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"Hi Gerald, yes I can  understand the size issue, however back in the 70's five of us 20 somethings used to go away for a fortnight on my brothers Orme' very happily, expectations change! Yes those little Stuart engines are great…"
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"Hi, I'm the owner of Eve (formerly Humphrietta Two  number, currently at Little Ouse Moorings at Brandon Creek, and am restoring her ( 4 years so far as only have occasional weekends free to work on her), but may have to sell as she's…"
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paul pennycook posted a status
"Just had my Boat Safety Inspection, 2 small fails easily sorted. just need some nice weather and some good luck now - Best - Paul"
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"new curtains fitted, new upholstery fitted, just waiting for trailering up to Cambridgeshire for the next season"
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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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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.



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…


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…


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

just by way of an update

Hi fellow boaters, I haven't posted for a while having had probably the worst 9 month of my life with both of my adult children my Brother and my Dad being ill. Anyway life goes on and I have managed to have a couple of very pleasant weekends away on Escape with my wife Jinny, we don't go far but its is a great way to get away from what feels like the drudgery of the weekly grind at work and home, without risking losing a deposit, having to get on a plane or drive for hours.

There has…


Posted by paul pennycook on July 29, 2015 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment


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