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About MaceSwinger

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  1. Not to split hairs, but the wording of the byelaw is slightly different. Byelaw 83 states "A person shall not navigate a vessel whilst under the influence of drink or drugs to such an extent as to be incapable of taking proper control of the vessel." The difference to me being go ahead and have a couple, but really know your limits. And then stop a couple or more pints before you hit that limit!
  2. I'm fully qual'd up as a diver, payment by strong rum and Gregg's Steak Bakes only though please. Can supply my own shovel and hire you a deck chair too.
  3. Recently we saw a thread on what happens to GRP boat hulls at end of life and I can't help but think of similar issues with thr battery arrays needed on EVs. The extraction process for the minerals and metals needed to make batteries is hardly green, and then slapping them into a giant piece of plastic seems a bit odd to me. It was proven conclusively (excuse the lack of a citation here, but I'll dig one out if I need to) that early hybrids were far and away more environmentally damaging than by big, hairy, diesel Jag over their respective lifetimes. As for the mooring question; that's every
  4. I was having the same issue on my PC last night. Sent from the Norfolk Broads Network mobile app
  5. Probably very true Paul. With my opinion of Charnwood BC I'd also suspect that they disallow some things because they haven't figured out how to charge for it. If it benefitted the bleeding uni I guarantee it'd still be going on though! I know that cricket ground. It used to be the 3M sport and social club. I assisted on the big fireworks display there once or twice many years ago. Sent from the Norfolk Broads Network mobile app
  6. The beds on our most recent hire were very hard, being little more than a block of stiff foam. I believe some yards fit proper sprung matresses, but my parents go as far as to take a memory foam mattress topper with them!
  7. I live about 200 yards from Charnwood Water in Loughborough and I only grew up about a quarter of a mile away. Every year we used to have a raft race on the lake, with local businesses competing on a variety of rafts of their own building. Some were very well put together (including the ones from my dad's business at the time) where as some were nothing more than a couple of 50 gallon drums with a polyprop chair yoked to the top! That all died a death in the late 1990s (I think). The council decided it safer not to use the lake (an old clay pit of Tucker's Brick Works) as there were some old i
  8. If you pick the right 2 berth boat there'll be no need to go bigger. My wife and I had a 3 berth boat last month, and whilst the bed was a little short (I'm only 5'9 and my feet and head were touching a bulkhead either end!) there was plenty of room on board. All three berths were in one cabin in the bow. Overall it was a nice enough boat, although I'd be loathe to recommend that particular yard, who will remain nameless. Some of the 'bathtub' style boats are fitted out to provide spacious accommodation for 2, some even going as far as having 4 poster beds! The same principles apply to ha
  9. I was very surprised on both passes through Irstead to see the pretty BA boathouse closed up with the launch inside. With people off a day boat swimming from the BA moorings it might have been nice to have had a ranger about! Come to think of it, I only saw one ranger the whole week we were away.
  10. Is it not specified in the by-laws that just cresting excessive wash is an offence in itself? I can't remember if I read something along those lines. Sadly our experience last month was that of lots of boats all at full chat kicking out lots of wash. I'm fairly convinced that majority of Ricko's and Woods' boats only have 2 throttle positions: closed and wide open. Not to say that it's any fault of the yards of course, and there are a hell of a lot of Richardsons' boats about which would explain the apparent prevalence of them speeding. Sent from the Norfolk Broads Network mobile app
  11. I was thinking the same. Not really Wroxham as much as Wroxham Broad and the surrounding area! @Cal I must admit I'd forgotten all about Irstead, but that's a very good shout!
  12. The cruise into Wroxham from downstream is lovely, but I'd go for Horning overall I think. Sent from the Norfolk Broads Network mobile app
  13. I actually found the the Sumatras that Brinks hired as Sonata was pretty good for solo crusing. Open rear deck, long enough warps to lie down the (very small) gunwales, electric mudweight and decent all round visibility with the canopy removed (although that was a right ballache!) Sonata was the first boat I solo'd, and although I'm not a novice, I didn't any real trouble, even if there was enormous scope for it! Sent from the Norfolk Broads Network mobile app
  14. It was Cherry Tree we stayed on and I must say it was torturous being so close to the water and not being on a boat, especially walking to the Fort and seeing the river and Goodchild! Probably didn't help that I finished my weekend off by looking at brokerage in Potter and Brundall after shipping my wife off with my parents before I drove back to Sandhurst. Talk about back to earth with a bump! Sent from the Norfolk Broads Network mobile app
  15. I'm more concerned with the immediate assumption (from what I hope is a minority) that anyone on a hire boat is clueless. One chap I chatted with a couple of weeks ago, who owned his own boat, had spent considerably less time at the helm than even I had. I'm fairly sure a great deal of owners bought a boat after hiring at least once. I've no interest in starting a private vs hire argument, but I saw plenty of absolutely dreadful bost handling when I was away and it certainly wasn't confined purely to hire boats. Everyone has their first time somewhere. Elitism and snobbery has no place on th
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