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Oct-03-2014 @ 5:46 PM                           Permalink
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Friday 26th September
The alarm rang out at 5am but somehow with an exciting journey and holiday ahead of us the hour was not as stinging as it could have been.  Try as we might but with two dogs attending to their morning “routine” and the car to pack we were not on the M6 at Preston til about 7am.

The journey was thankfully uneventful thanks to a travel tablet supplied by the vet for our new acquisition a 5 month old Labrador puppy called Ellie.  We made good time and were at Pacific to pick up Diamond just before 12 to be greeted cheerfully as always by Fiona who informed us that Richard was just finishing on the boat.

Our friends (newbies to this type of holiday) at 12.20pm and we were on our way down the Chet by 1.30pm.  Brad and Ang had been invited to join us after I learned our intended invitees, my mam and her husband Frank, couldn’t take to the boat as mam has had a lifelong fear of water, unbeknown to me.
15 minutes down the Chet and Brad emerged from his cabin dressed in a captains hat and carrying a 3 inch toy telescope ready to take the helm!  Brad informed us his first choice, an order from eBay, sadly had not arrived in time for the holiday and he had made a hasty trip into Preston to make his purchase, thankfully deciding against the pirate hat.

By now Ellie, dressed in her life jacket, was truly taking to the boat.  The sides were back as we basked in 20 deg sunshine and she was perched back paws on the seat and front paws along the side deck wandering what these strange white creatures were that kept hissing at her.  Meg, our 15 year old border/lakeland terrier cross and a veteran of 9 trips to Broads, was well into the holiday spirit being relaxed and fast asleep.

Angela and the ship’s captain Chris were enjoying the sunshine sat on the front of the boat and not thirty minutes into the trip and Angela said, “Eeeh I understand now why you like this holiday!”

We moored at Reedham quay for a doggy comfort break, a feature of our sailing for the week, and plotted our passage across Breydon Water.  Slack water was, I believe, 7.10pm with sunset at 6.45pm.  We decided to moor at the Berney Arms and set off at 5.30pm to pass the yellow post at around low water.

Diamond is a fantastic boat and as we discovered when we got back extremely economical on fuel.  We punched the slowing tide up the Bure and arrived at The Ferry Inn at Stokesby in poor light at 7.30pm taking up one of the last spots at the end of the farm moorings.  Brad and Ang are real ale fanatics and I’m partial to the odd pint.  Chris runs our pub and so prefers not to drink, a laudible trait for a landlady, so she chose to stay behind with the girls and ready the curry supplied by the restaurant next to our pub.

We had an excellent pint or two (probably three) in the Ferry whilst making enquiries with one of the bar staff and her husband about the likelihood of a pub showing the Merseyside derby.  Brad’s choice being a Liverpool fanatic and ever hopeful being new to the Broads!

The curry was excellent and we reflected on a fantastic first day, debating the potential for a pub showing the match the following lunchtime.


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Oct-04-2014 @ 12:37 AM                           Permalink
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I've been watching in on this forum for about 5 years now.  You know what I just think you aren't interested in anyone else but yourselves.  If you aren't part of the inner circle you show no interest whatsoever.

Unless of course I should post something that doesn't fit with the establishment.  I'll post this on the other forum and see what happens.  Not happy, if you want people to contribute take an interest

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I saw that you had put a second post on and thought that is was the second part of your tail. The I saw that I was wrong. All I can say is that you put the first part on at the end of last week. Give it time as many people are busy at weekends with their boats or other things. Keep posting about your holiday and see what happens give it time.

Trevor & Deirdre

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I read about your first day with a touch of envy (I was at work!) & am looking forward to the rest of the holiday. Will the new enthusiasts get the bug & book for next year? Will Ellie manage an unscheduled swim?

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Forresters hi,

Glad you liked the boat.  I did keep my eye out for you.  Saw a couple of boats that looked the same design but was not Pacific Diamond.  I had extreme difficulty  getting an internet connection with the dongle so posting was at a minimum.

Have now booked Swan Rapture for May 8 next year. Smile

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Can only agree about diamond being frugal
on fuel been out on her twice and both
times been very happy with the fuel bill.
Pacific continue to impress can't wait to
be back there myself.



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Hello all!  I'll admit now to chucking my toys out the pram last night.  I'm as guilty as the next man of reading and enjoying other folk's holiday tales without replying!  Hats off also to the liberal modding for that comment.  Anyways suitably contrite and now about to post Day 2!

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Saturday 27th September

We had decided to leave Ellie’s kennel/cage in the car to save space on the boat.  This proved to be the right move as although the boat is an excellent size for 4 adults and two dogs the cage would certainly have got in the way.  Diamond has a generous living area in the centre, really well laid out giving a feeling of spaciousness.

Brad and Ang had taken the bow cabin so that we didn’t need to disturb them for letting dogs out when stern moored.  Diamond has two sliding side panels which allow entry/exit when side moored.

The day started at about 7.15am upon opening my eyes I immediately heard the steady beat of Ellie’s tail on the floor of the boat followed by a tongue lick only a dog owner can love at that time of the day.  Meg remained asleep as old dogs do but Ellie was eager to begin the day.

A feature of the holiday was Brad and Ang taking a shower first thing and this morning they enjoyed a warm flow of water taking the precaution of turning off the shower in between soaping and shampooing so as not to waste the warm water.  They are seasoned caravanners and the proud owner of a 1967 VW Camper van so they are used to let’s just say adapting to toilet arrangements.  For anyone reading this new to boating, don’t worry about the loos they are very efficient!  I have to tell you in advance of the last day when the ladies shared a tip they had both figured out about the loos which I have to say was totally overlooked by us chaps.  I’ll save that tip to the end of the tale but suffice to say in 7 years of boating it was a complete revelation to me to learn that Chris had figured this out on the first trip and had never shared it with me!

I took a walk to the general stores in Stokesby with Ellie picked up a few bits and upon returning to the boat we were on our way.  From Stokesby to the Thurne Brad must have called about 7 pubs and the only hope of anywhere showing the Merseyside derby which was on BT Sports was the Sutton Staithe Hotel.  By this point we had reached Ludham Bridge and a decision was needed.  Up to Sutton or aim for the New Inn? in Horning which had live music on that night.  We decided to walk to the Dog which was the only pub who hadn’t picked up the phone on the off chance they might be showing the match.  They of course weren’t showing it so a compromise was reached to listen to the radio match commentary and head for Horning.  I picked up a pint of maggots (reference Monday’s tale) and off we set.

A call to the New Inn revealed all moorings were booked and as we headed through Horning there was not a mooring spot to be had.  We found the Broads was very busy last week which is excellent for business.  We stopped at the bridge pilot in Hoveton who informed us that there was no chance of us going through as the marker was showing 6’3” and we needed 6’10”.  There was an older couple on the bench who were very chatty.  The chap was a wily old fox who kept saying you’ll get under there and his Mrs was saying no they’ve been told they can’t fit through.  I have the firm impression that they call down most days and an incident with the bridge would be a highlight for the guy in particular.

That night we moored up in (Faircraft?) and I mentioned to Brad about the Shed which served real ales.  Brad’s EE coverage came to the rescue not for the only time in the week and the Shed was located not 30 yards from our mooring.  We took ourselves off with the promise of 55 real ales!  Now I know the Shed has had mixed reviews on here so I’ve no wish to spark a fresh debate.  Overall we enjoyed the experience although given a choice we wouldn’t head back.  The first pint of real ale, which comes out of a poly cube, was a total let down, flat soulless and tasteless so we stuck to the Smooth bitter after that which was acceptable.  The evenings karaoke kicked off at about 9pm and we stayed for the entertainment.  

There was lady who had clearly enjoyed her day out who was let’s say encouraging others to participate with the others scappering as she approached them.  I was held captive in conversation when outside for a smoke.  “What you doing?”, she asked, “having a smoke” I replied trying to discourage discussion.  “Let’s have a dance, it’s Freddie (Queen) that’s on!”  “No I’m reet”.  “Come on swing them hips lad, get em thrusting”.  I was totally crestfallen when she delivered her killer chat up line, “ Are they your own knees?”

An interesting night watching the regulars murder some classic tunes!


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Thank you for the responses.

Boat-mad, Richard mentioned you as we chatted when picking up the boat.  I think one of Barnes' fleet is exactly the same design is it the Benmore?

Bob, I was totally shocked to get £25 back from the fuel deposit.  We normally take it steady on our own but this week we ran at the speed limit so was expecting to hand over some cash at the end.

Trevor & Resilient, thank you again.  I shall be back at work tomorrow battling through 200 plus emails and wishing my life away for next year's trip

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I 3rd that on the fuel.  We were pleasantly surprised with the cash returned from the fuel deposit. Smile
We would certainly hire Pacific Diamond again Should we need a four berth.

We have hired Swan Rapture as it is great for two with plenty of room, a walk around bed and a bath which we prefer to the very confined shower areas on boats in general.  It must have a good size water tank with the bonus of a digital water level gauge.  Having said that Pacific Diamond is a great looking boat, very nicely turned out with a great all round view especially with the roof down.

Our journey last week always ended up moored overnight outside a pub.
Friday 26 May: The Beauchamp Arms. Buckenham)
Sat: The Wherry Hotel.(Oulton Broad)
Sun: The Ferry inn.(Reedham)
Mon: The Bridge Inn.(Acle)
Tues:  Hotel Wroxham.
Wed: The Ferry Inn (Stokesby)
Thurs: The Waters Edge.  (Bramerton)

I must admit to having the occasional pint Smile




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