In her element…

After a few (too many) weeks in the workshop being re-painted, Hoi Larntan went back in the water at Barton on Sunday. Slightly misty, slightly chilly, but flat water, dramatic winter trees silhouetted against a hazy sky and the whole place to ourselves – except for the swans.

CRAB and Swans

Rosemary and Robin, Jenny and Rob helped get the boat from the trailer to the slipway and then Hoi Larntan looked good again, where she belongs – floating.

CRAB Ian and HL

Setting off with enthusiasm we thought we had snagged an angler’s fishing lines but backing off and letting him reel in we saw he had caught a bundle of twigs and not our rudder. All smiles again, we turned into the Broad and the up the river Ant to be amazed by the mass of hire cruisers wintered at Stalham – acres and acres of them!

A refreshing cuppa and a biscuit by the Museum of the Broads while Rosemary made her number with the nearby cafe/ restaurant owner. She then coxed us home (and took the pictures), weaving our way through what now seemed to be a constant stream of motor cruisers out for an early season run.

CRAB HL's new cover

One final push – (pull or lift depending on how you see it) this Saturday 21 Feb, please. Bluejacket needs to be turned back the right way up, lifted out of Barrie’s workshop and on to the trailer ready to go to the boat park on the Carnser for the start of the new salt water season.

Sorry to ask you again but this really is the last time this winter. Usual warm welcome at 2p.m. a quick lift, then a cuppa awaits. Thanks.