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Hi everyone and thank you for your kind comments. And Charlie, yes you will be seeing me as soon as I am fit and well again. I will be living just across the way in Beccles Yacht Station.... roll on next season!

Now where was I? Working a laptop is hard enough without trying to remember where I had got up to. So much has happened since we started.

Oh yes. That Jim fellow was taking me to the slipway. And then there it was, all wet and lovely... the river waveney. Slowly, too slowly for me, I inched closer and closer until finally my rudder touched and then there was no stopping me. The river felt so good that I just couldnt help keeping up with the tradition us woodies enjoy while 'taking up' and so I just relaxed and let it flow inside and out.

Ok, maybe I was a bit too enthusiastic. Not enough to actually be an issue but perhaps I got carried away a bit. And maybe my human will remember to connect the pump before launching me next time...



If I am a "woody" how come there are no "fibreglassy's" "plasticy's" or "steelies"?


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The next morning, after a sleepless night for my human (hehe, I was just toying with him really) my ticker was started and I ventured out for a quick lap of Beccles. '

'I wonder where I am going?' I thought to myself. Not far I soon discovered. We headed for the yacht station and I was tied up alongside another woody and that was it! We got chatting, her name was Judith, and she was here to tow me once the tide was right and the collection of humans inside her had finished breakfast. All news to me and I was deeply offended to think I was not considered able to look after myself but then Judith mentioned she still based at Martham and thats where we were heading. Martham? Near Potter Heigham? Back to my 'berth' place (sorry about the pun, us woodies just cant help it some time). I couldn't wait. Tow me, drive me, push me for all I care, just get me there!



If I am a "woody" how come there are no "fibreglassy's" "plasticy's" or "steelies"?


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With ropes fastened and fenders in place (to protect Judith, not me sadly, one day though) we set off. The river was deserted in the early morning fog and a stiff breeze made for a chilly days motoring.

I was still taking up of course having only been afloat about 12 hours though the amount of water passing through me was nothing compared to the amount the crew turned into tea! I doubt their mugs got cold at any point that day. In fact the only time they stopped was to eat... and when my bilge pump got blocked. That seemed to concentrate them for a bit.

Somerleyton, St Olaves, Burgh Castle, Breydon (a very kind crossing you will have noticed) Yarmouth and on to Stacy and Stokesby. There I was just enjoying sights I had been missing for too long and not really paying attention when I suddenly became aware of activity within. And then my old ticker was running again and I was towing Judith!!!

'A proper test' they called it. I rose to the challenge but while Judith had hardly noticed me alongside it was a bit different the other way round. My ticker was working well though, better that they thought it would it seems. Past Acle and on to Thurne, I was so enjoying my trip.





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Brilliant story of a very deserved second wind for you Janet Anne.

As a hirer of the not so wooden boats i had never really thought about the sheer amount of work that goes into creating and maintaining a woodie.

Is it true then Janet Anne that each woodie has its own little things it does to make it feel alive?

Please hurry with the next instalment

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As we passed Thurne we slowed and I was set free from Judith for the last leg of my journey. All those old memories came back as we passed old Herby's site. I spent a lot of years there after all. I almost sneaked past keen to have a look but not wanting to be seen in my current state. The old man would not have been impressed I can tell you.  And then once again under the bridge.

It had been a long day as I tied up for the night at Martham. We had motored non stop from Beccles as the November daylight had dictated and I was still letting in water unfortunately which meant I was heading for the slipway and dry land again. Fortunately they couldn't get me out till the next day so I had another night of splashing around to enjoy while I could.

Sorry about the photo. Humans eh? Even I know what a zoom is....

If I am a "woody" how come there are no "fibreglassy's" "plasticy's" or "steelies"?


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You are right Tim, we can be a lot of work but we are so worth it. We are all unique unlike a boat taken out of a mould which is a faithful reproduction every time. I am one of six. We were all hand built side by side but we are all different. Its the hand built bit that makes us so.

As to little things that make us feel alive... I am alive, well I hope I am! It's the wood. It breathes you see.

If I am a "woody" how come there are no "fibreglassy's" "plasticy's" or "steelies"?

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Hello Janet Anne
As owner of one of your older sisters, this tale is 'delightful'
I hope my Water Rail can have a chat one day! Just like these two 'old' ladies did last July
http://www.flickr.com/photos/16116683@N05/9291857804/in/set-72157634649392176
Liz and Water Rail (Delight VII)

Happy Birthday Water Rail, 80 years young this year!

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I would love that Liz. We will have to make a date once I am back on the water. It will be a busy season with all these humans I am getting to know. This computer lark certainly helps pass the time while I am receiving my makeover.


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After my fun day on the water I was destined for another spell of storage this time involving a stay at Martham (inside for a change but it really is a hateful experience). A little work was started with new ribs on my starboard side where the old fridge vent had, over the years, caused damage to the edge of one of my planks and rotted a neat line across every rib in its path...

With the ribs completed some nice new planking completed the job and I felt quite pleased.

Then a far sobering event happened which bought me back to earth with a bump. I was extremely sad to see what can happen to us old cruisers. It is all down to luck sometimes. Through the window a digger was at work...



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Nearly forgot, here's the new ribs

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