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  1. I am reminded of a line in a film. I'm pretty sure it starts "Frankly my dear..."
    7 points
  2. Out of season boating is vastly underrated. November is a brilliant month for boating the whole of the broads just seem so peaceful. No fussing getting a mooring or a decent meal even though the nights draw in it became one of our favourite times to visit the broads and still is Finny
    6 points
  3. Sorry to disagree Peter, but in this case, that is exactly just what it relates to. It is however, only fair to add that I am of the opinion that people withholding toll payments on the grounds of Covid, are being unreasonable, and should be chased by the authority, otherwise we will all have to pay that bill.
    6 points
  4. And mine Liz never fails to amaze me, she does all sorts, respect The children and I set about making some cupcakes last week in practice for Halloween, they ended up looking more like Yorkshire puddings So part of my day today is gong to be spent with the children attempting to make cakes that actually look like cakes x
    5 points
  5. A boat, during the winter, can be exceedingly cosy and sociable. Turn down the wick on the bulkhead mounted oil lamp, warm your hands on a mug of mulled wine or old ale, get the dominos out, relish the company of a good friend, savour the flicker of candle light on the varnish work, relax to the sound of chattering water on the lands of the planks, the aroma of a good pipe, there are times when life has little more to offer. Not so sure about the glare of LEDS on hygienic white gel-coat though!
    4 points
  6. Prep / Priming / planning, Cracking on Griff
    4 points
  7. For many of us that is the attraction of the place. Mustn't forget the excellent pubs. Surely a boating holiday is about a 'fair old cruise in between destinations'? Granted that there are a lot of reeds, for that reason it pays not to hire a 'bath-tub' type of boat!
    4 points
  8. Without annv or I going into any further detail, I think this shows how complicated things can get when hire boats get sophisticated. There is an old principle of physics : If you want energy, you have always got to pay for it. A 90 amp alternator takes just under 5 horsepower off an engine. So fitting 2 of them, to power all the domestics, takes 10 HP off what is only a 40 HP engine in the first place! So you fit a big turbo engine to still give you shaft horsepower and also feed the electric supply to the galley. And then think about the extra fuel consumption. And
    3 points
  9. This is something that needs to be brought to the BA attention , the sad recent loses of life on The Broads do not need to have their numbers increased due to what in effect could be regarded as neglect of duty by the BA as far as health and safety is concerned , I can see no reason why the various boat yards hiring out during this extended season should not be approached to fund these additional costs where mooring charges are not in effect
    3 points
  10. I’d best not post intended response , save the moderators a job
    3 points
  11. Warm air heating will always be diesel on a hire boat, but obviously it does require electrical power to run the fuel pump and fan. On full chat, you're looking at up to 80 watts for a 5KW Eberspacher. It'll also use quite a bit more at startup to power the glowplug, but once running it drops considerably. A healthy and well-charged battery will run a diesel heater for many hours. A flat one will not even get it started. Where the issues with temperature can arise is when the boat is large and there is a single heater which is not located particularly centrally. A 40ft run of du
    3 points
  12. There is a fb post stating the Locks has been purchased pre-auction with a Community bid and investors are now sought. Details below if anyone wants to be involved. Please contact us via invest@savethelocks.com Or phone Graham on 01502 714661
    3 points
  13. Sunday 4 October It was chucking it down when we woke up, and the forecast was now predicting rain for the rest of the day. How depressing. We debated whether to cancel the day boat but decided to give it a go anyway as it’d be our last chance to get out on the river for a long time. The handover at Hippersons was friendly and efficient, despite there being a couple of other groups of brave souls taking boats out at the same time as us. The boat did have a lot of dog hair in it though, so not sure if the boats get cleaned very thoroughly between uses. The boat was really easy to
    3 points
  14. It would seem that some of the Norfolk Broads hire fleet will be extending the letting season to the end of November. November can be a cruel month, but can also provide a wonderful experience for those who come prepared for an experience like no other. Skeins of geese honking across an early morning sky, the evening flight, deer peeking amongst the reeds. If you are lucky a murmuration of starlings or waders will provide the final curtain on a late autumn day or an early winter day. A Seago day of large Norfolk sky’s, clear sky’s with occasional cloud ending with an occasional squall.
    2 points
  15. Some yards may or may not be hiring later but both some hire yards and private owners have always been around in winter so nothing new, as a linked but separate issue given the moans about tolls how many who want additional ranger services and moorings are prepared to pay for them, I look forward to the comments after tomorrows nav comm meeting. Fred
    2 points
  16. He can't be all bad then!
    2 points
  17. Confirmed, I had anticipated it going well over the guide price, so £405k seems a steal, but if the current owners have made a concession to the community then good for them, however the community group needs to back that up.
    2 points
  18. You posted whilst I was composing my last posting . With this information now to hand although saddened to a degree that an opportunity for myself may have been lost, I am heartened that it appears a genuine community buy out with the right views to the future of The Locks has Happened and I look forward to visiting when reopened .
    2 points
  19. Contracts have already been exchanged with completion in two weeks time. https://www.itv.com/news/anglia/2020-10-21/community-buys-famous-locks-pub-on-eve-of-auction From what I heard on the radio more a music type venue than gastro pub, which would figure with some of the backing it has received. Hopefully more of the same when Colin was landlord.
    2 points
  20. The offer was made yesterday and the auction hammer effectively came down yesterday. It was withdrawn from todays auction. They paid £405,000 £10,000 over the guide price for the auction. It's been on the news with an interview with Graham Elliot who is the chairman of the group.
    2 points
  21. Would skittles or pool have been better?!
    2 points
  22. Beautiful description JM, I have that gorgeous image in my mind now, perfect apart from the dominos x
    2 points
  23. Mixed feelings on that one, I'd rather hoped that an acceptable, private buyer would have come along.
    2 points
  24. Didn't know the seven dwarves had joined the United Nations
    2 points
  25. Following on from those small herringbone floor tiles - my very favourite - NOT - glass mosaics Now to tackle small metro tiles for the shower walls, just to slow me down further as it’s a wet area they will have to be 2mm spaced as well Griff
    2 points
  26. A good and much debated point 750XL. I can see the advantages of the electric fridge (or rather the disadvantages of gas fridges) and of course, the microwave has to be leccie, but for the life of me I can't see why a loo has to be electric. Cooking has been done on gas for years, and whilst I do see the dangers of gas, there is no great history of exploding boats. Yes, it has happened but it is, and was, very very rare. One final point, I'm glad that the sentence I've quoted did not have both the word "Gulp" and reference to the loo!
    2 points
  27. Thank you Ian Failing that I'll just buy the ready mix in a packet, no one needs know do they x
    2 points
  28. I had a look at the Navigation Committee papers through a link on another thread. Interesting reading. I note that they are reporting a reduction in the numbers of both hire fleets and privately owned boats. There are some interesting reflections there on wanting to spend extra on safety (training and additional ranger posts), as well as other planned expenditure, whilst facing a reduction in toll income.
    2 points
  29. I suspect that come the New Year the 'right price' will be rather more in favour of the punters. My prediction is that there will be bargains to be had, I can feel it in my water! All a case of supply and demand. There is no shortage of boats on brokerage, but there might be a diminishing supply of would be owners.
    2 points
  30. Well I've only had 5 months to do this (having gone back to work finally) but the final straw was a new drip last Sunday very close to the white boat floor boards which I am still working on!! Climbing off the step ladder onto the roof was the bit that required a bit of courage but after awhile I got more confident! Gutter still to be fixed but don't want Cuprinol going into the water butt. Haven't decided on whether to replace weather boards as all the leaf litter collected in the edges and rotted the wood, the shed was still very sound Very satisfying even if won't win any pr
    2 points
  31. A very fine beer. Mind you with a name like that it would have to be wouldn't it? I also drank it at the Caxton Club where it was on much better form I should add.
    1 point
  32. 14 batteries. Good grief. No wonder they don't want to replace them. The title of this thread says it all I think!
    1 point
  33. ‘Loddon Pizza and Kebab House - www.loddonkebab.co.uk Admittedly probably not everybody's cup of tea whilst on a Broads holiday, but for a cheap and cheerful takeaway meal the food was great! We put in the postcode for the Staithe along with a comment explaining we were on a boat and within 30 minutes the delivery man had found our boat and delivered our food. Can’t complain really as we had no working galley at the time, so it was either that or the pub opposite.
    1 point
  34. Hi Nay problem we are talking boats here but ref your nail the supply was no doubt fuzed and the other end went to a fuze so only danger was to person that handled the nail a nail is the same as wire size for size just ridged. John
    1 point
  35. get 'em while they last, they might be on my ebay shop tomorrow for a tenner
    1 point
  36. Hi Vaughan it's a battery maintainer that keeps the starter battery charged via the three domestic batteries that are kept charged via a solar panel and yes correct the 12 volt and 240 volt are to the left on separate Rcb & mcb switched circuit panels inside the cabin. John
    1 point
  37. We did ask if it was okay to leave on overnight, and was told it’s fine to do so. Noticed a few other boats had theirs running overnight and we didn’t burn to death so I guess that’s a good thing :)
    1 point
  38. Tend to agree although suppose better than some wild idea about using it for holiday lets or flats etc although probably wouldn't get planning. Hope it works, problem can be too many cooks etc
    1 point
  39. Yeah, that's my understanding of it. There are quite a lot of places on the Broads where some pontoons would solve issues with a lack of moorings. That, and an appetite to create a northern WRC-style facility at Thurne Mouth / Bureside Holiday Park.
    1 point
  40. I love the photos of the Kingfisher. Well done to take those. You sounded very cosy in the apartment. Good idea this time of year. I did not realise you could walk to the reserve from the North Cove moorings, or have I got that one wrong? If so we will try in the better weather. Probably come by road though as only live not far away.
    1 point
  41. And very modest with it too.
    1 point
  42. You would think this should have been a very simple issue for the boatyard to sort out. If the batteries are not being charged by the alternator its not hard to work through the setup to suss out where the problem is.
    1 point
  43. Forget Britbox and have a look here: Just a shortie at 13 minutes, it covers some of the things relating to the BSSC. D.O.19 will cover the solutions, and may be quite long. Not shown in the video is the attention Will showed to the engine's fuel supply, particularly to the pipework, filters and shut off valves. Thankfully he was happy with all of it. As an aside I asked him if he could see where to connect a calorifier to the cooling system and he couldn't find anywhere. Well if an experienced engineer can't find anywhere, there ain't anywhere!
    1 point
  44. I have the same job to do, however it is Unexpected Unplanned and I am Unhappy.
    1 point
  45. Stuck up? I always thought he had been sniffing it.
    1 point
  46. A complaint to Hoseasons, backed up with photos and video clips, seems in order if the accommodation was not of an acceptable quality.
    1 point
  47. Vaughan, top pic possibly more like it was when taken. Bottom one probably gone too far the other way - that must have been a cracking pic originally.
    1 point
  48. Some players and at least one manager has given €1m or high amounts to causes lately others have funded schools etc in their home countries for years plus some clubs involve players in more local activities after training. Just saying.
    1 point
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