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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...
www.mynorfolkbroadsboating.co.uk/

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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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Friday 22nd May,
     Going home day,   Pacific Breeze had used 57,7 litres of fuel, and the engine hours indicator showed that it had run for 32.3 hours during the week. No pump out was needed,  We had the heating on (very efficient) most evenings, and some mornings.  Until I heard the noise that the Webasto heater made when outside one time, I am sorry to have upset some neighbours. not quite so loud as the engine running though!
     We would definitely hire from Pacific again, they have a good selection of boats on offer to suit most tastes. The breakdown was unfortunate, but dealt with promptly, and Beccles is a nice place to be anyway..
     One last picture taken near Thurne  

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Chris

Glad to read of another happy Pacific customer, yes they have a great selection of boats and fabulous customer service, We did spot you out and about, we have breeze later on for our annual under Potter trip.

Great write up!

Bob

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Good to know you had a good time despite the wether and the slight technical hitch. Never heard a bad word about Pacific and it sounds as though they dealt with your problem very well.
When's the next trip?  Playful Wink

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Thanks for your write up shame about the weather glad you had a nice time anyawy and thanks for the pictures we are down in just over a week on Silver harmony from silverline

regards

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HELLO ALAN (BOAT MAD)
     Ref Neatishead, the narrow dyke leading off Barton Broad, is still rather narrow with overhanging trees, On our arrival at the mooring, there were 4 quite large cruisers,, Pacific Breeze only has a 9'6" beam, so there was room to get to the top of the mooring, we then turned it on ropes ready to leave next day, again an advantage with 27' length!  I think the only trouble might be meeting other large craft, but you just have to go very slow, and slide past. Just past the mooring it is possible to turn, but you have to do a bit of shunting.  Bow thruster would make it easier. OR you moor at 'Gays Staithe' and it is just a bit further to walk to the village.

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