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John Vissenga posted a status
"made it back to the fens for a weekend, will try a short trip to see how it goes, if all ok will go home to sort things then back to explore"
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John Vissenga and Nick Liddle are now friends
Jul 1
Nick Liddle left a comment for John Vissenga
"Hello again John many greetings and well found: I came to the Ormelite site looking for you.  Quite recently I sent three of your books to 12 Douglas Road but heard back that you weren't there.  If you would give me an…"
Jun 26
John Vissenga left a comment for Nick Liddle
"coincidence maybe but I had a school friend called Nick Liddle.   Welcome to the Ormelite site !"
Jun 25
paul pennycook posted a status
"met the new owner of Ormelite Bruin at Pigeons Lock, pix to follow - Paul"
Jun 25
paul pennycook posted a status
"Hi Nick welcome - Paul"
Jun 25
Nick Liddle is now a member of Ormelite Cruiser Network
Jun 23
John Vissenga and rod sterry are now friends
Jun 20
John Vissenga commented on John Vissenga's blog post Fetching Fens
"Bother! I went through Ely this morning, stopped there for breakfast (well elevensis !) If I had known you were around there would have kept an eye out for you ! I am off home tomorrow as I said but if you are in the area still when I get back I…"
Jun 19
rod sterry commented on John Vissenga's blog post Fetching Fens
"Nice  to  hear  about your  boat  journey We're  moored  at  Ely at  the  moment  my   ormelite  is  Peter  Sam  as  purchased from  jack …"
Jun 19
John Vissenga posted a status
"ah well last full day of this visit, on way downstream to layup Shapfell for (hopefully) just a few weeks"
Jun 19
paul pennycook posted a status
"off to theOxford Canal for a week - hooray!!"
Jun 18
John Vissenga posted a blog post

Fetching Fens

To steal a title from "Slow boat through England" (and if you haven't read Frederic Doerflinger's book, try and find a copy .... it's worth it)It might have been written 45 years ago but as regards the lower reaches of the Gt Ouse and it's tributaries, not a lot has changed.I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here on these waterways, although they are challenging in some ways, when coming from the main canal areas of the country. Stopping places are few and the use of an anchor (or mud weight) is…See More
Jun 18
John Vissenga posted a status
"found out later was 3 miles above end of navigation thought it was a bit narrow !!!"
Jun 15
John Vissenga posted a status
"Just been up the River Wissey, I didn't have a chart of the top of the river so I just kept going until there was just room to turn round"
Jun 15
John Vissenga posted a photo

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"Eve" on the river Little Ouse (Brandon Creek)
Jun 12

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Ormelite cruiser register 6 Replies

What follows is a list of boats that I am aware of:Andante GRP registration number 69743Birdsnest  timber  Norfolk Broads 28' 6'' reg number V670 Peter Heward, formerly named Old Masts - memberBlue…Continue

Started by paul pennycook. Last reply by John Vissenga May 8.

rough times

Hi Robert,   Sorry to hear about your problems, keep looking forward to getting boating, it don't half help !!!I have not been out in Shapfell  for over two years what with one thing and another. I…Continue

Started by John Vissenga Dec 31, 2015.

Found Our Dave 2 Replies

Hi PaulIts been a while since been on the site but serious illness and the sad loss of my Mom and Brother have taken there toll on time etc I needed to share with you just before my treatment the…Continue

Started by Robert Howard. Last reply by paul pennycook Dec 30, 2015.

Wiper blade wanted 1 Reply

Hi everyone, Its been a while since I visited the site and its nice to see its still going strong.I have been busy getting Galadriel ready for her safety check which is due soon.I wonder if anyone…Continue

Started by Stephen Hughes. Last reply by paul pennycook Sep 13, 2015.

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Fetching Fens

To steal a title from "Slow boat through England" (and if you haven't read Frederic Doerflinger's book, try and find a copy .... it's worth it)

It might have been written 45 years ago but as regards the lower reaches of the Gt Ouse and it's tributaries, not a lot has changed.

I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here on these waterways, although they are challenging in some ways, when coming from the main canal areas of the country. 

Stopping places are few and the use of…

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Posted by John Vissenga on June 18, 2016 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

fisherboy gearbox

Im servicing Galadriel before the season starts and on checking inside the gearbox i can't see any friction material on the clutch faces/ is this normal.

Galadriel pulls ok but the difference between  chugging along at 4 knots and full ahead at 5 knots is it just drinks petrol. I Tested the speed with a apple app.The clutch has been adjusted as per the service manual but i suspect that the gearbox needs taking out and servicing. Any ideas where I can get this carried out.

Any…

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Posted by Stephen Hughes on February 1, 2016 at 9:04pm — 2 Comments

Another boating season coming towards it's end

It has been another frustrating year , as far as boating goes.  2014 was a wash out for me as my wife had a serious illness involving a lengthy hospital stay and even longer recuperation period. My only boating was a glorious week on an old sailing boat, belonging to a friend, cruising up the East coast. This spring I was diagnosed with a serious problem needing fairly major surgery. Determined to get some boating done, before going into hospital, I organised some work to be done on Shapfell…

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Posted by John Vissenga on September 16, 2015 at 8:15am

getting those "little jobs" done

Some of you might remember a coupleof years ago I was worrying about the state of the sliding hatch on Shapfell and I asked if anyone else had ever removed one.

I couldn't work out how you could get the long slide out from under the hatch so I kept on putting it off and putting it off. Last week I got the tools out and dived in at the deep end.

First I slid the hatch closed and unscrewed the visible screws (The most fwd one was actually a long bolt with the nuts inside the…

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Posted by John Vissenga on August 12, 2015 at 7:20pm

 
 
 

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