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  1. The Chairman's New Year's Message This last year has been a year of shocks and restrictions. There have been sad losses along the way, family members, friends, and members of the forum. Faces, voices, wisdom and kindness that we will dearly miss on the Broads in the years to come. Indeed this year has been one that most of us will be glad to see the back of. But before this year slinks off into infamy I would like to express my thanks to those that have put others before themselves to stop the wheels from falling off. The doctors, nurses and key workers all, from delivery drivers to shop
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  2. These were all taken during the 1980s, sadly they were not filed with any data so the years, holidays and locations are all mixed up. Mainly posted for all the hire boats that led to our Broads passion and ultimately our own boat. Some feature the lovely Mrs Ray.... Gill, who of course has not aged a day, in nearly 40 years
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  3. Hi Colino, Following the improvements to the facilities we are in the process of taking this over as a Broads Authority 24 hour mooring. When this happens we will be able to enforce bylaws and prevent vessels overstaying (amongst other things). At the moment the hold-up is not on our end or with our colleagues at Stalham Parish Council. It is unfortunately due to delays with the paperwork being processed by Her Majesty's Land Registry. We hope to be able to provide updates soon. Tom
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  4. I've been feeling somewhat disillusioned with the forum of late because it seems currently, the volume of discussion about subjects nothing to do with the Broads far outweighs discussion to do with it. As I write this, I can see 10 discussions in the "Latest Posts" section, of which only 1 is Broads-related (the one about the launch for sale). This is a plea to cheer us all up with talk and photos of anything you like, as long as it relates to that glorious watery playground we all love.
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  5. Next on the hit list is the hull, we have painted it a couple of times and although we have found no rot the joints between the planks do show signs of cracking which would indicate the caulking is getting past its sell by date and the putty is very hard and dry. Now with a wooden boat you never know exactly how good your hull is until you have sanded it back to bare timber. Some people like to see the joints in the planks some of us don't, its just a personal preference. I have long harbored a desire to spline a hull but it has never been the right time. The first job is to
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  6. I know I shouldn’t have done this, but I am 67 years old and I was in the McDonald’s drive-through this morning and the young lady behind me leaned on her horn and started mouthing something because I was taking too long to place my order. So when I got to the first window I paid for her order along with my own. The cashier must have told her what I'd done, because as we moved up she leaned out her window and waved to me and mouthed "Thank you.", obviously embarrassed that I had repaid her rudeness with kindness. When I got to the second window I showed them both receipts and took her food too
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  7. Sunset this evening. First time in many weeks since I last watched the sun go down to the horizon.
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  8. With the decks now repaired our attention turned to the cabin sides, we had already decided the dark brown Sadolin finish had to go but what is it hiding? we sanded the entire superstructure back to bare wood and was pleasantly surprised she was in better nick than expected, four quick coats of Epifanes varnish and she was looking presentable. while my wife had the varnish brush out it would have been a shame not to attack the transom. With the transom looking good we added her name. You can see on the aft bulkhead a brass number 5 from her hire days, this wi
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  9. https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/norfolk-broads-direct-donate-boat-to-nancy-oldfield-trust-1-6908049
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  10. A couple of iPhone photos from the entrance to Acle Dyke this morning...
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  11. Here are a couple of very tatty Japanese officers' swords. You may think I should have taken better care of them but this was the condition they were in when they were surrendered to my father in 1945, about 2 months after VJ Day. Rusty they may be but they are still extremely sharp! Father lived in Hong Kong before the War and by 1939 he was already a Lt. RNVR, and skipper of an MTB. He was one of only 57 Forces personnel who escaped the fall of Hong Kong, in what was left of his MTB flotilla and they later also escaped the fall of Rangoon, having trekked for 2000 miles across China i
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  12. We were due for two holidays this year on Swan Roamer, April and June. The April one was cancelled (Covid-19 lockdown) so we moved all payments to the June (6th) one and paid the little remaining money on the invoice. On Wednesday we received the email from Richardsons about our options for June, initially we decided to 'sit on it' in the vague hope that it might be able to go ahead but yesterday changed our minds and thought about the possibility of September. Looked at their web site to see what boat options there were, no Swan Roamer or similar available but Swan Ranger and Moon Ente
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  13. This is an EDP article of July 1968. The Jenner Group was in its 2nd year of operation at that time. The main photo is taken in the Yard of A.G. Ward & Son, whose premises along with Thorpe Old Hall, became the main base for the Jenners operation. This site has now become the Old Hall Close housing development. Before I tell some stories of Jenners radio breakdown vans and some of the breakdowns they covered, I wanted to mention the two people in the photos : The "man in a van" is Tony Thrower, who went on to be the chief engineer at Hearts Cruisers after Jenners closed do
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  14. Just noticed the date, and that it's 48 years ago to the day, that we spent our first holiday on the Broads, aboard Sanderling 4, from Sandersons in Reedham. Because it was the first time, I remember much of the detail (can't say the same for all subsequent holidays). Doreen and I travelled down by train from Leeds, with changes at Selby, Peterborough and Norwich, before arriving at Reedham. We got off and walked to the entrance, looking for the taxi rank, to get us to the boatyard. Mmm. there wasn't one, and just as I was starting to wonder where I could get a horse, in this one horse town, a
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  15. Continuing with the moldings to the inside of the cabin sides one of the most labor intensive items is the window hopers. starting with the bottom channel. The forward cabin sides have quite a curve to them which means I have to first shape a section of timber against the side followed by a rebated section which will hold the base of the glass and from which everything will be built on. Step one is to clamp a section of timber to the cabin side then using a small block I scribe a line along the timber. With the timber marked I cut them out on the bandsaw.
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  16. And thanks to the Chairman himself who carries on through thick and thin, and carries us with him.
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  17. first bought 2014, looked very shabby, see photos before and after, frirst job remove gas fires, then removed sea type toilets and plastic holding tank, replaced with a jabsco pump and a macerator with 2 stainless holding tanks since then have had fitted a full size household cooker and a new fridge, with a solar panel to run fridge, eberspacher heating, led lighting, new dashboard with new guages, lifted out and anti fouled oct 2018 anodes fitted,also revarnish and paint. both water pumps renewed, all new batteries fitted ,3 leisure 1 cranking, new impellor and also gear cable.full set
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  18. I am really struggling to understand why people are having problems understanding what they should be doing. If you don't need to go out, then don't. if you are going shopping, stay as local as you reasonably can. Example. I live in Essex, now a tier two area. I was going to meet a friend in a pub in Hertfordshire (Tier 1 ) on Sunday. The new regulations/requests call it what you will, came in Saturday. I didn't need to go to that pub, so I didn't. I phoned him and had a brief chat instead. Job done. I am hearing so often people putting their own interests first, I see on
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  19. Most of the same original team will hopefully be building the new moulds, we start on Monday, it's a personal venture and we are out on a limb a bit, but its what we as a team want to do so we are all taking a bit of a risk, but have decided that in life you have to do interesting things which you can take pride in and what makes you happy. Ferry marina and Richardsons used the same designer for their boats, the team who built the Richardson's moulds and boats had massive input from the point of development, this time we are using a different designer, but previously the brief was to ma
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  20. All I will say is that we are still currently treating 90 covid-19 patients in our hospital and 30 waiting for results, 25 of these in intensive care - that doesn’t include any other patients that need urgent and emergency treatment who also need expert care or others that have had their cancer surgery delayed. if you want to talk semantics and interpret the latest information to suit your own goals that is your choice - but if you all suddenly go out, for whatever reason, you will potentially put an extra stain on the NHS and those that are trying to combat this disease. This is
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  21. Hi all, good news to share with you (and no it isn't an April fools joke before someone asks!) Best, Tom Progress update on St Benet’s Abbey 24 hour moorings (1 April) The Broads Authority is delighted that following negotiations with the Environment Agency and the Landowner an agreement has been reached regarding the future of the 24 hour mooring at St Benet’s Abbey. This iconic mooring location on the River Bure has been secured as a Broads Authority 24-hour mooring as the future of the piling has now been resolved. The legal agreements are being drawn up, but in the
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  22. Sorry for the double post but here's the update as promised. Best, Tom Progress update on St Benet’s Abbey 24 hour moorings (23 March) As reported last week, the Authority took the decision to barrier off approximately half of the length of our St Benet’s 24 hour moorings due to safety concerns. We understand boaters’ frustrations with this news and have an update to issue on this matter to provide further context and re-assurance. As reported to Broads Authority Members on Friday 19 March, the Broads Authority has a lease agreement to use the piling and a small strip of la
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  23. Hello..Well, blow me down I am back. No good reason to have been gone either, just the fact I only use this Forum on my Laptop, and I have not been using that - along with the fact that when I tend to come here, I like to 'write an essay' when I am sharing opinions and the like.. A lot to catch up on, comment on, and share. But in a nutshell: Nothing much has happened in the world of boats, no new 'fleet additions' or major changes. I have some videos on my You Tube Channel where I have been making some sporadic content on my mobile phone, like putting a new television up and going out o
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  24. Whilst there are also those who are prepared to stand up for maintaining that normal. I am hoping to give you a serious answer to your post, as I do very much understand your feelings. A very large element of this forum concerns the simple pleasure that we all get from our cruise blogs and our shared experiences in the place that we all love, whether as residents, or as regular visitors. I feel, in that sense, that "stakeholder" doesn't just mean financial. There is, however, the continuing question of the future of the Broads (which are not natural) and any threat that there may be to
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  25. Well for some strange reason my boating booking for may was deferred, today is the first day of my boating holiday aboard Jayne2 from Marthams. After a remarkably quick run from kent in just 3 1/2 hours at 60mph all the way (i was in no hurry) the car smoking like timbo for the first 50 miles as it was the first run of any distance it had done for a few months. I arrived a little early at Marthams- 11.30 to be precise. as the boat had only come back in from hire that morning i was informed it was ready, but needed to be fogged again (they fog the boats after the hirers depart, then t
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  26. I was very sad to read this. I can fully understand Vaughan’s reaction and obviously a home and business to which you have devoted an important part of your life is very special to you. I don’t believe for a moment that Nigel had the slightest intention of causing any offence and I think the whole situation is most unfortunate. Both Nigel and Vaughan have a wealth of knowledge and have been able to share with us much of the past regarding the Broads which is so dear to us all. It is very rare that issues such as this crop up on this Forum. Nigel has been posting here and on the other Foru
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  27. I also saw that the NNUH only had one Covid 19 patient, I assume that meant in an ICU. I am afraid I take a differing view from some of the posters and would recommend tourists to come here! You have all been sitting in front of the television watching every single detail for far too long and you all know you could so easily die of something else just as easily. We seem to have lost the ability to make a rational decision about the risk - instead you are all paralysed by the fear instilled into you by listening to the advice of too many so called experts! Bit like Boris really!!! Of cours
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  28. I'm quite a private man really in some things. But during these diffiçult times amongst other health issues which my wife and I have been subjected is that of COPD. Together with other problems. Which has placed us on the priority vulnerable list. The joys of growing old. It is bowel cancer aware month. Is if you haven't got enough to worry about. Please take time to read my story. I'm good by the way. Andrew https://fundraise.big-c.co.uk/news/andrews-story/ Take care all of you.
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  29. I have just turned up these photos and thought you might be interested. This was when the Rhone burst its banks during a storm and flooded the whole of the delta basin known as the Petit Camargue, including our base at St Gilles. As the coastline of the area is all high sand dunes, the only way out to sea for the floodwater was down the canal via Aigues Mortes and the Grau du Roi. This meant that for 10 days, the moored boats were in a current of at least 7MPH coming down the canal. The first photo was taken from a Gendarmerie helicopter when the floods were just starting. At the
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  30. With the cabin sides cut and fitted in place, the cabin front was next, another board was cut to size and as with the sides the old front was use as a pattern. The aperture was prepared for the new front the old deck beam was clad in a new piece of mahogany to match. This facia is screwed to the beam and a small capping piece is fitted to the top it is beveled at the front edge and will support the base of the new front. A corner post is fitted along with a support beam to the top of the panel. The corner posts have an internal and external se
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  31. The furniture gets sanded back to bare wood and varnished, everything we varnish gets sanded back with 80 grit sandpaper to start, followed by 100, 180, and finally 240. After sanding we hoover the piece down and clean with a tack cloth. We use Epifanes varnish and this method works well for us however if you were to ask 20 different boatbuilders they would give you 20 different methods and varnishes. If you find a system that works for you stick with it. Before Varnish And after One of my customers asked me to install a new table in his boat
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  32. With the bilges painted we start putting thigs back in. With the modified 200ltr waste tank back in the center, we have just enough room either side to drop in two water tanks, I construct a solid base for them to sit on. We have decided to go for Black plastic food safe water tanks manufactured by a company in Hull, They manufacture tanks of any shape and size to suit your specification and install sockets with Bsp threads in whatever location you require, the twin tanks will be plumbed in with a link tube for balance and will provide 230 ltrs of fresh water.
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  33. Hi all my name is Robin i have been following this forum now for a number of years,mainly just to keep abreast of all things Broads related I'm a time served Ships joiner/boat-builder, i started my apprenticeship back in 1973 at Brooke marine in Lowestoft and have always had a passion for wooden boats some might even call it an obsession. i have noticed recently a distinct lack of boat related projects on the forum, so if i can work out how to use the technology,my cunning plan over the next few weeks/months will to bring back a bit of boat restoration porn in the form of my l
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  34. Anything one likes but it's probably pertinent to say nothing. Maybe worth a thought: 691 deaths today. I wonder what is the average number of people grieving for each death announced? How many deaths tomorrow, Christmas Eve? How many deaths will be announced for Christmas day? A lot of people grieving over this Christmas then remembering on the anniversary every future Christmas. I for one won't be phoning the BBC to get on tv to moan I can't go to the gym.
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  35. With the clocks going back and the shorter days, I thought this would be a good time to post this video I produced for my website. It consists of clips taken over the last few years. Hope you enjoy it. 950179732_redoneVideo3forNBBH.mp4
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  36. Hello again. Just to say we had an absolutely fantastic time last week on our holiday. The weather for the first four days was beautiful. Friday, however was somewhat biblical😄😄. I came across this site whilst looking for places to fish. I needn't have worried as everywhere I dangled a few maggots I caught plenty of fish. Wonderful to just watch a float bob up and down not knowing if it was going to be a tiny gudgeon or a decent sized bream. Stacks of lovely roach and perch and lost a few fish to pike as I was bringing them in. Completely different to the contrived commercial fi
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  37. The new Mrs Peters.
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  38. No worries, Maurice! In a sense, my decision is unrelated to the virus horror but it is certainly one catalyst along with others. The facts are quite simple, I do not enjoy it any more. Freedom is a business that has zapped my personal time for more than 11 years and has caused me to be a miserable bugger at times. It has lost me the childhood of my children and kept me at the beck and call of others and for very little reward. Peter will know what I mean when I say that certain characters that I have to be involved with also drag me down. This is the perfect opportunity to say t
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  39. I'm a bit inclined to agree with Simon. I know the current situation is critical and we are in unprecedented times and obviously folks want to discuss it. Trouble is of course political discussion tends to raise hackles as we all have different views and I've noticed a bit of discord here and there. There is an old pub saying - don't talk about politics or religion (or statues). I've posted very little in recent weeks because I don't want to get embroiled in politics and secondly as Simon says (isn't that a song) I look down the topics and don't feel I really want to get involved. My choi
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  40. Hi all, thought you may appreciate an update: Reports from our Rangers were overwhelmingly positive over the weekend. It appears that the Broads has largely escaped the issues experienced other upland National Parks and at certain locations at the coast. It was busy with lots of people out enjoying their boats and paddlesports, but nearly all following the social distancing guidelines. Many a friendly nod/wave/word was exchanged and people seem delighted to be back on the water. Also, the majority of boats were tolled (thank you), although a small number of vessels were not. Rep
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  41. I suppose if I had any sense I should keep my head down and not have the temerity to offer my own opinion (on a discussion forum) if it does not conform to the obvious "party line" of stay at home and save lives. Of course I am worried about lives being lost in this crisis but I am also very worried about human life as we know it. When this is over and we all climb back out of our fallout shelters we are going to find a different world out there. Thousands will be out of work, businesses will no longer be in business and social life and communication will not be the same for many months
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  42. A surreal experience today, as the sole attendee of a funeral. Not something I have experienced before or would wish to repeat. You will recall I posted of the death of a very old family friend who we lost a week last Saturday. Her funeral was held at the crematorium today. The minister called on Monday and asked if I would be able to attend. Her only family is an estranged daughter living in Australia, her neighbour would like to have attended but is in the at risk category and most of her other church friends are upwards of 80 years of age and so similarly have been recommended to self
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  43. The Consort but also a husband. I love this photo as it captures both aspects. Rest in peace, an officer and a gentleman.
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  44. With the bulkheads fitted we crack on with putting everything back in ready for the summer. The old fuel tank on first viewing looked good. However on close inspection the base seemed flimsy and we could see signs of rust on the base inside. This is a common problem with steel tanks as water in the tank from condensation sits at the bottom for years undetected, we binned it and went for a plastic tank. The hot water calorifier was next, it was the one which came with the boat and on inspection was serviceable so went straight back in. The waste and water tanks
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  45. Well, the more things change, the more they stay the same. Corsica 2, soon to be re-named Nyx now has a mooring. Richardson's found a spot for me so there I be and there I stay.
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  46. I despair of the problems people read into this. I said this back in April. The "rules" are simple. If you want to go out, Don't. If you need to go out, Do. If you think you can justify your journey to a sensible person, then it's probably ok to make it. If you are having to use your imagination to justify the trip, you are breaking the spirit of the "rules" and being a total Cummings. If you can't work out what is meant by "a sensible person" then either you shouldn't be allowed out without your mummy, or you are exactly the problem we're trying to deal with. It is my
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  47. Went down this afternoon for my op.Woke up 17.30 think.Lots of pain,but my breathing is not to bad.They were a bit concerned about my oxygen levels.On oxygen now.In the morning they will get me walking and want me to use the Jim ,dont know who he is.Worse bit because there were delay didn't have water for 12 hours. As Captain Sir Tom said Tomorrow will be a better day.
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  48. We’re here!! Sadly, the weather has taken a turn for the worse, with patchy rain and grey, leaden skies yesterday and a misty start to the morning today. However, it’s the Broads and we’re enjoying the peace at Pyes Mill. it was noticeable that there were fewer boats on the rivers as we made our way here, arriving at the moorings just before 13:00. There were only about four craft moored when we arrived, and it gradually filled up over the course of the afternoon. We witnessed two or three crews being taken for the trial runs from Pacific Cruisers, who are clearly taking care to
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  49. I really am quite saddened by some of the attitude we are now seeing, we are all frustrated and want to get back to as near normal as possible and personaly yes get back to my boat but not at the cost of lives or putting things back, a little patience now could save months of further disruption on both personal and economic disruption, its becoming the old story of give an inch and some will take a mile, where we are really in trouble is that it clearly states that all these plans are dependant on common sense something that appears to be sadly lacking. Fred
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  50. Well not so much my day but my last 7 months of about 3 hours a day, is complete. Just need to make the cabinet now. paul
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