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  1. Bit after the event now but managed to recover some photos from the previous Mrs Nog Sorry about the quality as they are scanned from slides. This is Falcon 5 from Easticks Reg H570. According to Craig's data base now left the Broads. It must have only been a year old when we hired it.
  2. Nice boat Good and spacious for two
  3. Back on topic!! I've just noticed that one of our sponsors - the Bridge Inn have updated their advertising panel over to the right. It has just reminded me that we popped in recently and were very impressed as always. Phil and Ness are now celebrating 12 years at the helm and what a transformation they have made in that time. If anyone needs a model of how to run a pub, this is it. As Phil says, they are a pub that does food. Very good food too. They have never pretended to be gastro but serve really good pub grub which is what customers on the Broads want. The pub does phenomenally well in summer but if you go in during the winter (which we often do) it does a roaring trade then too. The staff buzz around like a well oiled machine and are very friendly and helpful. A new menu has been launched for the season with many new tempting offerings ranging from light bites through to grills and some more spicy offerings. something for everyone yet not overloaded to with too many dishes. Good wine list too. The beer is always superbly kept (Cask Marque accreditation too) and I was delighted that Phil is continuing to offer a guest beer in the season often from the superb Humpty Dumpty brewery. Give it a try, I promise you will not be disappointed!
  4. That's true! How could I forget!!
  5. I think that would be the old tram way line which went over the (now) footbridge. I think some of the track did remain for quite a while as I think the tram way ran on or beside the road so could quite likely be the ones you remember. Black! shocking! Is it a take away or something similar now?
  6. If JM or MM read this they'll have a field day I have some Teflon liquid lubricant (don't ask) but I think its intended for bikes and the like and is supposed to be weather resistant. It has quite a benign smell. It only comes in small bottles, not sure how much would be needed, might be worth a thought.
  7. That's very interesting, many thanks for posting. The first map shows the old M and GN railway which closed in the late 50's including Breydon Viaduct and the former Yarmouth Beach Station as well as Yarmouth South Town. I guess this would date it around the early fifties, maybe even earlier. The line from Yarmouth running up the coast and on to North Walsham via Potter Heigham and Stalham can just be seen at the far right of the map. I believe Breydon viaduct closed around 1954. Yarmouth Beach Station closed in 1959 although South Town didn't close until 1970. Its possible that you may have been to either of these - the Beach station site remained for a good few years and was used as a coach park although its quite likely some of the old track could still be seen. The railway bridge shown over the Bure was demolished in the 70's I believe - the existing girder bridge, now a footbridge was used for a tram system linking the docks. These old maps really do give a sense of how extensive the rail network was back in the day!
  8. Beccles Old is really only a problem at high tide. There is a fair range of tide at Beccles so you should get through if you wanted. Just keep an eye on the tides so you don't come back at when it's high! Wayford should have 7 feet, maybe a bit more. The rise and fall isn't nearly so great there. Having said all that both bridges are at the ends of their respective rivers so you might not want to venture that far anyway.
  9. Well done indeed. The White Horse is, of course, excellent but the Nelson Head is a real hidden gem, highly recommended and the beer is superb too
  10. Virtually every hire yard is even the independents like Pacific and Woods of course!
  11. Good point JM The reciprocal moorings agreement is via the Hire Boat federation rather than Hoseasons not sure if Sandersons will continue with that. Otherwise it's pretty much Silverline, freedom or Pacific down South now. But as mentioned moorings are quieter anyway.
  12. Good point, particularly Saturday I suppose. Yard staff are usually very helpful in my experience and will advise. Good advice. Plus you don't need to be actually moored up to shower {assuming you're not solo of course) the engine will heat up quicker under load rather than idling on moorings and disturbing others. Breakfast can also be taken on the move or have a tea/coffee for starters and breakfast later, that's what we do even in winter. I believe that moorings can be booked at the New Inn Horning but can't think of any others off hand. The Bridge stopped doing it a while back. I think moorings may be bookable at Oulton Broad and Beccles Yacht Stations?
  13. Wrong Yorkshireman but made me chuckle
  14. Fair point, probably best to get used to the boat first. Yarmouth will be busy - but Woods do provide good information folders including detailed advice on crossing Breydon. Also I'm sure we'll all be happy to give any advice on this subject if it would help. Another point I forgot to mention is that on a hire boat you can moor in just about any other hire boat yard. Most will be have the majority of their boats out in August so that is another option.
  15. You don't say where you are starting from but in 2 weeks you could easily do the Northern and Southern rivers. As JM says, it is generally quieter down on the Southern rivers and would be easier to find a mooring. The really popular spots such as Ranworth and horning will be very difficult unless you are very lucky. A lot of people (like me) like to moor near a pub, so those moorings are always busier. You might consider mud weighting particularly if you have a dinghy to get ashore. There are so called 'wild' moorings, basically river banks without quay headings but where you can moor with rhond anchors. Just watch out for no mooring signs or yellow posts indicating hazards. I am afraid though that August will be busy, as you mentioned be flexible, that is your best bet so if your chosen mooring is full be prepared to have a plan b. You will stand more chance if you can moor a bit earlier or around 10.30 - 11.30 as everyone stops for lunch at 12! Similarly in an afternoon don't leave it too late! Try setting off a bit earlier in the morning too, don't wait for everyone on board to have a shower before you set off! Good luck!!!
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