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  1. Cerise Lady will not pass Potter or Wroxham , Wayford or Beccles , so to many she is unsuitable for the Broads , to Katie and I she is suitable for us . A youngster on their paddle board or in their kayak for an afternoon afloat finds these in their budget and enjoyable , many say they are unsuitable for The Broads, their users and owners think differently A 50ft “Gin Palace” is a wonderful platform to sit up high and enjoy the vista , with extremely comfortable accommodation aboard , restricted as to some waterways but able to access many others away from the river network if the o
    9 points
  2. Hired this old-gal mid October for a few days. More used to driving much smaller, faster orange boats so this could go either way. Taking my 3-year old for his first boating trip, hoping the first of many!
    6 points
  3. On Friday we did go for breakfast and it was superb!! Toast, tea or coffee, juices, a standard breakfast which had everything or you could go large and lots of other goodies on offer! we went for the standard breakfasts and it was terrific. The staff are amazing and we just love the place and will be back again soon. We then made our way back to our mooring at Broom Boats, filled her up, pumped her out and gave her a good clean so she is ready for Helen and Graham who are next on. Hope she was left in good order for you both Friday evening we made our way to
    6 points
  4. Just got home after another fantastic week on Moonlight Shadow: Saturday 12th we travelled from our home in Bolton (yes...the very same one!) with plenty of masks, sanitisers and gels to keep a liner clean! We soon had the boat loaded up and we were off down river towards our first stop of the trip which was to be Reedham Quay as we planned to cross Breydon the following day In our party on this occasion was my wife Julie, my son Mike, his girlfriend April and our 2 Newfies Roxy (7 year old black girl) and Yogi (1 year old brown boy) We sat outside the Lord Nelson for a drink, then
    6 points
  5. Oh bloody hell, here we go again. When the 'Holier than thou' brigade has quite finished its tirade of temperance, could its members perhaps answer a few questions. When under way, who is more likely to fall in and drown,(other methods of death are available) the drunken crew or the drunken helmsman? How would you word that in law? When moored, who is more likely to fall in and drown,(see above rider) the drunks returning from the pub or the drunks on board fishing? Word that one for the law. And finally, is it your intention to kill off once and for all, the broads a
    6 points
  6. A suitable boat is what makes you happy, there are those that would tell you it must have sails, some will tell you it must be made of wood. Others will tell you that it must go under all the bridges. Do you know what, it's all bovine effluent. There is too much misery about, especially in this pandemic era. If it makes you smile then enjoy, and if someone wants to tell you it's not suitable then <<insert comic raspberry sound bite here>>
    5 points
  7. Sunday 13th September I am an early riser, so it was no surprise to everyone on board when I was up taking Roxy and Yogi for a walk around the lovely village of Reedham and even stopped to take a picture of the wonderful Owl carving We had a sausage and egg sandwich each from the Post Office which has a little cafe inside and to be honest we werent keen as it was only when we were presented with our sandwiches did they tell us the egg was actually pre-boiled eggs sliced and put on the sausage and we all found the sausages to be a bit fatty for our tastes and the bread was the thickets b
    5 points
  8. I assure you I am not arguing with you but as you say, it has been discussed often. Personally I think it is essential that the speed of a hire boat engine is limited (and so did my father) so any hire boat that I have been in charge of has always been cut down. For reasons of engine wear, overheating, servicing and fuel economy as well as pure speed. But what speed do you choose? On the Canal du Midi the speed limit is 11KPH (c. 7MPH) and so all my boats were limited to that. But then on a canal with locks, there is no tide and no current, so no need for extra power. Not even on
    5 points
  9. Yes this has been discussed before but some things seem to have changed. One constant is that water is dangerous stuff and is out to kill you. In the past, some boats have been described as "unsuitable for the Broads" predominately the big sea-going craft often seen at Brundel. The argument seems to be that as there is so much of broadland unavailable to them, and that as they are far too powerful for confined waterways, they are unsuitable. Now, Being on the water is a pleasant experience, however it is fair to say that unless your intention is to go swimming, being on some form of
    4 points
  10. Thursday 17th September We were up early chatting to the other boaters and it was good to see the family on lightening and thanks to the skipper of Magic ??? who lent me a hose to fill up my water tanks. I am going to buy a flat hose and bring it with me in future as the number of times I have come across a tap with a standard hose connector, but no hose!! I also got chatting to Chris the skipper of a beautiful Ocean 42 called Winters Moon and it was just really nice to be part of a family of boaters all chatting away about their adventures and why they enjoy the water so much Soon
    4 points
  11. Putting 2 and 2 together and hopefully not getting 5 that would make you part of the fantastic Hemsby Lifeboat, in which case a sincere thank you and have a great holiday with your lad 🍺🍺🍺
    4 points
  12. Tuesday 15th September April was leaving us today as she was back in work tomorrow, so we were up early and making the trip from Sutton Staithe into Wroxham as she planned to do some shopping then get a taxi back to Brundall to pick up her car The lighting was stunning as we travelled away from Sutton down the Ant and onto Barton Broad We were even treated to a show of wings by a show off!!! Another quick break at Ludham Bridge and we were off again As you can see fr
    4 points
  13. Monday 14th September On the Monday we headed up the Bure and then the Ant and stopped off at Ludham Bridge to visit the Bridge Stores, grab some breakfast at the wayfarers cafe, which again we were slightly disappointed with as it didnt seem up to its usual standards and we just put it down to the current situation with COVID and the potential issues around getting adequate stocks................ There is a shinning light to our breakfast issues which comes later. The meal at Pedro`s the night before was exceptional as each of the 4 of us chose 2 items each and being the greedy sods we
    4 points
  14. after my trip to the staithe at geldeston, where half way along i encountered the canoe launch area of the campsite now opposite, at this point there were canoes, paddle boards swimmers, people paddling kids swimming, there must have been about 50 people in or on the water, all looking at me with expressions ranging from shock to anger that I had dared make them clear a path past them for a broads cruiser in that less than 30 foot river width to get to the staithe, that was an area less travelled so eminently suitable for those activities, but we all have to learn to get along with each
    4 points
  15. Couldn't agree more. Public bodies forcing their idealistic agendas onto an unappreciative general public is fast becoming a pandemic and equally unwelcome.
    4 points
  16. A very good question. People talk about the limits of navigation for a "gin palace". But what are the limits for a paddle board or a canoe on the Broads? Some would say, very much less! But then maybe they now have support as the new "green" ecological option? A bit like Norwich CC, among many other councils, trying to ban the motor car in favour of cycle lanes that no-one actually uses? So Norwich itself, is dying on its feet. We should not let that happen on the Broads.
    4 points
  17. Surely the gin palace/bling boat debate stems around the Broads being unsuitable for them rather than them being unsuitable for the Broads. For gracious living, and copious quaffing, a three decker gin palace, complete with all the electronic toys a boy could wish for, beats a paddleboard hands down! Just the small issues of limited navigation and restrictive moorings.
    4 points
  18. I ruddy do I don't need a mooring close to a pub either, I'll walk for hours to get to a Broads pub and back before falling over and landing back into the boat Interestingly I find my mooring up improves with the increase in alcohol consumption. So much so I can't ever remember messing up a mooring when under the influence...or do I mean I just can't remember ever mooring up ..... As long as you are in a responsible state to control your boat to the best of your ability and stay safe whilst also remaining respectful of others and their property, then a beer or two along the
    4 points
  19. Hmmm, how fast should a boat be able to go? Oh if only it were that simple. (referring to the original question) There are so many different situations that effectively give good reason to stop boats being governed to the upper speed limits I doubt I know half of them. It has been said here often and by many that we can all get it wrong sometimes, and that for me includes misjudging the intended course of a tacking yacht. So, I get it wrong and am committed to the move. Giving it "Everything forwards and trust in the lord" can get you out of the sticky situation and assist the saily
    4 points
  20. It can be easy to get the tides wrong at Yarmouth, even for those that have gone through many times. Nature doesn't read tide tables. A northerly wind, heavy upstream rainfall, extremes of barometric pressure - all conspire to make it a bit wishy-washy. Going North, I've arrived at the predicted slack time, to find a horrendous ebb still flowing from the Bure. In hindsight, I should have turned back and fluffed about on Breydon until it turned slack, but I stemmed it under the two bridges. I can assure you, at almost full throttle, I was barely making headway. And, no, they won't let you stop
    4 points
  21. Fri 18th. So the last morning has arrived sad to end such an enjoyable time afloat but give back the boat we must, both up early having tea and coffee , it’s only an hour back to the yard but we set off at about 7am going very slowly ,I stay down finishing packing away kitchen things and doing a clean through , I go up just as we pass Ranworth Dam and take over steering so Mick can finish packing up the fishing gear. All too soon we approach the Marina perfect mooring unlike yesterday so much so as we started the manoeuvre one of the ferry guys came up to the key heading to take a ro
    4 points
  22. OK, I think you are missing the point as well. No-one is advocating that a sea-going vessel wishing to cruise on the Broads should have its speed governed. No-one either, is advocating that private motor vessels should be speed limited. Looking at the O.P.s first post, we are talking about limiting the speed of hire boats and I for one, know very well that whatever speed you give to a hirer, he is going to use it! A lot of them only know two positions - full ahead or full astern. And I am not trying to be flippant either. I have spent most of my life in the very responsible posit
    3 points
  23. Norfolk Broads Network. The clue is in the name.
    3 points
  24. Yesterday, for the first time, I visited Portavon Marina near Bristol and I don't think I've ever seen a location away from the Broads with so many Broads craft. I should have taken more photos because there were also a few woodies which I couldn't identify but I could tell their origins from the styling. I did take these. The Calypso, once of Horning Pleasure craft, looked sadly unloved. The Bermuda (which started life at Albatross Marine, St Olaves) looked much brighter. Fleetwing was virtually unchanged from it's Topcraft days - paintwork, name and former location still in tact.
    3 points
  25. It`s all a case of each to their own and for none of us to judge. Fred
    3 points
  26. 3 points
  27. Agree MM, the whole pleasure is to be able to have a glass of your choice while going along. Not to get blathered. Take that away and most of us would not be best pleased. And quite to the contrary to what is said - people up here do like a tipple or two. You try and purchase any spirit when it is on offer in Beccles. The shelves are empty, but no one drinks up here. !!
    3 points
  28. I always assumed every one was assumed drunk till proven otherwise. I was once congratulated by a reedham quay warden on a cracking mooring but he was a bit horrified by the reply of "yeah, not bad for 5 pints". ..
    3 points
  29. Yes Andrew , I get the drift of your question and from me it an emphatic yes to speed restriction and governing across the whole 125miles of navigable Broads waterways, including Breydon Water. There are so many small boats, kayaks and all sorts that are are endangered by speedsters that they just should not be allowed. The obvious exception is ski boats in designated areas and as every boater knows when and if they are water skiing then they present no danger. The big issue is the large sea going craft that that moor up in the Broadland rivers. If they chose to keep these unsuit
    3 points
  30. Just a quick glimpse of a brilliant week Will post a full update of the trip when home Currently at Oulton Broad Yacht Station chilling after a wonderful Chinese
    3 points
  31. Sun 13th Sept 2020 MrsG pops round to daughters at her request around lunchtime to mind Grandson number two. 1500, Daughter n partner set off in their car, arrive 1515 at Donny Royal Infirmary. Two pushes later and 'Leo Gerrard Wagstaff' arrives into the world at 1605 - 8lb 9oz By 2100 they are all back home! Monday forenoon back in to DRI for the normal checks - All to the good. Less than 24 x hrs after giving birth, Mum is out food shopping, unbelievable! So, that is now four grandsons that me n MrsG have between us. Somewhere or t'other the order went astray as
    2 points
  32. Such a fatuous remark deserves a response in kind. So let's have a minimum speed limit for kayaks and paddleboards in a main river navigation, like they have on Belgian motorways. I suggest 3 MPH. Let's let the buggers paddle for it!!
    2 points
  33. Thanks Warren and Julie. MS looked immaculate. Graham has just checked under the sink. There’s a (new?) rolled up flat water hose there as well as an older one that was on the boat last time we were on her. Thanks for the tale. I probably wouldn’t be posting this if we had got to our intended destination today. Half way there Graham realised he’d left his phone charger in the car. So we are back at Brooms for the evening, and making use of their WiFi.
    2 points
  34. I think the answer is not restrictions, rather training and teaching, rather than arguing amongst ourselves we should be giving out advice to all these new people (the ones that are willing to listen are halfway to being good boaters anyway) in a book i read by one Arthur Ransome it was mentioned that the broads were a good school to learn to sail, and that is as true today as it has ever been. if you see someone struggling, for goodness sake dont step back and watch and laugh, get in there and help them, and you may have an opportunity to pass on some of your wisdom. someone who becomes
    2 points
  35. This was to be our longest day of boating as our son, wanted to go to Oulton Broad!! Salhouse to Oulton Broad? Yes! The tide timetable showed low water around 4pm, but we planned to go through GY around 3pm to give us ample time to get to Oulton Broad At 8am we fired the engines and started to make our way to Horning with the plan to stop there if there was space on the staithe (which we didnt expect) or at St Bennets Abbey to get the timings right for the trip to GY. Luckily for us though the Staithe had a gap which MS was able to slip into and this allowed us to have a nice
    2 points
  36. It seems to me that adopting that approach risks bringing us all down to the level of the inexperienced. It is surely up to the individual to choose to operate within their capabilities, not for restrictions to be placed on activities that, with appropriate levels of skill, are perfectly safe. There is also a tendency to see things in forums such as these in purely Broads terms. Passing through Great Yarmouth is relatively straightforward when compared with, for example, entering Tavares river. The whole of the Broads is straightforward when compared with navigating the Guadalquivir up to
    2 points
  37. I must say that I cannot agree with this, although I understand the sentiment. Firstly, boats do not have to have enough engine power to stem the tide. All that is required is the skill to plan around the tide times. I have hardly ever passed through Great Yarmouth in a boat with an engine, but have done so countless times and without incident in yachts with no engine. In a similar manner , although I have never passed through by kayak, I would not hesitate to do so. It is no problem with careful working of the tides. I have kayaked in far more difficult tidal water quite safely. (The Menai St
    2 points
  38. Some of us Old Gits enjoy our kayaks too but I do draw the line at a paddleboard!
    2 points
  39. My speedometer is very low tech it is a pair of eyes that looks at my wash or lack of it. Fred
    2 points
  40. Agreed RW, but all the BA are doing is pointing out that in those cases, that the judgement shown was found to be wanting. Much the same could be said on the roads. Is there anybody (drivers only please) here who has not broken the speed limit on the roads? I doubt it.
    2 points
  41. Well said Cap’n although something tells me you haven’t had enough laughing juice today yet. Those words aren’t slurred enough!
    2 points
  42. There might not be any crew, lots of solo helms about. And some of those like their wee drams! (Not thinking of anyone in particular of course......)
    2 points
  43. I always assumed that helming and drinking was compulsory. I’m quite good at it even though I say so myself. Had lots of practice Griff
    2 points
  44. Just to say photos will follow I need to put them on laptop before I can post them may do that this week in cottage or when back home in Cornwall.
    2 points
  45. Not only is that statement wildly untrue but you should not assume to speak for "every boater". A while ago, I was sailing a large river cruiser, "Evening Flight", up the Yare when we were buzzed several times by a powerful speedboat towing a water skier. He made several passes, up and down, deliberately curving out as near as possible to us, to soak us in the wash from his skis. The last time, coming down towards us he made a mistake, got in the wash that he had already made and lost his balance. He came down the side of Evening Flight doing around 40MPH, leaning towards us. If he ha
    2 points
  46. I think that also behooves crew members to remain sober. Working on the deck whilst inebriated can be fatal.
    2 points
  47. We must demonstrate the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, problems, or suffering without becoming annoyed or anxious with regard to our concerns for an immediate response or action to these dreadful incidents. We must also be aware of any intrusion which could frustrate any future legal proceedings and the consequences which we would be held responsible not only as a community but as individuals. Andrew
    2 points
  48. Last year I left a mooring leaving Mandy still on the bank! 'Honest guv' it was a mistake, she still brings it up in conversation and asks if a did it on purpose!
    2 points
  49. If we haven’t already ‘been there, done it’ I’m sure it’s only a matter of time! (Just as you think you’ve got the hang of this boating malarkey.)
    2 points
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