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  1. Well just married very cosy, we married in 72 as well, but didn't go on the Broads until 78, our honeymoon was spent in a tent we couldn't afford to rent a boat, But now 44 years later and boat owners separate cabins are in order (Not so cosy) such is life LOL
  2. Welcome Simon, you post your questions I'm sure somebody on here will have the answers, happy boating
  3. Hi, what time are the moorings on the island reserved from on Friday, I was thinking of arriving about midday if that's okay.
  4. Yes, I too have enjoyed the Easter weekend and didn't manage to get hit once which is a bonus as usually, we manage to get some damage on the northern Broads in the silly season which basically has just begun, I have noticed since the re-profiling of banks although we have lost a lot of the wild Moorings, I think it would be quite easy to establish others but with reeds instead of grass I have my eye on a few sites, I will keep you posted, regards Ted
  5. I think you'll find it's like riding a bike you never forget, it's there in your subconscious waiting to be awoken Go for it
  6. I would agree with you there, myself having had two Hampton Safaris, The first one a MK 2 And now I have the much rarer MK 4 Of which only three were built the first one had an argument with a bridge and is now much altered, the second one still survives In good condition and resides on the southern Broads, mine is still In original gel coat but the hull itself is painted which has just been freshly done and the top Compounded and polished, I haven't got pictures of this since the work was done but include library pictures, so do I consider this a classic yes by its very rarity being the last boat that Hamptons actually built and fitted out themselves and where ever possible when doing work or repairs on the boat I have kept faithfully to Alex Hamptons original plan and not bodged or changed things unnecessarily.
  7. Like David H, our first hire boat was from Saunderson's, Be it 43 years ago and it only broke down once but we did do the whole of the Broads network in a week which was pushing it and it was one of their older boats so all in all not bad they even let me Store my rusty little Austin a40 Undercover, very nice people
  8. An excellent short film, interesting to see the reed cutting and the flooding near the locks pub, Really does show the usefulness of a drone, some may curse them but in the right hands it can deliver excellent results and this film proves it.
  9. We appear to have done a similar thing to you, but in reverse 2 boats the first a Hampton Safari MK 2 which we probably had about nine years and then we upgraded or should I say sidestepped to the much rarer Hampton Safari MK 4 which is a totally different layout and the helm position Is a lot higher meaning you can just see over the tips of the reeds, But this also means there are a couple of bridges we can no longer get under But the extra view of the world or should I say the Broads is worth the sacrifice. PS, as mother-in-law used to say Oh no not more bloody reads LOL
  10. As Finny says, That is the secret to owning your own boat unlike hiring which basically works out a lot more economical, but of course, you can't drop everything and hop on it when you feel like it because it has to be booked in advance, whereas If you can use it whenever you like and that is what you pay for and of course It does work out a lot more expensive but you have to take into account the convenience factor which personally we also have gone for, But the only way to get the value is to use it at every possible opportunity, and that is the only way You can justify the expense. When we bought our first boat we worked out that we were actually on it for three whole months in the first year not of course end to end but long weekends and weeks holidays, unfortunately, our circumstances changed when my mother-in-law came to stay with us It was all right In the beginning because she could come on the boat with us but now after seven years she is not really fit enough and we have to arrange respite for her so we can get away, but we still persevere and are now on our second boat which we are looking forward to enjoying this coming season, so you have had my two pennies worth, good luck with your new boat.
  11. Bear in mind a pressure washer is probably used fairly infrequently and then just chucked back in the garage without another thought, So probably better to go for the cheaper option with a similar specification, reminds me of what my mother used to say when asked how she was, she used to say I feel as though I have been ridden hard and put away wet, Not that I'm comparing my dear old mum to a pressure washer but you see what I mean
  12. Know what you mean beautiful spot but rarely available high season so grab it while you can :-)
  13. Definitely not slimming world friendly I can feel the pounds going on just looking at it
  14. Welcome Sailor, You're going to have fun that's for sure, and a mooring at Ranworth, In the height of the season the rest of us could only dream of such a thing LOL
  15. Had a chat with Steve Saturday yes they're both doing just fine and by the sounds of it lighter by the minute LOL, would have spoken with him longer but he was busy getting water and transporting it back to the boat as the main taps were not on in case of freezing, and by God it was cold that day the wind could nearly cut you In two, Said we would spake again soon when I Get properly back on the water (Still things to do)
  16. Been there done that twice fantastic view but an exhausting climb, if I can't do it any more I know I'm Getting Old or there is no Space to moor the boat which is the more likely eventuality
  17. The first and last time we'd ever been under Potter-bridge that was the side we went from, and collected four of five strangers to put the boat far enough down in the water to get under the bridge, happy days
  18. We are in the process of having new gas central heating fitted and chucking out the old night store heaters which have been in the bungalow 28 years and now costing on direct debit £250 per month and they want to put the price up to just over £300. With the dual fuel allowance and the new heating system, I should be spending only about £100 per month, as for the boiler were going for a multipoint and fitted by a plumber friend who really knows his stuff, So hopefully I will have more money left to spend on that floaty thing in Norfolk
  19. What a great story, we hired Lady Ursula from Sanderson's in 1978, they said next time we came we could hire the more up-to-date Sanderling's, being of a similar size to their Lady class, of course, there Is a larger one called the sandpiper of which I know of one in excellent condition and still residing on the Norfolk Broads.
  20. Welcome Paul, sounds a lovely yacht hope the restoration/recommissioning goes well, and hope to see you on the water soon regards Ted
  21. Just remember when they closed it looked like no hope of them being available for mooring again, at least now we know that they will reopen probably not this season but hopefully next, so if coming from the north towards Beccles we will have to a hang a right and use the Bernie arms mooring instead, hey ho such is life.
  22. eddybear


    That's right Jeff not forgetting a good meal and a bottle of vino and yes a good phone signal very important as us self-employed need to keep receiving the work so we can afford these little or not so little luxuries LOL
  23. I agree that wild moorings and peace and quiet are definitely the best, but obviously, since they did all this re-profiling we have reeds rather than grass (so what ) you can still land with care, difficult part is when you're single-handed not so easy but with crew and a bit of forethought not too difficult, look at what the sailing boat do when wanting to hoist or drop sail they will come into the wind and the riverbank to drop or hoist sail, the fact that they made the bank into a step will help other than just running into reeds, anyway this season I'm going to give it a go, might need one of those petrol Whirly things is to clear the reeds a bit
  24. eddybear


    PS two last Post reading the write-up on these they were originally intended for and wired for cars to Stop rodents eating the wiring
  25. eddybear


    These 12 V gadgets can be bought on eBay 12V Car Electronic Ultrasonic Pest Control Repeller, Spiders Rats Mice, I already use a 250 V one in the boat, which Seems to work for spiders, so am buying a 12 V one when not plugged into the Shore power.
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