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May-18-2005 @ 9:25 PM                           Permalink
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It was around 8 years after our first visit when my brother and I and our girlfriends took a boat from Beccles (Aston I think).
Our 1st port of call was Geldeston and a few beers in the pub and a spot of fishing.
We tossed up for which end of the boat and I got the legs dangling over the side end.
We only had 1 landing net between us and not long after we started my brother was shouting hysterically for it.
I duly obliged and found him grappling with what he thought was a record bream.
I however had done my homework on those nasty eel things (see last post) and the sharp tugging on his bentover rod suggested this could be our worst nightmare. It was, and to this day I have not seen a bigger freshwater eel.
I declined my brothers generous offer of allowing me to retrieve the hook and said I would meet him back at the Pub.
Now that memory could have affected my judgement or my dreams but I seem to recall seeing a sign somewhere we were moored warning 'Beware of Snakes' I think it was meant to deter mooring, it certainly worked for me.
Did I dream that bit or does anyone else recall it, I am going back almost 30 years.

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May-18-2005 @ 10:03 PM                           Permalink
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Another memorable incident on this trip was our visit to St Olaves.
My brother was at the helm and informed me we would have to turn round to moor as the tide was with us (quite quickly too) after a very close encounter with the bridge we moored up and went in the Bell to quench our thirst.
We now were seasoned strong ale drinkers and set about trying every brew in the pub.
An argument ensued about who's round it was at last orders, so we settled the debate by both buying a round.
Now I think it was this last pint that put me over the edge and when it was time to vacate the premises I decided not to join the others back on board but to go for a walk.
A couple of hours later I awoke in the beer garden sat at one of the tables wearing just my Y fronts.
All my other clothes neatly folded and stacked upon my shoes.
If that did'nt sober me up quickly, the washing line across my neck as I made a hasty retreat certainly did.
Suffice to say on later visits I always asked the strength of the beer.

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hi dave
was you the first streaker on the Broads.lol Wink

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Maybe not but the Victorians were probably more discreet about it.

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About three years ago we spent a week in October on Moonlight Shadow with some friends and were lucky enough to enjoy the pizza chucking and mooring rope games at Norwich Yacht Station. To escape to quieter climes we sailed to Oulton Broad and moored stern on at the Commodore for lunch. The weather was not good and I wanted to sail to Waveney River Centre to spend the night, as it looked like a storm was coming and it would be more sheltered there.

The girls wanted to go to the shops, so I was outvoted and we stayed put. As evening wore on the tide rose and the storm intensified (very spectacular)and it became difficult to get to sleep with all the noise, but eventually very tired we did.

Our guests were not accustomed to the noises that you get on a boat in a storm and obviously were having a bad night because we were awakened at about 02:30 by them as they were becoming increasingly worried that the boat was at a strange angle. I got out of bed and indeed it was, as I needed to walk uphill to get out of the cabin! It was all uphill towards the stern and as I climbed out the back door I could see why. The stern was high and dry on the quay heading and the water a foot or so below it. Obviously blown there on a very high tide.

Heaving the stern of a 38 foot cruiser off a wet key heading at 02:30 in the morning in a gale is not a lot of fun, at least not until the tea is made and the choccie biscuits come out!

Harry   Wink

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

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May-19-2005 @ 10:44 AM                           Permalink
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Yateley, the first part of your story answers a question I had about mooring at Norwich. So Thorpe it is.
If anything like the rest of your tale happens to me and my crew I would have to rename the boat 'Bounty' and the nearest hotel would have a few more guests.

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Dave,

Forgot to add, they've never asked for an invite back on board since!

Harry

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

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Harry,
They don't know what they are missing.
I once saw 2 boats hanging from their mooring ropes at Yarmouth but never one half in half out. Did it relaunch easily?


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Dave,

Luckily it was still raining so the quay head was nice and slippery. We pushed it sort of sideways and with a little effort it slid along the 'greased' wood. Hardest job was keeping your feet and not following it back into the water.It could have been very embarassing if we had slept on though.

Harry

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

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heh dwit,
i have seen one of these beware of snake's sign's ,this one i think was at horsey mere, i was stamping so hard on the ground has i walked, surprised i did not smash my ankles.
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