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  1. Dear New Private Owners and Hirers I am writing this letter to you to get a few things straight and put your minds at rest. If you are thinking of buying or hiring but are a little put off by stories you might read, you know the sort of thing, Stag and Hen Boats, Pirates, inconsiderate people who bash into other Boats, people that run their engines at silly o clock, etc, etc. I will tell you this does and can happen but are very few and far between, except maybe in August when obviously there are a lot more people on the Broads because of kids holidays and the like, if you were to enco
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  2. So a lot has been said about all sorts of things not connected to the point of the thread: Independence so I will be getting on with more editing tonight of the Blog that I filmed of the delivery trip so we can shortly have that to watch and comment on. for now I wanted to share this video with you all and encourage everyone to please 'play nice' and think positive because I don't want our Moderators who have so far been really cool and fair to have to become a bit more firm it is after all just about a boat :)
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  3. 01:14 just finished the first rough edit of the latest update - I have a problem it is 2 hours long! So a four part series it has become..I will post part one sometime tomorrow. In the mean time here are some photos: People are welcome to their own opinions and views and I love it - because without differing feelings, passions and view points we would live in a very mundane world and I like the fact whether you agree or not with something I say or do, the fact that thing I did or said caused someone to feel something (good or bad) I think is good because it e
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  4. The Chairman's New Year's Message This last year has been a year of shocks and restrictions. There have been sad losses along the way, family members, friends, and members of the forum. Faces, voices, wisdom and kindness that we will dearly miss on the Broads in the years to come. Indeed this year has been one that most of us will be glad to see the back of. But before this year slinks off into infamy I would like to express my thanks to those that have put others before themselves to stop the wheels from falling off. The doctors, nurses and key workers all, from delivery drivers to shop
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  5. Well, as you are all aware, we are here. I ache everywhere. 1). Haven bridge operates are covering / waffling - I call it LYING and I’ll explain why later 2). We got alongside Town House Quay for 1600 after a hell of a lot of stress, pushing ourselves and Indy to do it, all that way from Dover Marina to Haven Bridge 96nm in the worst seas since Plymouth - well chuffed 3). Robin onboard, met us on arrival 4) Me and Howard sorted out 240v - now all to the good 5). Thank you one and all that have offered encouragement / complements to Team Indy it’s appreciated 6
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  6. The Lounge has been changed to the Broadscot Lounge in respect of Iain (Broadscot). Regards Alan
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  7. I'd like to record how much I love this forum. Sadly my wife have become increasingly upset with the amount of time I spend posting here, and not paying attention to her and has issued an ultimatum. "It's me of the forum"! So sadly it's time for me to say farewell. I'll be back in a couple of hours when I've finished packing her things and driven her to her mothers. Don't do anything interesting without me.
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  8. There is one point that a small few in here are missing. The same point is being missed by a lot of more but not all of them there salty social sailors over on the YBW. I have obviously kept up with this whole thread. I have read the YBW thread from start to finish only today. Now tell me I'm wrong (I'm sure someone will take great delight in doing so) but exactly where has Robin ASKED for advice then? As far as I'm aware, he hasn't. So how can some gloat / criticise when 'Their' advice has been ignored? Can someone explain that one to me? I do geddit when someone thinks their way
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  9. Thanks! We hear good and bad stories about most other yards as I sure other yards hear about us. At the end of the day we are humans who are subjected to attitudes from others that sometimes grate. The vast majority of the time, we all get on fine and, mostly, when someone gets up our hooter, we can rise above it, smile and say, "yes, sir", "just be a moment, sir". But then there;s the occasional one who tells you that you told him to do something in a particular way that then totally buggers something up when you know that you said the complete opposite. You know you said the op
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  10. Independence has now completed at Brooms taking on fuel. She will be shortly moving to her new mooring. The AIS now disabled. So apart from getting her alongside Robin and Independence are now at their new home. Thank goodness for that! Some adventure eh? Griff
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  11. I just wanted to say this out loud so speak. You see we may not be the biggest of Forums for boating, but I have learnt in the last few days, what a really good bunch of people we have here. You can post just about anything and get helpful, constructive support or advice or ideas and everyone will chip in and share their opinion. It is great. I won't say which, but I joined a couple of other Forums to ask some questions and the snide remarks and general reactions I got as a new poster just showed what a nice decent place the NBN is. You are not taken for a fool here, or judged, you are
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  12. It's hard to believe that those halcyon days of endless summer spent on the Norfolk Broads are the best part of a lifetime ago. I sit in my armchair and gaze into the garden, rain making patterns on the French windows, grey clouds scurrying across the distant horizon. I have reached an age where I need a list to remind me to buy milk and bread when I go shopping. A small device in my pocket the likes of which once seemed beyond science fiction reminds me of the correct day to visit the Doctor and renew my various prescriptions and once in a while allows a family no longer nearby to check up on
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  13. We are the new owners of marina quays,and the river front is going to be the first part of the project including moorings for Holliday boats and residential alike. the dredging has already been done along the full length of the site,next is a big clean up new parking electric hook up,and renovating the old control building. hoping to be open for business in the new year.
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  14. Kenneth Grahame writes “Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.”. A little bit like the Mole, I ventured out of my hole and sniffed the late spring air. It had been a tough winter of coughs and agues, sneezes and diseases, wobbly legs, a jiggly hand and an errant and wayward cakehole. But spring was finally here and my white whiskers twitched with excitement at the prospect of adventures to come, for our granddaughter Gracie was making her first trip to the Norfolk Broads to meet Royal Tudor. Deciding
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  15. Oh, I do apologise Kadensa if you were offended. I will, of course, await moderation of my forum post from the team. I will, of course, suspend immediately my work for the NBN while my position is reviewed by the team. I have taken the liberty of reporting my post as you have not done so. In the meantime perhaps you'd like to share exactly what 'such a person' you think I am? Feel free I don't mind in the slightest. Of course, I am speaking as an individual here, shame? After stroke number nineteen in February, I'm up at 6 am on a June morning washing my own soiled bed linen so the carer
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  16. Paladin, I respect your posts and marvel at your perfectly concise structure when you write. For many years I have read things you have shared and admire how you can, through wisdom and a true grasp of our language alone, win an argument without actually turning to unpleasantness. I may not agree with your opinions but I loved your style. I am not on your level educationally, and I don't have the time to go over things before I submit them - I am at work, I log in here, post and depart then come back later when I have a moment. You however have something actually very precious on your s
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  17. I would just like propose a vote of thanks to the Boss John, the Tech Team and the Mod Team, for all the hard work they put in, in keeping this forum up and running. Its not just what we see its also all the hard work going on behind the scenes that takes up not mere minutes but hours of all the Teams spare time. I would like it go on record that they all each and every one have my vote for what its worth. Teams Charlie
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  18. Should we be concerned? The Broads National Park. Not a National Park, but part of the National Park family. A bastard family member. The word has been used not in its rude derogatory sense and should not be construed as such. The Oxford English Dictionary tells us that in the informal definition it is a difficult situation or device no longer in its pure original form. National: Basically common to the Nation. To us all. The Broads National Park relates to this. It is difficult for me to understand it's ability to address issues which effect us all when it is an organisation wh
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  19. These were all taken during the 1980s, sadly they were not filed with any data so the years, holidays and locations are all mixed up. Mainly posted for all the hire boats that led to our Broads passion and ultimately our own boat. Some feature the lovely Mrs Ray.... Gill, who of course has not aged a day, in nearly 40 years
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  20. Susie and I saw that, on Anglia TV last night. Dr Packman, sitting there in a half decker, complacently telling us how much better the Broads are now, and all the problems that have been solved by him , since the bad old days of the 70s and all based on an Anglia exhumation of a film called "No Lullaby For Broadland". I have always tried not to be personal about Dr Packman when talking about the BA but this is a dirty trick. A punch below the belt and I now lose all respect for him. Are you sitting comfortably? I will tell you a story. . . . . Television journalism can be biased
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  21. Sailing boats are just like cyclists; you are not allowed to hit them no matter how crazy what they are doing is. (Yes they probably do think they are saving the world too.) Fortunately they are a lot easier to spot than cyclists on account of the mast and sails. Like some of the nerdier cyclists they may stick their arms out from time to time, unlike cyclists they probably don't mean that they intend to turn that way, outrageously they probably mean you should turn that way! If you or they don't know what they are going to do next it's best to get over to the right hand bank, slow down and pr
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  22. As this is a time for sharing some stories, I thought you might like to see what your damage waiver gets spent on! This was one of the more awkward salvage jobs I have been involved in, and there have been a few! This was on the river Charente, near Cognac, towards the end of the season and the river was swollen owing to heavy rain up in the Dordogne. The high water had covered an island in the middle of the stream, which used to have small trees on it but these had recently been cut down. Despite the danger warning buoys, one of which you can see right beside the boat
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  23. Susie and I were watching Sky News last night and were amazed that they gave air-time to a serious presentation, in Trafalgar square, from a young lady entitled "journalist and author" who was proposing that the statue of Nelson should be torn down because it glorified a white supremacist. I know we don't do politics on here but as Nelson was from Norfolk and learned to sail on Barton Broad (or was it Hickling - I got that wrong the last time!) I am sure members will be as astounded as myself that such bending of history should be permitted. Nelson was a naval officer - an "Admiral o
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  24. those who were at the wooden boat show this year may remember the auction for the artwork,framed, of the poster of the show, having been outbid i asked the artist (member victory v)to do a painting of my boat for a donation to his charity.collected it today and even found time to spend money in THE ORIGINAL BAKEWELL PUDDING SHOP WELL IMPRESSED thanks david even visited a proper national park
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  25. Monday 14th May This is a tale of my 4 night hire of Brinks Jazz(4) as a solo sailor, which commenced Monday 14th May. I need to preface the account as to how I came to be hiring solo. My wife and I have been holidaying at least once a year on the Broads since 1973 and it's always special for us. Last July I lost her which has turned my life upside down. We were due on Silver Symphony on the 16th June last year. The day before she developed abdominal pains and needed an emergency operation which took place on the 16th. She was recovering slowly but eventually contracted hospital acquired
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  26. Heavy sigh.......there are kids being blown up in Syria mindlessly the homeless and many a lonely oap has just sat through a nasty violent cold snap .many a family will be worried sick about paying the gas bill when it drops through the letterbox come on people lets have some perspective and let the thread drop off the end of the page finny
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  27. As I read the thread the boat came with a no expense spared impeccable history also the hand over at the previous owners expense with Robin was done by the company that looked after this boat - it then got a shake down by the Stalham Navy to make sure they was up to standard - which it was before she was put to sea also here on this forum the credentials of the crew was widely know - had the been a free passage up for grabs then the list would have been too long with regards Robin having a wobble - then it would not surprise me for one minute.......his world has been running at ni
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  28. but what the heck, Easy for you to say, it messed up Team Indy's plans no end. Missed the Breydon / Yare trip which we were all looking forward to more than any other leg of the trip, that was to be our reward if you like. Plus my boy had further to drive to collect us and a longer journey home for all of us. By the time I got into bed with a full days work the following day booked in we had been on the go for 22 x Hrs, of which eleven of those hours were tough, eight of them especially so and for what? It put Robin onboard overnight single handed having to tend ropes / tides etc,
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  29. Hi Colino, Following the improvements to the facilities we are in the process of taking this over as a Broads Authority 24 hour mooring. When this happens we will be able to enforce bylaws and prevent vessels overstaying (amongst other things). At the moment the hold-up is not on our end or with our colleagues at Stalham Parish Council. It is unfortunately due to delays with the paperwork being processed by Her Majesty's Land Registry. We hope to be able to provide updates soon. Tom
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  30. I've been feeling somewhat disillusioned with the forum of late because it seems currently, the volume of discussion about subjects nothing to do with the Broads far outweighs discussion to do with it. As I write this, I can see 10 discussions in the "Latest Posts" section, of which only 1 is Broads-related (the one about the launch for sale). This is a plea to cheer us all up with talk and photos of anything you like, as long as it relates to that glorious watery playground we all love.
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  31. Travelling any distance took planning. It wasn't like it is now. I can get in my car today and be anywhere on the Broads in around three hours and a single tank of fuel completes the 360 mile round trip twice. If I don't have enough fuel I'll pass at least six filling stations in the first ten miles or so from home. In the early 70's we didn't pass that many garages on the whole journey, and they opened “office” hours. Saturday morning if you were lucky, never on a Sunday. A full tank would just get us to Oulton Broad with enough leeway. Three hours was a pipe dream, the journey took six on a
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  32. In light of recent events and to clarify the situation for those asking, the Beccles Wooden Boat Show is an independant event that takes place over Beccles Carnival Weekend, normally the third weekend in August. The event is a private gathering of a group of like minded individuals. There is no intended connection with any organisation, forum or company. There is no entry fee, no club to join, no membership fees to pay, no hidden agenda, no commercial sponsorship and we have nothing to sell. The only thing attendees pay is their mooring fees. On years when a mooring discount able to be of
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  33. In the last week Robins trip with Independence has been a great draw for the forum. 30 new members have joined , and it has got a lot of people contributing, long may it continue. we peaked at 161 users online on feb 5th at 4.46pm (just after Indy arrived at Gt Yarmouth) Our rolling 2 day average viewers peaked at 74.2 yesterday. (thats the average worked out across 48 Hours) and we had 30,242 page views on Monday, and 36,963 Tuesday. This is excellent when you consider our normal level of page views is around the 20,000 a day mark. So may I say thank you to ever
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  34. Having had one of the best nights sleep that I have had for a long time, not wakening until 0700 I opened my curtains to a lovely still and sunny morning. As I made tea I thought to myself " it is not going to get better than this so you better do it" After breakfast I put my summer canopy in the car along with a roll, banana and milk to make tea and set off for Stalham. I put on the lighter canopy ran up the engine and cast off. At the end of Stalham Dyke I noticed the outboard telltale was getting weak so moored without trouble at Paddy's and pricked it out with a pipe cleaner. Having
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  35. Well I am now home from my trek across Kent with Fairtmiddlin, we have endured rain hail and snow, times when we could barely see the shore let alone independence, we got good footage and pictures at Dungeness, but from then on they were either too far out, or visibility was rubbish, and then it was dark and we could just see the lights, anyway, as soon as they turned in fro Dover we headed to the marina, a quick check at the office and yes they were coming in, we got into position and filmed them coming in. then it was onboard to warm up as the crew had coffee, looked at the shots we ha
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  36. Well yesterday was fun 18 ft swell and 35+ Tks wind once past outer breakwater and the shore lee. She handled it very well and I was super impressed with her sea keeping capabilities of course I won’t ever take her out in those conditions intentionally again but it was ideal for testing her out. Today is rib test and draft along with anodes and below the waterline stuff, top up fuel tanks plus a bunch of other items. We are doing well with the list, better than I expected but then we are doing Long days and all grafting, Team Indy are doing well Griff
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  37. I would just like to wish everyone on here a very Happy New Year. Have a lovely evening whether you're afloat, partying or at home and let's spare a thought for those who are working to keep us safe. They're the one's that should be on the New Years Honours list Tonight will be spent with just my men and me round the fire watching movies, whatever you're doing stay safe and warm. I hope 2018 brings us all happy times afloat and maybe the odd new pair of shoes Thank you for another great year on the forum too, especially you guys that keep it up and running, you're stars you really a
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  38. Next on the hit list is the hull, we have painted it a couple of times and although we have found no rot the joints between the planks do show signs of cracking which would indicate the caulking is getting past its sell by date and the putty is very hard and dry. Now with a wooden boat you never know exactly how good your hull is until you have sanded it back to bare timber. Some people like to see the joints in the planks some of us don't, its just a personal preference. I have long harbored a desire to spline a hull but it has never been the right time. The first job is to
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  39. I know I shouldn’t have done this, but I am 67 years old and I was in the McDonald’s drive-through this morning and the young lady behind me leaned on her horn and started mouthing something because I was taking too long to place my order. So when I got to the first window I paid for her order along with my own. The cashier must have told her what I'd done, because as we moved up she leaned out her window and waved to me and mouthed "Thank you.", obviously embarrassed that I had repaid her rudeness with kindness. When I got to the second window I showed them both receipts and took her food too
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  40. It's worth having a look at the history section, now that we have some time on our hands. There are all sorts of good things hidden away in here! I said yesterday that I would tell some stories about what the operation at Jenners was like and I see that I have told the history of it in the first page of this thread, so it stops me repeating myself - for once! The first two pages have a lot of other good stories of those days, so I hope you enjoy them, even if you had read them earlier. Notice that "thread drift" is nothing new! I don't seem to have told the stories of how the yard a
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  41. Timbo has asked me to post the following message Enough! It is time that both sides took a break from the facile arguments surrounding the definition of the Broads as a National Park. It's time to stop squabbling because while you weren't looking someone nicked your football and changed all the rules. It's time to look up and look around you. Your perpetual argument from both sides ceased to be valid on the 21st of September 2019 with the publication of the Landscapes Review. Our country has undergone the most dramatic political, fiscal and social change in years and we are already seeing
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  42. Hi All As a new year's gift I just thought I'd share my Webcam online initally as a trial but if it goes OK I'll leave it there. The Webcam is in Brundall over looking the Yare towards Brooms and I though there is a lack of them on this river. It's not that clear at night but OK in daylight. I may in the future set a movement schedule up as it is PTZ. I hope you enjoy and feel free to share. BTW my website is and always will be free and advertising free even though there is a personal cost to me. Let me know your thoughts. http://catchpro.co.uk/Webcam Cheers Simon
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  43. Now look here! I can see us getting into a lot of trouble over this topic, especially as we know Timbo is watching! I think we should agree without further ado, that it is NOT a Great Estuary. But it may be considered, for marketing purposes, as a member of the Estuary Family.
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  44. Monday 05th Feb Even with the high walls around the Marina and the water level low at 0400 we could tell it was blowing a hooley. Robin, the Master of Indy has made his decision and would meet us at GYA. No problem we had our secret weapon onboard who has participated in tall ships sea going stuff so no issues with being light on crew numbers. Preparations for sea were done in the normal manner. Paper charts, electronic wizardry, almanac, vhf checks, nav lights, radar, etc. Bring Indy’s two main engines up to warm, generator on, shore power disconnected, secure int
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  45. Robin came up for a word, could we alter our destination to Dover and get out of this sea state? Well yes, we could but there would be implications, a short term gain would mean longer term pain. I knew that the next day’s forecast was due to be worse than the present one today with a forecast sea state in Dover / Thames of moderate to rough, added to that it would make the last leg longer to travel. On the plus side we would avoid arriving at Ramsgate at low water, in the dark with a gale blowing. Then there was Robin himself to consider who really did need some respite from this scen
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  46. Team Indy - All home safe,. I walked in at 0130 to have our Macie dog go bonkers as per the norm. It's snowing here good and proper and settling too so another cold morning to look forward to. Back down to earth with a crash, stripping out a shower room in just over 6 x Hrs, I'm so tired it will have to be a shower in t morning. Clay shooting Wednesday evening. Did the adventure really happen? Remind me not to move anyone's boat from anywhere to anywhere at sea ever again unless it is in the summer in sunny calm seas with nowt more then a zephyr, let alone a gentle breeze
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  47. Last and final update on this subject guys. Bill is still in hospital. He's still very confused indeed, and talking with my cousin we have decided it is not a good idea to agitate him further by giving him the sad news about my Dad until Bill is very much recovered. A service will be held for Uncle Albert on Friday 13th (that's about right for the old bugger) at 3PM at Rosehill in Doncaster. He will be coming in to The Band of the Royal Marines playing 'Sailing' and going out to The Band of the Royal Marines playing Hearts of Oak/ Life on the Ocean Waves. He will be taking with him p
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