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  1. After a good nights sleep, I was awake early on Sunday morning.  I’m usually up around 04:15 for work and it’s a hard habit to break, but I did manage to doze off  and rolled out of bed around 06:00.  The kettle went on and despite the forecast of a grey, cloudy day, I was greeted by the sight of the sun rising over the river to the stern of the boat. 

    Camera in hand, I stepped onto the bank and took a few photos, before returning make a cuppa.  The wife was stirring and she readied herself to take Harley (our Staffie) for a walk.  

    It was too early to run the engine for hot water and with no shore power, the immersion was of little use, so I spent a few minutes sitting quietly, thinking about our journey to the position we found ourselves in now and how lucky we had been.  I’m still not sure that I quite believe that Norfolk Lady is ours, although the bill for necessary work completed since the purchase was completed, has helped it to sink in!

    The wife returned with the dog and I cooked breakfast, grilled bacon, scrambled eggs and sautéed baby plum tomatoes.  It went down a treat, too.  

    By that time, it was well past 08:00, so I started the engine for hot water and when sufficiently heated, went for a shower.  The wife followed as I finished and we were soon dressed and ready.

    There was no great rush to go anywhere and I had no real plans for the day, but the clouds had rolled in and the sky was grey and leaden.  We waited for a while, but decided to set off for a steady cruise back to the yard and our moorings.  We cast off sometime after 11:00 and chugged slowly back up The Chet, turning left onto The Yare at the junction.

    There was quite a bit of traffic on the rivers, both hired and private, together with a smattering of sailies, clearly making the most of the breezy conditions.

    I can’t remember when we arrived back at base, probably between 13:30 & 14:00.  We had rolls for lunch and I set about starting to clean Norfolk Lady up.  We’d been left some boat cleaning products to try by the proprietor of our home yard, including some shampoo, so armed with a newly acquired deck scrubbing brush and a bucket, I attacked the grubby decks and cabin roof and was amazed at how well they came up.  I cannot say for sure how much difference the shampoo itself made, but I was well pleased with the results.

    Debbie (the wife), had packed up the bits and pieces we needed to take back home and loaded the car.  We had a chat with one of the other owners at the yard, who have a boat similar to ours and chewed the fat with them for a while, before finally locking up Norfolk Lady at about 16:30 to visit Steve and Deb, who also recently completed the purchase of their boat, which is also moored in Brundall.

    Id booked a table at The Ferry House for dinner, so took our leave in time to drive to Surlingham, where we enjoyed another good meal at one of our favourite Broadland pubs, before making the journey home to Northampton.

    It was always a wrench at the end of a holiday leaving the area that both the wife and I have come to love over the years and now regard as our spiritual home but we’ll be back very soon for another weekend on our boat.  It’s a feeling that I never believed I would enjoy, but now we are in this fortunate position, it’s one that I fully intend to make the most of.


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  2. Although we moved our boat from Horning to our moorings at Brundall, when we spent a night on board due to the tide times through Yarmouth, we had been looking forward to this weekend with eager anticipation as itvwas to be our first proper weekend break.

    We set off from home shortly after 18:00 on Friday evening and arrived at our moorings about two and a half hours later, after a relatively easy journey.  We'd collected a takeaway from the Chinese which was eaten before we unpacked the car and stowed our things on Norfolk Lady.

    Both of us had been up for work early that morning and it wasn't long before we went to bed, very tired, but very happy to be spending our first weekend on board.

    Saturday dawned and there was no rush to go anywhere.  The immersion heater was on and once the water was heated, we showered and got ready before wandering down to the Co-Op for some essential supplies.   Back at the yard, we topped up with water and set off on the start of our new adventure.

    It was quite overcast, but for once, it didn't seem to matter.  We were on our boat!   We headed for Reedham and I was quite surprised at how busy the river was.  We found a gap near the Rangers hut to moor and eased into the space.  The ranger came out to assist and we had a chat for a while as several large cruisers sped through.

    After lunch, we cast off again, with a mooring at Pyes Mill the intended destination.  It was a pleasant cruise and we passed several craft heading the other way, so I was hopeful that there would be space for us.  

    Sure enough, there was a space at the end furthest from Loddon basin, which suited us.  Nice and quiet and grass for the dog to mooch around, too.  We wandered in the village, over the bridge and through the field, coming out near The Kings Head, the outside of which seems to have been painted since our last visit.  We needed a couple of bits from the Co-Op that I'd forgotten on my visit earlier,  before returning to Norfolk Lady, past the church and through the lanes, back to our moorings. 

    The wife did some sewing, I did a crossword or two and we idly whirled away the afternoon with a bottle of wine (each).   As we sat in the aft cockpit,  the sky cleared and left a glorious, sunny evening to enjoy.

    I cooked our meal, we watched tv for a while before retiring to bed.

    Owning our own boat was an ambition I'd held for almost 50 years.  As time passed, the idea that it would be realised became more and more remote, however due to my wife's diligence, this has turned into reality.

    I cannot express how lucky I feel.






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  3. Congratulations.  We’ve owned Norfolk Lady for just over a month and my wallet is battered, bruised and feeling some pain already, but we knew there were some bits and pieces to sort out from the survey, so we’re not entirely surprised!

    Having hired for so long and being over the moon last year when the opportunity of buying into a syndicate boat presented itself, despite the cost, I can’t stop grinning now we have a boat of our own.  I sincerely hope that you derive as much pleasure from your ‘Legacy’, as our Norfolk Lady is already bringing us.

  4. 1 hour ago, OldBerkshireBoy said:

    Not sure I want to read a thread concerning bowel movements in a 3 week period myself! :default_eusa_naughty:

    Not on here, anyway.  You've only got to look at the news  to see that motions have been passed at Westminster,  not that it is newsworthy particularly,  given what most politicians speak!!

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  5. Due to the recent purchase of our own boat, we have decided to sell our full 8% share (4 weeks) in Moonlight Shadow.  We have, however, bought a 4% share in the same boat from another forum member to enable us to still have family holidays on The Broads with our son and his family. 

    We have yet to use any of our four week allocation for this current year,  so the buyer will be able to gain the full benefit of the available weeks this syndicate year (May to April).  

    As many of you are aware, we bought our share at a bargain price last summer and as a result, I am not looking for a profit, but just enough to recoup the costs and the transfer costs that will be dictated by BCBM.

    Please PM me for more details.

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  6. 27 minutes ago, SPEEDTRIPLE said:

    Which begs the question, what's going to happen to the hire fleet and private moorings?. 

    I've heard from a reliable source, that they are now owned by a firm of property developers.   I can't think of another reason that they would want the business, except for the land.  

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  7. 8 hours ago, DAVIDH said:

    This is their new Sedan cruiser - Waveney Pegasus. Is it just me or  does this boat look like it's taken part in a magicians sawn in half trick that's gone wrong? It looks dangerous without any rails at the back. 


    Not only that, but the photo shows it without fenders or ropes.  If you lay the aft ropes on the bathing platform, it looks too easy to trip over them or kick them off to get wrapped around the prop.  It definitely needs some push pit rails fitted imho, but  nothing will change the fact that it’s fugly.

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  8. 37 minutes ago, SteveDuk said:

    I have thought about trying it then I think about how the majority of anglers seem to be as miserable as sin. Why do something that makes you that way?

    I think it’s all to do with how seriously you take it and how much you’ve spent.  Cheap rod and reel, don’t get too fussy about it and while away the time sitting in the aft well of Cockatoo, rod in one hand and beer in the other.

    I can think of worse things to do.

  9. 22 minutes ago, Boatingman said:

    Totally agree with you Howard

    it could be a really good pub with some positive management



    And a coat of paint!  To me, it's the most uninviting looking pub on the broads.  I've been past it many times and never been tempted to moor there.  The Ferry House at Surlingham on the other hand, draws you in and once there, you are rewarded with a warm welcome, good beer and great food and not only frequented by the passing boaters, the car park gets full too.

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  10. 8 hours ago, VetChugger said:

    At various times I have read opinions that suggest there another pub on the Yare where the owner has desperately been trying to get a change to residential use unsuccessfully, some might suggest this is why the place appears to be a tad on the "scruffy" side! I hasten to add that this is not the one by Breydon.

    The Beauchamp Arms, perhaps.  When we went past a couple of weeks ago , the sign was missing and it looked even more uninviting than ever.

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  11. 8 hours ago, DAVIDH said:

    I wonder why Brooms would have built up their hire fleet to such an extent if their intentions were always to build houses on the land. Looks like they currently have 20 cruisers to hire. That's alot to dispose of and lose money on from new if this is true.


    I haven’t hired one, but have seen pictures of the interiors.  They look to have been built to a ‘private’ standard and no doubt would sell for good money if they came onto the market.  They wouldn’t have cost a retail price to build, either and there is obviously income from the hires over the years they have been in the fleet.

    I think the losses would be small compared to the potential profit to be made from developing the site to residential properties.

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  12. 1 hour ago, ranworthbreeze said:

     . . . . . . If Broom's are thinking about building houses/flats on the site when the sheds are pulled down, they may be difficult to sell because of the 90 plus trains a day that have to sound their horn for the Brundall Gardens railway crossing . . . . . . . . . . . .

    Just look around, Alan.  Houses are being built next to motorways, dual carriageways and railways all over the country.  We live about three quarters of a mile from the M1 and there is planning in place now to fill the farm land between our estate and the motorway with additional housing, the closest of which will be less than 50 yards from the southbound carriageway.  The noise from 90 trains per day passing would be far less than the sound of motorway traffic passing 24/7. 

    I can easily imagine desirable properties being built on the site with river frontage, possibly owners moorings, too.  There would certainly be a great deal of value to any kind of residential accommodation.  With improvements to the road and rail network, easy access to the A47/A11 and the trains, they would make a great base for commuters.

    Again, what I heard regarding Broom being bought by property developers is only hearsay, but it came from the owner of a Brundall based boatyard, so I can only imagine that there is some truth in it.  Property developers aren’t going to invest in an area of land that size, without some sort of future plan.  The hire business, should it continue, could easily relocate, should it continue, clearing the way for substantial redevelopment of what is a largely redundant site.

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    Whether it’s true or not, I wouldn’t like to guarantee, but I have heard that Broom is now owned by property developers.  Furthermore, I was told by one of their staff when we refuelled Moonlight Shadow at the end of our last break, that their boat building program finished at the beginning of April.

    There is a lot of land that is currently not earning money and if property developers do own the land, they will surely only be looking for one outcome.  Again, without knowing who owns the land that the pub is built on, there must be  a substantial value to it and should a large enough bundle of cash be waved to purchase the pub (should it be necessary), who knows what the outcome would be.

    All of this would be down to planning permission, obviously, but would the BA want such a large site empty and derelict, should the current owners pull out?  

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  14. Rockland Broad and staithe, not forgetting The New Inn for great food.  Bargate (Surlingham Broad), The Ferry House, Surlingham (another pub for great food).  Norwich and the cathedral, are a must.  Bramerton  Common for lovely moorings.  The Chet into Loddon, narrow and pretty.  Oulton Broad is worth a look and Beccles too.  The biggest difference South is the distance between places to visit and the rise and fall of the tides.

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  15. 10 minutes ago, OldBerkshireBoy said:

    Sounds like one I viewed earlier this year where the top of the canopy was all warped. 

    Could well be.  It had been raining (now there’s a surprise) and a mini pond had developed in the middle of the canopy, probably where hirers in its former life had sat on it.  Furthermore, the windows at the rear of the canopy wouldn’t close, leaving sizeable gaps for the weather to get in, necessitating additional work on the canopy and runners.

    I also went for a trial in it and it steered to the right, the pull becoming stronger as the revs increased, leading me to believe that the rudder may be bent.

    With money spent, it could be a nice boat and was certainly a better starting point than the ex Herbert Woods Alpha 35 I viewed elsewhere, but too much for me to take on.

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  16. 8 hours ago, OldBerkshireBoy said:

    May not be as good now as you remember Howard.

    It wasn't.  We looked at her (now called Base Camp) and although it was tempting, there was too much that needed to be done to get her to the standard that we would require.  

    The current owners are the same ones who bought it from Swancraft originally back in 2014.

    If 26k is the price it sold for and is correct, it will give the new owners some money in hand to get her back into shape, but there is about 2k worth of work to do to the canopy alone so the back canopy windows will close correctly.

    It was in better shape than an Alpha 35 that is currently under offer at another brokers though.  We viewed that one too and couldn’t wait to get off.

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  17. 17 hours ago, CambridgeCabby said:

    It seems to me the the impending Brexit is being blamed for countless failings , not that many months ago everything was the fault of the EEC, economies change , habits change.

    Brexit was certainly a factor in us changing our plans this year.  Since 2007, we have been going to Southern France for two weeks at the end of June every year.  We had already booked for this year, even before buying our share in Moonlight Shadow, however continued uncertainty regarding our original exit date in March and the possibility of leaving the EU without a deal at the end of June caused us to rethink our plans back in January, when we were able to minimise our losses.

    According to the media, leaving without a deal would mean that we would potentially need a green card for our car insurance, require an additional visitor permit and international driving licence, the EHIC cards would become invalid and the Pet Passport scheme would be under review.  

    We had been advised by Eurocamp that we would need to have a rabies jab for our dog, in addition to the passport which was still current, who accompanies us on our holidays and that would need to be followed a month later by a blood test to prove the effectiveness of the injection at the cost of circa £150.

    We decided that it would make more sense to wait until we have left and the full implications are known before travelling to Europe again and make full use of our weeks on MS.

    That was, of course, until we bought our own boat a few weeks ago, which further complicates future holiday arrangements.



  18. 7 hours ago, Broads01 said:

    The annual cost per share on Evening Shadow is less than Moonlight Shadow. 

    Hi Simon

    If you look at the breakdown of costs, there are more budgeted on Moonlight Shadow.  MS is valeted at the end of each week, taking the responsibility away from the owners and call outs and breakdown cover is also included.  In my opinion, the Northern Broads provide a more popular starting point than Brundall, where Moonlight Shadow is based, which is why the shares sell more readily.  

    To be honest, when we bought into MS, I would have preferred to have been based North and was looking at Evening Shadow, however the buy in cost was far less for us on Moonlight and we jumped at the opportunity.  Having now experienced starting from Brundall, we have chosen it as the home mooring for our own, recently acquired boat and are happy with our decision.

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  19. We always hired from Summercraft.  The boats look as good at the end of the season as they do at the beginning and for us have been exceptionally reliable.

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  20. Nice one Neil.  I think now, with the purchase of Norfolk Lady, that my motorcycling days may sadly be over.  I’ve hankered over another one for some time and have always found other things to spend the money on.

    Good luck with it - it looks pretty mean!

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