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Hire Boat Damage Starts Again.

My excitement about the new boating season was short-lived, unfortunately.

I was hit and hit hard. Not once but twice. My father’s sailboat took a thump as well. In fact, he was hit so hard on the River Bure that he was nearly knocked into the water. The tiller even hit him and left him bruised.

Unfortunately, the summer continued as it had started out. Difficult for some to read I am sure, however, it is important to include these events as they were excessive.

I knew by now that the southern rivers were going to be quieter. I decided to have a run to Norwich which was a journey I had yet to do.

The summer had been a very wet one and I had itchy feet. I had deliberately left Norwich this long as I had heard negative stories from a boating perspective.
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Boat Safety Test.
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Before I went anywhere I had to have my boat safety certificate updated as it lasts for only four years.


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Boat Safety Fails.
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My boat failed its boat safety exam on two very small issues.

Firstly, the engine bay needed to be dammed off in case of oil spillages. Bit odd when you consider a sailboat heels.

Secondly, my offshore power cable needed the wires clamped going into the command socket. So if they had not been on the boat, it would not have been a fail.

Both quickly sorted and I was on my way again.


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Norwich Rivers Are Awesome.

I had put going off to Norwich for so long because I had been given negative information about boating there.

It was true that there were some undesirables in and around the city, however, the journey there was exquisite.

Heading out through Breydon Water towards Norwich the rivers opened up into a fast-flowing river. The scenery was similar yet so different as well.

Large seals appeared by my boat on a misty morning and then disappeared, only to reappear on the port side.

Birds of prey are never too far away on the Norfolk Broads. On the southern rivers, they are in abundance.

I was truly impressed by the River Yare and really enjoyed my river journey.

My luck though was about to change once again for the worst.
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I Snag An Old Mud Weight.
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I was disembarking a mooring called Whitlingham Broad which is directly out of the city. Whilst reversing I heard the most horrendous knocking and my engine stopped immediately. Something had got around my propeller.

It was the end of October and the rivers were cold. Whatever was snagged around my propeller would involve me getting in the water and trying to get it off.

I took the icy plunge and was able to feel the propeller and there was some heavy object on it and some rope. I could not put my head under the water as the cold water kept making me gasp, it was freezing. I managed to feel around under the boat and eventually removed this rope and then finally this heavy object.

It was some strange round metal mud weight. It had been lost on the river bed with the synthetic rope floating up above it, waiting for some unsuspecting boat to come along.

When I started the engine the boat simply didn’t want to move.

I needed to locate a careening hard to get under the boat but even in this large tidal area none existed. A nearby rowing club allowed me to try their slipway which I couldn’t get on to sadly. Just as well actually as when they learned, I was a liveaboard, they really didn’t want to be helpful.

I got someone to tow me a little while down the river to a place called Commissioners Cut. There I managed to find a bank. I moored up stern on and when the tide dropped I was just able to access the propeller.


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Boat Propeller Destroyed.

I was able to remove the propeller before the tide came in. It was destroyed.

I sent it off to a specialist to be repaired and then a week later chased it up to see what was the situation.

There was no response at all until after 10 days I started to get auto emails stating the company was closed for holidays. I managed to get hold of the company on the phone who told me it was beyond repair. They were totally dishonest and even kept the damaged propeller for scrap value.

I ordered a new propeller and waited for delivery.

During this time I was hassled by an overzealous Broads Authority Ranger who even had the audacity to issue me with a ticket. Despite my boat being totally disabled at this time.

I knew something was not right here and I started reading up on the Broads Byelaws. There I discovered Byelaw 72. I instantly discovered that I was totally within my legal rights to be moored up where I was whilst getting my boat repaired.

This incident found its way onto a low-level forum and I was subjected to the most appalling tirade of liveaboard prejudice.

It was disgusting and it was because of this experience that I started this Norfolk Broads Forum.

The rest they say is history.
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Boat Repaired.
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I repaired the boat and decided to leave the area. The ranger had conducted himself illegally and I knew it. I was able to get the Broads Authority solicitor and monitoring officer to publicly state this in the following freedom of information request. You can follow it by clicking here, Byelaw 72.

That all topped off with online bigotry from notorious forum members meant I was now leaving the area knowing I had some matters to personally handle.

The truth is the only thing that will penetrate armour plating and I was going to get to the bottom of it.

Despite the dark side to this Norfolk Broads encounter, I had triumphed very successfully over a catastrophic boating incident. I was feeling strong and proud. Time for some more boating. Away from idiots, that was to be a must. A prerequisite that I was to insist upon from now on.


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Upper River Bure.

Oddly enough, there was still plenty of rivers to explore. The top end of the River Bure was no exception.

The River Bure was once a major part of the Norfolk Broads and trading wherries navigated all the way up to Aylsham. There was a series of locks adjacent to water mills which made it possible for trade wherries to carry their cargoes.

In 1912 there was a great flood. The flood affected many areas and it was claimed that the water level in Norwich was 15 feet higher than a normal tide level.

The flood destroyed many bridges. Buxton Lock on this upper stretch of the River Bure caused an even greater surge of water when it collapsed.

The end result was that any further up the river passed Coltishall was no longer navigable.

Coltishall was next on the list to visit.

The stretch of river between Wroxham and Coltishall is one of my favourite journeys on the Norfolk Broads. I find Wroxham very unappealing in many ways but Coltishall is really quite unusual and I always look forward to that journey.
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Dog Still Loving Boating.

At this time, we had been liveaboard for a good while. I raise that point because my dog was absolutely loving it. I must admit that knowing she was in her element added to my own pleasure. It wouldn’t have been the same without her.
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Hoveton Pit Stop.

One aspect to Wroxham /Hoveton that I don’t like is the elements of tourism overkill. The other point is that nearly all the shops are ‘Roys’. I find it resembles an uncomfortable vanity.
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