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  1. I want to ask your opinions on a situaton I observed last year at the junction between the river Thurne and the river Bure. Two boats met at the junction and one skipper got very vocal and hand wavey to the other about who should give way, but I am not sure if he was right. It's bothering me, because I want to be sure what to do if I am in a similar situation. I will explain the situation and I have two questions: 1. Who is the stand on vessel and who is the give way vessel? 2. Why? Vessel A was traveling down the Bure from St. Bennets Abbey and turning left in to the Thurne towards Potter Heigham. Vessel B was traveling down the Thurne, joining the Bure and heading straight on towards Acle. Vessel A turned left in to the Bure, crossing the bows of Vessel B, they came close to colliding, but didn't. I am not saying who did the shouting! (Well, not until you have shared your opinions!) Thanks in advance, David
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    The Rights And Wrongs Of Rights Of Way

    I totally agree about the driving. My job involves a lot of driving and it is enormously relaxing to stay out of the way of all the stressed and angy people out there who chose to drive aggressively. I sort of agree about boating and chilling out. In the example I gave, it was the private boat that was doing the shouting, so I am assuming they weren't a newbie, but you never know. I suppose I have done quite a lot of boating over the years, several broads holidays, but most of my miles have been done sailing on the east coast, between the rivers Colne, Orwell, Deben and Crouch, with the occasional trip further afield. Nothing better than anticipating where other people are going and staying out of their way, likewise helping others and accepting help is one of the great joys of boating. Being afloat is a great leveller, regardless of being in a boat worth a few hundred quid or a super yacht worth severl hundred thousand. Having said that, I was always taught that I should know who had right of way and that the stand on vessel had a duty to do just that and keep going, particularly when a small boat (like mine was!) is crossing the the path of something much bigger, because stopping suddenly could cause bigger problems. It was all of the shouting coming from one boat that stuck in my mind. Such aggresion is rare on the Broads, which is why I asked the question. The moral of this story for me is that life is easier if we chill out and stay out of each others way, but if you do get a bit too close to another boat and you are going to shout and wave your hands about, you should be sure you actually had right of way, otherwise you look a bit daft.
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    The Rights And Wrongs Of Rights Of Way

    Dunno, but I have a piece if strng that was a lot longer before someone put 11 knots in it...
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    The Rights And Wrongs Of Rights Of Way

    I love this, this needs printing and framing! This is true. Vessel B in my example (the shouty one) was not a hire boat.
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    The Rights And Wrongs Of Rights Of Way

    Absolutely! It should be a relaxing time on the water!
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    The Rights And Wrongs Of Rights Of Way

    Thanks Griff, that sums up my thinking. FWIW, my opinion was that Vessel A should stand on because a. Vessel B is on his port side and should give way to starboard b Vessel B is in the minor channel, (Thurne) and was joining the major channel (Bure) and as such should give way at the junction. It was vessel B that did the shouting and testiculating (testiculate, to wave ones hands around whilst talking bol....) As it happens, Vessel A was behind me and Vessel B also had a pop at me, too, for going too fast, which I know I wasn't. Thanks everyone for your thoughts, I know the situation could easily be avoided and was made worse by the aggressive shouting. Cheers, David
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    The Rights And Wrongs Of Rights Of Way

    Ah, yes, sound signals would definitely help, if people know what they mean! (Why did he sound his horn 5 times, I heard him the first time?) ;-) They are both altering couse, yes, but doesn't the rule about giving way to the boat on the starboard side still hold true?
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    The Rights And Wrongs Of Rights Of Way

    Thanks everyone, I should say I totally agree that it's best just to slow down and let everyone else sort themselves out, which neither boat did in this case. I also agree with Grendel that it is Both skippers responsibility to avoid a collision. Thurne mouth is tricky in my mind because coming down the Thurne it looks as though the channel goes straight on with the Bure joining from the right, but isn't the Thurne actually the minor river joining the Bure which is the main channel? If so, surely boats coming down the Thurne should stop, giving way to the boats on the Bure. I know it is better to avoid the problem by slowing down. The only reason it stuck in my mind was that one skipper was so vocal, made me wonder if he was actually right!
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    Broads Boating For Beginners

    The video in the first post is an interesting one. I have hired from Richardsons on 4 occasions, firstly as a naive 18 yr old as a post A level lads week nearly 30years ago and most recently with my family and a friend and his family for a bank holiday weekend. The video is a pretty accurate depiction of the tuition we were given every time.
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    Emergency Helicopter Medics

    Did anyone else see emergency helicopter medics that was repeated on More 4 recently? It was fist shown last April and featured a lady who fell off a hire boat and caught her foot on the propeller. She was taken to the Royal Norfolk and Norwich by air ambulance but sadly she lost her foot. Very scary stuff.
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    Emergency Helicopter Medics

    Yes, I believe so. It looked as though the helicopter landed by the Bridge Inn
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    Emergency Helicopter Medics

    Yes, it is on All 4 and it is Emergency Helicopter Medics episode 4
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    Corsair Light Herbert Woods

    Thanks All, yes, it's a shame that Contessa is not available, I do like that style of boat, it reminds me of the old Brooms Sea Pilots, that I used to go on in the 80s with my parents. Next time maybe!
  14. Evening All, Does anyone have any experience of Corsair Light from HW? Looking at it for an Easter break and it looks very good value compared to similar boats from other yards. Thanks, david
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    Corsair Light Herbert Woods

    Unfortunately it's not available for the week before Easter, which is the one that fits with our school holidays, but otherwise I would gave been very tempted.
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    Corsair Light Herbert Woods

    Thanks, thats good to know. Hopefully I won't get kicked out of the front double!
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    Corsair Light Herbert Woods

    Ah yes, I had seen these thank you and they were on the list as well, the two single cabins are perfect, but they are still about £200 more expensive than corsair light for the week we are looking at. At first I thought I was missing the fuel deposit and damage waiver but they are definitely included, so £200 makes a big difference!
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    Corsair Light Herbert Woods

    Thanks, everyone, for the replies. We would be a family of 4 so 3 cabins is perfect for us as the kids dan have one each, they could share, of course, but life is more peaceful if they have their own space and happy kids equals happy parents! I am a fan of a raised centre cockpit or a twin helm boat, I just think the views are better if you are higher up.The other option was Contessa from Richardsons but it isn't available and also it is quit high for stern to mooring. The age difference between Corsair and Jamaica is interesting, but the price difference is £300 whis us a lot, so I think Corsair Light is looking like a winner at the moment! We have been with HW before and have neen pleased with the service so no worries there. Thanks agian, David
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    Freebird Airlines 638

    Looks like they may have had a problem, they just landed in Brussels...
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    I Want A Sign

    Nah, he is aiming for the waterline, never sink 'em if the hole is too high...
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    So, What Would You Do?

    If you were, say, moored at The free moorings on Womack water and you saw a hireboat going down river well after sunset, (sort of well after 10:00pm) and navigating by torch light?
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    So, What Would You Do?

    Wow, I have just got back from an amazing weekend and find that this thread is now on it's second page! Anyway, The boat in question had been at Womack Staithe earlier in the day. We had gone up to see what was available, the Staithe was busy but we could have got in, but we decided we would prefer to be somewhere more peaceful so went back down the dyke. The boat went past well after sunset and having had a few drinks I was full of righteous indignation that anyone could be so stupid, which prompted me to type the original post. Anyway, the following morning, it became clear that the boat had seen the error of its ways, because they were tied to the bank a few hundred yards downstream. Did I get the name of the boat, yes. Did I take it any further, no. They clearly hadn't gone very far, so I felt it was best left alone. On another note, hasn't it been an amazing weekend to be afloat?
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    So, What Would You Do?

    Lol, ok!
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    So, What Would You Do?

    I know, but does there not come a point at which someone should have a quiet word?
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    Afloat This Weekend!

    Well, the forecast for this weekend is looking fantastic and I am massively excited as we will be afloat on Regal Light from Herbert Woods. Can't wait! Does anyone know if Lathams sell bags of ice? With 8 of us on board fridge space will be at a premium, so thinking about taking a cool box for the drinks and Ice would be very helpful! Thanks, David
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