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  1. 11 points
    Also the sad result of unthinking, irresponsible people owning dogs who really shouldn't have that privilege.
  2. 5 points
    And there was me thinking "blimey Santa's let himself go!".....
  3. 4 points
    car loaded, boats loaded 1 inside, 1 on the roof, just checking traffic then will be on the move,
  4. 3 points
    That's the cleanest (and driest) I've seen him in quite a while Griff
  5. 3 points
    It was a murky Monday evening when out of the mist came the silhouette of the ghostly galleon drifting slowly down the broad.
  6. 3 points
    Because of the decent weather we had, especially during our first week there was lots of barbecuing and not so much pub visiting. We did make it to the Locks one lunchtime but as I have already posted about that elsewhere I shall not bother doing so here. Being big fans of local entertainer Tosh Ewins we headed down to the Caxton Club in Beccles on Saturday 27th, it being my birthday and have to say the welcome we got as guests was very warm and friendly. Lovely pint and somewhere I'm sure we'll be visiting again. Tosh was at his best, so much so we decided to head up to Yarmouth on Monday to see his gig at the Burlington Palm Court Hotel. This was a real nostalgia trip. During thirty years or so in the travel business I've spent more nivghts in hotels than I have had hot dinners, or at least it feels that way. From the very best in the world, the likes of Raffles, The Taj Palace, Peninsula Hong Kong etc, and sadly some of the worst. The Palm Court is a typical UK Resort Hotel and bought back weekends spent in Great Yarmouth and similar resorts for cricket tours and other various, nefarious reasons. We made the obligatory trip to the Ferry House at Surlingham for dinner one evening. Every time we visit this pub it seems to get better and better, along with the Bridge at Acle which sadly we didn't manage to visit easily the best riverside pub on the broads.
  7. 2 points
    There are no bad dogs, just bad owners. I'd sort the owner out first! Wild animals don't have owners enough said!
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    Well Peter, be thankful it wasn't on lads week, you'd never have lived it down! Enjoy the rest of your holiday and stay dry!
  10. 2 points
    I think they are still using up a big roll of curtain material.
  11. 2 points
    It would depend on the setup. Electric motors do exist with very high amounts of torque, but this all comes at the price of high current consumption. I think the problem with weed is that it may not be immediately noticeable, but could load up the motor and therefore the helm increases the throttle to maintain the speed and before long they are using the battery capacity at a much higher rate and run out of juice before making it back to the yard. I also believe that motor and battery technology have moved on a long way since Phoenix first implemented their electric boats. Motors are prone to overheating and therefore being current limited if placed under heavy load for too long.
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    NOT strictly true. When the pylons were first introduced, they had 2 16 amp small sockets for general domestic use, an a larger and more powerful 32 amp socket for recharging electric boats. A lot of the larger sockets have since been replaced with smaller 16 amp ones due to the lack of purely electrically propelled boats. Yes there are still some left, but not as many as there used to be, and as regulo says above, you have no chance of a full recharge overnight on a 16 amp socket. In fact, it could even be dangerous through overloading the unit and possibly causing serious damage or even a fire.
  14. 2 points
    Buckenham Ferry (Beauchamp Arms), but not recently.
  15. 2 points
    Yes, you cant keep us in suspense like this!
  16. 2 points
    The sad result of dogs not being kept on a lead in public places.
  17. 2 points
    Last year I looked at electric before I changed my car. Nissan promo said the Leaf would do so many miles and it seemed OK. But when I got to the dealers that was only with the big battery and that was only fitted to the top of the range. I won't boreyou but when we had specified the car with mud flaps and rubber mats etc it was £37.5K. I bought a ford with their 999cc 3 cylinder. Much too much money.
  18. 2 points
    Absolutely spot on. The energy companies are already buying in energy from european suppliers, because this country with its rapidly increasing population and demand for rapidly expanding electricity requirements, cannot, and will not be able to ever meet demand unless they have a major (and a very BIG major) change in the way electricity is produced, and the only serious way to produce the demand for the next god knows how many years is nuclear, like it or not. With that in mind, it`s very unlikely we will see any end to internal combustion engines, the governments will do what they always do, and that`s making every internal combustion engine perfectly safe for the environment overnight by putting massive tax rises on them. Anybody remember only a few years ago when a lot of people started buying 4x4s, how dangerous for the environment were they, yet put a massive tax increase on them, and they became perfectly safe overnight?. It`s all a con. As for electric powered boats, all very well, but imagine pulling up to a staithe and all the pylons are in use, then what will you do?. A few solar panels on the cabin top will very unlikely be able to produce enough charge to charge up the number of batteries required to cruise for a day. As for these electric cars, claims of over 200 mile range etc, but those tests are done in ideal conditions to substantiate those unrealistic figures. When driven in mid winter, with lights on, heater and fan on, screen demister and rear window demister, and windscreen wipers on, and that`s before you even think about using the radio or hands free?. See what that lot does to the battery range. All of this nonsense started up when diesel engines started to regularly acheive well in excess of 75mpg, meaning car owners were paying only half the road duty they used to on the average petrol engine consumption at the pump. As i said, it`s all a political con. If people want all electric boats, fine, just don`t ask me to give up a socket on a pylon when your batteries are knackered.
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    Whoopee! Graham and I are now confirmed members of the Moonlight Shadow syndicate. We are very much looking forward to our first week on her during the August bank holiday week. (Oh! Er! Never been on the Broads before during school holidays apart from a day boat above Potter.) It’s all thanks to SueH really. She and her husband were kind enough to show us around Moonlight Shadow back in 2017, when we happened to moor behind her at Norwich. It’s taken us a while as we had my Mam to look after in 2017 and over the past couple of years I’ve been quite restricted in the weeks I could take as leave. Given we’ve not been on the Broads during the summer madness before, can anyone offer advice on good (I.e.likely to be available) places to moor? The tides are good for getting through Yarmouth, and although I know it will be more busy ‘oop north’, I fancy having at least a couple of days on the northern rivers as we’ll be restricted to the south on our next allocated week in February. I made the mistake of listening to the Mike Oldfield song on YouTube last night. Can’t get it out of my head. Am driving Graham mad too, as I keep humming it. Still, I feel like dancing!
  22. 1 point
    PS- and of course welcome to Syndicate ownership! Sent from my iPhone using Norfolk Broads Network
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    We arrived at Ranworth at around 4pm on sat. Mud-weighted for about 45mins before a space became available. By dusk there was around 18-20 boats mud-weighted on the Broad and the island looked busy as well. Sunday up to Gayes staithe and actually managed to nab one of the side on moorings at lunchtime. Gayes and Neatishead full up by tea time with many boats arriving and trying their luck over the course of the evening. Sent from my iPhone using Norfolk Broads Network
  25. 1 point
    Yeah @PaulM thats mostly my thinking after an initial filling. Its not like I'm going off grid for 6 months and need it topping up.
  26. 1 point
    Dogs are supposedly mans best friend but their toileting needs leave a lot to be desired! I have only ever had female dogs and they tend to squat for a widdle, i couldnt be doing with walking a male dog and having it wazzing up everything as we walked along. Sticking to female I don't have rotting woodwork in the garden but I do have little brown burn patches in the grass which I regularly have to see to. When we are out I try to encourage her to go in rough ground but i never know what she might stand in!
  27. 1 point
    At one time most boat yards had hosepipes trailing just about anywhere from which folk could top up their water tanks. Not now and one of the reasons for that was dogs being allowed to pee on the hoses, another reason being that some folk left the end of the hose in the river and often in the mud, urghhhhh. The stupidity/thoughtlessness of some folk is beyond belief!
  28. 1 point
    A electric powered boat can be fully charged overnight that's why the the posts have a 32 amp socket if each post had a different socket/plug they could easily be reserved for electric boats or evan all 32 amp outlets reserved for electric tolled boats . nonetheless i think a all electric boat isn't a good idea at the moment unless you can guarantee a charging point every two to three days a hybrid is much safer as you have the ability to recharge any time, panda do a very good generator its small but has a high constant charge rate which gives you the best of both worlds ablett at a cost, you would also be entitled to red diesel at full rebate. John
  29. 1 point
    Give us a chance, I am thinking a shower is called for, there is a distinct odour of eau de thurne.
  30. 1 point
    I remember when Buckenham Ferry looked like that, quite a decent mooring spot. The current excuse for a pub is such a wasted opportunity.
  31. 1 point
    Generally electric motors have greater torque than an equivalent internal combustion engines. Just think how much faster an electric train can accelerate compared to diesel, or Tesla's 'Ludicrous Speed' mode. It is possible because of this that a smaller electric motor is used than the equivalent diesel so may have less torque as installed. Alternatively as it would use more power, it could be restricted.
  32. 1 point
    Use a ferret, bigger surface area, then apply varnish with a good sable brush, nothing easier than the rivulet finish, lovely! Do hammerite do varnish? save a lot of hard work.
  33. 1 point
    Quiet Light did, indeed, go into the hire fleet as an electric cruiser. I took her through THAT bridge, but I wasn't aware that she had generator back-up. Colin Facey, at about the same time, had Silent Poppy. Silent, she was not. I believe she may now be in private hands and no longer electric. I stand to be corrected.
  34. 1 point
    I thought that first but the number of boats moored threw me.
  35. 1 point
    Go on Timbo Nobody but Nobody on here will laugh at you. Well not much.
  36. 1 point
    Was just thinking it could be down south as the boat on far right looks a bit like Super Wings from Wingline at Brundall Jeff
  37. 1 point
    A electric powered boat can be fully charged overnight that's why the the posts have a 32 amp socket if each post had a different socket/plug they could easily be reserved for electric boats or evan all 32 amp outlets reserved for electric tolled boats . nonetheless i think a all electric boat isn't a good idea at the moment unless you can guarantee a charging point every two to three days a hybrid is much safer as you have the ability to recharge any time, panda do a very good generator its small but has a high constant charge rate which gives you the best of both worlds ablett at a cost, you would also be entitled to red diesel at full rebate. John
  38. 1 point
    If the posts are supposed to be for electric boat recharging then they're seriously under specified. A true electric powered Broads river cruiser would need a large capacity battery installation. You won't charge that up for a day's cruising on a 16 amp socket overnight. Even the larger batteried (is that a word?) electric cars need more than an overnight charge to bring them to full capacity. I suppose you'd be able to top them off, if you didn't use the full range, but let's face it, electric boating for the general holidaymaker isn't going to happen. Just as electric vehicles aren't going to be mainstream for several decades, if ever. Not because it couldn't be done, but because there's no great push for the infra-structure.
  39. 1 point
    I think best bet will be straight through to the A1 on the A47
  40. 1 point
    Hi all there ls one interesting note I would like to add at this time their are some newish Boats that have got Hook ups with Hook up points along the Broads as they are their to help cut down on the drain of the Batteries while moored up over night . I'm very grateful for this NBN Forum comments on this Hybrid Boat subject. Andrew Cook
  41. 1 point
    Sadly no, my opinion of wine is a waste of grapes. I am partial to a glass of decent white, very dry and slightly astringent like a good chablis but alas such pleasures are denied to me on medical grounds.
  42. 1 point
    A picture from today from our clubs facebook page..
  43. 1 point
    I wondered why she wasnt on hire this last week, sprucing the old girl up ready for the wooden boat show i guess.
  44. 1 point
    Afternoon all, I went to put up the flags at 07:58 and couldn't find them, I'd left them at the bottom of the mast.. Then I looked up,, they were up.... So I took them down, ready for the 08:00 cannon. Due to a misfire the cannon went off at 08:00:15. But I put the flags up at 08:00 anyway. 08:05 go to put buoys out 08:45 Back to Clubhouse for bacon butty and coffee 09:15 on the water for vast hoards of juniors sailors.. In the first race series 10:30 the adults join in, 6 starts at five minute intervals, 12:00 ish return to club house for a pasty and salad.. 12:30 towed out a yacht from its mooring on a Lee shore., 13:45 back on water for next series, and the next two series. Only one motorboat tried to weave it's way through the fleet, not successfully One hire day boat questioned Why he Was stuck behind a sailing boat.. It was a non competing hired hustler class sailing, boat nothing to do with us.... Only one laser needed rescuing from a Lee shore. A laser and enterprise were not finished for rounding the incorrect buoy, the rest of the fleet rounded the correct buoy but then missed their shortend course signal and did an extra lap.. 18:10 buoys retrieved. 18:35 I'm off to get sausage and chips from the van that has been organised.. A few pints might go with it.... No pictures to day I couldnt risk this tablet in the rain...
  45. 1 point
    Another highlight for us, not so easy if you're boating is a trip to Southwold and Aldeburgh with lunch at Thorpeness Meare tea rooms. I like Aldeburgh, and though we love the Broadland villages it's the ability to tour away from the rivers which has led us to prefer cottage holidays, rather than boats, at least for our main holiday. We had a walk around the town, then along the beach. The Martello Tower south of the town is now available as a holiday cottage and I really fancy it for a short break in the depth of winter, fire raging and the sea lashed to madness by a strong easterly. Sadly having looked at the prices I think that will remain a pipe dream. That built a good appetite for lunch so it was off to the Meare Tearooms who do the most divine quiche's in several different varieties and I'm very partial to a good quiche. On sunny days, such as we had be prepared to wait for a table. We had to wait about 15 minutes but it's well worth it. It's a lovely place to sit and watch the water as you eat, and smile at some of the attempts by those brave enough to venture out on the rowing boats, skiffs and canoes which you can hire. https://thorpenesstearoom.com/ After that we had a drive up to Southwold, another of my favourite places. I had intended to walk along the "harbour" up to the reopened footbridge to Walberswick but we sat rather longer over lunch than planned, after all we are on holiday and had no intention of rushing, so we strolled around the town, hunted down a bargain or two then headed back to the cottage with plans for a Barbecue. We had been up to Potter the previous day and Lathams were selling Metal Kegs of Adnam's Ghost Ship for 9.99 (also available in QD at Beccles). I have plans to make a dent in it, or at least the contents this evening.
  46. 1 point
    No prizes for guessing where I ended up this morning! About 6 feet clearance for anyone wishing to know!
  47. 1 point
    I reckon there may be another plea sometime in October. She'll normally spend a couple of months or so out and about now though she is also due for a repaint so it's possible she will then over winter in Lowestoft.
  48. 1 point
    Hire the biggest cruiser you can find, and go full throttle through all of them shouting MOVE OR SINK. Bloody flappy brigade . I think i`l bring my AGV crash helmet with me in september?
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    'Houston - We have a problem' Robin had 'B.A' out for a weekend last month - no problem, then a couple of weekends later Bro' was onboard with his family / guests. The 12v system was discharging overnight and not lasting nowhere near as long as it should. 6 x 120amp Leisure batteries being kept charged up by 2 x alternators and the Solar Panels should last an age So. Me and Bro’ arrived onboard 1900 Saturday along with Robin, spent the evening testing and fault finding on the 12v system. Despite the batteries passing a drop test, amp test, voltage both under and off load – the six of them all passed with flying colours We were still getting a huge voltage drop on them with the inverter running over a period of hours. The charging system is fine, the inverter checked out ok as did the sterling smart charger and the alternators, solar panels and shore power Sunday morning more checks and by powers of elimination – it has to be the damn batteries. There are six 120amp leisure batteries, three year guarantee, they are 3 years and 3 months old – B *****D (Sorry) So six new ones ordered they will be fitted this coming week. Departed for Donny sometime after 1500 Robin and Sheila will be taking ‘B.A’ direct to Beccles for the annual vintage wooden boat show come hell or high water - due to recent events I can no longer make it and MrsG is well off station up in Scotland since May and for the foreseeable future - I'm proper missing her Griff
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