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It seems that every other year my wife and I get to have a more relaxed Boating holiday, without the Family! Preferring aft cockpit cruisers, I had hoped to hire Pacific Breeze that we had hired 2 years ago, but even in January it was booked for our chosen week, but Pacific Grayling was available, and a similar size as Breeze but with more enclosure. |Never mind we would give it a try, knowing that we would have to be more conscious of bridge clearances at Gt Yarmouth, and no chance of Potter Heigham or Wroxham bridges.
    We arrived at Loddon from Kent, at around 12 o' clock,(Free 2 hour parking) a visit to the Coop shop for a few supplies then down to Rosy Lees for some lunch, almost empty for a change.
     Getting to the boatyard about 1.30, it seemed that everyone had arrived at once, but all boats seemed to be ready, soon unloaded, and a few things to be told about on Grayling, and we were away by 2.10. Good to be back on the water and cruising down the river Chet.
     Our goal for the night was Oulton Broad, as had not stayed there for a while. Reedham bridge was showing 10'6" so no problem, Grayling needs 7'6" so fairly low for a fixed roof boat. After the New Cut, a stop was made at the Herringfleet 24hr mooring to test our mooring skills without anyone watching! and have a cup of tea.  Spmerleyton bridge next, and that was 8'3". Arrived at Oulton Broad yacht station at 6.10, plenty of mooring places
     We were not sure what the eating places were like, so had a look at the menus and eventually decided to give The Lady of the Lake a try,looking much refreshed from a few years ago. Just as a note, it seems that they have a band in on Fridays and Saturdays, and while we were eating the band started to unload their kit. The landlord did ask if we minded, but we had nearly finished so said o.k. It seems that he was the chef at another restaurant in Oulton, and was doing the cooking himself until business improved. No complaints, very nice.
     It was a bit of a cool evening, so had the heating on for a while.      

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May-31-2017 @ 4:53 AM                           Permalink
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Love to hear more tales and piccies.   When was your holiday and what did you think of  the boat?

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Hello Highlander, our holiday was May 19th to 26th, Looking at Craigs list, Pacific Grayling was built by Bounty Boats of Brundall, in 1981, for a private owner, has been named Sandra, and Amicitia, before Pacific in 2010, it is still in quite tidy condition for a boat of this age, the current power unit is a BMC diesel with Hydraulic drive, which allows for a low cockpit floor height, it is moderately quiet and quite vibration free. Recently the opening side windows have been replaced with a slight tint, There is an open sliding panel in the roof, and we found the aft boarding ladder most useful for getting on and off, and a roller at the bow which helps get the mudweight aboard.
     Saturday morning and finding out that the Ferry was now running, we used this to visit Lowestoft, a most interesting trip, and seeing more seagoing boats in Lake Lothing, including MTB 102. In the harbour at Lowestoft is the restored Lowestoft fishing boat, 'Mincarlo' which is certainly worth a visit.  Free admission, but do please  give a donation. The Ferry runs on a 1 hour turnaround, with the trip being about 25 minutes. Definately a 'must do' when at Oulton Broad.
     Back underway at 2 pm, and heading up the Waveney for Beccles, a few heavy showers  this afternoon, so the windscreen wiper proved its worth. I phoned ahead to reserve a table at our favourite 'Restaurant Piatto', but it was fully booked, (perhaps I should stop telling people how good it is!). Arrived at Beccles Yacht station at 4pm.  had tea and cake at the cafe there.  The Freeman cruiser gathering was taking place and it was good to see different types shining in the sunshine. I remember going to the Freeman factory with my Grandfather in I think 1961 to collect his new Freeman 22. For eating we had to make do with the Prezzo, still a good meal.
     (photo of the Lowestoft Ferry)

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Here is a photo of the Freeman gathering at Beccles

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Sunday Morning at 9.10 we left Beccles behind, heading North, our first stop was for coffee, near to Somerleyton, then we should have the tide with us across Breydon, which proved to be the case.  passing under Vauxhall bridge at 1.30, and  clearance of 9'3".the water still seemed to be ebbing though. Amuch needed stop at the Stokesby tea room for tea and cake. Hoping to stop at the Acle Bridge inn, but no spaces near the bridge and not sure how the ex Horizon craft moorings were being managed, pressed on, and thought of trying Upton Dyke, narrow of course, but room for smallish boats.
    The White Horse we had not visited for many years, and were surprised how it has been developed, very busy with a good menu, and a community shop open every day, a very pleasant evening, their board near the staithe, suggested 5 minute walk, but nearer 10 at our pace! It is a pity that mooring for larger craft is difficult, and you don't know until you arrive what the situation is.


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Moored at Eastwood Whelpton staithe, the village staithe for about 2 boats is the side that the photo was taken from.

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sorry photo missing!

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Monday,  left Upton staithe at 9.30.  Arrived at Ranworth staithe, plenty of room, 10.45, walked to the Church coffee shop.Leaving Ranworth 12.10.  Horning, 'amazing' a space at the village staithe, so just had to stop. Lunch at the well known deli. The Post office at Horning seems to be specialising in Arthur Ransome books, and other old Broads books.  Left for Wroxham at 2.15, Wroxham next stop, and eventually found a space in Faircraft Loynes yard. The usual visit to Roys for supplies.   Eating tonight was a the Wherrymans, absolutely fine. Then a walk around Hoveton, seeing what is going on with the various yards that seem to have changed hands since last year. Still lots of derelict sites, I wonder why?

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saw this lovely varnished wood cruiser at Horning, any ideas of its history or who built it,anyone?

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Listed as "White Heather" on Craigs site. I agree, wonderful looking boat.

http://www.broads.org.uk/wiki/index.php5?title=Boat_Details&BoatId=6827

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