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  1. Tideway is finished and on her second hire! Here are some photos!
    16 points
  2. Hi all, thank you for your questions about Ranworth and sorry for the delay. I have been on annual leave and busy with a few other bits. I have consulted with my colleagues in the Ranger team and can clarify the situation for you below: We have just opened up a new Broads Authority Visitor Centre at Ranworth in the building that was previously occupied by the Norfolk Wildlife Trust (NWT). As part of this new visitor centre, we will be offering boat trips on our electric powered vessel Liana. Liana will be moored on the right-hand side at the upper end of the dinghy dyke, howev
    14 points
  3. Awoke Monday morning with the alarm after only 4 Hrs kip - I'm getting too old for this sort of carry on Upholstery - I knew that due to me altering the battens on the back of the uprights here at home it would cause issues fitting it onboard, which it did. However with a trusty multi cutter it was soon rectified and fitted. Proper chuffed, lets see how long this lot lasts for. The seat cushions are now a lot more firm and very pleasant, look good too Then it was the turn of that fridge door, it turned out not to be a straight swap, I had to transfer over a bottom bracket which en
    12 points
  4. We think our new crew member is going to take to boating life. He was a nervous wreck when we started the engine but very quickly settled down once it was running. We started it again a few times throughout the day and he was fine. We decided to stay in the marina and just get him used to getting on and off the boat, the general sights and sounds and moving around on board. He wasn't fussed about the geese thank goodness. We will probably go up next weekend and stay. He’s a tired boy now we are home. It’s been a busy day. Meet Desmond, our two year old whippet
    11 points
  5. I wish I could join you John. I have just had an e-mail offering to clean the outside of my boat for a good price, as it is looking a bit tatty and "you know what the others in the marina are like. They want all the boats to look tidy". I continue to pay the river toll, insurance and the moorings and I have also paid for winterising and servicing. If the others in the marina don't like the look of a boat that COVID has prevented me from using since autumn 2019 and probably still won't be able to visit this year, then they are more than welcome to go on board and clean the bugger for thems
    11 points
  6. A Broads coffee. Not had one of these since October Galley has some surface mould Everywhere else not too bad. Heating on. Bilges dry Griff
    11 points
  7. Thanks for the comments, we had to go a long way backwards first but we are really happy with the outcome,
    10 points
  8. To get the thread back on track - just to say that we are taking a day off working on our bungalow to have a couple of nights on board Norfolk Lady. Not sure yet where we will go tomorrow, but it’ll be good to get back out on the river.
    9 points
  9. Just to update, and close this. We had the most AMAZING 4 days on the Broads. Weather was gorgeous (if BL**DY cold at night!) and there is no doubt that 'life at 4 mph' is incredibly relaxing. Day 1 (afternoon/evening): Stalham - Horning. Had booked the Swan Inn for 6:45, and slightly worried when we arrived and there were no moorings. We could have doubled up, but weren't sure of the etiquette. We drove round for a bit, and then found a little pontoon downstream by St Benedict's church, where we moored. A brisk walk to the pub and a very decent meal. Day 2: Decided to set off e
    8 points
  10. It’s definitely progressing, all four planks fitted and forward bulkhead fitted the centre bulkhead is just a temporary one and will be removed once the hull is epoxied. Once the rear bulkhead is fitted the planks will be adjusted to get them fair then the inside joints will have an epoxy fillet applied before the wire is removed.
    8 points
  11. RIGHT, Enough already. It’s warm n sunny I’m armed with flash, micro fibre cloths, copious amounts of hot water The upper scupper - All of it is getting a right bolloxing whilst at anchor. I could be here a while Griff
    8 points
  12. Oh dear! I am sorry if you thought my remark was condescending, or even aimed at you personally. It certainly wasn't intended to be and reading it back, I still don't think it looks that way. It seems so easy to offend, these days.
    8 points
  13. We had a leisurely chug to Pyes Mill. Although a few clouds developed, it is a beautiful, if somewhat chilly day. There are a few boats out, private and hire and even a couple from Herbert Woods that have strayed across Breydon!! Here are a few more photos taken today.
    7 points
  14. Both of us had our 2nd jab today. We were lucky as Tony's appointment was 10.00am and mine wasn't until 5.20pm, but I went in with Tony and asked if could have mine done at the same time and and they said that as mine was due on the same day then it would be fine. Job done. Carole
    6 points
  15. Got home at 2230 Wednesday evening. Not much to report as there was very little 'crewed up and underway' I was determined to get her out of the wetshed as she has not seen the light of day since October last year. Problem was she was proper mucky on the outsides. We slinked out of the wetshed at 1930 Tuesday evening undercover of dusk and rapidly approaching darkness, destination unknown. I would have sailed earlier but time seems to fly daily when I've got my maintenance head on. Paddy's lane just off Barton Broad - plenty of space but we carried on over Barton, nav lights
    6 points
  16. But it wasn't a 24hr moorings spot, it was an unofficial one. Are you saying that if I was moored in that corner that I would be; A) Expected to allow someone to moor in front of me and block me in? B) Let them moor where I am and move to the spot blocking them in? c) Fully within my right to point out that it is not an official mooring spot and anyone mooring there would be restricting my right to leave at whatever time I wanted, providing it was within 24hrs. It sounds like a sensible solution to restrict it to a ferry loading unloading zone, with instructions for the fe
    6 points
  17. Having had the necessity of moving the boat from one marina to another I've also been up all trying to get things back in order. When I arrived I found things didn't look too bad, a bit of scrubbing and general cleaning outside required and inside I found mildew and many a spider's home had been built but no damage found so far. So a quick check over of the bilge and engine which remained spotless, a few turns to grease up the rudder and stern gland, open up the water inlet and fire her up for the first time in 4 months.....ah. Unsuprisingly, seeing as my electric had probably r
    6 points
  18. There’s nothing nicer on the Broads than starting off shortly after the sun has risen. Best time of the day.
    5 points
  19. Taken from almost the same spot, but just before 07:00 this morning. As can be seen from the frost on the walkway, it was a cold night, but what a joy to see a sunny, still, calm morning. Not sure how long it will last (depends what weather forecast you believe), but we’re enjoying it all the same!!
    5 points
  20. Ask Ian what happens when you raise your head too soon at Ludham bridge, and that has a fairly smooth concrete structure. two of the really low bridges have pilots there to take you through, all hire boats should use them (some private boats do too) The only yard I know that dont advertise their boats Airdraft is Marthams, and by their rules, if they can get you under potter heigham bridge, then you are not going to be too high for any of the other bridges on the broads. The boatyards and bridge pilots know what individual boats need to get through Wroxham and Potter Heigham, for the rest
    5 points
  21. I agree. I think my post is more of a lament about the consequences of giving people poor information. I've always thought we should trust people with good information and advice. My own experience is that if I had taken the river gauges and boat air draft at face value I would never have discovered and enjoyed the beautiful river Ant. I've also read reviews for the boat I hired and many hirers were disappointed that they could not get under Ludham bridge. I suspect most (not all) of those reviewers could have and simply turned back at the first gauge. Good information would have allowed
    5 points
  22. To stop me getting bored sat at home I decided now the bike is finished I would look for another project. I did think about a paddle board but I don’t think I would use it much so decided on a Canoe. Me being me I didn’t want to just go out and buy one so took to the internet to search for wooden kits, I finally settled on a Canadian Canoe from Fyne Boat Kits. The kit was duly delivered within 5 days and unpacking the box you pick up an item and think what on Earth is this bit so I forced my self to sit down and read the build manual. The manual is very good and explains thi
    5 points
  23. yes, thanks for the picture, I was the very first person to hire Jayne II as I took her to the wooden boat show 2 years ago, just 2 hours after she had been put in the water, i didnt find out until I got there that they had forgotten to put a stern fender on her, and its not like there are a lot to be able to borrow one from somewhere else either, then I had her for two weeks last summer (deferred from May)she is one of Marthams lowest boats, guaranteed to get under Potter Heigham even when their others cant. she is a beautiful boat to handle, and solo crew, as mooring up alongside can be mana
    5 points
  24. Today we've got the ball rolling. This morning, Marina and I tidied up.I did little painting jobs and we had the Estate agents round. So the house will be on the market. We look forward to the next stage of our life. A few photos before and after our bay window.
    5 points
  25. Don't worry, threads on here have a habit of going off topic, confuses the best of us and especially me!!!
    5 points
  26. Just got to love Desmond's 5 o'clock shadow. He looks like a fully paid up member of the Ant Hill Mob!
    4 points
  27. Send your wife outside to to remove mooring lines while you remain nice and warm at the helm sipping a hot coffee. You can show how much you care by offering her a lifejacket
    4 points
  28. Surely any boat mooring in the Red area would block a boat or two in from being able to leave the mooring in the corner, so realistically the area in Red shouldn't be moored in anyway. Any boats making drop offs or pickups in the Red area have to move if someone wants to moor or leave the mooring in the corner, so surely not an issue.
    4 points
  29. Its the type of equipment that is the issue! On the North Norfolk coast you can indeed use heavier and larger machines as the ground is more solid, but the problem on the Broads is that where the reed is grown these days, on the marshes, it will only usually bear the weight of lightweight machinery - you should remember that the marshes are not drained and in the winter consist of floating hover. Break through that and both you and the machine could just disappear!!! Harvesting reed from the Broads is hard hard work and then having got it off the marsh you still have to dress it to g
    4 points
  30. It's twenty grains or one scruple of silver...around one sixth of a drachma...placed under the tongue. Failure to pay the Ferryman will see your soul wandering around the riverbank for eternity.
    4 points
  31. If anyone wants sanctuary from all this boat cleaning going on, I'll be onboard New Nyx from about midday. :-) Guaranteed "free from boat cleaning" zone.
    4 points
  32. Arrived safe at 0130. Two n half Hrs door to door. Saw more gritters than other vehicles and two snow showers. Gave a loud Yeeehaaaaa as I drive over Wroxham bridge Now to get onboard Griff
    4 points
  33. He loved driving - especially when the 'adults' were having their post-lunch snooze... Seriously, though: the time we had to just watch the world go by and chat about 'stuff' (everything and nothing) was something that I just don't think we would have had anywhere else. For example, we've been trying to (gently) get him to think about what he might do after sixth form, and he has always resisted the conversation. With me driving, and my friend chatting to him, they got to the point of him narrowing down both possible courses and locations. Very precious.
    3 points
  34. On a hire boat you are restricted to cruising from dawn (sun up) and have to be moored up by dusk (sunset) , a private boat has no such restrictions provided they are displaying navigation lights . If you wish to set off as soon as the sun is up then there are no reasons not to on a hire boat but please be considerate to those around you who may be asleep and slip your moorings as quietly as you can and motor away at a slow pace so as not to cause unnecessary wake thereby disturbing others
    3 points
  35. Hi David, this is a Sheerline 1050 we got from the Thames a couple of weeks ago, she is nice inside but just needs varnish and Heads doing, unfortunately all the handrails and mooring cleats were loose so headlining need to be removed to sort them, she has had a hard life but we are on the case with the cosmetics.
    3 points
  36. As I've said our house went on the market last Tuesday. Things are starting to move quickly. Yesterday, the estate agents phoned me to book one viewing Monday and four next Saturday.This morning we went to Bluewater.They phoned we more viewing. Another one Monday, Wednesday and next Saturday. Rain warning. I washed the car just now.First one since we brought it two weeks ago,so dusty.A few more small paint jobs on the back of the house.
    3 points
  37. Well since I bought Tropical Gem and sitting in her now this could be interesting 🤔
    3 points
  38. Take your time Ian, especially when looking for a house in Norfolk, location location, from experience what looks lovely in the summer can be bleak in winter. John
    3 points
  39. Yes - I own one W352 and I know where the other one is! mine, now called White Lily, is good for launching next week after winter refurbishement
    3 points
  40. Please be careful with this kind of post. There are a lot of people hiring for the first time this year or inexperienced and looking for advice. In my view it’s irresponsible that we should ever be encouraging anyone to ignore the bridge height markers or disregard the information given by their hire yard.
    3 points
  41. ...and then you find out you haven’t a door big enough to get it out😀
    3 points
  42. technically its not a mooring space as it blocks access to the corner mooring space you refer to as the taxi rank, one could only moor there by agreement to move with the occupant of that space, similar to mooring alongside another vessel, otherwise vessels could moor stern on at that section, and effectively block in several other boats, thus officially it is not a mooring space as the sign says stern mooring only i believe.
    3 points
  43. @Ranworth Moorings.....(to be read tongue in cheek) One truly knows that the tourists are back when the morning birdsong is rudely interrupted at 6:30am by the dulcet tones of a nearby Perkins Diesel springing into life...much like my neighbours yesterday, engine running from 3pm until I eventually implored them to turn it off at 20:30pm as I could stand it no more...they were following advice from HW !!...maybe lockdown wasn't so bad after all 😄
    3 points
  44. Ah, but who pays the ferryman?
    3 points
  45. Just been browsing NYA's website. They don't do boat hire, they do "private charter", don't you know. "Private charter" is marketing speak for "an upmarket description of boat hire so we can charge more".
    3 points
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