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  1. With the bulkheads fitted we crack on with putting everything back in ready for the summer. The old fuel tank on first viewing looked good. However on close inspection the base seemed flimsy and we could see signs of rust on the base inside. This is a common problem with steel tanks as water in the tank from condensation sits at the bottom for years undetected, we binned it and went for a plastic tank. The hot water calorifier was next, it was the one which came with the boat and on inspection was serviceable so went straight back in. The waste and water tanks
    9 points
  2. I will probably get a day out to the Excel Centre!! You have my sympathy Heard on the News today that HMG is now aiming for 2 million vaccinated per week - Wow that's some target, lets hope they achieve it. You watch, if they fall even one short in any given week the critics will be down on them like a ton of bricks. At least they are setting goals to aim for and seem to be trying Griff
    8 points
  3. This is what's p*ssed me right off from the start. I dislike most journos anyway, but that's always been a bit like rubbing peoples' faces in it a bit and it really gets my goat good and proper. There's no need for it whatsoever. You don't need to be stood at the end of Downing Street to talk about what's going on inside. I'm expected to coach and mentor using Zoom, or worse, the phone. So quite why these halfwits need to be stood outside a hospital and such is beyond me. As for the footballer (and Piers effing Morgan for that matter) I say lock them in the stocks and pelt them with rotte
    6 points
  4. The reality is there are contingency plans for everything from plague to meteor strikes, including every imaginable risk between. It would be impossible to be prepared for every eventuality and hold appropriate stocks and prepare detailed laws for all of them. How much stock of perishable items should be held, do we hold Noddy suits or digging equipment, how many rubber gloves and body bags, it may never be enough but they will perish. Do we stock up ventilators or dialysis machines. I don't see any country that was over prepared. At least we had a bit of everything
    6 points
  5. so there was an exercise, for a different (but similar )pandemic, lessons were learned, filed away and those in the positions of influence at the time moved on, now in come a new batch of administrators, who were not around at the time looking for areas to make cuts, they ask questions, why do we do this, why do we have such large reserves of that, and either they ignore those that were involved in the original operation, or those people now are in different roles, so cuts are made, on the surface perfectly reasonable ones. until one day a pandemic comes along, its not quite the same as the ex
    5 points
  6. I wasn't sure where to post this, so apologies if it would be better suited elsewhere. For those that don't know, my trade within "the mob" is a musician. By trade, I am a percussionist in, as well as the Drum Major of, the British Army Band Sandhurst (BABS...as much as HQ hates us call ourselves that). For a while I've considered having a pop at arranging a suite of music inspired by the Broads, probably in 3 to 5 movements. And that is where I'd love some input from you fine ladies and gentlemen... I know how certain areas in Broadland make me feel, from the bustle of Wroxham/Hovet
    4 points
  7. Alan Smethurst, Vaughan Williams and Benjamin Britten, all of which might provide some inspiration. I found this masterful picture the other day, just needs being set to music. Perhaps drum and bass, the boom and the beat provided by the infernal exhaust of one of Brooms finest on tick-over.
    4 points
  8. Unfortunately, there are at least 3 households in our cul-de-sac that have flounted the guidance/rules a lot more than Dominic Cummings. I'm sure the same is so nationwide.
    4 points
  9. He should be sacked I've said this before but there are so many heartbreaking situations from families losing loved ones to people choosing whether to eat or have heating It's disgusting and a kick in the teeth for all the decent human beings who are trying to do the right thing under dire circumstances x
    3 points
  10. I have always had both on my sea going boats. But the fastest mover of water is a man with a bucket on a sinking boat.
    3 points
  11. I think it's fair to say that there are very few if any countries that were well prepared for this pandemic. Generally speaking those that have been successful at getting it under control quickly are those countries where civil liberties are largely ignored. It appears we really cannot have our cake and eat it.
    3 points
  12. Perspective needed: Politicians were all in place in 2016 and cygnus only involved a few of them. Even now, any politician could resign saying they don't want the responsibility. I think history will and should rightly show that the effects of this pandemic have been made worse more by ordinary people, not those in authority.
    3 points
  13. Me:- All the normal stuff mentioned by previous comments especially sorting out 'B.A' Plus, in no particular order:- Shooting - I have to face the inevitable that this seasons game shooting has now been lost bearing in mind it comes to a close Jan 31st , managed just two days out in the field since beginning of October. Clay shooting, both locally and some team away days - I have missed the team shoot away days especially Mighty Tiger riding Really wanting to get back up to Jockland to visit MrsG's family and friends Having relatives visit us from Germany. Christ
    3 points
  14. The furniture gets sanded back to bare wood and varnished, everything we varnish gets sanded back with 80 grit sandpaper to start, followed by 100, 180, and finally 240. After sanding we hoover the piece down and clean with a tack cloth. We use Epifanes varnish and this method works well for us however if you were to ask 20 different boatbuilders they would give you 20 different methods and varnishes. If you find a system that works for you stick with it. Before Varnish And after One of my customers asked me to install a new table in his boat
    3 points
  15. With all those movements heading down the yare I'd recommend a stop off by a pumpout too.
    2 points
  16. Vaughan's idyllic and to be recommended journey to the sea is lacking in reality, namely a stop off at The Red House for breakfast, a mid morning pint at Reedham Ferry and a lunchtime pint at Burgh Castle!
    2 points
  17. If I were to describe a trip down the Yare, with the falling tide, starting at first light on Surlingham Broad and going down river through the bustle of Reedham Bridge and then on to the windswept expanse of the Breydon marshes, I would think of something on the lines of Dawn and Siegfried's Rhine Journey, from Wagner's opera Gotterdammerung. The French horn solo could almost be imagined as a bittern, booming in the reeds. I invite members to look it up on Youtube, and see what you think.
    2 points
  18. I could do some sounds for gt.yarmouth in 3-5 movements....... I'll do 2 more later.
    2 points
  19. BBC news: Boris went for a bike ride. Knowing the World's media would be watching and he was within the guidelines/rules. So over to our correspondant who is where? At home? In the studio? No, he's gone to Westminster to pose outside parliament for the benefit of us who may not be able to relate what he is saying to government. Within the law yes, but sensible? A good example? No. Then an article saying there were more deaths last year than in any year in WW2. Statistics then. Over to our head of statistics who starts his waffle and just happens to slip in, "it's hard to compare modern st
    2 points
  20. The powers that be should also set an example by hammering him from every angle.
    2 points
  21. true, it would be similar in a way to the fact that everyone was issued gas masks in WW2, that had to be carried at all times, yet that was a precaution set up for the conditions in WW1, I believe very few gas attacks were actually carried out against civilians in ww2, in hindsight we could easily say, look at all that wasted production of unnecessary gas masks for every member of the population. They were prepared, but prepared for the wrong thing.
    2 points
  22. Hi It has to have a fixed electric pump, a hand operated fixed pump and depending on size of boat a portable pump usely a electric one this is to conform with the CE desertification i went through all this when i registered my new build you should also have a sign saying how many people along with luggage weight prominently fixed along with two certificate no plates one prominently and one hidden often under the battery, i guess your boat is less than ten years old. now we are out of EU this will still be required so you can sell your boat if it doesn't have a registration you cant sell it fr
    2 points
  23. I fitted a manual pump to my boat alongside the electric one - belt and braces, if you like. It's quite an eye-opener to see just how much water these hand pumps can shift.
    2 points
  24. Turnoar Yes many a piece of old furniture can be found in wooden boats around the broads, I have a planking job on at the moment and the customer has supplied his own timber which comes from old Church pews, The timber itself must have been felled 200 years ago, A better piece of proper pitch pine you will not find, it planes like butter and still has a very high oil content to it. Robin
    2 points
  25. if you are exempt you can still wear a full face shield, no excuses
    2 points
  26. It was interesting to hear Chris Whitty say yesterday that you could tinker with the lockdown but it wouldn’t make that much difference. All it needs is for everyone to keep to the rules. I heard a radio presenter this morning talk about his intention to go to the supermarket today for one item. Allowed but not what I would call sensible or in the spirit of the guidance.
    2 points
  27. I took my daughter in law for her jab today, she is NHS staff but is shielding. It was a 75 mile round trip as it was the other side of Kent, she could have refused and waited a few weeks to have it locally but decided it was better to get it done as she is very high risk of dying if she contracted the virus. Two young children also swayed her decision. The whole programme appears to be rolling out quite well, it will be good to see the number of vaccinations rising as the infrastructure comes together.
    2 points
  28. Robin, really enjoying your posts. My grandfather spent his entire working life at Woods from apprentice to foreman in charge retiring in the 70s so this would have been built under his watch. Many regular hire customers became life long friends typically retiring to the area and some of them bought ex hire boats when they were sold off. Said customers would decide what class of boat they’d like to buy and would have the one built of the best timber reserved for them based on his knowledge. I wonder if the surviving Crown of Light is also tanalised larch? Your comment on the dining table
    2 points
  29. Yep here we go again, A new set of road works has appeared, they are digging a hole just outside the laundrette in Wroxham, the lights are from just south of there to the precinct in Hoveton, with a third set on the side road to Bridge Broad. it was south bound chaos yesterday at about 16:00 jams back past the mini roundabouts in Hoveton and all the way up Church Road. The road closed is still there on the Avenues. There are extra traffic lights on the A140, Boundary Road junction for Digital cabling holes in the road, this extends to the Boundary road past Screwfix, where the
    1 point
  30. Wow, what a response! I've been offline for a few hours while I drove from Loughborough back to camp for a couple of days but it's wonderful to see such a lively conversation going about this. @Smoggy you've absolutely cracked me up so far, especially the pump out remark! @SwanR you're certainly not alone. A few years ago James May actually put a band together (on his Man Lab series I think) made up entirely of lapsed musicians. The results were very interesting. @Vaughan and @JennyMorgan definitely feeling Surlingham Ferry, one of my favourite stops down south. My one and only
    1 point
  31. In basic training the old man told us about the "hypocrisy of the Sun reader", alluding to the fact that many of the public hold us to a standard they themselves wouldn't dream of sticking too, and the "Sun" element became all too relevant during Op TELIC where they were so quick to publish staged photographs of prisoner abuse, calling all soldiers out as barbarians and murderers. Funny how those particular, ahem, people are now usually the ones praising the armed forces at every turn, but that's populist press for you. As for them standing out front of the camp. Well, they became a night
    1 point
  32. ."We?" Don't fall for it folks! The superb finish on Kingfishers varnish work and her hull is the work of one person and she is absolutely brilliant at it.
    1 point
  33. After a snow storm in London caught everyone out, the mayor of London was asked where are the snowploughs? He replied, Yes we can have all the snowploughs you want. But you are going to have pay for the drivers and maintenance along with a place to keep them for what? A once in a 50 year event. Back up plans cost. Remember austerity folks
    1 point
  34. Another vote for Womack, some of our most idyllic memories are of the wildlife and sundown on a wild mooring just after turning off The Thurne.
    1 point
  35. Not forgetting Surlingham Ferry, Coldham Hall and the Beauchamp Arms. Perhaps that is why Maceswinger is suggesting 3 to 5 movements?
    1 point
  36. That brings back memories, my dad had 2 VX4-90's in the 70's, the 2nd one i was left in charge of when he went to work abroad. my 1st boating trip was driving it to Inverness for a weeks holiday on the Caledonian Canal with another couple.
    1 point
  37. There were lessons that HMG should perhaps have learnt, but the same goes for any of the other involved agencies. I'm in awe of the way that the vast majority of front-line health care workers have performed, but (whilst this may make me something of a pariah for daring to question the NHS) the NHS administrators should also have learnt from Cygnus, as no doubt others should have too.
    1 point
  38. As an aside, when I fitted mine, I teed it into the existing discharge line from the electric pump, then couldn't fathom why it wasn't pumping overboard. Of course, you need a non-return valve on the outlet from the electric pump, otherwise you just re-circulate water back through there. I decided a y-diverter valve was a better solution, so that was my arrangement.
    1 point
  39. So the likelihood is that this pump is supplemental to an electric one?
    1 point
  40. This has to do with EC regulations, which require a manual bilge pump for certain categories. On the waterways in France, we have negotiated an exclusion from this.
    1 point
  41. Maybe it's a hole to Funnel away the semi permanent flood there.. (actually it's the other side of the road..)
    1 point
  42. Here is the engine in the King of Hearts and you can just see the steering shaft, running along just in front of the chine. That tank in the corner, by the way, is an early homemade version of heat exchange cooling.
    1 point
  43. I think it is but not quite certain. If so, it has been converted, with a coil and distributor instead of the magneto.
    1 point
  44. We will probably give out the loudest cheer and clap to celebrate it’s over... Then burst into tears when I hug my mum and dad and my twin boys ... Then off to the Pub .... And Stand at the bar and order a pint 🍺... Then get absolutely drunk by giving our love ones and friends a proper send off who we have lost over the Pandemic .. Then off to Broads to enjoy a nice relaxing holiday on the boat... Stay safe everyone 🙏
    1 point
  45. This week we were supposed to be in Scotland visiting my daughter and granddaughter. We were lucky that they were able to visit in September but i miss them terribly and worried my granddaughter wont know who I am or just think Im “grandma on the phone”. She is 19 months. Either us going up there or them coming to us will be priority. Seeing my parents and giving them a hug. We will be celebrating Christmas whatever month we can Going to the boat and hope she’s not in a terrible state. A lot time, money, blood , sweat and tears has gone into that boat and I dread to thin
    1 point
  46. I wonder whether my long planned and anticipated retirement will ever really get back on track. Everything was going according to 'the dream' and life was good. So much has changed, life has had to carry on during the lockdowns and restrictions, perhaps there is no going back. I should add that January is most definitely my "glass half empty" month 😐
    1 point
  47. I have vintage car magazines from the 1950's and in the letters pages people are complaing about the money raised from road tax being used for other areas of the economy while the roads were not properly maintained. Hmm. If that's still the case maybe there's a case for changing the way money is raised.
    1 point
  48. First job will be get to Norfolk ASAP and check the boats over! I have no doubt that the boatyards would notice and tell us if something big went wrong but it's the smaller unseen stuff, that can cause major damage, that worries me. After that a nice big family get together and catch up sounds pretty good to me :)
    1 point
  49. Talking of Royal relationships - Also off topic I know - I have just today finished watching 'The Royals' on Netflix up to the end of series four - entertaining and educational too Griff
    1 point
  50. Stay at home, don’t travel . . . . . . . . . . . . Unless you need to drive over 100 miles for your vaccinations and potentially queue for sometime when you get there with your sleeve rolled up. Yep, I can see the sense in that.
    1 point
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