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  1. this morning it was back onto seat construction, the holes are drilled in the seat and base for the legs, dry assembled to align everything, then a level was marked for the front stretchers, dropped slightly and then the side stretchers, then it was assembly, one stretcher at a time allowing the glue to dry between work. once all the stretchers had been glued, the seat was glued in place, then the base, and finally the back was fitted, this is a thinner back, so there wasnt a lot of spare wood around the 2.5mm holes, I am a lot happier about this chair, here are the two to compare, then in pla
    6 points
  2. Friday 7th Feb 2020 So, after stepping onboard late afternoon today, first job was to turn on the heating as well as the 240v ceramic fan heater. Nobody has been onboard overnight since the Lads Week back in October nearly 4 x months, probably an unwanted record I was pleasantly surprised, not too much mouldy surfaces and moderate dust of course if one listened to MrsG ‘B.A’ was filthy and unliveable. A visit to Tesco’s we needed some Dettol mould n mildew remover, probably the only cleaning agent known to Man we didn’t have onboard. Immersion heater on and we got
    6 points
  3. Over Barton, cruising to PH. All to the good. Internally ‘B.A’ is clean. Topsides not so good. MrsG will let me recommence clean ship once alongside as I’m presently on watch on the helm Griff
    5 points
  4. You know, this stuff has such a familiar ring to me. What is happening here is that a radical new way of thinking and working is being proposed and when that happens, there are always people who say it is too difficult or it will never work. Let me give you an example from the past: Back in the 1980s, I was in charge of a little team of engineers and we were developing a new product which did not currently exist. I often had to discuss it with other parts of the company, and whenever I did, I was always told it would never work. As always, the naysayers gave two reasons why: 1.
    5 points
  5. Griffs hair seems to be growing.... a slightly different direction for his wardrobe as well
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  6. I am glad you can see the difference, i was worried that i was being finnicky when i decided to be more careful over the second one and fix what i saw as the errors in the first, i knew i could do better, thats what bugged me. plus i could see the seat back was too chunky so i slimmed down the width and thickness of the back, as well as slimming the size of the seat. i can be happy with not perfect, but not if i havent done my best when i know i can do better.
    4 points
  7. Said hi at ph. If I I had known there was cleaning to be done, I would have offered (my wife) to help. Now back home near Romford.
    3 points
  8. Beautiful and although I was mighty impressed with the first one I can see that this second one is even better! 👍
    3 points
  9. it will do the old girl good to have some time out and about, also it will be good for yourself and mrs G to reconnect after the last few months of looking after her mum.
    3 points
  10. thats fine, by the time i have finished with a car theres not enough left to sell on to anyone, most get used as parts donor cars for the next one.
    3 points
  11. not unless they are supplied by some means other than the national grid, the infrastructure isnt in place to charge electric vehicles for more than about 1 in 50 cars on the road at present, a radical clean technology leap needs to happen for that to become a possibility.
    3 points
  12. Some heartening responses, apart from the to be expected sarcasm from the usual suspect. I have no doubt that this welcome edition of the Bulletin has been written with care, e.g. no mention of the BNP, no politics or red rags for us touchy, justifiably suspicious bulls. Let's be positive, the road sign debacle is proving a step to far, public opinion does matter, a corner is perhaps being turned. The way forward is together. Being realistic, just for a moment, let's just hope that this not just a flash in the pan. What next, a rebirth for a reformulated, largely elected Broads Forum perhaps
    3 points
  13. Don't know about a Templar Knight More of a Barron Knight
    3 points
  14. Makes not the slightest difference what we (the UK) does or doesn't do. The US, China, India, Brazil, all developing nations will continue tipping the balance. We could all sit in mud huts around a single candle for heat and light, won't make a scrap of difference on a global scale. Not saying we shouldn't try, but bankrupting ourselves in a mad rush to deliver a carbon neutral economy makes no sense, to me. BTW, did you see the Ben Fogle episode a few weeks back, where he went to Siberia? Now that's worrying! If the perma frost melts and releases all the carbon presently locked into it, as th
    3 points
  15. Great to see the BA doing all this work, please convey our thanks if you're reading this Tom. The new moorings and visitor centre sound good, I can just imagine mooring overnight a going to the centre for a full English while watching Marsh Harriers swooping over the marshes. The extra moorings and leccy at Acle Bridge will be welcome, but the dredging and maintainance of Candle dyke and Waxham New Cut are sadly not a given for Lightning, so we will have to hire one of Martham Boats finest for a couple of nights to explore the Upper Thurne Network, unless they raise that blockage o
    3 points
  16. Sat 8th Feb. Morning, just been outside the wetshed at the basin end looking out over Swan quay. Mug of rum with splash of coffee in hand There’s not a breath of wind to be felt. The calm before the storm, literally. Last night after the evening news, I put a dvd on, it was the RAF’s training film namely ‘Battle of Britain’. Now MrsG was knitting (Third grandchild’ on the way) and I knew she would both not watch it nor understand the importance of it and how close we came to losing it Well, surprise surprise, watched all of it, enjoyed it and ‘Got it’’. Wonders never
    3 points
  17. Probably not too much done about the electricity at Acle yet - don't want to be putting electricity in whilst moorings under water every other day as it has a tendency to make your hair stand on end!!!!
    3 points
  18. Hi, Just an update on Pacific Cruisers. They have added another cruiser to their fleet, it is an Aquafibre 32 Sapphire dual steer named Pacific Spirit. I understand she will eventually replace Princess although she is still on hire for 2020 at least ( I am booked on Princess for May and Sunshine in June). Confusingly Dawn has been sold however a like for like replacement is yet to be found. She doesn't appear on their website yet, although pricing and details can be found on the Waterways site using library photos. As usual pricing is competitive coming in around £100 and £250 less than t
    2 points
  19. I don't use a wheelchair, maybe one day, but I have in the past dragged toddlers in buggies over that stuff, not easy. I am glad of one stick, sometimes two, but even without trying it a frame would probably be an impossibility, even one with wheels. A few more tarmacked footpaths away from the water's edge would be appreciated, as would a few seats. I applaud any efforts to provide access for the disabled but on the other hand us less than able folk have to bow to our limitations. Mind you, I won't easily give in but I would sometimes appreciate it being easier.
    2 points
  20. Those crushed concretes strips are certainly not wheelchair or mobility frame friendly. Genuine question : why cant they use solid paving or paving slabs ? (or am I missing something obvious here).
    2 points
  21. UPDATE: I messaged Richardson's and within a few minutes, they came back with the following reply. Good news!! "Hi John, thanks for getting in touch. There is no limit on our WiFi, however signal can be limited in remote parts of the Broads as it does rely on EE mobile signal. We hope this helps. Kind regards, R" I have to say that, in my recent dealings with this boatyard, they have been exceedingly responsive and friendly!
    2 points
  22. Banter & sarcasm, not the same thing, at least not in my books.
    2 points
  23. It's the side by side comparison really, standing alone I thought the first was remarkable and indeed it still is by any standard but with the second one you've taken the standard to a whole other level!
    2 points
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  25. COP - Sailing in 5 for Womack Water. Need to be somewhere sheltered for this evening / morning. Windows will wait till tomorrow Griff
    2 points
  26. I was cleaning but then forumites arrived they live in next village to us. Ferzan is their boat. The boys wanted to see onboard. Upper scuppers completed. Now just got the glass to do. MrsG commented I’d made a rubbish job of them before I have even done them She has gone back to La’tharms - second visit Griff
    2 points
  27. We have just started clearing out some of my dads stuff and he collected lots of old brochures from holidays on the broads. I thought you all might be interested... If people are interested I will post more as I find them!
    2 points
  28. 8ft 4 at Ludham Bridge that was handy, no need to drop the screen Griff
    2 points
  29. The first new moorings were opened last year, this new set of 16 + electric posts will complete the project. According to previous reports, the new mooring pontoon will provide access to the whole reserve and the visitor centre which is to be built. I get the impression that it will be a fair walk to the visitor centre so Speedtriple will earn his full english if that’s right. 😁
    2 points
  30. Went down to the mooring just to check, everything was nice and snug, don't suppose that the wind has topped force three all evening.
    1 point
  31. JM, when was force 6 ever a gale? A yachtsman's (if offshore) yes but not proper! I have just downloaded the MSLP. Atlantic analysis and prognosis to +96 and given a few hours I think you will be seeing a true gale force blow. I would strongly advise against getting your sail board out in the morning.
    1 point
  32. That's a whole new ball game! I'm not the most mobile of boaters and I often have to access the land from my boat on my hands and knees. Undignified I agree, but needs must, that blessed grit is no more kind to my knees than it is to a varnished deck. Problem partially solved though, a pair of knee pads but, as a person with mobility issues, I don't find the ubiquitous crushed concrete to be the obvious answer. One thing that I'm sure that we'll both agree to is that access to the Broads as a whole, by the less able among us, could be a whole lot better than it is.
    1 point
  33. Got the regulation Marigolds, got to tend to those demanding menfolk!
    1 point
  34. Just seen you on the webcam cleaning BA at Potter. Ive taken a screenshot from the webcam but not sure if I have permission to post it. Looking pretty breezy there already.
    1 point
  35. I will keep my eyes open!
    1 point
  36. Yep, agree with that Regulo. Climate change and pollution.The former is for us all. Pollution, depends where you live I suppose. Certainley there is pollution on the broads. Now, that is something we can make a difference.
    1 point
  37. Come on, let's be honest, would you ever buy a used car from someone like this? 😂😂.
    1 point
  38. If memory serves me right I seem to remember a figure of 32`0" being the accepted average when calculating mooring spaces, as I think the posts are normally about 10`0" apart that would seem to make sense. Fred
    1 point
  39. The official start of spring is just three weeks away.
    1 point
  40. I am not aware of anyone who denies it exists on the contrary it is generally accepted as the natural progression of the planet and that at the moment we are in a warming cycle, I would also suggest most people are in favour of the responsible adoption of new technology as and when it is proven to be beneficial, what I and many others are against is the knee jerk reaction being promoted at the moment which can cause as many problems as it solves, before anyone says it scientists are as fallible as anyone else and often get things wrong. Fred
    1 point
  41. Sunday afternoon is going to be interesting! https://www.xcweather.co.uk/forecast/Norwich The Q, have you tried using 1 gallon plastic containers to hold some of your tarp down. We generally tie off front and back and then use water weighted containers to hold the sides. This seems to prevent the eyes pulling out or ripping. Just a thought as I think you'll find a lot of your bricks on the ground after Sunday's wind gusts. Stay safe everyone and let's hope it's not going to be as bad as forecast. Colin
    1 point
  42. Members should note that the comments here are abusive of a minor, and are well beyond the TOS. Some posts are therefore hidden pending Team discussion.
    1 point
  43. I think it may even be a bit more convoluted than that - I think the major players such as the car manufacturers and more especially the oil producers see the electric car and the charging of the vehicles as a major opportunity to pass a lot of the cost onto the government and /or someone else, e.g. the power network companies who will have to provide the infrastructure and the individual as well. If we look at the fuel cell, it will be perhaps be the oil companies or rather garages who have to put in the kit - you can bet the government will not stick there hand into their pocket!! And i
    1 point
  44. If my local town is anything to go by then the majority of cars are parked in the streets, often some distance from the owner's house. A system of power points, akin to parking meters, might provide a solution but even that would require a culture swing of biblical proportions. Some mobile phones can be charged just by being laid on a charging pad, perhaps the same system could be developed for cars, even to the extent of them being charged as they drive along? As for boats, they could pick up power from above! We would need a tidal barrier in order to maintain water levels otherwis
    1 point
  45. £10 for an overnight at Salhouse, with water and rubbish disposal seems better value than £10 per night at Ranworth island where there are no facilities other than goose poo and hot and cold running mozzies.
    1 point
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