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  1. Hey you. There are always many camper vans where we more in Wroxham at Landamores, (the old P&H site). They are right next to the river, from what I know come with electric hook-up along with use of the facilities. Not sure they will get much closer to the river than these... These must be popular as we see may folks returning again and again. I don’t have the number with me at present but I’m sure Landamores website mentions them? Cheers Paul
  2. She is indeed a “Delight” in more ways than one, that is for sure and something of a land mark too. May be a boatyard would be interested in her for their expanding though small wooden cruiser fleet? It could be an option and one that would keep her in good hands on the water, with the possibility to hire her now and again? Give MBD a call see what they say or even the folks at HW? Though I don’t think she will hang around for sale for too long. I really know how you must feel about this but only you know when the time is right. The woodie in our family has been in our custodianship for 35 years since being expelled from the hire fleet in the early 1980s, apparently her class and others, one being an slightly modified Delight and other similar sized 26-28’ cruisers were deemed as too small by Hoseasons and not what customers wanted, Strange how things change, now there is a bit of the hire market wanting this size craft to experience the good old days. 35 years is not the 50 years you mentioned with WR, but long enough for us, for there to be a real bond that spans and has also bonded 4 family generations so far.... it must have been a hard decision. Cheers Paul
  3. As it has already been pointed out, many know nothing or are aware of the wash their boats produce and it’s affect on others, trying to get everywhere in a week or two, add to that, again what has already been stated about lack of instruction on hire and day boat hand over, attitude is hard to change with a minority of the I’m alright jack lot, so to mitigate an issue, start with what can be accomplished? As much as we would all like it to be this, issue will never be completely eradicated, mitigated maybe? Cheers Paul
  4. I do get, it especially when a large wash hits moored boats. Some boats are affected more by this, to a certain extent it depends where you moor? I find on the northern rivers our boat dose not tend to rock too violently, where I see others do when a boat producing a large wash goes by. It’s my Parents pass time to shout at these folks to slow down, as it can be the damage that is done to some of the biodegradable woodies. This is made worse on the southern rivers at low tide where there is a load more bank exposed. Anyway, not sure who it was, but back in July on a similar thread someone suggested to download a free app, available both for ISO and Android, called Aweigh. It’s accuracy with regards to speed (via GPS) I’m sure will raise an eyebrow for some, but I must say I found it a good guide, humbling to know that I have never been too far out by the “watching behind me” method. There is some useful tide information on the app too, so you can plan your days never fighting the tide. It’s amazing just how much fuel we didn’t use during our two weeks up there, from Wroxham did all of the south, plus most of the north excluding the river Ant and back to Wroxham on 12 gallons of fuel. Its worth having a look at the app, of course you do not need to have it running all the time so data should never be a worry. Once you’re tides are known, set your speed, I still check over my shoulder, and off you go. I’m quite sure it is something the yards could suggest could be used during the hand over? Cheers Paul
  5. We did PHB in our Ocean 30 last time in April 2015 just after a light refurb we carried out at Martham. It was blowing a gale, there were rollers running down the Thurne through the bridge. The gauge in the pilots office read 6’4” that was as low as it was going to get for quite sometime, so we were told. It was tight to be fair, not something I would want to do every week, also in case of not being able to get back. The 27’ Elysian MK1, we had first and original kept on the moorings at Martham was a doddle, 5’8” was the lowest we took her through, never had to worry about the bridge. With the Ocean 30 I would like to see 6’5” - 6’6” before we do it again. That said we have not needed to as we have Dad’s boat Nice One, that’s kept the other side if we want to venture up that way. If you are looking for something that you don’t have to worry about PHB in, something with more rounded top sides would be the ticket. The Ocean 30s are great but when it comes to that bridge they are a bit square peg round hole. I always think it was a bit of a shame they didn’t lower the topside edges in the original design, to give the roof just a bit of an arc, it would not have needed much, there’s plenty of room/internal head height to spare... Cheers Paul
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    I agree with CambridgeCabby, there is far too much emphasis put on “over land” speed. I was always told 5mph should not cause enough wash to rock a dinghy. Common sense, followed by a bit of thought for others wouldn’t go amiss, even if this is just to start with... Always check over my shoulder just to make sure we are never putting out a too higher wash, making sure to slow down for moored craft etc. That extra 1-2 mph the owner is gaining in the opening post equates to what, a 2-3 minute gain at destination depending on the start point? Its really not worth the noise and extra fuel... Cheers Paul
  7. Just watched the clips on line from last night. So who defines when GRP is at the end of its serviceable life? With wooden boats it’s normally a case, if my hand goes through it in many many places and subject to the cost to put it right, then possibly it is at its end of life. With GRP it may be slightly harder to determine, as structurally they are reasonably sound. Not seen too many delimitation cases, or for inland craft any that I have heard of that have sunk due to osmosis? Our was built in 68, a GRP spring chicken compared to some, however there are plenty of years left in her, to the point in the future a full refit and engine upgrade would keep her going for another 50 years+.... its the same as the biodegradable woodies, may be these are not so environmentally friendly either, though with less of them about not so much of an issue I guess. Will watch tonight see what this brings, I do like the idea of up cycling of the old GRPs and woodies too. Cheers Paul
  8. Too true.... I guess that’s what came of cutting my teeth after leaving school working on these things at a Rover dealership. Funny how you remember things, that are no use to no one . Things are a lot different now, I can boar most folks to tears with container refrigeration and shipping....
  9. O series for the 2.0 litres, S series for the 1.6 litre. The O series came from the Sherpa Van and was also used in the SD1 2000. Think it was the short lived 1.6 R series used in the first Maestro’s that we’re a derivative from the B series before these were changed to the S series? The bottom end of the O series was used for the base of the T series 2.0 16v twin cam used in the Rover 820. Not sure the O series was ever 16v? (It was a long time ago)....
  10. Hi Smitch6 A mate of mine has just upgraded his helm seat on his boat, it also is fixed on top of a storage unit. After a lot of thought and for very little cost he was able to pick up a very good condition 2nd hand front seat from a car. (Just remember what side you would like the adjustment on), so what he has now is a fully adjustable seat back, forth, recline and lumber support. It’s even part leather. He went for one from a smaller car as needed a smaller seat owing to space. It can be easily removed too if needed. I must say it looks very good and is darn comfy. Could be an idea? Cheers Paul
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    On The Broads

    Yes she was one of 4 Jocelyn class they built, 28’.
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    On The Broads

    Loverly boat there, one of the best to enjoy all the broads on and most capable for handling solo. MB had started to re-engine some of their cruisers not sure what is fitted in to the Judith you have? I understand they may also be resurrecting a new (or not so new) addition to the fleet, not sure if they aim for this season or next? Enjoy your time, you certainly have the weather for it. Love reading the write up and seeing the pictures, work comments are just getting in my way at the moment and I just can’t get to the boat so far this season, though get next week out of the way that should change. Cheers Paul
  13. See if you can get a dinghy from the yard, it will be good to keep the kids entertained, you can the drop a weight on any of the broads if the land moorings are full. It’s possible to then shuttle the crew over to the land/pub. There is always a fail safe/back/plan b in case. Just a thought. Cheers Paul
  14. That’s one thing the Chinese seem to have mastered very well, the build quality even to my most critical eye is very good, in fact a lot better than some of its rivals in the same price band, such as the Duster etc. Even quite a few of the more expensive OEM’s could learn a thing or two from them Cheers Paul
  15. Stretching the old workhorses legs (02 reg 75 tourer) tomorrow to unpack the boat and clean it up. It’s also done a number of trips to Martham this year readying the woodie too... i have done things the other way around to most with regards to cars. Went from a MGZT to an XF 3.0l twin turbo Jag. Had the Jag for a year and a bit, only put 3500 miles on it in that time. Although I loved the car a lot, the running, yearly servicing costs , added to watching it sit outside the house devaluing not really getting used, also not wanting to use it on certain trips in case it got knocked in a car park, I chopped it in for the 75. Load what you want in to it, as comfortable as the Jag, cheap to run and for the price I paid for it it will never lose anything. Not bad when all that’s had to be done was a service (parts only, did it myself, no need for stamps at 17years old), two tyres and a set of wipers. That’s a years worth of motoring approx 5000 miles on a fraction on the running costs of the Jag. (The wife has one of the new MG’s ZS auto since Oct last year. I must say I’m very impressed especially for the price plus the 0% finance and all the toys). Before that she had an MG3, also a great little car very under rated as were the MG Rover group motors. Come what may of that EU thing-me-Bob it may have made sense to hold on to what was once the family silver? Cheers Paul
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