donnygeoff Posted January 15, 2009 Share Posted January 15, 2009 On the thread about the Fishermans Bar closing, I mentioned that we moored there for a night and had an experience, here it is Moored up about 6pm one night and went in for a couple of beers. At about 9pm I went to boat to check the ropes, as you all know the rise and fall of the tide is quite big. Re-tied and went back to pub. 10:30 ish went back to turn in for the night, tide just about highest level. Me, OH, Mother and three kids all on board getting ready for bed. The boat was from Herbert Woods, can't think of the name, (Dawn Waters, was the same style, we hired that from Freshwater Cruisers of Brundall before they stopped hiring). It was a high level steering cruiser. Out of the back patio door I noticed a boat coming towards us, no Nav lights and a voice shouting "there must be somewhere round here, I can see lights" I opened the doors and shouted, "can you hear me" I got a reply and quickly got our torch. "head towards this light, there is a place to moore behind me" "OK mate, thanks" was the reply. Maybe I should have told them to slow down as well, but hey, hind sight is great. They came steaming up and just in time put the engine into full reverse, they still managed to bump into us though. I got off and helped them moore up, 5 or 6 lads. After they were secure they asked if the pub was still open, it was about 10:45 so they had just made it, and off to the Fishermans they went. So I got back on board, told the crew that all was well and hoped that the lads would be quiet for the night when they got back. Now the story realy starts. 3:00am I am woken by laughing and singing from the boat behind, try to get back to sleep but can't. RIGHT THAT IS IT, get out of bed walk to back doors and see there boat at an angle, leaning in towards the moorings. I am now not bothered about them waking me up, but more concerned about their safety, I walk back to get dressed ready to help and fall over. When I get back up, I realise that it is not their boat on an angle, but mine. I get out of the boat and see that the rubber running strip around the deck is on the top of the moorings and the tide is going out, leaving me high and dry. I try to push the boat off the side but how can 1 person push a big boat. Voices from the lads, 3:30 now and thankfully they are still awake. I knock on their window, the conversation goes like this. Knock on window lad one "Here, their's someone at the door" lad two "Don't be stupid, the f&^%Â£%^ door is at the back on the river" lad one "Don't call me F&&^$& stupid, I just heard someone knock on the door" Me "I'm at your window" lad one "Told you someone was at the door" lad two "You're wrong, he said he is at the window" Me " For F*&*& sake stop arguing and please help me" To this one of the lads opened the curtains and asked if he could help. I explained the problem, and he said "How the f&^$&^$ did that happen" I didn't want to say that they could have caused it by pushing me up that way when they moored as I needed help. It is now about 3:45am five lads and me stood on the moorings of the Fishermanbs, pushing a boat sideways off of the moorings. All I could think of was not waking those on board so I asked the lads to be quiet while we pushed. After three, one two thre push, Well, if you have seen a boat launched sideways, the bloody wave it made must have reached the Berney Arms. But we had done it, I said goodnight to the lads and went back to bed. The next morning, when we were all up and having breakfast, my OH and mother comented on how quiet our young neighbours were, and that they never heard a murmer out of them all night. I did not tell them what had happened until we were on safe solid ground, I didn't want them to be worried about being on a boat. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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