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  1. Hi everyone, sorry I've not posted for ages! I've been keeping my eye in though and do keep the NBN facebook group aprised of my broadsy wanderings and (fallings in recently) as and when, however for last couple of weeks I've spent a couple of evenings making some beer for Lads Week, and I thought you might appreciate some pictures! It got a bit bigger than I originally expected, when I mentioned I wanted to do a brew to a mate that is into his beer and uses "brew club" facilities whereby you can rent the equipment and space for a pretty decent sum to make some beer. So I dec
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  2. Day 9 Wednesday 18th We awoke to another lovely day, tea made and the morning duties done, I cast off and we headed for Horning to see if we could finally get on that elusive staithe. Alas yet again it was full so we carried on down to Wroxham, to do some shopping and have lunch at The Wroxham, well they did not disappoint, it was truly delicious. We headed back slowly towards Fleet Dyke checking for a place to moor for the night, Cockshoot was busy, St Benedict’s was full and Fleet Dyke’s wild mooring were full, as were all the wild moorings in between. We headed back towards Sa
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  3. The usual medieval bridge foundation construction consisted of a considerable amount of wooden piling driven into the clay in a pattern of wide concentric circles. The pilings would be connected by joists and the whole structure would then be packed tight with local stones or gravel. This would then be planked with oak or elm before the stone piers and abutments were constructed on top of this structure. I've excavated three medieval bridges, and as Mark says about Rochester, the pilings and foundations are 'monumental' in the true sense of the word. Potter Heigham, or Repps, Bridge is a bi
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  4. What language does he speak?
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  5. Sydney is all packed and ready to go.
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  6. And for my next offering..... I did make it over on the 28th but I must confess to a bit of "cheating". I stayed at the Travelodge, Acle for Friday night as I travelled after work, arrived at around 21.45, and didn't relish the idea of f*rting around with the cover, water etc. So starting nice and fresh Saturday morning I managed to get my newly made diesel tank mountings fibreglassed in, plus some extra to reinforce rotting bulkheads. Progress indeed. Once the diesel tank is secure in it's proper position (remember it dropped a bit during transport from Glasgow?), I can n
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  7. Barking, Essex. It's like Estuary Essex, but with even fewer consonants
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  8. We had him DNA tested he is Schnauzer, poodle, bichon frise, chihuahua and pomeranian.
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  9. Now that’s what I call a belt and braces explanation! Thank you Timbo, I shall never look at PH bridge in the same way again - it deserves much more respect. (And to be left as it is!)
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  10. Wow, respect! Well done. Anyone can drink beer but it takes great skill to make it. Just wish I could try it! Send that picture of a hop to John Smiths, they might be interested to see what these strange things look like.
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  11. Its just after 05:00, so I'm up and around before heading for our show at 06:00, our doors open at 07:00 for the traders and exhibitors to get in,. Apart from our club members helping them in, we have different jobs to do, me I've got PAT testing on any electrics with an out of date sticker. Others will put up our signs down the road, put banners out, laying out the admissions area, and the Aylsham ladies will be cooking up bacon butties plus tea and coffee for everyone. The doors open at 10:00, we have an old bus running between the Bure Valley Railway car park and the hall for free
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  12. The day went well, we seemed to have a good attendance, but won't have the full figures till next week. I got home around 19:00, this was because I had a trailer load of trestle tables to deliver back to the club so left the hall earlier, while others were hoovering the hall before relaying 100+chairs + stage for tomorrow's church services. I'm not involved with layout selection, but I think we had a good range of layouts this year. It's always difficult getting the balance of layouts right from what is available and what we can afford. Layout owners do not charge for their time or
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  13. Make sure the dehumidifier operates with a timer, some makes don't restart if they are turned off with a timer. Ideally they are best run between 10am and 5pm as that is the warmest time, usually.
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  14. If the beer proves a success, are we going to see a bottle of it slammed into the side of BA with some ribbon and a note of " God bless those that sail on her and get drunk on this bloomin stuff".
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  15. If you have Wi-fi at the mooring I can recommend using a Sonoff to control the dehumidifier. I'll be fitting another one to control the bilge heaters for this Winter.
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  16. Looking for a Hampton or a bounty 28 (bounty 28s seem like rocking horse - poo- - - - ) so it looks like a Hampton, prefer a mk3 but these seem like bounty 28s, so looks like I will have to settle for a mk 2 Hampton. Being a retired joiner I would prefer one to refurbish, but I would also consider one in immaculate condition. When viewing these boats what should I be looking for. Does any one no of a Hampton requiring a refurb. There is mk2 Hampton, "Jobs a Gooden" for sale at Wroxham, does any one no this boat ( agents bring a bit vague with my questions.)any help or advise however
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  17. I've literally just finished a week on Serenade today and I had really been looking forward to it, but regret it now. I have to be open about something first, I'm carrying far too much excess baggage. So sometimes things can be a tight squeeze. Positives: the induction hob is great. We didn't use the microwave as we ate out most of the time. The galley was well stocked with equipment if you want to self cater and enough room for preparation etc. I had to squeeze a bit to get through the rear bathroom but once in there was enough room even for a hippo like me to have a sho
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  18. 12.30 pm and it is Low Water at Potter Bridge and the gauge is reading 5' 9". The river is still ebbing, but, unless the tide is late, within the next half hour or so I would expect to see the gauge reading 5' 6" At HW it will probably be reading 5' 5" - two inches lower than at HW yesterday.
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  19. Don't forget The further you are away from the sea the less effect it has that's why Wroxham has little difference in tide height than does Reedham
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  20. I wonder if the sluice gates above Coltishall have been opened?? Having said that, there is not a lot of variation between 9am and now along the Thurne. I do think Cal will be ok though, the number of ‘large’ boats from different boatyards on the Ant Thursday and yesterday must mean they’re getting through ok.
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  21. Thnks Mr N. It's got a week of bottle conditioning before we try it! 🤞 let's hope it tastes alright!
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  22. Some riverbank that was under water at Womack yesterday evening at high water was not under at high this morning, maybe it hasn’t filtered up to Wroxham yet. I shall remain optimistic! 😁
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  23. It appears to me that river levels have dropped considerably overnight. Here’s hoping they are now going to get back to ‘normal’.
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  24. I appear to have dropped my aitch! ☺
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  25. Cracking - Just what can We say? - We're not worthy Griff
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  26. By the way, a good friend ran aground on Breydon at low tide as he approached Breydon bridge heading towards Yarmouth. It was during the low tides middle of last month and he was on a wooden broads cruiser (not a yacht). I believe it has been mentioned to the BA but it seems that there may be a build up on the corner between the dolphin and the starboard span as you head east. His boat bogged down noticeably but had enough momentum to push through.
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  27. That could well help if it is available, it may also help if rather than concentrating on the bridge construction we also take into account that while not quite so obvious the average clearance at Wroxham has also reduced over time, as I don't have the necessary knowledge I ask again is anyone aware of similar changes to the Yarmouth or Southern bridges or the Breydon mudflats? if there hasn't been that in itself indicates a problem with water levels on the Bure being held back. Fred
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  28. It ain't just the Bure Hump - Its the whole lower Bure, especially the corners and from Marina Keys down to the yellow post. If I get time this evening I'll post up 'My' evidence / reasoning yet again (MrsG due home today for seven whole days - first time she will have been at home since 28th Aug and I hope to be otherwise 'Engaged' ) Griff
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  29. "something else" as the cause, Sigh - Really? Do we really have to explain it yet again? Increased river levels are down to the lack of dredging on the lower Bure and the 'Hump' or bottleneck in particular. IF (HUGE 'IF') the lower Bure were to be dredged properly as it used to be all year round, especially on the bends / corners right through to the yellow post, then the clearance would drop at PHB no problem. However - That would also show up the many square miles of silting all over the Northerns that the Ba has allowed to happen over the last 30 odd years and drop them right in
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  30. surely something like that would have been reported in the survey, it was after all only someones opinion that they though it might have sunk on one side, it could of course easily been an optical illusion caused by the angle of viewpoint. It is very easy to just pick and choose the bits of a post that we would like to believe, but we have now seen the sea levels data and the bridge survey, so if the bridge isnt sinking, and the sea hasnt risen as much as the clearance has dropped, that just leaves "something else" as the cause, once the known causes have been deducted. as for one si
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  31. This is exactly what I noticed when I hired a Swancraft boat just like the one in your photo. After a lifetime in the business I naturally notice this sort of thing when I am on board. I must say say though, that Swancraft's was the most draft free and best fitting canopy I have ever encountered!
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  32. Yippee! Good news for Cal and I don't need to drink that stuff! As I mentioned earlier I've got pretty good experience of hiring various boats from Swancraft especially in winter. I can honestly say draughts were never an issue, so it does make me wonder if there is a maintenance issue here? PS forgot to mention, Swancraft fitted a 'brush' system around the canopies which stopped draughts but were not airtight if that makes sense. As Vaughan says I'm sure this was all taken into account during the build.
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  33. Here's my latest moving image to compete directly with Strictly... I hope to get back over next Saturday 28th weather permitting, armed to the teeth with resin, glue and new timber to try and put something back. I seem to have brought quite a lot of the boat back to Leicester in a Hoover bag after recent visits! Unfortunately I have reluctantly made the decision to abandon all effort to get the canopy sliding again, the next couple of videos should show why. It's just not practical due something in the boat's history which has caused the condition where the canopy just will
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  34. The view actually is not as bad as you may think - even though the windows are shallow at the helm, you can easily see the full width of the river and that helm seat being more like a 'bench seat' and in the centre of the boat makes long periods of cruising a breeze - so much so I wished I had more time and could head south because it felt like a boat you could just go and go and arrive with no aches form a bad seat arrangement. This is not quite a centre cockpit boat, more 'centre forward' I did point out to Barnes that the seat to the left of the helm works well on a sunny day laying do
    1 point
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