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Friday 1st June.
Very misty this morning, leaving at 8.30  as yesterdays had advised this, In Hoveton by 9.40, found the Pilot who had just brought another boat through.  The Bridge gauge was now showing just under 7', sure enough it was a bit close, but Pilot said he would be happy with 6'9" so that is 9" less than the measurement stated!
     Moored up again in Faircraft Loynes, and caught the 'Bure Valley Railway' train to Aylsham, there was just time for a sandwhich at their buffet, and got the next train back. Another time it would be better to stay a bit longer and look around Aylsham.
     Back at Wroxham a visit to Wroxham broad seemed a good idea to sail the dinghy. Dropped the mudweight (very heavy one on this boat)at the Wroxham end of the beoad, got the dinghy rigged, set sail and guess what, the wind ceased!  so drifted around for a bit and were back at Summercraft around 4.40. Managed to get Grecian Girl back under the shelter, so were near to our cars for loading.
    That evening fetched Fish and Chips from 'Grays' which were very nice.
     The fuel tank was dipped, and next morning we had a refund of £51.70. which seemed quite economical.
    

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Saturday 2nd June
     Going home day.  We found Summercraft to have well prepared boats, the yard too is all you could want it to be. Inside the boat on arrival was a bowl of really nice cakes, tea & coffee sachets, milk and biscuits, a nice touch.  Grecian girl is a different design to any we have hired before, with two double cabins and a twin cabin at the stern, along with two reasonable sized toilet/showers, working forward there is a door to the 'engine room' where there is plenty of room for engineers to work on any of the machinerey if there were to be a fault, we were asked to check the two week filters, and after our trip to Coltishall they certainly needed cleaning that day. then there are the steps up to the higher level steering and seating position, we used this from choice the whole week, as the inside position seemed to have poor visibility. There is a change over lever that has to be operated when stationary. The main saloon has a really nice curved seating area with (for a boat) a large round table. The Galley area is also here and there is a drop down double bed which looked very comfortable.
     The whole week we filled up with water twice, and did not need a toilet pump out.
     As with most boats there are things that you feel could be better, it would have been nice to have drawers under the beds, for storing clothes in the cabins.
     A very good Holiday, with excellent weather for most of the week.

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Thanks for sharing your holiday with us - it's always good to read about the different experiences that people have on their boating holiday.



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Nice tale Chris. Sounds like you had a good time.

Steve. CM1 and NR12

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Nice to hear about your holiday.

I was interested to see you hired a dinghy, this is something I had wondered about, did you hire it from the same place as the boat?

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I think that it is usual to hire a dinghy from the yard you are hiring from.  Some yards do not offer dinghys and even fewer have sailing versions.  You need to ask the yard concerned.  Some yards allow you to bring your own, but it must have soft fender at the bow.
     A dinghy can be useful if you have to tie up across the river from a pub, or mudweight out in a broad, but makes stern on mooring difficult as you need to have a crew member to take the dinghy around to the front.

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