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Spring 2013

Started by JeannetteA. Last reply by JeannetteA Mar 12, 2013. 2 Replies

Hi allWe may only be a small group, but special we are. I am new to this site but wanted to join in with the fun. I have a boat 'Kariba' a Seadrift 20 motor sailor, moored in the beautiful…Continue

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Comment by captain on January 14, 2013 at 13:00

went down to see lulu ( my boat ) yesterday,did a bit of work changed the starter battery,fed the ducks and went for a walk along the tow path.we have a horse drawn boat moored here.in summer it travels up and down the canal,it draws a lot of people who want to see it. 

Comment by christine on January 14, 2013 at 17:48

I enjoy the boat and the locks, the fresh air, the walking and the silence.

Comment by christine on January 16, 2013 at 14:58

Captain Jeff trying to catch dinner.

Comment by Jenny Itzcovitz on January 16, 2013 at 15:14

Great shot, Captain Jeff, did you catch anything nice for your dinner?

Comment by The Crafter on April 9, 2013 at 9:50

My Hubby Jeff always fancied getting a boat, He'd buy magazines with boats for sale. If we went to Hampton Court he loved to walk along the river looking at all the boats and envy their owners, he became very serious about buying one. So I said why don't we go to Norfolk Broads for a boating holiday, you can hire a boat, and see how you get on with it before buying your own. well we set off for Stalham Norfolk with our two sons and the dog. When we got to the marina there was a little supermarket, I hadn't taken any food with us, but it was packed with people so hubby said, don't worry will pick food up further down the river (Big mistake) we were then lead to our hire boat and couldn't believe our eyes when the guy said, this is your boat, to us it was huge, with three bedrooms two bathrooms lounge and galley, you could steer the boat from inside or outside. Hubby had only ever been on the motor boats at Hampton Court how on earth was he going to manage this monster? Well of course he did, but not without a good few scary moments, he kept saying it's not like driving a car, and proved that point when he smashed a hole in the front of the boat, the air was constantly blue as he swore and moaned at the boat. He hated it. We were all starving and expecting to find loads of nice little places to eat along the river, but all we saw was bull rushes for miles and miles, eventually with whoops of joy we approached a pub, it was getting late now about 7.00pm We saw a board advertising their pub grub, with mouths watering at the thought of something to eat we took a seat in the pub garden, the publican came over to us and we asked to see the menu, MENU? sorry dear, you can't have any food at this time of night. Well I looked at my family and thought blow it, my family are hungry, so I begged for food, I said I don't care if it's just some bread and butter for my son's but we haven't eaten a thing all day, he took pity on us and said, I`m sure I can russell up some soup for you all. I don't think I've ever thanked someone so much. Four bowls of soup arrived with one slice of plain white bread each, we didn't even care that the soup was packet soup we were that grateful for it, Not so grateful though when he charged us £25.00 for it. After not such a good nights sleep. we woke to see thick mist over the river, this was the same every day and the mist would not clear until lunch time, hubby loves the sun so was not happy with the constant damp mist. We stopped at a couple of places recommended and even found a place where the boys could go swimming, we took a trip to Yarmouth I couldn't believe it when we had to go out on open water, I sat below deck and wouldn't look out the window until we got there. But most of the time we were bored stiff. We still had a couple of days left of our holiday and I looked at hubby and the boys and said, shall we go home? In unison all three said, Thank goodness, even the dog looked pleased. I`m just pleased hubby didn't buy a boat before our trip.  

Comment by Welshie on September 1, 2014 at 8:18
What a shame you had such a bad experience. We spend 3 weeks every Feb in Tenerife and also once a year do a cruise but our favourite holidays are the times we spend on our Narrowboat Myfanwy, but I will say you must be organised and prepared for anything. Maybe you could give it another try with a smaller narrowboat on a canal.
Comment by christine on March 15, 2015 at 7:47

Well its Spring again and our boat Lulu needs a wash and brush up, maybe a touch or two with the paint brush then we can prepare her for summer sailings up and down the canal. 

It will be nice to see the wildlife getting ready to breed, making nests and just scaveging about.

Cooking nice meals at differant places and losing a bit of winter weight doing the locks.

I will keep you informed of all our trips and I cant wait.

Roll on Summer.

Comment by The Crafter on January 31, 2016 at 19:28

Although my family didn't enjoy our Norfolk Broads boating holiday which was some years back, we have really enjoyed watching the Great Canal Journeys with Timothy West and Prunella Scales.They seem such a loving couple with great kids. How sad to see that Prunella has Dementia you can see the pain in Timothy's face when he knows that Prunella is struggling with something. I do wish them both well, and thank them both for years of entertainment.

Comment by Annie on January 9, 2020 at 5:57

Many years ago we owned and loved our canal boat . 1990.it was berthed on the. Oxford canal near. Brackey .

my husband died last year , but the memories of those few years are very special . 
she was four birth and called Bathsheba . We lived in Hampshire then , I still do . 
At that time our friends owner a motor sailing Boat , I loved that also 
does any one have memories to share of holidays. 
 Annie 

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