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Fri - 28/12/07

Saw Broad Ambition crewed and underway once more. Myself and 4 crew, namely Daughter, Son and their two friends. Wifey and Mum-in-law laid low with a nasty flu bug, had to be left at home. We arrived Friday lunchtime. On heating system, unpack gear, seal up two windows sills and we are off. Underway by about 1400 for Wroxham.  I had noticed a new phenomenon, the Fwd and Aft coach house roofs had some sort of green watermarks, I put this down to Ducks/Herons onboard during our absence. So whilst cruising across Barton Broad I got set too with cloth, only to get ‘Goffered’ so I abandoned my cleaning duties until in the safety of the Ant where we exchanged hand-waves with  Jxb5 alongside at How Hill. Then under L.H bridge and onto the Bure. Surprising to see so many hire craft out and about. Passed Regal Light on the Ant and a chap on the flying bridge said as we passed, ‘Heyup, it’s the Tiler’ I have no idea who he was/is though!!

Horning was a bit nice as we passed the Ferry Inn to lots of stares waving and photographing and more of the same from the occupied riverside residences. Then onto Wroxham and alongside at Hotel Wroxham at 1645 where the seated clientele started the now standard round of photo’s as we came alongside. Free overnight moorings were offered and gratefully accepted, quite right too seeing as we did have their bar meals in the evening.  The bridge was showing 6ft 5" so we could have got under with just 1" to spare, but in the dark?  No chance. (Besides there were a lot of swans about)

The central heating unit was performing faultlessly flat-out, and so it should it is a replacement unit under guarantee only fitted at the end of October and used on a few weekends

A few pints in the Hotel whilst reading the latest Anglia Afloat, then back onboard to watch a DVD Pirates of the Caribbean, then set heating unit to low power and so to bed. It was commented on that some of us were too hot in bed overnight and there was ice on the coach house roofs!  -  Griff


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Typical sparker, any excuse to get off the upper deck LOL



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G.C  -  You ought to be on the stage - Sweeping it!!



Sat 29/12/07

Sat Morning dawned bright and dry again although we did have a big downpour during the evening, and this time only 1 slight leak on a window – no problems there then, easy to sort out. Our newly altered fold-a-way table was pressed into use for the first time for the standard full cooked English. Then it was bird-feeding duties for the crew whilst Skipper went off to buy yet more hooks for onboard.

Sailed around 1000 ish, we had planned to have a trip on the Bure railway but decided to save this one for when Wifey and Mum are present onboard.
Approaching Horning the Mikuni unit ‘Coughed’ a great cloud of smoke out of it’s exhaust and stopped.
Now I am way way past ANGRY on this one. This is the second unit again under guarantee that has packed up, someone at Mikuni on the 2nd of Jan is in for a massive rocket.

Passed Iain with ‘Tisca IV’ and she did look smart even for grp.

Stopped off at Boulters Marine for pump out / water /diesel, 2 out of 3 ain’t bad seeing as they had run out of diesel. Then onto P.H, passed more private/hirers alike, plenty of waving/photographing going back n forth.

Managed to get alongside in the day boat cut, then into Latham’s, thought about visiting the that pub, then thought again and didn’t bother. Met loads of folk whilst alongside. Ellaboat, JohnM, a pair of self confessed NBF Lurkers (Introduce yourselves – you know who you are!!!), and quite a few folk introducing themselves just for a look-see having seen us in the Anglia Afloat.
Then onto Malthouse Broad and Ranworth Staithe. Decided on a Port side too berth and saw a gentlemen on the Staithe with proper camera’s and looking like he knew how to use them, so I went round again just for his benefit which confused my crew a good-un and we ended up with all fenders down and four berthing ropes un-cheesed as well!!

It turns out that chap did indeed know what he was doing as it was none other than Musiclive in person. We were well chuffed to meet such a well known and loved forumite at long last. The boat astern of us was Colingy so two for the price of one invited onboard.

Colin offered us one of us his shore power card thingy’s (and refused my payment) so we could plug into shore power, - Thanks Colin. Luckily I had forgot to leave the 240v fan heater in the wet-shed so we could use that in the wheelhouse to at least heat one area of the boat. Billy Connolly dvd entertained us and then it was into the Maltsters for dinner and to warm up.  The younger crew members spent the evening on a gaming machine whilst me and Tony put the world to rights – we failed. The meals/beer/service/greeting was as usual faultless although I am disappointed to see he still has not fitted any poles or dancers.


Tony then lent us a film ‘The Day After Tomorrow’ which was very apt seeing as all our cabins were by now as cold as the bloody film!! During the film the wheelhouse was warm but the cabins were a different matter, I had to put the fan heater in each cabin on full power for five mins followed by a rush into bed.

All in all a great day afloat, met some fine folk, the weather was just great.  -  Griff


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Sun 30/12/07

Another great start to the day if somewhat cold in each cabin. Took Dusty dog for a walk to warm both of us up. Fan heater pressed into service in the wheelhouse. Skippers duties once more in the galley, turned out berthing to stern-on due to Staithe getting a bit busy. Departed at around 1100, stopped at ‘That Special Place’ to deposit some flowers on the water then it was off to Gays Staithe and Neatishead, just for a look-see. Spotted another NBF flag this time on Fri 13th. Then to Wayford via Barton turf, no one about but a hire craft at the bridge (H.W’s) that sunken barge is STILL a hazard. Then back to our wet-shed at Stalham. Clean ship and home early as I was under orders to be home Sunday evening.

The weekend afloat was a success, aren’t they all?  Got 6 items crossed off our snagging list but added another five on. Got very very annoyed and disappointed with our damn Mikuni ‘heating’ system.
More in depth description of snagging list and ‘heater’ will be updated on the restoration thread.

Met some new forumites, introduced 2 of my crew to the Broads for the first time.

Now when are we crewed and underway again I wonder??  -  Griff


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Nice words Clive, Thank you,along with your photo's and you use them as you please, they are after all yours.

As far as I'm concerned any photo's taken of 'B.A' on the Broads belong to us all anyway. None of us own the Broads, the Broads owns us anoracks!!

And as for 'B.A' we are only looking after her for the next generation. As I have said before, any member of this Forum is welome onboard whenever I'm onboard.

Relaxing onboard, well I do manage a few minutes each day I'm onboard. I will only really be content when I get that damn snagging list sorted and finalised though.

Clive, I will certainly hold you to your photo shoot as long as you are onboard!!  -  Griff

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quote]
we exchanged hand-waves with  Jxb5 alongside at How Hill.
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Hi Griff, I think that may have been me as, I believe, I was the only boat alongside at How Hill as you glided past.  I had my Liver and White Springer Spaniel with me and was near my boat at the time.

BA really does look a treat and is a great credit to all of the efforts you and your team have put into her.  I was hoping to see you moored up at some stage over the weekend for a closer look, but you will probably remember that you were underway heading downstream between Ranworth Dam and Beggars Oak when I next saw you, which I think was on Saturday morning.  I'll have to wait till next time now!

Clive, I'm disappointed that I didn't meet you too, but again, there's always next time.  Keep looking out for me!

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Pete - Yep you are correct Sir. In hindsight I should have slotted in behind you, next time I'll make more of an effort  -  Griff

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No probs, Griff.  At this time of year it's more important to make best use of the short hours of daylight, and I appreciate that you still had some considerable distance to go, so didn't expect you to stop.  There will be another chance, as you seem as keen to be out there on the broads as I am.



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I'm not saying a word Griff LOL



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Pity we missed you Griff as I was about in tow with Tuppence ( Leigh and Christina ) all weekend.  We were moored at Fleet Dyke on Sat evening / Sunday morning as Ellaboat came past and I followed Cloud Nine up to Ludham on Sat morning.

Had lunch in the Lion at Thurne on Sunday and boy was ol' Sid busy.  Never seen the pub with so many in it.

Shame the Maltsters was closed on Friday evening.

Was a good weekend and saw some old friends and new ones too.

The new heating worked better this time whilst the engine was running.
Just waiting for the  D1LC heating to arrive so I can get that fitted, so will be even more cosy when moored up.



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