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  1. Yes, Jo is now safely at the boatyard. Massive thanks to @Chagall who very kindly lent me a boat to just tow Jo without having to mess about with a temporary rudder. And for the infinite coffee supply, the breakfast and most of all the company. It was a real pleasure to meet you in person.
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  3. The OP is the highest bidder on the boats eBay listing and hasn't seen it yet. I won't be taking any money off anyone until they have viewed the boat and understand the works required. I quite enjoy sleeping at night... πŸ˜‰
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  5. I suspect most old boaters with many years experience would not see a crisis at all but be impressed by how well maintained the canals are. Last summer we went from the Rochdale summit to Lechlade and back. We had two minor delays on the South Oxford whilst CRT came to sort out lock problems, and a really grim couple of days coming up the Rochdale due to lack of water. Only once did I have to dive into my toolbox (to get through a stubborn swingbridge). Its 200 years old, its not a theme park (yet), its full of boaters who are no longer self sufficient and have unrealistic expectations of customer service, it could be much better, but it works.
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  6. Scruffy boats are one thing, but when the scruffiness spills onto the towpath it is unacceptable. The same scruffiness often goes hand- in-hand with breaches of the rules and antisocial behaviour. It's hardly surprising that this creates resentment from not only the general public but responsible boaters too.
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  7. I think you probably have more reason than most to need to lose it now and then. Don't beat yourself up. ❀️
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  8. Just in case you didn't quite believe it Ange πŸ˜ƒ
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  9. Just cap the tank off for now and leave it in situ. It will be cheaper then to reinstate when you realise a composting toilet is a load of crap
    10 points
  10. Ange, most of us here recognise if the drink is talking and all your real friends here cut as much slack as is ever necessary, ok? Just sayin'. Now have a hug
    10 points
  11. Ah but there is, look at the diagram below.
    10 points
  12. But its not that simple because we all have some collective responsibility and so if my personal choice impacts badly on those around me its no longer just a personal choice applying to myself. If we don't police ourselves then eventually somebody else we do it for us and that will not be good. The really untidy boat dwellers will just move on to a van, or squat, or whatever, leaving the boat enthusiasts to suffer the new rules. The big problem is that beauty is in the eye of the beholder and so leaving the decisions to an outside body with no boat experience (a council?) will not be good.. As I have said before, I would always prefer a quirky well worn Springer to a tidy modern squareback widebeam with cartoon characters painted on the side. Some stuff is easier, open frame air cooled diesel generators should not be allowed. ...........Dave
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  18. Well, this is one time I will admit to being female. πŸ™‚ It was very instructional, if a tad stressful. I took the tiller occasionally to get the feel for working two boats, and No it wasn't the time we ended up in the trees! A wide beam had moored on a bend! Good to meet you too Mr Biscuit. I look forward to seeing you both sometime.
    9 points
  19. I'd commercialise the whole thing and instead of those "rate this scene" things we've had from CRT we'll get a "rate this boat" on a scale of +10 to -10 kind of exercise with the inevitable outcome that lovely looking small traditional boats that bring joy to the public are paid to cruise the system and purple clone craft bricks with corny names, pram hoods and stick-on vinyl lettering will pay about five grand a year.
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  21. I agree that even by our low standards this is impressive thread drift. @LadyG is going to be sorted in the fairly near future. At least two and possibly three forumites are going to get her boat through the tunnel and maybe even up to the boatyard in a few days time. The attempted repair to her boat didn't work so I'm going to advise her how to get it properly fixed for less than 10% of what RCR quoted her originally. She is getting the usual flack from the usual misogynists and also from the militant wing of the sisterhood, but she has been doing exactly the right thing for a couple of months now. She's not wrong to wait. Yes, it could have been a 2 day job in November and done then, but a mixture of a busy local yard doing other work, being trapped between two unplanned stoppages and CRT being kept informed means it has run on over the Christmas period. She's not going to be able to go far even when it's fixed for quite a few months.
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  23. This will be the first time we have spent Christmas on our boat - wil the turkey fit in the oven ? We will be staying in Park Farm to begin with as himself has to do something with the engine mounts and then we will be heading up to the Bridgewater, then where? We thought we would enter into the spirit of boating at Christmas and brought down some lights. However our selotape doesn't seem to be strong enough and they keep falling down πŸ˜‰. No problems with the whisky though ! Hope to see some other boats on the move Haggis
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  28. In 1984 David Blaygrove asked us to move 19 tons of loose housecoal that was on Rothens Wharf at Atherstone to Stoke Bruerne, to Load on Hesperus. ( South Midlands Canal Transport.) We had bought Thaxted only 2 months before at the National Rally at Hawksbury. I have just got to my Archive after filing it away in 2004 when we emigrated. In those days a certain standard was maintained. Brasses polished no tee shirt or fleeces. I had taken my suit jacket off on a hot day but rolled up my sleeves.
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  38. Report it, however little info you may have. Another incident may be at a later time without rescuers as quick. Stick your mobile in a box of rice for a few days, take sim card and data card out first, it may survive. With tiktok and other sh1t now you may well find your aggressors on some challenge.
    8 points
  39. Lady G could with a bit of patience and plenty of bits of bread perhaps train and instruct gaggles and fleets of swans, Canada geese, ducks, coots and moor hens to tow her to the boat yard by rigging them all , towingwith string, spaced out, keeping their distance so they don't squabble . Swans are the most likely to give trouble being of an aggressive, arrogant nature and might try to drown the smaller towers, but after all once trained they are the most powerful and should exert the most pull, whereas the Coots and moorhens without webbed feet won't contribute very much pull at all but I'm sure they'll try hard and be the most friendly towards the other birds. Although the , Swans and Canada geese are the most powerful but might fight each other, seriousely, requiring very stern reprimanding by Lady G. It might be the best plan not to employ those two at all, but to concentrate entirely with engaging hundreds of the smaller water birds instead. To keep them all towing strongly Lady G would need a catapult to fire bits of bread ahead of them all to keep them all towing in the right direction.
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  41. Let’s not take it off track and confuse the potential new boater, this is about trying out a Narrowboat for size and not about Issues with CaRT spending. Please start a separate Post if you want to discuss that.
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