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  1. Mark

    Brundall From The Air

    The gradual loss of service quality , the increase in prices, plus lack of follow up to queries was one of the main reasons we moved Thunder North in March. I remember speaking to Malcolm this tine last year when fueling and pumping out and him telling us that they would be shutting the fuel jetty earlier and wanting to tell him that at our AGM the following month we would almost certainly be voting to move. Nothing since has caused us to regret that move.
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    Potter Heigham Bridge

    Ah but perhaps Anthropocene Climate change has helped delay this ? Maybe if we ever hit Global CO2 reductions the new ice age will hit extra hard (by ice age standards)
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    Potter Heigham Bridge

    There is also the "rebound" effect on the land as the Glacier melts. For eg Scotland is ever so slightly "rising" as its Highland glacier/snow cover melts relieving the weight of its downward pressure on the crust , and in turn the UK tilts with the East driven "downwards" into the sea and so getting a double whammy !
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    A Summer's Tale

    Matt, the good news is that the warm weather is with until October so those of us with an 8% share get a decent Autumn week too :-) Great pix and looking forward to early Sept
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    Advice On Potential Boat Share

    Shaun, I,m Chairman of Thunder so feel free to PM me with any queries or can have a chat if you wish. Thunders turnaround day is Saturday so you would normally be able to have a look then and could be set up in the morning with the owner coming off, or alternatively BCBM have a guy who can show you around at that time if the owner needs to get away. Currently there is one share for sale.
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    Advice On Potential Boat Share

    Shaun, Matt has beatem me to it on the other items , but ref cleaning, this is inc in the fixed annual costing. Thunder had been at Brundall since the syndicate started, so this is the first time she has moved. Unless owners are not happy with Ricos or the site it is not likely that we would wish to move back, and this is for the same reasons (all in all) that we left. The "home base" is however an item on the AGM each year so technically we could be at a different base each year but in practise the Syndicate boats do not move very often, and it only comes up if owners have an issue. If you do have any other questions just let me know.
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    Advice On Potential Boat Share

    Hi Shaun, London Lad/Andy has answered much of what you were asking about but just as an aside we on Thunder are currently having our engine replaced at Richardsons having voted to move base from Brundall to Horning this season. As far as the expense is concerned, anything that is suggested/needed gets discussed at the AGM , voted on and provisons made. In this case we first discussed the engine issue it at the 2016 AGM and voted to set up a reserve fund so that members increased their monthly contributions for a period of time to cover the majority of the costs that we will now incur this month. We currently have a share for sale as you may have seen from the BCBM site and if you do need any info pls just PM me. The engine is currently being fitted over these two weeks which is also our WM so any share purchase from anyone now would be after completion. Valet cleaning on board is done each week at turnaround time by a cleaner employed by BCBM
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    Broads Toll

    Hi Allan, yes indeed and my first sentance may not have been clear. Because BCBM are not the registered owner is the reason why they dont pay the Tolls directly ( as another poster was suggesting) I should have perhaps said "..and because BCBM are not the registered owner the Toll demand is actually instead addressed to whoever is from the Syndicate :-)
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    Broads Toll

    ..and because BCBM are not the registered owner (to whom the Tolls are addressed & sent) £616.80 for Thunder this season, up £18.72 or 3% . Equates to £1.48 additonal per 8% or equivalent share holder, or more importantly £49.34 per share overall.. taking Sues point earlier.
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    Berney Arms

    Alan, do you know if this individual is attempting to collect along the length of the total 3 sets of moorings or just outside the cafe area? There were "reports" elsewhere that someone was trying to fleece people moored at the BA section as well as at the other section by the wind pump.
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    The calculation to make is : If you get there and its full you have to turn and as Robin says its doable, we did it in Thunder with 43ft length and a boat moored across turning area bank, however it was messy, so ....is it worth the hassle of reversing back instead and hedging your bets. Either way you have to turn, and you can :-)
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    Share For Sale

    for the pic and the note , I will duly give them a kick !
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    Share For Sale

    We currently have 2 shares for sale in the Thunder Syndicate, one is a full of 8% with 4 weeks per annum and the other is a half share of 4% with 2 weeks per annum. If interested we are managed by BCBM and further information can be obtained from the below site or call BCBM 01270 811500 http://www.bcbm.co.uk/boats/broads-cruisers-page-129.html
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    Electricity At Moorings

    As we are all the "next boat" when we plug in and get that remaining 10p ourselves , does it make a lot of difference? unless of course someone goes around using up the residual 10p and then moving on . But if you have to do that perhaps better not to be boating at all ?
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    Time To Reflect | Brinks Serenade

    :- ) It can be done (Just) we took Thunder up there back in Oct 15 and are nearly 44ft. Not only were there two boats alongside overlapping the turning point but they were nose to nose with the mudweights. We had to attach a spare rope to a stern rope, gently bow thrust and then pull on the rope whilst standing on one of the other boats. Lift a mudweight , wedge our nose between the boats and then push round. We also had another boat behind us by then as well which couldn't turn !

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