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  1. Great stuff that it is staying open good luck and wish them every success. At least we didn't lose it like the Berney Arms.

    Lads Week

    Great photos. Can you tell me when you moored at Geldeston (village) are there posts or is it rhond anchors ? Cheers John

    Locks Inn

    What a shame The Locks Inn is going to be closed for maintenance when we usually head down there on 20th / 21st Oct. It is usually the highlight of our week having the Sunday afternoon in a great atmosphere with musicians doing their own thing while we have a few jars. We have been visiting the Locks for many years....hope it doesn't change too much if at all.
  4. I hope the lads that work in the yacht station will be staying, I have always found them to be helpful and friendly.
  5. Great memories of holidays on this boat sitting out on the aft deck watching the sunset with a glass or two. Looks like she could do with a bit of TLC but not looking bad for an old girl. I still think there would be a call for this design in a few modern Broads boats. I for one would look to hire something similar.
  6. Years ago I can remember approaching Norwich and we crept over the speed limit inadvertently, a river police launch was coming towards us and he held up a sign about the size of a tennis racquet that said 'SLOW DOWN' then as we got closer he turned it round and it said 'THANK YOU' ...I thought that was brilliant
  7. We used to hire this boat from Easticks many years ago, fond memories. I remember it was one of the first hire boats to have a video player and you got to choose 4 films from their library. she had a spacious forward cabin / lounge and a double 4 poster ! cabin. The main attraction for us was the rear open deck with table and chairs to sit out and have meals and a few sundowners...ah the memories. Just wondered with all the new builds going for sleek looks and all the mod cons whether something like dear old Petite Magnum's layout would be popular today ? ........
  8. Sorry there has to be a better way to fund moorings so we can keep the charm of the Broads that we all love surely the answer is not PARKING METERS lining our beloved waterway. THEY JUST DON'T LOOK RIGHT !
  9. Please no.... http://www.edp24.co.uk/business/parking-ticket-machine-on-broads-mooring-causes-stir-amongst-boaters-1-5211488
  10. Thanks Griff we will definitely make that one of our overnights next time we hire. We love that stretch of the Broads and we had a great Sunday afternoon at the Locks there was a great band playing (The Gutterboys) and the atmosphere and beer made it another memorable days on our wonderful Broads!. John
  11. Having moored at the Locks quite a few times over the years I just wondered are there any mooring for hire boats at Geldeston village. Are you able to moor after the Cut / Bridge to get to the Wherry pub ? I seem to remember years ago rhond anchoring to the bank just before the Cut / Bridge but this year we had a look and it is too overgrown to moor against that bank. Thanks for any advice. John
  12. Just thinking about technology and the Broads.... Who can remember the blackboards that were placed at the junctions of the main rivers that were used to leave emergency messages for boaters to phone home. I think they must have been operated by the Broads rangers (bit like baby crying in chalet 234 ! ). John


    The dreaded red stripy "official tape / ribbon" we saw quite a bit of it out and about last week !!


    We were at Cockshoot when these signs and tape were put up...
  15. Hi all can anyone give me an update on the Dog , as I thought I read somewhere that it may be changing hands ? Thanks John
  16. Great blog and photos - thank you. John
  17. Jonathon fantastic photos gives your blog the x factor ! Thanks John
  18. Not been on Suncharm but have hired Sunray quite a few times. In my opinion I think these boats have a great layout plenty of space in the forward cabin and galley. We love the radiator / hot towel rail heating for early and late cruising its great to get out of bed in the morning to a warm boat (comes on auto at 6am). One year we did have a problem with the heating not firing up but Rickos were out and sorted it in no time. You can get under all bridges (if conditions right) , you have bow thruster and 240 volts. Great vision from forward cabin means the crew don't have to stretch their necks to see while relaxing on the sofa / seating (better than on Broadway or Broadlander). hope this helps John
  19. Hi Peter Just looked at Rickos site and a week on Suncharm from 19/8/16 shows £1038 not inc fuel,
  20. I wonder if the deer got out ok ?
  21. Perhaps he was giving a lift to the gingerbread man ! Fantastic photo of the fox swimming.
  22. Hi thanks for the warm welcome. I live in Norfolk and have been hiring boats since 1988, I absolutely love the tranquility (most of the time) and pace of a Broads holiday. My wife and I had our anniversary on the Broads on board a Hampton Safari (Mk3) from Johnsons yard in St Olaves. I remember we could not get to the boat until the Sunday morning for obvious reasons, when we got on board there was a box of chocolates and a bottle of Mateus Rose waiting for us real class for 1988! In recent years we have hired Broadsman and Broadlander (how boats have moved on !) but I still have affection for the Hampton Safaris when I see one - great little boats. John
  23. Thanks for the replies it seems most of you would only use the horn as a last resort. Perhaps the bridge sign should say give way to boats travelling with the tidal flow. John
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