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  1. NBD, Ferry Marina and WRC all use those 'hydroflow' hulls for some of their fleet, having all been owned by the Funnell organisation at various points in time. But yeah, with those channels in the hull you effectively have a massive spray rail and so you get wavelap which of course will be more of an issue than with a Pearl 38, for instance, which has a more conventional low-wash hull with spray rails, which in turn will be noisier than something like a Bounty 40 which doesn't have them.
  2. Not my words, but generally it is considered wise to let a turbocharged engine cool down after 'spirited' use. We were also told to do this by a Vauxhall main dealer for a certain small two-seater that they sold in the mid-noughties. But yeah, on the Broads you're unlikely to be switching off shortly after a fast run (ie Breydon) and will have likely had plenty of time for the turbo to cool down.
  3. Yeah, indeed. Warm air heating is great for Broads boats as it helps dry the air out, hence why you see it so prominently on hirefleets. It also suits the interior of our widebeam boats better as on a tidal system with large lakes we can't have hulls with flat bottoms and flat sides otherwise the boats would be impossible to handle - And that leaves us with less long flat surfaces on the inside of the hull on which to mount radiators.
  4. Yeah, indeed. Warm air heating is great for Broads boats as it helps dry the air out, hence why you see it so prominently on hirefleets. It also suits the interior of our widebeam boats better as on a tidal system with large lakes we can't have hulls with flat bottoms and flat sides otherwise the boats would be impossible to handle.
  5. Steve's fairly new to the syndicate so I might be able to help with this one.. Since Thunder has left Brooms and moved to Richardson's, the running costs have gone down and as such the payments have not really increased and there has been more money in the pot to continue improving the boat. Any boat will be a bit cold in winter, though Thunder has had new 5KW diesel-fired central heating installed in the last few years. In the forward cabin particularly (very near where the heater is situated) that gets things nice and toasty. The main thing on any boat is to make sure some of the hopper type windows are open (as mad as that seems) and have the heating running. This allows the moisture to escape and the boat to still stay reasonably warm.
  6. So if your pub doesn't make it into CAMRA's guide, what to do? https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/eaton-cottage-norwich-landlord-good-beer-guide-2020-1-6267065?fbclid=IwAR03ooOAWoM-iNXf-1xu4yz5CDk4aCcIFaV5Fa0yiuScF0J_C23Bek5GFBo Sent from the Norfolk Broads Network mobile app
  7. There is less visibility with the roof closed, but the design of the helm moulding means that it's easy to slide the left-hand roof open and steer with your head out of the roof. We often use the boat like this (and leave the upper screen and seat down) as it gives you more shelter if the weather is a bit poor and also allows good visibility under bridges. I'd agree, though, the Diamond 43 is a great boat.
  8. Can I suggest that we stick to the brand guidelines in order to keep things consistent. @Timbo
  9. It's funny you should say that... My mates thought that a great idea too. Let's just say that taking off and landing from a boat that's constantly moving is a complete nightmare - even when you're trying to keep the boat completely stationary - as a drone holds its geographic position perfectly thanks to GPS and various other sensors.
  10. Yeah, there is a brand guide which I think Tim will be able to share.
  11. There are static cling versions of the window stickers available - They are designed to be used on hireboats as you can remove them after.
  12. A full share has also recently become available, courtesy of NBN member @jimbob88 and like the half share is also priced very keenly in order to sell. If you're considering syndicate boating, don't forget to take into account where the boat is based, what work has already been done and what needs doing. Thunder is based at Richardson's in Horning (ex LeBoat / Horning Pleasurecraft) and as such benefits from lower running costs than some boats based elsewhere. This has enabled the syndicate to do a considerable amount of work over the last few years, and as such there are no major expenses expected.
  13. After a great time aboard the Thunder syndicate, I have decided to sell my rare half (4%) share in the boat… Thunder is a 1997 Aquafibre Diamond 43, and sleeps up to eight people in three cabins plus the saloon. Considerably larger than most other boats in syndicate, Thunder can accommodate two families or a group of friends as there are five separate beds plus the saloon. A half share gives you two weeks of ‘guaranteed’ boating every year, with the allocation drawn out of the hat (yes, an actual hat) at the syndicate AGM. So why choose syndicate boating? Well if you compare the costs to hiring then it is very easy to see the benefits. This year I had drawn two weeks in June and was able to swap with other owners in order to get a week in May and a week in July. Including the cost of winter maintenance, the outlay was just under £1000 for the year. If you look at the cost of hiring Thunder’s sister Beam of Light for the same weeks, the hire costs would have been £2575.35. Quite a difference! And that’s before you take into consideration the unused weeks. If another owner is unable to use their week, it is offered out to the other owners. Last year, I was out on the boat six times and this year I have also had the option of several extra trips – However other commitments have not allowed me to get much use out of the boat hence my share is sadly for sale. Thunder has had considerable investment in the last few years, with a new 50hp Nanni engine, shore power, electric mudweight, bow thruster and many other upgrades having been made. As such she is easily one of the better boats available in Broads syndicates, and much higher spec than Beam of Light. You can find details of the specification and budget on the BCBM website here https://www.bcbm.co.uk/boats/broads-cruisers-page-129.html The half share will very shortly be listed on BCBM’s website and is priced very keenly for a share in this boat. PM me directly for more information as BCBM charge commission on sales so I'd have to pass that on.
  14. I'd say the average drone 'enthusiast' - for want of a better description - would definitely think about the impact of the flight but I've seen loads of people using them with total disregard to the rules. As I say, I've been buzzed at well below 50 metres several times by drones travelling with a passing boat and personally I wouldn't fly like that. I'm on or around the Broads a lot and see more of it than most people, of course.
  15. Best advice is to plug in wherever and whenever you can. As you say, it saves running the engine on the mooring and of course a good overnight charge also means that if you've only done 2 hours cruising that day then you're not going to kill the batteries.
  16. What I meant was any boats within the 50 metres (ie if you are taking off / landing within 50M of them) as they're the property / objects within 50 metres to which the CAA refer. Of course it is quite easy to avoid being within 50 metres, and most people would just walk a couple of hundred feet away from anything or anyone before launching and then ascend vertically to 50 metres before moving horizontally. Again I'm not anti-drones, they just need to be used sensibly.
  17. It's in the BA's guidelines and you'll find that most landowners at those sort of places have a policy on it. https://www.broads-authority.gov.uk/visiting/drone-use
  18. Yeah, I'd say so. If there were no other people or boats at the moorings (or he had permission from all of them, such as at an NBN meet) and he were at a height of 50 metres then it would be okay. Obviously, he would also need the landowner's permission, and would need to maintain the 50 metres safe zone during takeoff and landing as that's designed to allow for pilot error etc during those phases. No-one wants a Mavic embedded in Gold Gem 3 At 164 feet (50 metres) altitude it is difficult to see most consumer drones, and at 400ft it's very hard to hear or see them. As a rule of thumb, if you can see or hear them then they're too low. There is nothing wrong with drones per se, but unfortunately many people choose to ignore the rules and it seems that unlicensed use probably isn't going to last forever.
  19. Yeah, absolutely. And I've been overflown by one at no more than 50 feet (let alone metres) several times while out boating.
  20. It's 500ft from crowds, and as the maximum altitude is 400ft then yeah - Not at any height. https://dronesafe.uk/drone-code/ Obviously, if you have PfCO and suitable permissions in place for that location then you can do it. https://www.caa.co.uk/Commercial-industry/Aircraft/Unmanned-aircraft/Small-drones/Permissions-and-exemptions-for-commercial-work-involving-small-unmanned-aircraft-and-drones/ Note the clarification "within 50m of people or properties/objects that are not under your control"
  21. This guy was within 150 ft of just about everybody on mooring area 2, and the forum meet. Drones can be flown safely, as you know. Many people choose not to.
  22. It's not in the current, clarified exclusion zone but last year was showing both in the DJI software and on noflydrones as being in an area requiring permissions. I checked. And yeah, in any case flights there would require permission from Cators. They very clearly did not have it, judging by the discussion with the rangers.
  23. I have seen a number of such incidents, yeah. There was a guy flying a Mavic Pro from the hill at Salhouse last year, which was a double whammy of overflying people and property and flying within a no-fly zone (due to the fact that it's very close to Norwich airport). After a while, the rangers did go and have a discussion with him and it got packed away. In most cases, I've just been astounded that the operator was being so careless. I'm far from perfect, having totalled a DJI drone myself, but not on the Broads and not causing any damage to third-party property because it wasn't being flown near any.
  24. Very few, yeah. In terms of safety, probably the best bet is Breydon (and only when it's quiet) as realistically you're not going to accidentally overfly or come within the 150ft limit of any people or other boats unless you're on a huge radius and the only likely damage is to the drone, provided you stay above the height of the posts. And yeah, the point is safety mostly. Yes you're unlikely to encounter an aircraft in Norwich city centre, but contact with a bird is likely to break a rotor (and the bird) and both are coming down on someone's property (or their head)....
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