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Birthday Treat Booked -> Clipper


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I booked it!  Something I've been thinking of doing for many years and promising myself I'll do "One day" and after a strange year, including moving to suffolk (selling the Broom) and being stupid looking at a "Deben class" sailing boat over the weekend, I thought,this is becoming an problem.. there's an itch to scratch here... but maybe lets have a go on the broads..

It's not quite what I wanted, I really really really wanted a go on a hunters fleet boat but I also really wanted to do this under that bridge where it's clearly more broads heaven (and a place Orca can't reach), but sadly Hunters advise that getting under that bridge with a quant pole takes some planning and the planets really don't align in a weekend so I landed on Marthams webpage and fell in love with "Clipper" a true broads yachty made in Horning in 1937, described as well balanced and just sooo pretty.. I emailed Marthams asking if my limited experience of an estuary sailer would be enough to allow me to "Manage" and if they would let her to me.. I was honoured to get a "Sure, go for it reply".. Immediately I booked online,  we jump aboard on the afternoon of my birthday and hand her back on the monday before rushing to work! (and thank goodness we can give her back!).

To say I can't bloody wait is an understatement, it's certainly something I've wanted to do for ages, I do hope we will manage but I really welcome any advice offered, we will stay around hickling, I understand the basics of sailing but Broads sailing certainly seems a bit of a nightmare considering it's so close helmed.. but I guess Clipper will be heavy and somewhat predictable.

I'll post some pictures post event.. it's only 3 weeks away too!

Oh here's clipper: https://www.marthamboats.com/hire/yachts/24-clipper

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The Pleasure Boat is not open at the minute, you can use the moorings though, nice walk to the Greyhound

Don't shout it from the rooftops just how good it is above the bridge, we have just had 12 days without feeling the need to visit the dark side!

Enjoy the trip, very nice people at Martham Boats

Don't forget to buy their 75 year book

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You will thoroughly enjoy it!!

Surprised at Hunters as they do now have a few boats with an electric outboard and to be honest, I have never had a lot of trouble quanting under the bridge although going with the tide really does help.

So if that all goes well have a look for at others to try - look at Colin Buttifants boats from the Swallowtail Yard in Ludham and Olivers Sailing Holidays at Martham Ferry both who have some "quickish" boats that may appeal in the future. You will be surprised how easy they are to sail and how quick the better ones are.

And the Greyhound is well worth the walk - a very "different" kind of offering. What is there not to like above the bridge and certainly better for being without the lunatic brigade who would so easily spoil a fragile and special place. Its absolutely unique!!

 

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22 hours ago, SwanR said:

Brilliant to have something to look forward to. Hope you're enjoying Suffolk life on dry land. :default_drink_2:

Thanks Jean :) I'm certainly soo looking forward to it.. Loving suffolk too.. I've just brought a John Deere hat but sadly there seems to be a delay on my promised and expected free "John deere tractor" as part of my suffolk citizen package.. hopefully it will arrive soon! We certainly have both adjusted to the house and I've gone a bit nuts of antique furniture (maybe to make up for the missed feeling of the broom) and trying loving the garden and just being so close to broadland..  20 mins car trip to the waveney and canoe trips.. it was a good move!  I hope you,likewise are enjoying your norfolk life (Isn't it strange shopping in some of these stores for "Normal life" instead of holiday food!).

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1 minute ago, JawsOrca said:

(Isn't it strange shopping in some of these stores for "Normal life" instead of holiday food!).

Ah yes indeed. Roy’s is my local and I do notice when people are obviously holidaymakers! 😂

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21 hours ago, Victoryv said:

The Pleasure Boat is not open at the minute, you can use the moorings though, nice walk to the Greyhound

Don't shout it from the rooftops just how good it is above the bridge, we have just had 12 days without feeling the need to visit the dark side!

Enjoy the trip, very nice people at Martham Boats

Don't forget to buy their 75 year book

Ahh many thanks for the heads up! Big shame the pubs not open but will find the greyhound for certain!  Certainly looking forward to being above that bridge for a few days, I think the last time we really spent any time there was on Janet 3, but I really can't remember when that was..at least 10 years ago.. Will certainly grab the book,they emailed over the boats guide and that alone is an interesting read but will certainly grab to read when afloat!

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19 hours ago, marshman said:

You will thoroughly enjoy it!!

Surprised at Hunters as they do now have a few boats with an electric outboard and to be honest, I have never had a lot of trouble quanting under the bridge although going with the tide really does help.

So if that all goes well have a look for at others to try - look at Colin Buttifants boats from the Swallowtail Yard in Ludham and Olivers Sailing Holidays at Martham Ferry both who have some "quickish" boats that may appeal in the future. You will be surprised how easy they are to sail and how quick the better ones are.

And the Greyhound is well worth the walk - a very "different" kind of offering. What is there not to like above the bridge and certainly better for being without the lunatic brigade who would so easily spoil a fragile and special place. Its absolutely unique!!

 

Thank you sir, I'm a tad worried about being able to control her considering it's such close quarters but I'm hoping to just stay up there will give us space and yup away from pesky moboers! plus I guess they are heavy and predictable. But I was nervous on the estuary, Whatever happens it will make memories away from this current world.  For sure I doubt it will be a one off but it doesn't make much sense but I really do want to try Ludhams, I was honoured to stir through the bridge one year as a passer by and still remember every moment..  Sadly I did really want the space although I didn't talk them but the FAQ's on their said dont' try the bridge in a weekend but maybe at least soon we will do a half decker.. I do really miss sailing!

Intrigued and looking forward to the greyhound now.. I will save the adventure of checking out until we are aboard though!

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4 hours ago, Tyna said:

Something to wet your appetite Clipper from 9.10 mins to 11.00

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d1kUBHj4XF8

Oh wow geez thats a huge sail!! and its kinda a gaff rig, I hoped it was a gaff but read somewhere it was a bermuda..

Thank you so much for sharing..such a pretty thing though!! Geez can't wait!

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1 hour ago, JawsOrca said:

Oh wow geez thats a huge sail!! and its kinda a gaff rig, I hoped it was a gaff but read somewhere it was a bermuda..

Thank you so much for sharing..such a pretty thing though!! Geez can't wait!

Clipper is a high peak gaff. My partner who had her last week end said one tip for you is to take the tacks slowly. If you try to spin her around fast she looses all momentum. Enjoy.

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Always always take the tacks slowly - the boat has momentum (way) so use it to its fullest advantage.

Your tack can often be 60' or more - shove the tiller right over and rudder underneath turns at right angles and acts as a water brake.

Ok there are exceptions to every rule but its not a dinghy and use the way on the boat to your advantage - once you feel the boat slowing down, then you can shove it over more quickly to start your new tack.

You cannot do it every time particularly if the  wind means you are doing a long tack ,short tack procedure - you have little room to use the way onit on the short tack, but on the long one ease her round - not fling it round!!:594c04f0e761f_default_AnimatedGifVehiclessaily:

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