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21 minutes ago, CambridgeCabby said:

There is no reason why the newly built pontoon at the NWT floating information center could not be used for picking up passengers , it is fully wheelchair accessible etc , also the piece of grass where the NWT sign has been placed is also an exceptionally popular spot for visitors (by road) to picnic etc which is now being denied for use 

yes I have a vested interest in the removal of this space as a 24hr mooring as I use it frequently throughout the year and have done for 20+ years, but this is by the wayside as the leasing of an existing 24hr mooring space to a commercial enterprise , particularly at possibly the most popular visitors mooring , is totally wrong and is contrary to the BA’s own rules and regulations , I still await comment from Tom @BroadsAuthority

I have often wondered who was in my spot. So it was you all those years. More years than you I have to say.

Is the NWT a commercial enterprise as such. I thought it as a charity. I do agree however that the NWT centre on Ranworth Broad is an ideal place for its permanent residence. I have no issue with regard to the NWT advertising the centre and its boat trips on the Malthouse staithe. 

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Hi all, thank you for your questions about Ranworth and sorry for the delay. I have been on annual leave and busy with a few other bits. I have consulted with my colleagues in the Ranger team and

But it wasn't a 24hr moorings spot, it was an unofficial one. Are you saying that if I was moored in that corner that I would be; A) Expected to allow someone to moor in front of me and block me

It's twenty grains or one scruple of silver...around one sixth of a drachma...placed under the tongue. Failure to pay the Ferryman will see your soul wandering around the riverbank for eternity. 

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There is no reason why the newly built pontoon at the NWT floating information center could not be used for picking up passengers , it is fully wheelchair accessible etc , the pice of grass where the NWT sign has been place is also an exceptionally popular spot for visitors (by road) to picnic etc 

yes I have a vested interest in the removal of this space as a 24hr mooring as I use it frequently throughout the year and have done for 20+ years, but this is by the wayside as the leasing of an existing 24hr mooring space to a commercial enterprise , particularly at possibly the most popular visitors mooring , is totally wrong and is contrary to the BA’s own rules and regulations , I still await comment from Tom @BroadsAuthority

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As far as I know NWT do not run boat trips. It is a ferry service for those who find the 0.6 km walk from the staithe to the centre difficult.

There is closer disabled parking available but it is very limited.

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6 minutes ago, ChrisB said:

As far as I know NWT do not run boat trips. It is a ferry service for those who find the 0.6 km walk from the staithe to the centre difficult.

There is closer disabled parking available but it is very limited.

That is interesting Chris.

Who does run the boat trips? I have been on the boat trip with the grandchildren. Booked and paid for at the NWT information centre.

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11 minutes ago, Wussername said:

That is interesting Chris.

Who does run the boat trips?

Andrew

NWT. There was an inference that they were a commercial enterprise running boat trips that could start at their  floating Visitor Centre. There is a small charge but it is a ferry service between the staithe and the centre. The wildlife spotting goes from the visitor centre but the boat from Ranworth Staithe is a ferry.

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Chris.

To my knowledge it is a bit more than a ferry from A to B. There is a conducted tour of Ranworth Broad included in a visit to the visitor centre and return to Malthouse. 

The implication, please correct me if I am wrong, that there is a profit stream going into the ferrymans pocket which has no foundation whatsoever.

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10 hours ago, Wussername said:

there is a profit stream going into the ferrymans pocket

It's twenty grains or one scruple of silver...around one sixth of a drachma...placed under the tongue. Failure to pay the Ferryman will see your soul wandering around the riverbank for eternity. :default_eusa_naughty::default_smiley-taunt014::default_coat:

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33 minutes ago, Timbo said:

t's twenty grains or one scruple of silver...around one sixth of a drachma...placed under the tongue. Failure to pay the Ferryman will see your soul wandering around the riverbank for eternity. :default_eusa_naughty::default_smiley-taunt014::default_coat:

Ah, but who pays the ferryman?    :default_coat:

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11 hours ago, Wussername said:

Chris.

To my knowledge it is a bit more than a ferry from A to B. There is a conducted tour of Ranworth Broad included in a visit to the visitor centre and return to Malthouse. 

The implication, please correct me if I am wrong, that there is a profit stream going into the ferrymans pocket which has no foundation whatsoever.

Andrew

Quite correct about being more than a ferry they also did a nature trail along the Bure, I have seen it out several times.

As for the profit stream I think that went into NWT funds as most if not all of those piloting the boat that I have spoken to were volunteers.

If the BA are running a boat from the staithe there is no need for two,  as has been said before the NWT boat can operate from their centre at the entrance to Ranworth Broad easily accessible from the board walk, it only started running from the staithe when the BA removed the rangers and their boat a few years ago.

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they only dont need two boats if the BA boat is willing to ferry passengers to the NWT location, if the BA boat is purely a sight seeing trip boat, then the ferry will still be needed. it is probably just using the section of staithe as a pickup and dropoff point, otherwise it would block in whoever was moored in the corner, its probably seen that the space in question is theoretically unsuitable for a mooring as it blocks in whoever is in the corner space, in reality that corner is tricky to get into, and leave with a long boat anyway (he says in the hope that there will be space there for Water Rail. when he arrives) I think I would tend to go stern up to the end then haul her round and into the gap on her ropes.

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17 minutes ago, grendel said:

they only dont need two boats if the BA boat is willing to ferry passengers to the NWT location, if the BA boat is purely a sight seeing trip boat, then the ferry will still be needed. it is probably just using the section of staithe as a pickup and dropoff point, otherwise it would block in whoever was moored in the corner, its probably seen that the space in question is theoretically unsuitable for a mooring as it blocks in whoever is in the corner space, in reality that corner is tricky to get into, and leave with a long boat anyway (he says in the hope that there will be space there for Water Rail. when he arrives) I think I would tend to go stern up to the end then haul her round and into the gap on her ropes.

It is a pleasant walk to the centre along the board walk, the ferry? has only operated from the staithe since BA gave up the shop and manning the staithe so not having it there as a ferry wasn`t an issue in the past, it often moors up for some time between trips only being absent overnight and while out on a run.

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8 minutes ago, stumpy said:

Timbo/Vaughan  - thank you both for the Chris de Burgh earworm.

I don't suppose the river Styx is within the BA sphere of authority.  Otherwise, the Underworld would be a member of the National Park family.

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On 12/04/2021 at 18:24, CambridgeCabby said:

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@Ranworth Moorings.....(to be read tongue in cheek)

One truly knows that the tourists are back when the morning birdsong is rudely interrupted at 6:30am by the dulcet tones of a nearby Perkins Diesel springing into life...much like my neighbours yesterday, engine running from 3pm until I eventually implored them to turn it off at 20:30pm as I could stand it no more...they were following advice from HW !!...maybe lockdown wasn't so bad after all 😄

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Sadly I expect there'll be a lot more of that in the next few weeks. Where people would normally be inside a pub keeping warm, they'll be outside until they can't feel their fingers and toes, then back to the boat with TV and heater on for the rest of the evening. More drain on batteries and more running of engines.

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And the events of the last 13 months will not have helped the condition of many battery banks.

Hire companies naturally view batteries as one of their, if not the, most expensive consumable! And try to squeeze every last A/hr out of them.

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The answer, I guess is to ban extended engine running at all 24 hour moorings. I think most boaters would support such a ban. 

The trouble is hot water. As long as people boat with a "home from home" assurance I fear there is no answer! Except get everyone to shower whilst underway or more leccy points and immersion heaters.

 

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It is already effectively banned by byelaw 84.

The master of a vessel shall not permit the vessel to emit smoke or fumes or make any noise or nuisance which gives reasonable grounds for annoyance to any other person.

Unfortunately the BA chose to undermine it's own byelaws by placing signs at some moorings stating no running of engines between 8pm and 8am, which would tend to imply it is ok at other moorings. Instead they should have placed the existing byelaw on every mooring sign, with the highlight I've made above.

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21 hours ago, Vaughan said:

I don't suppose the river Styx is within the BA sphere of authority.  Otherwise, the Underworld would be a member of the National Park family.

The river upon which the myth is based, the archaeology and the region is, of course, classified as a 'core' of one of the twenty seven National Parks of Greece. Under the legislation creating the Greek National Parks the area surrounding the core of a National Park should be equal or greater in area than the core. Thus Hades would indeed be a National Park. :default_norty:

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I've also come across people who said that the Herbert Woods staff told them to run their engines when they wanted to use their heating. In our case we were on Womack Staithe and a boat next to us turned their engine when they got back from the pub around 10pm (after we had gone to bed). I got up and pointed out the 8am to 8pm rule, and got the response about the advice they'd received. Fair play, they did switch their engine off though.

I must admit, I now prefer not to be stern moored unless the weather is warm, or it's not too busy. On the other hand, when we at Pye's Mill for the 2019 August bank holiday for an afternoon and evening, the boat in front of us put their engine on about three or four times. And that was in a heatwave. Maybe they were using their microwave and showers a lot!

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Hi all, thank you for your questions about Ranworth and sorry for the delay. I have been on annual leave and busy with a few other bits.

I have consulted with my colleagues in the Ranger team and can clarify the situation for you below:

  • We have just opened up a new Broads Authority Visitor Centre at Ranworth in the building that was previously occupied by the Norfolk Wildlife Trust (NWT).
  • As part of this new visitor centre, we will be offering boat trips on our electric powered vessel Liana. Liana will be moored on the right-hand side at the upper end of the dinghy dyke, however she should not block access to the rest of the dyke for other vessels. This is because Liana can only board from one side. The space previously occupied by the NWT trip boat on the other side of the dinghy dyke will no longer be used by the NWT.
  • The space marked on the map in dark red and which is signposted is a new ferry spot which can be used by anyone (including the NWT, other organisations or other businesses) wishing to offer a ferry service for the loading/unloading of passengers. It is restricted to the area denoted by the red line on the map above, which is approximately 10 metres in length. There will be no mooring or waiting in this area by commercial vessels other than for the loading and unloading of passengers.
  • Any ferry vessel occupying the space whilst loading/unloading will need to move for boats trying to access or leave the 24-hour moorings at all times. The spot will not be occupied by ferry vessels overnight and the NWT boat will be kept at their nearby floating visitor centre after trips have finished for the day.
  • I have been assured that as with all new proposals this situation will be monitored and if there appears to be an issue it will be reviewed.

Thanks,

Tom

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