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We just got home yesterday evening after a week on Dream Gem 1 from Richardsons. The week just flew past, and we had a great time! Rather than give a lengthy account of all that happened, there are just a few points I would like to make.
We left Stalham at about 18.00 on Saturday evening and headed down to Barton Broad. There was nowhere to moor on the Neatishead moorings, so we headed up to Barton Turf. - None there either! I know, thought I, Sutton Staithe, There's bound to be somewhere there! - No chance!!  So guess where we ended up? Back at Richardsons boatyard!! Loads of space there though, and the added delight of being able to nip into Tesco's on Sunday morning. If we'd known what was comeing we'd have bought more kitchen paper,- or anything that would soak up water!!. As we pulled away from Stalham, about 12.00 noon I think, the rain began to gently fall. It fell all the way down to Ant mouth, and all the way up to Potter Heigham. I'd timed it for low water at about 17.00, but we couldn't moor at the pilot's Quay, so we went into Herbert Woods. The rain was still falling. A bit heavily, I thought, but it couldn't last, could it? No one wanted to leave the boat, so I went out of the boatyard, over the bridge, and into the pilot's hut. There was nobody inside, but the marker sat at 6ft7. Just my headroom, and another half hour to low tide. 'This was going to be close' I thought. A chap in a large 'High Viz' coat was holding a boat on its ropes outside, so I went for a chat with him. He wasn't the pilot, but said he would be back any time. I told him how close it looked to be, and he said
'Best to leave it a couple of days before going through'.
Was I disappointed, but boy was he right!! It rained, and rained, and rained, then rained a bit more, until we had water running down the inside of the windows and dripping on our beds, it was coming in under the door at the front of the boat and soaking the carpet throughout the sitting area and towards the galley. We had to use the Sunday Times to mop up the drips (before we had chance to read it!). All our towels were soaked. The bedding was soaked, and that was just after the one night.  Next morning, after breakfast, we decided that potter heigham was a washout, and set off for Horning. It rained all the way there, but we arrived early, about noon. No moorings at The Swan, or The New Inn, but one right outside the Ferry Inn. Great, That will do, thinks I.
By this time we had run out of water absorbant material, so I put back on the wet clothes I'd worn to go to the pilot's hut in potter heigham, and set off down the road to the shops in Horning. The road out from the pub car park was flooded!! I got my feet soaked on the way out, and again on the way back in!! Isn't it a long walk down that road when you're wet through? I bought crisps, chocolate, hot chocolate powder, and 4 more kitchen rolls. Oh, and a big umbarella. Still raining by the way. Back to the boat. Had a quick admiring look at Nipper and Nipper's Nipper on the way back, lovely boat(s)!! then back to 'Dream Gem'.  Oh, highspot of the day so far, a pint of 'Wherry', just put on, at the Ferry. Lovely beer. Unfortunately though, no tumble dryer available to dry anything out. Another wet night on the boat in store. ...... But it did get better, Honest!  
A question.  How much moisture do those gas heaters on the boats produce? We were cold and wet, so turned one on to try to dry some sheets and clothes, but I wonder if it was only adding to the problem (We did ventilate,like it tells you to!

More to follow when I get time to add it!
The sun will shine ..... Tomorrow!!

Regards
Charles.

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Jun-03-2007 @ 8:18 PM                           Permalink
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hi Charles
God I love these's holiday tales, sorry about the weather. can't wait until the next instalment.

one day this boat will be mine dream on!!!!

Kenny

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Jun-04-2007 @ 9:09 AM                           Permalink
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I have in the past thought that were pubs to install tumble driers and indeed washing machines it would be one hell of a draw.  An hour and a half's enforced drinking time whilst the washing does it's stuff.  Evil Grin

Bill...

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Jun-04-2007 @ 9:39 AM                           Permalink
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Next time nip into the leisure centre at the Ferry Marina - they have a launderette with a tumble dryer!!!! Smile
Stii the experience was all the better for being wet!!!

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Jun-04-2007 @ 10:32 AM                           Permalink
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Goodness me the start sounded wet,

Was it the Bank Holiday Saturday your holiday Started, as i was out and about that weekend.

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Jun-04-2007 @ 10:51 AM                           Permalink
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Styroe mate, have you checked for webbed feet?lol,hope we cop for a dryer week my friend, do tell more, great stuff mate. Wink

Jack Union.

I swear mate, it had 2 blunt ends when i hired it.....

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Hi styroe,
Spotted you going down the Ant, we waved but not sure if you spotted the boat as Faymore.I agree the weather was terrible all weekend. A suprise for us is that the boat did not leak too much. Lets hope the next trip will be better. We did go through potter on the Friday but were told by the pilots to stay no longer than 24 hrs. Returned on the saturday and just got under. They have us logged at 6-7 it was close!

Rgards
Andrew

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We were up over the bank holiday and it was very wet, but at least we now know where the rain gets in and can sort it out!

This weekend would have been great.

Cheers,
Tim

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Hi All, Kenny, thanks for the encouragement, Phase 2 follows. Bill - You could have a winner there. 'Drink and Dry - As you get wetter your clothes get dryer'. Marshman, I saw a sign for a launderette, but thought it was probably exclusive to residents. Anyway, it was cut off from me by the flood water! Brian, it was the Bank Holiday weekend, did you see us? Jack, any more and the feet would be well and truely webbed, and we would be able to breath under water! I've never been on the broads when it has rained so persistantly.  Andy,  I was looking for you!! Was it Saturday evening? I'm so sorry I missed you. I was looking forward to a pint!! Maybe next time!
Anyway, To conclude -
Tuesday morning. A wet start, inside and out, but the rain finally stopped. We decided a run to Coltishall would help to air everything out.  No Chance!! Wroxham bridge only had 6ft 3 ins headroom. I've never in the past been unable to get under Wroxham Bridge, and never in the past used a pilot!! So we tied up in the free moorings and had a look in Roys before heading back down river to Salhouse Broad. I have a 4 pint Woodfordes Norfolk Ale container here, as a souvenier of a very nice evening spent sampling the local produce in the Fur and Feather. - Plus the 'carry out' for the long walk back to the boat. Things were looking up from this point onwards!
    A lovely morning at Salhouse, then off to South Walsham Broad for the night. We looked in on Malthouse Broad on the way, but again there were no places to moore at the staithe, so I will have to save a visit to The Maltsters for the next time. Instead we had an evening walk to The Ship, and a lovely curry, washed down with more local beer. The landlady was a gem, and seated us in the Bar, because there were no tables available in the Lounge. The service and hospitality was great. Well worth the walk. from the (New!) moorings at the mouth of the broad.  The next day, Thursday, we had hoped to moore at Womack Water and have a look at Ludham. Not a chance of mooring at the end of the dyke, and there was a 'queue' of boats on their mud weights on the opposite side of the water, waiting for moorings to become available! We decided a return to Potter Heigham was the best bet. Loads of mooring space there, inside the yacht basin, and a very pleasant evening was spent out in the dinghy. We took it through the bridge, and the marker showed 6ft on the downstream marker, and only 5ft 9 and a bit on the upstream side.- Still a major flow of water coming down from Hickling and Horsey. If we'd gone through the bridge on Sunday I'm sure we would not have been able to get back.
For our last day we headed back up to Barton Turf, and took the dinghy out on Barton Broad for a couple of hours. There was a good wind, and we nearly had water coming in over the sides a couple of times. I had my father in law as crew. He's never sailed before and he's nearly 60 so I couldn't expect him to hang over the side with his feet under the straps, could I? It was still exciting stuff. The Heron still manages a good turn of speed in a moderate wind.
Finally, we headed up to Hunset Mill for a quick look at it, then back down and into Richardsons for the last night. I had hoped for a beer in a pub, but we settled for a Chinese take away and a couple of cans on the boat, before packing everything, ready to come home.
Why does a week's holiday go so fast? We all agreed we had a great time, and once the rain stopped on Tuesday it was lovely from then on. There were just not enough hours in the day. We saw lots of lovely old restored cruisers (But not Faymore, sorry again Andy) and kept our eyes open for the type we think we would like to buy when we've seen the kids through University and won the lottery or whatever. We can dream!.
  I'm sorry for a whole number of reasons that I wont be able to attend the 'meeting' at Ranworth / Malthouse this year, so you'll have to have another one next year, then I'll have no excuse.  I hope the weather stays fine, and it's a super event. I look forward to reading all about it, and all the other subjects raised on this site. For me, and I'm sure lots and lots of other holiday visiters to the broads it keeps them fresh in our minds and increases our enjoyment as a result. Long may it be so, and a big 'thank you' to all who contribute and to those involved in the organisation and administration of 'The Forum'.  
Now, a couple of pictures!    
firstly, Dream Gem 1.

Regards
Charles.

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Try again ......

Regards
Charles.


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