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  1. I booked it! Something I've been thinking of doing for many years and promising myself I'll do "One day" and after a strange year, including moving to suffolk (selling the Broom) and being stupid looking at a "Deben class" sailing boat over the weekend, I thought,this is becoming an problem.. there's an itch to scratch here... but maybe lets have a go on the broads.. It's not quite what I wanted, I really really really wanted a go on a hunters fleet boat but I also really wanted to do this under that bridge where it's clearly more broads heaven (and a place Orca can't reach), but sadly H
    12 points
  2. Yesterday was very tiring.Today we went to Charledtown,Mevagissey and Polperro. All of which,lovely in there own way.And today I had a pastie,icecream and cream tea.Not all together, but one in each village. Some photos.
    9 points
  3. Should have a couple of inches to spare 😂😂
    8 points
  4. Hi Andy On my bench i have a prop off a Bourne 35 it measures ( after a lot of head scratching) 17" x 9" however this doesn't help as its not the one on your boat' i would suggest you get the engine revs set as per Vaughans advice, then when you are next on the southern broads pop along and i will lift your boat, leave it in the slings for a couple of hours so you can measure the prop and obviously the tapper on the shaft. then you can make an informed decision. and as you have been a good customer in the recent past it is free of charge. PS Don't tell everyone Robin
    8 points
  5. Just a bit of fun. Knocked this up to reflect on our return to boating this Spring after lockdown. Music kindly composed and recorded by my Brother .....That gets round the copyright issues
    8 points
  6. Well we’ve taken the plunge and booked the Viking 31 for a short break in October. Our March trip was cancelled and we hadn’t expected to book anything else this year as the boats we wanted were already taken. But the addition of this one has given us the opportunity to book something that looks right for us and is in our budget.
    8 points
  7. Sat watching three little fox cubs playing on the lawn last night until Mum came along, rounded them up and disappeared into the trees, it was a delight to watch After a short spell in hospital my dad is home this weekend, taking him for some fish and chips along the sea front today, so pretty good news I reckon Have a lovely weekend x
    7 points
  8. I agree CC, but some of 'management speak' really gets my goat. The latest one is 'on boarding'. For goodness sake! I'm convinced that some people just use the latest favourite phrases to hide the fact that they haven't a clue what they are talking about.
    7 points
  9. Monday 31st May Yet another cracking morning, had a chat with Vanessa as missed her the previous evening. Walked over t bridge to the cafe / stores which is Tres posh but sadly no papers in stock. The holding tanks gauge was showing high, this due to six being onboard (For a day n half out of four days) plus me spending two maintenance trips onboard staying in t wetshed with Richo's toilet block being shut outside of working hours. We decided to sail to Bridgecraft for a pumpout. £15 for the one tank. Then it was onto Potter Heigham. The moorings here too were busy but a kindly
    7 points
  10. Sunday 30th May Yet another cracking morning it was so good to be afloat, top and sides down straight away and then we were off. Salhouse for Purdey's first look at the place, especially the beach area. She loved it. So much so that she had two sessions of it. Thing is Purdey rarely goes out of her depth unless by accident, we needed to overcome this mental issue, so I donned some old trainers and in I went with her, she loved it but is consequently is still reluctant to swim although at hour local river she seems to spends more time in the water than on the bank. I spent a good h
    7 points
  11. Started the day with good intentions, but sadly my garden fork succumbed to recent over use!! We have what I’d describe as an old fashioned ironmongers in Watton. I’m trying to work out how they will respond to my question of fork ‘andles when I call in!
    7 points
  12. The next x ray will be of John with a frying pan embedded in his head !
    7 points
  13. Got to Looe at about 10.15.Sat on the front overlooking the beach.Got some very nice fish for this evening. Had a good look round the town. Came away midday. Very busy.At the van now.Take things easy.Have a bite to eat and a swim later. Some photos from this morning.
    7 points
  14. ?? I thought drinking whilst anywhere onboard was compulsory ! Griff
    7 points
  15. well yesterday didnt go as planned, woke up, decided maybe i didnt need to go to the boot fair, got a cup of coffee, looked outside it was such a nice day i changed my mind and went to the boot fair, only bought a lathe carriage and cross slide, then came home. Started mocking up the drive mount for my 13" lathe, i was doing this using meccano to get the geometry, but have some 1" angle iron to actually make the mount. I had started printing a 3d part for a friend before I went to the boot fair, and 4 hours later it was complete, o in a break after lunch I decided to run the part over to
    7 points
  16. I agree with MM (as usual ) but we are talking of different things. Sick has entered the vernacular to mean impressive, or cool. At least I think so! Sic is indeed from the latin and is usually used when quoting something as it was written, although the quote is not itself grammatical. Thass loik when oi reckun these yunguns don't half talk a load of ol' squit (sic).
    6 points
  17. Hmmm, seems like I got my evening mooring locations mixed up by a day there, Oh well just have to write it up t'other way round. So Saturday, off we went to Wroxham so our new owner could see Horning as he has some family history there. His grandad was killed in the ferry Inn WW2 when it got bombed, He had popped in to buy some matches, wrong place wrong time. Wroxham bridge showing at 6ft8" no problem there, what was a problem however was that there was a large hire boat cruiser double moored on the granary staithe immediately next to the vicinity of the bridge, this was gonna be a
    6 points
  18. I can still remember the day cruising on the bure and turning up the Ant, heading along at the speed limit with everyone passing me, only to find out i had the gps set for km/hr rather than mph.
    6 points
  19. We had a pleasant final night at Rockland St Mary on our extended Southern adventure enjoying a couple of beers in the sun on the terrace at the New Inn. Departing today just after lunch at 13:30pm in order to catch the 4:55pm slack water at Great Yarmouth and actually passing the Yacht Station at exactly 5pm, thinking we would stay at Acle for the night we were a bit jaded to see it was completely full on both sides of the river so carried on and eventually found a mooring at Thurne arriving at 8:30pm in time to catch a nice sunset. Thoroughly enjoyed the South especially Pyes Mill and Thorpe
    6 points
  20. We decided we couldn't wait until the end of this month, when we have our next Broads holiday, to be on a boat again so hired a day boat from Reading yesterday. Probably wasn't very good practice for the Broads given there were hardly any other boats about! Also turns out I am hilariously bad at throwing the ropes around the posts at locks. Fortunately there were lock keepers to help, otherwise I think we would have got in a right pickle. We went upstream almost as far as Goring, with stops at Pangbourne meadow and Beale Park which were both lovely spots. It was such a nice day that I re
    6 points
  21. Friday 4th June On our last full day, we made our return journey down the Ant non-stop. We decided on trying for a stop at Ranworth again as we both enjoyed it so much the first time. This time, however, we weren't so lucky as the two spaces I could see were taken up by the boats immediately ahead of us. One of those was a dayboat who could have moored in the dayboat dyke - thanks mate. We stopped at Cockshoot instead. It was nice there as ever except currently you can't walk anywhere because both the dyke boardwalk and the one by the Bure are closed for no obvious reason. After a short s
    6 points
  22. Some more progress the rubbing strokes fitted and the broken inwales seats trimmed to fit but not secured as I want to varnish first, centre thwart glued but the bolts still to fit. The inside has had a second coat of epoxy and rubbed down with 240 grit ready for the first coat of varnish. Next job to turn it over finish rubbing down and apply the epoxy cloth. Getting close to the finish a couple more weeks and we should be ready for the water.
    5 points
  23. Great day out yesterday the “round robin” trip bus steam train and boat journeys between Totnes and Dartmouth via Paignton Up on the open top bus from Totnes to Paignton at 9:20 it was quite breezy on top ,then the 10:35 steam train pulled by a beautiful looking USA steam engine ,what a marvellous trip this is with the glorious south Devon coast on one side then the river Dart on the other Then a few hours wandering around Dartmouth a lovely fish lunch before boarding the 16:00 boat back up to Totnes where we were staying right on the river in the Steam Packet inn. FullSizeRend
    5 points
  24. I guess there were many more boatyard moorings to be had back then. I think you're right that more people stay north than used to be the case. I don't think short breaks existed back in the 60s and 70s, so more would travel north to south and vice versa. The situation today all adds up to pressure on moorings in the north. New holidaymakers to the Broads are fed the idyllic images of having a meal or a drink outside a picturesque watering hole. Why wouldn't they go looking for one? If the Broads Authority and the boatyards really had an eye on a long-term resurgence of Broads hire boating, the
    5 points
  25. Had a wonderful day on the river in the sunshine yesterday, started off warm and cloudy but soon cleared up to a face burning sunny afternoon as I cruised along the Yare and even managed to see a couple of NBN members too 🙂
    4 points
  26. Some compassion please. Some of us in Norfolk still point at aeroplanes!
    4 points
  27. Our little baby Tom Tits left the nest today and are in and around the garden. They are so cute.
    4 points
  28. There's always the prep work to be done, Visit Roys or Lathams and select a range of fine bottled ales. Take said items and place them in a cool part of the boat to be chilling. Select one of the said chilled items and carefully open. Review the plans of the work you wish to achieve once the shop is open and you can purchase the screws. Open a second bottle of chilled ale and double check your plans and make any alterations. Repeat until you think you have honed your plans to perfection.
    4 points
  29. I know it's a "few" weeks away before we return to the Broads after a long absence but it's hard not to get excited even this far in advance! So I've been having a bit of a rummage through some boxes in the loft (as you do) and look what I found!! They were certainly useful when we were on the Broads all those years ago so that's something else to take! We did have a brilliant map of the Broads as well which being ex army, I folded in such a way that we could use it as we went along on the boat. Haven't re-discovered that yet (I think it might have been an OS map). We've also still got our
    4 points
  30. So, as per the norm and failing miserably to source a decent quality 6" ships clock in brass I lost patience wi mysen and have ordered a Weems and Plath 125 endurance clock. Lifetime guarantee £106:00 inc the p&p and it should be with me tomorrow in time to take down and fit this weekend Griff
    4 points
  31. And to add to your excellent last but one post Paul - Michael Schumacher - in todays rules he would never have won seven world titles, his race ethos of win at any cost was despicable with many incidents he got away with, just one that springs to mind was how he took out Damon Hill to ensure he won the championship But it is nowadays a cardinal sin and not deemed historically acceptable to criticise him due to the awful skiing accident he suffered, that aside one cannot and should not try to re-write history or brush it under the carpet Griff
    4 points
  32. We are finally back at our mooring which is off the main river in Horning and is nice and peaceful 🙂, but its warm work this shopping lark so the Ferry Inn sounds like a good idea 🍺 🍻 🧊
    4 points
  33. Two comments on the debate, from my own experience running hire boats, but not necessarily based on "the science" : 1/. I have always known hire boats to have a coarse pitched prop, to give power at low revs, especially when going astern. What we want is manoeuvrability, not speed. How the big prop affects high speed doesn't concern us as the revs of the engine are governed by the boatyard anyway. 2/. Once the engine has been revved up on starting, to "cut in" the alternator, it will charge, even on tick-over. You may see a small difference in amperage when revving up, if
    4 points
  34. I'm a solo traveller and have hired both Royall Velvet 2 and 3 over the past couple of years, and hired 3 back in the late '90s when she was Yare Twilight from Bristers. I enjoyed both, and they are still fine boats after many years on the rivers. Choosing between them comes down to personal preferences, but I would probably go with 3 again for the following reasons. The hydraulic drive over 2's shaft drive makes it a far quieter cruise. The bath on 2 - which some might find superfluous - makes the heads compartment larger, which means that the island bed in the aft cabin is very tight to move
    4 points
  35. I'd be very careful about over propping an engine. It can put excess load onto the engine causing accelerated wear and premature failure.
    4 points
  36. Not sure that negative comments about mooring will help the area sustain repeat business. Even in Peak periods there was enough moorings, especially if you plan ahead and do not leave it too late in the day. Even with the reduction in moorings due to bank enhancements and BA reduction. Let’s hope people enjoy the break. It is a great alternative to staying at home.
    4 points
  37. Just a quick update - Double fracture - no operation, just a boot..and she can weight bear...so the kitchen is doable 🙂 Thanks for all the good wishes and offers of help.
    4 points
  38. Also don’t forget , when you make the most perfect pinpoint mooring there will be absolutely nobody watching or even seeing you do it. When you make a complete cock-up however................
    4 points
  39. on the southern broads its not so easy to find wild moorings, but they are there if you want to look for them, some of my favorites are on the waveney, one is a short section of quay heading on the right bank just a bit above the waveney river centre, up at geldeston staithe (the leg that doesnt go to the locks) if you can get under beccles bridge, you can mudweight on surlingham broad, and there are a couple of sneaky spots for a small boat on the wide corners of the river chet (its a bit too narrow at other points) other than that a lot of the sections of mooring down south are generally qu
    4 points
  40. As soon as I saw the Spoiler Alert I left it alone, and watched the highlights. I suggest that forum members give it a day or so for people to see the highlights, watch on catch up etc.
    4 points
  41. I know that feeling well when I first took Ranworth Breeze on its second week back in 2001 over 30 years of hiring Narrow Boats counted for next to nothing now I was introduced to wind and tides. Steering the boat was not an issue, but mooring the boat always took several attempts so the boat was protected. It takes time to develop skills which only comes from experiences that we have. Nobody is perfect and at times we have all made mistakes and anyone who says otherwise are kidding themselves. I am glad you have a good week.
    4 points
  42. Boats can be a drum echo chamber. Sounds travel easily. I mean snoring 😜 Plenty boats are equipped for two couples ( and more) . You can do a lot more cruising with 4 pilots. An hour each and you can go from stracey arms to Reedham without it feeling like a slog. Someone keeping the snacks going, someone keeping the glasses full, someone in charge of the tunes or quiz , and someone avoiding the reeds. 😂 what’s not to like 😍
    4 points
  43. After many years of hiring then 10 years of owning. The best visit we had was the first. Ignorance was BLISS! The more we learnt the more we needed to learn! Be very careful if you are thinking of a second visit, now it maybe too late and you have been bitten by a very nasty/expensive bug. During that second visit you will discover boat sales yards and go do some aimless fender kicking. Then maybe just a little boat------too late, all you can do then is look forward to being both happy and VERY broke. Relax only joking, I can remember saying that. p
    4 points
  44. SwanR, the boat was very maneuverable, in slightly more experience hands than mine. It's such a pity that the water moves and the wind blows! I felt like I had just had my first car driving lesson, then was required to drive solo to a multi-story car park, two hours away, negotiate it and reverse park into a tight space (without ever doing so before). it is not easy for me to find that relaxing! Somebody at the boatyard told me that the boat was worth half-a-million. That information did not help me.
    4 points
  45. some of us dont even need to wait for the tides
    4 points
  46. You are obviously not a local on the Southern Broads who uses the train to get to and from work. Buses are few and far between in this neck of the woods. I personally think our bridges break up the boring reeds , reeds and more reeds, they focus the mind. They all have their own charm. A lot of boats dont even need them to open, just wait for the tide in a lot of cases.
    4 points
  47. A what is this sic business. Me too - Just what does it mean? I don't gettit, why not just say that it's ace, cool or some such The above is far from good English too it seems Griff
    3 points
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