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  1. It's been through a few landlords since I was last in there. I boycotted the place under on landlord who was an ungrateful ****** and haven't found myself wanting to return. I know its under different management now (I thought Roy from the Maltsters had it? but it seems not not.). Anyway, an optional (but not really) service charge would put me off going near it. I hate hidden charges and a pub meal is the last place I would accept such a thing.
  2. Oddfellow

    Wow!

    When I ran Freedom, we had Richard at Snuggtopz do a great deal of our work. Highly recommended.
  3. Oddfellow

    Wow!

    Are you sure? A square bit of fabric that's less than one square metre with four press studs? That's going some. It's probably one of the simplest jobs they've been asked to do in weeks.....
  4. I don't think there's much strength in a slight curve like this: It's not an arch and there's no real weight up there, so I doubt that compression strength will play much of a part but I am no expert in structural engineering. It will likely be mostly for shedding water and you'll see subtle curves on virtually every boat roof for this purpose. The topliner was a unique design. I'm not too sure, but I don't think the roof is structurally part of the boat. Strength is derived from that wide lip all the way around the edge and I see from your photo that there's a drain hole in the corner (I bet that get's clogged) rather than scuppers along the ridge.
  5. I ought to clarify my statement a bit. ANY load bearing deck and large expanse area will be created in this way. For large heavy loaded areas, you would generally increase the thickness of lamination to better deal with the stresses of the weight. It's also important to realise that building in shapes into such areas rather than have them just flat. The same physics of rigidity of right angles and so on apply throughout. So, for instance, a dual rolling sunroof is likely to have recessed in the roof moulding areas for the runners. These, of course, allow the roof line to look good but also provide additional strength.
  6. Rigidity in GRP layup is derived from many things and there are formulas for how strong things will be in flex under convex and concave pressure. Consideration has to be given to weight also as Polyester resin is not light stuff. A roof structure with large areas designed to take the weight of the crew will be made up of laminated fibreglass and core materials. Typically, end-grain balsa wood is used as it is very light, very strong and will allow impregnation by the resin. There are other materials too that are stronger and lighter. The outter layers will be probably 8-10oz of GRP, 1/2 inch or 3/4 inch of core and then sandwiched with 6-10oz of grp on the inside. The Balsa adds a huge amount of rigidity but very little weight. Internal bulkheads within the vessel bond the roof section with the floor or hull section to create a very strong shape.
  7. There is no such requirement for retro-fitting such a thing to boats. It might be part of an RCD directive for new designs. but certainly nothing for existing boats that I know of. If your doors have an aluminium frame, the frame will need to be removed and reversed which I suspect will not be at all easy using the same frame. A new frame and door made to fit would not be cheap. Speak to Andy at Broadland Marine Windows for advice. 01603 781740
  8. The engine cooling circuit should be pumped by the engine circulation pump. The impellor would, in most circumstances, have nothing to do with this. Keel cooled engines would generally only require raw water to cool the exhaust, assuming it's a water-cooled exhaust.
  9. Absolutely. My point being that you don't have much room for complaint when in today's information age, details of temporary closure, menu changes, service changes and other such things can be disseminated very quickly and cheaply by a business though things like FaceBook and Twitter if you choose not to use FaceBook or Twitter. When will people who choose not to use Twitter and Facebook realise that the onus is not on a pub to desperately try and contact every possible potential customer with a bit of information that may not be of interest to them? If you want to go to a pub, cafe, shop etc during the pingdemic, it's prudent to make sure they're open and serving what you want to consume before making your plans.
  10. How else do you think a business can get it's temporary messages out to potential customers? A full page in the daily press? Town Criers? Cold calling?
  11. I never saw the RCD as being a particular barrier to building. COST was the barrier to building, but we did build one boat and got part-way though its sister ship. It is probably harder to do a build from design up-ward, but most yards used Aquafibre or Alpha mouldings anyway.
  12. I feel significantly less "freedom" now than I have for months. It only takes a few selfish idiots to spread this. Today, it is reported that there is a 162% weekly rise in infections in the Yarmouth area with Winterton, Scratby, Sommerton and Hemsby all getting PCR testing sites rushed in with the aim of mass-testing the occupants of these villages. As a resident of Martham, this is horribly close. I absolutely will not be going into any crowded space (inside or outside) regardless of mask wearing or not for a long time to come.
  13. I have been here twice in the last few days. Weaver's Way to the south of Hickling Broad is so overgrown that the ferns are taller than me in places. The mozzies in the woods are very hungry too. Be prepared. If anyone finds a blue hair scrunchie, my good lady would like it back please.
  14. Take a look at my Off The Beaten Track videos. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLxn5w9x-lcs87gJCfEzADmLGBFwUKbof4
  15. Why? Obviously, there are many, many reasons. BUT, the main reason is simple. Money. Running a hire fleet is an expensive and not very profitable business until you get into large numbers of boats. Around 10 is the only starting point that it becomes remotely viable in most cases and at that, it's sodding hard work as there's not enough cashflow to pay enough people to do the work to allow any time for oneself. Boats are not cheap things to buy. Even if you had 10 £10k boats, that's £100k of investment in something that gets beaten up each week and requires a lot of maintenance and repair. But they're not £10k; a decent boat that people would want to hire starts at at least £20k and runs to £250k for a new-build. Then there's the need for operational tooling. A new pump-out machine will cost a fortune that could be measured in whole numbers as a percentage of the value of a boat, you need heavy lifting equipment, maybe a crane, you need infrastructure, waterside property (incredibly expensive) and so much more. You need experienced engineers, boat-builders, cleaners, office staff. Many of the smaller yards realised the value of the land and that was that. Those that grew in the earlier years are the ones that have been able to survive and they survive on volume and/or multiple income streams. Very few small yards remain and whilst I see investment from Richard and Fiona at Pacific as well as the Bedwells at Bridgecraft, there's only Whispering Reeds and Martham Boats left beyond the end of this year with Sandersons closing at the end of the season. Sure, there's Silverline, but that's not a small operation and it has multiple income streams. It's VERY hard work. Over 14 years, it wore me down. Sure, it kept a roof over out heads, but so would a job - infact, I used to earn vast amounts more when I ran the Intranet systems for Dow Jones. Freedom cost me a decent family life: we had just 5 family holidays in those 14 years: Freedom was a prison for me. Add to this the fact that we rented a boatyard from someone that I would politely describe as "challenging" and the enjoyment factor that was once the main driver was depleted annually. Had the money been good, I might have been prepared to continue, but it wasn't good enough for the investment of our money and time and this is the main reason that there are so few yards left: It's a way of life and not a get-rich business. Covid lockdowns and related issues would have caused every broads hire business to have a serious look at how it operated. For me, I was the perfect time to bail and go and do something else.
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