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  1. 7 points
    OK, I will put my hands up. Totally spoiled brat of an only son, of a rich father. All brand new before I was 21. The young lady was my late wife of 46 years. Herald my seventeenth birthday present, Spitfire Mk111 for doing very well in my A levels. The Sprite was a Downton Stage 3 but it had a full BMC warranty. Very fast for it's day. No year out then, but we were engaged. Judith 18 me 20 and our parents let us spend two months on the Riviera before having to knuckle down. And yes you will be pleased to hear reality was a shock when we had to pay our own bills.
  2. 6 points
    I hired Brinks Jazz for a week in May 2019 and here are my thoughts. The boat was built in 1991 by Porter and Haylett/Connoisseur Cruisers not originally for Broads use but rather the French canals. It has dual steering, combining a fairly standard forward drive layout (with internal steering forward) with a roof-mounted external position. The bow area has a well with seating as per a 'bathtub' but unlike a bathtub the bow is pointed in shape which can make stepping aboard more of a challenge. Also a challenge are the unusually narrow side decks which resemble those of a narrow boat but nevertheless can be negotiated with the aid of the hand rail. You can tell the boat was built by Connoisseurs from the trademark side door on the port side near the stern with stern mounted engine and absence of traditional stern access door. To access the roof deck there are deep steps from the stern. Up top it's very sparse, having no windscreen and the only seating being a hard (and somewhat uncomfortable) double helm seat. Nevertheless the top steering position was the one I used by far the most as it provides fantastic views over the Reeds and far beyond. The steering wheel is the highest point of the boat and piloting bridges like St Olaves and Ludham requires some contortion from the helmsman of the top steering is to be used. Air draft is 7 feet 10 so not especially high by dual steer standards. Surprisingly, the helm view is not as good as you might think for manouvering - because the side decks are so narrow and the position so high, the extremities of all the decks are obscured by the superstructure resulting in a degree of guesswork to estimate how far away the quayside is. Access through the side door requires very steep steps inside to be negotiated. Once inside at the stern there is a cabin which can be configured either as a double or as single bunks (the top bunk simply lifts off to form the outer half of the double berth). Floor space with the double set up is fairly limited but storage is excellent with deep hanging space and plenty of shelving. Also at the stern is a toilet with washbasin. This is cramped and the toilet bowl almost comically small. However, what works really well is the separate shower just forward of the side door. This is spacious and avoids the usual issue of getting everything im the toilet wet when the shower is used. The forward half of the boat is an open plan galley/saloon area with galley across the boat and the sink area looking forward. The galley is a reasonable size with good storage, full size fridge and microwave. The cooker is dated, caravan-style, however, being a two burner hob and small oven and grill. The narrow side decks give good space inside and it feels like you're on a boat wider than its actual 11 foot. There's a long straight (not L shape) sofa which converts to a double bed. The saloon area also has plenty of storage. The interior helm has good visibility forward but almost non-existent visibility to the rear, even by forward-drive standards. The heating is variable temperature and works well. There is shore power, solar charging and an electric mud weight. Overall I really enjoyed Jazz and the combination of top steering with all the advantages of a forward drive works really well. This is one of Barnes' cheapest boats and yet the equipment levels make it excellent value. Being a compact boat it's easy to handle with the exception of lack of sight of the side decks as mentioned. It is, however, not a boat for anyone with even the mildest of mobility difficulties with its deep external steps and steep side access (give me a conventional stern door anytime!). I apologise for having taken no internal photos. I'd intended to do so on departure but cleaners were standing by waiting for me to vacate.
  3. 4 points
    Cant agree more. Very warm welcome to the forum GrahamP and FenlandSkies.
  4. 4 points
    We're hiring two weeks today from Stalham, but after reading this, and similar, threads will be heading south. Counting the days!
  5. 3 points
    So this is a short Vlog of Thurn Open Mouth Regatta it was supposed to be a lot longer , with a look at what go's on over the hole weekend event but sadly I was asked not to film only by one person so rather than a hole lot of problems I did reluctantly the world has gone made . However I was very annoyed later on to find other people filming and posting it on the internet but there you go that's my little moan over it just left a bad taste in my mouth . I do hope you all enjoy what there is thanks ,,,
  6. 3 points
    Chuffin Eck, Look at this lot! Did you even know of it's existence? I didn't. Lots to read up on in here Griff http://www.norfolkmills.co.uk/Watermills/dilham.html
  7. 3 points
    He said ‘I will take this bolt out ,” I said, ‘Don’t its holding the mast.’ He did, it was.
  8. 3 points
    "The 1812 Act contains a special provision preventing the original canal company from charging any tolls or dues "For any Boat, Barge , or Vessel which shall be navigated or pass upon any part of the river Ant which at the Time of passing this Act is navigable to Dilham:" Now I'm just posting my opinion here not any facts or proper knowledge. That part of the act you have correctly quoted I'm assuming is still in force directed at the Old Canal Company. The section of the canal that Luke Patterson now owns is obviously not owned by the Old Canal Company it is owned by him so therefore does it apply to him? Also is not that act directed at just the section for what was the mill at Dilham not the whole canal for its full length? Graham should be able to shed some light on this one? -------------------------------------------------------------- From what I have learnt with my discussions with Graham, Luke didn't actually buy the canal. He bought the farm and farm land subsequently meaning he inherited that section of the canal and also inheriting the responsibility to maintain it as he sees fit or otherwise. Does he have a legal responsibility to maintain the canal to any sort of minimum standard? I don't know. What I do know is that to bring his section of the waterway up to a navigable standard clear of any trees or below water hazards is going to cost money & time - Lots of it What I assume is that Luke is on limited funds available to him - who isn't? He's running a business not a charity to enhance derelict waterways. So any work done on the canal itself has to be funded by him with no financial return on his outlay. The toll he asks for is voluntary not compulsory. The more £4's he receives in his honesty box, then the more £4's he can spend on the canal work. You can safely bet he will end up outlaying way more than the total of the £4's he receives - Rocket science it ain't! We, as NBN Forumites could collectively no doubt organise a work party and take it upon ourselves to assist with tree / fauna clearance between say Tonnage Bridge to Honing lock. BUT we would need Luke's permission and maybe Luke is independent and doesn't want to be held beholden to anyone and wants to do it himself when funds / time allows? I need to get the message over to him that we don't expect any favours in return but would like to and enjoy helping making a difference At some point I want to contact Luke and offer him our help, when I say 'Our' I just mean willing volunteers from the NBN not the whole membership of course. But first off I need to learn more about his section of the waterway and find out what sort of guy Luke is to give us the best chance of being able to assist and make a real impact for all waterway users to benefit and enjoy. Any thoughts / advice sent in my direction would be most welcome. Does anyone in here know the guy? Has anyone used his glamping / camping facilities? Over to you guys as per the norm, Griff
  9. 3 points
    we look forward to hearing more about the project and do keep us informed about any projects that need volunteers to assist, I am sure we have many members here that would be happy to help such a project.
  10. 3 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.
  11. 3 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
  12. 3 points
    Many many thanks all for your advice, speedtripple, Vanessa’s, Mr Nog ( regards to Mrs Nog and any other Noggins) ransworth, Swan R and Hylander. On reflection, better to have a relaxing and enjoyable time rather than stress about tide times aircraft, bridge heights etc. Thanks again.
  13. 3 points
    Went up to East Ruston many times from the late 60s up to about 1990. Last time in a Safari mk3. (Golden Realm). Largest boat I got up the canal but only as far as Tonnage Bridge was a Broom Skipper. Wharfdale mid 70s Broadsway II early 70s Salamander III in 1970 Fred
  14. 2 points
    To the west if you walk up the concrete road from St Benetts the "Hundred" is clearly visible.
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  16. 2 points
    I think it was in my "Hamiltons Navigation" book that it referred to Martham Broad as "Martham or West Somerton" Broad, and also states the Thurne (originally known as "The Old Hundred River"?) used to empty in the North Sea to the east of it, via what was latterly called "The Old Hundred Stream", because the outfall course had dried up. If you look on Google satelite view, you can pick out the original course as said in the guide. I think (i may be wrong?) it also said the original course of the Old Hundred River, now the Thurne, used to originate from the Ant just below the southern side of Ludham Bridge near the top of the bend that turns south by the southern side of the boatyard. I`m sure i`ve still got the guide, so i`l try to dig it out and check it.
  17. 2 points
    My first car was a BMW 635csi, non roadworthy which I was given to learn to drive in when I was young. Loved thrashing around the farm in it and I'm sure that's where my passion for motorsport came from. My first road car and I came down to earth with a bump, a Mini. But it was still great fun. For reliability I must nominate my Honda CRV. 15 years old now, and rapidly approaching 200,000 miles with only one visit to the garage, other than for service and mot, a replacement VTEC oil valve at 120k. Still going strong.
  18. 2 points
    Excellent work Griff with some good stuff coming out of the woodwork ! I hope to add to the bit on Dilham "lake" but an trying to find a link as I know the NWT archivist published an article on it sometime ago. However one thing that is incorrect I think is the point raised about the Natural Tidal LImit on the navigation bit - the NTL is an official point marked on OS Maps and the NTL for the Ant is just as you enter Barton Broad - tidal influence is felt above these marks but that does not mean it is the official point. The one on the Bure is is just level with the top entrance to Wroxham Broad for example. No doubt someone will tell me I am wrong and that its now been moved - actually I wonder who decides that?
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    A snippet taken from the above link:- Dilham mill originally stood across the river Ant but the river was diverted to form the North Walsham & Dilham Canal, which was completed in 1826. There is little doubt that prior to the canal being built the mill was effectively at the head of the historically navigable River Ant and was served by wherries accessing up the tail stream. This section of the Ant was, and still is to some extent, subject to tidal influence giving the right of free navigation, but the canal company could well have expected the right to charge craft using its much more direct channel up to the mill. This, however, the company was specifically prevented from doing by a special clause in the Act preserving the right of free navigation up to the mill. Despite this, it would appear that when Honing Lock was constructed fairly close to the site of the mill, steps were taken to construct a dam near the mill to create what was known as Dilham Broad or Dilham Lake and an entrance to this broad was created from the canal upstream of Honing Lock. Thereafter wherry access to the mill appears to have been southwards across the broad to the mill head and the former access via the mill tail seems to have fallen into disuse. Alan Faulkner - 16th April 2003 At one time the mill dam covered 25 acres and it is said that the cause was an accidental breach of the river bank in 1868. The story goes that this was the time of a disastrous drought and when a local farmer attempted to dig a tunnel to gain water, the resulting inflow quickly got out of hand and resulted in the flooding of Dilham beds. The level of the mill dam has dropped and is now below the level of the old wheel sluice. Griff
  21. 2 points
    As a few of us have remembered and posted our first car's registration number, am I the only one who just had to go change a password somewhere?
  22. 2 points
    Thank you Griff especially, I haven't laughed out loud on my own for ages, frightened the dog. Gearstick in the air Mum in the car nightmare stuff. Sea gypsy I think you might be thinking of a more modern A40 mine was black and definitely the reg was that way round, I passed my test March 1967 the new reg of that year was letters number and the letter E. I bought this car second hand from the local butcher and it was very old then, there were two shapes one a bigger version of a Morris minor and mine which was less bubble more square. I have some recollection of a column change but not clear enough to be certain. By the way I now drive a Ford KA but it is the plus model and is as big as a Fiesta black with white roof and white wheel spokes, snazzy hey!
  23. 2 points
    This is a very good forum discussion and very good news. Too many of our navigations have closed recently or are at risk of silting up having "fallen into disuse" so it is good to hear of the possible re-opening of one of Norfolk's most famous waterways. I just want to mention that the flow of water in the old days was sufficient for a commercial waterway, as you lose a lot less water in the canal by locking down a loaded wherry, than you do for small cruisers or dinghies. Archimedes Principle - "Eureka" and all that! I hope the water flow will now prove sufficient for regular trips through the locks by small craft.
  24. 2 points
    Thanks very much for that Geoffrey and good to see you and Steve out on the water again. The regatta has changed a lot since I last attended in the 80s - we never had such excellent facilities as that marquee - but it was always a lot of fun all the same. Pity about their attitude to filming, I don't understand that, you would think they would be glad of the publicity for such a famous and traditional event. By the way, it is actually Thurne Mouth Open Regatta, not open mouth regatta. Unless you are standing at the bar in the beer tent, of course!
  25. 2 points
    This was Gay’s Staithe on Saturday morning. It was full Friday night. So maybe Ranworth was photographed last week. Just saying... Can you spot “Billy No Mates” at the end?
  26. 2 points
    'Old Woody' You sure? looks like a tupperware hull to me with timber topsides. I would also state that is a Bourne 40 hull, or in other words one of the original six Star Supreme class, but which one? I think you just may have stumbled across one of the 'Missing' sister boats of 'B.A' Pity there is no reg numbers on view, maybe the current owners know something of her history Griff
  27. 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
  28. 2 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
  29. 2 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
  30. 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
  31. 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?.
  32. 2 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
  33. 1 point
    The body of water to the south of where the map above says Waldron Marsh is I believe " Ranworth Flood" Now it would make a really safe and sheltered Mud Anchor place. Should you drag no harm could come. I think, that old, almost "Oxbow" would be really worth restoration. St Benetts could then become a rafting up mooring taking many more boats at the busy times.
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    As mentioned, weather permitting 11:00 first start, there are around 100 entries so with about 10 boats in a start maybe 10 starts at 5 minute intervals. But there is normally an extra 15 minute gap in the middle to allow boats to clear. So the last start should be just after 12:00. The bad news is the temperature forecast is up to 26C and the windspeed down to 9 mph.. It could be another slow race...
  35. 1 point
    Personally I have always thought the old river meander around Ward Marsh restored would be very nice indeed.
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    That explains a hell of a lot Doesn't it just! Griff
  37. 1 point
    my old escort used to do that, the plastic insert that screwed in on the gearstick had cracked, so if you changed too hard it came off in your hand, oh the fun we had.
  38. 1 point
    That sounds like you crossed Connel Bridge, Originally a road rail bridge like Sutton. it was built for the now, long gone, Ballachulish branch line. crossed it once myself when Our ferry from Oban broke down and we had to drive up to Mallaig to catch another one..
  39. 1 point
    i agree with all of the above. I too found it disconcerting that you could not really see behind you when steering from the inside and I only ever tried to walk down half the length of the deck when disembarking, so narrow was the "pathway". Having said that, I think the boat is excellent value and the positives you mention, for me far outway the negatives. I think the fact that some people find the look of Jazz to be less than "beautiful" (even Barnes refer to it as not one of their prettiest boats) keeps the price down making it a lot of boat for your money.
  40. 1 point
    My first car, well a Transit van (1970) called Henry it had a hard previous life and rust had set in in various areas, my guess it had been washed out in the back on a regular basis. we decked it out with a wooden floor and wooden rails on the sides to strap down our disco gear (back in the day everything was very large just like the radios of the day) sadly I was the driver and the only sober member of the group. I spent hours under the van usually in wet winter weather doing the various repairs, rebuilding the engine after re-boring etc. The engine blew twice on the M1 coming North up the hill towards Barlbrough and then having to limp home on three cylinders with a van full of gear and the eight of us. Regards Alan
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    Enjoy! You'll have a great time
  42. 1 point
    If the hull and suoerstructure shape dont give it away the cockpit sides certainly do!
  43. 1 point
    Saw this old woody on the Lea Navigation just south of Bow Flyover. No name.
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    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
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    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.
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    I don't know where they started from but they finished at Reedham.
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    A working group clearing overhanging branches? - Sign me up. 'B.A' can be used as a hotel boat Griff
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    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!
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    How are things going at Ebridge Lock? See photo. The west wing wall is re-pointed. The shuttering is in ready for a concrete pour tomorrow. The brickwork repairs are well under way. The Stop Plank Grooves are in place, Finally, the Stop Planks are ready to collect from the manufacturers. Unashamedly pinched from their FB group Griff
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