7/32: Harwich to Cromer - international container terminal to picturesque pierhead





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Published on Oct 19, 2011

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http://www.boat-zone.com/mbm John and Fionn discover that there's more to Harwich than being a busy international terminal for mega container ships - it still retains elements of a quirky little seaside town too. The boys do meet massive container ships - delivering more goods made in China. They busy themselves checking new kit before continuing their voyage via a becalmed windfarm off Great Yarmouth before their next landfall in picturesque Cromer. Their luck with calm sunny weather still holds...but what will be the prospects for crossing the shallow waters of the Wash?

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7/32 Leg 5: Harwich to Cromer – International Container Terminal to Picturesque Pier head

A good fried breakfast right on the jetty at Harwich, couldn’t be better!

I was expecting Harwich to be just a boring, concrete ferry terminal but in fact Harwich town itself is a quirky little place in a time warp. Lots of little pubs.
We have just moored on Ha’Penny Quay which is right behind us. A small quay in the middle of the town. Really friendly reception from the harbour staff, great place to stay overnight, only £10.

Right, moving on now, heading north up the coast. Next stop, Lowestoft.

Look at the size of that!

It’s not cheap doing this trip is it, and we’ve got a few more of those along the way yet!

We had left Falmouth sooner than we had been planning so I hadn’t even had time to properly unwrap and check a couple of items of new equipment. So the afternoon in Lowestoft was a good chance to do this. We had bought a petrol generator for those times we might be stuck on a mooring and unable to charge up our batteries from shore power.

I think we are ready to go. There she goes! That’s phase one done. And the next thing, we got a brand new inflatable engine, so we thought we would take the opportunity to get that pumped up and get the engine running and have a little potter around Lowestoft harbour, make sure we can run it in and that everything is good.

This is one of the sights I have really been looking forward to seeing on the voyage. We are off Great Yarmouth, just left Lowestoft, it’s early in the morning and we are among one of the wind farms off the East Coast. It’s kind of spooky because they are not turning at all - I would love to see them actually turning but then I don’t suppose we would be out here on this boat if there was a strong wind blowing! It’s just kind of spooky seeing them here in the morning mist just not moving at all.

We left Lowestoft at about 6:30am and we’ve got a long slog ahead of us to Hull, I reckon it’s going to be about 7 or 8 hours. There’s no real harbours that we are looking to visit in between. We are going to cut way off shore across The Wash. We need to get to Hull in good time this afternoon because we have got to pick up some more chips for our navigation system. We’ve actually got so far ahead of ourselves due to the good weather that we have run out of navigation aids. So we need to get there before they shut because it’s Easter weekend and they close at 5pm this afternoon, Saturday. So we are just going to head North and hope the weather stays calm.

Now this is Cromer, it’s the last bit of land we are going to see until we get across to Hull, because we are going to cut across The Wash. It’s probably a 3 or 4 hour crossing I’m thinking but I’ve no idea.

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