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  1. 11 points
    Friday 5th July Mandy was reasonably pleased that with my planned depart time of 9am, the previous Friday we left at 6am to get to Cumbria, so on this trip there was no need to wrap herself up in a throw as she did the previous week. The car was loaded to bursting, and Lottie was quick to take her place on the back seat to ensure we didnt leave without her. (She is secured by the seat belt to her harness) The journey was pretty uneventful and we made excellent time until the single carriageway A143 held us up with HGV's and the odd tractor We still made it to Loddon by 11.30am, I had arranged with Fiona to pick the boat up a little earlier at 1.00pm, so obviously we were way too early. So a plan came to mind (actually this was always my intention but dont tell Mandy) 'We're too early darling' I said 'What do you want to do' she replied 'Well, Lottie needs a walk and we've never been to the White Horse', we could have some lunch there?' I like it when a plan comes together, although after 33 years of marriage I think she knew I planned this! Well, what a great pub the White Horse is, why haven't we used it before? Superb garden, very friendly landlady but the Landlord is a very bad man and cruelly exposed a weakness I have! I ordered a pint of Wherry or Southwold and a J2O for Mandy and got a bowl of water for Lottie, I went back to the bar and ordered a couple of baguettes. About 15 mins later the landlord bought our food to the table, looking at my glass he said 'you need another pint' it wasn't a question, what a mind reader, and he insisted on bringing it to the table! Later he came back to collect our plates 'Was everything ok with your food?' 'Would you like more drink?' I could have said no, but found myself saying 'yes please' Bad bad man! It was now about 1.10pm, and I was now sitting in the passenger seat, Mandy drove the last mile! Well I did do the previous 149! A couple of mins later we were parked on the lawn at Pacific Cruisers. Now, I cant heap enough praise on Richard Fiona and their team, I know they are a business (a business that I hope does very well) but they make you fell you are friends and are just borrowing a boat! Everything is handled so informally and friendly, nothing is too much trouble. This is our third consecutive hire with them and third on Dawn. I really cant imagine using anyone else! Mandy and Fiona 'fitted' Lottie with her life jacket, I was just the labourer and emptied the car Soon everything was loaded, Mandy managed to drop my fleece in the drink, (and I was the one that had alcohol) mind you it would soon be dry, not that I would! As envisaged, my experience with the Wrynose pass made the Chet a doddle, taking it slowly after about an hour we were soon cruising down The Yare My favourite pub on the broads is the Surlingham Ferry, I love the beer, the food the garden and Sonia and all her staff are really lovely, I'd booked a mooring so we didn't need to hurry to get there As I already said I hadn't used the White Horse at Chedgrave before, two other pubs we hadn't used was the Beauchamp and Coldham Hall. I wanted to correct this, as we approached The Beauchamp, it looked quiet, there were plenty of moorings, but no one was sitting outside, which I thought odd as it was a lovely sunny day, I quickly 'googled it' - it didn't open until 5pm, and as it was only about 2.30pm, ruled it out I know the owner feels that not getting planning permission on his caravan park is going to 'kill' his pub, but not opening until 5 on a Friday is hardly going to help, is it? So Coldham Hall it was then, and I was really pleased the Beauchamp was closed, Approaching Coldham Hall there was a mooring at the front, but .......... I know this shouldn't make any difference but there was a private boat moored just behind us as we came in, that first mooring of the year suddenly came with extra pressure. No need to worry, straight in no problems..... I'm back! A couple of 'mature gents' got up and took our ropes, which I thanked them, but we had it all under control. We had a chat with them once we got our drinks, they confessed to having been in the pub a fair time, and good luck to them! A couple of pints of Ghost Ship for me, Pimms and a tea for Mandy, Lottie had to stick to water, well someone has to be sober to stern moor at The Ferry House We decided to 'cut the corner' at Brundall and entered Bargate Broad, it was so peaceful we decided to mud weight for 30mins. I like the idea of mud weighting overnight but it's not possible with Lottie We arrived at The Ferry House about 5.30pm and saw the board reserving our mooring for the night. Second mooring of the hols and although Lottie was prepared to moor for me, I decided she should keep to her job of watching the ducks! Another good mooring, and again plenty of help with the ropes, although I'm not sure with the advice passed back to me from Mandy from someone on the bank to shut the engine off despite still being 6ft from the bank! We had a nice chat with a private boater to our side about dogs, Lottie is a rescue, and although we've had her for a while, she was mistreated and get easily spooked and can be unfriendly to strangers, once she know you she loves you to bits! I take her to work with me, she now loves everyone in my office, especially the girls in accounts who bring chicken in to feed her! Sorry cant remember your name or the boat you were on, I only remember we were both the same age a very young 62! We decided to have a couple of drinks, Mandy soft, me Humpty Dumpty (I think) Lottie just water We returned to the boat to freshen up, then back to the pub for dinner I cant remember what we had, but I'm sure it was good, Mandy had two glasses of wine, me a couple of beers and Lottie was still suck on the water Now this is where I had a little mishap, now I accept I had consumed a few beers, but it was over a long period and I had two meals, I was feeling good, and I'm used to drinking regularly I took Lottie for a fairly long walk, about 45 mins Although I've worked in and around London for 40 years I am a country boy at heart my dad was a farmer and I'm comfortable in the countryside and do a lot of walking with Lottie and dogs before her I've noticed recently more and more gates on footpaths are now 'self closing' obviously a necessity in these days because some people cant be bothered to close a gate behind them Well a set of circumstances that night lead to what could have been worse, as I approached the last gate before the pub I put Lottie on her extending lead, I opened the gate which has a concrete step on the pub side. Lottie got spooked by another dog barking, pulled on her lead, this made me loose my footing as I stumbled forward the gate closed and trapped my ankle between the bottom of the gate and the concrete step This wasn't just an ouch moment, my ankle was stuck and I couldn't reach the clasp on the gate, and guess what? I hadn't taken my phone with me, I always have my phone, I'm always berating Mandy for not taking a phone! So there I was stuck and doing my best not to embarrass myself my having to call 'help' so I sat there for a couple of mins, when for some reason I let go of Lottie's lead, the lead recoiled that spooked her and she ran off! I still dont know how I freed myself, you hear stories where under pressure people use natural adrenalin to preform great strengths, that may have been my moment, as the dog ran off I managed to reach up and open the gate, something I obviously tried to do several times with no success Lottie had come straight back to me at this point so we both got back to the boat unharmed, a few cuts and bruises for me! Mandy told me I was a silly old fool and that it was all my fault, and I couldn't argue Sorry for the ramble, later days were less eventful! To be continued
  2. 10 points
    Well here we are moored at Sutton Staithe for our last night in Norfolk. An incident ocurred here today which gave me pause for thought. A large cruiser pulled up about 10 metres in front of ours. One of those with a very high built up stern with external steps leading to the upper helm and a bottom step or narrow bathing platform about 30cm above the water. One of the group, a well built chap, had just fastened the stern rope and stepped back onto the boat. I was having one of my last dangles (channelling Brando perhaps) when in my peripheral vision i saw him go backwards into the Broad with the most enormous splash. I was momentarily stunned (and thinking there goes the fishing) when he popped back up spitting copious quantities of Ant. Fortunately the boat was fitted with tranverse fenders across the rear and he was able to grab those. Then his mates came and dragged him out. All he lost were his sunglasses and dignity. Now erindoors has been assiduous in her wearing of her lifejacket whilst mooring. As for myself? Not once. Barmpot is the term I think. We have been valeting the boat prior to taking her back ( cleaner than when we picked her up) and i am thinking i do not want to give her back. She is not perfect. I would like an anchor winch, rear vision cameras, and a couple of USB ports at the helm, but she is without question the best we have hired. There is no way i could check her in as excess baggage, even long-haul the allowance is not that great, but if someone in the forum could quietly suggest how I might get her to the Humber estuary and still get my flight to Hong Kong on Sunday morning, there would be a large drink in it. Nuff said. OK? Cheers Chris
  3. 8 points
    The lead up Having enjoyed reading everyone's tales of the holidays on the broads, I thought it was time I wrote one myself. The crew were myself, my wife Mandy and little Lottie the dog This was the second part of our adventures this summer, we'd been in the Lake District the previous week staying in a pub (where else) just north of Windermere Now, I only mention this because we hire from Pacific Cruisers, and as a 'one week a year boater' I've always thought that starting off on a boat in Loddon isn't the easiest starting point for someone who might be a bit 'rusty' Whilst in Cumbria we decided to do the Eskdale Steam Railway, a lovely little trip through beautiful scenery,. However to get there we had to drive the Wrnose and Hardknott passes OMG, I love my car for driving the 80 mile round trip to work and back, but my choice in life of a rear wheel drive automatic was being severely questioned, by me! We made it, and as I couldn't find a much better route back, we did it again, so my initial concern of navigating The Chet from cold held no fears I later found out walking down a footpath was far more dangerous! Below is a picture of Lottie waiting for the train to leave and the only 'selfie' I've ever taken or likely to take to show the crew! To be continued shortly!
  4. 6 points
    Dont really think that you would do this on a boat but you could make at home and they make a change from the normal run of the mill tasteless versions you buy. Pre: 15 min serves 4 1lb of pork sausages or whatever you like 4 hard boiled eggs - about 6 mins each egg. Bag of Panko Crumbs 1 egg beaten Some plain flour. Skin the sausages and make into 4 equal patties. Roll each hard boiled egg in flour to coat, place on sausage patty and shape sausage around egg. Dip each into beaten egg and then coat well with the crumbs. Bake in over 35 mins or until sausage meat is thoroughly cooked. No need for oil and all that frying. They tastes scrummy.
  5. 6 points
    This time of the year I am often to be found at Reedham, Ranworth or Womack. Usually around 11am to 2pm,for lunch. Prior to picking up grandchildren from school, going to Stressco's, the gym and all those jobs us busy pensioner's get up too. Do you know what, and this is for several years now, I have never seen a ranger, out of his boat. Just generally talking to holiday makers, private owners and visitors. Ever! Would it not be beneficial for the authority's representative on the river to be seen advising, helping, instructing, simply being approachable. If nothing else but to discuss those issues of speeding, inappropriate behaviour and general safety concerns. Andew
  6. 6 points
    This is a fine examples of the problems inherent with "Trial by forum" In another thread I said that a boatyard had kindly accommodated Nyx when I took my dog to the vet. I had been moored in Coltishall when I realised that Socs needed the vets visit. I cruised early morning from Coltishall common to Wroxham at pretty much top speed, only slowing for moored boats. Was I breaking the speed limit? Yes! Would I do the same again? Yes!! The circumstances were such that I believed my actions to be warranted. Nobody else on the rive was aware of my predicament so I may have been photographed/videoed by law abiding citizens and discussed on … say facebook, where I never go. We do not, nor cannot know the situation, so if you see a boat speeding, report it to the proper authorities if you like, but leave it at that.
  7. 5 points
    I was moored at 'deep go dyke' when a ranger boat turned up to do some grass cutting. The ranger apologised for disrupting the peace and quiet as he cut the grass by my boat. I have nothing but positive comments to make about the BA's front line people.
  8. 5 points
    Calling all Bishy fans, friends and collegues. One year ago this month was our first day at River Green. The support and good will given over the year has been incredible. We would like to invite you all to celebrate with us. Join us for a BBQ, Free 10min Bishy taster trips and games on the green (we got swingball and other games 😃). This is a Free event for our birthday, our way of giving a little something back, a thank you to those who have been a part of our journey and hopefully we will get a chance to meet some new friends too, all are welcome. As we won't be charging for BBQ it would be a great help if some of you could bring a little something for the grill, we will start cooking from 2pm.
  9. 4 points
    Martham Boats have reinstated Jocelyn in their hire fleet. I'm sure it must be many years since it was last on hire. The interior photos look good. https://www.marthamboats.com/hire/motor-cruisers/65-jocelyn-iii
  10. 4 points
    I also made some fresh strawberry tarts this afternoon. They are just awaiting the cream to be piped on top.
  11. 4 points
    Whilst it would seem a fantastic idea to have people wandering around just chatting to boaters who want to be talked to , my hope is that that does not come out of my contribution to the Nav budget!!! For what its worth, and clearly most don't agree, I would prefer to see them out on the river - and no, they don't need to wave to me, just as I don't feel the need to wave to every other boater that waves to me! I would think it is almost impossible for the Ranger who does Wroxham/Horning to wave at every boat - his arm would fall off!!
  12. 4 points
    Thursday 4th July I woke slightly later this morning – not until 6! Kept quiet as usual until Graham woke around 8. Seren, bless her, had been awake well before that as I could hear her whining now and again, but very quietly. Although Barton Turf had been very quiet overnight, there was a fair amount of aircraft noise in the morning, but that’s the case for all the moorings around the upper Ant. We had a porridge breakfast this morning and got on our way mid-morning. To start with, Harry swopped our Welsh flag for the stars and stripes (4th July - in honour of American family and friends), then we motored up the Ant as far as the Stalham/Sutton fork, checking whether there were any wild moorings that are not overhung with trees. We set our sails on our way back down and had a lovely sail to and fro across Barton Broad, though we had to use the Torqeedo through Irstead and most of the way down to How Hill, where we stopped for coffee and cake. I managed to lose the lid of the kettle overboard whilst trying to thoroughly empty the kettle. Oopsie! For the remainder of the week Graham and Harry kept pulling my leg about not losing other things overboard. We continued on our way in a hybrid sail/Torqeedo fashion down to Ludham Bridge as we kept catching/losing the wind. Ludham Bridge moorings were very busy, but luckily there was a space at the de-masting moorings just before the bridge. Normally we prefer to moor further away from the bridge as it can be a bit chaotic immediately before the bridge. It was chaotic too! Just after we moored a large cruiser slowed down to a stop mid-river between the de-masting area and the water point. They proceeded to take down their screens to prepare for the bridge passage whilst another boat came to a standstill behind them. Given it wasn’t a Richardson’s boat, they surely must have realised they were nearing the bridge? They then spotted the water point, so waved the other boat past. It didn’t help that a day boat had moored in front of the water point! Fortunately, it had calmed down by the time we had de-masted and we were able to get through the bridge without any problems. Also, there was plenty of space for us to moor up the other side of the bridge to put the mast back up. Sails back up, we had a lovely, though slowish, sail down the Bure to Upton, getting there just before 4pm. The (tiny) staithe was full, so we asked at the Eastwood Whelpton Yard if we could moor there. They were happy to oblige and we were able to moor overnight side on and use their loos, though we found that the lights/hand-dryers didn’t work after dark. Upton is a lovely quiet mooring, though I wouldn’t want to take my chances negotiating the very narrow dyke in anything other than a sail boat or very small cruiser. There isn’t much room for manoeuvre at the end where the staithe is. The other good thing about Upton is the community-owned pub – The White Horse. They had an exceptionally good selection of 0%/low alcohol beers (Becks – yuk, but also Ghostship, Old Speckled Hen and Estrella). Graham opted for the Old Speckled Hen, as he hasn't come across that option before. Harry and I had full-fat Wherry. We looked for a table in the shade, as the afternoon had been exceptionally hot, even on the river. We felt baked to a crisp, though our sunblock had done its work. After dinner we returned to the Yard and sat in our picnic chairs for a while. It was still very warm, but the sky had clouded over and it almost looked as though a thunderstorm was brewing. However, by sunset the sky was clearing again. Spent a peaceful night.
  13. 3 points
    I don't want or need Rangers to wave frantically at or to me. However, I usually give a nod towards them if they seem to be looking my way. If they feel the need to speak to me about something this would give them the opening they need, rather than passing by, turning round and perhaps using blue lights. (This hasn't been needed yet-but they may be times when they feel the need to remind me of something!) If the Ranger acknowledges my nod, then I may be more inclined to share something less important than I may do otherwise. It's about body language, there are times when Rangers need us, and maybe the above would apply also to them. We all share the rivers, I am not a constant waver, but we return the wave if sometimes waves to me, and usually wave to younger children, I don't think such gestures on the rivers would be misinterpreted.
  14. 3 points
    Conservation rangers. Rangers have become dual purpose but the downside appears to be that some rangers are being put in a boat whilst their expertise is in other disciplines, if you get my drift.
  15. 3 points
    I agree with CambridgeCabby, there is far too much emphasis put on “over land” speed. I was always told 5mph should not cause enough wash to rock a dinghy. Common sense, followed by a bit of thought for others wouldn’t go amiss, even if this is just to start with... Always check over my shoulder just to make sure we are never putting out a too higher wash, making sure to slow down for moored craft etc. That extra 1-2 mph the owner is gaining in the opening post equates to what, a 2-3 minute gain at destination depending on the start point? Its really not worth the noise and extra fuel... Cheers Paul
  16. 3 points
    Here is the start of the canopy project which could turn into a career! Even more exciting than that, if there could be such a thing, is: Thanks to JanetAnne, I am now in touch with the owner of Seraphina and we are shortly going to meet up. I've already had a long conversation with Gary and I'm really looking forward to meeting him and the boat. How long before three HE Santa Caterinas cruise in formation I wonder? I've invested in a planer/thicknesser to prepare the well-seasoned hardwood I'll be after soon. Does anyone know where I could borrow a couple of Acrow props to lift the canopy a tad? I could borrow some here in Leicestershire and bring them over but I wondered if there were any nearer Brundall? I'll just need them for a couple of hours or so for starters, just to assess the work. I've emailed BGM but as yet no reply. The standard height is 6' 1"
  17. 3 points
    That's alright then!
  18. 2 points
    Actually just as easy to do on a boat, I have done these and have them with a salad the next day, have always found that my boat oven will reach a good temperature similar to the one at home, as I follow slimming world I tend to use low-fat sausages I have made the Scotch eggs with chicken Italia sausages skins removed flattened out into a circle and then wrapped round a semi-hard-boiled egg dipped in beaten egg and then breadcrumbs get it right so the yoke isn't too hard and they are delicious as for breadcrumbs tend to buy them in the packet far easier on a boat
  19. 2 points
    They look absolutely gorgeous don't they? I love cooking too unfortunately cooking doesn't love me. I can burn salad Well done Mrs H, they look scrummy Grace
  20. 2 points
    Omg they look a delight, I love cooking and baking on a dank wet winter Sunday if I get the time, having two very needy horses makes me too tired to bother a lot of the time
  21. 2 points
    Right , I have now completed a set of questions for the quiz tomorrow, topics are Childrens literature Different Types Lunacy Science Nursery Rhymes and General Mayhem
  22. 2 points
  23. 2 points
    Those things handle brilliantly, though a quick look at the underside tells you why!
  24. 2 points
    In the guidelines it states that a craft should not leave an excessive wake as it causes erosion to the reed bed , damage to nesting birds nests and can damage other moored craft , it’s not about restricting types of hull in any way but like many of the “rules of the river” is down to common sense , ie if you’re leaving a massive wake and causing moored boats to rock excessively then one should slow down .
  25. 2 points
    If you are in a bathtub type of boat then unless rivers are really low you will be ok just the other side of the posts on the left as you’re heading towards Irstead , I wouldn’t try it on the left or right heading towards Neatishead except just before entering the narrow channel at the end where you are ok on the left or right hand side but not too far from the posts , do remember to allow a full rotation length of the boat you are on as they can and often do turn a full 360 , try and moor facing into the wind when you drop your weight
  26. 2 points
    Having owned a boat on the broads now for 25 years, and having had many encounters with various rangers I have to say I have never had a negative experience even when they've been pointing out some shortcoming or other. I have found both the rangers and broads beat to be highly professional and helpful on all occasions. I cannot deny the possibility that there can be bad apples in the bag, I have just never come across them. Ok, you asked for good points to be put forwards, there's mine.
  27. 1 point
    Will be interesting to see how much room there is under Potter if they dredge the marina quays moorings to the appropriate depth
  28. 1 point
    It certainly is a covering as can be seen on the decks of Royal Tudor.
  29. 1 point
    I wonder if panko breadcrumbs would be good for these?
  30. 1 point
    at least one bit of wood can be replaced with another less rotten piece.
  31. 1 point
    Mike that's because you have gone two stages past lunacy. And you are now living in your own fantasy world. As for me I think I'm now on the cusp of stage four. Don't give a monkeys stage. Merry Christmas.
  32. 1 point
    Thank you both, I'm meant to be working although I haven't had to walk Lottie today as Mandy is at home, but it took me 4hrs to put those two together! Probably do another tomorrow
  33. 1 point
    Fantastic news, perfect size for solo cruising !
  34. 1 point
    I think i,'m going to enjoy this?.
  35. 1 point
    The sound of splitting wood is painful! Looking forward to the next video
  36. 1 point
    Trouble is, too many helms have no idea what their wash is doing!
  37. 1 point
  38. 1 point
    Phone and speak to Gary in the workshop.
  39. 1 point
    I love how you go shopping on holiday and buy cake, then get "salad stuff" to make yourself feel better about it Nooooooooooooooooooooooo Now that is much better Enjoying your tale Helen as always, and some beautiful pictures there too
  40. 1 point
    Wednesday 3rd July We really made up for yesterday’s laziness today, even though we didn’t set off that early. I took advantage of the showers in the Yard again this morning. The sun felt scorching as early as 8am and there was hardly a breath of wind. We had another cooked breakfast (Ludham butchers bacon, fried potatoes and beans). I’m finding the ‘spray-on’ type of oil really handy on this holiday. It makes far less mess (splattering) than frying with normal oil. By 10am a gentle northerly breeze had sprung up, so we set off sailing very gently down the Thurne and then up the Bure, stopping at the St Benet’s moorings for a coffee break and a walk for the dog. We also fed the swans and geese. We continued up the Bure and through Horning, using the Torqeedo near the Ranworth turn off (pesky trees!) and again in the wooded section before Horning. By the time we got through Horning it was after 2pm, so we turned into Blackhorse Broad and mud-weighted whilst we ate a bread and cheese (Camembert and Boursin) lunch with some red wine to wash it down. One of the swans resident on the Broad was a bit cheeky. He was trying to get his neck over the side of the boat to nick Harry’s lunch. Rather than continue to Salhouse Broad as originally planned, we decided to head back down river and up the River Ant to look for a quiet mooring. The wind had freshened and, although we used the Torqeedo a couple of times through Horning we were able to tack down most of the Bure, even the wooded section. An Eastwood Whelpton boat had been just behind us through Horning. When we got to the wooded section I was surprised to find that we left him far behind, despite not using the Torqeedo. Maybe Hunter’s boats are easier to handle tacking through such sections? The Torqeedo did get used more once we were on the Ant, but even there we were able to catch the wind here and there. We went past How Hill, even though there was lots of space on the moorings. The evening light was lovely through Irstead. It was getting on for 8pm by the time we got to Barton Broad and the wind was dying down. There were a couple of spaces on the Paddy’s Lane moorings but we opted for a mooring on the Barton Turf Parish Staithe, where there’s a water point and refuse/recycling facilities. It was lovely and quiet there overnight. Dinner this evening was pasta with carbonara sauce from a jar. Yuk! Don’t think we’ll be trying that again!
  41. 1 point
    Tuesday 2nd July We had a very lazy day today (there seems to be a theme of laziness developing over this holiday). I woke pretty early as usual and got up around 7 to have a shower. Pretty quiet when I got back to the boat. We had tea, then porridge, then more tea. Leisurely washing up was done. I popped up the road in the car with Harry to get some salad stuff, cake, beers from Throwers (the main reason we went by car) and some meat from the butchers. Sat around in the sun relaxing and reading. Late morning the guys from the Yard fixed one of the gas rings that hadn’t been working (it had been blocked with water by some previous hirers) and put the Torqeedo on charge for us. After all yesterday’s motoring we had 47% left on the battery – not bad considering. We had coffee and cake. More sitting around in the sun (glad we brought our folding picnic chairs with us) before lighting the BBQ to cook our lunch. Today we had Chinese pork ribs (very meaty ones) and garlic-butter marinated chicken skewers with new potatoes and salad - lovely but we preferred the chicken skewers we had on Saturday evening. I had a nap in the sunshine after lunch, before we went for a walk around Ludham marshes. Harry and I dawdled a lot. That wildlife trip has a lot to answer for, as we spotted and heard some of the wildlife we’d been introduced to on Sunday. This one's a bit out of focus unfortunately... Not wildlife, but...I love the way you can spot sails drifting along above fields. Early evening, we hopped in the car again and drove to The Lion at Thurne. Noticed they have recently been awarded a regional ‘best pub’ award by CAMRA. Love the way they have refurbished the pub, and the excellent choice of beers, ciders and gins. However, they seem to have changed their menu and portion sizes, no doubt to cater for the majority of their customers' tastes, but for me the menu was less interesting than it used to be. Readers of some of my previous blogs will have realised that I like unusual (and occasionally downright weird) food. Also, I thought that the portions are now too big (for me anyway – sure they will suit others fine!). Still really well-cooked food though. Harry had BBQ duck legs with fries and BBQ backed beans off their specials menu. He couldn’t finish it and Seren had to help him out a bit. I couldn’t finish my sea bream either. Graham managed to polish off his sausage and mash though. Back to the Yard for a final pre-bedtime walk for Seren and showers for Harry and Graham before turning in for another early night.
  42. 1 point
    Hi, I realise there is a lot in this post about moorings , yards, private boats. A wee tiny question, We are hiring through Broom in Brundall, can any one tell me or point to a link ,in particular boat yards in the south that we could moor for free or if not, what the charge might be. Also can you reserve moorings in Norwich yacht station? I appreciate its high high season. Lovin the forum btw. The advice and banter
  43. 1 point
    Absolutely, I was just trying to point out that at 6mph allowed going towards Acle, say, where allowed a 20 footer, a 30 footer and a 45 footer will produce a totally different wash. The smallest boat producing the most and having to give serious throttle.
  44. 1 point
    Don't you just hate it when people get all scientific and you haven't got a clue what they:re on about?.
  45. 1 point
    Hi Broads 01, Martham Ferry are an interesting little boatyard which as you say used to have a cruiser hire fleet. I believe they operated 5/6 boats at one stage including 4/5 Horizon 35's Triton and Tranquil Breeze and a Bounty 27 Elysian now at Barnes plus two houseboats. In the latter years they even operated a unique Alpha 38 called Ferryman which was a shortened version of the Alpha 42 Rapide/Concorde lowliner dual steer boats. I imagine they must have had fun trying to get that through Potter even in the 90's. More recently the King family (ex Ferry Boatyard Horning) bought and developed the yard building holidays homes and a new boat shed on the site which was falling down if I remember correctly. I don't know when they acquired the yard however It must be atleast 5-10 years ago and a varying day boat fleet has been offered for some time. Most of the current fleet is recently acquired, they did build a number of Ensign 21s and had a couple of ex Pacific day boats at one stage although boats move between the recently acquired Wayford Marina. In the past Jumbo was also offered for hire which was an earlier version of Appollo and some electric day cruisers from HW. Olivers sailing hoildays operate 2 yachts from the yard although I don't know whether Martham Ferry own these as they marketed separately, of course back in the 60-80's the Cresta sailing fleet (12+ yachts?) operated here but thats another story. Neil
  46. 1 point
    That's why we are looking to hire one for a day run around the upper Thurne network.
  47. 1 point
    After 10 seasons at Brundall Bay marina we decided we needed a change of scenery and have moved our permanent mooring to Ferry marina at Horning. Saturday 13th was the best day for us to get the air draught we needed to get under the bridges at Yarmouth. With us being 12'6" high we need to take down the canopy, radar arch etc. and crossing Breydon water in inclement weather is not much fun I can assure you. But it was O.K. on Saturday a bit overcast and breezy but nothing too dire. Taking our time we berthed in Ferry marina 5 hours 50mins after leaving our berth in Brundall Bay. We've vey much enjoyed our years in Brundall but have had a hankering to try the Northern Broads for some time but it was a case of finding a berth that met our criteria which until this year we have never managed to do. We realise we have arrived just as the holidays are beginning making everywhere super busy which may come as a bit of a shock after the relative quietness of the Southern Broads but Heigh-Ho nothing ventured nothing gained. Carole
  48. 1 point
    Go to Loddon, there are 3 bare shells just waiting to be recycled. Did I say recycled, I meant refurbished. Seriously though, with all the GRP iboats we see lying around in a very poor state, why doesn't someone start up a business taking them away and refurbishing them?. I know people will say it's not worth it, but you have the base mouldings to start with, meaning all they would need is a clean up and fit out. No need for making new moulds etc. Personally, I'd love to see some of these classic broads cruisers back to looking their best.
  49. 1 point
    steering fitted to bulkhead, steering linkage added and tested
  50. 1 point
    Hold onto your seats it’s about to resume
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