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Hi all
       Just come back from my first outing of the season (just a short hop from Reedham down to Loddon and back), is it me or is the Chet getting narrower?
Admittedly it has been 6 or 7 years since i last went down there, but on some parts of it my little Birchwood 22 seemed to fill the river, how some new to the broads hirers would deal with the 45' x 12' boat that Pacific cruisers have got would be interesting to watch.

Chris James

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Indeed I can see the problem. It's also not exactly easy against the wind in a yacht with no engine. It can also be quite interesting with the wind behind you if anyone's coming the other way, especially on a bend that means a gybe!

Robin
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Hi

It's seems narrowest at the Yare end, there are also a series of sharp bends which really makes it interesting. I always think it's a bit like Upton Dyke, you just pray that you won't meet another 12 foot beam craft coming the other way.  Scared

Also don't have a few in the White Horse just before setting off back  tounge-in-cheek

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Howard

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As the White Horse has gone distinctly up-market I'm not sure I could afford that many! The reeds are growing across quite fast and it's going to need dredging again very soon which is going to be interesting given 'Nutters' work, where the piling was 'improved this was set in front of the old stuff so effectively reduced the width by about 10 inches.

Bill...

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We took one of the Topliner boats down the Chet to Loddon a few years ago for the first time and vowed we would never do it again because we got stuck in the reeds and hit a boat on a bend coming the other way! We got to Loddon and decided to stay there for 3 days to recover before getting out of the Chet again!!! It felt like we were exploring the Amazon!!!! Confused

Be Alert...the world needs more Lerts!

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The Chet now, oh dear.... I've managed to break a window on another boat, with an unexpected gybe, was abit embarassing...... hopefully it will be widened when the reed growth it cut back...

Sails alot

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As stated earlier on here the Chet can be a tad challenging for a 12 footer particularly when its windy or when some bozo decides to moor his 12 footer on the bank near a blind bend to do a spot of fishing.

But the trip to the White Horse is worth it as they do stock a good supply of Timothy Taylors Landlord which is worth the  visit to Lodden (or should I say Chedgrave )in itself.

Rod

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quote:"......
they do stock a good supply of Timothy Taylors Landlord
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An excellent sentiment Rod! Although as it's easily available locally for me, I tend to go for different beers when I'm in Norfolk. I like variety (so long as it's real, good and well kept) Cheers Cheers

Robin
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Ahh, it's not that bad,i got down to Bill's yard last year with a craft 23ft wide Playful Wink  no problem!!! Evil Grin

just ask Bricktop about his gearbox

Cheers!
Dave LOL

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Best time to cruise the Chet is at the crack of Dawn on a clear morning!

Whilst everyone else is tucked up in bed and the wildlife are up bright eyed and bushy tailed looking for their Breakfast, its quite a magical time to be down there.

We made 4 trips down last year without an hitch, and 2 were in a 42x12 boat, but the best trip was last September when the Barn Owls were hunting low over our Bow as we cruised along, a nature lovers dream come true!

Julia  Smile

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