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Having just got back from a five night break on the Broads, I thought I'd make my second contribution to your forum and, trust me, the title will make sense....
We set off up the Ant on a glorious sunny day, stopping at Sutton Staithe for water and a pint (lovely people - staff and locals) before plodding on to my favourite place on the north rivers, Neatishead. After supper in the White Horse - new folk running it since we were last there but still very pleasant - it was time for bed.
An early rise the next day, courtesy of the birds who seem to think that 4am is a fine time to start singing, and the start of our mammoth trek to Beccles. Having arranged to spend the following day with my parents - well, it is their boat after all.... - we needed to be down that end for first thing the following morning. And here comes the thank you.
We made it as far as St Olaves - Breydon Water a bit tame for my liking but loved watching a couple of seals messing about - and realised our need for petrol. However we realised a bit late and ground to an uncerimonious halt mid-river with the current doing its very best to get us back to Yarmouth. For those of you watching from the garden of The Bell, yes, that was us, paddling for all we were worth and, yes, that was me, falling in whilst trying to grab the bank!! But I have to say if you are going to run out of petrol, St Olaves is the place to do it. Having plodded up to the petrol station with a hefty 20 litre container we discovered there was no petrol. But there was one of the kindest local men there who drove my other half to the next village for fuel, drove him all the way back to the boat and then refused to take anything for his time or trouble. We didn't catch his name but, retired gentleman who spends his time doing odd jobs and drives a little white diesel van THANK YOU!! Thank you also to the boatyard bloke who, on discovering we had a flat battery, brought one of his out and got us moving again. Having earlier been growled at by a sailor - look yacht people, those of us with engines do want to give way to you and not cause bother but we are not psychic so a little indication from you as to which way you would like us to go would help....(in fairness most did) - these two chaps fully restored our faith in the friendliness of the Broads.
Anyway, we made it to Beccles - cracking fish and chips and another lovely bloke at the coucil run moorings (we're backing his 'MEND THE FOOTBRIDGE' campaign) - and had a lovely time with the parents the next day - up to Somerleyton (is that house really for sale? I feel a lottery win coming on..)and back.
After a night in Geldeston (another beautiful stretch of water) it was back north, with a detour to Reedham for the footie. Night four at what was the Stracey Arms and is now some sort of roadside diner - all right but not traditional Norfolk I wouldn't have thought - it was on to Hickling (crazy scarey windsurfers!!) and a last night at Ludham.
So we've done the holiday report and the thank yous, so what about the warning? SUNSTROKE! This is the serious bit. We are not hugely experienced but neither are we complete beginners. We know about how deceptive the temperatures, breeze and sun can be on the rivers and took all sensible precautions - high factor suncreams, shading heads, lots of water etc. But nevertheless my other half became quite unwell and it appears that he got sunstroke, which on our return home required a check with the GP and we are waiting blood test results to see exactly what is wrong with him. But whilst on our holiday we saw numerous people baking themselves in the sun and wanted to remind people that you don't have to go abroad to get sunstroke and if you are unlucky enought to get it, make sure you and those with you know what to do as it can cause long term major health problems if left untreated.
However I don't want to end on a downer so will finish up by saying those of you who are lucky enough to have regular access to the Broads should continue to count your blessings and those of us lucky enough to make occassional visits will keep waiting for those six balls....

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Nice one Mate
so glad you had a good time,Spot on report.
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Ps Its your forum as well Cheers

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Hi lolbeck,
great account of your trip, glad everything went well. As  a sailie myself I would like to second what you said about not being psychic, cause I had exactly the same thing last weekend. I was taking the new owners of Japonica Four out for a sail at South Walsham. We motored along the Bure and on one of the bends I noticed a boat under sail hiding round the corner. Being a fairly good judge I moved over to avoid him, not only did I have to take evasive action, I got absolutely no instruction from him and just a glare, even though I apologised. Whether he caught my comment: 'thanks for the clear instructions, and thanks for giving us sailies a bad reputation' I don't know, but this sort of arrogance really does annoy me.
Anyway, sorry for drifting off thread again! Glad it all worked out well.
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Mat Smile

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Hi Lolbeck, glad you had such a great time on your holiday. Smile  I hope your better half is well again soon and that there are no problems, sunstroke is a real b*mmer especially if you know that you had taken all the precautions! As for the saily incident, well there will allways be one that lets the rest down!  Mad

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Jun-19-2006 @ 9:25 AM                           Permalink
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Hi, lolbeck...sounds like you had a great time...apart from the sunstroke thing  Scared

As regards your unfortunate saily experience, it can happen but thankfully it is rare. It is a small minority who act like the one you described. My advice, smile and look unruffled...it bugs them much more than abuse...keeps your cardio-vascular system sweet too...lol!

In defence of sailies everywhere though, the huge numbers of them we encountered under way the weekend just gone were amongst the most polite, helpful and considerate river users we've ever been privileged to experience. The sheer joy of watching a sailing craft scythe through the water without the assistance of a growling Volvo Penta was matched only by the good feelings evoked by the 'let's all enjoy the rivers together' ethos of the sailing fraternity.

This is what the Broads is all about to me and power to it...long may it continue.  Cheers

John

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Jun-19-2006 @ 10:39 AM                           Permalink
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quote:"......The sheer joy of watching a sailing craft scythe through the water without the assistance of a growling Volvo Penta......."


Oi!  We'll have no "penta-ism" here thank you.  Wink

Anymore penta-ist comments and I'll be forced to bottle some of my exhaust smoke and sneak it onto your boat during the meet!  Evil Grin

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Jun-19-2006 @ 12:29 PM                           Permalink
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Simon m8...I have twin Penta MD40 monsters...I therefore have enough smoke to last me ore than a little while...lol!

Cheers

John

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Eek!  I assume they are 4 litre jobbies then?  Blimey, I've got twin 3.2 litre Pentas (AQD32) and they put Vesuvius to shame so I dread to think what yours must be like!

I'm feeling very inferior now!  Frown  Playful Wink

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The twins are 2 playful straight-6-cylinder, 3.6 litre non-turbocharged growlers but are only rated at 85hp each. Massively overpowered for the Broads but not quite gutsy enough for comfortable sea cruising. With an absolute max of about 12 to 14 knots on a good day with a tail wind, they would be more suited to estuary and close coastal stuff rather than serious sea trips like channel crossing etc.

I do not have the qualifications or the bottle to attempt that sort of adrenalin generator in a 33 foot boat!

I'll stick with "Early Learning Boating" on the Broads.  Smile

John

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Interested by their power rating.  Mine are twin straight 6's as well and, to our knowledge they are 3.2l engines, but they are rated at 106hp each side.  How can they be smaller but more powerful than yours?  Question  They are certainly NOT turbos.

Top speed, according to the original blurb, on our hull should be 22kts.  However, two owners ago she was deliberately and considerably underpropped for use on the northern canals and will currently run up to about 15kts top whack (on a good day).  At the moment we don't care because this year she won't be leaving the Broads but for future seasons we'd like to put back the right props in preparation for some sea work.

But boy, are they smokey!

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