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Well its arrived!
Our week on silver emblem starts today.
After a long drive up from West Wales yesterday we're lying in bed contemplating breakfast in the premier inn at kings lynn. The evening meal last night was Ok and surprisingly cheap. Two starters and two mains for £16 including the drinks.
The beds in these hotels are always good but why on earth do they the not supply enough coffee making materials?
Anyways, the plan is to head up around the coast to see the likes of Cromer then down into broad land to horsey mare (as silver emblem can't get under potter) then to horning by twelve ish just in case we can pick her up early.
I'll post a description of the boat later tonight.  If she's anything like the photos I'll be happy.
Dave.

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Apr-25-2015 @ 10:19 AM                           Permalink
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Hi Dave, we had Silver Emblem during the Oct half term last year. I have left a brief description of the holiday under holiday tales. The boat is exactly as per the photos and is so easy to manage. Not the best to navigate from inside but still manageable.If I remember , the air draft is 8' 3" so you still have to watch the tide heights even at Ludham bridge. We went under Ludham bridge when the marker showed under 8' but please don't take my word for it. Since you cannot sit at the upper deck to navigate the bridge, you must be sure you are going to have the clearance as you cannot see from the lower steering position. It's helpful if you have a" spotter" who can stand outside but with their head below the level of the upper deck ( and bridges ) haha. Apart from that the boat it easily the best we have had so far. Hope this helps, be good to hear how your trip goes. We are back on Silver Emblem May 26th. Enjoy, Cheers Stu

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Hi Dave

Hope you have a great holiday, we collect Silver emblem from you next Saturday. Did you know if you go to the Waveney River centre on the southern broads you get the mooring for free on the first night as you are a Ferry Boat. They have great Pub and Pool there as well. Regarding going under the tight bridges like Ludham ect YOU CAN DO IT FROM UPTOP AS LONG AS YOU GO ON YOUR KNEES JUST AS YOU ARE GOING UNDER. I have hired from Ferry Marina for the last 6 years and we had Diamond Emblem in August last year which is about 10 feet longer than Silver and even that was easy to manoeuvre so you will have a Fab time. I will be reading your posts regarding your week.

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Great advice! What can you actually see ahead of you whilst you are on your knees though?
Maybe we can navigate in the dark if we keep our eyes shut haha

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You know what I mean , you line the boat under Ludham bridge as you can see above the control panel, anyway you should sound your horn on going through you will be knelt down for approx 4 seconds with clear visability.

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yeah, going to give that a go. probably easier than from below. Was the height ok for Yarmouth bridges at low slack and did you do the same there? cheers

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Hi

Yes we did it at Yarmouth, Reedham swing bridge and somerlayton swing bridge. As long as you time the tides and don't worry too much about slack tide as the fuel is included in the hire so if you use more going against the tide its not going to hit you in the pocket. The tightest bridge of all was Ludham but slowly does it and you wont have a problem.We always moor at Wroxham hotel this first night to stock up at Roys and ther is a bloody great Indian restaurant there as well. I think it cost a tenner to moor outside the hotel so wont break the bank but you have to book in advance as it does get booked up.

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Hi Dave & Paul - hope you both have a great time on Silver Emblem, look forward to reading what you get up to, you will have a great time on her. My wife and I had her for a week last May and will be taking her from you two when you have completed your 2x1 weeks in whats now just under 2 weeks time….we can't wait!!!

RJL

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Hi Richard

Promise to look after it for you, we arn't like a lot of Hirers we have done it for years so respect everyones space. Will report here when we are underway. When do you collect Silver Emblem ?

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Paul

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Thanks for that Paul, we are hoping for a trip down south but was a bit unsure. Cheers, Stu

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