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  1. 3 hours ago, Meg said:

    I loved all the photographs, thank you if Norfolk Dream provides that much pleasure I will be well happy. . . .. . . 

    Thanks for your kind comments.  It’s been a long haul to get Norfolk Lady where we would like her, but if you enjoy your Broom 29 as much as we enjoy ours, you won’t be disappointed.

    3 hours ago, Meg said:

    . . . .  On another topic my boat needs some TLC in the window dep't, Where can you get flocked rubber window channelling. I've seen it on line but have no idea what size I need. the helm windows are worst but reckon the rest could do with a bit of love too. As ever grateful for your wisdom.

    To be honest, I can’t help with that one.  Paul at Swancraft has been rebuilding our windows and has made an excellent job of them.  The port helm window is the last one that needs doing and is in progress now.  I believe that at some point in her days as a hire boat, the original glass was replaced and the sliding section wasn’t a great fit, so new glass should solve the issue we had with water ingress in heavy rain.  
    I can hear the sound of my wallet sighing at the thought of the end of the expenditure as I type!!:default_biggrin:

  2. Thursday 21st May

    With the relaxation of the lockdown the previous week, we had been anxious to get back to Brundall and Norfolk Lady.  However, there were a couple of outstanding jobs on the boat that had been put on hold due to the closure of many suppliers, one of which was the replacement of the glass in the port side helm window and resealing of the frame in the boat.  We had been notified by Paul at our home yard that his glass supplier was back at work and had asked him to start the necessary work.  It wasn’t yet complete, so we knew that we wouldn’t be going for a cruise, but welcomed the opportunity to start to prepare the boat for use.

    We were up early and with the car packed, set off from Northampton at about 05:30 on our way to Norfolk.  The traffic on the roads was predictably light and our progress was good.  We ere amazed to see that the longstanding roadworks on the A14 through Cambridge that were still in progress when we last visited in March and not due for completion until December this year, had been finished.  It will be interesting to see what difference the improvements make to the traffic flow when things return to normal and usual traffic volumes return.

    We’d taken a few provisions with us, so there had been no need to stop at the Co-Op on the way through the village and we pulled into the yard just before 08:00.  We were soon onboard, filling the kettle and cooking some toast.  I wanted to continue to compound and wax the top of the boat, that I’d started back in March, as it was looking a little dull.  I’d been concerned that there were showers forecast but as it turned out, they held off and although patchy cloud prevailed, when the sun shone it was very warm.  I was glad of the dual action polishing machine that I’d taken.  It was hard enough with it and the prospect of doing it without was not one I cared to consider.

    It was lunchtime before I’d completed compounding the roof and sides of the cabin and helm, so I took a short break for some sausages in rolls and a cuppa, before starting to wax where I’d previously been.  Fortunately, it was a lot easier than compounding and it wasn’t too long before I’d finished.  I also attacked the handrails with some Solvol Autosol for the first time since we bought the boat.  The decks and gunwales are still to be done, but that was enough for the day.  I was aching in places that I’d forgotten about, but the effort was worth it and the gel coat gleamed in the sun.

    We relaxed for a while and at about 16:00 started to tidy up and pack the car.  We had replaced spare bed linen, towels and other bits that we usually keep onboard, but had been taken home for washing.  The wife had made new curtains for the helm windows and hung the one where the window remained, leaving the other one there for when the window was replaced.  

    Locking up and leaving Norfolk Lady was not the sad occasion it had been at the end of our last visit.  We had learnt that the glass was ready and that the window should be replaced by the end of the coming week so had already made plans to return next Friday to complete the compounding and waxing where still necessary.

    We intended to go to Hoveton for fish and chips, either from Kens or Greys for dinner.  It had been a long time since our last takeaway and we were looking forward to it.  It was still a little early so drove to Salhouse with the intention of parking and walking to the Broad with the dog, however there was a sign at the car park entrance warning that it would be closing shortly and not opening again until midday, the following day.  Not wanting to be locked in, we travelled a little further to Ranworth and parked at the staithe.

    There were a few people there and a few boats too.  I noticed a couple working on their craft, an Alpha 34 and thought I recognised it as one recently purchased by a fellow Forum member, so spoke to them.  It turned out to be Jemaki and his wife, making the most of their first opportunity to have time onboard since they purchased it a few days before lockdown.  We had a brief chat, observing social distancing before getting back into the car and heading back to park at Roys.

    The queue at Kens was lengthy, so I went to Greys instead.  They are both okay, so we have no real preference and enjoyed cod and chips for the first time since we’d had them at Beccles, two months previously.  We wandered back to the car and set off for home, arriving back at our house after an easy journey just after 21:00.

    It had been a great day.  I was knackered, but happy, grateful that we had been able to return to our boat and that it wouldn’t be long before we could go back again.  Who knows when we may be allowed to spend more than a day at a time onboard, but as long as the window is back in, a trip up the river will be on the cards for our next visit.

    I can’t wait!








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  3. 9 hours ago, Broads01 said:

     . . . . . . Previously I've wished I'd been able to have a trip this year before lock down but the emotions you went through have made me question that. 

    Thanks for your kind comments Simon.  To be honest, despite reading the messages on Faceache and elsewhere regarding whether any visitors anywhere should have stayed at home, did make me feel extremely unwelcome, I was pleased that I’d gone.  At least we’d had the chance to prepare the boat for an extended period of absence which did alleviate some of the potential for concerns we would otherwise have had.

    It had been a great weekend, with good weather and we had some more recent memories to keep us going through the period of lockdown.

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  4. Monday 23rd March

    As usual, I was awake early.  I think it’s just habit as I’m up to get ready for work at about 04:30 anyway.  The heating, immersion and kettle went on and I had a cuppa whilst waiting for the water to heat for my shower.  The wife pulled some clothes on and took Harley for her walk.  The weather was much the same as the previous day, clear, windy and cold.

    I had a quick look at the internet, Forum and Faceache and wished I hadn’t.  Unsurprisingly, Coronavirus had taken over the media and it was all very depressing.  I showered and dressed, wondering when the next opportunity to do that back on board would be likely to be. 

    Debbie had returned by that time so we had toast before she went for her shower.  I took the opportunity to grab a few more photos.  It was probably around 10:00 before we cast off and headed back towards St Olaves.  The river was predictably quiet as we headed back up the Waveney, turning left along the New Cut and into Reedham, which was like a ghost town.

    I don’t recall passing another boat on the river all the way back to the BA moorings at Short Dyke (Rockland), where we stopped for lunch and to pack up our things.  We were obviously conscious of the potential for some kind of lockdown by then, so had decided to clear the fridge and turn it off, instead of leaving it running with some essentials in it and take home anything that might go our of date from the cupboards.  

    The wife cooked some cheese on toast for lunch before I wandered about with my camera again.  It was another beautiful, cold spring day, with just a few wispy clouds in the sky.  The view across Rockland Broad was wonderful, with the first signs of new life just beginning to be visible in the trees and shrubs.  I really didn’t want to leave, but knew that I had to so we sadly cast off and headed across the broad and up Fleet Dyke to rejoin the Yare.

    It wasn’t long before we were back in Brundall and chugging slowly back up the dyke to our home yard.  The crosswind made mooring slightly problematic but it didn’t take long before Norfolk Lady was safely berthed in her home moorings.

    We changed the bedding and towels, finished packing our things away, loaded the car, vacuumed the boat through, turned off the gas, fridge and water pump, set the battery charger, collected the bag of rubbish and locked her up.  Neither of us knew then how long it would be before we would be back again and we were both really sad to be leaving.

    The journey home was uneventful, the roads were almost deserted and it was clear that the advise to stay at home was being observed.  We had to call into see my mum in Milton Keynes on the way and I am pleased that we did, as we haven’t been able to see her since due to her health and other restrictions.

    We arrived home around 20:30, it had been a wonderful weekend away.  The weather had been clement, we had been where I had planned to go and there had been no issues with the boat. However my mind was in some kind of emotional turmoil – we obviously didn’t know when we would be allowed to return, there was a degree of worry about the potential that the virus carried and what the future would hold.  

    Worrying times were to follow. . . . . . . 







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  5. Sunday 22nd March

    It was another bright, clear, cold and windy morning which greeted us on Sunday.  Getting ready followed the usual routine, with the wife walking the dog and me showering.  I had a quick look at Faceache and regretted it, the comments becoming even more vehement and unwelcoming.

    I wanted to compound and wax the roof of the wheelhouse, which had become grey and stained over the winter, so waited until after 09:00 before getting my polishing machine out and disturbing the neighbours.  

    With the compounding done, I had a quick walk round the Yacht Station taking a few photos before we we untied and set off back up the Waveney.  There were a few private craft out, in the main coming in the opposite direction.  We hadn’t had breakfast and we were feeling peckish, so we moored at North Cove where I put my culinary skills to good use and cooked brunch of grilled bacon, sautéed tomatoes, scrambled eggs and mushrooms.  

    Once ready, it was consumed with relish (and a dash of Worcestershire Sauce, too).  With washing up done, the wife relaxed with her knitting, putting to good use the needles bought the previous day.  I went out with my camera, anxious to record the surroundings in the beautiful early spring sunshine.

    There were plenty of walkers making their way along the path, but boy, was it cold in the wind?  I wandered about taking a few shots and was enjoying the day, but in the back of my mind there was a feeling of gloom with the impending restrictions that would inevitably impact our ability to be back for the foreseeable future.  It was not a thought that I enjoyed.

    I wanted to moor overnight at Somerleyton, so we waited a while, enjoying the day before casting off once again.  I had aimed to be there around low water, but wasn’t sure that the river levels would allow passage under the bridge, especially given the strength of the wind.  A few more boats passed us, again heading the other way, including a couple of hire craft, one of which was from Richardsons.  I thought that if he’d collected that from Stalham the previous day, being close to Oulton Dyke wasn’t bad going in the intervening time.

    We soon arrived at the bridge and once again, there was plenty of clearance, more in fact than on Friday and we moored near the electric post furthest from the bridge.  I hooked up to it and there was some credit on it, which was a bonus, but I added an extra pound to keep it topped up anyway.

    I set about the roof, with the wax and the wife took Harley for a walk along the bank.  The sun was still shining and the wind was still blowing.  Even though I say it myself, the roof did look very sparkly by the time I’d finished it!!

    Deb returned with the pooch and I read for a while before heading out with the camera again as the sun went down.  There was a solitary swan sitting feasting on grass a way up the bank, looking menacing and hissing as I walked by.  I stayed out for a while, making the most of our last evening on board and the magnificent weather. 

    The sun eventually disappeared below the horizon, the last rays casting a beautiful glow in the sky.  There’s nothing quite like a Norfolk (or was I in Suffolk) sunset.  I sadly returned to the boat to read a bit more before cooking dinner.

    The knitting needles were twitching frantically and the wife was making good progress with my jumper.  Good job she’d bought the needles after all.

    I made dinner for about 19:00 – a stir-fry with beef from the butcher in Beccles, vegetables, noodles and sauce from the Co-Op.  It was very tasty and there was a lot of it.  Good job I was hungry.  We washed up and settled down to whatever was on TV.  There was some wine to finish, too – what a hardship?

    I managed to avoid watching the news.  We went to bed onboard at around 22:15 after a hot drink, for what was to be the last time for a while.  it was to be the journey home the following day and I wasn’t looking forward to it.















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  6. Saturday 21st March

    We woke to a beautiful, sunny, clear but windy morning.  The heating and immersion heater went on and to try to avoid watching tv and becoming even more depressed about the crisis that was developing, I had a look at the Forum and Faceache as I drunk my tea and waited for the water to heat.  I was beginning to feel quite alienated in the County that means so much to me, with the comments some folk were making.  I certainly didn’t want the virus, nor did I want to pass it onto anyone else.

    Debbie took Harley for a walk whilst I showered and dressed.  By that time, they were back on board, so I wandered across to the Harbourmaster’s office to pay for the mooring.  I was asked for contactless payment there, or to pay online.  The vice was beginning to grip.  I had a quick look across the Broad, took a few photos and returned to the boat to suggest to the wife that we should both have a walk round the park together (with the pooch, too).

    We had a steady walk, I took some more photos and the dog mooched about, totally unaware of the developing situation enveloping the Country.  Once back on board, we had a cuppa, before casting off and heading for Beccles, where I wanted to spend Saturday night.  I’d already called the Yacht Station to check that we could get a mooring and to make sure we could get electric hook up.  

    We passed a few boats as we cruised up the Waveney, but the journey was otherwise uneventful and arrived at Beccles around midday.  I moored close to an electric post and walked to the office to pay.  Unlike Oulton, paying was much more relaxed.  With the mooring and electric pre-paid, we locked the boat and wandered into the town.  

    I made sure I went by the Beccles Fish Bar on the way, to check the opening times for that evening.  No cooking on Saturday night – takeaway night!  The wife made her obligatory call at the wool shop and emerged with just a new pair of knitting needles much to my amazement.  I usually feel a severe pain in the wallet when she goes there!  We went to the pet shop for dog treats, the butchers, Greggs and the Co-Op for further supplies before returning to Norfolk Lady for a light lunch.

    We had a walk along the riverbank, past the Sailing Club later.  It was still windy, but bright and sunny.  On the way back, we stopped and chatted to one of the chef’s from The Ferry House who I recognised and was out for a walk with his partner due to the closure of all of the pubs.  

    Back at the boat, we relaxed and whiled away the time.  I was trying not to read the internet and anything related to Coronavirus.  Some of the comments about visitors on Facebook were vile and hateful and my blood was beginning to boil.  Don’t get me wrong, but I was acutely aware of my responsibilities and didn’t need to be vilified in such a manner.  I guess people were scared of the situation, maybe not fully understanding what was happening and lashing out verbally out of frustration.

    It must have been about 18:15(ish) when my stomach told me it was time for dinner, so I had a brisk walk to the chippy, where social distancing had been observed and an even brisker walk back.  Back on board, we tucked into some really excellent fish and chips.  I’d asked for large cod and they weren’t kidding!  The fish was overhanging the plate by about 3 inches each side.  We were stuffed by the time we’d finished.  

    As ever, we watched tv, trying to avoid any channels where the news was being broadcast.  

    Bed followed a hot drink and I reflected on what had been a fantastic day, an enjoyable cruise, pleasant riverside stroll and good food, but was well aware of the potential the developing crisis would have on our lifestyle and ability to spend time on the rivers.












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  7. 12 minutes ago, oldgregg said:

     . . . . . . .Broom themselves did some, Darragh did some (the fitout of which is visibly different, and a bit odd like most of their fitouts) . . . . . . .

    Ours is a Darragh, but frankly I can’t see much difference between it and the Brooms.  In fact, the guy who conducted our survey actually commented on the similarity of the interior fit out.







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  8. Friday 20th March

    I was up early and watched tv whilst the immersion heater was doing its job, so I could shower.  The news was almost exclusively regarding Covid-19 and extremely worrying.  I had a cup of tea and some toast before getting ready.  It was cold and grey when I left the boat to head for the village.

    Panic buying had been rampant in the shops and I wasn’t hopeful of getting much in the way of supplies from the Co-Op.  I wasn’t proved wrong, either.  The place looked as if it had been ransacked, with almost no fruit and veg.  No meat, eggs, toilet rolls, rice or pasta were in evidence either.  I tried the other Co-Op and did manage to get some bits and pieces.  

    Feeling please with myself for successfully getting a few basic supplies, I returned to the boat and we prepared to cast off.  My intended destination for the night was to be Oulton Broad, as long as we could get under Somerleyton Bridge.  The river levels had been high for some time and I wasn’t sure if we’d be lucky.

    The rivers were quiet, although we did pass a couple of other private craft as we headed towards Reedham.  Before too long, the sun broke through and it had turned into a bright, breezy and cold day.  I suggested to the wife that it would be a good idea to stop there and allow our dog, Harley, the opportunity to get off and do whatever business she may need.  The quay was empty when we arrived, so I turned into the ebbing current and moored.  

    By this time, it was lunchtime and I could smell the inviting aroma coming from the chip shop.  We had some ham rolls for lunch, but the idea of a portion of chips to accompany them seemed a good idea, so I wandered up the hill to get some.  Debbie had made the rolls when I returned, so we tucked in.

    Sated, we set off again, along the New Cut (how boring is that?) to join the Waveney.  It wasn’t long before the bridge was in view. I looked anxiously for the height markers and saw that there was over 10ft 6 ins clearance, more than enough for our boat.  We passed under without incident and headed for Oulton Dyke, bearing left at its entrance.  We didn’t pass any other boats on the move as we crossed the Broad and moored at the pontoon moorings and hooked up the electric.  

    I prepared dinner of sausage casserole and got it in the oven whilst the wife took Harley round the park for a walk.  Although I still had much on my mind, being away in the calming atmosphere of the Broads was just what I needed.  I wandered around the Yacht Station, taking a few photos and idled away some time until Debbie returned with Harley and we settled down for the evening.

    The casserole was tasty, washed down with a glass or two of wine.  We watched tv, trying to avoid the news.  Corona virus was taking over and I really didn’t need to be made more depressed.  As ever, bed followed a hot drink at about 22:00 and I eventually fell asleep, ever more aware of the crisis that was developing across the Country.





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  9. I haven’t posted this earlier due to the timing of our last visit to Norfolk Lady, however I might as well tell our tale now.  There will be pictures to follow when I’ve typed up the accounts of the other days.

    Thursday 19th March

    I left work a little before 17:00 and hurried home.  It is a twenty-one mile drive each way to my place of employment, but I made good time and was home by 17:40.  It had been a difficult week at work, having been called to a meeting the previous Monday to be informed that one of my colleagues and I were at risk of redundancy due to a restructure of our team.

    I’d also attended a hospital appointment on Tuesday to be told that I need surgery for a minor condition that I am currently suffering with (which is currently on hold because of Covid-19).  With the worsening Corona virus situation too and the impact it could potentially have on my mum (who is 87 and has been quite ill for some time), our long weekend had been planned sometime earlier and I really needed to get away to get my thoughts in order.

    The car was packed in record time and we left home at about 18:20. Cutting across country from Northampton to pick up the A421 near Bedford to miss the M1, we were soon heading past St Neots and Cambridge before picking up the A11.  It was noticeable that the traffic was lighter than usual and we made good progress to its junction with the A47, where we turned right for Brundall. 

    Unfortunately, we arrived just too late for either the Blofield or Brundall chippy and I haven’t been able to face a Chinese meal since the wife and I both had food poisoning on New Year’s Eve following our last one.  McDonalds it was, then.  We pulled onto the car park and I walked to the door, only to find it was closed, although the Drive Thru was open.  We were soon on our way to the yard and Norfolk Lady, where we quickly ate our food on board, before unloading the car. 

    We watched tv for a while and caught up with an episode of Picard, before heading for bed, weary, but pleased to be back in Norfolk for a long weekend. 

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  10. 5 minutes ago, Cal said:

    Sounds like Norfolk Lady is also under propped if you need to be getting up to 2000rpm!!


    The one we hired in Brittany, which looks very similar to yours with the cream stripe and rails on the coach roof was doing about 4mph at 1300rpm and about 5mph at 1500rpm. 



    Not sure.  We usually cruise at about 1600(ish), which equates to about 5mph, but being based on the Southern Broads, sometimes we have to push the revs a bit, depending on the tides.  On the other hand, when cruising with a falling tide, we can achieve the same speed at lower revs.  It does rev to 2600, but I do have some mechanical sympathy, so have never cruised at that.

  11. 1 hour ago, Meg said:

    Hello Forum friends

    I wonder if anyone can tell me what HP a Nanni 50 engine is. I purchased Norfolk Dream earlier this year and despite hanging upside down in the engine bay only have advertised 50 as engine type and  the Nanni website is a minefield.

    Just trying to get some idea of likely fuel consumption.

    Many thanks

    That’s a sister boat to ours (Norfolk Lady) and must surely have the same type of engine.  Not sure about the engine model, but ours was also advertised as 50hp when we bought it almost a year ago.  We haven’t actually measured it in litres per hour, but as long as the revs stay below about 1900 - 2000, it seems economical enough.

    I remember seeing Norfolk Dream advertised at Jones Boatyard on the Great Ouse last year when we were looking for ours, before it appeared as SOLD on Norfolk Boat Sales website.  Being nosey, I know, but I did wonder if you’d seen it there and arranged for it to be moved to the Broads by NBS.

    Good luck with her.  We’ll watch out for you when we’re out and about on the rivers.


  12. On 17/05/2020 at 14:11, OldBerkshireBoy said:

    Have a feeling you aren`t alone there however I wonder what boat prices will do.

    There seem to be a fair few boats now showing as sold or sale agreed on the NYA website, but I guess we won’t know how bad things will get yet until there is a final bill and taxes are hit to pay it off.

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  13. It would be a shame to see any pubs closing due to the corona virus.  They help to make a holiday on the Broads even more special and increase the options that holidaymakers have.  Ricky has made such massive improvements to The Lion over the past couple of years and good luck to him with his ideas to maintain some cash flow over these difficult times.  
    Depending on whether the rules regarding sleeping on our own boat are relaxed or not and following the cancellation of our holiday in Cornwall at the end of June, we may well be spending the week onboard Norfolk Lady instead and I will certainly try to get to Thurne to visit.

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  14. 1 hour ago, EastCoastIPA said:

    I think it's also worth considering that if you are lucky enough to survive COVID19 and go into and come out off hospital, it won't have been a pleasant experience. Certainly not something that I want to experience. Part of the reason why this thing spread so quickly at the start was people thinking it was just another bout of flu. Some will die but the vast majority will survive. Boris survived but I think it was a severe wake up call to him.

    Many people will have had the virus, not been badly affected and not been hospitalised. Both my wife and I have had symptoms - temperature, a rasping cough, which lasted two or three weeks, headaches, feeling extremely fatigued and in my case I lost my sense of taste.  We weren’t able to be tested and now, when testing is more widely available, is now too late.  The vast majority of those who have had it, will have recovered without going to hospital.  Not meaning to belittle the figures, or the validity of whatever statistics are available, the lack of reliable testing from the outset will surely mean that the true figures will never be known.

    I am fairly certain that the financial consequences of this will make the crash of 2008 pale into insignificance and we will be feeling the after effects for many years to come.

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  15. 9 minutes ago, DAVIDH said:

    I agree with all that Marshman. The government messaging and the media attention has put everyone into a state of fear. Eventually, the government will stop the furlough payments, and at that time, people will have to reassess their own personal risk versus what will happen if they don't return to work. Clearly, guidance and regulations need to be in place to protect people from unscrupulous employers, before that can happen. I can quite understand why the messaging was so hard, but the preoccupation with what could happen, now needs to be put alongside stories of the many thousands of people who have contacted the virus, and at worst, were laid low for a few days. Waiting for the government to come out with a ruling for every scenario in life, is just not going to happen. 

    Agreed.  Both my wife and I have had what we believe to have been relatively mild doses of the virus, having suffered raised temperatures, coughs, headaches, feeling utterly lethargic afterwards and in my case, a total loss of my sense of taste (and I don’t mean that I suddenly enjoyed Radio 1) for about two weeks.  Neither of us has been able to get tested (no surprise there), but the symptoms matched what have been described in the media.  
    As Marshman has said and as I did in an earlier post, we need to do our best to mitigate the risk, but at least try to get the country moving again.  There is not going to be a quick cure.  It will take months to develop and more importantly test a vaccine, by which time the UK will be bankrupt.
    Social distancing will be part of our lives for months to come, but at some point, we will need to spend time with our relatives.  My mum is nearly 88 and in poor health anyway, having spent much of 2019 in hospital or rehabilitation. I haven’t seen her since 23rd March when lockdown was imposed.  Could I forgive myself if anything happens before we are permitted to see her again?   
    These are difficult and unprecedented times for us all, but at some point reality must kick in and a new ‘normal’ be achieved.  It may be years before life as we knew it is restored.  We all know the risks and how best to mitigate against them.  We might as well get on with it now, work and socialise as safely as we can and be thankful for what we have got.

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  16. 8 hours ago, riverman said:

    Il probably get a lot of hate for this but... Its about common sense. Mitigation. Doing what's best for others but with a caveat, this isn't going away, there isn't going to be a vaccine this year. Yes protect the NHS, Yes slow the spread but be under no delusion that it's going away. You still need to have some quality of life, and if you're local to your boat, go down to it, enjoy yourself while you can, you might catch it next year. Let us not forget that the economic disaster and mental health crisis that is currently happening will cost lives, so if you can order some new Nav lights and go down to the boat and fix them on, then crack on. If it's doing a little for the economy and a little for your mental health then I can't see any issue.

    And maybe most importantly, when you see the death figures, Google some other statistics. Odds of heart disease, cancer etc and the population of the UK. There's plenty of better things to be terrified of. 

    My thoughts exactly.  If we’re waiting for a cure, it could take many years.  Let’s face it, we still don’t have a cure for the common cold.  We now face the biggest recession for hundreds of years, a huge number of people becoming unemployed as businesses go to the wall, higher taxation and a very different way of life to what we are used to.

    I’ve read many comments stating that our beloved Broads will still be there next month/year etc. but the Broads as we know the may not.  Pubs, restaurants and hire yards may not recover from long term closure.  There are methods available to sanitise homes and offices, which could be adapted to be used on hire fleets.  There is obviously a cost, but that is surely preferable to the alternatives.

    The sooner we accept our situation and get on with a new ‘normal’ the better.  We take risks every day, walking, driving and even at work.  We do our best to mitigate these by exercising caution and modifying our behaviour appropriately.  Hiding behind a closed door is not going to help us get out of this situation, unless you belong to one of the categories that must isolate until the end of June.

    None of us know when the grim reaper will visit.  Personally, I would rather live my life whilst I’m here to enjoy it, obviously exercising some caution with regard to social distancing, than live like a hermit until someone finds a cure for this awful disease.  Businesses need to adapt, workplaces made as safe as practicable and where possible, working from home should be encouraged in the long term.

    I have no doubt that once a vaccine has been developed, the virus will mutate and be back, even more virulent than this time.  As a species, perhaps we need to be less blasé about our presence on this planet, take more notice of the World around us and be more thankful for what we have, when we have it.

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  17. I only hope that the financial carnage that paying for this crisis will cause, will stop the building of HS2 and the resulting destruction of homes and countryside.  Is it really necessary to get from London to Birmingham a few minutes faster, a service that will only be available to a small minority of the population.  Perhaps being forced to work from home for a few weeks will persuade some people that spending hours commuting need not be essential.

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  18. On 07/05/2020 at 08:58, Chelsea14Ian said:

      . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . probley until a vaccine is available. So we need to take small steps. . . . . . . . . .

    I’m sure I read somewhere recently that the virus is already mutating, so finding an effective vaccine is not going to be easy.  Realistically, we cannot keep the country in lockdown until a vaccine is produced, so perhaps we need to look at a new ‘normal’ which will allow us to get back to work and enjoy our leisure activities, but still pay attention to how we behave and accept some social distancing.

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  19. 31 minutes ago, SwanR said:

    Got to have something to look forward to .... :default_xmas6:

    Get that, but I haven’t got over the last C c c c c Christmas yet ( can hardly bring myself to write it!).  Looking forward to getting back to Norfolk Lady before December.

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  20. 2 hours ago, Poppy said:

    It has come to my attention that there are only 35 'claps' until Christmas....

    Not the C word already, please . . . . . . You’ll only start Jay off!😉

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  21. 4 hours ago, Jemaki said:

    I wonder if this could be the problem with our heater, its an (old) Eberspächer and cuts out after a couple or three minutes throwing up a fuel starvation code, the boat fuel tank was apparently  replaced last year.


    The Eberspacher on Norfolk Lady didn’t work when we bought her last year.  Paul, at our home marina, didn’t take long to work out that the pump was trying to pull the fuel too far from the fuel tank, so moved it.  It is now mounted close to the tank and pushes the fuel to the heater, which has worked correctly since.

    It would obviously be worth checking to see that the pump is is drawing fuel correctly and getting it to the heater before replacing it.

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