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  1. OK Canopy down, I see Andy on Evening Shadow has his open too (as the boat that was in front of him has now moved.)
  2. i must say it looks a glorious day out there, sun shining and not a cloud in sight, I have breakfasted, and caught up with the internet, (including topping up my data as I ran out earlier this morning) and am about to brave the outside and take the canopy sides down. I dont need an early start this morning, as the tides on Breydon are not until this afternoon, as i am headed south I will go for an earlier crossing, at low water rather than slack, as long as i dont end up trying to punch the tide across Breydon, low water is 14.15, or thereabouts, so I will aim for 14.30-14.45.
  3. firstly, must be wooden, secondly, go under all bridges including Potter Heigham, thats about it really for me
  4. these 500W heaters are of course the interim measure, a lot of the work would have been done by now in the planned winter maintenance, but lockdown threw a spanner into the works there, as her scheduled shed time came and went, with several boats still due in before her. I have to say i was running one all last night and it maintained a comfortable 18 degrees all night, on a single card, I have added an extra card this morning as at 5am there was 4p left on the post, and I will be here a few hours yet waiting for the tides to cross over Breydon, so as Griff says, no point in not doing it
  5. well I believe they sell shore power cables too, then just a converter to a 13A socket, and bobs your uncle.
  6. no hot water either, so just charging the battery for the fridge.
  7. i have to add the rain stopped when I moored up, just finished a sumptuous lunch (beans and sausages on toast with bacon and eggs,) now watching the comings and goings at bridgecraft, and its started raining again
  8. Jay, get yourself to Roys, they have little 500w heaters reduced to £9.99
  9. 6 foot 5 at Wroxham today, through and back in Water Rail, no problem.
  10. I just called in at southgates for a tank top up, as Water rail only has a little tank, £35 to fill from about 1/3 tank (as far as I could see from the dipstick), I didnt ask about cost per litre, they didnt ask about 60/40 split, which I shouldnt get as she doesnt have heating, so my assumption is they charged me for 100% propulsion (they do know the boat).to be honest, I think my volvo has a bigger tank than water Rail does.
  11. This morning was an early start 8 am departure from ranworth, as I wanted to moor up at wroxham, that meant bridge clearance was needed, now I have been told she will go through at 5'9", buti went through at 6'5" and at the back corners of the roof had only about 5" clearance. Anyway, got through the bridge with no problems, and then as I moored up the rain started., Popped into Roy's to see what they had in the way of small heaters, found a plug in 500w heater for £12.99, reduced to £9.99, so I bought 2, one for each cabin, for use onshore power only as the inverter is 300w. Now it was t
  12. i actually measured the bridge last year, if the cills either side are visible, there is 8 foot clearance from those to the top, there is actually a 2" difference from the water to the top of the bridge from side to side.
  13. well the good news is that i now know the leak from the water tank is 6" from the top, right in the middle at the back. its quite a dribble really, mind you I filled the tank especially for this test.
  14. today was time for something different, i was informed of an informal meet up of several of the lads week lads at ranworth, so after heading into Potter heigham and executing a perfect mooring opposite Herbert Woods (who had half their fleet on the river front as the salt barriers were closed.) it was time for a bit of shopping. I would not be passing under Potter Heigham bridge today, at 5 foot 6 it was too low even for me. then it was time to leave Potter Heigham and head to Ranworth, when I arrived there were still plenty of spaces, so after having been caught by the wind several
  15. Hard stops for water rails Morse control
  16. generally 6mph across Breydon, yes i did do an engine test as I had been informed that with the morse control hard on the stops, she wasnt hitting max revs, but my test showed 2800 rpm and 7.5 mph
  17. Spirit of Breydon was patrolling up and down, mind you, i was nearly 3/4 of the way across before i met them, and travelling with the wind and waves, by the time i went through about 10 minutes after slack ended, the bridge was at 8 foot, the boats i saw headed down as i went up the bure some would have struggled to get through after i came through, the wind was piling the water in Breydon up at the Great Yarmouth end. so at this point it would have been b etter to be stopping people coming in at the other end.
  18. i hope yours is as tasty as mine was.
  19. yup, half of a hot box in the oven to be heated for breakfast in the morning, it was lovely so I wont be wasting that half.
  20. i did also help out an electric day boat, that was unable to turn at thurne dyke, they couldnt get the head into wind, so I too their headrope and turned them in the right direction, then manouvered them alongside water rail to get them in the middle of the dyke with a straight run.
  21. front portholes all shut, she did it like a champ, seemed to be taking it a lot better even than the spirit of breydon that was splashing spray every which way
  22. Pics for bthose that like that sort of thing, unfortunately a picture can't show you how good they taste.
  23. I may have over ordered going for the pork belly bites (yum,) the hot box (not tried yet), and a side order of onion rings (to die for nice)
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