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Decision made :default_sad:

The booking I had for being onboard 'B.A'    05 - 14th March I have reluctantly and most annoyingly had to let go.  I just can't see Boris and co allowing us onboard holidaying / socialising early next month.  Quite right too, if that's what it takes then I will go along with it

That's yet another social engagement lost in a long list due to this blasted covid pandemic    :default_2gunsfiring_v1:  :default_smiley-angry047:

On the upside it means I now have a fighting change of completing a large tiling job currently ongoing and it will ease pressure on my work diary

Next time due onboard is a maintenance weekend mid March (Staying in t wetshed)  but more importantly next social event where we hope to be out on the rivers is 09th April for a mates 61st birthday celebrations

We should have been out April 2020 for his 60th but we lost that one too

 

Griff

 

 

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Paladin, I respect your posts and marvel at your perfectly concise structure when you write.  For many years I have read things you have shared and admire how you can, through  wisdom and a true grasp

On hitting the grass, my first fooparr dawned on me I had my lightweight soft soled trainers on, should have been my boots.  I grabbed the headrope whilst MrsG took charge of the stern rope.  'B.A' wa

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Sigh (Again)

Today being Sunday, we, that is mysen, MrsG and Purdey dog should have been enjoying our second full day afloat onboard through to Sunday 14th with me fishing as much as the wx allowed.

Instead I have just bathed Trevor Transit and then getting stuff ready for tomorrows toil day.  Got some office paperwork to catch up on too

Still it could be worse, there's some poor families / souls out there that will never be able to enjoy a holiday ever again.  At least we can currently look forward to being afloat once more at some point

Griff

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That is so true Griff. We have to count our blessings for sure.

We also should have been afloat for a few days from tomorrow. I was looking forward to only having a ten minute drive to get to the yard! :default_rofl:

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Hi Griff as you are keeping busy with your business at this time will this effect your  maintenance schedule on Broads  Ambition for this New Boating Season being up you from 12th April could all this be over due? As to all the Private Boat owners are in this as well. The Hiring Yards Cruisers are all ready to go with out not to many problems for Hirers when on the Broads 

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Hi Griff as you are keeping busy with your business at this time will this effect your  maintenance schedule on Broads  Ambition for this New Boating Season 

It already has Andrew and will continue to do so, it'll take to May of next year to get fully caught up again

I have to state categorically that no one to my knowledge has ever 

" Being 'Up' me "

That is to say not whilst I have been sober and conscious anyroadup :default_blush: 

Griff

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8 hours ago, BroadAmbition said:

I have to state categorically that no one to my knowledge has ever 

" Being 'Up' me "

That is to say not whilst I have been sober and conscious anyroadup :default_blush: 

Griff

I thought navy rations were rum not rohypnol.

Gotta catch up with last years boat jobs first before this years can start, is there actually such a thing as "caught up with boat jobs"?

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is there actually such a thing as "caught up with boat jobs"?

You Sir - Are 100% correct - No there isn't.

 

Note to self - Stupid Boy Griffin

I stand before you, caps off and suitably admonished :default_blush:

Griff

P.S - I had to google rohypnol - Ah, I gettit now

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A calendar month today, I will be waking up onboard 'B.A', first time since the Lads week back in October.

Six months without being afloat and staying onboard.  Since we recommissioned her back in 2007,  that is a record I never wanted to or ever imagined would ever be set

Counting down the days again

Griff

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4 minutes ago, BroadAmbition said:

A calendar month today, I will be waking up onboard 'B.A', first time since the Lads week back in October.

Six months without being afloat and staying onboard.  Since we recommissioned her back in 2007,  that is a record I never wanted to or ever imagined would ever be set

Counting down the days again

Griff

You and us alike Griff 

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Arrived safe at 0130. Two n half Hrs door to door. Saw more gritters than other vehicles and two snow showers.

Gave a loud Yeeehaaaaa as I drive over Wroxham bridge 
 

Now to get onboard :default_jumelles:

Griff 

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RIGHT,

Enough already. 
 

It’s warm n sunny

I’m armed with flash, micro fibre cloths,  copious amounts of hot water 

The upper scupper - All of it is getting a right bolloxing whilst at anchor. 

I could be here a while 

Griff

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9 hours ago, BroadAmbition said:

All of it is getting a right bolloxing

You Yorkshire folk have a wicked way with words. I guess, if bolloxing has to be done, may as well find a lovely mudweighting spot.

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Got home at 2230 Wednesday evening.

Not much to report as there was very little 'crewed up and underway'

I was determined to get her out of the wetshed as she has not seen the light of day since October last year.  Problem was she was proper mucky on the outsides.  We slinked out of the wetshed at 1930 Tuesday evening undercover of dusk and rapidly approaching darkness, destination unknown.  I would have sailed earlier but time seems to fly daily when I've got my maintenance head on. 

Paddy's lane just off Barton Broad - plenty of space but we carried on over Barton, nav lights now burning brightly. before Irstead there was a hire boat alongside Port bank on the private moorings, strange I thought, what was even more strange there were four official looking chaps with bright yellow viz coats on just stood on the bank.  There was also a tall pole with a very bright LED floodlight which did nowt for my night vision.  The family of hirers were all sat in the aft saloon looking somewhat forlorn.

On I went, Irstead staithe there was no room at the inn, well that is to say there was room but for not 'B.A's 40ft.  Johnny Crowes staithe I thought to mysen then.  Bugger, as per the norm it was occupied.  'About turn class leader' which was not so easy in t dark on the Ant.  Passed said official looking chaps again with the hireboat and nowt had changed.  Back to Barton Broad.  Through the starboard channel markers and at 2130-ish  I deployed the mudweight, anchor light on for the night.   Scran, TV out with a dvd, couldn't be bothered with putting the aerial out.

Then about 2200-ish I knew at last I was losing it.  There was a flippin car coming over Barton from the Stalham end and quite quickly too.  I knew it was a car because it had two very bright headlights and nowt else, well that's all I could see.

As it got abeam all became clear, it was a dory type craft, it did have navlights but the two bright floodlights were masking them from the front, it also had a blue flashing light to add to the effect.  It disappeared in the direction of Irstead, no doubt sommat to do wi the hirecraft

Midnight - Lights out.

 

Wednesday morning at about 1000 - A river ranger was passing going towards Stalham with a tender strapped alongside with some very long tree poles, I hailed him over for a brew but he was due to meet with a colleague to anchor some hovers, that was what the tree poles were for so couldn't stop but thanked me for the offer.  He explained about the hireboat etc, those chaps were firemen and the dory was the Lifeboat crew, apparently the craft had suffered a small electrical fire onboard.  No one was hurt, the boat was sorted and the family were underway enjoying their holiday once again

Barton was bright and sunny but a chilly wind. I sailed about 1430 in a now sparkling clean 'B.A' - well the outside anyway back to the wetshed.  Final tidy up, departed at 1700 for Brundall then onwards to home

Griff 

 

 

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