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  1. The W on the sail is a Waveney One Design and the W distinguishes it from the Yare and Bure One Design, known as a White Boat. There is also the Broads One Design, known as a Brown Boat, which races mainly at Oulton and also at sea off Lowestoft. They are indeed Gunter rigged. I would guess this photo was taken at Oulton and shows the day moorings for racing dinghies on the jetty at the Yacht Club. I think you can just see the corner of the clubhouse behind the Waveney sail on the left. Coltishall was still operating Whirlwinds on SAR duties in the early seventies and I think they converted to Sea Kings in around 1976.
  2. Why not try olive oil or sunflower cooking oil? It works well for lubricating toilet pumps.
  3. Words like starboard or water would be shouted at other sailing boats, not motor cruisers. A sailing boat may give you an indication of what he wants you to do, but not always. Sometimes, they are beginners as well! I think a good general rule is that you should always pass under the stern of a sailing boat. Never try to pass in front as the yacht may get a gust of wind and suddenly speed up.
  4. The railway lines are marked "BR" (British Railways) which would mean the map is after nationalisation in 1948. From 1923 to 1948, the Acle line would be marked LNER.
  5. Is that near Chuffin Heck, Griff?
  6. Last year the thread on this subject ran to 34 pages. So unless anyone has something NEW to say. . . . .
  7. Incidentally, Ludham airfield played host in the latter part of the war to Lightning fighters of the USAF, which escorted the bombers on daylight raids over Germany. One of them, damaged when returning, crashed into a house right next door to Tommy Thrower's stores in the centre of Ludham. Maybe the Ludham Archive has a photo of it? I saw one once, but can't remember where.
  8. Actually, it's not - it is the "end game". These regs are all about preventing fire, explosion, suffocation or poisoning and in the event of any of the above, the insurance assessor (and maybe the coroner) will want to know why such an accident happened. As ex CORGI myself I am perfectly happy with gas on a boat. It has served us well over the decades and there is still no practical alternative - whatever Barnes BC may say! But it has to be installed and maintained to the correct standards. I would always strongly recommend anyone to have work done by a qualified fitter.
  9. I think that title says it all. The BSS, and ERCD are "installation" regulations. They do not cover the routine maintenance and use of the equipment on the boat. The Gas Safety, however, does cover safe use, as indeed it should!
  10. To discuss this, we first need to define "work". If you do anything which opens the gas line installation in some way, you are said to have done "work" on it. This would include changing a cooker jet but would not include changing an empty gas bottle. After doing work on a system you are supposed to carry out a pressure test. Of course anyone can do their own work on their own boat's gas installation if they are prepared to take the risk. Who is to know? I guess the final arbiter of this would be your insurers, when their assessor decides whether or not to pay out after a fire or explosion.
  11. The old control tower on Ludham Airfield, visible from the new road between Potter Heigham and Catfield. Photo taken only last week. History is all around us, if we take the time to look, and reflect.
  12. What causes the CO emission is when there is not enough air mixing with the gas and so the flame will burn with a yellow tip. A yellow flame always means incomplete combustion of the gas. The old Flavel cookers have an adjustment for the intake air, which is a setscrew with a lock-nut, that you will find on the end of the burner casting. The setscrew intrudes into the aperture of the casting and thus controls the flow of air. With the burner alight, you can un-do the screw until you get a pure blue flame. If the flame then goes out with a "pop" when you turn it off, you have too much air and can screw it in again a bit. Modern cookers are factory set and cannot be adjusted in this way. As Paul says, this must be done by a gas safe engineer. A gas appliance burning with a perfect blue flame does not emit CO into the cabin of a boat.
  13. Now there, I am right with you! I have always blamed the farmers for all this deep dyke drainage which was suddenly "necessary" on the lower reaches of the Bure and Waveney, which did away with the washlands (which absorbed the brackish water flooding) and resulted in millions being spent on flood prevention measures in towns such as Reedham and St Olaves. So I wonder which is better? Do we allow the farmers to continue growing unsuitable crops on land unable to sustain them, or do we sit back and allow them to sell their agricultural land at enormous profit, to developers who will now create one enormous housing estate all the way between Norwich, Wroxham and Brundall? With all that lot watering their lawns, I wonder what that will do to the aquifer?
  14. We went down to Ludham, about 1330 and there was nothing about, so we went through the bridge and moored on the farm moorings just below the bends. All of a sudden everyone started arriving and we began to realise that our mooring, although quite normal, was restricting the width of the river when boats were tacking. By then the raters suddenly arrived and we were stuck there! As soon as we could see a gap in the traffic we cast off and scuttled back under the bridge again! This was the view from Ludham bridge, about 1430. On the way back we came across the wherry Hathor just raising sail, south of Instead. We hoped she wasn't going down through the bridge, among that lot!
  15. I can only agree with every word of the above. I have fond memories of evenings in the Swan and am deeply saddened that it has come to this.
  16. Didn't know salt water got up to Hickling, and at least the last two incidents of serious flooding have been caused by rainwater, admittedly at high tide. My point is that this whole area is reclaimed land, which has to be drained by pumping. So I still can't see why it is claimed that some of it is now drying out. If someone can explain that I would find it most interesting.
  17. 0600. A little bit of breeze here in Catfield, but not much!
  18. I thought we were told recently that all this vulnerable habitat for rare species was at risk of drying out and growing over through lack of water? Now the same agency experts are telling us it is at long term risk of being destroyed by flooding. Make your expert minds up, please. It's either one or the other.
  19. Have just saluted our chairman as he passed in Royal Tudor, heading south out of Stalham under full sail. Says he is heading for Potter Heigham. 3RR competitors should be aware!
  20. The Adam and Eve didn't look like that as I remember it.They must have "done it up"!
  21. Well, it seems that our suspicions were all right, from our own different viewpoints, as these boats are now up for sale, moored at the NYA in Horning.
  22. I seem to be putting a damper on this again, but lowering a mast is a potentially dangerous, indeed deadly, operation. It may be just a light aluminium pole but there are very steep moments of leverage involved. At least a tabernacle gives a degree of lateral stability, especially with the short mast of a gaff rigged boat, for which it is designed. An A frame (known in the Navy as a sheer legs) also provides a lot of lateral stability when fitted properly. The danger with DIY devices such as seen above, is when you get a sudden gust of wind or when some day boat comes past making a wash and the whole thing twists off and falls sideways. I am aware that the last person to be killed when lowering a mast - and there have been several - was only last year on Wroxham Broad, when a member of the Cruiser Class, also with a very light racing pole, was trapped in the forepeak by the heel of the mast when part of the new rig failed. This is an aspect of Broads sailing which should not be played with or "jury rigged" unless you know about the stresses involved with purchases, tackles and especially, rigging shackles.
  23. This is a very good forum discussion and very good news. Too many of our navigations have closed recently or are at risk of silting up having "fallen into disuse" so it is good to hear of the possible re-opening of one of Norfolk's most famous waterways. I just want to mention that the flow of water in the old days was sufficient for a commercial waterway, as you lose a lot less water in the canal by locking down a loaded wherry, than you do for small cruisers or dinghies. Archimedes Principle - "Eureka" and all that! I hope the water flow will now prove sufficient for regular trips through the locks by small craft.
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