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  1. We have just bought one of these to use on our boat, well not on it but next too it if the sun ever shines. It is a gas BBQ, come grill, come oven.

    They get very good reviews and a friend has one which has prompted us to get one. So can we have some sunshine now please so that we can try it out?


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  2. 25 minutes ago, batrabill said:

    Really unnecessary.

    This doesn’t need to be an adversarial debate. 

    No one doubts that the river system is different to how it was in the past. The debate is over the consequence of 1) much dredging at Bure mouth and 2) much more dredging of the entire system. 

    Since 2 is going to cost many millions it isn’t even a possibility. So will more dredging in the Lower Bure have the effect some claim? Ie lowering the average level in the northern system. 

    BESL seem to suggest not. 

    Also, what other consequences will that have. Would running aground at Hickling be an acceptable consequence of lowering the average level at Potter?

    Other navigation authorities manage to provide dredging programmes throughout their catalogue of waters. Why should the BA be any different?

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  3. 56 minutes ago, MauriceMynah said:


    Did boats ever moor at Marina Quays?

    If yes, Was it available to do so at all states of the tide?

    If yes, but now it is not, which of the following is true...

    The tidal range is greater than it used to be.... or The water level is lower than it used to be... or The river bed is higher than it used to be.

    As Vaughan has said, Discuss!

    We have moored at Marina Quays on one of the boats we hired Brink of Joy. Must have been 13 years ago.

    The boat broke down with catastrophic gearbox failure part way between Stracey Mill and Marina Quays. We had to get towed into Yarmouth and the boat that towed us got us there.

    The place was derelict of course but we were moored up and safe. The yard staff spent all day fixing the boat there and we spent the evening moored there. So we were there for a good few tides. Can't remember the boat bottoming out at all. 


  4. 10 hours ago, Ray said:

    The keg, I believe that's the correct term, should protect the propeller and rudder while on the mud.

    The strong metal "arm" from the end of the keel to the bottom bearing of the rudder.



    Here we have our keg.

    Note the lack however of a skeg!


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  5. 3 hours ago, Hylander said:

    You are funny.     I notice the storage of the beer ranks way above your everyday tucker.

    Loads of food storage in the fridge now.

    With the old fridge it was always a struggle and sometimes it was a choice between beer or food!

    It is the same at home. We only have a small fridge there and half of that is beer and tonic storage :default_biggrin:



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  6. 5 hours ago, Hylander said:

    Thats brilliant if you can have it set on 1 or 2,    frozen beer,  oh dear, you could start a new trend in ice lollies.    Bet the freezer section is fantastic.     As someone who used to always bring fresh meat vacuum sealed to the boat to use for several days a really good freezer would have been a real bonus.   



    Yes. We will certainly find the freezer useful when we are out on holiday. We also like to stock up with vacuum packed meat when we find a decent butchers.

    It is a decent size as well. 

    Can't believe how much beer we can fit in and still have loads of space for food. Luxury compared with the old fridge.

  7. 1 hour ago, oldgregg said:

    Equally I'd say that Viscount or San Fernando would be good to get a feel for what a decent Alpha 35 is like.

    Viscount had a massive refit for the 2011 season, so probably not as representative of the average private one.

    We hired Viscount last year. Lovely boat and really gives a good idea of what can be achieved with these boats. Excellent refit which really makes her feel more modern than her age. 

  8. 40 minutes ago, Hylander said:

    Those three last words are the answer.      To have a proper fridge that uses low battery use is an absolute must on a boat.  Nothing worse than listening to something burring away all night and you are thinking I wonder if the batteries will last.    Sometimes on hot days our fridge used to go constantly.

    The Engel it has replaced was quite efficient anyway but was noisy. But as you say it did struggle to keep cool on really hot days. 

    The Waeco seems to have a lot more insulation so will hopefully be a bit better on that score.

    We were caught out by how much colder it gets as it froze the beer!

    It is on a much lower setting then the old fridge but still getting ice cold. Lord knows what the higher settings are for. We have it on setting two of five and the beers are ice cold.

  9. On 07/12/2018 at 17:43, JennyMorgan said:

    You have a grill? Luxury! 

    We have a working fridge as well now. All the mod cons onboard NC :default_laugh:

    Four hours of swearing, fibre glass itch, more swearing, pushing and shoving, more swearing, scratching heads, more swearing, cutting more bits out of the boat and more swearing later we had the Waeco in place.

    Have to say the effort was worth it though as the new fridge is much better. It fits more beer in it for a start but it is also whisper quiet and uses bugger all power.

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  10. If it got to the point where I was really struggling to get on and off the boat then at that time it would be time to hang up the hat and find another hobby!!

    I am also a shortie, 5'3" and not claiming to be the most agile but can't really think of a time on the Broads on our own boat or a hire boat where I have struggled to get on or off.

    Climbing the ladders at Great Yarmouth at low water Springs was not my most enjoyable experience I will say but neither was it overly difficult.

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  11. 2 hours ago, Pumpmedic said:

    Many thanks for a different perspective on this. I had read about being easier to control when mooring under certain conditions which I thought as a bonus for a newbie without having thrusters and was suprised nobody mentioned this but then the general consensus was that my "bargain find" was generally unsuitable.

    Oh decisions, decisions!  :default_sad:

    It is horses for courses and only you can decide what you want from a boat.

    We have a single engined sports cruiser which some on here would claim to be the spawn of the devil and completely unsuited to inland waters.

    However in the last ten years that we have owned her we have used her extensively inland, not just on the Broads but also for estuary and coastal cruising and she suits us down to the ground. 

    We manage perfectly well without the need for a bowthruster, but then again we have had plenty of practice with her by now!

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  12. 6 hours ago, SwanR said:

    I’m the same as Monica on this one. Hubby does the ropes as he is stronger and more sure footed than me. I’m at the helm for mooring up and getting away. We’ve watched so many couples doing it the other way round and really struggling for the lady to manage getting off. Or one man simply doing it all while everyone else on board sits and watches!

    Sent from the Norfolk Broads Network mobile app

    If the person getting off with the ropes is struggling then the person at the helm really needs to get the boat alongside and under better control.

    In our case it will usually be Liam at the helm and me doing the ropes.  He knows that I will not step off the boat until he has it under full control and close alongside where he will hold it until both bow and stern and any spring lines are secured.

    No tugging and pulling at ropes or the boat. Let the boat do the work.

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  13. 19 minutes ago, Jayfire said:

    There seems to be few people like that Mrs H, and no matter how many times I point out they'll never learn unless you try, it seems to make no difference whatsoever.

    At least you take over the helm though, some people won't do that either :default_biggrin:

    It is surprising just how many people you find on boats who have no interest in learning how to handle it be that driving or mooring up.

    We made a point of both of us learning how to handle our boat and being able to handle it on our own without another crew member just in case one of us falls ill during a cruise. The other can then take it home single handed. 

    Good job too because there have been two occasions now where Liam has been taken ill and I have had to get the boat back to base alone!

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  14. 1 hour ago, Jayfire said:

    Oh Mrs V, the very thought :default_eusa_naughty:

    For me the whole idea of coming on the broads is deliberately taking yourself out of the fast paced push and shove, hard faced reality of life and taking time out to move along at a slow pace enjoying just what happens as it happens.

    If I plan to go to a particular place I'll get there when I get there, if when I do it's full, no problem it just gives you longer to enjoy your journey to somewhere else.

    I'd hate for the broads to become a speeding ground, whether hirers or private and so well done to all who try and stop this becoming the norm.

    This year on our summer two weeks on the Broads we got told off by one set of mardy boat owners for speeding past them moored up at Berney.

    At the time we were and had been for a few hundred feet in neutral and drifting up on the tide picking a point to turn around and moor up.

    Ironically the next day,  said same Loser (Are we allowed to utter that word,) almost washed us onto the bank when he was pushing the tide past us at Reedham.

    They had no idea what devastation was playing out behind them. And to be perfectly honest I don't think they cared. All they wanted to do was get back to Brundall. Clearly the annual outing was over.

    Boat name noted for our next visit though. Hopefully we will find them moored on their own somewhere.

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