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  1. TeamElla

    Britain By Boat.

    That's a good point. On the other hand, so was "Britain and the Sea." Much more entertaining to watch (and these programmes often include some snippets of navigational interest).
  2. TeamElla

    Britain By Boat.

    I looked forward to this first programme with interest. It’s a route that I have long been interested in and wanted to travel. What an utter disappointment with the first leg being completely wiped out. The apparently professional crew can’t even make it out of the harbour without their engine failing.(I am no diesel engine specialist but I would be devastated if my maintenance was so poor that I couldn’t motor 200 yards without engine failure). Hoping for an improvement on the second leg (it didn’t), and the interaction between the celebrities became utterly irritating. Finally on the last stretch some interest as they crossed the Thames Estuary but the jury is out on whether I want to see any more of this series.
  3. TeamElla

    Wonder If He Owns A Boat

    Haha You’re putting ideas into my head Next time (before I take the picture)... Maybe a little “duck residue” too for authenticity Sent from the Norfolk Broads Network mobile app
  4. TeamElla

    Wonder If He Owns A Boat

    A better heading would have been “Hope he doesn’t own a boat.” Unfortunately I think I’ve met him on the river Sent from the Norfolk Broads Network mobile app
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    Wonder If He Owns A Boat

    See pic Sent from the Norfolk Broads Network mobile app
  6. TeamElla

    Gorleston Weather Today

    Regular increase in wind with rain followed by dry calm spells (at St. Olaves). At Gorleston:- Decent sized long swell running into the river and occasionally spraying over the bank right inside the river at the 90 degree turn (pics attached) Sent from the Norfolk Broads Network mobile app
  7. TeamElla

    Of Time And Tide (and Day)

    So they have got the times wrong in the past have they? Didn’t know that. I like to use the printed tables as they’re readily available to hand. When the GPS is on I can even compare the Gorleston predictions. My original point (not helped by my later bad grammar relating to Saturday) was the need to work on dates rather than the incorrectly printed days of the week. Sent from the Norfolk Broads Network mobile app
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    Of Time And Tide (and Day)

    For those that don’t have the BA tables:- Wednesday doesn’t exist Thursday is 28th Friday is 29th Saturday is 30th and so is 1st Sunday back to normal Can I claim that as a long weekend? Sent from the Norfolk Broads Network mobile app
  9. TeamElla

    Of Time And Tide (and Day)

    Wednesday next week not looking much of a day if you use BA the tables (the one you can buy with your river toll). Thursday and Friday looking out of kilter too. But if Saturday doesn’t work out for you, you can have another stab at it the next day! Sent from the Norfolk Broads Network mobile app
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    Could this be why we have noticed large numbers of fish at St. Olaves Marina too? We've been there 17 years and only recently noticed such large shoals of fish there. It's attracted cormorants, that used to visit occasionally but now they're a regular sight within the marina.
  11. TeamElla

    Ropes Like Ours

    Hello Vaughan, Yes we use 3 strand rather than the braided in the video. But I'm left handed and I do have the exact problem with knots forming as demonstrated when making the coils before hanging them up. (And I was taught to do it that way 50 years ago by a sailing instructor!).
  12. TeamElla

    Ropes Like Ours

    Yep that's me (the improper one that is) See the video:- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vX4Zr0vdGHE Steve
  13. TeamElla

    Surlingham Lucky Escape

    Hylander, I think you'll find it's Waxham Cut out of Horsey Mere and it's weedy with a capital W above the bridge at the north end (well it was in 2002!) See picture taken halfway up the cut which gives you a feel for what it's like up there:-
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    Surlingham Lucky Escape

    Oh no, not at all. That board to the left of the picture is the old (apparently now missing) "shallow water" sign at the entrance to the dyke that ultimately leads to Kings Fleet etc. It's only yards off the main dyke into Bargate. Should something as large as a 44 footer emerged from within those confined and potentially shallow backwaters, apart from the shock of seeing it come out of there, I doubt that we had left enough deep water alongside us for it to pass by without running aground (although tenders, canoes etc would pass with ease). We ventured in on the inflatable tender from which the picture was taken and had no idea how to reach the staithe at the time. It's pretty clear that the staithe is meant just for locals, so we wouldn't land there now anyway.
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    Surlingham Lucky Escape

    Hello Paul, Cole Parmers is £300+ but at lease it floats if dropped. The thing to look out for is minimum depth measurement (as some cheap ones don't read less than 0.8 metres). Spec of the one on Cole Parmer's site unknown. Suggest cheaper option (your sacrificial crew member !)

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