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Phileos
Sep-30-2016 @ 12:17 AM                           Permalink
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Hi everyone...please don't expect a masterpiece, I failed GCSE English 30 years ago and while Mrs Phileos passed with flying colours her specialist subject is children and grandchildren so it's left to me to type.
First some background, first of all, I love rivers, always have, fishing on the Thames, the Hampsire Avon and when my daughter moved to Norwich the many chances to visit the Bure and Wensum however hiring a boat had never crossed my mind.
I suppose it was about 8 years ago when we booked a weekend break at a B&B in Coltishall, we took our bikes and one afternoon found ourselves at the New Inn, having a drink, and watching the boats past by. Now I don't know if I said something, or she felt something but my surprise birthday present the following year was a long weekend on a broads cruiser.
That turned out to be the most magical holiday ever, so much so that we kept coming back for more. So now, after some years of hiring we'd like to share some experiences and opinions of our latest week on the rivers.
TBC

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I've been reading this forum for many years, learnt loads from it and enjoyed many peoples holiday tales so thought it was time to put something back.
Our early holidays were on older boats and every time there was some small problems, nothing major but annoying when you have to call the boatyard and wait for a fix. Then we had a holiday from hell where we had to change boats twice as two boats broke down completely. That's not pleasant, having to transfer everything from boat to boat on the riverside and after that holiday we said that was it and we're never going back.
But the broads don't work like that and after a year away and the bad memories fading we wanted to return. We decided, to give ourselves the best chance of a trouble free holiday, we'd hire something relatively new, expensive but fingers crossed it works. We chose to go with Faircraft and we're really glad we did. we have not had one problem on any of their boats.
Arrival at the yard was different this year as we couldn't get there until 5pm. With it getting dark about 7pm we had already decided we'd spend the night in the boat yard. This made the whole arrival experience more relaxing than usual. Not like normal when you arrive at reception early and utter that phrase, "I know we're early but wondered if the boat was ready yet" 'cos you're so desperate to get away. For us there was no rush. We had time to chat to the people on the along from us who were spending their last night in the yard and share a beer with Pat who did the handover. We asked him for some longer mooring ropes so when Mrs Phileos steps off, be it front or back, she can have both ropes in hand and he changed them without question.
It was obvious from looking around the yard they had a lot of boats out and he confirmed this and said it was still very busy. We don't like busy so we usually holiday in October when it's quieter however this year that was not possible. We had never been on the southern rivers but I had looked at tide times before we left home so knew the opportunity was there if we wanted. As it was Saturday tomorrow combined with lots of boats out we decided to head south in the morning to find some quieter cruising. With low tide at Yarmouth at 10-30 it would mean an early start and still not getting there until 2 hours after low water but Pat said we'll be fine.
So we had a plan and sat out roof open enjoying the late evening sun with beer and wine. It's hard to believe it's late September.

Next, the journey south and the yachts.

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Good start, looking forward to further instalments.

Dave Cheers

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Hi, Phileos. Welcome to the forum. I'm pleased you've joined us after all these years. It's always good to hear of others' experiences on these waterways.

"..for the avoidance of any doubt, the broads are not legally a national park and do not come under the national park legislation, and nor will they."
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for DEFRA (Hansard 2015)

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Oct-01-2016 @ 2:47 PM                           Permalink
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Hi Phileos, looking forward to hearing the rest of your adventure.

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Oct-01-2016 @ 8:56 PM                           Permalink
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Thank you all for the welcome.
Before I continue a correction, the failed exam was actually 40 years ago not 30, the lovely summer of 76.
It was still dark when we got up on Saturday morning and prepared for our departure, we checked the weather and were promised a lovely sunny day but a little breezy, as it turned out they underestimated the wind, it blew like crazy.
We opened up the roof and set off at 6-50 and just as we reached the main river saw an otter sitting in one of the bungalow gardens having his breakfast. Couldn't see what it was he was eating but he certainly wasn't bothered by us. Great to see one out of the river and so close.
A magical early morning cruise, tricky at times with the sun being so low, passing the riverside properties and although we've seen it all before it felt like the first time again. Passing Salhouse we saw lots of free stern on moorings which gave us a lift as maybe the rivers won't be as busy as we thought. Was sad to see the Woodbastwick moorings closed as we liked stopping there and walking to the Fur and Feathers. Continuing along we were both surprised by how many boats were wild moored on the Bure, in places we've never seen before and we started to worry again it would be busy. We agreed worrying about it was pointless and it will be how it will be.
Mrs Phileos had asked if that wooden Broad Ambition boat would be around and I said I had read that it would be out over the weekend but we probably won't see it as we'll be down south until late on Monday. How wrong I was because as we approached Stokesby there she was outside the Pub with Charlie on board. We gave a toot, some applause and another gesture which he responded was a bit over the top.
Having never been below Stokesby we were now into new territory and have to say it was nowhere near as bad and bleak as we'd been led to believe. The sunshine probably helped a lot.
We arrived at Yarmouth earlier than we expected, about 11-45 and we both agreed the sunshine couldn't do anything to make it look appealing, it had a real rundown feel to it, still we're only passing through.
Onto Breydon and we were expecting some roughness with the wind blowing how it was but it was not bad at all and having never been across before we found it strangely nice. We passed a hireboat on the mud, how they got there we have no idea.
As we came closer to leaving Breydon we started noticing a lot of yachts, and I mean a lot. It soon became obvious that they were on the Yare and we were going to have to navigate through them. No problem with doing that, I've done it plenty of times before but I say again there were loads of them, some going upriver and some coming down. We thought it was just because of a windy Saturday so lots out enjoying the conditions however we found out later that we arrived there during one of the biggest yacht races of the year, from Coldham Hall to Breydon and back. It certainly made the rest of the trip to Reedham anything but boring.
We agreed to stop at Reedham for a break but I must mention that Mrs Phileos tweaked her back when we were loading the boat so she had a bit of pain and limited mobility, still the attendant would be there to help and probably plenty of space too. I tried looking at what the tide was doing as we went under the swing bridge and even though I knew it should be coming in but it seemed slack, the wind however was mostly into us so I decided to straight into the mooring and not turn round. Now panic started to set in, had I made the right decision, I hadn't moored a boat for nearly a year, the quayside was packed with people watching the race, there was no attendant, the only space, although quite big, was between two private boats and Mrs Phileos was crocked. Well as it turned out it all went perfect with the help of the experienced boaters on the quayside taking the ropes and helping us tie up.
So after our longest ever single cruise we sat outside The Lord Nelson with drinks in the sunshine watching the yachts and discussing our next move.

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Enjoying your holiday tale so far, keep it coming.

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Oct-02-2016 @ 3:44 PM                           Permalink
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Fishing on the Hampshire Avon. Now that is proper fishing!

Chris.

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have not tried mud weight yet!

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Welcome to the Forum Phileos, absolutely nothing wrong with your English !
Ahh the hot summer of '76 !
I had the huge good fortune of getting sunstroke and ending up in hospital. This meant that I missed most of my O levels.
The consequence of this was that I had most of the exam results estimated and the estimated results were, without a shadow of doubt, far better than the real ones that I would have achieved !!
The same thing happened with my 2nd year university exams when I went down with glandular fever......
Sorry to stray off topic, I am enjoying your holiday story.

Best wishes, Charles

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Chris, it certainly is very different from the commercials and carp fishing around now.

Charles, think I'd rather do the exams than suffer glandular fever.

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