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    My Day

    Brilliant, just brilliant. Arrived at clients. It’s all ready to go, that is a 20m2 porcelain floor tiling job. They have removed everything including laminate floor coverings. Only slight snag. The finishing screed is debonding from the concrete sub floor. This property is just two years old. (RAF camp at Hayfield) I reckon at least 4 hours to remove / clean / dispose. Plus increased invoice for clients. First thing Monday morning and I’m behind on weekly diary already Griff
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    My Day

    Just the four rounds of Clay shooting this forenoon. Sk e e t, DTL, Sporting and Double Rise. Nice mild day for it too. Soon departing for the Keepmoat Stadium, the home of Donny Rovers who are playing Crystal Palace from the Premier league in an FA cup match, 5th round - First time Donny have made it this far since 1959. They have never made the quarter finals ever. Today could be the day - We will see Griff
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    A Yorkshireman On A Broads Holiday

    Eeee, Bah Gum. Apparently that is what some clubbers are doing in Yorkshire nightclubs. Injecting 'E' directly into their gums. A practise known as 'E by Gum' Griff
  4. March every second year is for us one heck of a busy time. March 2015 was no exception as we took 'B.A' down to LBBy for her Bi-annual AMP (Assisted Maintenance Period) We arrived at said location on 19th March and eventually departed 30th Mar. She was taken up on the slip into the shed for 6 days There were many items on our two lists that have been running since her re-launch back in September 07. We have an 'Upgrade' (Wish List) and a 'Maintenance' list. The items on the maintenance list are ones that one would expect in running a classic wooden boat and are the perks of the issue. The 'Upgrade' list is the one that gets personal and irks me no end - its expensive and never seems to get any smaller, in fact at this moment there are 23 items on the Upgrade list outstanding and 20 in the maintenance list, and that's after 11 x days hard labour incorporating open wallet surgery !! One particular upgrade was to make new canopy battens for the wheelhouse, the original ones were a tad short, did not sit well in their respective recesses and they were not uniform in the amount of arch or bend in them. So having taken advice as to which timber to use - Douglass Fir was chosen I cut this down to three strips, then using pegs/clamps on two long planks I laminated them together with just three holding screws in each batten. This was repeated 7 x times, then each batten was 'fitted' or handed onto 'B.A', Heels were fashioned at the end of each batten. 6 x coats of satin varnish applied. The results are the battens sit much better, we have gained one whole inch headroom (Most important) Griff
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    Broad Ambition - TLC Time Again

    Understood, I miss nowt on t'other thread Griff
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    Broad Ambition - TLC Time Again

    Amazing but aren't we on wrong thread with regards to a record of progression etc? Griff
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    A Yorkshireman On A Broads Holiday

    Fair point, Well made Griff
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    A Yorkshireman On A Broads Holiday

    I really don't get this one iota. Surely we all know it is the Welsh that are associated with sheep. Tykes are associated with Gods Country, Flat caps, whippets, proper beer, straight talking and not suffering fools gladly. Trying to make out that Tykes are taking over from the Welsh where sheep is concerned is just plain daft Griff
  9. Mon 29th Dec, - Sees mysen and LondonRascal onboard. By the time pre-sailing checks / preps are done its approaching 1700. Therefore at this time of year it will be well past dusk. Still it is not too cold and there is no evidence of any river ice present. The Beta fires straight up, no cranking or hesitation whatsoever We sail at around 1630-ish. First time onboard since the 'Lads Week' back in October and we're straight into a night nav - there is moonlight on offer which we gratefully accept. Our destination this evening will be downriver of Ludham Bridge at LBBy. Our only concern (Apart from actually seeing where 'B.A' is taking us) is the available airdraft at Ludham Bridge. The mast will have to be lowered - that is always a given seeing as is stands at 11ft, but its the windscreen / canopy / sash-sides, I need 7ft 7" to avoid the bother of dropping that lot in the cold / dark. The first bridge indicator is showiing 7ft 9" - Good enough, we are through and safely moored stern to stern with 'River Song' Now this is the first time I have had the pleasure of going onboard 'River Song' (As it was myself and Robin were treated to dinner onboard that evening) 'River Song' is a 'Renaissance 35' or as I'll refer to her 'Top class posh tupperware' - She is very top class and proper posh too - what a fantastic comfortable lovely boat. A credit to the crew, and on past evidence this crew will only improve upon her - if that's at all possible Anyroadup, a very pleaeant evening spent onboard 'R.S' 'B.A's Mikuni had been running flat out since we boarded late afternoon and would remain so overnight. She needed warming and airing through. Although she spends her time in a wet-shed, there is still plenty of airboarne humidity and damp in evidence this time of year. By 2359-ish it was lights out Griff
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    Broad Ambition - Underway on the H2O

    Thanks Chris but not on my displayed page there isn't - Well there is, but not top left hand corner. Still can't get sound Griff
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    Broad Ambition - Underway on the H2O

    Hmm, I'm getting picture but no sound. Anyone got an idea as to why? Griff
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    Old Broads Boats

    Admiral VII - My most favourite woody of all time. Spent many holidays onboard her. Wonder where she is now? Griff
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    Broad Ambition - Underway on the H2O

    Found it, under 'Rhond Anchors' - Aug 29 How to use a Rhond Anchor - Charlie shows how to set and remove one: Griff
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    Broad Ambition - Underway on the H2O

    Yes, It was a handy guide that rhond anchor film clip Glad to be of service Griff
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    Rats

    :410 shotgun - Works every time Griff
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    Broad Ambition - TLC Time Again

    Peter - Not a prayer, too fiddly at 12th scale. Suggest you do the same design but don't cut out the holes in the spine and make the spine the same thickness bottom to top. Obviously those two routed grooves will be covered by a dressing piece on the front. Griff
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    Broad Ambition - TLC Time Again

    I have been champing at the bit so to speak to get into the Wizards workshop and crack on with 'B.A's new mast. To date it hasn't happened but I can't really ring him and start badgering. Then earlier this evening at around 2000, I'm on my way back home form doing yet another estimate when the Wizard himself rings me. Wants to know the diameter of the power cable for the Nav Lights as he has nearly finished 'B.A's mast - WHAT? I'm supposed to be assisting and more importantly learning but the crafty bugler has cracked on with it without telling me. I went home, grabbed said elec cable and took it round to him. As you can see from the photo's there ain't much left to do now. The tear-drop for the anchor light (And that is shaped and nearly finished), shape off the ends of the yards and a few other minor items. He needs some turned No 8 brass cups - I've ordered them. It won't be much longer before I can do my bit and get started on the varnishing in our conservatory, thing there is that the Ravilakk, Brava and genuine turps is down in our wetshed Locker, never mind we are due down in a couple of weeks again. The mast has been fashioned form those lumps of Teak and No Name hardwood photo's posted earlier. This really is gonna be a right Bobby Dazzler when it's finished Griff
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    Broad Ambition - TLC Time Again

    Really? I can’t remember using a wide angle lense Griff
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    Broad Ambition - TLC Time Again

    Ha ha - Good one. Point of order though, it’s 316 grade stainless, no chrome Griff
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    Broad Ambition - TLC Time Again

    So, back on topic / track. I arrived onboard Thursday 07th evening earlier for a change at 2200-ish along with the Rascal. Friday morning after a welcome breakfast at Stalham High Street, we commenced, or 'Turn To' Now where was I? - Oh yes that cant rail. De-nibbed, lint free cloth and more varnish. Thing is the wet shed is well, wet when it rains, that is to say there are a fair few rainwater leaks that land on 'B.A' is it most annoying. I have to site cloths to catch the drips to keep areas dry so I can varnish, it's a right Royal pain in the derrière. The low temperatures at this time of year don't help either but Ravilakk dries faster than most and copes very well with the conditions. Then it was onto those teak light pads. I made these with a mate at home months ago now. It was now time for their final shaping / sanding, small groove out of the back for the cable to sit nicely and was then at last able to put them in place. Then commenced yet more varnishing. Rascal and Paul T meanwhile erected a storage locker behind Trixie's berth. This enabled them to clear out a fair amount of stuff from 'B.A's locker, then they really went for it and sorted out 'B.A's locker entirely. We now have all our boat jumble stuff ready for Beccles later on in the year and we can actually see space in our locker once more - Wonders never cease The CCTV cameras got adjusted / re-sited with some Rascal tweaking to the system. Paul T commenced making some new larger shelves for the quarter berth which I completed Sunday (More varnishing to be done) The Radio / CD player. I at last fashioned a new surround for it out of our 'No Name' hardwood and commenced with the varnish on that too. Saturday afternoon late on after the gale has decreased to a stiff breeze and more importantly the rain stopped we took 'B.A' out for a short run to the Southern end of Barton Broad and back, primarily to test out the two inboard DAB and FM aerials - They were spectacular - that is spectacularly rubbish and did not perform well at all. This was good news as it stopped us putting back the deckhead lining and respective boxing in in the Stbd Fwd cabin. After consequent discussions we now know the way ahead. The Rascal is ordering a combined DAB/FM aerial that will be mounted on the outside of 'B.A' this will mean more cable runs above the deck head lining and a 12v booster fitting but we are confident it will be a success - Time will tell. The shower extract pump has at last had it's service kit fitted and is once again back to its best Those expensive s/steel mirror finish borders for the hatches were collected and with us. The hatches have for some time not been sitting perfectly flush with the surrounding deck. Time to put that right. More 'No Name' hardwood bonded in place with west system fast set resin. 'Fast' ? - Really? It was Monday before it had cured sufficiently. Then I had to grind out slots in the s/steel to facilitate a snug fit around the cabin sides. Some soft rubber wx seal applied under the edges of the borders and Da Daaaaahhh , Bobs your Dads Brother and Fanny is your Aunt. I must admit to being pleased with them. The well deck hatch cover has now gone off to have a similar border made for it. Those two 12v demister fan things arrived. Unfortunately the 'GriffTile' van 12v socket has developed a fault so I could not test them out. The first time this happens now will be when we actually need them to be used onboard. So what's to be done / outstanding? 1 x more coat of Ravilakk to led pads and shelves. Final Brave top coat to cant rail, Pads, shelves, Radio surround. Aerial with associated cables, power booster to be fitted, Stbd Fwd cabin put back together. Tv booster to be fitted / wired under helm. new 3 x position switch to be fitted / wired, replace our very old / tired tube strip lamp above our locker with a LED version (Should have done this one years ago) blah blah blah etc for the next visit early March I've bound to have forgotten sommat or t'other here but that's good enough for now. Phot's should sort of follow on /make some sort of sense out of it all - He says optimistically Griff
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    Early Morning Punt Down (was Up) The Bure To Breydon

    Great vids / Phot's thanks for sharing. One question though, Early Morning Punt Up The Bure To Breydon Just how does one go up the Bure to Breydon at anytime of day let alone early morning? Griff
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    Broad Ambition - Underway on the H2O

    Oy! Whaddya trying to say? - I've got feelings that knows! Griff
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    Broad Ambition - Underway on the H2O

    Shortest most boring write up ever. Sailed Saturday about 1600-ish, still windy but gale ceased, overcast but dry and cold. Gave 'B.A' a run to the Southern end of Barton Broad and back to base for about 1700-ish. Nowt to report, saw no one, heard nowt, said nowt much either Griff
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