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  1. 14 points
    What the hell has gone wrong with this place? It's turning into an utter bloody joke. Why not just answer the question instead of getting your richards out and waving them around.
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  3. 12 points
    I’m bloody sick and tired of Birmingham being vilified by boaters who in all probability have never visited, instead just heeded the advice of others. I live in the Black Country, I’ve been boating since the early 60s and the only issue I’ve ever had in that time was being untied by morons while near the Sea Life Centre at 2:00 am, a situation quickly remedied. OK , if you want rural niceness stay away, but if you crave an insight in to what the canals were built to do, then head over. Rant over!
  4. 12 points
    Seen some awful vandalism on the system over the last few years. Bits of poetry carved in to lock gates. A fence bolted on to the off side of the Marple Aqueduct. Disgusting. Jen
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  6. 11 points
    Team, My wife and I have just spent 3-solid weeks, 2,250 miles, 14-nights in the motorhome and a number of long car journeys in our attempt to find the perfect boat. Fortunately for us now the deal has been signed, deposit down, surveyor arranged and the boat lift is booked and in the diary.... ............and what a really shitty experience it has been in terms of dealing with a number of these brokerages - I can say with some conviction that 70% have been about as effective as a chocolate fire guard around a burning coal fire. I'll begin by saying that our best broker visit by far was with ABNB at Crick but other than that we've had a tough old time with some of the others. Here are just a few of our recent experiences (no names mentioned though). 1. (Broker-1): We travel to one broker that had (and still has) c.20-25 boats for sale on its internet site and on arrival they tell us that all bar one is sold..........but they keep the adverts 'live' in an attempt to attract new punters. 2. The same broker to the one above thought he was doing us a favour by answering the phone and gracing us with his time. (Sales tactics = how small to make the customer look and feel). 3. (2nd Broker): On arrival at another broker site we were greeted with "what's your budget" with not even a 'Hi' or good morning. We arrived when he was dealing with another customer and where the budget question was asled in her immediate presence - My wife and I were quite embarrassed to say the least. 4. (3rd Broker): We phone one evening to arrange a viewing of a boat which was being advertised on the brokers web page. We then travel 3-hours the next morning to view said boat only to be told that it had been sold 4-weeks previous. Guess what, I was fuming at this point! 5. (4th Broker): We missed out on one boat at this particular brockerage by only a few minutes but I left my details behind 'just in case' the buyers pulled out. This was our third visit to this Brockerage so I was silly enough to think that he and I were on good terms. Well, as it turned out, the new purchasers withdrew their purchase offer after only hours of first submitting it and, to my astonishment the dealer never got back to me to offer us the boat. Shocking!! 6. (Broker-5): Now these guys were very special indeed and did a 'speculative sale' on a boat that, as it turned out, was never really for sale in the first instance. My wife and I even submitted a very healthy offer on said boat but the broker was unable to convince the owner to release his boat after they had sold the deal to me. It's probably due to the fact that he wanted to live on it next year when he returned to the UK - you can't fault a dealer for trying though, eh! 7. (Broker-6): This brockerage was selling a boat that was owned by one of the directors and, as it transpired during our visit, it was found to list heavily to one side. We then discovered that the Brockerage boss had simply dumped the boat in a spare mooring for 4-years while it gathered moss and had to be subsequently 'pumped out' before it sank. 8. (Broker-7): On this particular brokers web page it states "All boats should have a survey" but in our chat with said broker he was adamant that a certain boat didn't really need a survey as the old one was only 2-years old. 9. (Same broker as Serial-3): We phone about a boat, then travel 2-hours to get there, only to be told by the guy who took our phone call that they weren't selling it as it had paint problems and was potentially going back to the factory for a warranty claim. Chaps, I could go on and on but I've lost the will to write more. That all being said, I can honestly see why some newbie purchasers give up at the second or third hurdle as these so-called brockerages will test the patience of a saint. In the meantime please accept my deepest apologies for such a long opening post. Best Wishes to all, Andrew
  7. 11 points
    Hi all, After all the help during our tour planning from the nice people here in the forum, today I would like to share our experiences on our very first narrowboat trip through England's canals. Maybe it will help some of you who are also planning your first narrowboat trip or at least contribute a little bit to entertaining the old hands. Short the dates: Date and duration: early August 2020 (10 nights) Route: Strouport Ring (via Aldersley Junction) Hirer: Black Prince (Stoke Prior) 1st day Shortly before 2:30 pm we were at Black Prince's base in Stoke Prior for the boat takeover. The boat was already prepared and the really nice Black Prince people were ready to hand it over, but we wanted to provisionally unpack all the stuff from the three big suitcases we had with us because of the flight, so that we could leave the suitcases in the car and wouldn't waste any space on the boat. So it took almost until 4:30 pm until we were ready and had received the very good briefing and could cast off and our boat was turned south-west in the Winding Hole next to the base. Then came the first lock, into which the Black Prince man let me enter without help. And, what can I say, it worked reasonably well. A nice gentleman, who was also standing at the lock, gave me the tip not to stand in the middle of the lock entrance, but at the left edge, so one would have a better overview. In retrospect this is absolutely clear, but as an absolute beginner I had never seen this in any of the many narrowboat videos I had watched before. Also the next locks, which we had to master on our own, worked out very well. For a long time we have another boat in front of us that doesn't seem to know what it wants. At a snail's pace it goes on until they finally decide to go to the edge and let us pass. Shortly after that the first tunnel on our journey comes. The kids assure me that the headligths are on and so we enter the tunnel. But somehow it seems very dark and as it turns out later the headlights were not on. So it's not surprising that I touch the tunnel wall with the boat once, which sounded worse than it was in reality, only for a beginner this is difficult to estimate. Meanwhile you can see a wonderful sunset, but there are still about 20 minutes to the planned landing stage. Shortly after 9:30 pm we moor shortly after the Tibberton Winding Hole, next to us there are two other boats lying here and shortly after that we get the first delicious meal from the board kitchen. Picture: Mooring place near to Tibberton Winding Hole 2nd day The night was pleasantly quiet and after a good breakfast we slowly set off for Worcester. We pass the Offerton Locks. Shortly before the Worcester area becomes very urban, we stop and have tea. Afterwards we enter Worcester. Right after the Georg Street Brigde we stop because we want to fill up our fresh supplies in nearby Asda and because it is very warm today and there is a special offer for ice cream, we take an ice break on the boat. Afterwards we decide to move the boat a few more meters towards the river to avoid the direct street noise of the bridge. And so we moor in the middle between Blockhouse Lock and Georg Street Bridge. The rest of the afternoon we stroll through Worcester. Unfortunately the cathedral is closed because of Corona and there is not much going on in the streets. So we go back to the boat and prepare dinner. 3rd day Also this night was quiet and after breakfast we went to fill up the water at the Waterpoint just before the Diglis Locks. The entrance to the Diglis Locks takes some getting used to for a beginner, because you can only tie up to a narrow footbridge next to the lock. The lock is very wide and it takes a long time to fill and empty it. On the river we keep quite far left, because under one of the bridges a lot of flotsam in the middle blocks the passage. The trip on the river is very pleasant, because you have a little more leeway than on the narrow canals. The first of the three river locks comes in sight and since its signal is still red, we moor briefly, but a little later we have free passage to enter the lock. I didn't quite realize that I had to pull the center line behind one of the steel cables in the lock to keep the boat stable in the lock, but already at the second river lock this was no problem anymore. At the third lock we had a very nice chatty lockkeeper who once again pointed out the special features of the entrance to the Stourport Basins and strongly advised us not to stay in Kidderminster. But we hadn't planned to do that anyway. Arriving in Stourport, we moored at the pier on the river and took a look at the lock stairs. Another boat was just about to go down to the river and a CTR man was also helping with the lock operation. Then we went up through the first locks to the first basin and through the strangely sloping entrance to the upper locks in the upper basin. Once there, the passage through the basin was a challenging task, not only because of the refreshing wind, but also because of the narrowness. But we got through quite well. Before we left the Basin we wanted to have a pump-out, but we were probably there 5 minutes after 4 pm and even though the Germans are often said to be punctual, the English boat service staff seems to keep it at least as accurate :-). So without a pump-out we continued up the Staffs&Worcs Canal. Because of the many moored boats and some oncoming traffic, the progress here was very slow. Shortly after the Falling Sands Lock we stop for today. There is another boat in front of us, so we are not alone, which is good. 4th day Today we get up a little earlier than usual, because we had booked a trip with the Severn Railway, which had just finished the Corona lockdown. We walk to Railwaystattion (about 40 minutes) and spend a nice day with a steam locomotive excursion. Around 5:20pm we are back at the boat, which is lying there peacefully. We drive to the Waterpoint in Kidderminster and fill up with water. We want to find a garbage container, but there is no one there and later I realised had I just made a mistake with the symbols on the map. Shortly after we stop next to the Tesco supermarket in Kidderminster and fill up the supplies, I stay on the boat "for safety". Then we continue on to just behind the Wolverley Lock. Day 5 From Wolverly Lock we drive through Kinver where we refuel at the Waterpoint and decide not to visit the Rock Houses but to continue towards Aldersley Junction. Shortly after Stourton Junction it starts to rain heavily for the first time on our boat tour. Since the time was right for a little scones break, we moor up and enjoy the tea while it clears up outside and we continue our trip. Between the Hinksford Lock and the Swindon Lock we find our place for the night. Day 6 We continue up the Staffs&Worcs Canal where we stop just before the Wombourne Bridge to shop in Sainsbury's Supermarket. Soon we reach the very interesting Bratch Locks, where we luckily have to wait too short, while in the opposite direction some boats are waiting to go down. So very slowly the beautiful rural landscape around the canal turns into a suburban one. Today we want to make it to Oxley to have a pump-out there, shortly before we want to get rid of the garbage and look for the garbage drop-off point marked in the Nicholson just behind the Hordern Road Bridge - but we can't see anything. Maybe it doesn't exist anymore? No matter, but now comes the first adventure on our route over Aldersley Junction. Because suddenly a big obstacle in the canal appears in the distance. A bigger tree has fallen into the canal and blocks about 90% of the channel, only at the extreme left edge there seems to be a possibility to get past it. When we approach the tree, from the opposite direction only a shorter Narrowboat drives toward the narrow place, makes then turns around immediately on it again to it to drive. Somehow the boat comes through and the captain calls to me that it would be alright, even if it would rumble a bit. So we try to pass it as far left as possible, but unfortunately the left edge of the channel is not already vertical, but with some shallows (bigger stones under water) on which we touch down immediately before we get close to the tree. The light current immediately drives the bow of the boat into the middle and even further to the other shore while the stern is still resting on the stones. Somehow we get free there, but the light current pushes us to the next stone. During this action the rudder is hanging out of the lower bracket. I guess it is possible to put it back in place by lifting it up and putting it back into the holder, but somehow it does not work and I assumed that something broke off. Oh dear, now that we were farthest away from the base and we didn't want to afford a repair day. But first we had to get past this tree. While we were holding our boat on the left bank and I was looking at the tree from close by, another boat came towards us. However, these people didn't seem to mind that there was a tree in the water and another boat was stuck on their side of the shore shortly after the obstacle, because the boat was coming towards us at a " breakneck speed ". The lady in the bow just shouted loudly and hectically "Push back, push back" - which was not so easy, since the stones at the edge were still blocking our boat. Nevertheless, I was able to pull it back a few meters and the other skipper did a fantastic job and drove loosely "through" the tree and past us with a great distance. Shortly after that another boat approached the obstacle, then stopped in front of the obstacle and tried to turn the boat. But this did not work, because it was too long. So the boat went backwards to the Aldersley Junction - respect! We made another attempt, this time with lines and sticks. It worked! We were through and with shaky rudder we headed for Oxley Marina. There we were able to do a pump-out despite the late hour, and the service man also tried to lift the rudder back into its holder. It wasn't quite tight and slipped out again when we started, but at least I knew now that nothing had broken. When we stopped on the opposite bank to spend the night here, I tried to get the rudder into the holder again with patience, this time it was really tight. Here we stayed over night and although the sewage plant was not far away, in the evening other smells (like “weed”) were rather dominant. 7th day Today we are going up the Wolverhampton Flight. The weather is very nice and it should be quite hot again. Already after the first locks the astonishingly clear water in the channel is noticeable. However, the growth of aquatic plants is constantly increasing, often spreading far into the channel. In the middle of the flight the boat can hardly be steered anymore and it is impossible to move forward. The propeller was wrapped around a few water plants and some plastic bag remains. After these were removed give it further up. Up to the Broad Street Basin Bridge, where we wanted to fill up water and dispose of rubbish, but there was no trace of the Waterpoint, only after some time it became clear that the Waterpoint was hidden behind a door to the inner courtyard of the Basin. Actually we wanted to take a short break here, too, but the surroundings are really not very inviting. So we drove on towards the Coseley Tunnel. Shortly before, the engine stalled again and the boat was hardly steerable. This time a really thick plastic cloth had been wrapped around the propeller and I had real trouble to get it out again. There was also a lot of other rubbish floating in the canal section here. Nevertheless there were many water birds, which had built their nests partly with the rubbish. Except for the rubbish in the water, there were some nice canal sections that made you forget that you are driving through urban areas. The water was also clear and many water plants narrowed the channel quite a bit. At the Factory Junction we turned into the Old Main Line and hoped to find a mooring near the Fontain Inn. But all places were overcrowded. So we drove on towards Dudley Tunnel to reach the moorings in front of the BCLM. There was also a lot going on here - one boat was so "wide" that it took the two moorings in front of the shower houses for itself. So we turned our boat in the Winding Hole under the museum bridge and stopped at the museum side. Here too I cleaned the propeller again - unbelievable how much the channels here were piled up with rubbish. Online we ordered a delicious menu with many different dishes from the Mughal Massala Indian Restaurant. Later we picked it up there (about 10 minutes walk) and enjoyed it on the boat. It must also be said that the area of the moorings is fenced in and can only be entered and left with the CRT-key. A great thing. 8th day Actually we had thought about going to the BCLM the next day, but because of Corona this was only possible at fixed times with pre-booking. The first free slot would have been at 13:30 on that day. We didn't want to wait that long and started along the Old Main Line towards Birmingham. The canal was now a bit cleaner and the water plants were no longer floating openly on the canal but were firmly rooted. There were also very nice sections, but also very "special" ones. For example the "entrance" to Birmingham, if you drive under the motorway for a longer time. In case of rain this "canopy" would certainly be welcome. Interesting were also the canal sections where the Old Main Line and the New Main Line are close together. I also found the narrow bridge from the Old Main Line over the New Main Line to the Engine Arm very interesting. Since you have to stop here for the Smethwick Lock anyway, you can also walk on this bridge and have a look at this great structure. Then we went into Birmingham and turned into the Oozells Street Loop, which I had chosen as my mooring before. We were lucky and there was only a three-quarter mooring left under the Blue Bridge. It was a little bit difficult to moor the boat, because we had no possibility to tie it up at the stern, but somehow it worked. It was a very warm and beautiful day in Birmingham and so there were crowds of people on the streets along the canal. Trying to find a place to eat or even drink here was doomed to failure without a reservation. So we strolled through the city and ate on our boat instead of in a restaurant. Until about 22 o'clock some "party boats" with drunk and loudly bellowing passengers passed us several times. But fortunately it became quite quiet afterwards. 9th day Unfortunately the weather is cloudy this morning and so the exit from Birmingham is not quite as good as it looked the night before. Nevertheless it is impressive to drive through the middle of a big city with the narrowboat. At the Waterpoint just behind the Mailbox we refuel again, then we take the Worcs&Birm Canal. At our briefing the friendly man from Black Prince had warned us to stop between University and Wast Hill Tunnel, because it is a "problematic" area there. But on these Sunday morning there seemed to be a lot of "normal people" along the canal, so that we didn't have the impression to drive through a dangerous area. However, I had read this warning elsewhere about this section of the canal, so we were a bit cautious if there was a large group of young men under a bridge. But everything went smoothly. Only a few shopping trolleys thrown into the canal probably showed the danger of this section. Then we went through the Wast Hill Tunnel, with two boats coming towards us in the tunnel, but everything worked out perfectly and we passed each other without collision, even though it was quite narrow. After the tunnel we stopped just before the Redditch Road Bridge and enjoyed a tea in the sunshine. Afterwards we continued through the Shortwood Tunnel and the Tardebigge Tunnel. We arrived at the Tardebigge Top Lock in the early evening and moored shortly after Bridge 56 between Locks 57 and 58 (Top Lock). There was a wonderful evening mood in the beautiful landscape with the sheep and the tower of Tardebigge Church on one side and the horses on the other. A little warning to all drone owners: If you think, like us, that a little drone flight from Top Lock with a view over the whole Tardebigge Flight is a nice holiday memory, you should be warned about two particularly "nice" residents who are very allergic to drones. My tip: Do not fly with your drone between the Top Lock and the next lock if you want to avoid trouble. 10th day After an extensive breakfast we went to work. 34 Locks were on the agenda today. There was a lot going on and so we had to wait every now and then until the lock in front of us was free. But the weather was almost ideal again (maybe a bit too warm - but I really don't want to complain :-)) and so we arrived at the end of the Tardebigge Flight with a small break after 25 locks after 4 hours. We used the opportunity and the nice weather to have something to eat in the garden of the Queens Head Restaurant. For sure Queens Head is not a quaint English pub, but the food tasted very good and thanks to the "Eat-Out" discount it was also quite cheap. Thanks to the English taxpayers - like German taxpayers, on the other hand, our Corona aid trillions are saving big airlines. I think you get more out of the English "Eat-Out" model. Afterwards, we continued to the Black Prince base in Stoke Prior, where we could get our suitcases out of the car and pack everything up the night before. 11th day The next morning, just before breakfast at 7am, we noticed a strong rump. Behind us a boat had moored, which apparently also had to be returned today. Unfortunately their captain didn't seem to have learned how to "park" properly in the last 10 days. The handover was friendly, fast and completely smooth. We only had to pay about 80 pounds for the fuel. And so we sat in our car shortly after 8:30 am and left the Black Prince base and with it our first narrowboat adventure. Conclusion: Driving through England on a narrowboat is something special. We had a lot of variety and also "a lot of work", but all crew members enjoyed it. For the teenagers there were enough "smartphone" breaks (maybe not on the 10th day), for the adults there were many beautiful landscapes to discover along the canal. Even for beginners it is not an insurmountable obstacle to drive through a long tunnel or many narrow and wide locks. The Stourport Ring was a good choice, also because we had 10 days for it and so we could also take attractions like the Severn Railway into our program. A good route planning is very helpful - and at this point again many thanks to all here in the forum who supported us with very useful information and advice.
  8. 11 points
    It is indeed very sad indeed to hear of Nigel's death. I wasn't even aware that he was unwell. I am glad that we both stuck at it from initial butting of heads on issues upon which we would never agree to the point where we still disagreed about most things, but we had moved past the fact that we disagreed. Our arguing about the detail turned heat into light, and although we continued to disagree, we were both intellectually challenged by the fine detail of the argument. In some cases, we each came to understand that the world wasn't as we would want it, and that in some cases the other was right as to the law. I would have loved to hear his views on the use of the term "houseboat" in the Coronavirus Regulations. He managed to argue well, and with courtesy, and I will very much miss that.
  9. 11 points
    Without naming names or going into specifics, there was a time some 3-4 years back when a couple former members were receiving a lot of abuse on a third party site which was being referenced here. I vaguely recall putting a check/filter in place so that these links were first reviewed by the Moderator team to ensure that the content was not abusive or otherwise inappropriate for a family forum such as this. Most members act in a civil & respectful manner and as such the use of this functionality is extremely limited/virtually non-existent in comparison to other sites, simply because it's not really necessary here. All I'm going to say is that there's absolutely no animosity here and appreciate that the now defunct filter in question may have seemed somewhat inappropriate on this occasion though it was originally set with the best of intentions to help protect those in question at that time.
  10. 10 points
    Left Wednesday, loaded Thursday morning and arrived back at Ocean Lock, Goole for 18.45. A strong spring tide meant that we saw 10.9 knots opposite Swineshead and for most of the return trip we were above 10 knots – and that wasn't running at full power. The trip is taking about 2hrs 50 mins each way with these decent tides. AC aggregates are already asking for 1000 tons a week at Leeds. We loaded 400 tons in Albert Dock yesterday just to be on the safe side as the depth on the A&C needs testing before 500 ton loads become the norm. This sea-dredged sand appears bulkier that the previous material from Besthorpe, taking up more room in the hold, but it is very dry at the moment. Going up the canal Monday, as you say, leaving 08.00 and tying up above Lemonroyd for the night ready for a wee bit of a shindig upon arrival in Leeds for 10.00 on Tuesday morning. After that it should be business as usual: 8 hours up the canal loaded; 6 hours to return to Goole unloaded. It's hoped that Goole – Hull – Goole can be completed on one complete tide cycle leaving on a falling tide and returning on the incoming tide. If this works in practice then the efficiency and fuel saving will be brilliant. Farndale H (Branford Barge Owners) and Fusedale H (Humber Barges) will be sharing the work in the first instance. Branford Barge Owners have Humber Renown and Fossdale H in reserve should the the tonnage become unmanageable for two vessels.
  11. 10 points
    A campaign to teach people how to moor up properly would be a useful first step. MP.
  12. 10 points
    Ain’t that the truth? Last night I posted the sad news of the death of a valuable member of the boating community. I did so because CWDF did not appear to have this information but Thunderboat did. It was suggested there that someone should put a post up so that those that wished to on this site could also post their condolences, should they wish to. Well Muggins here offered to do so and I added a link to the Thunderboat thread as there are some very fitting tributes there which, in my opinion were worth reading. That’s when it all went to hell in a handcart. We can squabble all we like but the bottom line is that this animosity between them and us serves no purpose other than to show us all at our worst. So please can I make a suggestion? Stop it! Just stop it!
  13. 9 points
    They both ended up in my workshop. Best preserved engines I ever saw. They sat for 55 years in the same heated facility, meticulously maintaned. One has 560 and the other 580 hours on the meter, and they start and run like new engines. I got them with clear engine oil, fresh radiator fluid, clean airfilters, and almost like they came from the factory only last month. The dieselpumps are still covered in their factory wax coating, and pristine and shiny under it. Only flaw I can find with them is that one of the generators regulate the output at a somewhat higher voltage than nominal, 250V instead of 230. Probably due to a dried up condenser or something in the 55 year old regulator. They also came with a couple of sturdy ASEA 3 phase transformers to 400V of the same vintage, but without control/instrument cabinets. As they used to be part of the UPS system for DECCA Navigators Skagerak-chain of radio beacons, and had the controls integrated in the main cabinets. They were the emergency back up for Violet Slave Årjang, to be precise. I’m going to build new cabinets and dieseltanks for them, preserve them, and keep them in my collection until I get an offer I can’t refuse. Or get old enough to find out that it’s time to downsize. They’re a joy in that state, plain and simple. Museum quality items.
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  15. 8 points
    My country has been stolen by a bunch of fascists
  16. 8 points
    All wrong so far. It's actually to stop numpties with wide beams escaping out of the marina when moored in stupid locations like the North Oxford etc.
  17. 8 points
    As a broker I can assure you that none of the above was me .. I certainly do not not treat any Possible client like that sti I have standards . Treat everyone as I would like to be treated we don’t always get it 100% right but a I do try
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  19. 8 points
    There are some on here who have made an art form of making comments which perhaps do not contravene the forum guidelines, but which are most unpleasant and uncalled for, it's trolling.
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  21. 7 points
    Hi all My first post on this forum. I don't have a canal boat but enjoy walking along canals and sometimes chatting to boaters / helping them lock. On Monday night 14/9 I found a satellite dish in its case (open) on the towpath and want to try to reunite it with its owner. It's from Travel Sat and I called Martin the owner of this business via the mobile no shown, thinking he might be able to look up the person he sold it to via the serial no BUT these dishes don't have them and he's sold about 1000! Martin was very helpful in talking me through checking and assembling this thing via WhatsApp video and we have ascertained that it's all present and correct apart from a missing screw (1 of 4) on the mounting bracket and a minor broken lug on the bracket - neither of which stop it from working, just need to be more gentle when tightening the knurled wheel acc to Martin. If you think this might be yours, contact me to tell me where you lost it. There are also some accessories in the box with it which acc to Martin aren't standard but are extra. What are these? Mark
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  23. 7 points
    I have a theory on this. Dogs today crap roughly 3 times as much as dogs of yesteryear. This is because the moment they take a dump, their owner rushes up, pops it in a bag and keeps it. The dog thinks his owner must really love the stuff if they go to all that trouble so, in order to please his owner, he puts a lot of effort into doing extra quantities. This phenomenon results it the towpath s#it storm we're all suffering
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  29. 7 points
    It not a requirement, it's just good manners! If we don't like it when other boats zoom past us, then why do it to others?
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  31. 7 points
    Seeing as how the original question has been answered (civilly, too) several times, and as it appears thas it isn't the answer the OP wanted he's introduced a discussion of racism into the thread, can I respectfully suggest the whole damn thing gets moved to the politics section, where the lefties, righties, Brexiteers and racists can all fight it out happily and the rest of us can ignore this nonsense? PS Trying to argue that every traveller is a Traveller is like saying every European is French.
  32. 7 points
    I think this is good advice. The OP certainly does not know what he wants .....given that a week ago he was looking at a widebeam and now a narrowbeam. That is quite a change of direction. For someone who doesnt have the knowledge of what is important in a canal boat, I think it is pointless getting a new one. Not that many on here will have bought a new boat recently ...but we have. We got ours end of June. The buying excercise was interesting. We went to a builder that does at least 10 a year. We seemed to be almost unique in knowing what we wanted ....after first buying a £40-50K boat 3 years ago. Obviously most of their customors have little knowledge of canal boats. We went to New and Used who sell Collingwood and Aqualine. They are chalk and cheese. Our Aqualine had 6 things on the snagging list of which most have been sorted but one important thing left. They will do that otherwise they could get a lot of bad press. There was a huge difference in quality between the Collinwood and Aqualine (and price) and I would hate to imagine what the snagging list was on the Collingwood. I guess they can get away with a long snagging list to someone new to the canals. Someone new to the canals would certainly waste money on the 'extras' which the individual has to choose. Without experience you would end up with choices that just dont work for the individual. An example on ours was the pump out tank. The one supplied as normal is just too small for a full time couple living aboard in a covid environment. I had to ask if they did a bigger one (which they did) and that was then an extra. It wasnt listed on the the 'extras'. Had I not known the sizes and how quickly you fill them, then we would have been pumping out every week! This is the 2nd new boat we have bought. The previous one was a sailing yacht (expensive) but we also had years experience owning a 2nd hand one before so know what we were ordering. That had about 20 things on the snagging list so I knew what to specify when buying this time. I think it is impossible for someone new to all of this to buy a narrowboat (or fat boat) and get what they a) want and b) really need without owning a used boat first. There are so many things that the buyer will not know about to make a decision. We did not get a survey done on ours on delivery as anything major should be picked up by the seller - hence you need to choose a company that is not likely to go under....do you financial due dilligence properly! We chose Aqualine as they could deliver a boat in 14 weeks (ordered end Feb, delivered 20th June)....as all they build these day is fat boats and they had a slot in the factory to put a narrow boat between the fat ones! That minimised the risk of cash being tied up. I am experienced enough to spot all the 'non' major items - which we did in the first few days - and the werent many of them. Advice to the OP...buy a used boat first and dont assume you know what you want until you see (in the flesh) a number of boats. Your views of what you want will change.......as shown by your decision not to go with a fat boat.
  33. 6 points
    Maybe they need that separate, through-hull, air intake no-one else has ever thought of? I'll get my coat...
  34. 6 points
    Sorry its been a while, but I now have a boat Exhire - good conversation with surveyor and doughts put to bed or sorted. Brillient and testing journey from Coventry canal to Yorkshire Calder & Hebble. Started to make it "ours", the real captain! she does know how to "change things inside" Thank you all for your advice, I have loads of questions I will bore you with later
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  37. 6 points
    Huge thanks to all of those who have taken the trouble to offer me valued advice. As for my starting WW3 re not following search protocol to reference old threads - I am very sorry. I am new to owning a widebeam (and to this platform) and I am understandably apprehensive regarding navigating a huge (to me) boat I have owned small cruisers but never a narrowboat. One of the reasons I have made the decision to live on a widebeam on a marina is my past experience re the love shown by the boating community - I have never known such kind and helpful people - sadly I cannot say quite the same about the hostile reception here! So many wonderful people here too, but sadly the 'canalworld police' are not so warm. Maybe newcomers to this fantastic forum should be allowed a little understanding until they fin their way around! And yes, I am a woman! xx
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  41. 6 points
    A couple of years ago SWMBO was walking the dog along the towpath, he is a young terrier and full of the need to kill anything that is small and fluffy. Because he pulls on the lead like a demented husky we use a “Halti” which is a head restraint, it goes over his head and around his snout so that when he pulls on the lead we can turn his head to take his focus off of what he is currently obsessing over. As the Mrs passed a moored boat a woman exited it and started shouting “take that off him right now it’s cruel” and other words to that effect. Slightly taken aback my better half tried to explain what a halti is and what it is for. This fell on deaf ears as she had decided it was cruel and no amount of logic was going to sway her idiotic ideals. The Mrs gave up and carried on walking, I witnessed all this as I was cruising along behind her. When I drew level with the moored boat the woman asked if I was with her, I said I was and I was then subject to her abusive displeasure. Knowing full well the futility of using logic to explain anything to the obsessively opinionated (having dealt on many occasions with Jehovah’s witnesses at my door) I simply told her to F*** off and carried on my merry way. Not very diplomatic I know but I have reach the age where I just don’t suffer fools
  42. 6 points
    CaRT Social Media/PR snowflakes that sit in an office promoting the canals for runners/cyclists/fitness etc and never actually visit them need to realise some of the towpaths aren’t suitable for these activities. People need to see the canals in a true light and not through CaRT corporate produced videos and advertising.
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  44. 6 points
    Apparently, respectful links were made to Thunderboats posts re Nigel Moore's passing. Nigel frequented both sites in his usual affable manner. I find it appalling that the posts were deleted, Why? What's wrong with the mod or mods here. I hope this isn't swept into the bin under the catch all "mods must not be questioned". The posts were in no way derogatory, they were not fuel for rivalry and spats. Someone needs to get a grip.
  45. 6 points
    I thought that you had a perfectly adequate explanation of what happened from Magpie Patrick, and what will happen next. There is no suggestion of ongoing animosity, just a cock-up in a probably old piece of code. There is nothing to stop except continued discussion of this non-squabble.
  46. 6 points
    Look at this positively: If you fit through, all will be well; if you don't, then at least your chimney will no longer be stuck! 🙂
  47. 6 points
    Obviously you should do what feels right for you both, and I can certainly see the appeal.of a brand new shiny boat. However, as a fellow newbie I would put myself firmly in the second-hand camp, especially as this will be your first ever narrowboat. The advice we were given was to treat your first boat as a learning experience; a way to discover whether you actually enjoy narrowboating, how to maintain and steer a boat, what sort of layout works for you, what equipment you are comfortable with (loos, inverters, solar/travel packs etc) and so on. Plenty of people are delighted with their brand new boats I'm sure, and without people buying new boats we wouldn't have a healthy stock of used boats to choose from! Just seems to me a heck of a lot of money to commit if you are not absolutely sure what you want. You are giving it all careful consideration which is the best thing you could do.
  48. 6 points
  49. 6 points
    Shhhhhh, how do you think she disposes of all the electricians?
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