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I happen to be one of those old codgeras that is now under house arrest! I'm desperate for stuff to read, discussions to take part in and anything at all to distract me. Please try and post some experiences or tasks  and other things you might be doing. Might sound a bit hollow but I suspect more and more of us are going to be staying indoors for a lengthy period of time. Lets try and help each other get through this!

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Morning.

I’m off to work in  4 hrs. Cannot sleep.
But I looked on here for something to read.

Here’s my story in brief of my broads holidays and how it all started.

1970 . First holiday with mom and dad on shining light I believe. , during the 12yrs we came as a family hired out various boat.
Janet 8th, ( someone had put water into the diesel so had to swap boats, unfortunately HW had no more hence the Janet)
Hired off the top of my head.
Smuggler, shining light, free time, king of light ( our first non woody), adventuress, coral hays.
Unfortunately the recession  in the 80’s left dad with no work. And never came back.
1997 ..sun holidays are doing boating holidays ..my boyfriend ( now hubby) said do you fancy it..oh yeah I do.
1998 ..booked a cheap boat with hearts cruisers.. we will put that boat down to experience.
1999. Booked a 2 week holiday on  a yellow bath tub..had problems and was given broadband mercury.
2000 .. similar boat to mercury
2001 ..  cannot think of name ..will try and remember
2002 .holidayed on the Shannon
2003 .. broadband mercury
Purchased a tourer
2004  Tobago


Took a break

2011 whist camping at waxham. We hire a day boat.. the bugs back .
Since then we have hired.
Blue horizon, swan rapier, swan rapide, broadsman, Olympic light, fair president,  fair statesman and was due out again October on gracious.

Let’s hope the holiday companies can ride this xx


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Following Mamadi's pattern:
My parents rented a Thurne bungalow before I was born. At 6 weeks old I was on the old Strathmoor for a week. Various others including Juliets, Wild Rhapsody etc. Then my parents found that they could rent a bungalow from a friend in Horning for 3 weeks, then a month, for the cost of a week on a cruiser, so that was our summers till I grew up.
We returned to cruiser holidays later, our younger daughter was just 9 weeks old for her first cruiser holiday. That was the one holiday that I wonder why we didn't come home early. The first afternoon our 3 year old stopped enjoying herself and went quiet, later showed that she had a cold. This spread to us all in turn, firstly the baby. Imagine walking the cabin in the night trying to keep her quiet, it was an icy March too. We learnt that sliding cabin roofs are to be avoided out of season.
When the children were bigger we did the canals for a few years with the occasional Broads trip in between, then bought a narrow boat.
Finally bought a house in Horning to retire to so back in the home of my heart.
There has been a bittern booming in the marshes for the last few days.

We love the Broads



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My first boating on The Broads started with hiring a day boat from Burgh Castle in '75. It developed into a bit of pub crawl in Reedham and Cantley.
My next time, a pal and I hired a centre cockpit boat from Faircraft Loynes for a week in October that same year and that was me hooked.
Been back many times over the years with parents and now with my wife and kids.
The only time we managed to get through Potter was in '82 when my wife hired Brink of Peace and we headed to The Pleasure Boat Inn.
Our last visits with our now adult children were on Royall Diamond and later on Crusading Light.
We have also been on the Thames and on the canals, including the Caledonian Canal. The Broads is always a go-to place for us, as everything you need for a relaxing time can be found close at hand.

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Here ya go Trevor, here's my potted Broads history.

It was about 1995 or 96 and we decided to have a break from our usual hack down to the South of France and holiday at home instead. We hadn't actually planned anything and were doing days out to various places. Then at the last minute we hit on the idea of hiring a boat on the Broads.

Needless to say, everything was booked out, but Hoeseasons put on on a last minute cancellation list. We were going to the Essex coast for a day out and found ouselves stuck in a traffic jam, when the phone rings and it's Hoeseasons offering us a boat. It's a Caribbeam 39 at Horning Pleasurecraft, they told us. Being completely naive, we thought that sounded very posh and pulled into a lay by to complete the booking.

Two days later, we found our selves boarding this slightly scruffy bath tub and setting off on our new adventure. On our first full day we went to Coltishal, then over the course of the week, Potter, Ranworth, How Hill, South Walsham,down as far as Acle Bridge and ending up back at Horning. We had a fantastic time! When we left to come home, Jean suggested going via Yarmouth as we hadn't been there since the mid seventies, when we were camping at Caistor. Within minutes we were crossing Ludham Bridge, then Potter, a short while later Acle Bridge and we couldn't believe that what had seemed like a wilderness with the hours needed to get between these locations, were so close together by road!

A couple of years passed and we Hired a Connoisseur on the Canal du Rhone a Sete in the South of France. A boat and wall to wall sunshine, what more could you want. The following year Jean and her sister went to one of the greek islands for a holiday, so on a whim, I hired Royall Courier from Royalls at Wroxham. Being on my own and having the most fantastic weather, I spent all day, every day at the helm going all over the place, north and south. That sealed it. The bug had got me and the same year we bought our first boat. It was a Charnwood 25, a peculiar thing, but we loved her. A couple of years later we traded her in for a Seamaster 27 and have since owned a number of other boats. It's likely that Luella, our current boat may be our last. A not too clever pension means we can't just go out and buy another boat like we used to.

Hopefully, we get a few more years before we finally have to call it a day and the wonderful adventure comes to an end.   Smile

Steve. CM1 and NR12

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Great idea Trevor. Hope you don't mind I'm going to amend the title of the thread to hopefully get the idea picked up on by others.

It may well be that we could start different story threads for different topics? So, working with this one about our own personal Broads stories, here is part 1 of how and why I came to love the Broads, the water, the wildlife and the peace...

I first came to the Broads aged about 8 on a day trip from a family holiday in Great Yarmouth. My Gran usually came with us on holiday as she lived with us, and I had two older sisters and of course Mum and Dad. Now I don't remember if Gran was there, and as my  sisters were 11/12 years older than me, it's possible that by that time one or other of them stayed at home...  but what I do remember is Dad driving us into a small village by the river ( we did this often at home, to places like Otley and Pateley Bridge ) and the next part of the memory is so vividly clear - the river at this place did a complete "left turn" , not a bend , not a curve but a very sharp turn. This struck me and indeed stuck with me, and I would of course find it again many years later...

We visited again when I was about 11, def just me and Mum and Dad this time , and I remember we stayed in a bed and breakfast type place in Great Yarmouth called, appropriately, " Karendene"! We never went out on the river on a boat as Mum was unable to swim and very frightened of water. We once had a trip to Dumfries where we walked along the river bank and there was one of those little walk over wobbly bridges across the water but we had to go back as Mum wouldn't entertain it. There was also a small feature along this bank - known as the Petrified Chain, and Mum said she felt the same ! Anyway, I digress....

So, for my childhood years the times spent on the Broads were purely on the river bank , with picnics, watching the wildlife and loving it. We lived in the city at home but had a large garden with huge trees where I loved to sit and listen to the birds, but there was litttle interaction with other animals of any type - Mum was not keen on animals at all, or nature. In fact pets didn't feature much either - she did love the Budgie Billy and enjoyed trying to get him to talk, but then there was the hamster , cue sub story ...

Unfortunately she put his little cage in the  corner of the living room, and one night,  he made a terrible error of judgment. Now I should say at this point Mum was an amazing sewer. She loved using unusual fabrics to copy the expensive clothes and soft furnishings in the posh Leeds department stores of Schofields, Marshall & Snelgrove, Mathias Robinson. Said  Hamster, whose name I forget, clearly had the same expensive taste ( no pun intended) and decided he too would like some of the adjacent beautiful  handmade curtains, either for his supper, or for a new bed perhaps  ( nobody knows for sure).   Suffice to say the next morning was a horror story of shredded curtains not wheat, a lot of shouting, the Hoover, and a phone call to arrange his relocation to my sisters ( she was 20 and newly married! )

So, apart from my love of the birds in the garden - in particular the Blackbirds and their song - wildlife and animals were not particularly a feature of my life growing up. We did however live very close to the beautiful and huge Roundhay Park in Leeds (700 hundred acres ) and I loved it - taking picnics, walking around the lakes there and through the trees, the huge open spaces, the sounds of nature, and the sense of our lovely garden at home but on a much bigger scale, and without the busy road out front.

All these things were playing a part in shaping the things I would come to love in life.

More to follow, as got  gardening to do whilst the sun shines, and Mike has the last of his annual holiday from 2019.

Hope this is of interest.

Karen

"Wind up the elastic band Karen - we're setting off!!"

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Six or seven years ago I took my annual trip to the Broads along with my Czech wife and two Czech [non English speaking] friends. One evening we went into the King's Head, Ludham and after ordering the drinks and seating my guests I went to pay at the bar. A shortish man sitting at the bar said 'I hope you don't mind me saying it but you don't half f...ing look like Eric Morecombe.' I gave the guy the usual two handed slap across the chops while saying 'it's little Ern' and then attempted to adjust his barnet. This caused some alarm when my crew discovered that I didn't know the man and that they had just witnessed a minor British cultural event. I spent much of the evening with 'little Ern' and we had a good laugh at the expense of the bewildered Czechs.
Best wishes from Brian.

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Thanks very much one and all! This is just the sort of stuff I had hoped to see. Even I will try and post my cobbled history.
Thanks once again!

Trevor

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Well my story starts in 1987. I was first introduced to sailing and the Norfolk Broads as a 13-year-old while on an annual Scout trip. Every March we would take the first week of the Easter Holidays and come to Norfolk.

The fleet always consisted of several large Broads Cruisers from Herbert Wood (Pennant Holidays as it was at the time) along with dinghies. For the older scouts, several yachts which were also from Herbert Woods were hired and when they finished hiring yachts we switched to Eastwood Whelpton at Upton.

My first sailing experience was on a yacht called Lively Lady. I believe the yacht was built in the late 1960s as part of the Proud Lady class. Over the years, we sailed many of the hire yachts including many that sadly today you don’t see around. Once I left school, I would go back and help with the trips, and my first yacht as the “Skipper” was Spindrift.

It was in 1995 that I met my wife for the first time. I had collected Spindrift and my crew at Upton and had a shake-out sail to Womack (which was always our mooring on the first night of the trip). I moored my yacht and got off to greet old acquaintances and there she was, sat on the back of a cruiser called Flash of Light in a crazy stripy jumper.  She was there as a newly recruited member of staff. So you see the Broads has had quite a lot to do with my life actually!

Spindrift had many charms and unusually for a Broads Yacht had massive accommodation but was very slow and had a turning circle like a super tanker. She was very good for teaching as she was very stable and at the time, indestructible!

Being the first week in March, the weather could be very unpredictable, and many of you may remember that in 1995 it was very cold indeed. In fact (despite a member of Herbert Woods staff telling us that “it never snows in Norfolk”) we had so much snow that we were stuck at Ranworth Staithe for 2 nights.  When the butcher arrived with a delivery for the staithe shop, we pounced on him and bought all the sausages he had (we had already emptied the shop of beans and bread – there were about 70 of us!). Eventually we had to move the fleet towards Wroxham to take on more stores. The weather was bitter and as we came through Wroxham it was snowing very heavily.

My wife and I continued to join the Scout trips and started to hire yachts for our own Broads holidays during the 1990’s and into the 2000’s. We sailed most of the Eastwood Whelpton fleet including South Seas, Dawn Wind, Fair Wind, High Seas, Seven Seas to name but a few.

Our own first boat was a Red Fox 200. The Red Fox was 20’ long, had bilge keels, a decent cabin (for a 20’ yacht) and was like having a very large dinghy to play with. The hull had a very flat bottom, which resulted in rather quick speeds down wind. We kept her at Wroxham to start with but then moved her to Horning Village Marina. We could leave Sussex (where we were living at the time) at 8am in the morning and be on the boat by mid-day – which was not too bad considering the A11 was still single carriageway almost all the way.

After several years of Broads Sailing and a move from Sussex to Suffolk, we made the mistake of thinking that having the yacht closer to home might be a good idea.
So, we moved our Red Fox down to the River Orwell for the 2009 season. With the yacht now moored on a swing mooring, we had to invest in an inflatable dinghy to get out to the mooring. We had not really thought this through (a bit like buying the ****** boat in the first place). Trying to row a dog, a wife, a 2 year old, a 5 year old and all associated paraphernalia across the Orwell in a small inflatable and then transfer all the aforementioned items on to a swinging boat was not the best idea I’ve ever had. Despite the beautiful surroundings of the River Orwell, the Deben, the Tide Mill at Woodbridge, we started to miss the Broads, its convenience, safety, friendly atmosphere (and of course the Ice Cream Boat) quite quickly.

So, in mid-2010 the hunt began for a suitable family boat for the Broads. Our Red Fox was put up for sale and moved to Lowestoft Marina (therein lies another story involving a dressing gown!?) where she was to sit for 12 months before being sold on. In the meantime, we had seen Trust Me a White Silk 28 that was built at the old Martham Ferry Boatyard in 1995. She was sat looking rather un-loved and sorry for herself on a pontoon in Lowestoft Marina and so, following a summer of trials and tribulations, a lot of polishing, strengthening of the hull, by October 2010 we were back in Horning and “home” again on the broads!!!

During the last decade we have sailed the network every year and regularly go “south” to explore the delights of the Southern Rivers. Trust Me has had a lot of work to resolve “issues” and to make her fit our needs and to make her sail better. The last couple of years we have had some fabulous weeks above Potter Heigham exploring Horsey, Hickling and walking across to the beach. The moorings are quiet and the sunsets simply stunning. Off the rivers there are so many lovely walks and villages to explore.

We have also met some fantastic people over the years, both on and off the water and some of the skills that are in the various boat yards and wet sheds that line the rivers are second to none.

33 years later I still love arriving at the boat and “put putting” down the dyke to join the river.

One thing I have noticed is the lack of coots in recent years. When I look back at my photos from the 80’s and early 90’s there used to be vast amounts of coots at places like Cockshoot Dyke, Neatishead, Coltishall and these days you don’t seem to see them. I wonder how the Broads will change in the next 33 years. I also hope that at some point the Environment Agency and Broads Authority and other agencies will take good note of what is happening on the very near coast in terms of erosion and lobby to ensure protection of this important area for our future generations.

Personally, I think that is one of the biggest threats to this area that will need dealing with in our generation.

But for the moment we must wait for this current crisis to pass before we can all hopefully enjoy this wonderful area one more (an area that for me has had such a huge influence).

Keep safe…… and maybe see you on the water later in the year


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Broads stories. What a great opportunity to reminisce and share, especially in times such as these, and even possibly to entertain.
My first experience of the Norfolk Broads was the Summer of 1971. I was in the middle of my nurse training and a friend of mine and I booked a week on an old 2 berth boat from a yard on the North Broads. My most abiding memory is of us both getting terribly sunburnt and spending the last day of our holiday in the boatyard covering our backs in cold tea leaves . I don’t think they helped at all!
I must have enjoyed the holiday as the following year my bride and I had our honeymoon on a little craft called Blue Wisp which we hired from Blue Boats of Brundall. We married in Hull and took the train to Norwich. We had to walk from Brundall station to the boatyard still in our wedding attire and dragging our luggage. We must have made quite a sight!
We were meeting up with my parents, who always hired their boat from Wroxham, and so spent most of our week on the North Broads. We were heading up to Hickling one sunny day, my new wife in her bikini, and of course we had to negotiate Potter Higham Bridge. We were on a rising tide and there was a boat ahead of us when a craft started to come through the bridge from the upstream. The skipper of the boat ahead of us reduced his speed, as did I, but too much as we totally lost way (I think that is the term) and the tide turn us broadside on and jammed us across the bridge arch. I am so grateful there was no social media or YouTube then. We had to be towed out of our predicament which was not what you look forward to on your honeymoon. So embarrassing!
On our way back to Brundall we had, of course, to re-cross Breydon Water. Blue Wisp was powered by an old petrol engine and was quite pedestrian in her speed. It was a windy day and the crossing was choppy and we were very nearly capsized when a huge gin palace came racing past us in very close proximity. We were genuinely scared!
The Broads Bug had us well and truly under its spell and we had many more trips, not all of which were uneventful.
In 1978 we were on holiday on a boat with my parents. As usual the boat was picked up at Wroxham and the plan was to head up to Coltishall for the night. I skippered the boat for the journey there and was very pleased with my skill in navigating us through Wroxham bridge. Who needed a Pilot! That night the heavens opened. Having proved myself as a dab hand skippering the boat through the bridge I was the natural choice for the return journey. I guess a combination of rain and tide had raised the level of the river, a fact which only became clear to me when I hit the bridge with the leading edge of the roof (we had a bathtub style) on the starboard side and proceeded to remove the chrome hand rail almost the full length of the boat. As if that were not bad enough in itself, it was my practice to leave my fishing rods tackled up and laying against that handrail. Both reels, my most prized possessions, were totally wrecked. I am not sure how much of our security deposit we lost, but that proved to be a very expensive  trip!
Another trip, in 1981 or 82, we went on holiday with Lyn’s parents and siblings on a boat call Superb Gem. I think it was 8 or 10 berth with a centre console and a large section of the roof could be opened with the aid of a winch affixed to a wall, I think, in the well. One morning Lyn was opening the roof, it being a fine sunny morning, and she made the mistake of letting go of the winch handle. The sliding roof did was it was designed to do, but at such a speed that the winch was virtually ripped off the wall. It took some judicious tapping with the mudweight to get it kind of back into place.
This holiday we had a rowing dinghy for the first time. One day my father-in-law, a lovely man, was skippering the boat. It was a long craft, with centre steering, and Bernard was a tad deaf. A fact he would deny vigorously. Anyway, we were trying to moor the boat and I was at the stern shouting instructions to Bernard as he reversed into this mooring. Despite my frantic calls for him to put her into forward gear he continued to reverse. Of course we had not thought to move the dinghy to the bow of the boat for this manoeuvre  and the inevitable happened. It was crushed between the stern of the boat and the bank. Another security deposit gone.
These are just a few memories from many happy Broads holidays and though it is quite a mission to get there from New Zealand, we will be back for another trip in 2021. Hopefully not quite as eventful!
We are in a National State of Emergency down here, which all seems very surreal. Hopefully it will be worth it and we will come though unscathed. See you next year. We will be on Swan Rapture for three weeks from the end of June. Give us a wave.
Chris


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