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The trial run revealed a faulty throttle cable which was replaced and we were finally away down the River Yare. We headed for The Ferry Inn at Reedham for dinner on the recommendation of one of the chaps in the boatyard. Following a long car journey we were looking forward to a nice meal and a relaxing evening. This was not to be the case. Having moored outside The Ferry Inn we trooped in feeling more than a little peckish. Every table had a reserved notice on it. There were not many people in the pub and we asked if a table was likely to become vacant. To our astonishment we were told they were all reserved for locals. As there was a notice outside enticing people to eat with a promise of free overnight mooring we found this surprising to say the least.

We retreated back on the boat in a less than happy frame of mind. If you are going to run a riverside pub in a popular holiday spot, you must not be surprised to receive passing trade. If you only wish to cater for locals, try some remote village miles from anywhere,
with nothing to attract outsiders and you can reserve tables to your hearts content without upsetting anyone. We ate on board.

We were up and away at an early hour to catch the tide right at Gt Yarmouth. A cold but bright morning for crossing Breydon, but now we were just happy to be back on the Broads whatever the weather. We stopped at the Stracey Arms mill and went up to admire the view. This was only the second mill we had been in, the last one being Horsey in 1967.

We decided to try an overnight on Womack Water. Finding it full plan B was put into operation so back to Thurne Dyke and into The Lion for dinner. The food was good as was the service and it was nice to find no reserved notices on the tables. I promise that is the last time I will mention that episode !!

It has been said that you are never too old to learn, further knowledge being gained from the most surprising of sources. This is exactly what happened on our short trip from Womack back to Thurne Dyke. After all these years I assumed that I knew every possible way of mooring a boat, how wrong can you be?

We were given a practical demonstration courtesy of a chap on a forward drive hire boat. The first past of the manoeuvre involved heading for the chosen piece of bank at a right angle without reducing speed too much. Timed to perfection, the next part is to leap from the cockpit and on arriving at the foredeck throw the mudweight over the side, grab the bowline and leap ashore a fraction of a second before the bow comes into contact with the bank. I would not recommend this operation to the novice owing to success being so dependent on timing which is critical. We were obviously watching an expert whose dexterity had only been gained after many hours of dedicated practise. At this point we turned into the Dyke and so missed the method of bringing the stern alongside, so our lesson in mooring was, unfortunately incomplete.

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Hi Cabinboy1943,

Excellent stuff.

You can put all the sections in one thread. Simply "reply" to your own post.

It might make it easier for people to follow.

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Thank you Pizzalover
I read your reply after I had finished but I will remember what to do next time. This is the first site I have ever joined so I am still wandering around in the dark to some extent.. Hope I do not bore anyone

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No worries Cabinboy.

I've been here forever (or so it seems) and am still wandering round in the dark.
OK - so next time it would be nicer (for all) to keep things in one thread.
Also, I suspect that one of your reasons for posting in chunks was fear of the dreaded timeout. Most of us solve that by typing long stuff into a word processor (something as simple as notepad) and then cut/paste.

One of the best bits of this forum, in my opinion, is the holiday tales. Thanks for posting yours.

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quote:"......
At first I thought she was just being stand offish having got no response. A second more careful look revealed it was a life size mannequin. Making a mental note to have strong words with Specsavers on our return home
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LOL, excellent...

Great read Michael, thanks for sharing Smile

Paul

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HI Mate (Michael),
Spot on so far mate.

Its all good fun this forum net thinghy.
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Great read Cabinboy and some good pictures. We have hired from AlphaCraft for years and mostly had good service except for our last hire and that will be our last. We also hired "Sabre" on one occasion. I'm curious what you made of the centre cabin bedroom? The one with the engine under the bed and the water pump next to the sleepers head?

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Hi Trevor
Glad you enjoyed my rather inexpert contribution.I have now been advised how to put things on here properly so next time should be better.
As I said there were only four of us. My son and his wife had the forward cabin. My wife the next one and I had the midships. Not that we had a marital but I am a very rough sleeper and double beds on boats are usually small it seemed the thing to do. I was not impressed with the smell of diesel or having to pull the bed to pieces every morning to do the checks. It seemed to me a strange location for the engine. The other thing, as I said, was the handling when going astern which was not very good, unless it was me. Other than that we had a good holiday on her but I think the next time we will go for a different layout. I fancy one of the vintage wooden boats from Martham. They are proper boats.

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Hi Paul

My pleasure, glad you enjoyed it

regards Michael

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Hi Roya

Glad you found it to your liking. I might even get the hang of this net thinghy eventually. Stranger things have happened.

Regards Michael

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