Topic: Autumn 2019 on Royall Oak


rojomo    -- Oct-14-2019 @ 9:52 PM
  Hi all.
After the collapse of Thomas Cook, our (Anne and I) October holiday to Menorca was gone, 1 week before we were due to depart, so what to do?

We decided to check out our favourite place in the UK and scoured the websites on the Broads for an alternative.

We found that the Ex Royall's boat "Royall Oak" was available from Barnes Brinkcraft so swiftly made a booking to have our week in the sun replaced, as it turned out, with a week in the rain, well almost, there were some good days.

Holiday tale to follow with Pics, Videos, and music from me to follow shortly. John and Anne

Women and cats do as they please..Men and dogs better get used to the idea!

This message was edited by rojomo on Oct-16-19 @ 10:22 PM


rojomo    -- Oct-15-2019 @ 4:04 PM
  Royall Oak at Ranworth


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rojomo    -- Oct-15-2019 @ 9:47 PM
  Royall Oak at How Hill

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rojomo    -- Oct-15-2019 @ 9:49 PM
  Hunsett Mill

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rojomo    -- Oct-15-2019 @ 9:54 PM
  Very sad looking Sutton Mill, hoping for renovation? It is a very pleasant 20 minute walk to the Mill from Sutton Staithe. The museum is closed so you can only view this wonderful 9 storey building from over the fence.

Women and cats do as they please..Men and dogs better get used to the idea!


rojomo    -- Oct-15-2019 @ 10:13 PM
  Tuesday 1/10/2019.

We had booked "Royall Oak" from Tuesday to Tuesday for 7 days which meant travelling from our home near Bolton on a weekday so we set off at 05.45 to, hopefully, beat the rush hour morning traffic up the M62 to the A1M.

We succeeded until Bradford where a stranded vehicle brought the motorway to a halt. "Smart Motorways"!!!! They only work if no-one breaks down in a live lane.

The rest of the journey was fairly uneventful with comfort stops at Blyth(A1) and Swaffam(A47) before arriving at Wroxham and Barnes Brinkcraft at 12.30. The boat was not yet ready so we went for a mooch around Wroxham and lunch, to be phoned by Barnes to say the boat was ready at 13.45.

We quickly returned to the boatyard, unloaded and had the handover completed. We were off!!!  

Women and cats do as they please..Men and dogs better get used to the idea!

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rojomo    -- Oct-15-2019 @ 10:18 PM
  The beautiful St Helen's Church, Ranworth. No, we didn't climb up to the top, the tea room was closed so we went to the Malsters for a pint instead!!

Women and cats do as they please..Men and dogs better get used to the idea!

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VetChugger    -- Oct-15-2019 @ 11:29 PM
  "Royall Oak" looks in superb condition and also looks like a high quality boat which is hardly surprising given its origins. Lovely looking boat!

Trevor


rojomo    -- Oct-16-2019 @ 1:37 PM
  Hi Trevor, yes, she is a super boat but, there were some small dints and bangs that do not show up on the photos, something I am sure Royalls would have rectified very quickly. This did not detract from the overall good experience we had on her (bowthrusters rule...yeah). I was told by a yard employee that she has been sold to a private buyer, presumably at the end of the season. Brinks now have 8 very similar and very new boats called Brinks Serenade which looked very smart.
https://barnesbrinkcraft.co.uk/our-boats/detail/brinks-serenade-class/#

Women and cats do as they please..Men and dogs better get used to the idea!

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rojomo    -- Oct-16-2019 @ 8:27 PM
  It was our intention, after picking up the boat, to go through Wroxham Bridge and up to Coltishall but, due to spring tides and heavy rain, no hire boats were passing that way, and hadn't for several days. So we set off for a gentle cruise down the Bure to spend our first night at South Walsham. Lovely quiet, comfortable night and a great "long sleep" after a very long day.

Women and cats do as they please..Men and dogs better get used to the idea!

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VetChugger    -- Oct-16-2019 @ 11:00 PM
  Thanks for the reply. I suspect any other yard might struggle to reach the same standard of finish and design as Royall. Love the model though and have Pacific's version booked next year.

Trevor


rojomo    -- Oct-21-2019 @ 9:50 PM
  Day 2. 2/10/19
After a lazy start we chugged back to Ranworth and found an easy mooring before visiting the great shop here, followed by coffee and scones at the cafe next door.

We had a lovely walk up to St Helen's church then set off up the Ant to Ludham Bridge, through with only inches to spare. A quick call in the shop then on across Barton Broad to Sutton Staithe for our night's, peaceful mooring. zzzzzz.

Women and cats do as they please..Men and dogs better get used to the idea!

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Marshman    -- Oct-22-2019 @ 5:36 PM
  Oak was not an original Royall boat - they bought it secondhand after it had been re engined at Ferry. Trying to think where it came from but at the moment it has slipped my mind!!

The Serenade is slightly longer - I think they have added about 4' onto the 35, making it 39'and also added a lot of electronic stuff. It is good to see how popular it is with the punters and the Diamond 35' and its derivatives is now becoming a well liked class of boat. For some reason it has proved more popular than the Diamond 43 like Thunder, of which only a limited number were built.

N.B. Yes - I thought I was right. Craigs database tells me it was White Diamond 2 from Sabena Marine originally.


rojomo    -- Oct-22-2019 @ 7:36 PM
  Hi MM,
You are quite right about Serenade being 39 feet and lots of electronic gizmos on board.Thank you for the history of Royall Oak as well. Still a very classy boat though and very practical. My wife described the boat as a bathtub with a front bit added on. Most unkind Smile  Playful

Women and cats do as they please..Men and dogs better get used to the idea!


rojomo    -- Oct-22-2019 @ 7:56 PM
  Day 3. 3/10/19
We were up at about 7am to a very chilly but sunny morning.

After breakfast we set off to locate the reputedly tallest (80 feet) windmill in the country, Sutton Mill.

After negotiating the A149 and along the country lanes we reached the Mill (about 25 minutes walk), but we were disappointed to find the museum was permanently closed and the mill in a sorry state with broken windows, its cap and sails missing.
We hope the new owners have a great plan to restore it as it would be a magnificent sight to see it in action.

Back to the boat and a gentle chug up to Wayford Bridge. There was no chance of getting under here either to Dilham as planned , so we moored up and went up to the garage for papers and milk. What a busy road!!

Back down river and round to Barton Turf for water and a very pleasant lunch on board.

Final mooring for the day was at How Hill, certainly one of our favourite spots and again our evening meal on board.


Women and cats do as they please..Men and dogs better get used to the idea!

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Karen&Mike    -- Oct-25-2019 @ 8:23 AM
  Hi John & Anne

Thank you for the holiday tale and pictures, and it looks like you had a good time, but I'm so sorry about your Thomas Cook holiday! And this whole thing happening so close to when you were about to go. I would have been mostly packed by that point with a  suitcase full of sunnier climes clothing, just about all of which would have had to be changed over for an autumn Broads trip of course.

Shame you missed out on the Coltishall run, as well as a trip to Dilham. We were at the boat last weekend and it was not easy to get on board as the water levels were so high! On Saturday after lunch , clearance at Wroxham Bridge was a mere 6 feet, so it was rather empty through the other side ( we took a walk ).

Royal Oak always looks a well turned out boat and I hope you found it made up for the lost TC trip.

Take care, Karen

"Wind up the elastic band Karen - we're setting off!!"


rojomo    -- Oct-25-2019 @ 9:55 PM
  Hi Karen,
Many thanks for your comment and concern that we missed our Menorca holiday. However, we really did enjoy our week on the Broads, as we always do.
The water levels were high and even overtopping some of the moorings and, as you say, did make getting on and off the boat difficult sometimes.
Our best regards,
John and Anne.

Women and cats do as they please..Men and dogs better get used to the idea!


rojomo    -- Oct-26-2019 @ 4:15 PM
  Video taken coming out of South Walsam at St. Benet's Abbey, up the Bure and up the Ant. The ranger at Irstead Shoals gave us a wave  Smile .
Music is "The Call" played by me on my Tyros 5 keyboard.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_tkDgPKJOc0

Women and cats do as they please..Men and dogs better get used to the idea!

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rojomo    -- Oct-29-2019 @ 11:03 PM
  Our next video was taken on the upper Ant on or way to Sutton Staithe for our night's mooring and our return back the following morning.
Music is "Fool on the hill" and "Words" arranged and played by me on my Tyros 5 keyboard.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mx9eRUlq3yc

Women and cats do as they please..Men and dogs better get used to the idea!

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Puddleduck    -- Oct-30-2019 @ 8:47 AM
  Love the backing tracks to your video's. Are you a talented amateur player or a professional?
Smile


rojomo    -- Oct-30-2019 @ 9:37 PM
  Hi Puddleduck,
Thank you for the nice compliment.

Women and cats do as they please..Men and dogs better get used to the idea!

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rojomo    -- Oct-30-2019 @ 9:48 PM
  Hi Puddleduck,
Very definitely an amateur. Too many odd mistakes in my tunes to be a professional  Smile
Many, many years ago I played bass guitar in an R & B band, but now I just play for my own and, hopefully sometimes, others enjoyment.

Regards...John

Women and cats do as they please..Men and dogs better get used to the idea!


rojomo    -- Oct-30-2019 @ 11:09 PM
  A very relaxing chug up the River Ant past Hunsett Mill towards Wayford Bridge.
Music is "Perfidia". Backing track played on my Tyros 5 keyboard with the melody played on my Fender Sonoran acoustic guitar.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6POxvHvxFX4

Women and cats do as they please..Men and dogs better get used to the idea!

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rojomo    -- Oct-31-2019 @ 10:24 PM
  Today's video shows us leaving Thurne Dyke and next entering Salhouse Broad and chugging around before mooring up and walking to the Fur and Feathers.
Music is the great Keane song "Somewhere only we know"
on the Tyros keyboard.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uEYWYovizpQ

Women and cats do as they please..Men and dogs better get used to the idea!

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Puddleduck    -- Nov-1-2019 @ 1:51 PM
  Wish I had room for my Roland on Watersmeet.
How do you steer and play at the same time John? Wink


rojomo    -- Nov-1-2019 @ 11:05 PM
  It's called multi-tasking  Playful

Women and cats do as they please..Men and dogs better get used to the idea!


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