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  1. 13 points
    I know there’s quite a bit of negativity around volockies. But today I had a first class experience with 3 volockies on the Tardebigge flight. Id been stuck at the bottom of the flight due to aggravating a long standing back problem. Caused by very poorly maintained lockgear, with paddles almost impossible to move. I’m a burly 15st Builder but really struggled to shift some of the paddles. Any how there was no way I could tackle the flight in my present condition. As the flight is closing I had to get through before I became trapped. I mentioned it to a couple of passing volockies yesterday afternoon and they said they’d arrange help for 9.30 am this morning. True to their word 3 people turned up on time this morning to help me. All ex boaters, they worked me up the flight perfectly. No fuss no bossiness and all in three and a half hours. Id like to give a special thanks to Bill for seeing me all the way to the top lock. I’m moored up now and will have a few days of recuperation. So a big thumbs lads, I’ll be eternally grateful.
  2. 7 points
    It is a viewpoint many will sympathise with however, we should look at other countries around the world who practice harsh sentencing and a very strict penal system. The USA jails more of its citizens than any other industrialised nation (665 per 100K population) the second is Russia but (388 per 100K) is near half the rate of the USA. In both countries they have very harsh prison environments. Harsh sentences and a harsh penal system is not a deterrent to committing crime low-level or the most severe and with some states in the USA still having a death sentence for murder even that is not a deterrent to the crime. What is required is a more holistic view that looks at why people commit crime and establish ways to help them take a different path.
  3. 7 points
    It wasnt, it was footage of a boat coming in and mooring up and then another boat ramming the first one. There is no similarity to a bridge hole situation.
  4. 7 points
    Surely the point is that if somebody "steals" the mooring you are aiming for (and I am not saying they did in this case) you grit your teeth, smile and carry on, not aim for and ram their boat.
  5. 5 points
    It doesn't matter much whether a stated rule is legally binding or not. Most laws are unenforceable - for example, it's actually against the law to stab people, but you can't stop people doing it. You can punish them afterwards if you can find them, but that doesn't actually stop the nuisance in the first place. A law which is neither going to be obeyed or possible to enforce is pointless. That's why the t&c's are worth having as a guideline. They're simple to understand and cheap,and largely enforced by peer pressure. If you want noise nuisance to be controlled and policed, you have first to define it, then hire a million noise coppers to crack down on it. I think the licence fee might have to go up.
  6. 5 points
    Just for information. All done and dusted. Watched on the very clear monitor. Fascinating stuff. Clever even. Nothing untoward found. I survive to live another day or longer maybe. A big sigh of relief. Can't say I feel any different though. The symptoms I went to the doctor with are still there. I, me, think a change of diet and lifestyle are required. I'm no longer a young whipper snapper, well I am in my brainbox but my body says otherwise. Thanks to all the comments, advice and support. Closed chapter? Watch this space.
  7. 5 points
    The the hire boat would have been through the bridge hole and clear of it long before encountering Steve, who then aims his narrowboat at it and rams it. Hope that helps...
  8. 4 points
    The poor sod just asked a question, if this is how new members get treated no wonder so few join
  9. 4 points
    A colleague of my son has recently been jailed and will serve at least 15 months. She and her husband had been up most of the night with her sick child. She drove her husband to work and on the return journey had an accident. She and her child were trapped in her burning car and had to be rescued by passers by. She was quite badly injured, her child had minor injuries, but unfortunately the driver of the other car died a few days later. Her car had crossed over the white line, and although she was left with no memory of the accident, she was advised to plead guilty to causing death by dangerous driving on the basis that it is assumed that she fell asleep. She was jailed for 3 years. I doubt if that is an appropriate punishment. Some sort of community based sentence/heavy fine/financial restitution would seem to be more sensible.
  10. 4 points
    Evening, it's a few years since I've posted on here, and I've sold my boat now but always browse and this problem rings a bell with me. About 2012 I was, I think on the Wenford Arm crawling towards the end, when my engine sounded like I'd cruised over a Tesco trolley. An awful grinding metallic noise so I shut the engine off and checked the prop. Nothing. Came on Canalworld for advice. Told to check around the Skeg. Nothing. I informed everyone that I couldn't even turn the prop shaft in neutral with a pair of stilsons. Told that the gearbox was then the likely cause. So after a while I started pumping more and more grease into the stern gland and gradually, using the stilsons, it freed itself. I was told by another boater, who had a similar problem that he had a lot of grit between his prop and stern tube. Worth a go I suppose before the gearbox gets dismantled.
  11. 3 points
    Couple of things. People have a habit of seeing themselves as set above and separate from nature. This is not so. In nature an animal that attacks, or threatens to attack another animal ten times its weight and four times its height is likely to get its arse kicked. In the case of stroppy swans or geese it's best to fall in with the natural order. Their assumption of dominance is learned behaviour. Also, it's said that swans mate for life. On the contrary, my experience is that they fly away as soon as you let go.
  12. 3 points
    They always shut when you are in the area 😎
  13. 3 points
    Having always owned (ex)working boats, I can find myself at the end of the day thinking "only one (or two) miles to the next spot I can get the boat in". During that one or two miles I often don't pass another moored boat, but as sure as eggs are eggs, as I turn the last bend, there is another boat tied up there. I know the next suitable spot is another two miles away so, sorry, you've got company for the night.
  14. 3 points
    Yes. Come winter it will typically be colder, with a higher probability of snow.The hours of daylight will definitely be reduced compared to say summer.Canals may freeze.Councils will buy in their grit after a typical major freezing event ready for next summer. Come spring the weather may show signs of warmer sunnier periods, but this is not guaranteed. The hours of daylight will likely increase.People, especially up north will be seen out and about in their shorts in temperatures below 5 degrees C. Come summer June 21st-Jun28th traditionally when Mrsmelly has his annual summer holiday, it will almost certainly be torrential rain, and flooding on a biblical scale, though you will be able to see it longer due to increased hours of daylight. The following week it will be glorious with temperatures in the mid twenties.On hot summer days, people will complain that it is too damn hot. It will then revolve back to autumn, as it has done for countless millenia with everyone complaining that it is colder, wetter and windier than it ever has been in the past, forgetting that we only have ourselves to blame. Bear in mind the short time window you have for doing external work on you boat before it is too wet, windy, cold, hot, still, cloudy and that you must share that small window with actually going boating. Here endeth the forecast.
  15. 3 points
    Why is it so many boaters desperately try to tie CRT's hands in any attempt they make to impose reasonable behaviour on those to whom it doesn't come naturally?
  16. 3 points
    Last Thursday we were the last boat to use the Liverpool Link for the year, the locks are now all closed and lighting installations are being built over the canal at the Pierhead and around the Albert dock, etc. We didn't even need to get off the boat in Stanley lock - three Vlockies and two Cart men in attendance, thanks very much. We got as far as Hancock's swing bridge by 14:20 and found it locked off on a timer until 6pm due to the busy road it carries, so we were stuck there for the rest of the daylight - most frustrating! However it gave me a chance to go for a walk up and over the A59 to look at the ancient 13th C St Andrew's church in Maghull, a surprising find in such a built-up area. Further on into Maghull I was intrigued by the elaborate spillway and the fact that it looked to be redundant due to the concrete and piling put into the canal on the water side of it. David
  17. 3 points
    That's pretty clever, but it could be improved by fitting some sort of auto-crank turner. Maybe you could rig something like this to it.
  18. 3 points
    Nah, far too modern for Northern. This is their Rotherham train replacement boat service. Excellent green credentials, oar powered by their unfortunate passengers, so extra profit for the owners. Unfortunately, it is broken and being repaired, so the service is cancelled.
  19. 3 points
    It was something wrapped around the propeller! Thanks for your help.
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  21. 3 points
    So this week we had the first trip on Joyce under electric power, for the technical mined-ed I have used a 48 volt DC series motor its 12 inch in diameter and about 14 inches long, it has a cooling fan, it used to live in a large forklift truck as the drive motor I am running it at 70 volts with a curtis controller, reverse is achieved by using a reverse contacter by albright [it reverses the field windings] these motors have huge torque from 1 rpm upwards, for safety it has a 300 amp cutoff if something goes wrong with wiring or my propeller gets fouled it trips. The first trip was about 2 miles with maneuvering at each end, its very easy to drive the boat as the motor which is direct drive can spin at 30 rpm or right up to 1800 rpm. The boat is very quick off the mark and slows very well as well, at 3 MPH its drawing 50 amps ish 3.3KW on the meter which on its 280 AH batter bank gives it 5 hours ish on batteries. I also have 3.6 KW of solar so on sunny days it will run from the sun. The run lasted about an hour and was deemed a success, however I have to take it all to pieces to make it BSS proof and the rectify a couple of issues. The motor was at 72 degrees after an hour so I am also adding a blower to force more air through the motor for cooling, and the flange I turned is a fraction off center which causes a slight vibration, the mounts and center flex take these out, but I would rather sort it out properly. As yet I am still having problems with CRT over the license because it 25% cheaper but that should be sorted soon, a CRT lockie who saw me on the run was amazed, and thought because of the lack of noise and smoke that I had an engine problem., a quick gander in the motor bay made him smile. Remember my boat weighs 30 odd tons and used to be pushed along by 50 hp now its done by 7.5 hp but lots of torque and is lovely and quiet perfik
  22. 3 points
    Its stupid running engine to heat water when stationary. Everyone needs a gas instantaneous water heater, the cheapest way of heating water whilst stationary apart from lighting a fire of free sticks on the bank. They seem to be making a bit of a come back though. Some folk here keep running engines in the boatyard to heat water, bloomin nuisance.
  23. 3 points
    Why not look it up in "Ouse Ouse"?
  24. 3 points
    I think he is bucking the trend. 😁
  25. 3 points
    The B.C.N. Society has added B.C.N. Company gaugings, complete with a search facility, to their website - Well done B.C.N. Society, but please bear in mind that only the original gauge is captured so things like subsequent owner / change of boat name / change of fleet number / alterations and amendments are not included https://bcnsociety.com/gauging/
  26. 3 points
    They would do a lot better (as would most cities and large towns) by banning ALL private cars and providing free buses instead. Nobody is seriously suggesting that. Let's not pretend that petrol cars are clean: they are not. Neither are electric vehicles, if you look at the whole picture. As usual, the powers that be, aided by a sensationalist meejah, are merely tinkering with local effects instead of addressing the underlying problem.
  27. 3 points
    Ivw heard about canals being converted into railways, but not the other way round. 😁
  28. 3 points
    You can send it to me if you like...
  29. 3 points
    It was worth the hassle it’s so quiet in Gloucester Docks.
  30. 3 points
    Sounds a bit complicated for the ordinary Joe at the moment. I can live with killing a set of LA batteries within a couple of years, but am not prepared to take the chance with lithiums yet
  31. 3 points
    Great news, well done. The ideal length for a centre rope is inches shorter than the distance between where you tie it on to the boat and your prop.
  32. 3 points
    Not sure I agree! This weekend last year, we put the house up for sale, within two days we had sold at full asking price, which we had thought was optimistic, and the purchaser wanted to be in for Christmas. We lined up three possible boats so we would be ready to run when we exchanged. Come 1st December, we thought we’d be good until the new year, but then suddenly got told on the 10th, exchange today or its all off! Luckily all three of our short list were still available, so we offered low on all of them and took the best deal, had her skippered from Cheshire to Worcester and moved aboard on the winter solstice! The rest as they say, is history...
  33. 3 points
    This is good. VMs being taken away from CCers for five months of the year was ridiculous. There is quite a strong case for reducing them to Dec, Jan and Feb only in my opinion.
  34. 3 points
    The thread has legs yet. It's not quite followed thought the CWDF arc. Four stages to go. 1) Yes - there is a parallel thread talking about the same issue 2) No - no-ones flounced yet 3) Yes - there are those asking everyone to stop it generating another 10 pages 4) No - no one has called anyone Hitler yet 5) No - no poll set up yet 6) No - mod intervention
  35. 3 points
    Struck in the middle of you?
  36. 3 points
    Hate to be pedantic, (honest!), but the op did say "what would you NOT do?".
  37. 3 points
    I wouldn't mind!.,
  38. 3 points
    The bad news is that I appear to be in a minority of one, even my wife does not agree with me, but the better news is that we are currently moored just above Stone for a couple of days and Goliath is right in front of us. Yesterday we had a spectacular all day session at the Borehole and tonight we have been to the Swan and drunk even more. Tomorrow we need to move on but its only a day to the Holy Inadequate. I still think I am right but enjoying boating is much more important than talking about boating, and getting the police or CRT involved in minor boating disputes is not a good idea. ...............Dave
  39. 2 points
    Those personal Qs are not there to have a point for you - they're for them to be able to say they have x many (insert name of minority group here) to help them reach or prove they meet their diversity targets. There's funding in that.
  40. 2 points
    In my world bath night was always Sunday, ie the night before school. Even when we finally got a proper bath I don't remember my parents ever using it, there was never enough hot water and no-one actually liked bathing anyway. I do remember a lot of old folks saying it was bad for you and I'm quite sure my grandad never took a bath after he finished working down the pit. He farted constantly ("where's that bloody cat...") but didn't smell unpleasant. My grandma on the other hand smelled of boiled cabbage. You couldn't avoid boiled cabbage in those days schools used it by the truckload but it was everywhere, actually that probably explains my grandad's flatulence.
  41. 2 points
    Interesting, my Grandfather also worked out of Goole on the Tom Puddings , we did manage to find a picture of him (He's the one with the watchchain), haven't a clue what the boat he was photographed on was though.
  42. 2 points
    I agree that the problem is where to put the points, but compared to the far bigger car problem this is a tiny issue -- they can be put at locks or moorings or wherever necessary, the energy use of a boat is less than a tenth that of a car and there are 1000x more cars. A 70kWh battery pack (same size as a car because these will be cheapest and widely available) will run a narrowboat for about 4 days, I can't imagine charge points being further apart than this.even on the Ashby. Honestly everyone is thinking this is a big problem when actually it's a tiny one compared to the car one which will be solved. It's like IC design (my business), there's no way small companies like the one I work for (only a few hundred million pounds a year turnover...) could afford to pay for a bleeding-edge fab which costs about $50billion, but we don't have to because Apple have already paid for it and we get to ride on their coat-tails. The same will happen for electric boats, they can use everything that will be developed for electric cars "for free" -- or at least not have to pay for all the development costs, and the installation and running costs per boat will be 10x lower than for cars because so is the energy used. It's no different to people saying "petrol engines will never replace horses" because there are stables everywhere and hardly any petrol stations -- this was true when everyone used horses and nobody drove cars. The same thing will happen with the transition from diesel/petrol power to batteries on both roads and canals. The big question is -- when? 😉
  43. 2 points
    In my opinion that is exactly the wrong approach to take - apart from the old adage that ignorance of the Law/Rules is no excuse. Those boaters who are lacking in their understanding should spend a little time improving their knowledge. Among other things, it might make better boaters of them! Their almost seems like an inverted snobbery about the subject which to my mind is silly. Howard
  44. 2 points
    You have a leak then!
  45. 2 points
    Sounds like you are over-fuelling. Have you cleaned the air filter? Oh sorry, wrong thread! 😂😂
  46. 2 points
    Whilst Kidderminster isn't on my list of overnight stopping places, and probably isn't on any list of loveliest British towns, the whole area being discussed here - Worcester itself and the canal up from Stourport - is one of my favourite cruises. The journey through Kidderminster doesn't detract from that and a brief visit to the town itself isn't actually one to be avoided. The view of the church and it's gardens as you lock up from the town is a memorable highlight. Please don't be put off - quite the contrary!
  47. 2 points
    “Shit bag” was perfect.
  48. 2 points
    That was an excellent response, suitably British and restrained, I hope you had a good strong cup of tea and a digestive after to calm your nerves
  49. 2 points
    To expand on my comment in Post 2, a boat this size will be fine on The Thames but will not be made welcome by all boaters on the K&A or the GU. It's too big. You may well encounter significant resentment from other boaters at the space you take up and the slowness with which you will navigate. <Awaits incoming> P.S. your budget strikes me as too small for what you describe. Yes £200k will get you a middle-of-the-range boat built but not a dream boat to a high standard yacht finish
  50. 2 points
    You could try spam, egg, spam, beans, spam, chips and spam - that's not got much spam in it.
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