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  1. seanguest

    Solo Cruising

    Hi everyone, I'll be going on my first solo cruise in march probably with Richardson's,does anyone know of any other boatyards that allow solo cruising ? Also I've got my eye on a few boats courtesy of the captains blog who is a connoisseur at solo cruising on the broads but i just wondered if any of you could recommend a boat that is more suited to the solo cruiser, cheers ?
  2. LondonRascal

    Cruising Low | Bronze Gem

    And so the long overdue beginning of a new Captain's Blog. This was filmed back in April when I hired Bronze Gem 2 from Richardson's Boating Holidays seeking a last minute, great value boat. Shiela was to join me the following day at Wroxham, but she had no idea of the boat I had chosen - a budget priced, low down, bath tub in bright orange. Follow me as I leave Stalham and cruise to Ranworth Staithe, where I then fail to moor the boat stern on, but manage to moor side on twice! Much help was given and eventually I got safely moored, showing that if it is going to go wrong you might as well do it in a spectacular fashion. Day One
  3. LondonRascal

    Time To Reflect | Brinks Serenade

    Day One: Watch day one of the Captain's Blog: As many readers of this will be aware on 8h March I sadly lost my Dad after his long battle with Cancer. Just a week prior to this I had been talking to him about my trip to the Broads I had planned on board the all new Brinks Serenade boat – I showed him the photos and he was very interested – indeed at that stage doctors were making arrangements for his discharge from Hospital and he was muting that if he felt up to it he would love to come. Now a week after his passing I was travelling up to the Broads with very mixed emotions – I had talked to friends and family prior to coming as was it the right thing to be doing? They all asked what did I want to do and I should do this and not worry about what others may think about me doing it. I am so pleased I took that advice. You see I would never have known about the Broads had it not been for my Dad, it began as a baby being taken away in a static caravan ‘Mr Turner’s’ at Hickling, and this may well be the Mr Turner who worked at Herbert Woods in his past and is mentioned in the book that I’ve read about the history of Herbert Woods. Be that as it may, he also owed a lovely wooden day boat and I remember to this day as I grew to be a small boy its blue vinyl seats and the bubbling water from the stern as we would use it to head to Potter Heigham for shopping and days out over Hickling Broad. Now, I was alone and arrived at Barnes Brinkcraft – they really have more boats than boatyard having recently taken over Royalls – engineers and cleaners alike all ramping up for the main season, and there gleaming on the river front moorings was Serenade. Most holiday makers when they take over a boat are eager to get away and begin their holiday, however an hour after Phil their chief engineer came on the boat to show me around we are still talking about boats generally, hirers, and systems and to me this sort of learning and understanding is great. Phil decided he better actually pop off and do some actual work and left me with their new boat. I popped off to Roys to get some supplies for the week. Once back on the boat it was time to depart – I headed towards the bridge, did a turn then cruised back past the boatyard and began my adventure. I had no idea where to head to for the evening, it was now late in the afternoon but as I cruised along thought turned to my Dad, the sudden and sad events and the many many things that I would have to be dealing with in the next several days, but with a phone and a laptop it proved possible to liaise with funeral directors, the church and so on but at the same time be away and in a quiet and calm environment. I reflected on the past – how it all began as I began filming the Captain’s Blog that would cover my travels. You see over the years I have been doing this there is a sense of community with the loyal followers who enjoy the content I make and kindly comment on it or come and see me when I am on the rivers so to speak to these people through the portal of a camera helped my mind deal with the turbulent emotions I had. I never plan my trips – what I might film or how, these are after all simply a diary in video form of what I have done and where I have gone but the story behind it that you are reading now adds the depth and what the camera does not capture. So deep talking out the way, my mind turned to the boat – she was quiet – very quiet underway, response too and I liked the powerful bow thruster, the comfortable raised double helm seat and the fact this was not a new design but a classic that had been brought right up to date with bonded windows all of which had a lovely deep tint to them (and many of which also opened) the duel canopies now slide open at the push of a button, and the stern now re-moulded and lowered to make getting on and off at stern moorings a real breeze. A comfortable and inviting space to live. Before long I was approaching the Swan Pub and thoughts turned to Christmas when Shiela and I ate here when we were on Broad Ambition, and as I came around the turn there was a space at the Staithe – a rare opportunity and one that I was not going to pass up time to moor 30ft of boat alone – something I have not done for a good while now as I usually have Shiela aka ‘Bow Lady’ to assist. But despite coming in with the ebb tide the ample power from Serenade’s engine and bow thruster had me along side in a jiffy and I was tied up and in the peaceful surroundings of Horning. I decided there and then that the Swan would be a good place to eat tonight – and treated myself later to a Steak – it was very well prepared, the side of seasonal veg was just cooked right. Not the cheapest of meals but I do live the surrounds in the pub and now I was able to get 4G O2 phone reception at the table – amazing as I sent photos to a jealous Shiela who was travelling home in London. I wonder, where shall I go tomorrow...
  4. We all like a good tune in the summer, so with the longer days and warm weather I thought it was time to have a music video for a change. With enhanced audio and with the beautiful Broadland scenery to watch drift past, it is time to turn up the volume and sit back for Cruise Deluxe Cruise Deluxe - A Captain's Blog Special https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7znCnTsz5O4
  5. LondonRascal

    Analyse This!

    It is a grey wet day down here in London, so to make it brighter here are some pie charts and graphs to consider.. Over the last 90 days I have... Increased my female viewership to 12% with 25-34 year olds accounting for 19% of my subscriber base – close second at 17% are the older ladies in the 55 -64 year age group. My male viewers make up 88% of the total, with the 45-54 year olds really enjoying their Norfolk Broads video fix with 37% of the total. I’m keeping those who watch engaged it seems on average for over ten minutes before they click to the next video – but in more recent videos such as Brinks Rhapsody this increased to over 24 minutes of retention per viewer. Not bad they are not that boring then. When it comes to how people watch, the computer rules with almost 24,000 views made using one (66%) with the Tablets making up 18%. Popular they may be, but what interested me was over 1,600 views came from watching on a TV which is almost 5% of the total. It is of no surprise that the majority of viewers (90%) watch from the UK, but what did surprise me was in third place was Germany and then even Saudi Arabia made it into the top 5 locations. Finally, as many of you avid forumites watch the Blogs, what do you like what do you not – in short what should I concentrate more on and show less of? Also next year I want (I wish) to take the Blog where it has not been before – under Wayford Bridge and Wroxham too not to mention doing a tour of what is under the big daddy of low bridges – Potter.
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