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  1. That's for transits between locations (ie moving a boat to a different yard for work) though, it's not for 'oh I feel like going here today'.
  2. It's not. The navigation byelaws are very clear on that fact.
  3. Thass us Naarij blooks wass sayin' it rung, buh.
  4. It's Borough. You'll hear 'Burr' a lot because of the spelling, but that is incorrect.
  5. I'd echo what Mouldy says really... We've had a fair few forum meets there and it's generally a lovely spot with a nice (20-30 minute) walk to the Fur & Feather. The second mooring area (at the bottom of the hill) is usually more pleasant / peaceful but it does depend who is moored next to you. If you can get on the third one (at the far end down by the play area) then that's probably even more peaceful as there are only a handful of moorings, though I don't think there's any water there.
  6. I use a Mac and have a Mac Mini at work... We just use a 'Windows' mouse so that it's easier to right-click. Never could get on with those pesky Apple mice.
  7. Hi Vaughan If you simply type '@' in your post and start typing the person's username then you'll see a list of users come up. Once you've done that, the user will be notified that you have mentioned them.
  8. Would you want to take that up the Bure on an Ebb Tide?
  9. The coldest I have ever been was in March 2018 on board Thunder... It was a couple of weeks after the beast from the east and we had shore power plugged in with oil radiators in the cabins. I was fully clothed (and layered up) in a sleeping bag with a couple of duvets on top. And it was still absolutely freezing. For that reason, I tend to avoid the colder months. You can have stunning weather or you can have awful weather. May-September is a fairly safe bet.
  10. November isn't always the best time to experience the Broads for the first time. The rivers are much quieter and you'll have little trouble getting a mooring every night, but it can be cold overnight as you are basically sleeping a couple of feet above water level in an uninsulated plastic box. If it's your first time and you're hiring on the North then it's likely that you won't be cruising huge distances each day and for that reason you'll either need to have a boat with shore power (and moor somewhere with enough electric posts) or run the engine on your mooring for enough hours each day. You'll need electrical power to run the diesel heating otherwise it'll shut down if the batteries aren't sufficiently charged (it will have a fuel pump and a fan for blowing the hot air around the boat, and requires even more power at startup) so keeping the batteries charged one way or another is very important. As others have said, if you go for a boat with shore power then you'll be able to bring an oil radiator. Assuming the boat has an immersion heater and a battery charger (this is pretty standard) then it leaves you with around 2KW for your own appliances as the boat will only have a 16 amp supply. Compare this with the 100 amp supply that most of us have at home and you'll see the need to not plug too much in.
  11. It's an Aquafibre 47, coming soon
  12. I think it was just poor design. It had something like 6kw of inverter capacity, all electric cooking etc but then a single alternator and three domestic batteries. The person who specced the electrics perhaps lacked an understanding of the need to put back into the batteries every day at least the same amount that you take from them. People just don't understand electrics, in reality. I remember in syndicate another owner commenting that the reason we couldn't use heaters on the inverter was because the boat was 'old'. I reminded them that it had been rewired the year before, and that the laws of physics were the reason.
  13. I don't think there'd be an appetite for it? Although it probably does harmonise with EU guidance, 46' x 12'6" is a sensible limit. Longer than that and you wouldn't turn it at Dilham, wider and you wouldn't be able to moor it at Neatishead Staithe (well you could but no-one would be able to get past you).
  14. This is basically the Vogue 46. It doesn't look quite like the original drawings but that was pretty much expected. It clearly uses the hull of the Funnell dual steer boats and a fair amount of the superstructure moulding too but with quite a bit of alteration. I think the look they were going for was the LeBoat Elegance / Caprice which has a raised internal helm and then an outside helm immediately above and behind it.
  15. They're a decent fleet, yeah. And they've taken on the old LeBoat / Emerald Star base in Belturbet in addition to their original Aghinver yard right up on Loch Erne itself so there's a decent choice of start locations. I haven't done Ireland for quite some time, but the Erne is a really lovely system. It's a sort of blend of the Broads and the Caledonian Canal, but with the added requirement of needing to read the charts pretty much all the time and have the binoculars ready to watch out for rocks on Lough Erne itself.
  16. The thing with diesel electric is that you could use fuel-efficient turbocharged common rail engines. Because they would be driving a genset, you could run them at specific revs where they were most fuel-efficient and could also ensure they weren't under-revved so as to avoid the turbos and injectors coking up.
  17. You'll probably want to take a look at Manor House Marine and Aghinver Boating Company as they have really good fleets on the Erne. There's also Silver Line on the Shannon, though it'll take a while to get across the canal onto the Erne system from their base.
  18. I've looked in to the numbers behind electric boats many times, and currently we're not quite there with the tech to make a proper electric boat. A litre of diesel gives you about 10kWh of energy in theory, but diesel engines (particularly pushrod marine ones with mechanical injection pumps) are 30% efficient at the very most. So you get probably 3kWh out of it and the rest is lost as noise, heat and smoke. So if the average boater uses around 100 litres of diesel for their holiday, then you need about 350kWh of battery capacity, allowing for the battery never being run completely flat. That is A LOT. At current prices, a vehicle battery of that capacity would be around £35,000. And that's before you marinise to add heat exchanger cooling, battery pre-heating (for winter) and any other marine-specific bits that would be required. That battery pack is also going to weigh at least two tonnes (probably quite a bit more) and you're going to have to design a hull that has the space and strength to keep it somewhere, probably under the saloon sole. The battery pack is going to be a rectangle that's something like nine inches thick as a minimum (think what is under the floor of a Tesla, and then stack three of them on top of each other). You've then got the charging systems to think about, and any additional cooling that is required. The actual motor is less of a concern, Torqeedo make one that would fit the bill and it doesn't even need a reduction box and it's not that big either. But it's not cheap, nor are the controls and dash panel for it. Energy density is increasing every year and it'll continue to do so for a while as billions is being poured into battery research at the moment. It'll be a while before we're ready for an electric Broads cruiser, though.
  19. I did wonder - Rockingham Speedway was a great track but sadly now gone and converted into a storage facility.
  20. Only just caught up on this (been away!) but yeah basically as others have said it's not generally considered economical to rebuild a Nanni / Beta (Kubota) engine so people seem to just replace them. With a BMC / Perkins (dependent upon model of course) it is often quite economical to do a major overhaul. If the likes of cylinder liners, pistons, rings, con rods, bearings etc have been replaced and of course the injection pump overhauled / replaced then what you're left with isn't far off a new engine. But at a lower price. I also tend to think that a lot of yards advise against overhauling because A) they don't have the expertise in-house and B) there is a lot less markup on getting a diesel specialist to do a rebuild than there is in selling the customer a new engine at retail price.
  21. I tend to be of the opinion that a good rebuild on an older engine is a decent option. The Nanni / Beta lumps are good but can't really be rebuilt so after 15-20,000 hours you'll want a new one, whereas there are BMC and Perkins engines in Broads boats that are many decades old and still going strong. I tend to think they're still there for a reason. Fuel economy is pretty terrible on all 'injection pump' engines when compared to modern common rail / unit engines as used in vehicles so I wouldn't consider that a big advantage for the Kubota stuff either.
  22. There have definitely been a lot of 'non-Boaters' trying the Broads out over the past two seasons, and that will obviously bring some challenges but once air travel becomes easier then we'll only see the people who got into it and who now have a bit more experience. I do think it's a bit of a shame to see the larger boats disappearing from the fleets. Ideal 45's are a bit marmite but the Aquafibre 42's are a good boat and in MK2 form like San Bernadette they still look relatively modern. And they handle beautifully.
  23. It seems an odd decision to me. There is strong demand for high end boats for couples and families at the moment, but once foreign travel opens up again I can't see that enough people will pay £1000+ for a long weekend when they could go abroad for the same money. It always struck me that the classic fleet was the 'bread and butter' which kept the business going. No-one is ever going to get rich on a £600 weekend hire, but they're priced in a way which keeps people coming and keeps the business ticking over with income from experienced boaters (who are usually less fussed about having the latest boat) and it builds loyalty too. And let's be clear - Not all groups of lads are a bad thing for a business. I've just spent the weekend on an orange Ricko's bathtub with four others and we've put plenty of money into the local economy. We met some other lads groups out too and they seemed to be a similar demographic to us. This time of year there tends to be one or two experienced boaters in the party who are the ones organising it and the boat handling and general conduct is no trouble at all. Stag season can be different, I agree, and last year was a bit more chaotic but that's not the whole story.
  24. Yeah, they did and it was (relatively) recently. I don't think it was popular and they dropped it fairly quickly because I guess it was too much hassle. Shame, as only doing the Breydon run once in a holiday would be quite handy.
  25. We tend to take them, along with tinned hotdogs, soup and yes baked beans etc. Maybe even a pasta bake.... Mrs OG is quite adept at making sure we don't often need to use them, but they're always very handy if we need to spend the night somewhere without a pub or even just have lunch on the mudweight somewhere when it is rammed. Takes up very little space, doesn't need to go in the fridge, has an expiry date some time in the next millennium and makes sure you don't go hungry. I remember a boating trip where we'd planned a barbecue for the first night and had lots of goodies aboard for that but not much else as we were going to go shopping the next day. We had biblical rain that evening and didn't want to just cook them up aboard as it wasn't the same. Only trouble was there was nothing else in the cupboard apart from a pasta bake and a Fray Bentos.... I suspect@Dan still recalls that delicious evening meal combo that I served up
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