Friday, October 4, 2002
Convoy to the Broads
We have booked the boat for 14:30, from Richardson's boat yard in Stalham.
I set my GPS for the yard. The waypoint is set to OSGB reference TG376244. We won't get lost.
Jennifer provides breakfast. We leave Cambridge at 10:15.
We take three cars. In the lead we have Rick, Bernie and Gav, followed by Nick, Jon Jack and Jennifer, trailed by Andy and Maky.
Jenny will be joining us tonight.
We take the A14, A11, Norwich, A1151. Norwich is a pain to drive through. Other than that, the journey is uneventful.
An ol' boy shows us the ropes. Literally. We're shown how to secure the boat when mooring using the clove hitch.
The ol' boy also shows us where to isolate the batteries and gas. Water and
diesel fuel fillers are shown. The "pump out" is not an issue - we are
only have the boat for a couple of days.
Rule of the road: drive on the right.
Our instructor also recommended that everyone gets a life jacket from their stores. We now have 10 jackets.
Bernie is deemed proficient, so we are allowed to take the boat early. Off we go!
Bernie takes the boat out of the boatyard. He does a good job of it.
After a few minutes I pester him for a go. I take the helm. Gavin has the map. He is my navigator. He is also armed with a GPS. This is total overkill, but then we are Nutters!
The response when turn the steering wheel is sluggish. I test by "plotting" a step function. Hard left lock, I see what the boat does. After a few minutes I stop playing. I have become used to the feel.
The GPS helps us stick to the 4 MPH speed limit.
I "drive" for 2 miles down the Barton River, through to Barton Broad where I relinquish the helm to Gavin.
We decide on Neatishead to moor up for the night. The map The Broads OL40, shows a pub, and it's not far from Hoveton and Wroxham railway station that Jenny will use to reach us this evening. She has been sailing in Ipswich today. Getting here by train should take a couple of hours.
Andy has brought some Scottish whisky.
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