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  1. Hi After some research I have narrowed the search. Well I had until I came across a Sony A57. I was impressed by the fast focusing and image stabilisation built into the body rather than the lens - for on the boat shots I guess both these features will be helpful, not to mention the ability to use cheaper non VR lenses. Any opinions? Wayne
  2. Hi Paul Bridgid Mary was always a familar sight as we passed out of the adventure gate. Best of luck with the new boat. best regards Wayne PS - dont forget..if you need crew
  3. Thanks Alan I didnt even consider that they might fit - great idea
  4. Hi all I am getting a bit fed up with pictures of our little adventures from the iphone so I thought I might like to get back into SLR photography. Years ago I used (still have!) a Canon AE-1 program and enjoyed a spot of photography so I think I can remember some of the basics. Looking around on ebay there seems to be such a bewildering selection that I though I would ask opinions. I know the first thing that is going to be asked is what is your budget? - And that is the first thing I dont know - I am more interested to know what I NEED to spend in order to get something Mid range with su
  5. Look like it was a fantastic trip guys - love to do that one day. And you had Broads blue water too
  6. I will stand up and say that I have a lot of respect for Mark both as a skipper and a considerate person. Obviously I was not there but find it hard to believe that he intentionally caused wash of such a nature to cause distress WAYNE
  7. Under colregs you should have given way Ian - being still attached by his rope he was obviously restricted in his ability to manoeuvre Oops sorry we seem to have hijacked the thread ... Now about this wash..
  8. They do that Ian - but we all get along
  9. There already is a wash height restriction Wayne
  10. Hi Gary Gin palaces...?? tar brush etc?? - You may be surprised to learn that most of us are not Hooray Henry's, but just ordinary people who work hard. In my experience of cruising with various groups most of us DO try and consider other river users - and that includes Anglers and Sailies! It is also my experience that even some of the small day boats make MORE wash than the "GIN PALACES" when they push tide. I dont see the relevance of the "tax sticker" to this particular debate. There is of course no excuse for idoicy, from whatever group of river users - and I am all sure we
  11. You really did pick the right week
  12. And dont forget they have a small chandlery / provisions store around the back - the Broom Cupboard - pick up an ice cream or some of the spares they are selling off at a bargain! Baz and I are both filling up this week - that may help them a little
  13. That takes me back Dave - in fact I met her indoors on the CB!
  14. Thanks Perry Very useful as the Backwaters is one of our favorite places and we hope to be visiting soon. Be interested as to what "significantly " means Look forward to David's mapping before we attempt it regards Wayne
  15. Great weekend - as always. Nice to meet some new people too! Many thanks to John for organising -(sorry John did not get chance to say good bye - but it was the usual "3-2-1 go" type departure) all Wayne, Tracy and Maggot
  16. You certainly had big grins on your faces as we passed each other at the bridge - I am sure more excitement than relief! rgds Wayne
  17. Hi all I have been doing a few jobs this weekend and needed to remove a panel that looked as if it had not been off since the boat was built. On the underside in chalk was a (hopefully tongue in cheek) message obviously by one of the workers - it read "P*ss off Watto - love Spooky XXX" I wonder who Watto and Spooky are ? But what a great find - we were most amused. Wayne
  18. Nice to see you out on the river Trevor - seems we are always going in oppostire directions lol
  19. Hope that does get (sensitivly) dregged - a great spot to visit. Going in between the can and the beach was a little worrying though!
  20. Thanks David Thinking on I might be a little too clumsy for a mic that is not attached to anything . As you say it makes sense to interface the existing kit so its probably the raymarine 240E. Have seen some on ebay from time to time but they seem to make not that much short of a new one. Wayne
  21. Thanks (I think ) David I have a new Standard Horizion GX-300E with MMSI never input. However it is quite a bulky unit and I want to tidy my helm hence the thought to go modular. I like the idea of the wireless but cannot find anything. I have RM Nav gear so I guess it makes sense to go with the 240E after all. regards Wayne
  22. Hi I am looking at changing my VHF for a modular system - either the Raymarine 240E or the Garmin 300i . Has anybody any experiance with either of these? Wayne
  23. Thanks Luke Holland it is then - sod Poirot! The HMRC guy was saying that Tax laws are "local" laws which is why they can continue with the 60/40 rule. As I see it the difficulty comes on a practical basis - I accept the local laws, taxation and for that matter culture of a country I visit. However you cant just swap from red to white just like that. The Dutch seem to have, for now at least recognised that and adopted a sensible approach to the matter. Wayne
  24. Based on the fact I guess Marinas wont be too keen to change as the red is still ok for U.K waters the interesting bit is how are we going to change from red to white in the north sea and flush the tanks. I spoke to HMRC who suggest that when we fill up in the uk we split the duty paid to cover the amount we will have in our tanks on arrival at the foreign waters at the full rate. The issue then remains that the laws of the foreign country apply in their waters and we could still be fined for having red in the tanks although duty has been paid. They suggested we contact (in our case) the Dutc
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