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  1. 18 points
    Finally, at last, and those that know will tell you there were times we thought this would never happen. Then again it's all part of the ritual that is wooden boat ownership. Just got to finish the 200 or so little jobs that crave my attention, like fit the galley
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 10 points
    Ditto , and I hope that a mutually beneficial dialogue can spring forth from this . Please can other forum members regard the BA joining us as a positive move by them and not use it as an excuse to harass or insult them relentlessly. Obviously in no way should we cease to voice our complaints and criticisms as we have always done , and we have always known the BA read this forum but let’s not lose their direct contributions , hopefully in this way we can avoid some of the speculative rumours that have happened in the past and get direct input from “the horse mouth”. should say the above is IMHO but honestly believe direct input from the BA can only be beneficial to us
  5. 10 points
    Hi all, Thank you for pointing this out. We already have CCTV coverage at our Yacht Stations which has proved useful so far in recording and following up on incidents on the river. Following the recent speeding vessel on the River Yare at Reedham, we felt it would be a sensible idea going forwards if we could install CCTV at Reedham. Tom
  6. 10 points
    Dawn over Ranworth. Ah, but (those paying attention may say), that should be dawn over Upton Dyke. True, but whilst cruising slowly down the Thurne, we had a conversation. We agreed we must have one last night at Ranworth as it is such a special place and the weekend will be manic and we have to meet friends at Coltishall early next week. So we turned right instead of left and on such decisions, the fate of nations can rest. Though not in this case, obviously. So i spent a happy afternoon fishing and watching reversing 101. Not as a critic, take away my bowthrusters and i can be as cack handed as the next Johnny, but interested. More interesting was watching the people watching the reversing. There were those who will offer words of advice "tell him to shove it hard over and boot it love", those who get involved and offer to take a rope, and those who, regardless of the drama unfolding next door to them, just stay on their duffs sipping Prosecco or something. Fortunately they are in the minority. Anyroad up it looks like the rain is easing so i am off to dangle a few more maggots before we head for Upton. Or we have another conversation. Cheers Chris
  7. 9 points
    This is the BBC Home Service. Hold it up to the light – not a brain in sight. Some of you will know by now that I tend to see the world through 'Goon' tinted glasses. Not just The Goons but programming such as 'the Navy lark', 'Hancock's Half Hour', 'The Men From The Ministry', 'Round the Horne' and the panoply of what is now referred to as 'vintage radio comedy'. As I say my vision is tinted by classic humour, I can't help but see the world as a comedy on the 'Light Programme'. I mean, take today's news report on the changes in personnel in charge of fashion at Marks & Sparks. The chief executive Steve Rowe noting failings such as not buying enough jeans for a promotion. He then comes out with a pure gem worthy of Julian and Sandy. "That led to us having some of the worst availability in casual trousers I've seen in my life,". Ooh, ain't 'ee bold! But today has brought a joy far greater than scarcity in the trouser department at M&S. Today, on the drive back from Sheffield, granddaughter Gracie and her best friend Lola discovered 'The Goons'. Explosions of belly laughs erupted from the back seat of the car as they listened to Quatermass OBE on the radio. "Put Bluebottle on again!" Gracie pleaded crying with laughter when Peter Sellers as Bluebottle said 'chips and brown gravy' while I explained you can't rewind radio. But fortunately, I had my recordings on MP3 so we got to listen to my favourite 'Tales of Men's Shirts'. "Can we listen to Bluebottle on the radio on the boat?" asked Gracie. "Oh no!" exclaimed Grandma. "Oh Yes!" said Timbo. First, Grace gets hooked on boats and now The Goons. Today has been a good day! Or is that a Goon day? Thynne!
  8. 9 points
    Sunday 30th June As usual on Broads holidays I woke really early at 5am, not long after dawn. Seren had been whining quietly since it started to get light, but as she didn’t sound distressed, I ignored her (getting her in training for sleeping later as the week progresses). Graham was sleeping soundly. There was quite a bit of ‘bow-slap’ as an early Westerly breeze had sprung up as forecast. Graham woke around 7am, but no sign of Harry getting up. It was another beautiful morning with a cloudless sky. We eventually woke Harry up after 8am with a cup of tea. We put two reefs in this morning, as the breeze seemed quite strong - we could see that the water at the end of Hickling Broad was pretty choppy. We started off by sailing across Hickling Broad until we were nearing the Sailing Club, then we turned back, sailed past the Deep Dyke moorings and made our way through Meadow Dyke, the wind being just right to take us though on sail. There was a fair wind on Horsey Mere, but not as strong as we had expected. We took out sails down on the far side of the Mere, using the electric quant to keep our bow to the wind and then motored into the Dyke, arriving late morning. Graham went off down the end of the dyke to check out where to pay for the mooring (£5 for an overnight mooring). However, it turns out that the guy that runs the Ross’ Wildlife Tours now takes the mooring fees. I asked him if he had space for two for an afternoon wildlife tour and booked for the 3.15pm tour, as I had won a free ticket for two for the tour from the Friends of Hunter’s Yard photo competition a couple of years ago (3rd prize). First though we had brunch (fried new potatoes, Ludham butcher’s smoked bacon and beans). We whiled away the afternoon sitting in the very warm sunshine until it was time for the Wildlife Trip. Graham made sure that Seren wasn’t getting too hot, he had brought a cloth and neck cloth with him which he dampened to help cool her down. Graham stayed with Seren whilst Harry and I took the trip. This took us across Horsey Mere, the guide (Ross?) explaining some of the history and techniques of thatching (use of sedge for the ridge of the roof and reeds on the main parts of the roof). We went down Meadow Dyke, spotting Norfolk Hawker Dragonflies and another brown Dragonfly whose name I forget. We also saw (briefly) a Swallowtail Butterfly zooming across the dyke on the strong breeze. Then into Heigham Sound to see a pair of Swans with cygnets, Avocets flying by, a Marsh Harrier and some Common Terns. On the return cruise back through Meadow Dyke the guide turned off the engine and drew our attention to the song of a Reed Warbler and a Sedge Warbler. We relaxed a bit more after our tour, before walking across the fields to the Nelson Head for an early dinner. As it was such a beautiful warm evening we sat outside to eat. Seren found a shady spot! Crab salad for me off their specials board. It was okay but I would have preferred to have had it with potato salad or coleslaw rather than hot new potatoes and side salad. It was a very small crab, the smallest I’ve seen, though plenty enough for my appetite. Hope the size is not due to overfishing! Annoyed on our return to the boat to find that my Kindle wouldn’t work. Ended up borrowing ‘Persuasion’ from Harry, who had brought three ‘real’ books with him. A re-read for me, but it is one of my favourite Jane Austin novels. Watched the sun setting over Horsey Mere, then turned in for the night. Nice to be able to use real loos! We were a bit bothered by flies again this evening, though not as badly as last night. No mozzies though, thankfully.
  9. 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!
  10. 8 points
    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
  11. 8 points
    We've been asked about streaming CCTV online before (à la the various boatyard webcams in the Broads) however we're unable/reluctant to do this considering the data protection implications we could face, especially regarding people's faces being in the shots etc. The driver behind getting CCTV at Reedham and at our other locations was one of security and helping in the event of incidents or crime. Thanks, Tom
  12. 8 points
    Thank you all for the warm welcome, we're looking forward to getting more involved on here. We have got a fairly small and busy comms team but we'll try and respond to things as and when we get a chance, so please bear with us if you don't get a response as quickly as we'd like. Thanks again! Tom
  13. 8 points
    And in my experience, it is the totally callous attitude of the HR departments towards their own employees that is largely responsible for the high rate of attrition.
  14. 8 points
    And yet the approach to Norwich from Postwick was considered at one time, through the village of Thorpe St Andrew, was considered a delight. The garden of the east. Visited by the people of Norwich. Visited by tourists who visited our wonderful city. Where did it all go wrong?l Why did it all go wrong? And why have our generation allowed it to happen? Is this the legacy we will leave behind us, a disgrace that which we will be remembered. Andrew.
  15. 8 points
    Are you fed up with your mooring ropes fraying at the ends, even though you have melted them? The best solution is a sailmaker's whipping. I use No 8 Telylene whipping twine, which is great for all sorts of jobs on the boat. Unlay about 1.5 inches of the rope, cut off about 1.5 metres of the twine, make a bight in the end and pass it between the strands, so that it loops over the strand which is furthest away from you, and passes between the other two strands. Lay up the rope again by twisting the strands in your fingers as you turn them in together, and leave the whipping twine hanging out between each of the three strands. With the long end of the whipping twine, you "serve" it onto the rope, making sure you are doing it "against the lay". The length of the whipped portion should be about the same as the diameter of the rope. Pass the bight of the twine up the same strand that it is looped around and pass it over the end of the strand. Using the short end of the twine, pull the loop as tight as possible. Pass the short end of the twine up the remaining groove between the strands and tie it to the long end, with a reef knot, in the centre of the rope. Cut the two ends off short and there you have it! You can now burn the end of the rope in the usual way. Get it good and molten and then roll it into shape against a dirty metal surface, such as my old tool box. If you do it against a new clean piece of metal, the plastic will stick to it. You now have a rope end which will not fray or come apart, but will still pass easily through a mooring ring, or the sheave of a pulley, without snagging. I always make the eye splice so that it is a tight push fit over the deck cleat. This avoids the loop coming off the cleat on the boat, while you are standing on the bank with the other end of the rope!
  16. 7 points
    surely you are just saying here that they are doing their job, checking boats are registered and tolled, warning boats that they are exceeding the speed limits, I am sure they also check for overstaying on the 24 hour moorings, is fishing within their remit, or is that a different department (i dont know the answer to that one), as for avoiding confrontation, well that too is their job, to warn people in a nice manner, without allowing it to become an incident.
  17. 7 points
    Monday 1st July Woke to a cloudless blue sky again and a strong breeze. We turned the boat on the ropes so that the awning opening would be sheltered from the wind, and to bring our bow around to face the exit of the dyke. By 9am though there was a fair amount of cloud, though with sunny spells. We didn’t rush to get away this morning as I made us a breakfast of fried new potatoes, spam and scrambled egg. By the time we’d eaten that lot it was after 10. We were a bit lazy this morning. We knew that we’d have the wind against us down Meadow Dyke, so rather than sail across the Mere we just motored across and then down the dyke. Once in Heigham Sound I held the boat head to wind whilst Graham and Harry got the sails up. We had a lovely sail through Candle Dyke and then all the way up to West Somerton, passing a weed cutting machine near Martham Broad. There seems to be a weed cutter permanently working up there in July/August. On the moorings at West Somerton. When we got to West Somerton, we thought the mooring there was pretty exposed to the strong wind and would be even worse overnight as the wind was forecast to swing to the north. We decided to leave the mooring and head back down river to Womack. This was probably a bad idea, as we realised that we could have done with that northerly wind for the section past Martham Broad. We couldn’t use the electric quant on that section as it was far too weedy (would have fouled the prop), and the wind was too strong to manually quant, so we were reduced to tacking against the strong westerly wind. We got on okay initially until we failed to turn on a section passing the Broad and ended up stuck in mud just outside the marked channel. Whoops! Attempts to push ourselves off with the quant failed miserably and we ended up flagging down the two guys in the weed-cutting machine who towed us off the mud and downriver as far as a wild mooring on the bend (marked Dungeon Corner on the map). We rond-anchored there for a while for a coffee break, next to a couple who kindly lent us their boat hook to try to clear the weed that we had collected underneath the boat. It was well after 2pm by the time we got going again. We were a bit tired by now, so just motored down the Thurne rather than raising our sails. We had to put the motor into reverse a few times to clear the remainder of the weed. We all agreed, that's the last time we'll visit West Somerton. It's just not worth the hassle! At Potter, Graham and I popped into Latham’s for a few essentials (citronella candles, fly-swat, doggy treats, duck and swan food). Whilst Harry and Graham got our mast down, I walked Seren to the de-masting area south of the bridge and tried videoing their passage through the bridge. As Harry came in to moor a large Herbie Woods boat unexpectedly came in to moor from the other direction, with imminent danger of collision (we had thought he was aiming for the boatyard entrance). Harry threw Lustre into reverse and I hastily threw the bow rope around a post. Phew – disaster averted! When I told them that the area was reserved for de-masting, one of their crew explained that their helmsman was worried about negotiating the boatyard entry. It was only when I pointed out that another yacht was approaching and needed to de-mast that they moved to a space a bit further on. After we’d got our mast back up, we motored through Potter and back to Hunter’s Yard, back to our home berth. Even more lazily, we drove (!) up to the King’s Arms for dinner. Graham had scampi and salad of their light-bites menu (still a large portion of scampi though). Harry and I had fish dishes off their specials board. He had plaice stuffed with prawns with a spring onion and cream sauce, crushed new potatoes and veggies whilst I had herb crusted sea bream fillets with creamy leek and bacon sauce and rosti. Although I try to avoid dairy most of the year, I usually find that I can get away with eating dairy products in July, August and September, so I’m making the most of it! My dish was very tasty, but I always find the helpings in the King’s Arms was too big. Harry and I swopped dishes half way though, as we’d both had difficulty deciding which dish to have. We lit a citronella candle in the well area of the boat this evening to deter flies and mozzies. Seemed to work – we weren’t bothered by flies in the night.
  18. 7 points
    How about a "new" one for you camera addicts on the Broads? Seems Broads Boating have one! https://www.bbcacle.co.uk/webcam/?fbclid=IwAR0cUpwHT_fl8SgACXoUwBtgiF0aOz2XEgPyoImQ8y53RXpxtosqJJMoo98
  19. 7 points
    I see the point of having parking spaces for the disabled, and would like to see them policed more efficiently, but "Mother and Toddler" spaces by any name … no no no no! If they must have spaces dedicated to them, let those spaces be at the FAR end of the car park encouraging them to walk a few extra yards thus helping to reduce the "childhood obesity" problem. I see absolutely no good reason why such places should be in prime positions. Hate to say this SpeedTriple, but if not quite so bluntly, I agree with you entirely. What about having dedicated parking spaces for those having to do their shopping in their lunch break, and some for those who will be no more than 30 mins. Perhaps we should have some wider spaces for four seater cars with only two doors as their doors are wider. If someone has a genuine problem that limits their walking range, they warrant special treatment, I might even include ladies who are heavily pregnant. I have issues with the idle parents and their idle children being driven to school gates, being given special treatment in supermarket car parks and even them having stickers in their cars telling me to drive with extra consideration because their precious little darlings are "On board". I would love to have a sticker in my rear window saying "Kids grown up and left home. You may now resume driving like a prat"
  20. 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.
  21. 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
  22. 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.
  23. 6 points
    That's alright then!
  24. 6 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.
  25. 6 points
    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.
  26. 6 points
    dont worry they will never get a close up of you Jay, the lenses will crack first
  27. 6 points
    What a nail biter.You have to feel for the kiwis. Well done England. What a great Sunday of sport.For me get the jump leads to re start my heart and a lay down on a darkened room.
  28. 6 points
    In our experience boatyards often put signs out if they don’t want you to moor there because of reserving the space for their own boats. But many of them are very relaxed about it and just ask that you be gone by 8am. There are so many changeover days now that you would never be able to use the boatyards otherwise! So just be happy to be away early. No hardship really as that’s the best time of the day. :)
  29. 6 points
  30. 6 points
    Hi Everyone! New member first post! We are not new to the Norfolk Broads boating scene though! We've had a few fantastic holidays over the years starting with me (Simon) as a youngster with my parents from 1989 (Miss Dream River I think it was) and with my own family (Wife Jen and three boys) since 2009. Our last trip was on Ultimate Gem in 2016 (I've attached some pics). However, we are about to return to the tranquillity of the Broads again on the 22nd July 2019. As you will probably notice, we love the 'bath tub' type boats....not just for the value for money, but also because of the forward seating well and the air draft for bridge navigations! I am really looking forward to returning to the broads and checking out all our favourite spots including Wroxham, Acle, Brundall etc. An extra bonus for us this time is that we are planning to travel further up the North side than we have ever done before (we usually turn round at Wroxham) and travel on to Coltishall. Speaking of which, I was wondering what the mooring situation will be like at Coltishall at the end of July? I don't mind (even quite enjoy) a wild mooring and was wondering if it is still possible to navigate beyond the Green down to the Locks? Jen and I have been enjoying watching the adventures of Robin and Sheila (Rascal's Captain's Blog) on youtube and noticed that they had been up past the green towards the lock a few years back on Bronze Gem and more recently on Western Light. Anyway, its nice to be part of a forum of friendly and helpful folk who all share the same enthusiasm and enjoyment of these fantastic boating experiences All the best for now Simon and Jen
  31. 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.
  32. 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.
  33. 5 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.
  34. 5 points
    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!
  35. 5 points
    I would suggest there is a much larger third group who don't habitually attack or defend the BA but treat each topic on its individual merits. As for the Rangers in all my years boating I have nothing but respect for all the full time rangers I have had the pleasure of meeting and have always been treated with courtesy and the utmost helpfulness, in years gone by I have also always found those auxiliaries I have had dealings with the same, I cant speak for some of the newer crop as I have so far not come into contact with some and have no idea as to their level of proficiency, when it comes to confrontational situations they do deal with them where necessary with considerable tact but surely where the situation escalates that is then broads beats area of operation as the rangers have very limited powers and I believe are under instruction not to put their personal safety at risk. Fred
  36. 5 points
    I think its like anywhere else, you only really hear the bad stories, you dont get to hear the good experiences that probably outnumber the bad ones 10-1 because it doesnt occur to people to mention when they get good friendly service, whereas one incident of bad service gets flagged up, giving a biased view of reality. its only when you ask that people respond with incidents of good service to counter those bad experiences
  37. 5 points
    Fantastic photo! Coming from a farming family my other half will often ask me 'what kind of' questions should we pass anything in a field, be it crop, cattle or sheep. When I reply she tuts in annoyance because I will give the 'correct' term for the said exhibit. For example, she has the misguided notion that black and white cows are Friesian or Holstein cattle, when in fact they are called 'black and white beasts' (beast it pronounced 'bee ust'). Of course, I have my farmer grandfather and his love of purposeful mispronunciation of language to blame. Brown cows are 'brown beasts', Highland and English Longhorns are 'pointy beasts' and the plural of sheep is 'shoup'. As a young child I can remember being told by Grandad to 'seethee be carful where thee walks ah been feedin 'okey t' shoup an black n' white beeusts et it and tonned bilious. Tell thee fatha not t' strike a match in yon ings'. A very quick translation 'I say, young man, be careful where you walk as I have been feeding turnips to the sheep and the Holsteins have eaten them and consequently have diarrhoea. Tell your father not to light his cigarette in the meadow due to high levels of methane.' I should point out that in general conversation Grandad spoke with a 'BBC English' accent but would frequently dip into broad Yorkshire. These 'pointy beasts' are the cause of Dylan the beagle's objection to any animal, with the exception of food-bearing humans, larger than himself existing. Dylan likes to tour Royal Tudor's decks wearing his life jacket. One glorious morning at around 7 am we had crossed Barton Broad and headed up the Ant back to Wayford. In the meadows on the starboard bank were some of these 'pointy beasts'. As Dylan sat on the bow of RT one of the beasts made it's way down to the river to drink. Every step it took we could feel through the water and the hull of the boat. Dylan laid his ears flat. As the beast entered the water it mooed at the boat. Dylan fled in panic from the bow over the roof of the cabins and launched himself into the cockpit. He then ran into the galley, before skittering back into the cockpit, flying into the front cabins and burying himself under my duvet. Since that day, Dylan will flee at the sight of horses, large dogs, sheep, the fat cat next door or anyone walking on RT's decks with heavy tread. The pointy beasts at Stalham are given a very wide berth!
  38. 5 points
    It has been a quiet day. I feel a sombre tone has settled on us as we approach our last few days. I had a bit of a lie in today, up at 5am. The bream in Thurne Dyke were very accommodating and i quite enjoyed myself, though they are very slimy. We left our mooring assisted by the wind blowing us away from the bank and pottered up to Potter for some wotter(sorry, could not resist it) where the same wind played havoc with my attempts to moor. Hoping no-one noticed my cack-handed attempts we headed for Fleet Dyke. We chanced upon an excellent mooring and this time we remembered to book a table at the Ship. My afternoon was spent catching bream after bream in a session such as i have not enjoyed in many a long year. But they are ruddy slimy. Lyn says i looked like an extra from "Men in Black" who had been slimed. My only concern now is getting my fishing clothes past the NZ Border Patrol because of all the organic matter adhering to them. We then (slime free) had our meal at the Ship at South Walsham. We have enjoyed some excellent meals on this holiday but the meal this evening topped the lot. It was really, really good. How erindoors managed a treacle tart on top of her roast pork dinner i will never know. Tomorrow we are off to Wroxham to meet up with some old friends from Yorkshire. He is an ex-police sergeant and a fellow Lion and he also enjoys his fishing. I hope to introduce him to the monster perch that lurk there. Cheers Chris
  39. 5 points
    Perhaps they didn't have a Doctorate in Biodiversity of Wetland Hydroperiod Events or some such useless qualification, without which I'm sure the CEO believes we are all lobcocks
  40. 5 points
    That seems to be a trend with authority, it makes me wonder why?. Do the BA heirachy have something up their sleeves and are employing rangers who are only too keen to say nothing to protect their jobs etc. Personally, i love to stand up to the boss, it gives me an enormous sense of pride. Anyway, my career prospects were killed off years ago when i stood up to a manager, so now i could`nt give a toss what they say. If i was a ranger in the BA i`d adopt the same attitude, because you`re dealing with public in many ways, so i`d rather keep the public happy than a scheming boss. After all, you never know when you might need their assistance one day, and the good relationship that peter eludes to above is far more important for cohesion between the BA and the public.
  41. 5 points
    Good evening. We had a conversation, which is why we are now at a mooring above Acle bridge. On the plus side i have just enjoyed the best steak and ale pie i have had since arriving in the UK, and that is saying something. On the minus side, the fishing is rubbish. On the bomb and my reactions are not what they were. Hard to believe but we have been on this boat for 2 weeks now and we are on countdown for the return to Aotearoa. Still, another week to enjoy our favorite places. May be Thurne Dyke tomorrow? Cheers Chris
  42. 5 points
    Paul - I don't actually think that the BA is generally unloved although this is the perception that you could gain from reading the threads and the posts on Forum generally! The real trouble is that the vast majority of people out there DO NOT have the issues that some have on here. The trouble these days is that everyone has an opinion and they think that their opinion is right. Think carefully about it, for example, and you could think of several reasons why a hovercraft would NOT be suitable on Breydon! Perhaps someone should ask the RNLI why they have not got one for Breydon - quite simply it would have even more limited use than any boat like SOB and there is the little matter of cost ( £1/2 million ) too, especially when lives generally are not in danger if you just sit tight!!! I could think of some more too but everyone has a right to a view, and they do, but a post on any topic is neither necessarily the view of everyone, and equally, not often totally correct!!!!
  43. 5 points
    Sadly there are lots of ignorant little sh1ts around who decide their convenience is more important than the safety of young children. These spaces are made available to ensure parents with young children can get them out of the vehicle safely and to the store usually without needed to cross roads, or be on the route of pedestrian crossings. The issue of these ignorant low lifes abusing the parent and child parking in the one supermarket in our village came to a head over a year ago when a young woman was physically assaulted after asking a person parking without a child to move. The police were called, an arrest made and a man convicted of assualt causing actual bodily harm. A facebook campaign followed urging parents to boycott the supermarket until they started policing the parent and child spaces, over a hundred people signed up and eventually the supermarket caved. They are now policed by CCTV cameras and anyone can report abuse to the parking company either by text or app and they will review the evidence and issue a £95 parking charge notice. Hopefully more supermarkets will follow suit, expecially if enough pressure is bought to bear.
  44. 5 points
    When I was in my mid/late twenties I was rather over confident! After all I drove a bright blue Subaru Impreza which at the time was about the most hated car on the road! One summer afternoon I pulled into the supermarket, straight into the last child/parent space. Bingo! Before I had half of myself out of the car a mum with kids in the car had pulled up behind shouting and screaming, calling me things that no child should hear. I said nothing but kept eye contact with her during this torrent of verbal whilst getting my baby Daughter out of the back seat....
  45. 4 points
    Too hot to continue with my burden of some 300 metres of hedging so went for a walk at Horsey.
  46. 4 points
    With a 18.5ft waterline probably nowhere near 7mph. The imperial calculation for displacement hull speed is :- 1.34 x square root of waterline. For a V20 that is under 6mph and it would start to bulldoze water infront at that speed. it is why we all complain about day boats, most are probably not speeding it is their waterline length and hull shape, especially when loaded to capacity.
  47. 4 points
    Hi Carole, We were glad to leave Ferry Marina which we used to moor at, we have far better facilities at Brundall IMHO. Regards Alan
  48. 4 points
    Lewis showing his class right at the end. Bottas pits for fresh tyres to take fastest lap, Lewis says no need, even on 40 lap old hard tyres I can still go faster than you, takes it back on the final lap. Most wins ever at the British Grand Prix, another record falls to Hamilton. Whilst it's hard to compare drivers from different eras it's hard to argue against Hamilton being the best ever F1 driver. How many more titles he wins will be pretty much down to how long he wants to keep going. Have to say it's nice to see an F1 race "finish" at the chequered flag. We've had a couple of wierd ones.
  49. 4 points
    my memory of the goon show on the radio is tiptoeing around the house as my dad was recording it on his tape cassettes using a microphone, of course if you did step on a floorboard that creaked you got the look - then followed the utterly silent argument, with mouths working but no noise, if you were unlucky you were sent to your room, entailing a trip up the stairs avoiding the creaky steps, (or further glares were in evidence)
  50. 4 points
    So which of these duties did they not undertake six years ago when they spent all that money on it?
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