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  1. Whilst it would seem a fantastic idea to have people wandering around just chatting to boaters who want to be talked to , my hope is that that does not come out of my contribution to the Nav budget!!! For what its worth, and clearly most don't agree, I would prefer to see them out on the river - and no, they don't need to wave to me, just as I don't feel the need to wave to every other boater that waves to me! I would think it is almost impossible for the Ranger who does Wroxham/Horning to wave at every boat - his arm would fall off!!
  2. So will the navigation budget stretch to full time rangers all the year round? I guess PW is suggesting that either that many are now volunteer Rangers or their contracts are such that they now cover a multitude of things like cutting trees or scrub bashing when not patrolling? But I guess he will let us know...!!
  3. You cannot reserve places on the 24 hr moorings and that includes the Yacht Stations - however at Norwich there is a fair old stretch of mooring and whilst it can be busy, I suspect if you get there in good time, you will usually get in. I think there is over 500m of mooring and even after that there is a bit more outside of the Yacht Station itself. Be warned that if you stay overnight, it is beside a busy road - well possibly even by Norwich standards!!!!
  4. And despite the supposed dictat, they are still talking to me - so alls well and as before!!! So its another ditto!
  5. If you look closely KK and read the posts, you could get the impression that you seem to have already got, about the BA, but that is not necessarily the correct one.! You may also have spotted that there are a few hardened souls amongst us who tend to post an alternative view, when they feel it necessary. Its all in the good cause of balance!! Lets just say that by the very nature these types of Forum, they have a tendency to attract one sort whilst, I suspect, the vast majority stay away and don't even know they exist - or if they do know, don't wish to post. So as far as I am concerned KK, please drop into which pot you like to believe in and that which you think is correct - because it is unlikely to change my view which as you may have already spotted, does not always agree with some other posters!!!
  6. There are always hire boats moored in that basin - I believe it is private boats they may discourage.
  7. Thats about the going rate for the bigger day boats with facilities on board!! HW charge £240, Ferry £200 , Broads Tours £195, and once again it is the picnic boats that tend to go first - I suppose it helps if you split it! I am surprised they have an electric boat at the Ferry - I suspect they will not let them go to Somerton because of the weed.
  8. Reasonable walk up to the Ferry and back - good job you are all pretty fit!!!
  9. They have gradually been building up their fleet - some of the sailies are nice!
  10. Correct - they may be farmers as I pointed out but they also own Horning Marina opposite the Swan and the old NBYCO yard in Horning Street. So hardly new boys on the block!!! The other point you should not discount is that Ferry do seem to do a lot of short breaks - that frees up availability at times but as they cost more on a day to day basis, may be more effective at getting to the bottom line! But I doubt at the end of the year, it will have been seen to be a good year overall - too late starting because of Easter, indifferent weather at times, uncertainty in the economy and a flat, to declining housing market. None of these good for bookings!! But Ferry in particular, have no shortage of demand for marina berths, both sides of the river - and they have a few now!
  11. Interesting to see the other day the employees of Deutsche Bank walking out with their pot plants. If I recall my days in the City and how its done, you get escorted back to your desk by the security guard who will then give you 5 mins to clear your desk, you are not allowed to touch your computer, and you are then escorted from the building, having handed over your keys, if you had any, oh and including any car keys if it was theirs!!! Now it seems that instead of getting to discuss it with HR, you just get an email instead! Bit easier now in retirement!!
  12. Pete - I too believe you don't tell lies, but all I can say is that the Rangers I know, don't seem to either know of it, or have read it! You takes your pick....! On the question of turnover, Mr Google says the average yearly turnover in a UK is around 15% p.a. - even higher than I thought!! No wonder HR departments flourish!!!!!
  13. Is there a huge turnover in the Rangers? Not really aware of it although they do shift people around a bit! They also use more volunteers than they used to and that increases turnover - and I know that volunteers do that from experience! Pete was the one who made the comment about the no "frat" dictat - I was merely saying that in my own personal circumstances and experience, I had seen no evidence of that. Realistically a Ranger is not going to wave every boat owner, unless he had a little mobile hand he could use!!! Perhaps someone could make a mock up of a hand waving, attached to your foot, a bit like a piano pedal!!!! Also by way of info, you may be interested I too failed the Ranger test!! On reflection I am not sure I could have handled the aggro about these days - no not aggro around from everyone but those few who are tanked up and aggressive! These days they are not just patrolling or sleeping in the off river dykes, but in the quieter times, go scrub bashing and tree felling with the attendant hassle that brings given the number of risk assessments they probably have to write!!
  14. Pete - I must take you to task on two things concerning your recent posts!! I do not think that the turnover on BA staff is any greater than any other industry, particularly in the public sector - if you think so then I am afraid you may have been retired too long and probably a bit out of touch!!! Staff no longer have any loyalty to any employer and with unemployment at pretty low levels, it is now pretty easy to leave and get another job! Shove unemployment locally up to around 10/15% and you might see a different story. And do you really believe that non "frat" message you seem to be spreading? I am in an enviable position that I do have opportunities to "frat" with the Rangers and I notice no discernible change in attitude generally, especially amongst the field staff . OK there are a few more of them since they tend to use more volunteer staff on the patrol boats but IMHO that seems just Suffolk squit. I will believe it if you have proof, otherwise I just think its probably untrue - with respect!! Perhaps we should call those little titbits Trumpisms!!! Going back to the original thread, one of the reasons I suspect they don't use an inflatable quick boat on Breydon is probably fairly obvious, especially as they have one they use occasionally, is that the boats used, tend to be ones you can "patrol" with. With mixed crew and the boats being used longer than inflatables could be used for, I am afraid modern legislation puts a slightly differing perspective on the type of craft you can use. It shows what happens though when you do not use specialist craft, expecting one boat to do a variety of tasks.
  15. Actually knowing very little about their manoeuvrability ( rubbish I expect ) and immoveable posts every 100 metres, may prove an obstacle in daylight, let alone the dark and/or fog!! Now there's an idea - move the posts out of the way and you at least would have more boats stuck and in need of "help" !!!!
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