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Just come back from the most perfectly relaxing holiday on Clear Gem 3 from Richardson's at Stalham. Even the journey to and from Stalham added to the relaxation as we only live a few miles away in Lowestoft. When I think of the hours of driving I have had to do, and the time stuck in traffic jams on previous holidays, this was a very welcome change. Just my wife and I on this holiday, as my kids were not able to come with us this time (First time in 19 years).

So, what did we do with our relaxing week?

Mon 27th June - As is characteristic of Richardson's, the boat was ready early, and so, with only a 10 minute handover (frequent boaters), we were on board and underway by 2:30 and heading for our first mooring a Ludham Bridge. As expected, the free moorings were full, but we were able to moor beyond the bridge (£5 for 24 hours). Finished the evening with dinner in 'The Dog'.

Tue 28th June - Early start. We slipped mooring at 7:45am aiming to reach low water at Yarmouth at 10:30 ish, which we did. Slow run up a calm Breydon Water against the tide, keeping revs low, as the engine was getting decidedly hot (Richardson's take note). Pealed off onto the Waveney heading for destination Lowestoft (I know, where we live; but my wife needed to pick up her prescription). Our plan was to moor at the Yacht Station on Oulton broad, but had to moor at the Wherry Hotel (£10 per night), as all other moorings were full. Nice takeaway from the Balti Raj, just over the other side of Mutford Lock.

Wed 29th June - Another early start. We slipped moorings at 8:00am, aiming to reach Norwich Yacht station early afternoon, which we did, even stopping for water at Reedham on the way (where I did a perfect single handed mooring against the tide. Sorry, I just couldn't resist saying that!). After arriving about 2:30ish, finding plenty of moorings available (£12 per night), we then went into Norwich for a nice afternoon, early dinner and film at the Odeon. Nice day!

Thus 30th June - Not so early today (9:00ish), we slipped mooring with the aim to hit Breydon Water and Yarmouth low tide at 12:50. Running with the current we got there a little early but not dangerously so; yes, we did have to avoid Richardsons Commodore having grounded itself on the approach to Braydon on the Yare (Which sadly I did not get a photograph of), but we made it through Yarmouth with no problems. Still avoiding overheating the engine, we got up to Acle, taking the very last free mooring just beyond Horizon Craft mid afternoon. Nice evening meal in the Bridge.

Fri 1st July - Not needing to start so early afforded us time to have a good fried breakfast. Slipping mooring at about 10:30am, we set out for Wroxham with the plan to moor at Barnes Brinkcraft (I refuse to pay £10 per way, for a river pilot to take me through the bridge when I have done this myself countless times before; but them's now the rules on Richardsons hire craft). Looking on the Barnes web cam told me that all the moorings were full; so, we doubled back through Wroxham Broad, and moored up at the Salhouse Broad Split Staithe instead (£8 per night with free water). From here, we took a walk up to Woodforde's Brewery to buy some of their (overpriced) beer, which we enjoyed with a quiet evening watching a spectacular sunset over Salhouse Broad.

Sat 2nd July - Setting out again about 10:30ish, we headed back down the Bure to the Thurne and up to Potter Heigham, being lucky again to take the final free mooring just opposite the entrance to Herbert Woods Marina. Had a good afternoon (with prolonged browse around Lathams, cos my wife likes doing that!), we returned for an evening on the boat, enjoying being dry whilst being entertained by the thunder storm outside.

Sun 3rd July - Starting to feel the 'end of holiday blues', we slipped moorings again, about mid morning to make the journey back up the Ant, aiming to moor at Sutton Staithe for our final evening. The Ant got very congested at Ludham bridge, where it was all we could do not to come in contact with other boats, but once we got onto Barton Broad all congestion was over. No problem mooring at Sutton Staithe, and the day was finished with a very good dinner in the Staithe Hotel.

Mon 4th July - Sadly, all holidays must come to an end. We slipped moorings at 8:30, to make the the short journey back to Stalham to moor up and be off the boat by 9:30

All said though; even after making the short journey back home in the car, I can truly say that I have not had such a relaxing holiday for years; and so, we are booking again for another week in October

If you have got this far, thank you for reading.

BikerCliff

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Sounds like you had a fabulous time. Just what a holiday afloat should be.

Steve. CM1 and NR12

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What a lovely account of the sort of holiday we all hope to experience.
Incidentally, we had a similar overheating situation on Amber Gem earlier this year. During our first transit of Breydon we saw the temp guage climb to the point where we considered tying up to one of the channel markers to try and avoid engine damage. In the event we were able to idle to Berney Arms and explore the deserted buildings and have a leisurely lunch whilst the engine cooled.  Once cool I was able to check the engine over only to find it low on oil and water. Having topped up both we had a trouble free remainder of the holiday.


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I don't think our experience of this engine temperature problem is unique. Watching 'The Captains Blog' I note the number of times he reported the same problem on the boats he hired. But knowing that, I checked the engine over and kept the engine revs below 2000 rpm and the engine temperature still shot right up. All I could do was to drop the revs back and crawl up Breydon Water, which with the outgoing tide, showed us doing about 2mph on my portable gps.

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Glad you had a great time... thanks for the write up!


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Nice write up, sounds as though you had a great time despite the slight problems.

dave Cheers

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