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Hi all

Gary my eldest son and I have just got back from a great midweek break on Jade from Marthams. Every time I come back from the broads I promise myself I'm going to do a "Tale" but never get round to it. Well this time I will, so here goes.

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Although I've sailed a fair bit in dinghies I had never sailed on the Broads until Gary, my middle son Joe and I hired one of Marthams new halfdeckers at the end of August. We had a great afternoon paddling out of reeds and going back into them, wondering where the wind was, watching a fisherman scowl (ok we did keep going into the bank next to him) and sailing across Hinkling Broad. After returning the boat we then retired to the Fur and Feathers and decided that it would be even more fun to have a sailing boat for longer.  


Monday 3rd Nov

I arrived at Gary's at ten after finishing a 12 hour nightshift we then dropped my car off at my wives works, said farewell to her and picked my kit up from home while there we raided the fridge for essential supplies (Bacon, Sausages and Eggs). Then it was into the car and up the A1. I dosed until we arrived at Marthams at about 2 where we were greeted by Terry and asked if we had any boots I had my sailing boots and gave Gary my hiking boots. Terry then led us out to Jade and explained that the tide was coming in and covering the quay. He then proceeded to give us a tour of Jade and demonstrate how everything worked. By the time we had unloaded the car it was well past 3 so we powered up the iron sail and chugged down to Potter Heigham. Not wanting to moor with the tide we moored facing downstream. I stood on the bank watching the wind coming from behind us as a boat turned round and moored facing upstream that was what had been bothering me, the wind would be blowing into the boat so we untied and chugged round in a circle to face the other way. Once moored up it was on with the cover and off to hunt out dinner.
I had been told by Diane at Marthams that the Falgate did good food so that was where we headed to find they did not open until 6 so we wandered back into Potter and into Lathams   and remembered we hadn't any Tea, Coffee or Milk. Then it was back to the Falgate where we both had a very nice Lamb Shank and a few good pints served by a top class Barmaid (I suspect she was the Landlady but not sure) then back to Jade and bed.


    
If I'm rambling to much please let me know.

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Ramble on, Chris, ramble on! Playful

Hopefully you did actually get round to pulling the rags up the stick thing LOL

Sailies for ever..........and ever!

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John

Thanks for that. Yes we do get them up.

Chris



Tuesday 4th Nov


A10:30 low tide at Potter Heigham meant we had time for a lie in (when don't you on the Broads). Now last night in the Falgate Gary and I had a long discussion about reefing this morning as it was a bit breezy then. So when I looked out at 8 and found no wind in fact it looked like a mill pond out there I was not happy. Never mind it had 2 hours to come back so time for breakfast. We spent the next 5 minutes looking for a frying pan without success, so back to Lathams for one. A good fry up was had washed down by several cups of tea. Then it was down with the mast and time to tackle the bridge. This was going to be my first ever time under the bridge so I was feeling a bit nervous about it. The boat behind us set off and headed downstream if she can get through then so can Jade. By the time we had cast off the other boat had disappeared under the bridge. Trying to remember all I had read on the forum about going through the bridge I aimed at the big stone in the center and tried to go fast enough to keep steerage-way but at a speed that would allow me to back out if something went wrong. We popped out the other side with no problems. A quick stop to put the mast up and then we set out on our hunt for the wind. We spent the rest of the morning chugging along looking at the wildlife then turned into the Bure. By this time we were feeling a faint breeze so decided to put the sails up, even if we didn't go anywhere at least it would be good practice. Up went the sails off went the engine and we were sailing, slowly but still sailing. The peace and quiet was fantastic I can not think of a better way to travel than this. We spent our time waving at anyone we passed and just enjoying the views. After a couple of hours we had just passed the Ant and as it was gone 3 and would be dark at 4:30 we reluctantly lowered the sails and set off for Horning. We moored at Horning and then into the Swan for a warm and pint and sat watching the last of the sunlight go down over the river. The plan was to get fish and chips so we walked up the road to where I thought the chip shop was only to find it was a Chinese and closed so we carried on to the New Inn and had steak and kidney pudding. Then it was back to the Swan and a couple more pints before bed.



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Leaving Potter Heigham




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Sailing at last


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If buying a frying pan remember to buy a splatter guard as well  Smile

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   "buy a splatter guard as well"

I thought that was the beginning of a wind up but checked it out. Mind you my wife always tells me I've got the pan up to high if it starts spitting.


Chris

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No No essential in small galleys also useful to stop rice which escapes when drained blocking up the little plughole.  Playful Wink

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Ok I bow to your greater experience in these things I must admit Jades was the first galley I've had to sit down in to cook.


Chris LOL

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Nice one chris keep em coming. Smile  Wink  Cheers
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