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I always understood that the cylinder remains the property of Calor and you paid , as said, a deposit.

Therefore if you sell it on Ebay you are committing theft. It is not yours to sell. Sounds like Calor need a few lessons from Chep. (Pallet hire for those not familiar)

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I thought that if you switch from Butane to propane, you would need new regulators and potentially some modifications to your cooker.  Calor and Flogas propane use the same regulators, but the bottle sizes and shapes differ, so may not fit in the locker. I am aware that the Moonlight Shadow syndicate recently changed from Calor to Flogas due to ongoing issues with Calor availability.  It’s also worth remembering that there is a Flogas depot at Catfield.

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On 12/07/2022 at 13:04, annv said:

If the company paid a nominal sum with out a receipt they would get back bottles that no-end of people have in there garages just in case they need to use one, must have a numnuts for a CEO for not realizing this. John

Calories will 'buy back' (an interesting scenario on rented bottles) any old bottles that are taken to one of their main depots. I believe they offer a very poor £5 a bottle. There are only about a dozen main depots in the country, one of which is in Norwich. Sadly the uptake of this offer has been very limited, not only down to the fact that we all paid 6 times that (and then some) for the bottles in the first place but also the cost in fuel and time to actually take any bottles to the depots means it's costing you more to return unwanted bottles than they give you back!

Calor have done this to themselves, firstly down to their greed in allowing more bottles to be sold than they could possibly service and secondly by their total inability to come up with a system that allows them to collect the millions of bottles sat empty in the retailers cages that their own (empty) lorries drive past every day.

 

By the way, Flogas Butane is readily available from many B&M Homestores. You may need to change to one of their regulators in some instances but we all have a B&M nearby. Their stock levels are pretty good. Sadly the B&M's do not stock the Flogas propane range.

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When we heard last week of the expected heatwave and the extreme temperatures expected to come with it we wondered where to go to find a nice breeze. Oulton Broad of course so off we set on Sunday morning. Arriving at Somerleyton bridge we were surprised to find a headroom of only 8'. High water there is given as being 8'6" we need 8'3" So we moored up and waited for about 21/2 hours, arriving at Oulton at about 5.45pm. On the way there we encountered a speedboat and water skier, who seemed to have one ambition - to sink us! They quite literally aimed straight for us 5 times! Everything in the boat that wasn't fixed fell over and we now have a nasty chip in the enamel on our sink. At one point I really thought we were going to turnover. It was extremely scary. We arrived at Oulton a bit shaken and very grateful to be in one piece. We enjoyed our stay there so much we extended our intended 2 nights to 3. There was a bit of drama during Monday afternoon when a very long hire boat got into difficulties coming into the harbour and caused extensive damage to a much loved woodie, to the loud and extreme fury of it's owner(perfectly understandable). However all was sorted out and a peaceful conclusion was arrived at. The hire boat in question was with another similar boat which moored next to us. All the occupants of both boats were lovely people and the helmsman who had caused the damage was mortified. We just hope it hasn't ruined his holiday which had only started yesterday! Moored the other side of us was Pipedreams  and  it was very nice to meet them, in fact we were surrounded by some very nice people exceptionally so and we were very glad we had decided to extend our stay. We were all still out on the pontoon chatting and drinking wine till after 11.OO pm. It was really enjoyable. Got back to our mooring about 12.30 today and it ain't half hot!. 

Carole

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When we heard last week of the expected heatwave and the extreme temperatures expected to come with it we wondered where to go to find a nice breeze. Oulton Broad of course so off we set on Sunday morning. Arriving at Somerleyton bridge we were surprised to find a headroom of only 8'. High water there is given as being 8'6" we need 8'3" So we moored up and waited for about 21/2 hours, arriving at Oulton at about 5.45pm. On the way there we encountered a speedboat and water skier, who seemed to have one ambition - to sink us! They quite literally aimed straight for us 5 times! Everything in the boat that wasn't fixed fell over and we now have a nasty chip in the enamel on our sink. At one point I really thought we were going to turnover. It was extremely scary. We arrived at Oulton a bit shaken and very grateful to be in one piece. We enjoyed our stay there so much we extended our intended 2 nights to 3. There was a bit of drama during Monday afternoon when a very long hire boat got into difficulties coming into the harbour and caused extensive damage to a much loved woodie, to the loud and extreme fury of it's owner(perfectly understandable). However all was sorted out and a peaceful conclusion was arrived at. The hire boat in question was with another similar boat which moored next to us. All the occupants of both boats were lovely people and the helmsman who had caused the damage was mortified. We just hope it hasn't ruined his holiday which had only started yesterday! Moored the other side of us was Pipedreams  and  it was very nice to meet them, in fact we were surrounded by some very nice people exceptionally so and we were very glad we had decided to extend our stay. We were all still out on the pontoon chatting and drinking wine till after 11.OO pm. It was really enjoyable. Got back to our mooring about 12.30 today and it ain't half hot!. 

Carole

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I don't particularly mind the "wandering  off course" it'swhat forums tend to do but if  a seperate thread could be set up  to deal with the issues that have highjacked it it may be a good idea as it is a big subject and deserves it's own space  I think, (not Hi-Jinks adventures the other stuff)

 

Carole

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On 20/07/2022 at 16:27, addicted said:

On the way there we encountered a speedboat and water skier, who seemed to have one ambition - to sink us! They quite literally aimed straight for us 5 times! Everything in the boat that wasn't fixed fell over and we now have a nasty chip in the enamel on our sink. At one point I really thought we were going to turnover. It was extremely scary. We arrived at Oulton a bit shaken and very grateful to be in one piece.

I was moored in Oulton Dyke last night and sitting at the helm reading a book when I heard and then saw a ski boat come from the Oulton Broad direction on the plane. The wash was very severe. Luckily my phone was to hand so I stood up to take a picture, which caused them to slow down. However they still went past moored boats way too fast and their wash carried on for some considerable time. I managed to get 6 good quality pictures which identify the boat and most of its occupants. This morning they have been sent to Broads Control. For obvious reasons I won't post the pictures here, but hopefully a word will be had. I have also raised my concerns about the lack of clear large reg numbers as required by the regs for water skiing. The boat I saw had only a short visit toll, but I still got a picture of it. I later saw a second boat going at a sensible speed and creating virtually no wash, but again there was a lack of any clear reg numbers which would have been an issue if an incident had occurred in a water ski zone, or for that matter anywhere on the river.

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The registration numbers on the boat that gave us so much grief  were very clearly displayed which is why I was able to make a note of them despite being thrown all over the place. This abuse of the system by certain individuals is obviously a real problem and will undoubtedly result in injury if left unchecked.

 

Carole

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Yes it definitely sounds like a different boat, which means there are at least two in that area that need to be spoken to by the rangers. They are entitled to their fun in the appropriate zones and whilst keeping a proper look out for other craft, but the incident I reported happened in a 5mph area with two moorings in close proximity, both comprising pontoon moorings and a canoe landing mooring.

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Last Monday after a 12 day stay on Hi-Jinks we went home but before we did we cruised to Sheerline 's yard and left  Hi-Jinks there . We collected her today having had nice new electric windlass and mud weight fitted also having had the thermostat on the immersion adjusted as it was dangerously hot. We also had additional leisure battery fitted. Everything having been done perfectly we cruised her back to our mooring at NBS, arriving at about 4.20pm. Yet again we have received  the best service from Sheerline. They really do go the extra mile and can't be faulted. We can't recommend them highly enough.

Carole

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