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  1. 8 points
    Hi All I have added to the Ludham Archive website some information about Frank Harding Chambers. Frank was a mathematician who turned his hand to boat designing at the start of the 20th Century. Part of his skill was his ability to use mathematics to give his boats the best possible handicap in the races. He was able to keep one step ahead of the handicappers and his boats were winners. You can read about Frank on this link. http://www.ludhamarchive.org.uk/chambers.htm I have also added the memories of his grandaughter, Ruth, who grew up in Ludham and had an interesting childhood. You can find her memories here: http://www.ludhamarchive.org.uk/memwritdanilof.htm I hope this is of interest (or at least a bit different) Nigel Webmaster, Ludham Community Archive Group
  2. 8 points
    When I bought my boat in Brighton it was a shell with new windows and rubbers on the floor inside. It came with a trailer and an engine, not attached to the boat. The engine was/is an Evinrude 35 HP two stroke from 1978 and had a tiller fitted. Most of the early work was on the boat and the trailer. But a couple of years later I got fed up with the pull starter. I yearned for electric start! I kept looking on e-blag for an Evinrude starter motor. I knew it could be done because below the pull starter was a starter gear ring. Evenentualy I found one but off a 60HP Evinrude. I took the chance. So with bits of metal and MiG welder I made some brackets and it worked!!! It may look a bit rough but it was difficult to hold everything in the right place and weld it at the same time. But I still had a problem. The 'generator' on the engine only put out enough power for a 10 watt light bulb. Tape measure out again and looking up specs on alternators to find something that would fit at the back above the carburetter. It came down to a Russian alternator for a 1972 Lada Niva. Next obtain a pulley from e-blag, remove the pull start and align and drill and tap the flywheel to fit the pulley. Again make brackets to mount the alternator and fit a belt. Oh dear! The cover won't fit! So, cut a big hole in the cover and re-model with glass fibre. I'd not done this before but I think it turned out OK. White paint and stickers from E-blag and I think it looks OK! Key start from the helm and a 55 amp alternator. Luxury!!! Below are the pictures in order. (I hope)! The original engine. The starter fitted. Alternator fitted. (Temporary belt). Finnished job! Works for me!
  3. 5 points
    Hi everyone, Thought you may be interested in reading our latest Broads Briefing for July 2019 as it includes a number of updates on navigation and maintenance works in the Broads. You can read it here: http://bit.ly/31faaB4 And sign up using this link if desired: http://eepurl.com/cTKqgP (you might need to check your spam folder for the confirmation email). Thanks and have a good weekend, Tom
  4. 4 points
    Hi Bill, ours is directly opposite the church gate. During the winter months Lady Linda (our other boat) is moored alongside. While I accept that there are those that moor without concern for other users on the whole most of us try to cluster near the ladders which is the only way to get on land. Have a closer look at the pic, although an extreme low tide in that image, it's not unusual to find the quay at chest height when stood in a tender. Now I don't know about you but I'm 65 and not getting any younger plus my wife suffers from arthritis so the ladders are essential. Now we come to the problem of clustering the tenders. Much as it seems an ideal solution it's ok until your boat is third from the ladder and you have to get it past two others at low tide. Not an easy task and do you then take the responsibility of untying and moving other people's boats just to move your own. If we add into the equation some thing in the region of 15 PubnPaddle canoes spread around the ladders too. Plus all the other day boats and hires. Just to top it all off you then have the fishermen who, for some reason, seem to congregate next to the ladders. Now where possible I will always try to moor away from them so as not to spoil their enjoyment. Now I don't know what boat you have Bill but we recently had to take our 31' boat across to take delivery of a washing machine and had no trouble finding room but this was 9 am. We also take Lady Linda across when preparing for a trip and she's 35' but I will admit you do have to pic your times of day. Same as anywhere else. Try Bramerton green around lunch time or after 4pm and the you will get those that moor a 25' boat in the middle of a space fo 2 40' boats and won't move. So if you see me come across the river in our 10' tender directly to a ladder can you blame me. No intending to upset anybody here but it's the same as anywhere else and that is ' first come first served'. So let's look at your other options..The Rushcutters have nice new quay heading, excellent food and beer, I'm told, and easy walking distance to a bus stop. The River Garden room for a few boats and of cause The Town House with brand new quay heading too. So at present there are quite a few options. As to the future. You do realise the council are intending to lease private moorings from the church end upto the war memorial. The next section will be a 24hr mooring with no return in 48hrs upto just short of the staithe. The rest commercial for the island service vessel and Bishy Barnaby Boats. Anyway Bill and anybody who wants a chat over a beer pop along to the green and if you time it right you will have no trouble getting in. Just as a footnote I'm not responsible for other people's actions but do try to influence them if possible. Colin p.s. This is Pyes Mill at 11am today. Busy spot so I'm told. Following is the new signage for the green, not, as yet, in use but watch this space. L
  5. 4 points
    Someone suggested I put pen to paper a little while ago. I was re-reading the 'much flogged' book Ghosts of The Broads the other week, there's a copy kept on RT, and thought perhaps it's time for a reboot? Recently I've been researching the perfume industry in London between 1700 and 1900, a period in history when they were still defining alchemy from chemistry. So, I started digging into the thought on alchemy prevalent at the time through original and contextual publications. While doing this, I stumbled upon a story I found incredibly interesting, which linked various people through history with places I hold dear and know well, from my Cambridge College, to Thurne Mouth to St Bennet's Abbey. So... And yes, I am looking for guinea pigs and editors to see if I can turn my hand to writing. I can churn out an essay in minutes but trying to write in a way that holds the attention, keeps the story moving at pace and getting the reader to keep reading really is challenging. How am I doing so far?
  6. 4 points
    Silver Sabre (ex Landamores Vesta) in Woods yard in early September 1981. The boat behind could be Porter & Hayletts Emiline; the one on the right opposite is Freeman's Joytime 5.
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    Hi this is my Bourne 40 think I used to be the Aston Mars built in 1970 it’s now at Mirfield West Yorkshire under going a lot of renovations
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    Hi new to this forum stuff but just thought I would put this on not on the broads anymore an only taken a few days ago but may be of interest
  10. 3 points
    If you eat cake you put on weight. More weight, lower the boat will be in the water. It's a no brainer!
  11. 2 points
    Yes she went through at 6'5 1/2" with close to 20 people on board including a family who just happened to be passing at the right moment. I did try to film it from the back deck but it wasn't my camera and I didn't set it right A fabulous effort from the forum members though for which we thank you all. Piccys to follow once the nice young lady who sat on the bench, camera poised, whilst her hubby took his life in his hands aboard Finale gets home and posts them.
  12. 2 points
    Hi Bill, just to say that similarly my response is not to have a go but with a smile.Life is too short to waste what I hope I've got left on silly arguments. I'm glad to say that your health and agility are far better than mine even as my senior but there is no way I could have got out of my tender at the time that pic was taken and anyway why bother putting yourself at risk when there is a perfectly good ladder to be used. Just to add to the pic I posted earlier. This was taken on the same day( check the exif, I don't remove them). I do know who owns the boat you refer to, they are a lot younger than us and do occasionally spend the night ashore ( both work) as for a couple of the others, well yes they obviously belong to those that work. If they are who I think they are one works for The Environment Agency and the other the UEA. The boats nearer to The Rushcutters I can't comment on as they are quite often shared. Should someone be away for a while then usually they get a lift across or their tender is brought back over. I know it doesn't happen every timeBut on the whole that's what happens. We bought Lady Linda through Richardsons Boat Sales about six years ago now where, I believe, she had been used as a liveaboard. I don't have the paperwork with me at the moment so can't say for sure. We are about half way through the five year plan to try and bring her back to her former glory so another six years, with luck, we may complete her. Then it's just maintenance . We no longer add up how much we had spent when we passed £15k and you can't see half of it. The proposals for the green will be for all boats otherwise it wouldn't be fair. All the tender will be forced to use the 50' next to the staithe but a few of us are willing to lease 50' near the church end as long as we have use of the ladder. Internet was available via The Buck but sadly closed and up forsale at present, as for the other pubs I don't know. The island of cause has its own and Ruth and I have our own. Colin Now off for food and beer. Nothing sensible from now on.
  13. 2 points
    Thanks for the welcome and yes it is the n801 it will be good to get some more history Now moored at the other end of the canal
  14. 2 points
    well I already have made 2 hulls in that design, maybe I should try and take a mould off of them and do as the original did to become the bourne 40 moulds.
  15. 2 points
    Sorry Ady, i forgot to say welcome to the forum. As for your boat, The last of the Aston Bourne 40s is still on hire at nearly 50 years of age, they were built in the summer and winter of 70 - 71 and called the Thames class. The Mars class were built new for the 70 season, and the first of the type, the Vega class new for the 69 season.
  16. 2 points
    No the outboard I shortened was a 4 HP Nylanbolan(?) made in Holland Dave. I sold it to someone in St Neots! It got replaced with an electric outboard. I think it was 2017 when I did the Evinrude. Seems to be OK. I just wraped the alternator end with some foam and covered it in some plastic film the laid up some glass fibre. I then laid up some more inside and then filler on the outside. Rubbed it down and sprayed it from a rattle can. Two batteries on a split charge system, one purely for engine starting. The other supplies the XP computer, (charts, music etc), lighting, stereo, GPS, fish finder/sounder, AIS, all the other services and 1200Watt inverter. Sort of added to it over the years! Clive.
  17. 2 points
    remember they all go through Potter Heigham Bridge, I took Judith through wroxham at 6 foot 6 and had a good clearance to spare all round, at 7 foot it felt like there was a good 18"
  18. 1 point
    I'd hate to see his boat sinking beneath the waves! https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/st-benet-s-abbey-norfolk-open-air-service-sunday-august-4-1-6192404?fbclid=IwAR3wrD5Aor3eqHJ6EAISzcJPjePtIWjPY9j8uS1pOZ180DYGJqEyzaxQjRA
  19. 1 point
    Will be afloat by then so will depend on signal, but will hopefully make it 🙂
  20. 1 point
    I can do mould tools. .. You could call it the Bourne 3/40
  21. 1 point
    Craigs list says Aston Mars
  22. 1 point
    Looks like N801 on the bow, have a look on craigs database and see which one it is. Definitely NOT Jupiter, as she had the "peak", or "brow" over the front windows removed. So either ex Aston Mars, Saturn, or Neptune.
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    Thanks @Gretzky thats a really useful bit of insight!
  25. 1 point
    Just read the two books by David Blake set on the broads. Well worth a read.
  26. 1 point
    We will be raiding the pub and the boats moored along the river bank as well.. You can never have too many bods at times like this
  27. 1 point
    Fit a diesel heater and separate tank should cause any issues if fitted correctly.
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    I had a feeling that was "Ghosts of the Broads"! You've been reading bedtime stories to Grace, I suppose? Don't tell her the one about the white wherry of Oulton Broad!
  30. 1 point
    Yes, I did rejet. The "Ace" polluter can be seen over my left shoulder. Judith and I had just brought her round to Poole from Weymouth. My parents lived at Netherbury and had brought the two boys round by car, Mother being convinced that she would be bringing them up and that she would never see J and I again. I ommitted to tell her what it had been like in a 19 footer off St Aldhems! I can't believe how young we look! Forty years takes a terrible toll.
  31. 1 point
    Well, a bit of context setting wouldn’t go amiss...it would maybe help to lessen the ‘white coat’ comments. Probably less fun though!
  32. 1 point
    They're coming to a mooring near you! They are already established on Stalham staithe, so where next? Just when you thought it was safe to take a walk back from the pub in the sunset!
  33. 1 point
    That moulding don't look half bad Clive, a sort of pregnant evinrude.... Was that the motor you extended the leg on? (or was it a shortening job, memory's going with age). I'm surprised that alternator gets enough cooling airflow under there, how long has it been like that?
  34. 1 point
    I wish I lived nearer. Good luck and let us know how you get on.
  35. 1 point
    Well a bit of warning wouldn't have gone amiss, we were almost ready to get the men with white coats out to pay you a visit.
  36. 1 point
    As will I. That will be my SWIMBO just in case anyone is wondering!
  37. 1 point
    Are chips or even better CAKE included 😊
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    Silver Dart is indeed used by the Barton House Railway (BHR) and I often have the pleasure of being in the driving seat. Does anyone know of Silver Dart's history before joining BHR?
  40. 1 point
    Timbo, You do know how to end each ‘episode’ with a cliff hanger, don’t you. Are you practising with us as guinea pigs whilst developing your new writing career? Helen
  41. 1 point
    Under the heading 'strange but true' comes the information that, contrary to popular belief, there are just as many young people that suffer a stroke as do old people. This was something I found out when it happened to me. One minute I'm as fit as a lop, the next I'm sitting in casualty being spoken 'at', rather than 'to', by a young medic. “I think you've had a str...” the medic had started to say before I keeled over and the lights went out. I could remember a moment of warmth and security as I regained consciousness. Someone was holding me and stroking my brow. “Yuh alright sunshine, nuh worry mi wi protect yuh from harm.” a female voice with a heavy Jamaican accent whispered. I tried to sit up, but my limbs were leaden and unresponsive. I tried to speak but my tongue clove to my dry mouth. “Nuh fuss lie still an nurse Phoebe wi luk afta yuh.” whispered the voice as cool and refreshing as the water I was being given to drink. Over the coming weeks and months, Nurse Phoebe became my rock. A constant in the wreck of my life. She was beautiful, both inside and out. Certainly old fashioned, her attitude much older than the twenty-two years she claimed to be or looked. Her starched white apron over her blue dress and traditional nurses cap made a stark contrast to the drab grey smocks and scrubs of her colleagues. Above all, it was love that made her stand out. To the doctors and other nurses, at best, I was broken and needed to be patched up and sent on my way. At worst, just another backside to wipe. No, Phoebe was different. Who cared if she looked old fashioned. Who cared if she seemed to appear when I needed her? Who cared if she seemed to walk through walls? The bloody 'Trick Cyclist', that's who cared! The psychiatrist grasped my chin, shining a light in my eyes. “Peduncular hallucinosis!” “Bless you!” I said looking to see if Phoebe had appreciated my quip. But instead of her usual infectious grin, tears trickled down her cheeks. “You have damaged the mid-brain resulting in your experiencing hallucinations. It's rare, but it does happen. Patients can see all manner of people, animals, colourful patterns, usually in the evening but they can occur at any time.” “What? So I can add being psycho to the dodgy speech, arm, hand, leg and dribbling when I eat?” I eventually spluttered. “Oh, the hallucinations can be short term, although they could last for years. Some people enjoy them you know! I've prescribed a sedative, for now, we'll soon have you out of here and back to work!” “Wonderful” I mumbled as a nurse in grey scrubs jabbed my arm with a hypodermic. At the end of my bed, Phoebe seemed to shimmer as she clasped a fist over her heart and then pointed at me. My eyes grew heavy and Phoebe faded from view before everything faded to black. 'Out of here and back to work' the 'Trick Cyclist' had said. I was certainly 'out' but 'back to work'? You see, there is not a lot of call for archaeologists and historians that have difficulty stringing a sentence together let alone operating a damned shovel. Can't dig, can't talk and can't teach. “We do have the reputation of being 'the friendly college', but there's not a lot we can do with a fellow having trouble with his 'worms' as you just put it!” the Master had said. It served me right for trying to sneak through the Old Lodge instead of going through the main entrance. He was bound to catch up with me at some point. “And then there's the drinking. It simply won't do!” Again, he was right. It simply wouldn't do. There just wasn't enough of it to make me stop feeling. Ever since the stroke, I felt wrong, on edge. Do you know that feeling when you were a kid and you were really, really in trouble and your brain was working overtime trying to predict your punishment? Or when your Dad was drunk and belligerent and arguing with your Mum and you knew any minute his fists would start landing punches? That sick feeling when you know something is so dreadfully wrong but there's nothing you can do about it? No? So, just me then. But that's what I felt like twenty-four-seven, ever since Phoebe had faded from view. Drinking had helped, proffering a few blessed hours of oblivion but then I'd missed the company of my imaginary friend. You couldn't say it was drink and drugs, because I'd stopped taking the medication in the hopes of catching a glimpse of her. “You need to sort yourself, John, find a purpose, something to do.” “Like what?” I mumbled wishing I'd kept my mouth shut. “I'm glad you asked, Professor Cornelius, says he can make use of you.” “Never heard of him.” “Well, he's heard of you and you are expected.” “Where will I find him?” I asked knowing it was already a done deal. “Norfolk.” “There isn't a Norfolk College.” “The Norfolk Broads, John, The Norfolk Broads!”
  42. 1 point
    reminds me of the beatles;- Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds AKA L.S.D.
  43. 1 point
    dunno what he's on but I want some
  44. 1 point
    We had this installed in our vilage a few monthes ago. I an often amazed at the stupidity of some people! I think it has stopped working now!
  45. 1 point
    I did run aground on Breydon, not on purpose, but because i got myself muddled up with the marker posts turning from the Berney Arms towards Burgh Castle. I was lucky and was only just beyond the marker, so i easily extracted myself when the tide rose. Whilst i was extremely annoyed with myself at first, as i have made that turn multiple times and never had a problem, i calmed down and spent a very pleasant day sat on the mud watching the birds and drinking a few G&T's to make me forget how stupid i had been in the first place. It was certainly very peaceful. So whilst not an intended experience it was a very pleasant one.
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    I think you have a point Chris
  47. 1 point
    I think Timbo should write, because he can! 👍
  48. 1 point
    is this the product of the fertile Timbo brain before the mornings coffee I wonder.
  49. 1 point
    Morning Vaughan, just to add to your comments. The pumpout system extends as far as the barge and boats do not have to move to use it. The system was extended many years back now and recently been overhauled. Colin
  50. 1 point
    Timbo's on the happy pills. Someone call the guys in white coats
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