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  1. They already do, JM. Last year a number of riverside bungalow owners were required by the BA ranger to turn off their lights. The lights that were required to be turned off because they constituted a "hazard to navigation", were the lounge/dining room lights! I did wonder at the time, whether said BA Ranger had also called Lathams' and Herbert Woods' management teams requiring them to switch off their exterior lighting.
  2. Thank you oldgregg. That's the downside of magnifying one's screen so much that much of the screen is hidden.
  3. In fact, Floyd, I believe you may have been advised to walk the footpath from the Pilots' office at the foot of Potter Bridge. This would be a very long walk indeed and access is a very much shorter footpath walk from Repps Staithe (aka Pugg Street Staithe) - also accessible by road. Please remember that the boat in which you are interested is moored in a private boat dock at a privately owned bungalow behind a two metre high fence. Because the fence is so high, you will see very little from the footpath. I regret, I do not know if this forum has a private messaging facility, but, if it has, you may want to pm so that I can, with his express permission first granted, put you in touch with the boat owner.
  4. "You can only access it by walking up the track towards the old Eel Sett and then round by the riverbank..." Would that that were true MM! In fact, the vast majority of visitors walk to this newly created wetland not via Middle Wall, the track leading to the eel sett, but via the public footpath on the NE riverbank - a public footpath across private land in the ownership of each of the bungalow owners. We the bungalow, owners, have a leasehold duty to keep the footpath clear and tidy. Unfortunately, it now looks as if we, the bungalow owners, are obliged to keep this footpath clear, tidy and safe for members of the public to walk it. We have just spent £4,000 to do just that. The huge increase in Winter pedestrian traffic as a result of this new tourist attraction had turned the sole access to our riverside properties into a dangerously slippery thoroughfare. Of course, our Tenants Association asked Norfolk County Council, the Broads Authority, Broadland Environmental Services Limited and the Environment Agency to pay for this public footpath refurbishment, but, surprise, surprise, because it crosses private land, none of these organisations would accept responsibility to cover the cost. To its credit, the EA offered to make a contribution to part cover the costs as a goodwill gesture. I wonder how long it will be before Middle Wall becomes totally unusable as a direct result of the huge increase in (speeding) vehicular traffic?
  5. expilot

    Tolls

    Democracy is such a misunderstood concept. For thirty plus year we have owned a holiday home on the Broads. If you want to hear about disenfranchised groups, you ought to talk to the hundreds of people who, like us, are unable to vote in local elections. I may want to seek my parish councillor's support and/or my district councillor's support, but can only do so knowing that I have absolutely no say over who represents me in the area in which I spend thousands of pounds a year.
  6. expilot

    Tolls

    The boat in question is moored in a privately owned boat dock. The boat dock is owned by the same person who owns the Foster 30. Had the boat belonged to anyone else, it would, I believe, have needed to be registered and tolled. Broadland Swift, my own boat, is moored in our own wet-shed at Potter and similarly hasn't been tolled for several years. On the rare occasion I have had to bring her on to the river, I have stumped up for a visitor toll. At the moment we have another boat moored on our river frontage. Because it is on the frontage as opposed to inside one of the wet-sheds, she, too, has to be registered and tolled.
  7. Cheers Coolcat. I joined the members' club months before I bought my 75. I used the brilliant 75 owners site to educate myself about what to look for and what to avoid. Like you I use the same name, Expilot, on all forums to which I contribute.
  8. And this from another 'smart man.' (Thank you, Paul) . It took me many months to find my modern classic, a Rover 75 Connoisseur SE. I had a wish list of extras and went to see some absolute shockers. I bought my Connie from a man in a private car park in Willesden! I know. That's not how you're supposed to buy second-hand cars, but at £1,750 for a car with genuine 60,000 miles on the clock, the BMW bomb-proof diesel engine and gearbox, more bells and whistles than you can shake a fist at, what was there to loose? It had to be the twin headlight version and, ideally, 2002. The only missing extra was cruise control. I'd had a very clever cruise control on my Honda Prelude and would have liked the same on the Connie, but it wasn't to be. In three years I have put another 40,000 miles on the old lady. I absolutely adore the comfort, the multi-position leather seats, the quiet and the ease of driving her. I have just fitted four new tyres to the old girl to quieten the already quiet road noise. All I can hear now is the air-leaking door seal to my right shoulder! In 17 years' use, she had her first MOT advisory last month. What is there not to like? That said, I am easily pleased. My sole transport for fifty years prior to my first car bought at the age of fifty, was always short of a couple of wheels - an all-weather biker and proud to be. If the 75 sees me out, I'll be tickled pink.
  9. expilot

    River Bure

    If that bridge is, technically, in Potter "Falgate" on the North side, then, technically, the South side is in Bastwick, a civil parish only relatively recently joined with Repps to become Repps With Bastwick. Incidentally, the civil parish is enormous and stretches right over to Hickling - way beyond the village centre. I would be interested to be referred to the map from which TheQ derives his information. I am blowed if I can find such a location on any of my maps.
  10. What an interesting concept. Made me chuckle and brought back a veritable medley of memories. At the height of the season I would put through 'that bridge' one hundred plus cruisers per day - hire and private - and often received the comment, "You must be paid per boat. You almost run from boat to boat!" Crews were surprised to learn that I was paid £2.00 something an hour whether I put one boat through or one hundred. In fact, of course, if the tides were so high as to limit the numbers, the job became much, much more difficult. Trying to explain about air pressure, wind direction off the coast of Scotland, neaps, springs, unexpected or forecast heavy rainfall to someone who just wanted desperately to get through 'that bridge' was, well, to put it quite bluntly, simply too difficult sometimes. Punters were often told a porky. The mains water pipe that crosses the river at Wroxham has burst - hence the high water. Now that's an idea that most people can get their heads around and to watch the lightbulb moment on their faces when told such fake news was as much pleasurable as it was a relief. The downside was that, having now understood the situation, the same punters then shouted the 'news' to every boat coming up the Thurne hoping to get through 'that bridge'. I have little doubt that even canoeists were treated to the bad news. To answer the question, no, there has never been a quota. Although every boat turned away had no effect on my wages, the impact on my income was dramatic. I always earned more in tips than I did from a subsistence level pay packet. It cost me dear to turn a boat away. I was never tipped for delivering disappointment. And, yes, part of the job was the decision as to the certainty, or otherwise, of getting a boat back. And, yes, I always advised the day and time slot. And, yes, there were always people who had worked it out for themselves - wrongly more often than not. To Willow I would explain that 'centre cockpit' boats ranged, then, from needing 6' 4" to 7' 2" and all stops between at one inch intervals. Someone who had just been told that they couldn't get through on 'Royal Crusader' (centre cockpit AF needing 6' 9") but then watch me take forty-five foot long Connoisseurs (centre cockpit needing 6' 6" - at a push) through one after another, of course they would pop back into the office for an explanation. I even had many a telephone conversation with boatyard owners and managers complaining that I had refused to put their hirers through. My answer was always the same (after a brief explanation of facts as they apply at Potter Bridge) if they, as the boat's manager or owner was instructing me to put their boat through then, against my better judgement, I would take it through. No-one ever took me up on the offer! Whilst many hirers chose their centre cockpit boat because of the sliding canopy, few hirers would appreciate a boat without the sliding canopy for the remainder of the holiday. Boatyard owners were even less keen. And to Willow again, I have to say, the pilot has to make a call at the point at which he is asked to make the decision. It is his decision alone, but that decision can be reversed provided developing conditions permit it - or the weather forecast changes throughout the day. I cannot with any certainty remember what height Countess of Light needed, but, if she was a 42' Alpha centre cockpit then she would have needed either 6' 10", or 7' 0". Nothing would have been going through that day if the gauge had been reading 5' 4" not even the Martham boats. I suspect, because you were eventually told that you could get through, that you went through right on the point of low tide which had gone lower than predicted, which is why you were told to get back at the same time the following day.
  11. Ah, so that was the missing bit of my training.
  12. "We have no data to know if the bridge at Potter has itself sunk and if it has by how much. In the 1970s there were steel braces and wooden dams over the two smaller archers - this was to try and stop the bridge 'spreading' outwards. I have no idea if this worked and that is why the bracing was removed, or if it did not and was just done to try and stop it." We do, indeed, have the data. Such data is collected regularly by Norfolk County Council Highways' Bridge Inspection team. Potter Bridge has not sunk since measurements were first recorded. The bridge was inspected again last month. I can vouch, too, for the fact that the recent spate of exceptionally low tides was just as evident above Potter Bridge as below it. The EA's Repps gauge almost certainly bottomed out as did the gauge in the Pilot's Office at Potter.
  13. You get a better idea of how many were built by looking at Craig's brilliant list: http://www.broads.org.uk/src/boatlist.php?style=Gem3
  14. The Falcons went under Potter Bridge, but needed a smidge over 7' 0" there and back. My memory is not good, but I believe one needed 7' 2" because it sat vey high at the front. None had that add-on at the rear. Again from memory, the front windows are split in the middle by a very wide section of grp which made lining the boats up on the bridge much more difficult. The Hamptons pass Potter Bridge at anything from 6' 5" . to 6' 7"
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