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Lisabeth
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Just got back after a fantastic week on the Southern Broads on board the Silver Simoom hired from Silverline Marine, Brundall. We cut short by one day due to the terrible weather today, but prior to that the weather has been absolutely fabulous!!! Roof down all day every day enjoying the wonderfully hot sunshine. We enjoyed Reedham, Oulton Broad, Beccles, Geldeston, Somerleyton, St Olaves, crossing Breydon, Stokesby and Horning.

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G'Day Lisabeth

Glad you enjoyed your hoilday on what we term as "Our Boat" Smile

We were on the broads in July for 2 weeks



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We have hired her next June.   Counting the days.

So pleased you loved her.   We are on board for two weeks.  Hubby has only just come off the gas and air when I told him the hire fee but I think it is worth it.

Being an odd ball who cooks every night I am interested in the fridge.   How large is the freezer compartment and is the oven equipped with an oven tray etc.










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Not sure I could do two weeks, a week is enough for me, or as it turned out on this occasion 6 nights.

The oven/hob would have been my only gripe tbh, I cooked every night as well for the OH as he is a vegetarian and prefers my cooking to eating out. The kitchen is equipped with every conceivable piece of kitchen equipment you can think of but the hob is restricted by a guard rail going all the way around it and it's screwed down so cannot be removed. As a result it is difficult to place saucepans, frying pan etc in the centre of the gas ring so you have to keep turning them or moving the contents in the pan to get even cooking. The oven is narrow and has a shelf and a grill pan with a wire rack, there is also a small metal tray, I took my oven baking sheet with me and it wouldn't fit. However, on board there is a full set of saucepans, frying pans, roasting tin, Pyrex dishes with lids and all the utensils. The microwave is also small inside but ok for pinging things like rice pouches, a dinner plate just fits in it.

The fridge has a small freezer compartment in the top about the same size of one you would find in a regular under counter fridge but not quite as deep, I took freezer bags with me and took everything out of their packaging and put them into bags. It does freeze very well. The fridge itself is OK the shelf space is narrow and the two drawers at the bottom are shallow but I managed to fit everything I needed for the week and still had room to put a few beers in as well. Again, anything that had bulky packaging got transferred to a zip lock food bag.



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We arrived at Silverline Marine in Brundall at 1pm on Sat 10th Sept, but we were advised no entry until 2pm, a few people did wander in but they were ushered back out again. At 13:45 we were told we could drive in now, a man stood by the gate checking in each car and allowing one car at a time to enter the yard. Another man was directing the cars where to park, ensuring that they were all parked very close to one another. We were quite fortunate as Simoom was moored in a small siding and not on the main basin, so we were able to pull up right alongside her and quickly and easily unload. We then joined the queue to park the car as directed.

First impression of the boat as we were unloading was good, everything was clean and tidy and it was a nice touch to see a bottle of Prosecco on a tray in the kitchen area. The rear door is quite narrow and we both found we had to step in side ways. Having unloaded we went to reception and checked in, the reception greetings were very friendly and welcoming and we were talked through a few things regarding boat safety crossing Breydon etc. We then had to pay £15 for car parking and £10 for propeller insurance, (OH had to walk away at this point having paid £1250 to hire the boat for the week, he felt it was a bit off being asked to pay more when we got there). Having checked in we made our way back to boat and were quickly followed by the instructor who started taking us round the boat and showing us where everything was and how things worked. He then took us out of the marina for a trial run where he quickly let me take over, we pulled up outside the Coldham Hall pub opposite the marina where the bow thrusters were demonstrated and then we dropped the instructor off at the pontoon on the other side and made our way off towards Reedham, we briefly stopped at the Beauchamp Arms pub, but didn't stay as all the mooring posts were loose and we weren't confident that they would hold the boat, one of them came away in my hand as I was trying to tie up to it, so we continued down the Yare. As we were approaching the Reedcutter Inn we encountered lots of sailing boats and had fun stopping and starting as they were tacking, it looked as though the boat in front was having a hard time as they were all over the place. We carried on past Cantley and eventually stopped at the Ferry Inn at Reedham where we settled in for the night. The pub was busy as there was an annual music festival on so all the tables were booked for the night however, I managed to order a Norfolk Crab salad by saying that I didn't mind how long it took and I have to say it was well worth the wait! The crab was fantastic and plenty of it the salad was a good mix of various salad leaves, tomatoes, cucumber, red onion etc and it was also served with pickled samphire, saffron mayo and some lovely artisan bread, well worth the £13.



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Sunday, sun was shining so the roof was down all day and we decided to head for Oulton Broad, down through the New Cut, through Somerleyton and into Oulton Broad, had some fun with the bow thrusters, well the instructor did say we could go round and round in circles if we wanted to. Moored up outside the Commodore, had a couple of drinks and then walked into town and made our way through the pubs finishing back at the Wherry hotel and having a few sundowners watching the sun set over the broad. The carvery looked and smelled fantastic, the Yorkshire puds were as big as a hat!!

The main reasons we chose Simoom was for the front and rear bow thrusters, the electric roof, the high level viewing seat so whoever wasn't driving could still have a comfortable view and the kitchen area being next to the seating area so conversation could continue whilst cooking. All in all Simoom is a very good boat, the only small niggles are the small oven and restricted area on the hob due to the fixed guard rail around it, which makes it difficult to place pans in the centre of each gas ring and you can't put more than two pans on it at a time. Unfortunately as the OH is 6'7" he had his head hunched over his shoulders in the kitchen area and the bedroom and also found the doorways very narrow. The position of the TV is also fixed so you have to virtually look at the floor to view it. The bow thrusters were excellent and so were the bathroom facilities with good showers and very hot water. The beds, like on most boats, were very firm so if you're not used to that they can be uncomfortable for the first couple of days, the forward bedroom only had one window that opened so got very hot and stuffy in the warm weather. All of the cupboards in the kitchen and seating area are full with kitchen things so you will need to move things around in order to be able to put cupboard food anywhere. I was amazed by the amount of things that were provided from a large fruit bowl to a vase to a cafetière, wine glasses, champagne glasses, tumblers, coffee cups, tea cups and saucers, tea, coffee, sugar caddys, bread bin, 6 piece dinner service, basically everything you could possibly need and a lot you probably don't!



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Monday, sun was shining so roof was once again down all day, we decided to head down to Geldeston and head for the Wherry Inn, but we couldn't find anywhere to moor so turned around and headed back to Beccles where we ended up mooring at the Yatcht Station and managed to find a spot on the end, two people from a private boat jumped out and gave us a hand mooring stern on (obviously saw a hire boat aiming for the spot next to them and panicked! Lol!) They were friendly enough and helpful, but I did hear them muttering between themselves that there should be more than two people on board a boat of this size! We decided to have a wander into town and I was really surprised by what a lovely town it is and the variety of shops. We popped into Tesco and got more bread, tried out a couple of the pubs and found a Weatherspoons where we had a few more, went to the chippy and got some chips to go with our dinner, then headed back to the boat and settled in for the night

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Tuesday and the sun was out and hot hot hot so the roof went down, we decided to go over Breydon and into the North. Set off and headed for St Olaves, where we was hoping to stop, but couldn't find anywhere so carried on and stopped at the Fisherman's Bar and had some lunch. I was apprehensive about crossing Breydon as this was my first time but to be honest I don't know what all the fuss was about, it was easy, there was a couple of boats in front and behind us. Once into Yarmouth we decided to make the most of it and keep going so went on to Stokesby and stopped at the Ferry Inn where we decided to settle in for the night.

Wednesday and there was even more sun! Roof down and off we went to Horning, had a look round and then headed back to Gt Yarmouth Yatch Station where we moored up for the night and went to Derby Night at the Dog Stadium and had a great night.

Thursday, guess what??? Even more sun!!! Once again it was hot so the roof went down and we pushed off to head back down into the South, crossing Breydon was once again easy and straightforward, this time we were by ourselves with only two boats coming the other way. Once across we went past the old Berney Arms and down to Reedham where we moored up outside the Lord Nelson pub and ended up staying there for the rest of the night. As the Nelson still isn't doing food yet we decided to wander along to The Ship, the food here is not great tbh, what I would call straightforward traditional pub grub - no frills no finesse - I had a Crayfish tails salad, which was ok but not a patch on the Norfolk Crab salad that I had in The Ferry Inn



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Friday - RAIN!! Boo!! It started about 7am and showed no sign of stopping, we checked on the BBC weather site and quickly realised that it was going to be rain rain rain all day, so we decided that we may as well call it a day and head back. By the time we got back it appeared that everyone else had the same idea as the yard was full.  They were OK about it and asked if we were going and if so they would fuel us up, happy I got £41 back from my £150 fuel deposit


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All in all we had a great week and really enjoyed it - obviously the fantastic weather we had from Sun-Thurs helped no end. We found the South to be very quiet and when out cruising between locations there's not a lot to look at. Given the choice I think we would have to say the North side is the better of the two though I did really like Oulton Broad and Beccles. My only regret was not getting down to Norwich but unfortunately the bad weather on Friday put paid to that.  The boat was great and front and rear bow thrusters are now my new best friend!


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