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chrismbooth
Jun-17-2021 @ 3:02 PM                           Permalink
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Having had to miss a year in 2020, our family boating week was from May 29th until June 5th. Looking through the Silver line fleet, I was outvoted when the choice was made! and I had to agree that as we had saved some money by not having a holiday in 2020, that maybe having a different design of boat would be worth a try. Silver serenity fitted in with our requirements, of 2 doubles and 2 singles, although the front cabin does have a rather low ceiling, if one was 6ft in height you would have to stoop a bit. the 2 single cabin is rather tucked under the upper helm position, and adults may find it a bit cramped. It is however  very comfortable and well laid out. The 'dashboard' is one of the best laid out I have seen, with gauges for just about everything on board and includes a GPS speed indicator. The upper helm we used all the time except for the last afternoon when it rained, but even then for mooring I would prefer to use the upper position.
Bow and Stern thrusters are fitted and made easy work of mooring and turning in small spaces. I would imagine that the fitment of these must save damage by inexperienced hirers. Also an electric winch operated mudweight was a very useful thing to have.
    The hot water system was good, and stayed hot over night. The cooker fitted is of good size, and very efficient. A mains electric supply is fitted but we did not feel the need to use it. An inverter can be switched on to operate 240v smaller items. One thing that I did miss is the older type of car (cigarette) lighter socket for charging my camerand phone batteries., this boat only has the now common I suppose USB socket. (but my batteries held out). We covered quite a bit of the Broads,  I will give a summary of where we went.

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Jun-18-2021 @ 9:35 AM                           Permalink
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Interesting review, haven't yet found a boat that was designed for anyone over six foot  

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Jun-18-2021 @ 2:18 PM                           Permalink
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The rest of the boat is fine, my son in law is 6ft and he just kept to other parts of the boat!

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Jun-18-2021 @ 2:48 PM                           Permalink
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Due to the virus restrictions our take over time was 3.30, we arrived a little earlier, but there was no problem and started to unload the cars. A lot of the hirers seemed to be first timers, needing quite lengthy instruction. Robert did ask if we minded whilst he got another boat out for instruction. This we did not mind, and eventually having picked up the dinghy, got away from the yard at 4.40. weather was excellent.  We needed to get close to Great Yarmouth ready for an early tide on Sunday morning, managed to tie up at Polkeys mill, 6.45pm. A lot of rise and fall here! but with the tall guide posts there is not the danger of getting caught on a staithe edge.
     Sunday morning left at 7.30. and were at Great Yarmouth bridges at 8.30 which was just Low water slack. The bridge clearance was 10', 'Serenity' is supposed to need 9' screen up, and 8' screen down.
this is a bit generous, as always, I feel that 7'6" would still give a good clearance. (but do not blame me!)   Going up the river Bure there were a group of fishermen at the old Marina Quays site, getting a bit excited of our presence. Is this regarded as the Sea so it was alright to be fishing?
     Passed  the Stracey Arms at 9.50, all looking very tidy, we will stop there on the way back. Stokesby was our next stop and a visit to the excellent new shop at the Ferry Inn, a one customer system was operating, and a wait outside in the sun for our turn, we did buy rather a lot of good things to eat.! absolutely essential to stop.
     Stopped at Acle bridge for lunch at Pedros, quite busy outside but plenty of room in the shade inside. again well worth a stop. leaving at 1.30, headed for Potter Heigham.  Thurne looked very busy,  we tied up at Broads Haven at 2.50. needless to say a visit to Lathams was called for, but it was very busy. After eating on board, went for a walk along the path behind the bungalows and saw this interesting boat in a dyke near a windmill.

    
    

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Jun-19-2021 @ 4:50 PM                           Permalink
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Monday,  left Potter Heigham at 9am. heading for Ranworth. It looked very full, but there was just one space on the left of the dinghy dyke, from previous visits this has been a difficult mooring, the wind seems to be just wrong, however with the bow and stern thrusters in play we got in without too much trouble, and tried out the mudweight with its electric winch for the first time. Visited the shop and walked to the conservation centre. Now it was time to sail the Dinghy, which was a disappointment in that the mast was too large for the mounting hole, so rowing was the next available amusement. I realise that Silverline would have brought us out a different mast, but did know where we would end up next.
  After lunch on board made our way up the Ant. Gays staithe, Neatishead, amd Barton Turf were all full, so continued to Stalham and Richardsons yard. After eating, a walk to Stalham was suggested, I had not been to the town for a few years, we found a general shop open for some needed chocolate! and at the end of the High street came to the old railway level crossing gates where a walk to the staithe was indicated, initially along part of the old track bed, this must continue for some way, but the Staithe walk diverted left across a planted field, then across the main road, then a lane, again across a field, and another lane lead back to the Staithe, quite a good walk, but do look out for the signs to show you the way.

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Jun-21-2021 @ 3:47 PM                           Permalink
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Tuesday.
First visited the Broads museum, It will certainly be nice when they have finished the new building. Left Stalham at 12, heading for Salhouse tor tonight. arrived there at 3p.m. Needed beer supplies! so decided to walk to the Fur and Feathers, it was further than expected, and somewhat uphill. We ate on board, and afterwards some rowing activity took place.
Wednesday.
Left at 8.15, and arrived at Broads direct yard at 9a.m. very busy with day boat hirers arriving. Shopping at Roys, then walked to the Wroxham miniature World.
Leaving Wroxham at 12.30 we headed for Womack, and were very lucky to get a space right on the end nearest the shop. Tonight we ate at the Kings Arms, very good.


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Jun-23-2021 @ 4:06 PM                           Permalink
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Thursday,
This was to be a long day, going from Womack to Beccles.
Leaving Womack at 8am, another bright sunny day. our first stop was the Stracey Arms. Had not been there since the new owner Dawn had taken over. The shop is now larger, and there is a separate cafe' with outdoor and indoor seating. More animals including an Aviary. certainly well worth a stop.
     Even with ur stop , arrived at Great Yarmouth a bit earlier than slack water, 9ft clearance at the bridges.  Further up the Waveny St Olaves bridge was 9'3" and Somerleyton railway bridge was 9' 6".
    Passed Oulton Dyke at 2.32, and moored at Beccles Yacht station at 4 p.m. £11 for non electric moorings.
get the pass numbers for the toilets, that have a washing machine and showers available.  The grandchildren made good use of the play area.
     We ate that evening at our favourite Pizza Piatto
restaurant.
     The yacht station was surprisingly quiet, I only counted 3 hire boats, including this well looked after Sandersons 'Sandhawk' will there be Sandersons next year? I see that the yard in Reedham  is up for development.


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Jun-24-2021 @ 2:51 PM                           Permalink
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Friday.
The last full day, Not quite so bright today, filled up with water, quite a lot needed, as had last filled up at Stalham on Tuesday, the water gauge now showed just half full.  A coffee from the kiosk, and under way at 9.45,
Oulton Broad yacht station at 11am. Looked for a food shop but nothing found, but did get some Bread and milk from Jeckells chandlery. Good to see that the Ivy dairy building has been converted into a cafe.  
     Lunch on board, then visit to the park with grandchildren, certainly lots here to entertain.
     left Oulton at 2.pm. and it just started to rain, so now the opportunity to move down below and get used to steering from inside. At least you are sitting closer to the windscreen than some, and there are two wipers, but I still prefer being at a higher level.
Somerleyton was reached at 2.55 and the bridge gauge was showing 9'6".  Reedham at 4.04, and the bridge was 11'.
  Now it was raining quite hard, and reaching Brundall at 5.50, it was time to don wet weather gear and brave the rain as I did not fancy my chances of navigating the  rather narrow waterway leading up to Silverline.
   The usual last day packing up was started and for a last meal on board nothing too unusual! eating what was left.
   We had really good weather, it had rained one night, and this last afternoon was the only time during the day. Serenity had behaved perfectly, we had used £169 of fuel from the £200 charged initially.  We had used the heating on a couple of evenings. No pump out needed. The High steering deck was very nice but meant no Coltishall this time, but you did get good views of the surroundings.  Very minor niggles, no tin opener! but we brought our own anyway, and the only phone charging points were USB,(my phone still needs a car type socket) but it just lasted the week anyway.

chris

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Jun-24-2021 @ 3:37 PM                           Permalink
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Hi Chris

Thanks for these posts, it's good to read of a week on the Broads with everything going well, barring the tin openers. Puts all the doom and gloom into perspective I feel .

Have fun

Graham



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Hi Chris

Glad you had a good time and the weather held for you which is the bonus...as Ruby said nice to hear something that is not all doom and gloom

We are up on Saturday for a week but land based... hope the weather holds for us as well not that it is that important

Steve


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