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The anecdote that Tim referred to, is permanently etched in my memory. If you can bear it, here is the saga of the curtain hook:
In 1958 we arrived at South Walsham Broad, just as it was getting dusk. All the moorings had been taken, so we decided to moor in the middle of the Broad by using the mudweight.In the middle of the night the wind got stronger, and I was woken by my wife crying
"wake up,wake up, I think we are adrift"! I leaped out of bed, wiped the steam off the low windows, pressed my face against the glass and tried to peer out. It was pitch black and raining. When my eyes got accustomed to the dark, I could just make out a bank a few feet away. With that, I turned my head sharply. and one of the curtain hooks caught the division of my nostrils, and tore it through. I called to my wife to turn the light on, and when she saw my nose pouring with blood, burst into hystericle laughter! I
grabbed the nearest thing to hand (I think it was my underpants), pressed them against my nose, and dashed on deck,I was afraid we might cause damage to other craft or property, slacked off the rope to the mudweight, and managed to get a couple of rond anchors into the bank of mud and reeds, that had been dredged up (that I had seen through the window). However we had no trouble casting off the next morning.
I forgave my wife for laughing,(after about 20 years)!

I bet that's the biggest thing that has ever been hooked, on South Walsham Broad!

I would be interested to hear of any unusual tales any of you might like to offer.
                             Regards, Ron

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Oh Ron!

I must confess, I'm sitting here at work (alone - boss is on holiday) and bored to tears and your story made me laugh so much!

You really have cheered me up!

Sorry to laugh at your misfortune though!!!

Smile

Hope the scars have healed

Best regards

Christina

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Glad it cheered you up Christine, I hope it amuses others as much. (But didn't amuse me much at the time!)  Ron

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Sorry, Christina!
               Ron

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I know body piercing is quite the fashion nowadays but it must have been quite avant garde in the late 50's.

Especially self inflicted of course!

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Oh Boatboy! Avant garde?? Ugh! (Hope I don't offend anyone) Ron

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I have a few more tales up my sleeve, which may interest or amuse,but will wait untill I see what responce there is to the first one.

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Brilliant Ron Just Brilliant
Glad to know there is someone else out there that has the same luck as me ALL BAD.

As an example

Around 13 years ago, mid winter ,temp -4 and  blowing a gale, just had to take the boat out...
Ranworth staith and full of good cheer returned to the boat to find it banging against the quay.
'Cant stay here tonight ' says I ' lets go somewhere more sheltered like Ludham Bridge'.
Start up, cast off and away across the broad.
Duck crossing my path 'Out of the way duck' exclaimed I and swung the wheel,BIG mistake. A clunk (You know the terminal type clunk) was heared from aft and the steering wheel went all floppy and the shout 'trees ahoy' or something like that was heared from mrs Rod.
Upon investigation a steering cable pulley had pulled clean out of the woodwork.
With 6 pints of Norfolks finest inside me and positioned upside down in the aft well of the boat for 3/4 hour,armed with the biggest screwdriver in europe mrs Rod could not figure out how my demeanour had changed so rapidlly from the time we had left the Maltsers.

Epilogue

That temporary repair lasted 5 years

Rod

You mean the other Starboard then...

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Hi Rod, I'm glad the temporary  repair lasted 5 years, or all the watering holes might have run dry!As I said, I have some more tales, all bad luck, or bad management? Ron

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Mostly bad manegement in my case.

Rod

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