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Just a fond comical memory to share.

Back in the early seventies I hired a boat with friends and my late parents hired a separate boat with my brother and his wife.  It was the last night of our holiday and we were to return our boats the following morning. We moored up for the night at --------.   When I got off my hire boat to have a ciggie I came across my dad and brother trying to remove a fender that was tied to the Quay.  They informed me that they had lost a fender off their hire boat and at my brother’s suggestion intended to replace it with the one they were acquiring. Scared  My dad was never one to do anything illegal or naughty but he was seriously worried that he was a fender short. A little later when it was time for a visit to the pub I approached my dad’s hire boat to find him with the said fender over the sink giving it a thorough scrub.  He told me that all the other fenders on the boat were clean and as this one was so filthy it would stand out like a sore thumb.  The next morning I took a short walk whilst having another ciggie when I came across this totally gleaming shiny fender tied to the Quay.  My dad later informed me that he could not sleep as his conscious had got the better of him.  He decided he could not commit this dastardly crime and got up in the early hours to put the said fender back in its place. I wonder to this day what the boatyard staff must have thought when they saw this beautiful shiny fender on the quay. LOL


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That story made me laugh and reminded me of my old man back in the day when we too had a fender related incident.

We had hired a Caribbean from Horning Pleasure Craft and after passing under Ludham Bridge he told me to ‘take over’ I guess I would have been about 13-14 at the time, anyway in those days the moorings near the bridge were not all fancy made up nice, it was just grass and one had to use the trusty rhonde anchors, because of this it was deemed neither me nor my mother could be trusted with their deployment and ‘banning in the ground’ and that was his job.  I would have to bring the boat into the bank but it would be an ‘offside’ job and I was at the time worried about banging into the bank and causing damage.

I came in slow and thought I had done a grand job, only to be told we were still about 2 feet out from the bank – in strides my dad complete with the rhonde anchors clanging about and takes over, back out into the river then ahead and then wollop, scrap stop.  Well we were certainly alongside now.

After much messing about with all three of us trying to hold ropes, bang in rhonde anchors it is seen one of the fenders is literally hanging on by a thread.  This is my fault of course because if I had not brought the boat in properly first time he would not have got stressed and had to take it in the second time and now if we loose this ‘who is going to loose some of the security deposit’ (silence) ‘yes me this poor sod will have to’ (think Forty Towers sketch).

So for the remainder of the holiday said fender was kept on the side deck and it was not until we moored back at base was it very very slowly lowered to appear as per all the rest – of course the slightest touch and it would have fallen off.

There have been many other ‘fun times’ like that even in more recent times like in 2011 when he proclaimed we could fit 42ft of boat into a 30ft space, only to find the laws of physics still work on the Norfolk Broads – at which point amazingly blame switches to me and so to those on the bank looking he says s to be heard: ‘Yes Robin, I did say we would not be able to fit in here – let’s try further along’.

Still if it was not for these little moments boating would not have the same fun to it.


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First mooring i ever attempted was outside reedham ferry pub, lots of room to moor side on, so in i go nice and slow, not having a clue what the hell i was doing, the current took over and eventually the boat ended up in the little cut there, so out jump Vikki and me with ropes in hands trying like made to tie up this uncontrolable beast, fighting the current, thinking that we are going to loose her shortly when to are rescue a man appears and helps us with the ropes, pointing out that we still had the morse lever in the forward postition... DOH. Blush

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when we were on the broads we had an incident while the wife was driving, we went a bit close to the bank and brushed under a tree, shortly after I noticed that we had lost the mop, so on the way back I was keeping a good lookout, several miles downstream I spotted a mop, so we backpedalled a bit and went and retrieved it, I wonder to this day if the boatyard noticed we left with a yellow handled mop and came back with a blue handled one?
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Mops, did someone mention mops?  Frown


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On our third boating holiday we took my sister and brother in law with us to try the Broads for there first time. We hired Palermo from Stalham for 2 weeks
I can not remember where it was but we had to stern on moor so I told my brother in law to throw the mud weight over but unfortunately I did not tell him to make sure the rope was tied to the boat. The next 2 hours were spent trying unsuccessfully to fish the mud weight out of the water with the boat hook

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Londonrascal, remember the old adage, never mind the culprit, find a scapegoat. Works for me every time. Be reasonable, do it my way is another good one!

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If you newbies fancy more of the same, check this thread from last year. Come on, let's hear more of your gaffes, we need cheering up in mid-winter!

http://www.the-norfolk-broads.co.uk/viewmessages.cfm?Forum=22&Topic=25746&srow=1&erow=60

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