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  1. Sadly I am working. Currently sorting a my flood damaged workshop....
  2. This is how I got round a similar problem. BSS 'best practice' suggests all through hull fittings should be 10in (200mm) above the water line. I also wanted to lower my gas locker to under the cockpit floor to free up space. Rather than use vermiculite to fill the void below the drain off I did away with the space completely. My drain off is 6in higher than it would have been, nicely above the waterline with a decent fall on it and the BSS man is happy. In fact I asked them to confirm all was compliant before I fitted it. Sadly it won't help with your stainless locker but the shape at the bottom is where you are heading. I do wonder whether a fibreglass 'insert' may get you where you want to be?
  3. Perhaps a Pessimist rather than an Optimist would be a better choice?
  4. Nothing to do with high tides, a blocked land drain is the culprit leaving this area in about 9in of rainwater.
  5. It has been known for wooden cabin sides to dry out during long dry spells in the season and then leak like a sieve for a few days before swelling back up and sealing when the weather breaks. All part of the fun of wooden boat ownership...
  6. By the way, a good friend ran aground on Breydon at low tide as he approached Breydon bridge heading towards Yarmouth. It was during the low tides middle of last month and he was on a wooden broads cruiser (not a yacht). I believe it has been mentioned to the BA but it seems that there may be a build up on the corner between the dolphin and the starboard span as you head east. His boat bogged down noticeably but had enough momentum to push through.
  7. By the way, here are a couple of points from JP himself that may be relevant here. The first is from 2016 and was the answer to my question regarding dredging the lower Bure and the hump at the mouth of catfield dyke. Dear JanetAnne, In the last 3 years the BA has dredged over 70,000m3 from the river Bure, however the modelling that we carried out as part of the Sediment Management Strategy showed that dredging has minimal impact on water levels. In fact, the Bure Loop acts a throttle in the system and restricts the flow of water heading upstream from Great Yarmouth which is why the waterway specification was restricted by agreement with Natural England to reduce the potential for saline incursion. Generally speaking, water levels are more influenced by atmospheric conditions and rainfall in headwaters and there is good evidence from the bridge pilot records at Potter Heigham that water levels have increased over the last 30 years. We have also spent a lot of time, energy and money in agreeing a vision for Hickling which is allowing us to carry out dredging on this very sensitive site, and will include Catfield Dyke in a later phase. Regards John the second from me was in November 2017 Good evening, Just the one question from me this time JP. Its a question I have failed to get an answer to for some years now so I figure ask at the top once again and see what happens... What constitutes 'navigation'? The BA is required to maintain navigation, that is not in dispute, but what is 'navigation'? To maintain water depths at a level which allows the scouts to float their canoe's would still allow navigation but not at a depth needed by the majority of broads users. Is 'navigation' deemed to be a depth of 3ft, 6ft, or maybe just 6 inches? So here is my question... What water depth does the BA consider to be reasonable to maintain navigation? Once we have that established we can all work towards it eh? Good Evening JanetAnne, Thanks for the question. The Authority’s functions in respect of maintaining the navigation area are set out in the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads Act 1988 S10 (1). (1)The Authority shall— (a) maintain the navigation area for the purposes of navigation to such standard as appears to it to be reasonably required; and (b) take such steps to improve and develop it as it thinks fit. This requires the Authority to exercise its judgment. The navigation area is defined in Section 8 of the Act as: 1) In this Act “the navigation area” means, subject to any variation for the time being in force by virtue of an order under subsection (3) below— (a) those stretches of the rivers Bure, Yare and Waveney, and their tributaries, branches and embayments (including Oulton Broad) which, at the passing of this Act, were in use for navigation by virtue of any public right of navigation; (b) the banks of the waterways which make up those stretches; and (c) Haddiscoe New Cut and its banks; (d) Breydon Water and the Lower Bure. The Authority’s Sediment Management Strategy 2007 sets out the ‘ideal waterway specifications’ in terms of depths. These vary across the network from 1.5 metres to 2.4 metres below mean low water springs. You can find a copy of the Strategy on the Authority’s website with the maps showing both the waterway specifications and recent hydrographic survey information. The report is at the following link: http://www.broads-authority.gov.uk/boating/navigating-the-broads/water-depths Hope that helps – please come back to me if you want any further information. Regards John
  8. Sitting here surrounded by sandbags, flood defenses in place since Sunday, and with the grass standing more chance of being trimmed by a submarine than a lawnmower, (yup Beccles yacht station awash again), can anyone confirm whether this area used to be flooded as often as it is now? Bear in mind that the harbour masters side quayhead had 3 inches of concrete chucked on top of it a couple of years ago as well...
  9. Have to mate. If SWMBO was to detect even a hint of weakness it'd be curtains! She's already suggesting I need a younger man and a pair of jump leads on standby
  10. I can manage fitness, well to a certain extent but boating ability.... erm.... like I was saying, fitness I can manage.
  11. Now that's interesting. Any chance of a layman's explanation of these 3 metre margins and the criteria that allows for such? For example, a 3 metre shelf both sides of the lower ant would not be workable from a boating perspective which suggests sites must be chosen rather than a blanket approach of the E. A. guidelines?
  12. Seeings as I am currently sat aboard my old wooden broads cruiser, which used to pass through Potter bridge, can I add my few pennith worth? Chloe Jane used to pass under Potter easily. About 6'9" would do it. She started as Waveney Princess and became Aston Cairn when they took over the Loddon yard. Check Craigs site for information and then check your Hoseasons brochures for any mention of Bridge restrictions.... you get the idea. Anyway these days she don't fit, well she does on occasion but it's more often than not no chance. The Broads Authority told me (I asked) the increased water level was both caused by firstly an increase in rainfall from climate change meaning more water off the land (a fact I dispute having gone back over Norfolk rainfall data for the last 50 years) and secondly an 'allowing' of the reduction of flow in the lower bure to stop salt incursion and protect the environment upstream on the flood tides. Now, whether Speedtriple's argument regarding the bridge sinking holds merit or not, Martham Boats raised their quayheads, their fuel pump and their pump out shed a few years ago. I doubt all their land was sinking....? By the way, "buy the right boat" is an argument that's flawed. Keep that one up whilst our navigation is eroded further and the "right boat" will be a canoe. Nobody expects one of Ferry Marina's finest to fit, they were never designed to, but boats that went through week in week out should still be able to do so. And, if we really care that much about the environment up there, fit speed limiters to the day boats!! The caring hirer will never notice and the hooligans will no longer challenge for the biggest bow wave
  13. No sorry, I meant for future possible liaisons with camper vans. Tea and cake will be served at a mooring of your choice probably around the weekend? Jaki is driving up Friday for a few days especially so we can come to wherever you land. Chloe Jane is fuelled ready and keen for a trip out.
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