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  1. This is clearly an advert for paddle boarding sponsored by BA and the Heritage Lottery Fund, among others. Vanessan has already noted that boatyards and hire fleets are not mentioned despite their tourist stake and the hundreds of local people that they employ. I wouldn't actually disagree with any of it, but it has no balance. I would definitely call this "national park" thinking. Presumably aimed at schools? I noted a few comments during the film : Farms are good things because they sell farm produce in the local area. Do we congratulate the BA for that? What used to
    10 points
  2. There is no problem. The prevailing wind will usually be blowing across the dyke. So all you have to do is turn your boat to leeward and stick the bow through the cabin window of a boat moored on the leeward bank, in order to hold your bow in place. With the wheel hard over, continue in ahead gear until the stern has come round "across the wind". Wait until the wind has blown you round far enough, back out of the other boat's window, select "opposite lock", go ahead and continue on your philanthropic way. I believe there are some yards on the Broads who teach this manoeuvre on
    6 points
  3. I am not sure how to put this, as I am always glad to answer questions and enter discussions about boat maintenance, and even maritime regulations. I see it as something that I can contribute, in return for all that the forum gives me. There are limits however, beyond which it becomes an imposition. I have been approached a few times recently by members who hope I can sort out all their problems with their boat in France, or when bringing their boat to France. I only say this because, no matter how politely I try put it when I refuse, this can so easily offend. This may be because
    6 points
  4. Because its jib is backed? Now, getting it off my chest time. Read no further of you can't abide criticism of the Authority! Stakeholders, that's us lot, you and me, not just the chosen, helpful few. Was a time when, for many years, the Authority hosted annual, public meetings. It was at one such meeting that an Authority member referred to the likes of you and me 'as the little men', since coined as 'The Little People'. The comment was neither withdrawn nor did it elicit an apology and neither has it been forgotten nor forgiven. That was when Dr Packman did engage with
    5 points
  5. Nooooo. Don't go doing that PaulMargaret What do you mean you made a hash of the mooring? Is anybody hurt? Is anything damaged? No? Then never mind. Hire boats take a great deal of bumps and bashes, and the boatyards expect as much, and repair them as needed. It is clear that you are trying to take great care, and are indeed wanting to get it right so please just enjoy your holiday. It may be better for you to stay North of Acle and not venture further South where the stronger tides may not help you out when trying to moor and tie up Now get in the Bridge Inn and relax
    5 points
  6. Yep, I agree with vanessan and Vaughan but would add: Paddleboarding has more than a little impact on the environment - the environment is starting to be destroyed as soon as someone gets in their car and starts the engine to go work to produce something totally unnecessary, then they're made using crude oil, electricity for machines, heat etc. True they don't impact the environment in actual use, unless you fart while paddling. I'm not an eco-warrior but I just see the hypocracy of claims involving the environment. No mention of hired cruisers or private boat owners? Thanks. I thoug
    4 points
  7. I just wondered why boatyards, marinas and hire boat yards didn’t get a mention. Are they not stakeholders?
    4 points
  8. If you are thinking of going down the extra duvet route, you can get a train from Acle that will drop you off outside Asda in Gt Yarmouth. Probably be able to get hot water bottle and possibly warm pyjamas there too.
    4 points
  9. John, your contribution, humour and openess to the forum, over the last few years, has been immense. You are well and truly in credit, time to cash that in.
    4 points
  10. It’s stopped raining! At last Griff
    3 points
  11. So we have been for a walk into acle village and made a decision to stay north and next year stay on the south broad preferably in a apartment with a day boat. any ideas were to go from acle tomorrow With easy mooring lol if there is such thing
    3 points
  12. All it’s for is crossing the river at Horning possibly once or twice a month. I know everyone meant well and thank you all so much for taking the trouble to reply but I put a lot of thought into it and just wanted something which would do the job. I have been contacted by a member who, hopefully, has just what I need. Again, thanks to all of you.
    3 points
  13. ......try not to give up though. We all have to learn and I wish I had a pint for every mooring I've cocked up. Practice will bring confidence honest! If you give up now you will never know. Get in the Bridge and have that beer!!
    3 points
  14. 2 possible problems at Acle either mooring with tide (instead of against it) and the offshore wind. First easy to overcome. Second, stand near bow when mooring with stern and bow rope, step ashore and pull stern in. Easy to say I know but practice makes perfect. I'm not sure I'm brave enough to post Mrs Nog photo However she is better than any hot water bottle (especially after a few gins)
    3 points
  15. I felt the same first time out. Difference was that we had a boat with bow thrusters which just gives you a bit of confidence that you can keep the bow into the bank when mooring while your other half gets the ropes on. With only the two of you it’s not as easy as it is for larger parties. You really need one at the helm and one to be confident to step off with the ropes and both have your buoyancy aids on. The one at the back who will get off with the ropes needs to shout clear instructions to the helms person as to how far back you still have to go or how close you are to the bank or o
    3 points
  16. Don’t feel you have to visit or go through Yarmouth. The tide is already stronger at Acle than it is further up stream, so don’t let a less than perfect mooring put you off. there’s lots to do and see on the northern rivers. If you want to visit Yarmouth why not go there by bus or train? There are trains from Acle and Wroxham to both Yarmouth and Norwich.
    3 points
  17. As one who, until last year, sleapt onboard in what basically was a tent without heating, and survived, I do have some observations. Fleece liners for our sleeping bags, fleece beany hats, hot water bottles and fleece body warmers always did the job, even when the condensation on the tent walls froze! The same approach worked well aboard the sailing cruiser. After November we tended to sleep at home, in comfort and warmth!
    3 points
  18. But I don't wear jimjams in bed, what do I do? ooh go on Mr Nog. I dare you
    3 points
  19. The post above gives anyone thinking of the move almost all the information required. That's all you need to do, Vaughan. Enjoy your retirement.
    3 points
  20. We find a fleece blanket over the top of the duvet works wonders and fleece jimjams which I got from Roy’s are an essential for me. It certainly was chilly last night.
    3 points
  21. Pop a hot water bottle in the bed about an hour before going to bed takes the chill off. Are you sure the vent in the bedroom is open some can be turned off.
    3 points
  22. You were that far adrift? Wow, that must be a forum record!
    2 points
  23. That sounds like an excellent idea. Agree completely what Jay said about the heating. Only other thing you could do tonight is to make sure you’ve checked the Skipper’s Manual for any information about the heating. But a call to the yard tomorrow should help to clarify things.
    2 points
  24. I took this photograph in October!
    2 points
  25. Yes the heater is warm but I thought once you turned the engine off you had to turn the heating off. Just checked in the bedroom there is a little round vent blowing out warm air might be ok now I know you don't have to turn it off with engine thanks
    2 points
  26. Ring the boatyard abd ask them to bring further duvet and blankets. Who is your boatyard, most of them are very good. Can't have you cold.
    2 points
  27. Bus from Acle village centre is nearer than the Train Station & more frequent & takes you to City Centre
    2 points
  28. I know many of you are concerned by the lack of wildlife on the Broads but just let me confirm for you that the mallard population seems to be alive and kicking!! Walked down the road past the shop at Ranworth along the flooded road towards the marshes today (thats the second time this year its been flooded - never seen it flood once let alone twice! ) and without any exaggeration must have been 500+ or more before I got bored and stopped counting!! As has oft been said, its just a case of being in the right place at the right time....!!!
    2 points
  29. also out and running around helping boats moor up. the sun has come out now (of course all the rest are in the pub, so missing this rare sight)
    2 points
  30. Believe it dropped to around 4 or 5 degrees last night which is pretty darn cold for any first timer in a boat in October to be fair. Now about your hash of a mooring, I can tell you that it hasn`t made local TV or radio, youtube or any media platform as far as I can see so put it behind you and practise makes perfect as they say. Somebody mentioned fleece inner sleeping bags which are brilliant, cheap but so warm, easy to wash and dry fast. Probably too late for this trip but worth thinking of for next year
    2 points
  31. 5 of each crew are attending a DTS, me, I am catching up on 2 days of posts here
    2 points
  32. Where should I start!? I note that 'comments' are turned off, inevitable, peddling misinformation does tend to encourage and deserve comment.
    2 points
  33. The good lady might then the publish a photo of you in your best, off white long-johns!
    2 points
  34. Put on two of everything. My missus finds that jeggins under jeans and two fleece tops does the job plus we have warm feet (fleece wellie liners) and warm head (fleece hat) and if we get too hot we open a window or the door to the tent, I kid you not! The trick is not to get cold in the first place. Modern outdoor walking gear, without the boots, is light and keeps the cold at bay. There really is no excuse for being cold in this day and age. I also have waterproof gloves, great investment, not cheap but worth every penny. I also have fingerless mitts for when its really cold at night.
    2 points
  35. Well, it never was a 'National Park' when set up. It still isn't ! And why is that yacht sailing backwards ?
    2 points
  36. Water levels still high. En route for Malthouse Broad with Jewel of Light and yes it’s raining Griff
    2 points
  37. PaulMargaret - did you see grendel’s post on your 2nd day thread? There are several NBN members travelling south tomorrow and they have asked if you would like to tag along with them. You couldn’t get better guides than those guys.
    2 points
  38. Goose down for pillows and meat for meals.
    2 points
  39. Should've gone to Specsavers, its a bridge. They also do hearing aids as well.
    2 points
  40. Scare the neighbours?
    2 points
  41. Oh pleeeeeease Definitely flleece blankets and a hot water bottle. No one's mentioned cuddling up to keep warm x
    2 points
  42. Absolutely!!! Top tip. You should see Mrs Nog's winter bedtime attire. I'm very tempted to post a photo.......
    2 points
  43. I’m with Lulu on this, a fleece blanket over a duvet traps the heat in. Hot water bottles in the bed before retiring. From things I have read, you may need to run the engine to start the heating system up but then it should run quite happily without the engine. If the batteries are well charged, there should be no need to run the engine.
    2 points
  44. I’m in 1/4 berth snug n warm. No way do I wanna get up / out Griff
    2 points
  45. RIGHT!!! There has been a lot of discussion about who called who what. Tempers run high, things are said that might later be regretted. I know that if something unfortunate happens to me, in the heat of the moment I will say things that I will, in time regret. The other thing I know is that whilst in the heat of the moment, being told not to say those things will be as welcome as a fart in a phone box. SO... lets give slack in all directions and when tempers cool lets try to look at what actually happened and try to spread the word to stop it happening again. Signed o
    2 points
  46. Thanks Ray, My view is I have spent a lot of money on these tools so I need to use them! This is the last model I built. Now acts a room divider between the kitchen and dining room. paul
    2 points
  47. I hate to say this but I really think you made the right decision. A trip down to Stokesby, without stopping is worthwhile as it is a really pretty village. Avoid going beyond Horning towards Wroxham tomorrow as there is sailing (racing) on the river and that might really freak you out! It's Horning Sailing Club's equivalent to an End of Season Regatta. Do keep the revs up to charge your batteries though as I note you aren't do massively long trips each day! Did you get a Pump Out, if not try Southgates just before the New Inn in Horning if you get that far tomorrow - hopefully they w
    1 point
  48. Low water at Wroxham tomorrow is just before half past 1, why not head back there and use the bridge pilot. Once through the bridge you can moor up again in Wroxham or head on up the beautiful stretch to Coltishall. The low bridge means everywhere above Wroxham will likely to be quieter and give you more chance of plenty of room to moor up Don't forget to make use of the Bridge Inn before you leave Acle however, it's a cracker Enjoy
    1 point
  49. Hi Chris. I don’t want a pull start and getting petrol on the broads when we don’t have a car would be difficult. Hence the reason for wanting electric. Also as I said before, I won’t be lifting the battery in and out. I will charge it in situ.
    1 point
  50. You probably know it by the Norfolk name : Cow pat.
    1 point
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