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  1. 8 points
    Last weekend Broad Ambition got her first real outing since a bunch of work had been done during her bi-annual out of water works. Friday 21st June: Shiela and I would crew up on Friday, cruise to Wroxham in the evening and the following afternoon I was expecting 4 guests to arrive who would be staying onboard until Sunday afternoon, plus possibly 1 or 2 others who were coming for the day. Just as well Broad Ambition is 40ft long, because what actually turned out was including Shiela and I, we had 12 people onboard - 4 of whom were children. Firstly we left Stalham and I helmed, while Shiela did a through clean through - this meant every glass and mug got a wash, all surfaces wipe down, all berths and seating vacuumed - once se gets stuck in if you stand still long enough you will be dusted! Then she mad the beds, then she cleaned all the exterior windows and then she finally got around to sitting down - were passing Salhouse by then! The funny thing is I have not been on the rivers for a good while either, so being on Broad Ambition and not just out for a bit testing a new aerial, or making checks on things was nice. However there was that little issue that I had to get her under Wroxham Bridge and I have not done that for - hmm perhaps 8 or more months and as fate would have it we would be arriving at almost the top of the tide. As we were passing Barnes Brinkcraft I got the binoculars out and spied the height gauge - just on 6' 6" - this was going to be a tad tight. In fact I (and someone else I've since spoken to) now feel the height gauge at Wroxham is very much 'spot on' where for years before it was on the conservative side - a bit like Ludham Bridge's height gauge. Well we went under fine but I'd not want to be going under at what out safe minimum air draft is (6' 4") because I am pretty sure our mast would get crazed. We have a new one, and the 'tear drop' at the top is slightly longer, this causes it to lay slightly higher - just a tad - but let's just say be nice to keep it looking new for as long as possible. Once through the bridge (and hitting my head on one of the chains) it was fenders down and my Bowlady was off doing her things, straight into a very public stern mooring while people sat on their boats sipping wine and beers. Those on Gold Gem must have rolled their eyes when at gone 8:00pm we turn up. Still, we moored up flawlessly, shut down and having put the wheelhouse canopy up was straight off to the Kings Head for food. Now, I am not here to 'bash anywhere' but to have run out of clean wine glasses, and to have produce the food they did was very poor. The veg was the left overs from the carvery - minus being heated up. Long story short we ate half of the food, drunk our drinks and literally headed over to McDonalds. Back onboard we opened up the locker - Shiela's new love I introduced her to is Malibu and Coke, the issue is 'coconut flavored coke' can go down a little too easily lol. We had an early start the following day so it was off to bed pretyt early all things considered. Saturday 22nd June: We had guests coming from London who had never been further than away from the capital than Hatfield so getting them to change trains and get to a little station called Hoveton & Wroxham was not going to be a smooth process, especially when their connecting train broke down and they were sent onward from Norwich in a Taxi. We moved the boat back under Wroxham Bridge to the Hotel, this was a mistake on my part. I did it because I was anxious to be the 'correct side' of the bridge for our little tour we had planned and thought we could all meet in the Hotel, have a drink and introduce everyone and then move to the Boat. However by mid day, it was clear this was peak bridge shooting time and the Pilot had his work cut out. It also meant that everyone who were wanting to go under the bridge would arrive, find the Pilot collection mooring full and then expect their boat to stop and sit like they had stopped a car. The breeze gentle brought them alongside Broad Ambition - a few wise words from me got them on their way without incident, until a 42ft forward steer arrived. It had 5 or 6 chaps onboard, but they were all inside the boat and as they went to move forward it was a case of full throttle, left hand down a bit. The stern and the galvanized steel rubbing strake came right for our stern quarter, doing what you are not meant to, I fended off best I could with my right foot and though they squeezed our fender flat, thankfully the hard edge of the metal avoided our delicate wooden hull. Phew, I thought, where is everyone? Shiela arrives telling me there was a change of plan, we had 4 kids coming, and a couple who had only been together a short time and would be their first outing together with all their kids - oh and nobody had ever been on the Broads before.. Slowly they came, picnic items, booze, bluetooth speakers, cameras you name it - what a scene this was causing outside the Hotel. All aboard I calmed everyone down and spoke about safety and what to and not to do and let Shiela cast off and deal with the ropes and fenders while I spun Broad Ambition around and headed off to Salhouse. We past the big trips boats, numerous day boats who were all behaving themselves, even if they drove as if in a car on the left for a while until they figured why is everyone on the right hand side of the river..The suneshine was glorious, but we had a nice breeze so it was not too hot. We arrived at Salhouse, public stern mooring number 2 complete the kids went exploring in the 'forest', the girls sat on the grass and gossiped and drunk some Pimms and the men talked boats as I showed them the restoration book, and talked through all the upgrades and changes since that had been produced. It was a lovely time to be on the water. A couple of hours later we were back underway to Wroxham to drop our day trippers off - outside the Cafe were several hire boats stern moored, we were almost stern to when we were told we could not moor. Baffled I asked why - dropping off point is down there' came the reply, I said that was the Pilot's moorings, and the reply of "yes" came back. I asked again why we could not moor here - "Dropping off point is down there". Well we could have played this game all day, so I proffered money - ah now we might be able to moor. Simon, a chap I had only met hours before told the chap in no uncertain terms we were not going to negotiate to drop off 4 kids and two adults and we'd head down to the 'dropping off point' for free. So I did. Having dropped off the day trippers it was now 6 onboard and all adults - but not a bit quit - it was party time, though I was 'on duty' so declined in the dancing and drinking too much. Now where were we going to go now? Thurne, Acle? Acle there was bound to be a mooring somewhere - we headed off around 3:45pm from Wroxham. Arriving at Acle I was shocked to find everything taken - the moorings which have been improved along ther grass bank on the Pedro's side, the moorings on the opposite side and of course outside the Bridge Inn. We carried on for Stokesby. Upon arrival, it too was all full. Not good. We spun around and then I hear "Robin..Robin" and a couple on their Alpha 35 were asking if we wished to come alongside them? Oh what a generous offer. I came in against what was now a very fast running current and we tied up. I had never met them, but they had followed me on You Tube for years, and it was a chance to get to talk to me and Shiela. In more recent times I have had some rather unkind comments made among comments on You Tube and Facebook Groups. The amount of people I met and chatted to - and this couple and their kindness made me see what a small minority negative comments and people are, and what the Broads is really about is an open mind, being kind and helpful. The food at the Ferry Inn was not only good value, but first class. Even if there was some oddities like get your own cutlery and sauces, but the staff were great and we all had a lovely evening. We got back to Broad Ambition and the rest of the party went onboard to watch a DVD while I was collared again and spent ages chatting to Mal, a former National Express coach driver and his wife about everything boat..and life..Proper good folks they are. I was pooched and hit my sack, we had to be up and away before 6:30am the following morning as our neighbors were off over Breydon Water with three other boats to catch the early tide - if we were not gone we would be off to Yarmouth too lol. Sunday 23rd June: Another cracking morning, warm and sunny - we were up and underway before 7:00am and made for St. Bennets. When we arrived we got breakfast on the go, very posh it was too - smoked Salmon, toast, scrambled egg, fresh fruits and juices and I had to do nothing but enjoy. After we ate, it was off for a tour of the ruin's and we walked to the Cross. I never knew, or had seen before, the amount of coins - many clearly hammered into the cracks in the wood of the Cross. It was beautiful, and as ever so quiet here. Back onboard we took a slow cruise with everyone having their times on the helm - Mohamed who works for BA driving a tug - moving planes - was able to pick up the delicate art of boat steering as if he had done it all his life, his wife on the other hand had no idea what hand, eye and boat was doing so try as we might it was always a zig zag - the other ladies were as bad, but since Shiela is good and as I now say 'qualified helmsmadam' I cannot be sexist and say women cannot drive boats lol. We arrived at Wroxham in very jovial moods, and once again under the bridge. Dropping off our guests for them to explore Wroxham in their own time before they train, Shiela and I took Broad Ambition back under the bridge and headed for Stalham. It was strangely quiet onboard - but nice to be just us on the rivers and taking out turns at the helm. Back to the Wet Shed, clean through and off for home it all seemed to have gone so quickly.
  2. 8 points
    Another lost pub is the Eagle at Neatishead. Well not strictly gone in a sense, as it's now a private house. It has been altered a fair bit but is still recognisable. A cracking little pub. I seem to recall it frequently won in the small pub category in a best pub competition which was run by Blakes.
  3. 7 points
    I've managed to retrieve some photos from the previous Mrs Nog so I thought I'd post a couple. Apologies about the quality as they are scanned from slides. First up is the superb Bridge Inn at Potter Heigham. Sadly burnt down in the early 80's I believe. Nothing remains of the original building although some tile work from the floors can still be seen in what is now a car park. Carol has some information on her web site and I think Ex Pilot provided some history as I recall but I'm not sure where it is. I think the blaze started due to a fire being lit in a fireplace which hadn't been used for a long time. The pub was pretty much destroyed although the remains were supported with scaffolding for a while. I also seem to think the insurance didn't cover the rebuilding costs. Such a shame, a lovely pub and a location to die for. Happy memories!
  4. 6 points
    Very true but is sometimes necessary when I’m heading South to enable catching the right time of tide at Yarmouth , in these instances I always mention to any closely moored boats that I am moving off early
  5. 5 points
    Howard, here is one to be going on with, when Ron Wilkinson was the landlord.
  6. 4 points
    Was there really ever such a thing as a 'good old Watney's pub, back then or ever? I personally enjoyed both their Stingo and Cream Label but their Red Barrel was dire and I'm not alone in that thought. I was joint licencee of the Waveney Inn back in the 70's and because Watneys paid to resurface the car park we agreed to feature Red Barrel in the most prominent position in the bar. Despite that it was our worst seller by far, mind you, it was up against the likes of Courages Directors, Adnams, Scottish Newcastle, in all fifteen top brews of the day. The only thing that folk seemed to like were the Red Barrel key rings, we gave hundreds if not thousands away, mainly to go on dog's collars. Mention has been made of Blakes Pub of the Year, we kept winning that, indeed other pubs eventually complained, saying that it wasn't worth them entering thus the competition regretfully became history. Good old days, a time when there were scores of boatyards down South and North Rivers boats thought it an adventure to come South! We regularly had fifty plus visitor boats moored for the night.
  7. 3 points
    As an aside to that, that ferry (or the remains thereof) can be seen in the reedbed just upstream from the dilapidated boardwalk moorings, now taped up and marked as unsafe. IMO, the Ferry isn't doing itself any favours with it's increasingly decrepit moorings.
  8. 3 points
    Another Broads pub, again back in the 70's. This was the Ferry Inn at Reedham. Still a fairly basic pub without being smartened up as we see today. Like the Swan, a very basic frontage in a contrast to what it is now. A different ferry then too! The ubiquitous Tolly Cobbold brewery being featured. Memory is a bit blurred but I seem to recall it was somewhat maligned as a beer although this may well have been down to the way it was kept rather than the beer itself. It was sold in several pubs and of course gave some relief from Watneys at the time. As an aside, the Watneys name has been revived and beer is being brewed under the Watney name again although it is a far cry from what it was then. It is very good from what I can gather but not found its way up to flat cap land just yet.
  9. 3 points
    That was a shock at the next christening! That was a font!
  10. 3 points
    Stick and flick beats the idiots that leave bags in trees any day, the river is tidal and turds are natural. Just enjoy your swim, a d don't eat the fish.....
  11. 3 points
    Avoiding the Traffic at Horning Sailing Club Regatta, or When there are reduced numbers sailing and other information. This is what you may face, Horning Regatta 1910, picture, courtesy of Broadland Memories.. http://www.broadlandmemories.co.uk/ Some of those same boats will be competing. Remember Not all sailing boats are competitors or have any association with the club, we had a non-competing fleet sail through one year, that was interesting. Saturday 3rd - 4th August 2019, really you shouldn't have a problem as they are not racing on the river, but if you wish to avoid all our sailors. You can see on the previous post when they are travelling to the broads and back. Should you wish to view our racing or just the Broad, please come onto the broad and do so. We request you travel round the outside of the broad, also if you wish to moor, please keep close to the banks. The windward end is always a good place to moor under the shelter of the trees.. Mooring in the middle or travelling in the middle can be worrying for those not used to Broads sailing as boats come at you from all directions and they will get very close. 5th – 9th August 2019 , Racing on the river, between Dydlers mill and the HSC clubhouse / Swan Inn. With boats getting ready for racing between the club and the New Inn. The big cruisers may race as far as Woodcutters Dyke if the wind is in the right direction. The clubhouse under the “I” of the Swan Inn on the map Dydlers mill is to the top left on the corner of the river above Decoy Broad, Woodcutters dyke is on the river at the bottom left of the map The only place for viewing is at the club or the Swan Inn Green, sadly the Blofield estate put no mooring signs on the bank further up the river a few years ago. There are unlikely to be any competitors on the river before 09:15, or after about 17:30, The best time to go through is 12:00 to 12:30, there will be just the odd tail-ender left. Very much reduced numbers between 12:30 and 14:00 We TELL the competitors that if the motorboats are close to the bank (less than 6ft) to turn away and treat them as the bank. Note, especially in the first race in the morning, there are a lot of beginners they may make mistakes, Note, Some competitors may think the gap in front of you is big enough to tack in and out before you get there, so be aware you may have to slow or stop if they get it wrong. Note, in Broads racing a few inches apart is a big distance, they will get very close to the side of your boat. We ask, Non competitors / Motorboats to please stick to the bank, that's within 6ft of the bank, that way there is not enough room for a boat to sail between you and the bank. Getting boats all round you is a nightmare. If there is a start coming up, you will see a lot of boats sailing across the river and back outside the clubhouse. The races always start exactly on the 5 minutes (we use a radio-controlled clock). If you are just a minute from the start, if you could slow down and hold back till the start has gone, it should be easier for you to get through. If it's really light weather, the boats tend to cover the river, if you are following the fleet all you can do is stick to the right hand bank and go forward when a gap appears. If you are arriving with the fleet coming towards you with the wind behind them, slow down and if necessary come to a halt. The boats, when they arrive, will move out and round you, then you can go forward. If they are coming towards you tacking from side to side of the river, Please stick to the right hand bank and go forward as the boat Turns away from the bank you are on. Should you have a problem with a boat, please make a note of the symbol and number on the sail, and if you can the broads registration number (letter followed by 3 numbers in the boat somewhere) as well please. Report it to the club as soon as possible. The competitors all have to have their own insurance, and if needed we can then identify the competitor so you will be put into contact. We had someone report damage, a month later, saying it was a white coloured boat with a white sail, and then they claimed it was on a day we weren't racing!! Not suprisingly it was impossible to identify the boat concerned. Hopefully that’s everything covered, Please enjoy your trip out on the broads...
  12. 3 points
    Got to agree, we hired Tower Bridge in May and were very impressed. Carol has hired Dawn too. Alan's is indeed a cracking looking boat. I think Mrs Nog's overtime might take a while to accrue, so back to the lottery
  13. 3 points
    The info is 100% reliable I asked Robert from SSBY who sold it and he told me. I have owned an Alpha 35 centre cockpit for 24 years now and I can honestly say I would not change it for any other boat- it fills all our needs and requirements which is all I could ask Boycee
  14. 3 points
    This link shows the Ferry and Swan Inn back in the 1930s..and back in around 1910, including shots of Horning regatta back then.. http://www.broadlandmemories.co.uk/1900to1949gallery3.html
  15. 3 points
    Here's another Horning pub, the Ferry. Again plenty of changes today with the extensions to the front and sides. Another good old Watneys pub back in the 70's.
  16. 3 points
    One that needs little introduction, the Swan at Horning. The lovely interior with the stuffed fish and cast iron tables has long gone. The garden has undergone changes too - in those days it was just grassed over with a few tables and chairs.
  17. 3 points
    ....just realised if I keep posting my usual rubbish I'll soon hit 5,000 posts. Do I get a free pint??
  18. 2 points
    Hi folks I'm fishing for Crew! Despite some Health problems my love and Desire for Boating isn't diminished I'm thinking for Hiring a Boat in September and I'm looking for a Crew Member to help me out. I'm not as fast at leaping on and off the Boat ropes and some time's need a bit of help getting on and off. I hope to go out for a Week from the 14th September and will be meeting up with Andy (London Lad) at some point while He's on Evening Shadow If anyone would like to join me for a Cheap Holiday then please get in touch Yours Andrew.
  19. 2 points
    Rights and responsibilities.. it's our right to have pets, it's our responsibility to care for them, clean up after them and not let anything about them impact negatively on others.
  20. 2 points
    The Herbert Woods key fob is a bit clearer! As others have said it's fine to move off anytime, it's the sitting on a mooring with your engine throbbing away while every numpty on board has a shower before setting off which annoys folk. The instructions aren't very clear. Incidentally we often set off early, 6 or 7 is not unusual. I have even been known to cast off and start the engine in mid stream although I wouldn't recommend this!
  21. 2 points
    I totally disagree that it`s also down to us. All we do is pay our taxes and get less for it. Yet all the local authorities still have their "twinning meetings" in their twin towns in europe, and furthermore, host them in return, which is all funded from council tax, ie, OUR money. The council hierachy still get their enormous expense accounts and bonuses, the cost of council tax goes up, yet the level of public services goes down, and on top of that, gets subbed out to dubious contract companies who then give "donations shall we say?" to council officials who pull strings to satisfy themselves financially. And guess what, WE, the electorate, have absolutely no opportunity in law to take them to task and force them to do what`s best for all concerned. Government, be it National or local, will NEVER represent you and i, it does`nt benefit them one bit. Listen to their speaches when canvassing, they always say what "they believe" and what "they`re going to do", yet they NEVER ask, what would you like me to do if i get elected. No, they`re all there to represent a party, and NOT the electorate.
  22. 2 points
    Yes well that's what I thought...but as I said above, it's left me a bit wary of anything else I might read on their web site. I wonder why they would write such a thing. Mind you, given when first light will be in August, even if I was happy to get going at dawn I'm not sure how much of an awake crew I'd have...
  23. 2 points
    So from your link this was how The Ferry was when it suffered a direct hit in 1941 killing over 20. I think it was attributed to a German bomber not finding target and having to unload before the return crossing of the North Sea and subsequent landing.
  24. 2 points
    While i find fly tipping very undesirable and antisocial, when you consider the fact that local authorities have systematically reduced or completely removed all the waste disposal facilities etc (we`ve all complained about it on this forum), it`s only to be expected. Local authority MUST accept SOME responsibility for the fact they`ve removed the very facilities that would put a stop to this sort of antisocial action. We`ve all seen the campaigns to reduce plastic etc, but the real issue is why this plastic is in the sea, on beaches, in roadside verges etc etc. We`re supposed to be recycling, but when people put rubbish in streetside bins etc, they have officious idiots trying to fine them £50 because "it`s the wrong type of rubbish". Also, why is it we put all our plastic bottles and tins etc into a recycling bin, then find out it`s only dumped into landfill sites, why are we paying extra council tax for recycling when they just don`t do it. It`s the system that is wrong, if the system was`nt broken, fly tipping would be kept to a very minimum.
  25. 2 points
    That’s the difference between wildlife and domestic pets. Goose poo is a real nuisance but only natural. Dogs on the other hand can lead to infections and disease. (Not sure geese go around sniffing each other’s bottoms!) I would far rather use a plastic poo bag for our dogs (and some are now biodegradable - bags not dogs) and dispose of it considerately than leave it anywhere public. That includes woods, fields, tracks and footpaths. No chance of children finding it then. It’s an interesting topic with the different views, particularly with the ‘then and now’ aspects.
  26. 2 points
    Was once doing a restroom refurb for a small office block, despite the door being locked somebody once used a brand new toilet pan which was in the middle of the room unconnected to anything and being installed the next day!
  27. 2 points
    Planning application here: https://planning.broads-authority.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=dates&keyVal=PEXDV3TBH7400 Doesn't look like it has been decided yet.
  28. 2 points
    Nothing is for ever but would be sad to see the yard go completely. One of the oldest established yards still in operation and a very interesting hire fleet over the years. Fred
  29. 2 points
    Horning Regatta 3rd – 5th August 2019 Saturday 3rd August 2019, Club event, members only around 50 boats competing, The Racing is on Black Horse Broad (AKA Hoveton Little Broad) from about 14:00, so boats will be commuting up to the broad from the sailing club from around 13:00. There is likely to be a rescue boat or two towing small dinghies and maybe the odd keelboat up to the broad. The boats are likely to be returning from 16:00. Sunday 4th August 2019, Club event members only competing, The racing is also on the broad, boats are likely to go to the broad between 09:00 and 10:00, returning for lunch 12:30 to 13:00. Then back for the Afternoon session in time for the 14:00 start. Most boats are likely to return to the club after 16:00. Monday 5th August 2019 to 9th August 2019, an open Regatta on the River, up to 150 boats competing. Anybody is welcome to compete, or come visit the club and see what's going on. We will be wrapped up in our event, there will be a lot of strangers around, so if you visit and want to ask questions please do. Someone will point you to a person with the knowledge. 09:25, 09:30, 09:35, Racing starts, so boats will be on the water from about 09:15, the first series includes the beginners, so hoards of small children from 8 years old in their first regatta event. 1 hour race for each start. 10:30- 11:05 at five minute intervals The bigger boats join in, 20ft to 25ft keelboats. 1 hour race for each class 12:00 Most will pack up for lunch, however, there are a few boats out for special classes, THE TIME TO GO THROUGH IF YOU WANT TO AVOID THE RACING, though there will still be to odd sailing boat out. 12:45 – 12:50 The Big sailing cruisers up to 40ft, maybe a dozen boats have their lunch time 2 hour race (Thursday the big boats go out at 13:15-13:20 but there is a smaller race still at 12:45) 13:45- 14:05 The afternoon Series of starts, the absolute beginners are not encouraged out, because it's too busy, but there will still be a fair amount of dinghies, keelboats, and the slower sailing cruisers will still be out. 1 hour race 15:15- 15-50 second series of starts..1 hour race 16:15 -The afternoon Main series should begin to finish. 17:00-17:05 two starts reduced Numbers in a couple of races for special trophies. 17:30 we should be finished but there may be the odd straggler about. After racing, social events at the club, for club members, invited guests and competitors 3 Aug Sat 7:00PM Platter & Natter Clubhouse 4 Aug Sun 5:00PM Berry Shield & Cream Tea Clubhouse 5 Aug Mon 6:00PM Games Evening & Chips Clubhouse 6 Aug Tue 7:00PM Quiz night Clubhouse 7 Aug Wed 7:00PM Murder Mystery night Clubhouse 8 Aug Thu 8:00PM Disco Clubhouse 9 Aug Fri 7:00PM Themed Dancing & Food Clubhouse
  30. 2 points
    We hired Swan Raider in her last season with Swancraft, probably about the same time they sold Royale, that was my first taste of the Alpha style of boat I now don't hire anything else, I like the saloon being at the back with the high seat behind the helm, perfect for me Mandy and Lottie (dog) Since Raider we've hired Sabre (at 42ft probably more space than we needed), Tower Bridge and next week will be our third consecutive year on Pacific Dawn, it's just the perfect boat for us
  31. 2 points
    Andy was husband to Mike, Mike was my fellow licencee. Mike was without doubt the best manager that we had there, a bloke that I both admired and liked. It was a sad day for me and Mike when my fellow shareholders decided to sell up and invest their money elsewhere. We could see that the South Rivers holiday trade was peaking, as indeed it did, and I suppose it was a wise move but both Mike and myself had a real passion for the place.
  32. 2 points
    another shot showing as ja says a mk 1 consul granada
  33. 2 points
    And the mk1 Granada is a Consul... The front grille, hub caps and lack of vinyl roof (though this an option) confirm it.
  34. 2 points
    Could that Avenger be a Hunter?
  35. 1 point
    Do we know what form of development? I thought they packed up building new boats. Shame if the pub goes, nice place to eat. If they leveled the step down into the lounge which catches me out every time, it would be perfect!
  36. 1 point
    We bought our Springer from a breeder who made sure we were aware that we would be expected to clear up after our dog whenever it fouled in a place regularly used by the general public. That was back in 1993. I reckon all dog owners should know the score by now.
  37. 1 point
    Thanks for that JM - looks maybe 60's? Can't see Ron on the Norfolk Pubs data base although it's listed as being owned by Fowlers of Oulton Broad by 1975 and Michael George Whyles being landlord 1975 to 1978 when a Terence Abbot took over. The pub was listed in the Good Beer Guide from 1977 to 1979 although it had gone by 1980. No mean feat as there were very few Norfolk pubs listed at that time. Coincidentally the Yare was listed in 1980 with an impressive range of beers for the time. Also is the slide I was looking for, probably late 70's
  38. 1 point
    Herbert Woods are talking nonsense. As others have said the rule refers to running engines whilst moored, not for setting off. Having said that, if I was moored right next to somebody I wouldn't feel comfortable starting up as soon as dawn breaks for fear of disturbing them.
  39. 1 point
    If the sun is up then you can cruise , the gumph in the paperwork they used to give you clearly stated that the permitted cruising hours were between sunrise and sunset , I find the above HW quote to be most misleading , when we used to hire we often set off at daybreak to travel back to the hire yard .
  40. 1 point
    I thought Surlingham was a Broad!! Just found it. It is where Robin took his inflatable that time. Off of Surlingham Broad.
  41. 1 point
    I can remember the days when I was small when it turned white and hard when left, after that it seemed to disappear
  42. 1 point
    there is a special offer, buy one at twice the normal price- get one free.
  43. 1 point
    It wasn't. We looked at her (now called Base Camp) and although it was tempting, there was too much that needed to be done to get her to the standard that we would require. The current owners are the same ones who bought it from Swancraft originally back in 2014. If 26k is the price it sold for and is correct, it will give the new owners some money in hand to get her back into shape, but there is about 2k worth of work to do to the canopy alone so the back canopy windows will close correctly. It was in better shape than an Alpha 35 that is currently under offer at another brokers though. We viewed that one too and couldn’t wait to get off.
  44. 1 point
    Then again it could be a Vogue.
  45. 1 point
    May not be as good now as you remember Howard.
  46. 1 point
    Hi Howard, Yes, small yards can definitely carry on, look at Pacifics and Freedom. The reason why they carry on is because of the complete package they provide. If a yard has fantastic, up to date, and well presented reliable boats, they may lose a lot of bookings through poor customer service and attitude etc. There again, it could be the other way round, A really friendly and welcoming attitude, yet the boats are not in very good condition, and have higher than average number of breakdowns, again losing customers as a result. That seems to be the scenario that AJR above alluded to. When you look at Freedom and Pacifics, their boats are always well presented, with a very friendly and welcoming attitude, result, they get lots of bookings which they well deserve. Andy from Freedom always posts up plenty of film clips on facebook of the continual upgrades and refits etc, which inspires confidence in people who wish to hire.
  47. 1 point
    The trouble with cleaning is it's very subjective, so if the boat is cleaned to the same standard every week then there are no arguments. Yes I agree Brundall is an excellent place to be based. It's easier to get to, is quiet and peaceful and there are several pubs within easy cruising distance for your first night where you'd have to be unlucky not to find a mooring. Not to mention the fact that the Southern broads is quieter and more chilled generally.
  48. 1 point
    Hi Simon If you look at the breakdown of costs, there are more budgeted on Moonlight Shadow. MS is valeted at the end of each week, taking the responsibility away from the owners and call outs and breakdown cover is also included. In my opinion, the Northern Broads provide a more popular starting point than Brundall, where Moonlight Shadow is based, which is why the shares sell more readily. To be honest, when we bought into MS, I would have preferred to have been based North and was looking at Evening Shadow, however the buy in cost was far less for us on Moonlight and we jumped at the opportunity. Having now experienced starting from Brundall, we have chosen it as the home mooring for our own, recently acquired boat and are happy with our decision.
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    Grrrr... 3 quid. That's quarter of a fender (ish) Only one thing for it, an extra shift at the mill for Mrs Nog
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    I back up on what Charlie has said above - I really like the whole experience of arriving, by boat into the heart of a large city. It is unlike anything else you will experience on the Broads. I've been to Norwich many times now, though I have not only spent the night there as a group of other boats during our annual 'Lads Week'. There really is a bunch to see and do here - and I have so far only touched the surface. The Cathedral is simply amazing, as to some of the old streets and buildings close to it. You've got some very pretty walks in the city, but if you want to rush of the place there are malls (and a classic covered shopping arcade) plenty of choices for food and drink and much of the above is all a short walk from the Yacht Station. I live in London, so the noise of the traffic and area generally does not bother me - and the scare stories do rather pee me off because as with so much it is more the fear than the reality and while there have been cases of a boat being 'set adrift' this has been reported at Neatishead staithe too, so you simply cannot judge a place just because its a busy city and 'what if'. I've filmed a few videos where we come into Norwich on a boat, but the below I like the most as I give my personal take on the city:
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