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  1. 43 points
    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 encounter any of the above it's always best to have a polite word at first, if you are met with a complete moron, phoning the appropriate Authorities and having a camera to hand is probably a good idea. Killing them is not On the other hand you could probably meet some pretty fantastic people both in the hire and owner camp, who, if asked will give advice on mooring, tying your ropes, what to do in an emergency etc, etc. The bits I really like are the friendly waves as you are motoring along and someone calling out "Lovely Day", or being moored at a riverside pub and get chatting to another group on holiday and exchanging tales of how wonderful you are at the helm and couldn't possibly make a mistake, so if they needed any advice, just ask The very best bit of all is that 99% of the people you will encounter are in holiday spirit and each and every one of them have a love affair with anything Broadland, love and respect the place as if it belonged to them and if they were to get into difficulties (which can happen, even to me lol) will do the right thing by all concerned So, buy or hire that Boat, you don't know what you're missing, here's to safe and happy Boating Yours very Sincerely Grace Forumites, as you can see it's my lunch break, got fed up with my salad so thought I'd write a little letter to try and balance things up a bit It's not all bad is it? lol
  2. 36 points
    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 encourages dialogue, and feelings to be shared. I know that words typed can, to some, take on a meaning the person who typed them never meant to convey, and had they said it face to face with body language and tone in voice added into the mix come over so very differently. This thread, this web or words and emotions was and is literally and extension of the videos - the videos anyone can watch and yet here you get all the little updates, the banter and behind the video commentary. I remember years ago when I would talk about what I would do if I owned a typical ex-hire boat - re-fitting interiors, putting in a generator, electric everything, air-conditioning you name it and anyone who read it was left feeling much the same "but why would you do that?" and here we are in 2018 and I never did get the ex-hire boat but I have Independence. The name alone is a give-away: Doing my thing, in my way without asking permission first, or being lead this way or that by any particular person - nobody at all has had any say or influence on this one bit from the first boats I began looking at to moment I paid for it. Even the boat choice is 'random' it is like a 21 year old lusting over a BMW M3 and if they could, they would love one and then there would be me at that age turning up in a Vauxhall Senator and everyone thinking I had lost my mind but being more comfy with it's sheer size and oh that velour trim! I don't follow others, fashions or others ways, so being the age I am and of all the boats I could have bought going for a Trader 535 Sunliner just does not 'fit' when you see the usual type and age of person who usually are owners of these boats. I am sure I will make mistakes, some I will learn from, others I may repeat a couple of times before it sinks in not to keep on repeating them - if this all fails and in 12 months time or I get bored, have enough, did not work out for me then I won't feel bitter or disappointed one little bit - I caused it to happen, and shared my experiences with others and the wider world with the Blogs. So feel as you wish, say what you like but the biggest surprise to some has been the fact I don't really care what happens long term but I ma loving the ride and sharing it. I know it may not make sense to spend out on a complete warm air heater install and then openly think "well it will do for now" it should not 'do' it should be as good as it can be and last and last, but I know me, and I am sure it will all come out and get replaced with something bigger and better and more suitable which makes no logical sense but that sums me up. So for goodness sake do not learn from me, copy me or think I know what I am doing - just follow along and enjoy the ride, or cringe at the back eyes half closed seeing it as a slow car crash unfolding before you either way it's a right good way to spend a bit of time in the evening seeing what has happened next.
  3. 33 points
    The Lounge has been changed to the Broadscot Lounge in respect of Iain (Broadscot). Regards Alan
  4. 31 points
    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 opposite because you know that the way that he has done something causes a four hour waste of your time and the fact that you've told hundreds of people over the last eight years the same damn thing. Then he utters "You don't know who I am" and you're ready to tie him to a mudweight and heave. This all after he complains about the upholstery being dirty and smelly (the very upholstery that is has not had any customers use it since its recent manufacture). Yep, I can relate to being rubbed up the wrong way and on this occasion, I am embarrassed to admit, I lost it with this Aussie who was simply abrasive from the start. In general, being nice to someone, even when you feel aggrieved at something, is probably the best way of getting the solution you want. Sure, things go wrong and we are available to put things right. People have bad days, we all do. We often get people complaining about something at the end of their holiday that has not been reported prior. It is frustrating for everyone concerned as the customer has had an experience they found annoying or worse which has impacted negatively on their holiday. Additionally, we have to deal with something we were unaware of often on a turn around when time is short and this impacts the whole yard and could delay incoming customers. There was the customer who swore blind (at the end of his booking) that most of the cabin lights didn't work (but his children rebuked him buy saying that they were working last night and at other times). So, I walked on board, turn the light switches on and there's light and no problem. He's simply not seen the standard light switch on the entrance to the rooms (how this is possible remains a mystery). He complains about having to check the oil, header tank and filters every day and justifies this comment by telling me he works with jet aircraft engines as though they are in some way related to a 1960s designed 35hp pushrod diesel engine. He complains about a particularly nasty storm managing to get through a window and wetting a bed. Sorry, but I can't stop horizontal rain. There was absolutely nothing wrong with his boat, but as he had endured multiple concerns without ever calling us to get clarification or solutions, we wasn't happy. In his head, we had provided a rubbish boat. In our opinion, he made one mistake - he failed to call us. One call about the lights and the problem is fixed; the other issues simply gave him ammunition for the non-problem about the lights which started off his unfortunate experience. So, if any hirer experiences a problem, they MUST call the yard to inform them. Indeed, it is also vital the READ the skippers handbook (we provide it by email with your booking documents). Informing the yard of a problem or concern is vital. A constantly running bilge pump is an indication of a fault - either the float switch is stuck (in which case, the pump may overheat and seize, flow a fuse and be useless should there be a need for it later) or there is water coming in causing the float switch to rise and pump away excessive water). Neither of these two scenarios is desirable; both potentially dangerous. Now, a customer may argue that they are not to know the significance of things. I agree, which is why, if you have a concern, report it to those that do know the importance either to put your mind at rest or to attend and inspect/fix. We might also expect a customer to point out that there shouldn't be a fault in the first place. I can't disagree, but the world of mechanics, electrics, engineering and so on are influenced by factors beyond our reasonable control. Communication is the key to a solution in all cases. None of us are psychic and those that claim to be are often anything but. At base level, Freedom and other boat yards are selling memories. We want your memory to be a great one so that you come back for more great memories.
  5. 29 points
    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 not looked down upon or made to feel foolish because of something you may have asked being simple so well done - it just goes to show when you look about outside our community how harsh others can be.
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  8. 27 points
    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 won't notice. You see it may have escaped your attention but I tend to belittle and do my best to laugh at life's little niggles and speak and write precisely as I find. Dressing it all up in wishy-washy liberal descriptors is in my experience ridiculous. A very good friend of mine laughs uproariously when faced with a caucasian trying to describe his 'colour'. He's never seen such a stupid state of affairs. 'I am BLACK' he will roar. In a similar vein, even though I've suffered brain damage, my face sags, I have a pronounced limp, one hand and arm won't work properly and I'm doubly incontinent... I don't have a problem being described as a cripple, proud to be classed as an idiot by MM and Ray, called deaf as a post or one that made me guffaw yesterday a 'crumbly'. I got 'spaz' the week before, last year's 'spavined' was a classic not heard in a long, long while. You see sat at the end of that tailback... I am a decrepit wrinkly with my hands clasped at ten past ten, nose peeping over the wheel of my adapted 'spaz car' praying everyone gets's a move on so I can pitch my tent near the loos and showers and I don't have to pull over to change my drawers again before I get to Norfolk. I'm quite aware of who and what I am, will do my damnedest to overcome what life throws at me, ever willing to talk about what it's actually like to those that are worried, and I will do so with a smile on my face and my tongue planted firmly in my cheek...mind that could explain my slurring and speech impediment when I get tired, it might not be the strokes at all! I will await moderation.
  9. 27 points
    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 side when you write - time. Time to compose, to think, to re-read to submit. Time to research to plan and coupled with your quick mind and dry humour can get to the parts others would love but simply cannot. But this time, you've assumed and that is always a sticky wicket to be on. For those who now will interject and say I did not need to explain myself, its ok - I've got this. I have been spending a great deal of time and money of late on Broad Ambition and I have been doing a lot more at work, and then in the evenings I have been between two properties sorting my late Fathers items out and dealing with Solicitors so far as his Will is concerned and a very prickly beneficiary. I've been sweeping my emotions to one side and yet calming my Mum down who has found out the man she had a child with and lived with for the best part of 40 years had lived a double life, had a flat that was kept secret from both her, me and the lady he was having the long affair with - his secretary who is now a beneficiary of his Will and has learnt of my Mum's existence recently too along with a host of other professional and non-professional friends who had no idea I even existed! You see I've been a little 'stressed' recently but have been putting a brave face on things. On the day of my dads funeral Charlie had ridden his mighty Tiger down to London to be there, now that is commitment because he then rode it back to Norfolk to begin working on Broad Ambition that evening, and a few hours later I too was then off up to Norfolk to help complete the works that we had begun the previous weekend because I don't like to let my friends down and I stand to my word. Please don't therefore assume things - because you are far from the mark on this one. I am not being rude to people I do not know, I am simply sharing an experience that I found rather amusing and at the same time almost 'cute' because the way some of the staff at the Broads Authority are. I am not saying they are bad at all, simply that I being from London and dealing with large companies on a daily basis am used to a certain way of being dealt with and pressure, those working in the Broads Authority really do seem apart from the rat race - its nice actually not to have a call centre or a queuing system and pressing numerous buttons to try and get to talk to someone and I was sharing my light hearted take on something. I was being funny. As for saying "I don’t understand why anyone would want to visit an area of which they hold such a low opinion" you could not be further from the truth - I am actively looking at property to buy in the Norwich area, so this is far from someone that just enjoys visiting the area, he likes it so much he wants to move there.
  10. 27 points
    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
  11. 27 points
    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 which is autocratic amongst a dynasty of autocratic organisations. Organisations which have no elected representatives or indeed accountability to "the little people". Why am I concerned. I will try , but is a difficult area. Earlier this week I passed the Woodbastwick mooring opposite The Ferry. A favourite mooring for many. Now, festooned by no mooring signs every ten feet. The board walk from this mooring to Cockshoot broad........now impassable. Once a delightful walk for those with limited mobility, for children to run ahead to enjoy the joy of the dyke which runs from the Bure to the broad. Water lilies, fish,dragonflies, birds. With the evening sun setting in the West on a summer evening it has to be one of the most iconic views in broadland. As it was so many generations ago. Now denied. Great Hoveton Broad. Discussed. But no conclusion. Well not for me, or for many of us. A travesty. For some, a satisfactory conclusion, without much effort, to the exclusion of the majority. The Thurne Mouth moorings, the Beccles mooring, from the Sailing club to the yacht station. Lost. Is there no end to this desecration of that which we hold dear. A loss which will be difficult to recover. This forum is unique, in that it has never pretended to be the best, the largest, the foremost, or indeed the official forum. It is what it is. A gathering of people, who collectively, contribute towards perhaps the most intense, concise contribution, of knowledge, experience, within the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads. It has achieved it's position by impartial judgement by its contributors, by a carefully manipulation of humour, opinion, and in many instances controversial matters. A position of excellence. I can think of no equal or indeed superior media within our community. We are not an autocratic, or indeed a democratic body, laissez fair perhaps, concerned for the legacy that we leave behind to our grandchildren and their children. Will it be: We should We could But we didn't. I hope, I sincerely hope that is not how we will be remembered. Old Wussername Andrew
  12. 26 points
  13. 26 points
    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 pretend that you are interested in a lesser spotted warbler you just saw. Drive on the 'right' (starboard) hand side. Boat snobs call this 'passing to port' you know the type, they are the ones that know which way to pass the port at the dinner table, are always asking if you know the bishop of Norwich with a snide tone and then insist on pouring it in your glass! I digress. This does not mean that you must stay over on the right side of the river it just means you should pass other boats as if you were driving on the right hand side. So you can enjoy driving down the middle as if you owned the entire river as the oncoming traffic is closing on you at at most a whopping 12 mph. Parked boats and the grumpy fishermen actually prefer this as they can get on with their 'activities' without being unduly disturbed. Boats steer at the wrong end. Like fork lift trucks, boats 'oversteer' all the time. Just like driving the infamous German sports car this can be fun but you do need to stay on top of it to avoid 'shaking that ass' into the scenery or other boats. Not all the bridges are high enough for your vehicle to fit under. They also sneakily change height, something to do with the moon they say. So just because it was fine last time doesn't mean it is this time. You need to figure out if your vehicle will go under a bridge every time you do it. To add insult to injury, some clown has put all the rulers near the bridges upside down. Apparently this is normal for Norfolk. Some bridges are such a liability you have to stop and ask a local to drive for you. Just like in a car you are not allowed to fish and drive. Unlike a car you are allowed to drink and drive however you should keep in mind that getting out of the car does not usually offer a drowning opportunity, whereas getting out of the boat almost always does. Grumpy fishermen, try to steer clear of these ones however if you have to use it, you do have right of way and normally you have the right to park where they are fishing. Just don't use it as a last option as they have a nasty habit of keeping a ready supply of strange things to throw at you if you really annoy them. Parking is a bit more difficult as unlike a car there are no brakes to make it stop or stay where you put it. Before you say it, leaving it in gear doesn't help either. However engine braking does! You should be instructed in stopping and parking when you pick your ride up. Either way you do have to learn and remember to tie it to where you want to find it next time. Just as importantly but more easily forgotten, you need to remember to untie it before you leave. The main thing to remember though is that just like in your car, if you get into a tight spot while parking, flooring the throttle is unlikely to lead to a favourable result. Speed, just remember why you came; to to take it slow for a bit right?
  14. 24 points
    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 had a cup of tea I made my way to Gay's and went astern into the side on moorings to eat my lunch I then went round the perimeter of Barton twice to put a bit back in the batteries before returning to Broadsedge. Not an outstanding voyage but my first trip, now, single handed since being widowed. It was a bit mixed emotionally, I loved being out on Barton again but the sight of an empty Pilot Seat brought on a lump. Sitting at home I am much happier now that I have been out on the boat and think that I will have a night out on it later in the week. I would often single hand when I had sailing boats, but they do as you tell them, small motor cruisers set off like scalded greyhounds at the smallest breath. The one good thing about such boats is their ability to claw off a lee mooring astern with the outboard hard over so it is leeward for me from now on with the boat pinned to the shore it gives my ancient body a chance to get off and secure the warps.
  15. 24 points
    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
  16. 24 points
    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 are (sounds like a ruddy Oscars speech Lol)..........and I would just like to thank.....nah just kidding Happy New Year to you all Grace
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  19. 23 points
    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 photos of the family and of Royal Tudor and of course his sailors hat. Donations to RNLI. Boats were always a part of the life of Uncle Albert, Gordon to his family. His first job from school was a keelman. The 'boy' sitting to starboard is my Dad at fifteen. My maternal great grandfather was the lock keeper and lived in the cottage at the center of the picture. Uncle Albert became the 'boy' on the humber keel Comrade, but as soon as he was able he joined the Royal Navy. Fred Schofield the master of the Comrade dropped him on hull docks. This must be 1962 as Uncle Albert, right, is now joined in the RN by his brother Bill. They served together on HMS Wotton the first brothers to serve on the same ship together in the RN since WW2. Dad was Chief Stoker, Bill was Chief Gunner. Oh and the 'battle axe' is my Great Grandmother. Dad did 18 years in the RN as a marine engineer. 8th Destroyer Fleet Far East Station ending up on nuclear submarines up Iain's neck of the woods. He met my Mum again, they had been childhood friends, while she was on holiday in Lowestoft with her fiance. Uncle Albert was coming out of the ladies loo when he bumped into her an apologised 'sorry I've been stationed in Scotland I thought it said laddies'. Good line! They were married in 1964...after Dad did a stint 'guarding' Mum. Mum worked for the 'ministry'. As what we don't know as Mum's files are stilled sealed. But once they were married Mum resigned and followed him out to Singapore...where I turned up to spoil the fun! When he retired he worked at International Harvesters in Doncaster, still diesel engines. With redundancy from IH he got a job as a 'house parent' in a children's home in Goole. He attended Hull University and qualified as a social worker specialising in the elderly. As a member of the British Legion he became a caseworker using his professional knowledge to help ex service men get the help they needed following their military career. I've found file after file of notes and letters he wrote on behalf of various service men and their families while sorting out his flat. In the last few years Dad was never happier than when on the Broads on board Royal Tudor with my daughter Holly, the beagles and me. Failing that I would read bits of the forum out to him and pop videos and photos of the Broads up onto his huge TV screen so he could see them. His last wishes to be back on RT and that's what we will do. Sleep well Dad. What the hell are we going to do without you? xx
  20. 22 points
    Moths pirouette in the dazzling light of a genuine 60watt lightbulb as a genuine idiot slides from beneath the pages of the Guardian Newspaper he's been using to keep himself warm. He'd tried other broadsheets but even an idiot has standards. After brushing the ice from the mirror he checks his grey-bearded reflection and adjusts his ginger fur hat before heading to the kitchen. As the electric kettle boils he tries to thaw his fingers with the steam before making coffee. 'My suits are English, but my coffee is Italian' he murmurs as the hot coffee starts to thaw at least a couple of brain cells. The ginger hat opens one eye, yawns and scratches. "Ah good morning Dylly the Boat's Beagle! Breakfast?" At the mention of breakfast, the ginger hat uncoils himself from the idiots head and jumps to the floor where he is soon joined by the idiots ginger vest. "Ah! Good morning Toby the Boat's Other Beagle!" In true Looney Tunes fashion, the taking of the morning medication is accompanied by foley of falling anvils of various sizes. The idiot holds up the tenth and final tablet that needs to be taken. It's huge. It probably runs on Android. "I don't know if I'm supposed to swallow it or shove it?" the Idiot wonders. Workmen arrive to fit a new boiler. It's only taken them eight days so far! Heat, glorious heat! The idiot dabs his toes on the radiator to start the thaw while he reads the latest nonsense regarding the marketing of the 'Broads National Park'. Chuckling to himself the idiot picks up the telephone. "Morning! Do you have the figures from the Israeli Parks and Nature Authority re Beit Guvrin National Park tourism impact on archaeology? Thank you." "Thanks for taking a look, how's retirement and the boat?" "Oh it's getting there, can't wait to start work on it again when it's warmer and I can string two words together!" "You need a holiday, come visit a real National Park!" "Don't you start!" I ATEN'T DED Possibly from the neck up, I am, but I'm working hard on not being. Normal service will be resumed very soon!
  21. 22 points
    Did ya miss me? You should have got telescopic sights on that cannon! "How long have I got?" I asked the GP. "It's difficult to say." said the GP." "Come on man...out with it!" I demanded, "I have things I want to do before my time comes!" "A month, maybe two...at best." "So not good then?" "Look, other people can wait even longer for an appointment to see the chiropodist!" said the GP. Now I can't say I've been given a clean bill of health. No, not 'clean'. More 'dog-eared', crumbly around the edges. My GP says I have to 'stop smoking, drinking and whoring'. This has annoyed me as I didn't know I was allowed to start, particularly the last one! You could have told me! As I turned 52 on Monday I decided it was high time I enjoyed the pleasures of being old and I started this morning by just stopping dead still on the pavement in front of a young person and moaning at them when they bumped into me. It's soooo much fun! So here's to another year of boating and lunacy!!
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  23. 22 points
    Part One We Have The Power To Rebuild Him! "Flight Com, I can't hold her, she's breaking up, she's breaking up!" although these words were foremost in my mind as I hurtled spinning towards the bank attempting a 'stern on' mooring for the first time in three years, this was not what came out of my mouth. "Flower, Fluffy Puppy, flipping, crikey, oh heck, Daffodil, Petunia!" is how the forum automated swear box would have translated my actual words as the boat span into the mooring like a MiG 29 taking heavy fire having lost a wing and the engine. "Timbo! There's no need to swear...look out! You Daffodil, Fluffy Puppy idiot, have you ever driven a boat before? You Petunia!" said my better half Ellie as we bumped the bank. But we had arrived at the Forum meet. We had taken a steady drive down to Norfolk from Lincolnshire. The traffic was fairly heavy, but not too bad. Before picking up the boat I had a few chores to do but before that a stroll for the beagles followed by lunch at the Wayford Inn. As the weather was somewhat inclement, and we'd had the windows open for the beagles on the drive down, and we needed warming up. So for starters, we both had the butternut squash soup. Ellie then went for the Home-made Lasagne while I went for my very favorite dish at the Wayford, Liver, and Bacon. I'm starting to sound like Helen! We'd been told to arrive at Barnes Brinkcraft for 2:30, we registered at the yard to be told the boat was not ready. So we set off to complete the chores. While Ellie nipped into Roy's for some last minute shopping, we'd both forgotten to bring waterproofs; I stood outside with 'the boys', our two beagles Dylan and Toby. We then took a walk around the Rhonde to see Tim Collin to introduce him to my better half and settle up for some marine ply I'd ordered for Royal Tudor's deck. We then got a phone call to say that our boat, Belmore, was ready. To cut a very long story short after I'd waded my way through a reception packed to the gunwales with returning and departing boaters, driven my car across the other side of the water twice and been ferried across the water by boat twice, it was now a quarter past five. But the car was parked, and we were finally off! Belmore was a compact, clean and tidy boat. Just how 'compact' I will explain later. Dylan, The Starboard Side Boat's Beagle, was already in his life-jacket and eager to get on deck. Here we encountered the first problem. Belmore's decks are very narrow and tilted at an angle guaranteed to deposit a fat life-jacket-wearing beagle into the river. So sadly Dylan took to sulking as he was not allowed to take up his usual role of patrolling the decks and posing on the bow. Soon Toby, The Port Side Boat's Beagle, was in his life-jacket and, while I took the helm, Ellie quickly stowed away our belongings and then and joined 'The Boy's' and I to look at the scenery. Our intention had been to drop off the forum welcome banner, along with the twenty-foot flag pole Uncle Albert bequeathed to the forum, at Salhouse before Ellie and I went to scatter the old boy's ashes and then join the meet on Saturday. We gently cruised through Wroxham and on along the tree-lined river. At the mouth of Wroxham Broad Belmore gave a little twitch. I put this down to moving against the flood tide, and we'd had a lot of rain the past few days. We carried on gently downstream and were soon at the upper entrance to Salhouse Broad. We slipped into the Broad, and the sun began to peep between through the clouds as we made our way to a row of craft moored stern on at the upper end of the Broad. However, as I did a slow circle of the Broad there seemed to be little or no signs of life from the vessel's occupants. There is a technique used among the Bedouin tribes for making male camels take on larger amounts of water before a long desert journey. It's known as 'bricking.' You see, what the Bedouin does is lead his camel to a waterhole and wait for it to bend to drink. He then creeps up behind the male camel holding two house bricks in his hands. Then, just as the camel sucks in the last mouthful of water, the Bedouin bangs the bricks together either side of the camel's 'flute and skittles.' This results in wax shooting out of the camel's ears and the camel taking an extraordinary large last gulp of water as it sharply inhales. I mention this as an aid to describing the effect of the piercing whistle given by the Hockham Admiral to alert us to the fact that he'd put down his knife and fork and was standing on the bank ready to assist us with mooring. So loud was his whistle that I took an extra large gulp of my coffee, and all of the wax shot out of my ears! At the sound of the Admiral's whistle Dylan (DTSSBB) instantly came out of his sulk, ears flapping and eyebrows wiggling eager for mooring fun and mischief as I turned Belmore and headed back up the Broad towards the Admiral and his boat Friday Girl. "I don't do jumping!" warned Ellie as we made our approach. "You don't have to, just pass them the ropes," I said trying to sound more confident than I felt. I would like the opportunity to point out that it has been some three years since last I helmed a boat. Trying to remember what I'd learned I checked the wind direction which was blowing down the Broad and would be on our port side as I came astern. So I started making my turn to starboard as though I was helming Royal Tudor and began to come astern thinking the wind would help push the bow gently into line as we came back. Yeah right! Belmore is not Royal Tudor. One slight breath of wind and Belmore's 8' 10" air-draft came into play, and she started to spin. "Buttercup, Daisies, Daffodil!" I said as I tried again with the Admiral calling helpful instruction. "A little burst of the bow thruster to port!" called the Admiral. Belmore was now spinning like an autumn leaf on the river. "Flight Com, I can't hold her, she's breaking up, she's breaking up!" I thought. "Flower, Fluffy Puppy, flipping, crikey, oh heck, Daffodil, Petunia!" is how the forum automated swear box would have translated my actual words as the boat span into the mooring like a MiG 29 taking heavy fire having lost a wing and the engine. "Timbo! There's no need to swear...look out! You Daffodil, Fluffy Puppy idiot, have you ever driven a boat before? You Petunia!" said my better half, but Ellie had managed to pass the warps to the Admiral who had now been joined by Grendel, and they pulled us into the bank with a bump. We had arrived at the Forum meet.
  24. 22 points
    Hi everyone, Its Lisa Jill's daughter Thank you all for the kind messages i have just read here, i am late in coming here as was going to inform you all, but as you will appreciate, i have been grief stricken and bogged down with so much to sort out its stupid!!! not only that but i had forgotten my log in details .... (again) In the next few months i have so much to share with you all, she has lot's of photos and i will be setting up some kind of thread for this if it is ok to do so, this will take me a little while to get sorted, but when i do i know you will all enjoy them, she took so much pleasure dragging me out from pillar to post to capture some amazing things. sending you all thanks again, regards and much love.... Lisa
  25. 22 points
    "Wussername, he say!" We have just seen the words of a Broadsman, with his roots planted in the banks of the Yare. Andrew is a member of the original Jenner family, whose yard in Thorpe went back well before the First World War. They were known as among the best on the Broads and are considered to be the designers and operators of the first purpose-built Broads motor cruisers, in around 1912. Members of his family are still running first class hire craft today and still have the same passion for what they are doing. What we have read is the grief of a man for the place he grew up in and still loves. I join him in that same grief. HOWEVER. What are we going to do about it? There is clearly a ground-swell of opinion in the last few weeks, that this forum has the potential to make its voice more influential in Broads matters. To do, perhaps, what the Broads Society used to do with such big effect in my day. To speak with one voice, we must first define what it is, precisely, that we don't like about the way the Broads are being managed. What are the "issues"? Here they are as I see them :- Water pollution. I suggest that this is now minimal, compared with the old days but the BA must ensure that the other authorities responsible keep it that way. Bank erosion. Nothing compared to before, due to awareness, and punitive speed limits which are enforced. Wildlife. I can't see that more can be done than is already in place, at this point in time. I am no lover of the RSPB but there is no doubt they are on the case. Conservation of wetlands. This is contentious since it depends on what you want to see preserved in a man-made and constantly evolving landscape, but there is no doubt this is being seriously, if perhaps misguidedly, addressed. Where is Dr Martin George when we need him? Dredging of rivers. Now we are getting down to it! A Norfolk wherry draws four foot six (average) and so do the fast racing sailing cruisers, such as Maidie. I suggest that this should be the bench-mark for the maintenance of navigation in our main rivers, if they are to be truly "navigable". Not to forget the second reason for dredging, which is drainage. We have seen what happened on the Somerset Levels recently when rivers were allowed to silt up and grow weed. Have we been spending too much on flood banks (to suit the farmers), and not enough on river flow management? If the lower Bure is getting shallow then it must be dredged. Public staithes. This has always been a vital matter and is the key to the maintenance of the smaller navigations. If the BA are allowed to consider a staithe to have fallen out of use, then they don't need to maintain the navigation that leads to it. An example is Catfield, where boats are actually trapped there, due to failure of upkeep of the navigation to a staithe. The Broads Society re-opened many staithes and this must continue. Moorings. Navigation is no longer "commercial" in terms of coastal ships and trading wherries, and so its nature must be recognised as "leisure boating", whether private or hire. In this sense, you can't have boating without moorings! Navigation and moorings are in-seperable. If there is no more navigation then no need for a mooring ; but if you can't moor up any more, then there is no need for a navigation! Public access. You know that I am rather sceptical about this! I grew up when the Broads could only be seen by boat, and I still agree with this principle. There has always been adequate provision for the day tripper, provided by Broads Tours. All these people do for the local economy is buy a selection of knick knacks in Wroxham Barns and then, back on the coach! When a lot of money is being spent - as a priority - on cycle paths and foot ways instead of on navigation and its infrastructure, then we are going the wrong way. Commercial income. The Broads, as we have inherited them, have had to be commercial, in order to remain as they are, and this is still the case. If the BA have a vision of non-paying day trippers having the place "opened up" to them, they are wrong. We will just be left with people pushing their prams along a replica "medieval causeway" across what used to be Malthouse Broad. I say Malthouse, because it was only the foresight of Blakes that has kept it open to this day. Why? Because it was commercial to do so. The National Park. I leave this till last as I feel myself that it is more contentious, than relevant. National Parks are all unique in their way, and all need their own particular upkeep. The Broads are not like the others, such as the Lake District, as they have been deliberately evolved by Man, for his own purposes. If the BA wish to join this "Family" they must also make clear that they understand the special requirements of this unique national treasure and they are failing to do that, in my eyes. Otherwise, at this rate, it is going rapidly back to what it was before Man came along - a peat bog! In addition, the issues above are still there to be tackled, whether or not we are in a National Park. I put this to you as my ideas, for discussion. Let us hear yours. What we need is a document, a letter (I wish Standley Bushell were still here to write it), which represents our opinion and can show how we feel as a body. This can be done, as I understand it, by posting it on the forum, and seeing how many members "like" it. I also suggest that this might not be a letter to the BA, who may not listen, but to Parliament.
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