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  1. Nice boat Good and spacious for two
  2. 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!
  3. That's true! How could I forget!!
  4. 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?
  5. 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.
  6. 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!
  7. 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.
  8. 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
  9. Virtually every hire yard is even the independents like Pacific and Woods of course!
  10. 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.
  11. 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?
  12. Wrong Yorkshireman but made me chuckle
  13. 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.
  14. 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!!!
  15. Many thanks to Paul (Swancraft) who thinks it could be an ex Anchorcraft Looking at Craig's database again that would be Crystal Anchor - Alan Johnson boats at Acle also had one. I really do like them, they pack a lot of boat into 32 feet!
  16. Interesting Simon, I've been looking at Craig's site again and there are not many contenders although there are several which seem to have been away from the Broads for some time. I suppose it could have been repainted too. I'm still a bit short though!
  17. Probably so, bearing in mind Swan Royale is up for sale for 33k with a more modern engine and bow thrusters. . It does look like a genuine 32 as well. I don't think very many were made in that length, loads of 35 and 42 of course. I wonder what its history is?
  18. I imagine if you get a cluster of yachts together they will shield the wind from each other to some extent so no one can move!
  19. Amazing pictures many thanks for sharing with us
  20. Very much so, the landlady has 2 of her own, you won't forget them if you've met them (just ask Mrs Nog)
  21. Enjoyed seeing your piccies and reading your holiday tale as always JF Incidentally I'm in 100% agreement with you re dogs. In my experience dog owners who go in pubs are invariably responsible people with well behaved dogs. Why Wetherspoons are happy to accommodate bored, screaming ill behaved kids running riot yet don't allow dogs baffles me. We don't have a dog ourselves but Mrs N always has a few gravy bones in her bag (or a box for the Ferry) Pubs that don't allow dogs are missing a trick I think particularly in a tourist area such as the Broads. Incidentally doing food is not a valid reason to ban dogs eg the Bridge as you mentioned
  22. I have every sympathy. Terrible. Why not try posting your comments on Trip Advisor - pubs are a bit more sensitive to this You may well find similar comments!
  23. Grrrr... 3 quid. That's quarter of a fender (ish) Only one thing for it, an extra shift at the mill for Mrs Nog
  24. Aw thanks for trying Griff Bet some lucky blighter has snapped it up already However just in case...........
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