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  1. 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
  2. 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
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    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
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    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.
  5. You're not even safe with that stay too long, or return to soon may be to collect a family member that wants to spend some time in the shop but not with you (yes the wife) and you could find yourself with hefty parking fine.
  6. Kill the towns kill the villages, that's what parking charges do eventually nobody will want to park and the shops and businesses that relied on custom from road users will suffer and close, probably including the swan as people Just don't want a problem when parking and will drive to the next pub that has their own Free car park.
  7. Excellent selection of videos explaining most things people new to Broads boating need to know, but number 8 Stern on mooring could have been better explained as we know most hire boats don't steer in reverse but need forward motion hard lock to kick the Stern round, just an observation
  8. First of all I'm not having a go at anybody we all had to start somewhere, and four people who hire a boat for the first time must be pretty daunting, I have just been watching a link to the Richardsons introduction to first time hirers and found it very comprehensive but I wonder if this is still done as their organisation has got so large can't believe they now have the time for such comprehensive instruction? https://youtu.be/bBcGdnkaaTY
  9. Excellent idea, just been on their website better than using old towels and making a filthy mess of everything, The oil I get in the drip tray isn't from leaks its every time the engines serviced and the filter is changed so will be leaving pads in the drip tray from now on, our last boat we had a minor flood which caused oil in the drip tray to get into the bilge what a mess don't want to go through that again.
  10. eddybear


    Welcome from me to Rich
  11. It may not be just the craft but circumstances like being single-handed which in my case I usually am but will always stow my warps coiled on hooks fore and aft which I can pick up in each hand while stepping ashore no drama (No crew), Oh and for the same reason I am a fenders down Man
  12. eddybear


    Yes I have, and thank you for the welcome
  13. eddybear


    That's funny having just posted about not being a full member apparently I am now must've happened when my back was turned LOL
  14. eddybear


    Congratulations Breydon on becoming a full member of the forum, did you have two ask or did it just happen? I myself would love to be a full member but have no idea how to go about it, I do feel I'm missing out somewhere
  15. On my last boat I had the same wheel as you which was varnished, I used to clean the brassware with a brass cleaner warding and a quick buff with a cotton duster time taken probably 10 minutes, the trouble is with putting any sort of coating lacquer etc on brass it will still tarnish in time and then you have to clean the lacquer off before clearing the brass, so in my opinion ( clean Buff enjoy ) and do again when it starts to tarnish but it will only take you about 10 minutes
  16. Hi Jeff and Steve, nice to see you back cooking again be it only Cabbage I'm definitely going to try and do it your way it's got to be better than the soggy mess I normally end up with, Oh and a Happy New Year to you both, regards Ted
  17. Village life still exists but obviously not as it used to, I grew up in a village called Little Bentley in Essex one pub one church and back then one post office, still has a church where the vicar looks after three others in the district amazingly the pub is still there God knows how, the post office went years ago but the important thing is the community spirit is still there On the first Wednesday of every month they have a coffee and cake morning in the little village hall by the Church, this also attracts people from some of the outlying villages. Let's say you've just moved to the village and need to meet people If you're that way inclined there is the church the pub and as mentioned the little get together once a month, if you're not that sociable or interested in other people then it's probably best you don't pick a village to live in, the one thing a small village is no good for is older folk with no transport to get to shops doctors etc however quaint the place may look.
  18. Although we now get a brilliant signal on are very minimal aerial, we don't really watch that much television I always like to watch the local news while I'm having my evening meal, but then I have pre-recorded films and interesting programmes on my little USB keys which means I have endless entertainment without the fear of crap reception in some places, So basically nothing to spoil my enjoyment
  19. After spending a small fortune on various omnidirectional aerials we finally ended up with the one shown above, which if you look at the majority of hire craft now seem to have them, and they work fine now that the digital signal has been boosted to a satisfactory strength, yes you will still get places where there is no signal, the same places your mobile phone Won't work,life is like that :-)
  20. Such a true statement, I personally haven't reached that stage yet where I can't manage without help but when that time comes I to will consider things like bow thrusters, as said before would you want a car without power steering, if you love your house and where you live would you want to move into a bungalow? Or in the house you know and love and put a stairlift in your existing property, Boats are the same no point in making life difficult for yourselves If there is an improvement you can make that enables you to continue your enjoyment, do it.
  21. Hi Frank and welcome to the forum, I assume You must be on the southern rivers to have that much fall in water level bad luck not a good start just remember that with boats you never know what's going to happen next so have a separate savings account just for that and you can't go far wrong.
  22. Anyone know if Hamptons did an enamel badge and if so anybody got one willing to sell? I would be surprised if they didn't as they built and hired so many boats.
  23. Another vote here for Tim Waters, We have used him for our last 2 boats and yes there were things which needed sorting and quite rightly so, but he doesn't make a meal of it and is fair and understanding and you know when you get the certificate it does really mean your boat is safe, and let's face it that's the important thing, Regards Ted
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