's correct Howard. Also the 35 is a bit longer...
  3. 6 points
    I thought that was not a Swancraft build! Susie and I are looking to buy a boat at the moment so I went to see this one this morning. Let's just say that the photo on the website must have been taken a few years ago, presumably in 2014 when Swancraft sold it. My guess would be that it hasn't been out of the water since. A good proposition at the right price, but not in running order at the moment, I fear.
  4. 6 points
    I have it all summer and you can have it the rest. ;)
  5. 6 points
  6. 5 points
    I think the two new members have put some excellent posts, and should be encouraged to keep with us. Not just for the NWDC issue, but also to add their input to other navigational issues. To have two such members who are dedicated to restoring an important historic part of the Broads, and a wealth of knowledge in what`s required to deal with legal issues etc, it must surely be beneficial to the forum, and us members. Welcome to forum chaps, and please stay and get involved in other discussions and even NBN meets and gatherings.
  7. 5 points
    Friday 24th May Barnes Brinkcraft had a slightly chaotic feel about it as I was packing up with moving boats, cars and lots of customers and staff jostling for space. The site is bigger than it used to be with the pontoon moorings but nevertheless feels cramped compared to others. The staff were friendly and attentive which was pleasing to see. I was very pleasantly surprised by how little fuel I'd used - all of £47.50 for going to Norwich and back and more besides. That weedy engine had a plus side. The journey home seemed to take forever, this being the Friday before a Bank Holiday and choosing the M25/M4 route was a big mistake. It took me until 5pm to get home and I was tired but overall very happy with my week.
  8. 5 points
  9. 4 points
    All of these Alphas are based on the hulls of the Wilds Bermuda and Caribbean, so the lengths just depended on how Langford Jillings "tweaked" the mould tool. The 42 ft tool took on a bend at one time, so all of the later mouldings off it, have a list to port at the bow, but are level at the stern. Nothing you can do about it - they were just built that way! I am glad my comment this morning was appreciated, as it is difficult to make such a criticism without being seen as "knocking" either the owner of the boat, or the sales broker. I think it is a bit naughty all the same, to post photos of the boat for sale, which do not genuinely represent the condition of the boat as it is now. It just makes for a wasted journey for the potential purchaser. I also suggest it would have been a simple matter for the broker to have put the batteries on charge (it is fitted with shore power) so that I would not have come on board and immediately realised that both battery banks were "shot". For me, that takes 2000 off the asking price before I even look for any other problems.
  10. 4 points
    I am Graham Pressman. I am boating Officer for North Walsham and Dilham Canal Trust and a trustee. The Trust is concerned that in due course, the canal can be re-opened. Until that time can come, we are working with owners and the public to slow or prevent any further deterioration of the structures and to repair structures where we can. An example of that is the work currently underway at Ebridge lock, where we are replacing the top pai of lock gates. The section roughly between Ebridge lock and Swafield bridge in owned by The Old Canal Company. That company have de-silted the entire length between Ebridge lock and Bacton Wood lock and Bacton Wood lock itself is nearly completely restored. It has been a huge undertaking and the section, despite being private property has been opened to the public to use at their own risk for the first time in history (this has always been a privately owned canal with some certain, but limited, rights delegated to the public by Act of Parliament). There is more to follow in the foreseeable future. In the mean time, the un-navigable section is available for the public to use, once again at their own risk, for walking, cycling etc. I sincerely hope that all this effort will be appreciated by forum users and would invite any and all who have an interest in the canal to join The Trust to help in it's maintenance from hereon in. As to the section between 100 yards upstream of Old Wayford Bridge and just downstream of Honing Lock, that is owned by Bindwell Ltd. (Luke Patterson). Luke gave me permission to take my tug along his section on the single proviso that he asked me to drop a Toll in his Honesty Box. This I was delighted to do. The Act of Parliament allows the canal owner to charge a Toll and I believe, quite rightly so. The canal cost £32000 to build and costs mint to keep open. Bindwell have cleared a huge number of trees already as can be witness by anybody travelling up to Honing lock. This clearance is expensive and Luke is hoping that if people want to use the canal, they will pay their tolls so that he can continue maintaining things for the benefit of users. He is very aware of every single thing which needs to be done. It is my view that he should be lauded for his efforts, and certainly not criticised. Only by travelling the length will the results of his efforts been seen to be appreciated. I urge boaters to make their deposits in his Honest Box, as he so politely asks. One last thing on that section. There are under water obstacles still and much care must be taken by delicate craft. Navigation is strictly at the boaters' own risk. Speeds must be kept VERY low and there is a high likelihood of meeting a young and inexperienced person in a canoe in a very narrow waterway, coming the other way. PLEASE TAKE CARE! The upper section of the canal was abandoned by Act of parliament around the turn of the 19th century, between, roughly, Swafield Bridge and Antingham. Part of that is now simple farm land. This would be the most difficult and expensive part to restore. The last part that I should address is the section between Honing lock and just below Ebridge lock. This section is owned by North Walsham Canal Company. The Trust is always ready to help them to maintain and repair their walk ways and structures and have done so periodically. Our Wildlife Officer has conducted plant survey for them. The NCWCo. highly values the ecology of it's canal. Anybody wishing to join The Trust can do so at a very nominal fee. our web site is currently undergoing improvements (to be seen some time soon), but the site we already have is incredibly informative. We provide a monthly magazine for members and there are regular Work Party Reports on the web site, so that readers can see what we are doing from the safety of their own armchair. The way to get improvements is to join the North Walsham and Dilham Canal Trust, discover and check the facts and volunteer to do the work. In particular, our brickie is on the verge of emigrating. Any qualified and/or experience brickie (any adult age), ready to invest some time over the next couple of weeks would be very gratefully welcomed as we pursue the restoration of Ebridge Lock. For those after a more sedate experience, yet still informative, our trip boat runs regularly from Ebridge on a Sunday (Also some Saturdays and BH weekends). Just call to reserve a place or see: https://www.facebook.com/events/1697798087031841/ for a Film Evening or the poster below for boat trips. Our membership form is at http://www.nwdct.org/membership.html
  11. 4 points
    Graham has a steel tug boat called 'John Henry' He used to do the pleasure boating on the rivers until he got caught up with the canal restoration and now as no time left for pleasure boating. A few years ago he took 'John Henry' right up to Honing Lock. He struggled to get past that tree obstruction (Which is even worse now) but being a steel work boat pushed through, ran aground once but got going again. His craft draws 3ft, is 22ft x 8ft. The airdraft at Tonnage bridge is 8ft 6" to the centre of the arch Today in dinghies and canoes you can still get up to Honing lock, the only obstruction being 'That' tree just north of Tonnage bridge. Whilst you are there you can observe the amount of water coming over what is left of the top gates Ebridge - Anyone is most welcome to launch their craft there and use the waterway Laurie Ashton 'Old Canal Company' is the owner of that section and again actively encourages folk to use the waterway, there is no charge or toll and no advance permission required - Just go there and use it. The big news is that the section between Swafield to Spa common is imminently due to be re watered any time now which will increase the navigable area. There is also a passenger boat available for trippers to make use of Tonnage Bridge. The previous farm / land owner was using the old bridge but with modern heavier machinery the bridge was in danger of collapsing, so he took it upon himself to rebuild the bridge that you now see today. When Luke bought the farm / land he inherited Tonnage bride and the canal with the farm. He does own that section of the canal but not sure who is the land owner immediately adjacent to the waterway A couple of chaps took a machine and cleared out a narrow section of waterway that is now almost totally derelict / filled in /dry. It got them into all sorts of trouble with the EA at the time, but what was done was done. What they did has enabled the canal water to flow beneath what appears to be now firm ground, constantly scouring / cleaning as it goes Motor craft using the waterway in the future will cause a problem with erosion. Wherries in thier day caused very little wash of course. The banks are earthen and in some areas the canal is higher than the land adjacent to it. Erosion has a danger of causing a breach in the banks. The plan is to dredge the canal and put the material back onto the banks to maintain bank strength and water integrity, this will be an ongoing operation that has been discussed and planned for ----------------------------------------- He did start giving me a lot more information about sections above Honing Lock but I had to stop him. Toooo much input for one session All of my previous posts was taken down from hurriedly written notes. I've done my best to be accurate. I have emailed Graham a link to this page so he can see where we are up to and what has been discussed. It would be even better if he would comment and answer any questions that we may have too Hope the above has been of help and thrown a bit of light on the subject. I'll dig out some photo's I took a while back, Griff
  12. 4 points
    Thursday 23rd May It was the last full day today and time to make more good use of the fantastic sunshine. Rollie was fascinated by the animals which are kept by the shop at Stracey Arms but the donkeys and ponies intimidated him a bit, particularly one pony who chased us all the way back to the gate! We were soon on our way up the Bure. When we stopped at Acle for water I had a conversation with a novice hirer who told me he was disappointed with how brief the handover was at Barnes. I told him about my handover experience which I also considered too brief even for a Broads regular because it took no account of the individual aspects of the boat and the onus had been all on me to ask questions. On we went to Fleet Dyke and a dog walkie stop at the mooring on the bend. That mooring was almost empty but walking to the one nearest the Broad it was near full even at around 11am. We continued by boat to the Broad and chugged around before returning down Fleet Dyke and headed for the Ant. I know the subject of the Ludham Bridge height gauge has been discussed on here before but I was reminded again that the reading it gives is complete nonsense - it may as well not be there. It read 8 foot, I needed 7 foot 10 but we had so much room there must have been over 9 foot available. I wanted to make a quiet lunch stop at a wild mooring and I found a lovely spot just above How Hill. Despite the fact the rivers had been quiet all week (albeit I'd spent some of the time south) both Ludham Bridge and How Hill moorings each only had one space available. Ah, so this is where all the boats have been. People tend to think all of the North Broads is busy all of the time but that's not the case in my experience - it's patchy busyness dependant upon time and location. Returning past How Hill around 3pm it was unexpectedly only about 50% full and there were spaces at Ludham also. I do like a pint in the sun and so I decided to head all the way to the boatyard for the last night and sample what Wroxham had to offer. I bagged a spot at Barnes at the downstream end of their main river (side on) moorings and that was the cruising done for another trip. I enjoyed a drink in the sun outside the Wroxham Hotel which has gone up market since I last visited a few years ago. I had a very ordinary dinner in the King's Head which seems to have gone in the opposite direction unfortunately. I enjoyed perusing the boats for sale, not because I'm thinking of buying but because I'm interested in the history of the numerous ex-hire fleet boats on offer.
  13. 4 points
    Ok, here we go. Having spoken with Graham from the NWDC Trust earlier this morning I have hurriedly written down what he told me, there's a lot of it. Time to put a few rumours to bed once and for all in no particular order:- Firstly - The long term aim for the trust is to restore the canal from Wayford to Swafield Bridge This is not a rumour but a long term aim. Secondly - 'There is not enough water available to operate the canal or locks' Simply NOT TRUE. There was a statement put out in 1968 that there was insufficient water to operate the canal that was way off the mark. At present the water flow is 18 tons per minute on average over a 12 month period. Arthur Walker of Cubit and Walker Millers knew what the situation was with the canal and water capacity. The water flow was sufficient to run and operate numerous water powered mills, and allow wherries through the locks numerous times per day. They had sufficient water to operate the mills and locks. Present day they estimate they could operate a lock every 20 minutes. Graham informs me that the above is supported by written evidence More to follow Griff
  14. 4 points
    You could set up a syndicate of 12 owners each paying £4000.00 which would get 4 weeks allocation and at £4000 per share there would be enough money in the pot to deal with all the running costs for the first year. If anyone wants advice on how syndicates work do not hesitate to contact me or look for advice on www.boatshare.co.uk Regards Alan
  15. 4 points
    Hello Frank, To be honest I would stay on the Southern Broads, there is loads to do and plenty of locations to moor overnight with decent pubs all offering good meals. Regards Alan
  16. 4 points
    Back in the day when the lads were small we all went to work on the Tapton Lock on the Chesterfield Canal. We emptied the lock that was half full of mud and grime using a barrow hoist, the water seepage was pumped out until we had an empty lock. We had to replace some bricks but the lock needed pointing we were only allowed to use lime mortar and pointing irons many we made ourselves out of mild steel to a template. It was a great day when the top and bottom gates arrived and were fitted by the Chesterfield Canal Society volunteers, I have a picture somewhere of me and a another volunteer sat on top of the bottom gates planing the gates to fit. After Tappon we moved onto two other locks paving the way of opening the stretch of canal from Chesterfield to Staveley. I can well understand the situation and at times the frustration that the North Walshaw/Dilham Canal Society must be feeling. Regards Alan
  17. 4 points
    Wednesday 22nd June Rollie's first walk of the day completed, as per usual I couldn't wait to get going, this time Loddon-bound. I'd long been looking forward to the views from the top steering on the Chet. I wasn't disappointed and the Chet was fairly quiet with no craft visible in my direction and only 3 or 4 passing the opposite way. I moored at the Staithe and made a short stop to top up the water and visit the shop. I would probably have visited Rosie Lee's if the weather hadn't been quite so good but I could hardly wait to get going again. My original intention for today was to finish up at Burgh Castle via a detour to Somerleyton or possibly Oulton Broad. However things didnt work out that way. I chugged away from Loddon and just past the Pyes Mill moorings when the engine warning alarm came on. I was able to pull in at the Chedgrave Common moorings just downstream and on checking the dials downstairs I found a sky high engine temperature. I called Barnes straight away and described my location. I had to wait just over 2 hours for the engineer to arrive (I think I was 3rd in his queue). He was a little confused about where I was and phoned me from Maffetts Cruisers, soon after which he arrived on Maffett's 'Titan' boat piloted by Maffett's owner John. The engineer and John evidently knew each other well and the three of us engaged in conversation as the engineer attended to the problem. The issue turned out to be a split pipe from the impellor which was preventing water circulating. Soon all was fixed and I was on my way again, albeit having been at Chedgrave around 3 hours in total. At that point I changed my plan for the day. As I no longer had time to visit Oulton Broad, I decided to make the most of low water at Great Yarmouth that evening and head all the way to Stracey Arms for the night. One of the really good things about coming this time of the year is the flexibility you have from the long hours of daylight. Having passed Reedham I had time to go the long way round towards Great Yarmouth via the New Cut and St Olaves. I did so just for the hell of it having come the Yare route on the way down. I had time for a decent break, a doggie walk and some food at Burgh Castle. I left Burgh at 6 with low water at Great Yarmouth being 730, so too early for slack but OK for decent progress I thought. The engine on Jazz is a little on the weedy side and so across Breydon with the outgoing tide we made little more than 7mph. As I rounded the yellow post at Great Yarmouth I got that slightly scary feeling of being swept sideways by the strong tide but made it safely on to the Bure where initially against the tide we were doing no more than 2mph on full throttle. I've never very much fancied the idea of spending the night at Great Yarmouth and I was half tempted due to the tide but plodded on nevertheless. Gradually we picked up a more respectable pace and with the outdoor temperature cooling I switched to downstairs steering and whiled away the time listening to music. We arrived at Stracey at 8-15pm with a lovely sky in view.
  18. 3 points
    I did wonder why I had spent a lot of time this evening approving new members
  19. 3 points
    Other points which to me, have not been clarified include if the Canal Co own all the way to Wayford, then how can an individual own another bit and charge a toll - why is the toll not going to the Canal Co? Marshy - Sigh, the Canal Co don't own it ALL the way to Wayford, just some of it, as stated earlier there are currently FOUR owners of sections of the waterway. That's how an individual owns 'A Bit' and why would he give his voluntary toll collected to another owner of another section? From what Graham told me Luke is keen for the waterway to be maintained / improved when funds allow (Why am I repeating mysen here?) Whilst Griff you have cleared some things, legal issues now seem more blurred but I am not discussing my thoughts on an Open Forum but I am not entirely convinced! I'm not trying to convince you or anyone else for that matter. You can remain unconvinced or otherwise till your hearts content I'm just doing a bit of digging / research and in the process myself discovering some rumours and a few interesting facts, learning and reporting back for forumites to read / discuss as they see fit. You take it or not - Your choice. You are of course welcome to collect further information and enlighten me and the rest of us anytime you wish. Sources should of course be verified so they just ain't yet more rumours. I enjoy being educated / informed / enlightened especially with regards to Norfolk waterways I intend to contact Luke sometime in the near future but have to get my approach nice and friendly - That should be easy enough? Griff
  20. 3 points
    Often whilst out and about, whether at home or abroad, I see something in the landscape which makes me think 'old railway' and sure enough get home, check the OS map or other map and there would have been something there. As we get older these clues are slowly disappearing............ even when in India in November, being driven I suddenly saw the remains of an obvious old railway bridge - the track bed long gone and now just a track for pedestrians and cycles and the odd cart
  21. 3 points
    The Alpha centres were 29, 32, 35 & 42. One thing that puzzled me was that one boatyard (Anchor Craft I think) advertised theirs as 34ft. Possibly length at waterline rather than length overall, but I would have thought there would have been more than one foot difference.
  22. 3 points
    As one who took part in the Flotilla it was a great day. We transported Vikings as due to other circumstances well publicised most of the beer went via road. Countess of Light did take some barrels and led the procession looking beautiful whilst we had another role also well publicised. It was a fab day and all credit to the organisers!
  23. 3 points
    Couldn’t agree more with what has been said, the south has so much to offer apart from being quieter. To SwanR’s list (which include my favourite moorings) I would add Hardley Mill, a visit to the mill if it’s open and a lovely walk along the river bank. The northern rivers will be heaving, why join the melee if you don’t need to?
  24. 3 points
    I tend to agree, it will be busy! Chances of mooring at the honeypot places like Ranworth, Womack and Horning will be virtually nil I'm afraid. One possibility would be to hop on a train to Wroxham for a visit or hire a cab. Could save the hassle! Good luck whatever you do.
  25. 3 points
    Dug out an old holiday tale I wrote which was 7 days on the southern rivers in case it is of interest.
  26. 3 points
    What they said! With only a week, and hiring on the south, I wouldn’t be desperate to go north, especially at the end of July. My favourite moorings on the south are Langley Dyke, Beccles, Loddon, North Cove, Brundall Church Fen, Reedham and Bramerton Common. Once I started the list it kept growing. So many lovely places on the south and very easy to spend a week there.
  27. 3 points
    The show went well and we were extremely busy until the down pours occurred, it's always a surprise that the public won't go out to an indoor event if it's raining. It was nice to meet Vaughan, though as I was busy throughout the day, there wasn't much time to pull up a sandbag and tell stories. I did some carpentry and polystyrene carving /placing / gluing before the show opened, then cleared the snowstorm before the public arrived. So during the show I then plastered the new hillside, and did some general touching up of paintwork . Much interuppted by talking to the public. My spiel was mostly the history of the layout, then if they were interested, on into methods of baseboard and scenic construction. Some demonstrations of static grass application were carried out. This being the first time being displayed and transported in its current format , some damage occurred. So changes to the transport carriages will be needed, 20-20 hindsight is a wonderful thing. Tiree layout has / will have 3 modules fitted permanently to mobile carriages, that worked well, and three plug in modules clamped between. It was the supports the plug in modules that failed, and also three of six small ( 3 inches wide 3ft long) scenic inserts were damaged when they rolled over in transit, so some sort of holder is required.. The next couple of club evenings will be spent doing the required changes.. A picture of Tiree at the show. The right hand side as you look at it gained a hillside during the show.
  28. 3 points
    so after doing the stepped joint, and staining the wood with teak stain, here is the result on side 2
  29. 3 points
  30. 3 points
    Thanks Jean and yes I'm intending to write a review in the hire boat section once I've finished the tale. Tuesday 21st June It was easily the sunniest and warmest morning so far and the weather stayed lovely for the rest of the trip. Whilst Cian had been with me, Rollie had stayed inside the boat rather than venturing up top. This morning, however, as I stood in the galley making coffee just before setting off he came and sat on my feet. I couldn't bring myself to leave him alone whilst I helmed up top so I put his doggie life jacket on, led him upstairs and secured him to the railings. Being a companion dog breed he was very happy being by my side up there and it became his default position whilst on the move from then on. I wanted to spend some time mud weighting on Surlingham Broad (or Bargate if you're a purist) and it was a sunny, peaceful cruise getting there. Before turning in to the Broad, however, I stopped off at Church Fen mooring to give Rollie a chance to stretch his legs. The Broad was as peaceful as I expected. The only thing which slightly for me was despite all the Broad being available for mud weighting, a boat came and plonked themselves what seemed like 20 feet away from me which meant I was more concerned than usual about any possibility of drifting from my position. I had intended to head for Loddon tonight but the lure of a river side pint in the sun was too great, so I chose to head for Reedham Ferry instead. Out of curiosity en route I made a short doggie walk stop at Cantley, mainly because having passed it many times I've never actually stopped there. It's not a bad stop but the factory is so close as to dominate the view I feel. I arrived at Reedham Ferry around 1630 and I think there was only one boat there. Although the former pontoon moorings upstream of the ferry are closed now there's still a reasonable amount of mooring space remaining in front of the pub and just downstream. I enjoyed my drink in the sun.
  31. 2 points
    Anyone got a spare £32,800 they could let me have? My all time favourite hire boat is up for sale http://www.broadlandyachtbrokers.co.uk/boats/39 The very rare 32 foot centre cockpit version. Built by Alphacraft but with many Swancraft improvements including bow thrusters, new engine, stainless tanks, front deck repaired, new cleats, inverter etc etc Lovely boat to handle and ran on fresh air. Very roomy inside, really good layout. Looks to have been well looked after since being sold by Swancraft in 2014 Very nice boat for some lucky person!
  32. 2 points
    It has been a while, but some news on the 'fleet': Firstly, I am taking the X5 into a place in Norwich called BA Wheels where the alloy wheels will under go quite a refub. I am having them all taken off blasted (its not sand but that sort of thing) and then they will go through a fresh diamond cut to make the edges of the inner design have a larger cut surface and better shine. The insides will then be power coated in a sparkly grey, which is apparently the same colour some Aston Martin wheels are covered with. This will help hide the brake dust. I'll post some photos once it is all done Secondly as you will no doubt know the SLK I bought has steadily got worse and worse. What a lemon it has proved to be. The issues began when I bought it when the drivers door mirror and lock failed, followed by a new coil pack being needed. Once that was done and I got the car the heater blower motor began to squall terribly, the air conditioner compressor made a terrible whine which has got worse over time. New issues popped up when the transmission would stick in 3rd gear - only very occasionally. Now it will get stuck in 1st or 3rd and it is pretty much every drive. I now also have quite an oil leak down the back left hand side of the engine, it drips onto the exhaust manifold overnight - start the car up in the morning and it smokes like hell for about 20 minutes. Well it is not like I can just sell the car in that condition, and to fix all the above I have been quoted more than the car's value. It therefore came as a great surprise that despite this a dealer has agreed to part exchange the car and valued it at £4,500 - and I am taking delivery of a 'new' SLK on Thursday. The new car is a late 2008 model, with 650 improvements over the previous model, the engine now producing 306BHP, 5.4 seconds to 60 means this is close to the previous AMG V8 in out right acceleration. It has had 2 owners, the previous an old gentleman who could not use easily get in and out of it, has only been serviced by main dealer Mercedes and has done 55,000 miles. It has a lovely (tarty) all red leather interior with a silver exterior. It is having an MOT and service prior to me getting it, and this one comes with a proper warranty. I am hoping second time round will be lucky. I had thought about a BMW Z4 but finding a decent one with the similar performance as the SLK would have seen me having to spend close on £14,000. I looked into a larger Mercedes SL but that would be full of issues, they just do naturally go wrong because they are complex cars and they cost a lot to sort out when they do. I then considered an Audi TT, but it would need to be a TT S to compete with the SLK on performance and again would cost many thousands more. So something small, with a V6 or and a lot of go you can't really beat the cheapness of the SLK's. They ride really well too, and the more modern SLC is being discontinued so these small rockets will be the things of history. My only issue with the R171 model are the seats, they look good, and are made with Magnesium frames for lightness but they just lack lower back support. I have to say I love the comfort and softness of the X5, but I can suffer a stiff back for the experience of the low down roadster. It also makes you actually part of the drive and need to be more alert to what the conditions are and car is doing. The X5 will just go come what may, the SLK even on a 30 MPH twisting road can be a bit twitchy in the wet from the back end. I'll post some photos come Thursday.
  33. 2 points
    Yes, where the boat has also been moored for the last few years! If in doubt, why not go and have a look for yourself, and make your own comparisons? You also may find it a wasted journey.
  34. 2 points
    Thanks, I'm a Trustee too of the NW&DCT Really? - Bargain, two for the price of one then Griff
  35. 2 points
    Thanks, I'm a Trustee too of the NW&DCT
  36. 2 points
    Two new members on the same page? Welcome Graham P and thanks for joining us. Proper chuffed we have a member of the NW&DC trust onboard, especially as you will be able to put many rumours and myths to bed Fenland Skies - Proper good name imho, welcome onboard too Griff
  37. 2 points
    you have far to much time on your hands!!
  38. 2 points
    Marshy - the answer to your questions is simple - I don't know! I can only guess as to why no progress below Honing Lock - Maybe it's a manpower thing, the volunteers concentrate on one section at a time? - Maybe its a money thing? maybe it's bank access to get to a fallen tree? Maybe the canal owner wants to tackle it himself once he has funds to do it? Maybe it's lack of a suitable workboat to get to the tree, maybe it's where do the put the thing after cutting it up? Maybe you could find out? The toll is as explained earlier to pay for clearance / maintenance as it is currently a private waterway I could of course ask Graham but it's a bank holiday and I have only just met him over the phone and don't want to be a thorn in his side from the off. SpeedTriple - this map may help Griff
  39. 2 points
    Extending your swim platform would create some problems when stern mooring , your current set up seems perfect and obviously stable when stern moored . on Cerise Lady we have to use a couple of suspended fenders to protect our platform BUT that means we are unable to tie up tightly so are prone to movement with the wind etc even when using mud weight . also I find difficulty in seeing how an enlarged platform would make it easier for elderly to gain access as your current platform means they can grab the existing rail on entering which they wouldn’t be able to do if a longer platform was used
  40. 2 points
  41. 2 points
    Wow, thanks for that Griff, that`s really informative and puts to an end to a lot rumour and untruths re the navigation etc. As for donations, as a forum solely dedicated to the Broads, are WE able to help?. I`m sure we could help out with donations, even if it`s only for removing a few tree branches, if it`s beneficial to our favourite waterway, it`s worth it. It would also be great to see Broad Ambiton being driven BACKWARDS up to, AND THROUGH, Tonnage bridge . Having said all the above, it reminds me that i`ve made good use of this forum for many years, and have hardly ever made a donation to its continued success. Perhaps someone can tell me how to do it, and what would be a reasonable amount,at least that way, should i meet other forum members, i can at least not feel embarrassed. Going back to the thread, What do others think, would they be interested in any kind of fund raising events to help improving and increasing the available cruising ground on the upper Ant and the canal navigation system. As regular users of the Broads, any re-opening of navigable waterway could only be of benefit to us, as well as the possibility of regenerating business for shops etc in the local shops and pubs etc?. The only thing i WILL say, it`s going to take years, so for some of us, it may never happen in our lifetime, me included.
  42. 2 points
    Taken in 2017, not much to see but the bump in the road is the site of a level crossing on a minor road between California and Hemsby with the line of the railway going towards Hemsby. Second pic is the line going the other way.
  43. 2 points
    For those with an interest in old railways and real ale (Howard) The North Norfolk Railway otherwise known as The Poppy Line has it's annual beer festival on the 19th to 21st July this year. Normally a very good event. Depending on how the weather is over the weekend you cannot bank on there being much choice left on Sunday, so best to go Friday or Saturday, or all three days. https://www.nnrailway.co.uk/beer-festival/
  44. 2 points
    There are four present owners of the actual canal from Wayford through to Antingham. Yes they do own the actual canal between them. Bank side ownership is not an issue on navigation of the canal itself. There are two big obstructions to getting the waterway operational, one of which is one of the canal owners whom I'm not going to name. The other being funding of course The lower section is owned by Luke Pattinson. An act of parliament in 1812 gives him the right to ask for a toll to be used on maintenance. He is sympathetic to maintaining the waterway as a navigation but its expensive. He actively encourages canoes / dinghies to use the section of the waterway up to Honing lock. He charges a voluntary toll of just £4:00 and seeing as it's a couple of hours paddling there / back it works out at just £2 per Hr. I would suggest if you do use the waterway - Stick more than £4 in the box! All monies raised he uses on maintaining the waterway. There is an honesty box by the jetty at Tonnage bridge. If that honesty box was to start generating more income then Luke may be able to spend more on tree clearance and the like. The issue with hire company is that they discourage their customers paying the voluntary toll. This has resulted in Luke being non to welcoming with craft from that yard - To me that is wholly understandable. A machine for the day - Just the machine costs £350 then on top of that there is men, tools, reducing down the offcut material, stacking / drying / burning etc. That needs a lot of £4 donations! Not mentioning any business names here please peeps as that may lead to legal difficulties. Luke has a glamping / camping site near to the banks of the waterway on his land, he encourages clients to use dinghies / canoes to use the waterway I am informed that the waterway is navigable to just past Tonnage bridge. However this is at your own risk and you must proceed very slowly / cautiously. Just north of Tonnage bridge is a large tree which is causing an obstruction. However dinghies / canoes should manage without difficulty. Some above and underwater obstructions near to the banks have already been cleared Griff
  45. 2 points
    Something i`ve wanted to do about the the area ajoining the top of the Ant to the NWDC where there are a lot of trees overhanging, and blocking access, is to simply form a group (call them activists or freedom warriors etc if you want) and simply go there in dinghys / open boats, or whatever, and start cutting those overhanging brunches etc right back. You would also have to check for underwater branches / roots / obstructions etc, but i imagine they would need to be cleared by a professional operation (could someone put me right on that?). But as for the foliage above water, that would be easy enough to do. I know some people would`nt agree with it, but in reality, all we`d be doing is maintaining a level of navigation, but on a volutntary basis, and the BA are always on the lookout for volunteers are`nt they?. I`d even book a weeks holiday off work and join the party, and make it a working holiday. Certainly be a change from building aircraft interiors in a noisy factory. As for the branches etc that you cut back, simply put them on land (elsewhere if need be) to form a habitat for wildlife. How environmentally satisfying would that be?.
  46. 2 points
    I hate to put a damper on this, but you may have already answered the question for yourself. At a guess, I doubt if you could fit an A frame for less than £1000. A Broads tabernacle is "hog stepped", which entails structural alterations to your foredeck, deck beams and cabin front which would not be practical and would also affect the sea-going integrity of the boat. You would also need a mast at least 3ft longer than the present one. Using the jib halyard as the purchase does not work either. It needs a purchase, or runner to a winch, from the stem head to the underside of the A frame. Unless such an arrangement was demountable when not in use, it would raise the foot of the jib and may well affect the cut of it. Any standing rigging (shrouds) fixed forward of the mast step would have to be made demountable and the A frame would need need strong supports on the side deck directly abeam of the mast step at the "chain plates", where there may not already be a suitable shroud fitting. One way or the other, if you are thinking of staying on the Broads I would sell the boat and buy another, more suitably designed for inland waters.
  47. 2 points
    If you go to tabernacle the pivot pin is moved up the mast so that the assembly is effectively hinged above its current fixing. Would your current rigging allow that? If you have wires/ropes running up inside the mast they would be affected by the new mounting system. It may be as simple as exiting such rigging further up the mast but, on the other hand, it could lead to a total re engineering of those areas. Is the mast itself physically able to take the new pivot point internally? There would possibly need to be some sort of strengthened area within the actual mast tube to facilitate the bolt etc. Because your roof already holds the existing rig it may well be up to holding the new set up. Any local fabricators ought to be able to make the actual tabernacle using your original and the photo you have included above. I would suggest you make sure any strengthening within the roof moulding was still up to scratch though. Maybe Polly will have some photo's of the set up she talked about above that will help you formulate a plan? Martham Boats certainly have lots of experience of getting boats through 'that bridge' and would be a very good starting point.
  48. 2 points
    Comparing it to any other Alpha 32/35’s ive looked at in the past condition wise it looks like it easily puts them to shame. When you look at some of these ex hireboats which yard they came from really makes a difference in overall appearance and condition.
  49. 2 points
    Brilliant restoration of the Canal with walks ,wildlife and boat trips on their passenger restored boat and a chance to get involved in the restoration..Details on their various Facebook pages,Look for the film evening at the Atrium in North Walsham in June .
  50. 2 points
    Back on topic (We need another thread re Catfield/Waxham) The shuttering is due to be removed today at about 2pm. Then the new concrete drop cill can bee seen in all it's glory. Of course, one the gates are in, it will not be seen again for some years, all being well. This drop cill and the stop planks which go with it have been placed there to avoid the need for there ever needing to be a bund again. Future maintenance work can be performed behind the drop planks, in the dry. Griff
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