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  2. 5 points
    Always sad to see a sight like this. I sincerely hope that nobody was hurt but we should all use this as a reminder how important it is to ensure our boats are as safe as possible. Have you got a smoke alarm and when did you last test it? Do you have two exits from your boat that are available for you to use and the routes to them are not cluttered? If nothing else if someone reads this and thinking about having an escape plan saves their life then that is forum etiquette enough for the post to stay as far as I am concerned.
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  4. 5 points
    Cruising in the dark has a mystical feeling. This was early this morning, no-one around, nothing else moving as I set off at 06.00. Wendy (full of cold) was sleeping, so I left early to catch up lost ground. Please do post your photos, mine was just snapped on my iPhone as didn’t have my good camera aboard.
  5. 5 points
    I've got two on mine, I think, one because the writing style drove me demented, the other because I never saw anything they wrote I wanted to read and they persisted in racist rants. Can't even remember who they were now, I think one at least has left the forum. A lot of the political posts I find idiotic, but everyone's entitled to their views, even if all of them except mine are wrong. And I have had seriously good boating advice from people whose ideas on other stuff is diametrically opposite to mine, so blocking them would be face-spiting nose removal. Anyway, it all adds to the fun.
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  8. 4 points
    Well, if he was already old 40 years ago, probably not a lot...
  9. 4 points
    ? £800 for a certificate that only lasts two days - that's daylight robbery.
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  12. 4 points
    It's owned by the Diddy men. Diddy tidy and Diddy Bollox!
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  18. 3 points
    Yes hire boat licence fees are a lot more than leisure licence fees. But it is not just CRT who benefit, it is a number of canalside businesses too. Whilst the holidaying hire boater is enjoying a slap up meal in the canalside pub, and paying handsomely for it, the curmudgeonly private owner is sitting in their boat illuminated by a single bare white led light eating from a tin of beans heated on their stove, grumpily chuntering over all the annoying other boats he has encountered who did things slightly differently from the way he would have done it and cursing them for it. Desperate to be having the time of his life but failing miserably.
  19. 3 points
    I fear there may be half a dozen superfluous words in the middle of that sentence...
  20. 3 points
    Quite, but don't worry we're used to it. 😉
  21. 3 points
    The "k" after the £8 ?
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  23. 3 points
    I would not expect a router that was only 12V and 1A to do much work, they need to spin at high speed to cut through even thin ply. What did you buy it for?
  24. 3 points
  25. 3 points
    Bless ya darlin' you just don't cope with change do ya. When you say those 'poxy modern' what you really mean is those old CFL bulbs, dontcha. The CFL were quite poxy I'll give you that but next week when those incandescent bulbs need replacing you can use this little guide to help you convert you dinosaur bulbs into real ones. ?
  26. 3 points
    Judging by the spate of incorrect information in a number of posts on various battery subjects, I would question anything he suggests unless the information is supported by at least one other member who has a history of giving correct advice.
  27. 3 points
    As this is your first boat, and your boating experience seems very small, then getting Canal map books is a good idea, and the best sources have been mentioned. However your later post, regarding delivery of the boat to Leicestershire, does cause concern, that trip at this time of the year, may not be possible, due to "Stoppages" where the canal is closed for maintenance, or sections are in flood, or river sections that have too strong a flow for a canal boat to cope with. Also the idea of having a "Retired Boater" deliver the boat will have insurance difficulties, yours won't cover him, because you are paying him, he will need professional cover, which you need to check is adequate. Being paid £70 a day to sit out a 2-3 week stoppage is an expensive delivery. Buy the boat if it's suitable, arrange temporary moorings, and take the trip to Leicestershire in the better weather, and enjoy it. Bod
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  29. 3 points
    I think your preconceived idea is quite common. Usually when a newspaper does an article about narrowboating, they find a couple of young artists living on a boat in London/Bradford-on-Avon/Oxford/Hebden Bridge and take pictures inside their wacky boat. Then there's George Clark who makes tv programmes about the same couples doing up their boats. Those sorts of people do exist - especially in the places listed above. But across the rest of the country, the typical boat owner is harder to pin down. The most common sort you see (in my opinion) is this: A retired couple in their late 60s to early 70s. The don't live on the boat but go to it regularly, either to fettle about with it on its mooring, or to actually cruise on it. He looks similar to Harold Shipman and she looks like a cheerful but slightly long suffering sort and has 'practical' hair. They also like steam trains and folk music. But the most common type of boat owner is in fact invisible. Nobody knows what they look like. Their boats are in marinas and boatyards all over the country, never visited, and slowly rotting away.
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  32. 3 points
    I wonder if you can hire him for guest appearances at fishing matches? ....... only asking.
  33. 3 points
    And when anyone mentions PC (often coupled with snowflake) they're lamenting the times when they could take the mickey out of minorities, which often led to beatings just by making that mindset acceptable. Plus the men and women that set off for work but never came home due to unsafe work practices. Elf and safety is derided by these folks. Lol hello back at you. I'll climb down off my soap box now ?
  34. 3 points
    Far Canal, watch out, she's WELSHISH......
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    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/70-ft-Narrowboat-opend-by-kenn-Dodd-project-liveaboard/333450719645?hash=item4da336319d:g:kk0AAOSw-zxeAQ08 Is it lined with Knotty ash?
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  38. 2 points
    A couple of articles about how Greta is received by the climate denying right that I thought were interesting. https://newrepublic.com/article/154879/misogyny-climate-deniers https://theconversation.com/misogyny-male-rage-and-the-words-men-use-to-describe-greta-thunberg-124347
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  40. 2 points
    Our very first experience on a narrowboat was from Kate Boats at Warwick, First locks were Hatton flight and we were terrified. A lovely chap alone on his boat was waiting at the bottom for help the next day but said he'd take us up as long as we did the donkey work - his advice on so many things has been invaluable over the years. We didn't find any problems with peoples attitudes to a hire boat, maybe we were just lucky. We now always appreciate hirers as being the life blood of the canals and always help and are friendly when we come across them.
  41. 2 points
    Simplest and cheapest is probably a Three MiFi, giving unlimited everything for around £20/month.
  42. 2 points
    ? Plus you cant put a price on the satisfaction of not paying down someone elses mortgage whilst they are living it up on their boat! ☹️ Oooh that hurt! A ) I don't have any mortgage. B ) My property is rented out at a low rate so I pay less tax. C ) I am not at present living it up on my boat, we overwinter in the Philippines. D ) We worked damn hard and long to get where we are and sour grapes because we live so well is uncalled for. Sam.
  43. 2 points
    Yet here you are on social media....
  44. 2 points
    A word of warning!! If you let the kids think you like grandkids they dont stop making them!! At present we are up to nine and there is still a danger of more possibly from the youngest sprog at least. Very expensive at chrimbo!!
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  46. 2 points
    Yes, I know plenty of male forum members who have left because of what they felt was unpleasantness and abuse, but if happens to a woman some people automatically put it down to sexism and even count and make a list of the number of women who have left. We don't do that for men. I remember Bones flying off the handle and having a right go at me once for explaining how to do a job. She was on about sexism and mansplaining, but up to that point I didn't actually know she was a woman and had assumed Bones was a bloke - sexism in itself some might say, but certainly not the sexism she was claiming. Some people both male and female, can become hypersensitive when it comes to perceived discrimination.
  47. 2 points
    6 up on AdeE then! who has two boats tied together.
  48. 2 points
    Hi Vanessa, sorry for being late to the party but I've been off doing Christmassy things! On the subject of sexism - it's very much a thing in the boating world. There are lots of older single male boaters who imagine they are sort of like David Essex in that TV series for years back and therefore irresistable to all women. In fact they are more like Rab C Nesbit. They always think that being sexist is something that other boaters do, but they are not like that at all! This forum is no exception and I've heard about a female boater who was on this forum before my time and was driven off by this sort of thing. Be prepared to fight your corner even if you then get labelled for it. Moving on, you ought to go and look and some boat for sale to get a feel for what you want. A 30ft boat is going to be very small inside and you'll have to compromise somehow - either you'll have to make up a bed from a sofa everynight or you'll have no proper living room (or maybe no bathroom). Once you get to about 50ft you can have a boat which feel much more spacious and has a proper kitchen, living room, bathroom and bedroom, with proper storage for all your things. You'll pay more for the boat, and the licence but you've got to live in there and not feel like a prisoner. At this time of year, when it's dark at 4, you can end up feeling really cooped up. A longer boat will often handle better and has some advantages when going through locks too.
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