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Apr-27-2005 @ 10:46 AM                           Permalink
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I was talking to the harbourmaster at Oulton Broad last Saturday and he confirmed that there had been trouble at both Norwich and Thorpe with people interfering with mooring ropes and setting boats loose during the night.

Anybody any thoughts on how to counter this, as I'm not to fussed about mooring at Norwich, but do like to moor at Thorpe. I should add that I have never experienced problems at Thorpe, but would like to minimise any risks.

I was thinking it might be a good idea to tie off on the boat, as anyone climbing on board would wake you. I was also thinking of dropping the mud weight and tieing off halfway along the offside, so that even if the ropes were untied it shouldn't drift to far.

Any other suggestions?

Keith

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Apr-27-2005 @ 11:12 AM                           Permalink
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Hi Keith i assume he was talking about the moorings under the two railway bridges at Thorpe and not the quiet moorings at the Commissioners cut. Or maybe we could electrify our mooring lines. That would shock the blighters in more ways than one. I plan to moor here next week so will let you know how we get on.

regards john

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Hi John,

Yes he was talking about the mooring on the Green between the two railway bridges.

Enjoy your week.

Keith

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Apr-27-2005 @ 12:04 PM                           Permalink
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Mooring line problems are not unique to just the Norwich area or infact the Broads (has happened to myself on the Llangollen canal). The problem is also not new. I can remember during the 70's about four craft set adrift at Coltishall.

I do like to moor at Norwich and if you moor at the far end near Bishopgate bridge it is relativley quiet.  You will be advised to drop your mud weight thou as a precaution. I also double the rope back to the boat which means someone has to get on the boat to untie her, As most of these incidents happen in the early hours and your onboard you will feel the boat rock if it is being interfered with.

It is also just a short walk up the hill to one of the nicest pubs in Norwich The Castle with it's terraced garden although I must point out it is not a family pub.

It is a shame these incidents happen but I do like the contrast of a day at Norwich compared with the serenity of the bulk of the holiday.

Fred



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Many/most GPS receivers have an 'Anchor Watch' facility, which when pressed, will give an alarm if the boat moves more than a few feet. I can't vouch for how loud it is, but since it's designed to warn you if you're drifting in a tideway (and presumably whilst asleep as well), it should warn you that something's amiss.

In order to also try an prevent it from happening, if you are moored to metal rings or closed cleats etc., you could try using a 2 or 3 metre armoured bicycle cable and padlock. They're very strong and light and wouldn't scratch the boat in use. I doubt whether the average sub-human cretin that casts of boats, (apologies to Tom Dudgeon), would have the inteligence or enthusiasm to do anything than just untie ropes....  Mad

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Great idea about the cycle locks Paul. Cheers for that one. I Will certainly use it next time i feel a bit vunerable.

regards john

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We have had this problem before on the southern rivers. My freind used to keep his boat at Oulton Broad and had a double lengh warp which was tied off to it's cleat in the middle of its length. One end performed the duties of a normal mooring rope, the other was terminated in a wrap around eye. He could use this second rope either to form a bow spring when needed or with a padlock through the eye to secure the mooring in areas he expected problems.

It doesn't stop someone with a knife from cutting ropes but was a useful addition and he never had problems with ropes being cut.

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Paul

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Drop mudweight, have second smaller mudweight say 14 kg remove one fender from ring towards aft end of boat and let down vertically leave some slack for tide rise.

If anyone casts you off boat will not go anywhere. Forget you have done this, start engine cast off and you have a divers bill Wink  Have heard of no probs at thorpe thi season other than a dead lady floating alongside one of my customers first thing in the morning but don't think she will do it again. Gallows humour not intended but can be really distressing if you have young children on board, even dead ducks or whatever. Suddenly seeing a pike take a duckling can be upsetting. Parents need to be aware that such things do occur.

I know you knew what you were doing, dear, but you still hit the other boat! Bill...

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Or .....

hide in the aft well under the canopy, wait for the little darlings to come along and start messing with the ropes and discharge the contents of the porta-potti all over them

So ends the lesson according to the Boatster.

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Had a problem two year ago at Norwich on a Saturday night, or rather Sunday morning. Our friends in the stern cabin were woken up by the boat bumping into the quay heading. Went outside to find the boat adrift on the mud weight and decorated with pizza. We had on advice from the attendant dropped the mudweight and tied off through the rings rather than the bollards. We did not wake as the little angels scrambled all over the boat to untie the ropes, as it seems they take their shoes off!

Just try and keep it on the wet bit dear . . . .


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