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Mar-24-2005 @ 12:26 AM                           Permalink
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Running out of fuel on a ebb tide between Stracey and Yarmouth Rope caught on prop Womack dyke .Going to help a yacht that had run aground only for the boom to swing round and break the windscreen.Taking Heartbeat back to Hearts boatyard on last day of the holiday one of the party was sat on the roof packing is fishing tackle away with his back to Thorpe railway bridge he got a nasty bang on the head caught under Beccles bridge on high tide.Makes you wonder why we keep going.

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I could tell a few tales but will start with this one.... we had "Sabre" out from Alphacraft in January 1975 for two weeks. It was a GRP Elysian centre cockpit. We covered virtually every yard of the Broads that fortnight. We went under Wayford Bridge up to Dilham. As we went under the sliding roof slightly grazed the bridge. We thought nothing of it and spent a good night up at Dilham. When we returned in the morning we discovered to our horror that we were at least 6 - 9" off getting back under. We consulted some local "experts" as to the time the water would be lowest, waited and tried again. Still a good 4" short. We still had over a week left and were begining to have nighmares of spending it all on this single mile....
We retired to the pub where we were advised to buy as many folk as we could a pint then ask them to come and stand on the boat. That was a non starter economically. It was mid afternoon now and we had hoped to get back to the Ferry Inn at Stokesby that evening. We rang AlphaCraft who, for a change, were not that helpful. Almost suggesting we wait till the end of the holiday and then, if we hadn't got under, it would have to be craned over. Ian immediately rang a local crane firm for a quote and wished he hadn't. In the pub someone had suggested opening the sea cock. We were getting desperate so we did. We also demolished the superstructure using cutlery and unhooked the sliding roof from its balance weight. Then managed to lift the roof further back off its slides.
Eureka ! we got under and were so delighted we set off for the Ferry, bailing with pans as we went. It was now dark and we switched on all the cabin lights and Ian sat on the bow with a torch. Don't you feel as though you are going fast in the dark?? We had many shouts and shaken fists at us from the bank but we made it and then reassembled the roof.
We enjoyed our ale that night.

Trevor

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in 1991, we came out of the bure turned right under the bridge and onto breydon, it was a very very windy day so it is choppy very choppy,5 or 10 minutes across the engine blows up ,no power,choppy, mum dad wife and 4 month old son on board, i was seriously considering taking my chances with a life jacket and my son. thankfully all ok spotted from bridge,a boat from bure marine??(directly opposite bure mouth) came for us , we had to spend a week there in 33 years on the broads never have i been so glad to get away from a place.lol happy days lol.
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Hi all
bye and large folk in trouble bring out the best in boaters.
im sure that you will find help .
has any one got experiences of this  Smile

roya

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For the funniest examples of 'difficulties' whilst boating on the Broads read Michael Green's super book The Art of Coarse Sailing. Though written in the late 50s or early 60s it is readily available as a recent reprint. It is an absolute classic for anyone sailing on the Broads but motorboaters will love it too.
It really is about time someone turned it into a film or a TV mini series.

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hi all
just got home from our holiday had some time up the waveney on moonfleet .
we where going up the river to our fishing spot .
and to our surprise there was a 40 foot hire boat wright
across the river was a 40 foot hire boat stepped with no power.the look on the mans face when i shouted to him to throw me a rope our little boat towed him out of trouble


michael & tony

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Our worst recently was to have a 'fan' belt let go on one of Faircraft-Loynes launches - when it started to shread in the engine compartment in the bows we wonder what on earth we'd hit then the almight bang when it actually broke - we were then stranded near Cockshoot, and didn't know if running the engine would do any further damage - the only time I've been pleased to have a mobile phone - F-L suggested going back to Ferry Inn - engineer came straight out then couldn't get the new fan belt on Gasp  spent an hour forcing it against the alternator to try and get it on him in the engine bay, me in cabin - that was a fun day Frown

Craig


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