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leaving Kent just after 8am, we arrived in Loddon just after 12. Last year hired Merlin from Maffetts, which was not available for our chosen date this year, so the next best thing was Padific Breeze from Pacific Cruisers also in Loddon, first stop some shopping in the co-op, then phoned Pacific just to see when the boat was to be ready, "nearly ready" was the reply, so we decided to visit Rosie Lees, our first visit, but not our last!
     Arriving at Pacific Cruisers at 1.40 we quickly unloaded, and were then shown around Pacific Breeze by Richard, there is always something different on every boat. On our way at 2.30 with the top down in the sunshine. Reedham was passed at 3.40, Somerleyton at 4.45, Oulton Dyke at 5.14
5.15.  Our destination Beccles, where I had pre booked a table at our favourite 'Restaurant Piatto'.  
     At Beccles Yacht Station (time 6.30)which was surprisingly empty, only 3 other visiting craft, getting lined up for a stern on mooring, when suddenly lost all the drive, fortunately there was someone on the staithe who caught our line, and pulled us in.  A phone call to Richard at Pacific, and he said he would come out and see what the trouble was, while we went for our evening meal.

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At Beccles,  (just putting the photo in the right place!)

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Chris hi,

How did you get on with the boat fault.  All sorted I hope. Cheers

Kind Regards
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Sorry to keep you waiting!  computer fault. right, Saturday May 16th,  received a phone call from Pacific, Richard was on his way via Brundall to collect part, a Drive plate for the gearbox.  We wandered up to the visitor centre, which was just opening, and started to look around, when one of the ladies spotted a car club badge I was wearing, and said if you are interested in old transport there is a free bus running today to the East Anglia Transport Museum at Carlton Colville,  the bus goes at 11.30. Now this is a place that I have wanted to visit for a while, so back to the boat, to collect coats and camera, and about to leave a note, when Richard arrives with the part, So we leave him to get on with repair and walk up to Beccles.  The Bus stop area was very busy, and as we had time, a coffee shop just around the corner was found. (worth a visit). 11.30 , and no sign of a special bus, asked another driver and he didn't know anything. when a familiar sound, heralded a 1949 Leyland double decker, ex Great Yarmouth corporation, complete with uniformed driver and conductor!  This took us at a steady pace to the Museum, which turned out to be having a 1940s special event. Free rides on Trams and ex London Trolley busses around the museum site, with lots of other vehicles and artifacts to see,  really well worth a visit.  We had some lunch there, and got the same Leyland back to Beccles at 2.30.
     Back on the Boat everything was now fixed, and we left at 2.55.  a bit later than I had envisaged, but sometimes different occurances make the holiday more interesting.  Due to tides I thought an early morning crossing of Breydon Water would be a good thing, and maybe Burgh Castle, but it was extremely windy, and on arriving at Burgh it was blowing onto the mooring bank, so continued around to Berney arms, where the bank was sheltering the mooring. arrived there at 6.15. from necessity we ate on board. The tide was very high, and by 10 p.m. the water was right up to the top of the wooden capping.  3 other boats arrived very late, including 2 sea going types.  The wind continued through the night, and we felt a few bumps.


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Sunday 17th May,   Slack water at G.Y was said to be 04.55,    Leaving Berney Arms at 6.08, noting that one of the large Private boats had got a Hooked up under the wooden capping, and was leaning over towards the bank  rather a lot. The wind was still quite strong, and although the water level was rising quickly, there was still a lot of debris going down stream, how does this work?  Breydon was quite choppy, and with Low sun dead ahead, navigation was tricky. Passing the yacht station at 7.10, and the bridge height at 8' 3"  Pacific Breeze needs 6' 6" with the canopy down. a bit about the Boat, It was originally in the Castle craft fleet at St Olaves, hence the dark Blue Hull colour, as Conway Castle in 1996. It is what was once a very popular type, but now quite hard to find in hire fleets. In the cockpit there are 2 comfortable fixed helmsman and navigator seats, with moveable foot stools, which we found useful for getting over the cockpit sides, and also to use one for getting into the somewhat high off the floor front double berth, very comfortable if a bit close to the foredeck. The refrigerator and a washbasin are both in this front part. moving aft, there is a dinette type seating, which can be made up into another berth, but as a double it would be a bit tight, being only 3' 8" wide. back from here is a hanging space, with the television above, which worked very well,  opposite is the toilet shower, somewhat larger than some I have been compressed into! then a 4 burner gas cooker, sink unit and cupboards.  The engine is the usual Nanni 4150, and was not over noisy.
     Next port of call was Stracey Arms, at 8.30, which was our Breakfast stop,  filled up with Water just in case, £2 pay in the shop, and they turn on the tap.  Leaving at 9.45,  passing Thrune Mouth at 10.50, mooring up for on board lunch at Percis Island in Horning 12.15.  After lunch continued on through Wroxham Bridge, gauge reading 7',  arriving at Coltishall at 3.30.  a bit more sheltered from the ever present wind now, we had an Ice cream from a van, and watched boats come and go.   Decided to eat at the Rising Sun, as we have before, and although some have preferred other eating establishments, we found that for what we wanted it was completely satisfactory.

  

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Monday 18th May,
     Raining this morning, watched a Hunter sailing cruiser set sail, unusual to see at Coltishall. leave at 9a.m. a slow cruise through the rain, first time with the top up, difficult to keep the screen clear, but the hand windscreen wiper was at least a help. Arrived in Wroxham (sorry, Hoveton) at 10.30. Went for a walk , visited the tourist office, then Roys for Coffee and cake and some shopping. Lunch on board, and just watched the world go by, a large Woods cruiser next boat ran its engine for 1 1/2 hours. eventually the rain stopped at 3.30 but still very windy, and we went through the bridge at 4.45.  tied up for the night at Royalls, just a bit more sheltered.
     Eating this evening was Omlettes and chips at the Hotel Wroxham, very pleasant looking over the river, and the best chips of the week!  

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Tuesday 19th May.
     Leave Wroxham at 9 am,  still windy but at least fine.  Tied up at Ranworth staithe, which ws quite busy, but there was room for Pacific Breeze on the side.  Nice Coffee and Cake at the shop, Just got back to the boat when there was a hail storm, left at 12.05,  Now heading for Neatishead,  Ludham bridge height 8' stopped for lunch on board at How Hill moorings.   Soon after that Woods Boat from yesterday, and arrived and again had its engine running through lunch.  More rain during the afternoon, arrived at Neatishead with the sun shining, walked to the village, and visited the community shop, really well stocked, and open 8.30am to 5 pm, and Sundays AM only. they also serve tea, coffee etc with outside tables.
Booked a table at the White horse for 6.30. nice surroundings, the place has certainly been rebuilt to a high standard.  

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Chris hi,

Looks like you did a fair bit of travelling.  Shame the weather was not better.  Still I hope you had a good time.  At least on a boat you can still get about.

I've not been to Neatishead for a fair few years but intend going there mid July.

I am reading that the stretch of river has widened and would be interested to know how you found navigating it and if you had any problem finding a mooring.

That's my only concern is not finding a mooring as the boat is 44ft.

Thanks for your posts they make interesting reading.

Kind Regards
Alan...
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Wednesday 20th May.
     Left Neatishead at 8.35,  headed across Barton Broad, to look at Barton Turf where there has certainly been a lot of tidying up and shed construction around the yard there.   Heading for Potter Heigham, still very Windy, but more sheltered through Irstead,    arrived in Herbert Woods yard, and filled up with water £1.  visited the new Potter Tea Room, for Cofee and cake, then inevitably got drawn in to Lathams! bought bread and picture frames (just what we needed on holiday!)  Did think about going through the Bridge, but only 6' clearance, (we need 6' 6") so after lunch on board, and the sun shining headed for Womack.  now 3.30,  and mooring full,  we 'hovered' for a few minutes, when a helpful chap called out that a boat was just off in 2 minutes, so we continued to wait, and reversed neatly into the vacant space, soon after several more boats left. (mooring fee £3) Walked up to the village for a look around, and decided to try the Kings Arms for food later on, as in all the years of visiting Ludham we have never been in there. Quite surprised at the large restaurant, which during the evening became quite full. and judging on the large plates full coming from the help yourself carvery customers had been there before! will definitely visit again, and the model railway around the roof is interesting.  Arrived back to boat to find engine running on adjacent boat, but just for 30 minutes.  Womack is always a nice mooring, but it does get busy.   .  
    

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Thursday 21st May,
     Our last full day,  left Womack at 9 am.  passing Acle at 10, and moored at the Stokesby village mooring at 10.30.  visit to the Stokesby Tea room for Coffee and cake,  passing the Ferry Inn, were surprised to see a notice that No Stag parties or all Male groups were welcome there.  
     Leaving at 11.30,On down the Bure, Yarmouth was passed at 1.30, with confusing bridge boards on each side, one7' 3", and one 7' 9". still quite a wind blowing across Breydon, we had a late lunch tied up at the Berney Arms Windmill, 2.30.
      After Lunch near Polkeys Mill, saw our first Bittern flying over the river. I just need to hear one now!    through Reedham at 4.10, and then the long sheltered river Chet at 4.38, arrived at the Loddon Staithe at 4.38, and then tidied the boat ready for handover the next morning. Unfortunately a group of youngsters arrived, and decided to have a swearing match, and started throwing bots of tree around.  We walked into Loddon, and bought Fish and Chips, and ate them back on the boat.  With the disturbance still going on, decided to move back to the boatyard. 8p.m.
     Richard was on hand to take our ropes, and had moved our van close to their mooring.
  

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