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  1. Interesting point. I'm well set up with Bridgecraft but as far as I know Faircraft Loynes are the only other yard to do December hire.
  2. True indeed and have been there. The thing with Broads boating is that some folk {me included} want a specific boat and possibly a time too. For example I've booked Humber Bridge already for next year as it's a popular boat and I wanted a specific time as well. I think if you are flexible about your boat and can take a holiday at short notice there are undoubtedly good deals to be had.
  3. As does May. The price hikes up around 40 - 50 per cent in June and drops substantially after August. I think it's simple economics - those who are not tied to school holidays will go for the cheaper option. The weather is usually very good in September too. Mind you, roll on December
  4. It is a restaurant (specialises in fish I think). Also agree with the comments about the White Horse. I often think the Horning pubs don't need to try very hard. They have a captive audience in summer and most folks probably only visit the once. I've been in them all in winter many times. The New Inn particularly does very little winter trade and often closes early. The Ferry is pretty quiet most of the time too. The Swan seems to do best in winter. At least they don't close early. I'm a big fan of Broads pubs (well pubs in general) but the Horning 3 are probably fairly well down my list. The beer in all 3 is average to say the least.
  5. Well done Richard looks an excellent cause Just wish I could be there Hope it goes well which I'm sure that it will
  6. Bridgecraft have them. They work well and very useful bit of kit.
  7. I think you could have cracked it Liz Bit too wide for the Ant
  8. I wondered about How Hill. Could that be Claptrap Mill in the background? Where's Carol when you need her!
  9. Steady JM! I wonder if Carol would be interested in the poster?
  10. There was a very interesting post on Royalls blog about this a few years ago. It didn't give a lot of credence to the BA and subsequently disappeared. A good read though. I guess a private boat you can do what you like. On a hire boat I don't think they can physically stop you but as in the Royalls case they would soon be on the blower to the yard who probably wouldn't be too pleased and the insurance may be void too. You could also be liable for any damage. I crossed in bad weather a couple of years ago. Breydon may have been closed but I didn't see anyone waving (didn't look too hard) but used my judgement. We were fine. I think in summary they maybe can't stop you but ignore the advice at your peril I suspect.
  11. indeed!! I think the aviator is after he's been on the San Miguel I suspect this will run...............
  12. Will we be getting piccies in the fullness please or when they get to Beccles?
  13. Well no admissions yet. I assume from the general perceived levity of the reports that the incident is more red faced than disastrous?
  14. Topic drift on you're own thread Helen?
  15. I used to go for a swim on Christmas Day back in my yoof. That's me on the left. Main excuse was to get in the pub afterwards Mind you, I wouldn't do it now!!!!!
  16. I hope Fireman Sam doesn't see this.............
  17. No, I'm strictly a beer man Helen. I've never really developed a sweet tooth, don't eat chocolate or biscuits etc. However Mrs Nog is another matter..........
  18. Good grief. That will be a contrast!! Mind you, the last time I went in August (a long time ago) there were a lot more hire boats. Just look out for the 'honey pot' moorings and you'll be fine. February is brill. Done it every year for 11 years now and loved every minute. PS the Ferry chocs are yummy (well so says Mrs Nog)
  19. Bit late catching up with this, I think most points have been covered though. No problem with water - Reedham has the standpipes still on but remove the hoses. as mentioned just take your own, a short length will do as the moorings are usually empty! Oulton Broad YS has water (I think just on the pontoons) Goodchilds, Brooms (I think), Ranworth on all year, Simpsons, Horning marina services (ask nicely) Faircraft Loynes - Sutton Boatyard (I think) Ludham Bridge, Herbert Woods, Boulters - there's probably more. We've probably done 20 weeks of winter cruising at least and never had a problem with water. Can't really comment on heating - we've only ever used the boat heating and again never had any issues. Double quilts are a good idea though. Just flick the heating on in a morning and the boat soon warms through by the time the kettle has boiled. On a well maintained boat the heating should run without the engine. It is worth putting in a few cruising hours in winter though to keep the batteries topped up. Its a magical time to be out - I'm sure you'll be hooked!
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