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  1. Yesterday, my daughter Natalia began her first Broads holiday that she'd booked herself, having grown up and continued as a young adult coming aboard with me. Having first holidayed on the Broads at the age of 7 months back in 2000, she's now 21 and is aboard with her boyfriend, Joe. I've spoken to her today I know they're both having a brilliant time. If, like me, you've experienced taking your children boating and then seeing them continue as an adult, does that give you satisfaction, a feeling you must have done something right over the years? Not only do I get to appreciate this, late
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  2. One for @Vaughan Go on then, we might as well have a laugh! This was taken for an article in Woman magazine about my mother's way of life. I think the date was 1954.
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  3. Its been a little while since my last post, mainly due to a heavy work load and the need to press on with the restoration if we want to use her this summer. The coach roof is now ready for paint. First we sand it back flat and fill any imperfections followed by three undercoats and two top coats. That's the coach roof pretty much complete. Moving back to the inside, next on the list is the window hoppers, there are four in total and due to the curvature of the cabin sides every side section is a different size with different angles. First I plane
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  4. PLEASE, PLEASE be very careful with BBQ's this dry weather as the marshes and other areas are exceptionally dry. The worst culprits are the shop bought disposable ones and you MUST use a stand for them. Placed on the peat the fire can burn directly down, travel horizontally for some way and break out some distance away and you will be unable to extinguish it easily. Do not place them directly on the wood around moorings either for obvious reasons. Please treat the marshes with care - a fire will spread rapidly and do untold damage to wildlife as well.
    15 points
  5. New laws governing online activity are currently being implemented in the UK. The new legislation to be enacted is intended to protect children and vulnerable adults and make the internet safer for all to use. What Is The Online Harms Bill? The Online Harms Bill will encompass new online safety laws to help keep people safe when accessing the internet. This will mean: All organizations and companies must take action to tackle illegal activity that threatens the safety of children and vulnerable adults, in addition to preventing children from accessing material that is inappropr
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  6. Monday 26th April 2021 , Katie and I are proud to announce the arrival of Isabel Gemma our third grandchild and second granddaughter
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  7. How wonderful to be on the Broads again! A few showers just as we were starting off, but once we were on the river we somehow managed to dodge them. Turned up the Chet and are now ensconced on a Loddon Staithe electric point, having waved at Malcolm (Moudly) and Debbie as we passed Pye's Mill. Oh, and before we left Brooms I met Susan, another forumite currently on Lightening. We were intending to go 'oop north' tomorrow but are having second thoughts. It's nice and quiet here down south, so why go up north in the middle of a bank holiday weekend? North can wait.
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  8. We are the new custodians of “Marmalade” a Freeman 23 currently moored at Broadsedge, Stalham and we live in Hickling. We both look forward to meeting NBN members on the Broads Rivers network in the coming months and years. Cheers.
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  9. some browsers are reporting the site as unsecure it is not, it is as secure as it ever was, its just that as of 13.00 the digital piece of paper saying the site is secure has expired, dont worry the team are on it and hope to get the certificate renewed as soon as possible.
    12 points
  10. Wednesday 5th May I awoke at home early due to the sunshine that was streaming through my window, as I rolled out of bed ready to set out on yet another run a severe case of CBA hit me. I ran the obligatory minimum 5k to keep my run streak going but I'd already decided that once home and showered I was going to throw a few things into my bag, namely beer, and have a visit to the boat The journey over was long and slow due to the usual lorries and tractors using the A roads, but I managed to arrive at the marina in time to throw my meagre belongings through the cockpit into the s
    12 points
  11. Been a loooong old time since I was updating this topic - the old sockets Stuart asked about, I have parted with this - sorry. But this is an update about my future - and that of Indy: I have spent over three years living onboard Independence - and it has been wonderful, but at the same time, I have felt restricted and a growing feeling of not being in a settled place. So, I have bought a three bed detached house in Lincolnshire which will become my new base. Of course if I am no longer going to be living full time on Independence, she is one hell of a big boat to pop down to for a weeken
    12 points
  12. Just worked out that I can add drone and phone camera photos on my phone, but not from my camera, although they’ve been downloaded to the cloud. Technology?? Heres a few anyway.
    11 points
  13. I found this old postcard on eBay which looks like it dates from the 1960's. I didn't realise that the staithe used to be so much narrower than it is now. There seems to be no room to reverse out for those in the foreground. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/164866496821
    11 points
  14. Tomorrow will be the 15th May. That means exactly four months to the Battle of Britain day on Sept 15th It also means only four months until I'm airborne in a Spitfire. Balance now fully paid up, All I have to do is remain healthy and count down the days Griff
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  15. I disagree. It was a ranger. What has a lady ranger got to do with it? What has new got to do with it. They are selected by the Broads Authority with a great degree of care, consideration with regard to their knowledge and ability. I have absolute confidence in the Authorities selection and training procedure as witnessed by the quality of rangers that I have seen demonstrated over several years.
    11 points
  16. Thursday May 6th I woke up around 0700, immediately putting the kettle on for a morning coffee. It was cold and grey outside with a warning of the rain that was about to fall, so I wrapped myself back up in the bedding with my brew and relaxed for a little while As this was a flying visit once again I would be slowly heading back down the Yare today to return home on Friday, ready for work once more and so I was in no rush to set off at all It was around 1045 when I did eventually fire the mighty beast back into life, a quick check I had water issuing from the exhaust and
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  17. April 24th 2021 A bolt of Lightning Day 1 of our 2 week trip So Saturday finds us driving up from Cornwall we left early and made good progress little traffic and no hold ups saw us arrive at the boat around 2:30 we have brought provisions with us so no need to stop off shopping. We are soon onboard and unpacking making the beds and soon all is done , I go for a short walk just to stretch the legs after sitting for 7 hours and then back to the boat continue with the sorting out and then dinner and an early night. Sunday dawn’s with clear blue skies but it soon c
    10 points
  18. And ready for eating.
    10 points
  19. Just to update, and close this. We had the most AMAZING 4 days on the Broads. Weather was gorgeous (if BL**DY cold at night!) and there is no doubt that 'life at 4 mph' is incredibly relaxing. Day 1 (afternoon/evening): Stalham - Horning. Had booked the Swan Inn for 6:45, and slightly worried when we arrived and there were no moorings. We could have doubled up, but weren't sure of the etiquette. We drove round for a bit, and then found a little pontoon downstream by St Benedict's church, where we moored. A brisk walk to the pub and a very decent meal. Day 2: Decided to set off e
    10 points
  20. Thanks for the comments, we had to go a long way backwards first but we are really happy with the outcome,
    10 points
  21. Lovely evening at Somerleyton -
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  22. Water Rail is not available for hire nor is she licenced or insured for hire. What we have set up, with Broads Authority blessing, is a boat buddy scheme. Water Rails running costs for the season are divided between her buddies. Those running costs are mooring, licence, insurance, bsc, a couple of engine services through the season and gas bottles. Her buddies will each get probably three or four trips in during the season. Those trips can be long weekends, full weeks or whatever works for everyone involved. At no point do you own WR or any part of her. There is no maintenance or
    9 points
  23. So, today I looked at the tide and picked s random finish point, I had decided Worlingham was to be my destination, so out with the tide tables, yes it could work, taking theebb down the yard all the way to Berney arms, would put me just right to pick the flood back up the waveney, I did slow down once I turned the corner,but not for too long,so I am now moored up at Worlingham staithe The wind is starting to get up, but it's coming off the staithe, and the high quay heading here is providing some shelter. I nipped through somerleyton as the 3 minutes to opening was showing, passing under
    9 points
  24. With the weather forecast for tomorrow worsening (not only wet, but with strong winds too), the decision to head home today was made easier. We both wanted a shower, but with no shore power for the immersion heater, we cast off at about 09:00 and headed back up the Chet. It seemed stupid to run the engine whilst moored for hot water, so far better to heat it on the move. The destination was to be Langley Dyke for a late breakfast/brunch. There was certainly more river traffic than yesterday, but still less than I though there would be for a Bank Holiday weekend. Deb had already been f
    9 points
  25. Friday 30th April to 2nd May 2021 This weekend was a trial run for Desmond to prepare for our week on the boat in May. He settled really quickly and sleeping arrangements were finally sorted when he gave up trying to get in my sleeping bag and decided his cave bed was ok after all. The plan for Saturday was to go early to Acle but the weather was all over the place with the heavy showers. Mid morning the sun cane out and we decided to go to Barton Broad then moor up at Paddy’s Lane. We put a plan in place that Desmond would always be locked in the saloon when we were either leav
    9 points
  26. Ynys Mon (Helen) mentioned in another thread that the weather in May could be unpredictable. Given that it was a Bank Holiday, rain could safely have been predicted, but the mix of weather could definitely be classed as unpredictable. Bright sunshine first thing, cloud, rain showers, hail, some sunny periods, breezy, but always unseasonably chilly. We eventually arrived at Pyes Mill and was the only boat moored here for a while. There have been a few comings and going’s throughout the afternoon, but overall there has been less river traffic than I thought there would be for a Bank Holi
    9 points
  27. It’s not just limited to hire craft , some privateers also have tunnel vision as to obeyance of signs and the following of rules , and plain consideration for others. Many times I have witnessed the racing to raise a mudweight to moor up at Ranworth by a privateer who knows full well another , often hire craft, was mudweighted first awaiting a mooring . The large Brooms and similar craft waiting for the yacht station staff to depart at 17:00 so they can come in and moor on the pontoon moorings and avoid paying , then the same craft casting off at 07:30 to be gone before the staff start
    9 points
  28. 🙄So I went to Indispension in Northampton this morning and they traced the fault. It was in my brain!! The towbar cap was a bit skewed and the sensor was picking it up. 🤪🤪🤪🤪🤪🤪🤪🤪
    9 points
  29. A modern diesel ( provided the manufacturer isn’t being dishonest ) is far cleaner than most petrol and indeed most hybrid cars .
    9 points
  30. It certainly blew a hoolie last night! We were moored in Langley Dyke, only 4 boats there. My husband took one of the dogs out around 9.30pm for his final wee walk and noticed one of Brooms stern on to the quay heading on the downstream moorings. The bow rope had come adrift. The boat was all in darkness so he knocked on the back but to no avail. He thought there was no one on board, so he clambered on to try and find another rope to attach. Eventually someone appeared inside, a bit panicked to find the boat boarded by a stranger. After a lot of faffing about in the strong wind, rain and darkn
    8 points
  31. This topic has now been Locked. This is my decision so please do not blame the Moderators. The subject has been well aired. We need to Support the Rangers and the difficult job that they do.
    8 points
  32. Anyone who knew Uncle Albert knew that when he was boating he liked a pint, liked his fishing and liked to explore the Broadland landscape. There once was a time that he and his wife hired a boat with his sister and brother in law for two weeks. It was very rare for Uncle Albert to telephone to ask for help with anything, but four days into the holiday I received a telephone call from him requesting I come to Norfolk ASAP. The holiday had started well enough, but shopping trips into Roys for 'holiday essentials' had gone from the sublime to the ridiculous. The second evening of the holiday
    8 points
  33. Thanks for the easy explanation and of course all the time you and the team invest on all our behalf Griff
    8 points
  34. Friday 7th May Last day. (As always, sob!) We set off fairly early again, and had breakfast whilst chugging along (I’ve got quite good at juggling toast and helming). The river was very quiet, the main interest being the antics of some swans and passing a family of geese. We didn’t go far, just to Bramerton Common. Once moored up we took Seren for a walk along the Wherryman’s Way circular route that runs between Bramerton and Surlingham Ferry. The route passes Surlingham church and, amazingly, it was open! The font
    8 points
  35. Trip 6. May 2021 Saturday 1st May We started off nice and early this morning, having partly packed the car yesterday and put the alarm on for 6am. It was a bright, sunny morning, but by the time we were nearing Norwich it had clouded over and was trying to drizzle. We were planning to pick up the boat from 12 noon, as the previous occupants had gone home early, and allowing time for a viewing by some prospective shareholders. However, we were a rather early arriving, even allowing for doing our shop in the Thorpe St Andrew’s Sainsbury’s. It wasn’t even 9.30 when we got there, so
    8 points
  36. well that was a long days sailing, 12.00 departure from Acle bridge free moorings, by the time I left I had used approximately 2 electric cards, for a full 24 hours of heating, so not too bad, as i left it was a beautiful day, shorts and tee shirt weather, and that lasted all the way down to great yarmouth, there was one threat of a shower when it started spitting, but i was soon out of that, I arrived at Breydon just at the suggested low tide time, and was still slightly punching the tide (or more likely just the rivers natural flow.) As I crossed Breydon I could see clouds and rain ahea
    8 points
  37. Not having to look at boring reeds when cruising down South. Also being able to stern moor safely, having all round vision when at the helm to mention just three points. Avoiding the whining and inefficiency of hydraulic drive, heads and showers that are smaller than the seven dwarfs house, tiny fridges, ridiculously narrow side decks, no stern access. The 'One Size Doesn't Fit All' statement is very true Another one:- Every boat in it's design is a compromise Another one:- What works for one may not work for another And Finally:- Beauty is in the eye o
    8 points
  38. Looking through my old man's photo albums,
    8 points
  39. They have a couple of day boats. I sold my Rapier to Bridgecraft last year, so their fleet is increasing. Very nice people and a great yard with a long family history. Way too few yards left like this now.
    8 points
  40. Been really lucky with the weather today and managed to give Lady Emma a good external clean. Tomorrow isn't looking so good so I shall busy myself fitting the new clock and barometer instead. Oh......and put some air in the deflated fenders!
    8 points
  41. well tomorrow sees the start of a week aboard, at first there was some doubt Water Rail would be ready, but she is, so thats ok, (ok there are still a few minor issues, but nothing a mechanically minded bloke cant keep on top of). I had planned to head straight north but will be hanging round down south for at least a few days until we are happy the issues are resolved. I am just happy i wll be out and bout on the water.
    8 points
  42. Bought this drone at Sproston car boot last week....can I get it to fly 😫
    8 points
  43. yes, here begins the extrapolation of what happened by the forum, based on no facts whatsoever, other than those printed by the EDP, which as we know can vary in accuracy depending upon how they wish to interpret for the best news value. sad to hear someone has had an accident on the broads at any time, even sadder if they have been injured.
    8 points
  44. Sunday 2nd May I woke before 5 this morning. Seren must have heard me, as she came through to say good morning. We have dispensed with using the crate she normally sleeps in whilst on board, as we’ve found she’s quite happy sleeping in the lounge. I managed to persuade her to return to her bed and not wake Graham up. I stayed in bed until just after 6, closed the cabin door so as not to disturb Graham, took Seren out briefly and checked the ‘leccy point. Still 45p left, so I put the fan heater on instead of the Webasco (quieter) and made myself a cuppa. The electric credit lasted out anot
    7 points
  45. Settling down all alone for the evening Night night everyone
    7 points
  46. Guess what...we changed our minds yet again. We did come north after all. Currently on Acle BA moorings. Got here about an hour ago and slotted in, unfortunately just a boat length away from being able to plug into the electic, even with the extension cable. Luckily, another boat has just left and we managed a switcheroo before anyone else came along to nab it. 75p credit too, a bonus! Now we can relax.
    7 points
  47. And cold it was!! I rolled out of my pit at around 05:15 to flick the heating on and hurried back to bed until about 06:00, by which time it was warm and cosy on board. We were greeted by a beautiful, sunny morning, although the forecast is not promising. As usual, Deb got dressed to take Harley for a walk and I pulled some clothes on to take some pictures, but not with my camera for a change. Having bought my drones with me, I sent one up and captured a few shots. Not sure what the plan is for today, other than a cooked breakfast, or whether we’ll stay on board for another night
    7 points
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