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Spent Easter on Pacific Shadow from Loddon. Great week all in all. Pleased with boat - first trip out after winter so very clean. First night was freeeezing so requested extra blankets. After that, kept heating on most of the time (not at night, of course)- warm and cosy.
Adventure was running aground on Breydon Water. It was foggy. To be honest, we were more preoccupied with timing and getting in on low tide. Hubby trusted his common sense (?) and kept close to green stakes and away from red (thinking they indicated danger) but anyhow the colours were hard to see because of poor visibility. Course he was on wrong side of green and next thing, we're stuck. As tide lowered, we inclined until even our game of monopoly had to be abandoned - everything was falling. Funny now but at time it was alarming - thank goodness for River Control and our boatyard (and mobile phones) who gave us reassurance and advice. We weren't alone though - another boat had run aground not far away. Eventually a tow boat rescued both of us in the darkness and rain but poor guy's radar had gone down and he was struggling (alone) to find his way aided only by a strong torch and had to make a few u-turns himself. When we arrived back at a mooring, the guys jumped off the other boat in bare feet. Said they'd got off their boat to try and free it but lost their shoes in the mud! Anyhow, the tow boat skipper did agree with us that Breydon Water signs are unclear (to first-timers) particularly in poor weather conditions and he has been on to Great Yarmouth who are responsible for ages. He said the more people who complain, the better.
Anyone else had a similar problem?
Fab week though - wish we were back there now...

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Rusty what a super story did you take any photos .
that was a real adventure
cheers for now. Cheers

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I wasn't there because I was only a baby but my parents(with my 8 year old brother and his mate ) ran aground on Breydon water during their one and only Broads holiday in the mid 60's( Baby Grand I think the boat was from Oulton Broad although Mum to this day swears that they hired it somewhere on the Ouse ! ! ! !  Smile )

Apparantly Mum and Dad were convinced (although Dad has since denied it! ) that the boat would stay stuck in the mud and the water would slowly rise over them and they were calling to passing boats " Save our children ! ! "  Blush

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This wasnt you was it ??? Smile

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BROADSINMAY The boat you are talking about was called Bebe Grande and was from F Newsons boatyard at Oulton Broad.

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Thanks Foxy for the info

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Haha, good photo ncsl but wasn't us. Here's a photo we took but would have been better from afar. Anyone out there saw us??? Must admit, few boats passed close by but we hid in embarrassment!
Like the story BroadsInMay and can quite believe it. Scary stuff to the uninitiated.
We also had a dog overboard situation to round off the week nicely - luckily we were moored up at the time though so was fished out fairly pronto.

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Breydon Water, infamously scary.

My husband and I have been on many Broads holidays and now vow to keep well clear of Breydon.

Everything else has happen other than run aground. We once landed up crossing when it was very windy and didn't expect an inland waterway to be so rough. The high tide didn't help any either. Thanks to my canoeing experience I knew to plough straight into the waves and not travel side on, or we'ed have capsized like a boat the previous week!

Then there was the time we were half way across, and I needed the ladies! When I got to the room it adjoined their was water flowing all over the floor. Somehow the toilet switch hadn't turned off, and as a result the water had kept running, filled the tank and was overflowing. Thank god we'ed only just picked it up or it would have been rather disgusting - stinky pooh.

Hasn't put me off one bit. Happy days afloat.

Reb

Lifes better on a boat.

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Am I alone in enjoying the passage accross Breydon Water? If you think it gets rough out there in heavy weather try Loch Ness in November .....

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One of the highlights for me as well. Bottle of Red wine, pork pie or some freshly cooked sausages and a lunch time crossing.

Keith

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