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BroadAmbition

Broad Ambition - Underway on the H2O

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Mon 29th Dec, - Sees mysen and LondonRascal onboard.

 

By the time pre-sailing checks / preps are done its approaching 1700.  Therefore at this time of year it will be well past dusk.

Still it is not too cold and there is no evidence of any river ice present.  The Beta fires straight up, no cranking or hesitation whatsoever

 

We sail at around 1630-ish.  First time onboard since the 'Lads Week' back in October and we're straight into a night nav - there is moonlight on offer which we gratefully accept.

 

Our destination this evening will be downriver of Ludham Bridge at LBBy.  Our only concern (Apart from actually seeing where 'B.A' is taking us) is the available airdraft at Ludham Bridge.  The mast will have to be lowered - that is always a given seeing as is stands at 11ft, but its the windscreen / canopy / sash-sides, I need 7ft 7" to avoid the bother of dropping that lot in the cold / dark.  The first bridge indicator is showiing 7ft 9" - Good enough, we are through and safely moored stern to stern with 'River Song'

 

Now this is the first time I have had the pleasure of going onboard 'River Song' (As it was myself and Robin were treated to dinner onboard that evening)  'River Song' is a 'Renaissance  35' or as I'll refer to her 'Top class posh tupperware'  -  She is very top class and proper posh too - what a fantastic comfortable lovely boat.  A credit to the crew, and on past evidence this crew will only improve upon her - if that's at all possible

 

Anyroadup, a very pleaeant evening spent onboard 'R.S'  'B.A's Mikuni had been running flat out since we boarded late afternoon and would remain so overnight.  She needed warming and airing through. Although she spends her time in a wet-shed, there is still plenty of airboarne humidity and damp in evidence this time of year.  By 2359-ish it was lights out

 

 

Griff

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Paul, word of warning, don't allow Griff to start on his repertoire of legendary/awful jokes. 

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Some of the funniest comedians have come from Yorkshire, just Griff perhaps, aint one of them? :naughty: His jokes canny be that bad, Robin keeps meeting up with Griff :naughty:

 

cheers Iain.

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Is Robin immune? Hard of hearing maybe? Lol

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Iain, they are, famously so!

 

Paul, I rather suspect that Griff's jokes go straight over Robin's head ;)

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Oh no, they are bad but over time you learn to deal with them and be alert to not fall foul of some of the more common ones...

 

'What's that behind you?' 'oh it's your ar**' or the infamous 'you've spilt something on your top there' (only of course you have not).

 

In all seriousness it was a pleasure to be on the water at this time of year, onboard a lovely boat with good company.  The only fretful part to the short trip was that of the ice - I'll leave Griff to elaborate but whatever the weather being on the Broads is great and seeing how the scenery changes through the season means familiar parts always seem to look slightly different.

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Robin, you were lucky, he regaled you with his funniest jokes first!

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OY!  -  I've got feelings you know! two guns

 

 

Tuesday morning dawned (at dawn).  I was up for around 0800 - what a very cold night and a proper thick frost too.  but also a typical Broads winters morning.  Not a single cloud in evidence, bright blue huge skies.  But that frost as you can see from the pics was a hard one.  It confirmed that the insulation onboard 'B.A' is up to the mark, the Mikuni was on flat out all night long, no evidence of melting anwhere on the fwd or aft coach house roofs.  I had a wander round to the dyke by the disused pumping station at Jason's - yes river ice in evidence but none on the river itself.

 

'B.A' was proper damp in the wheelhouse canopy on the inside with frost on the outside (That is the normal way round you know!) proof that 'B.A' was drying out nicely but it took a while to get rid of the condensation, I blame Robin and his heavy breathing. .  The upper scupper - copious amount of fresh hot water did the trick and got the decks safe to walk on, and the berthing lines defrosted enough to make them pliable once more.

 

B'fast was consumed along with steaming mugs of whiskey with a small splash of tea or Rum and a dash of coffee whilst alongside then we sailed for Potter Heigham - still not a breath of wind and mirror flat rivers

 

 

Griff

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Thanks for that, I enjoyed the cold early morning at LBBY, almost like we were there. cheers

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Seeing Griff in a mankini can't be as bad as his jokes can it?  :naughty:

 

Grace

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Have you never seen Griff Gracie?

I'm having nightmares and I haven't even gone to bed yet.

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No I have never seen him in the flesh but I have read his jokes  :naughty: (sorry Griff)

 

Grace

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Its young Robin I feel sorry for, Griff will be used to the freezing cold temps of darkest Donny. Robin, being a Londoner must have thought he was in Siberia :naughty:

 

 

cheers Iain.

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Grace, just for you!

 

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There's the man, deep in thought, probably dreaming up his next terrible joke!!

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Thank you for posting the lovely picture JM. I think some of you have been a little unkind, a very handsome man in my opinion......now what was the name of the beautiful restored woody I believe Griff owns and to which I would  give an arm and a leg to cruise on? and also may I ask have we a kiss bottom smiley? well you can't blame a girl for trying  :naughty:

 

Grace

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  :clap  cheersbar  :lol:

 

Grace - Yes you are very trying!  :kiss

 

And as for a cruise/trip onboard 'B.A' - one only has to ask

 

Oh and thanks for 'that' pic JM (Insert raspberry blowing smiley  -  Here  - )

 

Here is what happens to the Griffmeister dish normally when afloat

 

 

Griff

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Grace, as Griff says, ask. Be warned though, he never stops! Here he is, four o'clock in the morning, recognize the hat!

 

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Just for the record, he has a heart of gold.

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He had just finished singing 'Morning has Broken' when JM took that, then we cut the shrouds! Lol

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He had just finished singing 'Morning has Broken' when JM took that, then we cut the shrouds! Lol

 

In contralto!

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Careful Griff, somewhere we've still got a certain calendar. One word,........ Megaphone

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Megaphone?  You refer to our 'Inter-ship-communication-system,'  methinks

 

 

Griff

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