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Apr-11-2007 @ 1:09 AM                           Permalink
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We bought Aquaholic in Feb and have spent a few weekends on her finding out how everything works and where it all fits and finding out what does not work so we could get it fixed etc and we thought we were all sorted and were really looking forward to Easter as I had 2 weeks off to look forward too.

We set off on Saturday 1st of April nice and early as we have a 190 mile drive down from sunny East Yorkshire to an even sunnier Norfolk, pleasant drive down, no drama's and we made good time, our treat to ourselves when on holiday is to eat out as much as we can and try as many diffreent establishments as we can, restaurants, pubs, chinese takeaways, chippy's burger bars even the KFC and Maccy Dees are fair game to us, the ones worth writing about I will. I have a rule not to write anything bad about somewhere unless I have eaten there at least twice with the same bad experience, after all we can all have a bad day.

We had prepared the boat a couple of weeks before and where ready to go.

Now forgive me for being a little naive but Easter School holiday, still most places closed at the weekend, needed a pump out, could not get one until monday,

I still cannot fathom why businesses on the broads  moan about the lack of customers,,,,I would have thought that the weekends have the highest concentration of visitors than through the week,,the customers are there on a weekend but YOU are not, moan over, not my problem.

The weather could not have been kinder, any one who was down over the Easter period would agree I am sure, we met and waved at plenty of forumites as we pottered around, we tried a good selection of different food establishments and I can honestly say we did not get a bad meal or poor value any where, some where better than others but apart from the cardboard chips, you must have had them, they are rounded, almost preformed will not absorb vinigar and have a woodeny cardboardy consistancy. chips come from potatoes, not freezers.

We took hundreds of photographs and my wife bought me a gift of some oil paints to keep me occupied, I have not enjoyed myself so much in years, I was so chilled out I slept every night for 8 to 10 hours straight.

We had a great 10 days of peace and tranquility which sadly ended monday night, moored in Wroxham (Hoveton St John) a group of local yobs started interfering with the boats and making a general nuisance of themselves, tripping the power off, climbing onto boats and stealing flags etc

then they decided to make a bonfire of the park benches provided by the parish council, the police were too busy to attend for 45 mins, but they did send the fire brigade.

I cannot beleive that the Hoveton police station is only manned by volunteers, there are no police officers in the Wroxham Hoveton area on a bank holiday Monday.

Then the mystery of the disapearing water was solved when Mrs C opened a drawer in the bedroom only to find an inch of water in it!!! a burst pipe had been filling the draw at a steady dribble, hence the water pump kicking in for a few seconds every few minits and a full water tank only lasting two days!!!

Thank fully Kevin at Sutton Staithe Boatyard broke off from what he was doing and replaced the perished pipework and only charged for 1/2 an hour labour and a bit of pipe, great job, well done.

Got a few more little jobs done, new solar panel to keep the batteries charged up when we are not down (note to self, check battery water level)

Arranged for a quote for antifoul and hull painting, engine and hydraulic service and eberspacher fitting!! should make good reading when it arrives, at least its optional and Sutton Staithe Boatyard guarantee the price for 3 months.

Its really been a great holiday despite the little things, thanks again to Sutton Staithe Boatyard,

Quite simply, we just will not stop overnight at Wroxham again, the £50 my wife spent in Roys on tat, the £25 we spent in the Kings Head and the £37 we spent in the fish restaurant we will spend somewhere else in future.

It may sound melodramatic to some of you but I go down to the boat to chill and relax, I cannot do that if I cannot feel happy leaving my boat for a couple of hours or even to go to sleep in case some brain dead decides to BBQ our boat.

I hope the Parish Council Members read this and realise that you have an element in your town that need sorting out, these were not visitors they were local yobs, a bank holiday weekend needs policing properly

To the drunks in the Acle horizon boat who rammed us at horning and then sped off, and then hid behind thier boat in Wroxham, Where did you think you were going to hide you numpty? try to explain the new black stripe along your newly painted starboard bow when they keep your deposit.

To the idiots of Hoveton, go drown yourselves.

To the pannicky guy in the red and white saily lowering his gear at Potter, yes I was watching my stern which is why it missed you, even though you were triple parked opposite the empty reserved moorings for you sailys on the other bank.

To those we waved to and responded by waving back, great to meet you,

to the sailys that gave us an indication of thier intended path thank you,

to those that indicated the path they would like us to take, thank you,

To the sailys that just looked blankly while becalmed during their tack and the ignorant ones who just exersized thier 'right of way' irrespective of traffic or due consideration for others, learn some manners, courtesy is free of charge and usually comes back tenfold.

To "Lord Paul Of Sealand" Thanks for sorting that for me (he knows what)

To everyone else, see you next week!!





THE WET STUFF SHOULD BE ON THE OUTSIDE OF THE BOAT!!

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Hi Dave
Pleased to hear you had a good holiday albeit too short - and the odd bit of trouble!

I was at Wroxham yesterday and saw not only the burnt out bench near the wooden walk way near the rail bridge but also the rubbish that had been left at the bins, including the split open bags.

I was amazed to see a "little man" walking around picking up "the odd" bit of rubbish AND not bothering about the rest of the rubbish near to the bins.!!

Must be a "jobs worth" employer????

If that is the "Heart" of the Broads that people read about then what sort of impression do they have of the rest of the system ???????

So come on people CLEAR UP YOUR OWN RUBBISH  and Wroxham GET YOUR ACT TOGETHER

1400hrs on a Tuesday and all that rubbish?  Just NOT ON !




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Hi Dave

Glad you had a good time.  It is a real shame about the trouble you encountered though...

Paul, we were in Wroxham on Monday late afternoon and were pretty disgusted with the rubbish everywhere, drunken yobs in the street and general state of the whole place....yep, we shall be avoiding it in future.  It even felt a bit dubious leaving the car parked in Roys for half an hour....let alone leave the boat!!!

Dave, I will post that photo of you passing in your boat when I get myself in gear.... you certainly looked happy and relaxed then!!!  Smile

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hi dave,
First time out this weekend on Faymore. Very stressful.I seemed to spend hours fending off hire boats with people trying to park them like a car in tesco, particularly when doing stern on. being all wood I dare not leave it till i had boats safely moored either side. When will the boat yards take responsibility to ensure that people understand the basics.The police were also busy, three richardson boats racing across salhouse broad just as the police boat came in!.Flashing lights and sirens, thought I was back home in Mansfield. Great weather though.  

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Hi Dave good to see you last week, glad you had a good week, apart from the trouble and good to see you got the water leak fixed. When we moored at Wroxham I couldn't beleive the amount of rubbish that had been left by the litter bins, by boaters as well, when there is a boating refuse compound.

If you remember our conversation at Coltishall, the mooring I suggested at Wroxham is a lot safer and never had trouble there, and it can be booked in advance.

I also find as a private boat, if you are stuck for a mooring and pop into one of the hireyards and make a point of asking, rather than assuming, then most will let you moor there. So far I have never been refused or asked to pay. Somewhere like Wroxham it is propably safer and quieter. I have moored at Moonfleet, Richardsons, Eastwood Whelpton, Silverline Marine, Moores, Sutton staithe boatyard etc. I have occasionly been told that as they are expecting boats back, it will be ok, providing I was gone by 7:30, which I always make sure off. It also helps if you can time it with asking for a pumpout or a little top up of diesel etc. In this respect Silverline Marine are reasonable for diesel, ok not the absolute cheapest, but by far not the dearest. Off course I wouldn't suggest a hireyard at the weekends because of change over days.

Keith

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hi all
yes i have long stopped going to wroxham and indeed horning because of an ever increasing cataloge of personal experiences that spoilt some of my past visits to the broads.i now tend to pick the boat up at stalam and after a short stay at potter move on down to the southern side for the rest of the holiday.wroxham being the capital of the broads has to be seen as showing a better example other that yobs...fires...drunkeness..etc.parish council take note ?get your act together along with the police and get something done before you lose more established holidaymakers and possible future visiters to your town Mad  Scared  Mad

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Can't agree there, newton7. Just because there's a mindless minority around on the Broads, why should we give in to that? Wroxham & Horning are both beautiful spots that deserve to have time spent there. My advice would be don't miss out - just choose your mooring spot carefully. Keith's suggestion about using the boatyard moorings at Wroxham is an excellent one - we've always had peaceful nights at Wroxham in peak season, having used Fineway, Barnes Brinkcraft & Powles Marina.

Simon

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Hi Broads01

Good point about using the yards and choosing more carefully where we moor up for the night, sadly we where not aware of the problems encountered at Hoveton St John before we moored there, indeed on the Thursday before we had moored there and had no problems at all.

Sadly, due to ill health I am now unable and unwilling to put up with drunken hoodies running amok.

5 years ago I would have been quite willing to have "resolved" the problem personally but I am now disabled and have to come to terms with the fact that I can no longer defend myself or my family from these toe-rags means it is just easier to go somewhere else.

Trust me it does nothing for your self esteem to have to turn the other cheek and let this vermin get thier own way.

The same group are supected of smashing the butchers window and many other acts of vandalism over the last couple of months. What is more frustrating the police know who these people are but have no evidence!! your word is not enough these days. they need duplicate video evidence, 6 eye witnesses who preferably happen to be couple of crown court judges and 4 cheif constables, fingerprints, DNA and a full written and video'd confession before they will come out to investigate.

Robert Peel must be spinning in his grave!

sadly this is a sign of the times..



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Here's that Photo Dave....


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Hmmm
I was in the Broads hotel just ooposite the butchers in Wroxham at about 6.30 on saturday,when this mob decided to smash the butchers window,because nobody actually saw which individual did it,the police could't do much.Shame,but this is becoming a problem in Wroxham.
Steve & Cath

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