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  1. The Haines boats in the fleet do look lovely but I do just wonder how they are going to stand up to the rigours of hire use.
  2. Surprisingly we have not been pinged yet. We have been expecting it because we have been out in the van most weekends and had a week away in the Lakes a couple of weeks ago.
  3. Does that not defeat the object of having a dual steer boat if you are sat outside in the rain
  4. All joking aside we have noticed on our quite a few of our home shopping deliveries that we are getting more and more missing items. I think we will stop with the home deliveries soon and start doing our shopping in person again so we can choose alternatives rather then have items missing.
  5. https://www.nya.co.uk/boats-for-sale/broom-viking/
  6. It was in the news the other day that Norovirus was running rife in some areas despite it not being the "season" for it. So obviously some folks are not adhering to the same cleanliness standards they have done for the previous 18 months or so!!
  7. We are going to continue wearing our masks in shops, pubs and restaurants as we have been throughout. We know more people who are isolating or who have had a positive test now then we did in the first and second waves of rising infections. This round seems to be much worse despite the vaccines.
  8. Never had a problem mooring at Wroxham in our Sealine. We just moored at Barnes Brinkcrafts yard. They never turned us away. Horning we could usually get in somewhere even if it was one of the pubs then have a drink and nip to the shops. Brundall I agree is a pain for mooring and we very rarely stopped there due to that. We did once get on the BA moorings there and walk through bug infested swamp to get to the shop. Never again.
  9. There is always a mooring to be had somewhere. We have never spent the first night in base however late the pick up time and have always found somewhere to moor up.
  10. I quite like this. I know it isn't proper old but .... https://www.watersidemarinesales.co.uk/boat/jaunty-launch-blancassis/
  11. The sun cracked the dark blue dashboard on the Sealine S23 we had. It certainly can do damage. Just look at boats when they are brought back from the Med how dull they are and how faded the upholstery is. The gel coat polishes up again easily enough but the UV damage to trims cabinets and upholstery is more difficult to repair.
  12. On the inside of a bend on a fairly tidal stretch of river I wouldn't be surprised if it is just silted up!! It is certainly an interesting auction plot. Will be interested to see who buys it and what their plans are for the place. Could be a nice little set up if someone is willing to put in the investment to get it up and running again. Whoever does buy it will need deep pockets though!!
  13. We used to use our boat all year round and in the depths of winter did leave our diesel heating on overnight although turned down. More often than not though we just had the duvet and an extra fleece blanket which kept us toasty warm. We plan to use our van all year round and will leave the gas heating on low overnight when it is cold enough to warrant it.
  14. We have hired the sliding roof type boats in October and found that the roofs could be drafty but that was easily fixed with a length of pipe lagging.
  15. I think we must have always been lucky because we have never hit "traffic" at Ludham. We have always had a clear run at the bridge. That video does show quite well how one boat struggling a little can have a knock on effect though.
  16. I am going to ask the obvious question as well. It is pitch black in that video. Hire boats are not allowed to navigate at night. What were they doing on the river after dark?
  17. That's a bit more than ran aground!!
  18. However if it is anything like Tesla chargers it will only work with Tesla cars so you will have to go and find a charging point that is compatible with your boat/car while hoping you have enough battery power to get there
  19. Broads Boat "Six of Hearts" https://motorboats.apolloduck.co.uk/boat/motor-boats-classic-for-sale/647596 Looks like she need a lot of work. Would need deep pockets for this one. Is priced accordingly though.
  20. This is why we always moored with all four ropes tied back onto the boat on the rivers. They might cut one or two ropes but they are unlikely to hang around long enough to cut all four without being noticed. We were perhaps just lucky but we didn't have any ropes cut or get set adrift in 13 years of boat ownership despite mooring in some pretty unsavory places at times.
  21. I think my favourite of the list is the little Brinks 25. For some reason I quite like that.
  22. What rain? It's blazing sunshine here in Worksop!!
  23. Or they will have pushed back the date for the ban on sales of petrol and diesel cars because they realise their target is not achievable
  24. A few to be looking at: (Don't be put off by location. Smaller boats like these can be transported very cheaply on trailers behind 4x4's) http://www.jonesboatyard.co.uk/boat-sales/norman-25-centre-cockpit-boat-for-sale-7198.html http://www.jonesboatyard.co.uk/boat-sales/shetland-640-boat-for-sale-7210.html http://www.jonesboatyard.co.uk/boat-sales/hardy-regatta-19-boat-for-sale-6987.html https://motorboats.apolloduck.co.uk/boat/freeman-23-for-sale/666375 https://motorboats.apolloduck.co.uk/boat/brinkcraft-25-for-sale/668846 https://motorboats.apolloduck.co.uk/boat/sea-aird-for-sale/661541 https://motorboats.apolloduck.co.uk/boat/colvic-21-for-sale/577392 https://motorboats.apolloduck.co.uk/boat/elysian-27-for-sale/666740 https://motorboats.apolloduck.co.uk/boat/norman-29-for-sale/668690
  25. Surely the answer is to make boats self sufficient rather than relying on shore power? We could be out for weeks at a time when we had our cruiser and it never needed to be plugged in or run the engine when moored up and it had all of the 21st century mod cons required. The battery bank was sized to suit the power demands of the boat. If that can be achieved on a small boat there is no reason it can't be replicated on a larger boat. The answer isn't more electric posts, it is boats that are designed and set up properly.
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