Guest Posted September 20, 2008 Share Posted September 20, 2008 I have had just had a day in bed with man Flu. See I still can't think straight. I had all day to read the holiday tales here on the site and will now try and add my own. I have looked through all our photo's and will tell the story of our 5 year of boating so far with pictures added as we go. We will break it down into each year and Tammy will no doubt help with the writing as we go. So here goes with the first instalment. HEROES TO NEROS Summer 2003 We are now looking for a boat and have travelled to marinas and boat yards near and far looking and seeking advice as we go. I am normally very impatient but intend to do this right and I do this time. We settle on a 30ft fore and aft cabin, centre cockpit petrol cruiser at Huntingdon think viking but with 10ft beam and inboard engine. We ring the local RYA instrutor to talk about training as he was also the river policeman he urges us to buy a diesel boat for safety. So after a re-think we head off to Sharpness to look at the same boat in diesel from a private seller. As we arrive at the marine the wind is blowing hard accross the estuary but he insisted on taking us out. He leaves the mooring foward and is blown straight on to pillings infront and then hard on to a nieghbours boat. We head out into the estuary and I take the helm. On returning to the mooring we inspect the damage to the gel coat and the neighbours boat which they say was crushed. We leave with deposit still in pocket and a little shaken. We decide to book a hire boat on the broads in September to see if this boating is really for us, but in the mean time Tammy spots a diesel sports cruiser at the local marina and we go take a look. It's love at first site and the deal is done on Heroes a 23ft Falcon with single new tamd 22 engine and leg. It only manages 7kts at trial but I am told it will go better with less people on board. LESSON 1 never use the surveyor your broker recommends. sept2003.JPG[/attachment]' alt='attachment]'> We decide to move Heroes down the river to Fardon with it's 300 berth floating pontoons. We could now moor stern to which was much better with a 4 year old daughter. This is where we first met Roy who had just bought a Sealine 255 and moored opposite us. This is where we also first met Mr Magoo( name changed to spare his blushes) who had a Searay 40ft twin petrol v8 Trillion horse power sports Cruiser and probably less useful experience than us which he freely admitted. [attachment=0]may2004.JPG[/attachment] After 2 months of the summer spent on the hard whilst we replaced all four props, re antifouled and drained and removed the holding tank(not needed on the Trent and fouled engine access) We drained into a dustbin and carried to the chemical toilet disposal point under the cover of darkness ( we really were taking the p--s out of our new boat) With the rest of the jobs done we were now back in the water having missed most of the summer So after a few river trials it was off up the tidal Trent and with the radar arch now hinged we cold go under the glory hole at Lincoln and accross to Boston where we spoke to the lock keeper about going out to sea. He put us in touch with Colin an ex RNLI cox who lives on the River. We past through the 2 hour before hw lock the next day and down the Haven and out into the wash in a n/e 4/5 this proved no problem with wind and tide together on the nose and we raced up the deeps for 20 mins at 25kts but as we turned so did the tide and we were slowed to 8 kts to avoid getting air borne off every wave. After an hour coming back we went up the Welland for a play and Recorded 35kts. We were back up the Haven and at the lock for the 2 hour after hw lock. Wow what a day we were hooked but glad we had Colin on board to guide us and his partner who closed the windows. LESSON 5 close all windows and stow safely all breakables - it really does get bumpy at sea See youtube vid at After a safe trip back through the glory hole and back down the tidal Trent to Fardon about 75 miles this brought to an end our first year of boating quite a year but anyone who knows me will know I don't do things by halves . If you would like to read about our second year which saw us brave the Humber at Easter for the boat club trip to Hull and a criuse down the east cost to Lowestoft where only 13 of the 17 boats arrived let me know. Jonathan Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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