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  1. Vaughan

    Broads Toll 2019

    Got it in one!
  2. Vaughan

    Broads Toll 2019

    There is a very interesting article on the Daily Mail website this morning (that says a lot about me, doesn't it?) from a lady who has just leased a new electric car. Sorry I don't know how to link it. It bears out a lot of what I have been saying and goes a long way to explain why we don't have electric cabin cruisers on hire on the Broads at the moment!
  3. Vaughan

    A Winters Tale

    Nice looking shoe. The leather upper looks like Diboudgi Box Calf, the "closing" is simple but well done and there seems to be just the right amount of "toe spring" between the sole and the heel. A shoe like this should be comfortable and will do your feet no harm. The height of the heel is not a "bad" thing so long as the shoe is the right size to fit your foot properly. Excuse me, I used to make ladies' shoes, in Norwich.
  4. Vaughan

    Sea Level Change, Since 1970...

    Thanks for that, Chris and Marshman. I happen to know a little about reed as I worked for 15 years in the Petit Camargue, which is made up of the alluvial silt of the Rhone Delta. It is land reclaimed by draining and pumping in exactly the same way as the Broads, so that the water table can be maintained at different levels, for the growing of reed as well as Camargue rice. There are many square miles of managed reed beds which are sold for thatching in Belgium. The fields are harvested in rotation every 2 or 3 years so there is always loads of space for all the abundant wildlife. The bittern are wandering around in there like free range hens! So it is a whole countryside of reclaimed, managed land which is entirely man-made and which would simply be a swampy jungle if it were not. We would do well to remember that on the Broads. We must not leave it to become too "natural" or it simply won't be there any more. By the way, I don't suppose you would see old drainage dykes on a map of Sutton Fen as that area used to be a broad which has grown over into fen and Carr. Unlike land which has been drained for grazing meadow, such as around Thurne and St Benets.
  5. Vaughan

    Lpg Induction Hob, Anyone?

    Sounds potentially dangerous to me. I wonder what the regulations say about installing that, in a boat?
  6. Vaughan

    Boats For Couples

    Who needed the engine?
  7. Vaughan

    Boats For Couples

    I can think of Bondon's "Petit Barsac" and going even further back, the Percivals "Peter Pan"! Going back to the Gold Gem, you have hired a very good boat. They are quite old now, built in 1975 but maintained in top class condition by Richardsons. They were built in the days when the more people you could get on board a hire boat, the more you could charge for hiring it, so I admit the cabins are a little "economic". You may find the pull-out double in the saloon to be the most comfortable. In all other respects they are an excellent design of Broads boat and will give you a good holiday. Very stable, wide side decks, handrails all round, single level inside, and big "picture" windows all round.You can also moor the boat bow on, instead of stern on, if you prefer. I can personally assure you that these are among the easiest boats to handle of all. They don't look it, but they are! I have hired an Ultimate Gem in May next year and they are even easier to handle than yours! Big long boats are easier to handle, usually, than small ones. They hold a straight line in the river and they don't blow around in the wind so much. Have a good holiday!
  8. Vaughan

    Sea Level Change, Since 1970...

    I would say that the Broads is now a great deal less commercial than it used to be in the 50s and 60s, so there is a consequent lack of revenue to spend on its maintenance. I also agree that this maintenance must not just be for navigation. It also includes the management of reedbeds to prevent them growing into Carr, which is why we now have far too many mature trees around the banks. But then the reedbeds used to be commercial as well, as they were sold for what was known as the best quality thatch in the World. But they are not commercial any more, and we can see the difference!
  9. Vaughan

    Sea Level Change, Since 1970...

    So they are doing you a favour then.
  10. Vaughan

    Sea Level Change, Since 1970...

    I wonder what you mean by outside bodies - unless you are referring to the owners of most of the Hickling area, these days? My remark about the New Inn was of course rhetorical, just as your remarks often are. Anyway, the pub would not have been open at that time in the morning! I have, however, seen a bittern fly over Surlingham Ferry in the dawn. I have also heard them booming on Wroxham Broad, a very long time ago when they were considered almost extinct on the Broads. Still nowhere near Hickling! I fear that what you are trying to suggest is exclusionist and would also remind you of how much tourist revenue that "long procession of Clive's finest" is contributing to the Broads as a whole. They have the right to navigate and the RSPB (at least not yet) do not have the right to stop them.
  11. Vaughan

    Sea Level Change, Since 1970...

    I am afraid I totally disagree with that. Wildlife is protected all over the Broads these days. What about Strumpshaw Fen, or Wheatfen, or the extensive marshes on the Waveney near the WRC? Or the Halvergate marshes, where we can't even "double" the Acle Straight, because of protected snails? To name but a few. I don't need to go to Hickling to see a Red Kite, a Marsh Harrier or a Bittern. I just need to stand outside the New Inn at Rockland with a pint in my hand and watch them fly over! If you are suggesting that Hickling would become like Wroxham if we allowed the heaving masses to get under Potter Heigham Bridge, then you show your own lack of faith in the BA as a planning authority. Surely they are there to prevent that sort of thing happening? You also suggest that their hands are tied by other agencies such as Natural England, the EA, and presumably the NSPB, NWT, Uncle Tom Cobbley and All. If so, what are they really there for? Are they an authority on the real Broads, or not?
  12. Vaughan

    Sea Level Change, Since 1970...

    At least he seems to have heard of washlands, anyway.
  13. Vaughan

    A Winters Tale

    Reedham Ship?
  14. Vaughan

    Speeding On The Broads

    In which case it should have been showing trade plates, which the rangers would have noticed. Please don't think I am in support of this person as I am not, but I am left with a few questions : Judging by the photo, the ranger's launch is moored upstream of the Red House at Cantley, where my map says the speed limit is 6MPH although it drops to 5MPH as you pass the Red House. So he was caught as he came round the bend onto Limpenhoe Reach at 7.5 MPH. What was the tide doing at the time? According to the photos, it was at high level. I would think that the ebb (on springs as we are now) goes through Reedham at something like 2.5 MPH and maybe more. So if he had the tide under him at a boat speed of 6MPH he could have been doing 8MPH or more over the ground. Looking at it another way, if he had reduced his ground speed to 6MPH "made good", perhaps with a GPS APP, he would be left with a boat speed of around 3.5 MPH. On a big boat like that, presumably with twin engines, he would hardly have steerage way. This poses the obvious question - is speed to be judged by boat speed, or by speed "made good" over the ground?
  15. Alan I am dreadfully sorry. Sincere condolences from Susie and I.
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