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  1. Summary: "Boat enters lock and geese and goslings avoid the boat. Observer very upset even though nothing happened, and posts angrily on discussion forum." This strikes me as similar to 20 tonne lumbering narrowboat skippers panicking they are going to hit a fast and nimble canoe. The canoeists are totally confident the NB could never hit or squash them even if they tried.
    12 points
  2. Yep, There are plenty well off selfish people living in their own bubble, well fed and in no need of assistance. The kind of people who think the homeless and the impoverished just need to pull their socks up. One day it might be them, or a relative who can no longer cope with life. Until then nothing is going to change their attitude, it's called "I'm all right Jack, I don't care a damn about anyone else"
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  4. Advantages of the BCN over Venetian canals. Can any one think of more? Any one can become a commercial boat skipper in Birmingham. Gondolier jobs are a closed shop, passed down in families. The smell of sewage wafting over the Venice canals. The smell of skunk wafting over the Birmingham canals. Global warming and sea level rise will doom Venice to sink below the waves. The Birmingham level is at 453 feet. Sipping a very expensive coffee on St Mark's Square, overlooking the Grand Canal, compared with sipping a cheaper pint of beer in the Tap and Spile, overlooking Gas Street Basin. Venice has the Campanile overlooking the Grand Canal. Birmingham has the Post Office Tower overlooking the Farmer's Bridge Flight. Venice has cruise ships in the Grand Canal. Birmingham is protected from wide beam monstrosities by flights of narrow locks on all the approaches. Venice is on the Adriatic, so sea life can get in to the canals. In Birmingham, sea life is safely segregated from the canals in the Sea Life Centre. No risk of your boat being pulled down to its doom by a kraken, or damaged in a dolphin collision. Listening to the beautiful, melodious Brummie accent, compared with the jarring drone of Venician Italian. Your Watermate key won't open any Elsan facility in Venice. The artistic endevours of Birmingham's many painters are displayed in public on every canal side wall, or other vertical surface, not hidden away in galleries, churches and museums as in Venice. Venice has no tunnels, or locks on their canals at all. In high summer, on some parts of the BCN, you can go all day without seeing another boat on the move. In high summer, Venice is so overcrowded, the authorities want to limit the numbers allowed in. Birmingham has never been a major naval power, or used its boats to carry fire and sword to other cities. The overblown lines of a gondolier, versus the elegant lines of a narrowboat. Venice might have the Bridge of Sighs over a canal, but Birmingham has Spaghetti Junction soaring over its canals.
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  6. It's hard not to draw the conclusion that composting separating toilet owners are simply lazy and cling to the green angle to obfuscate. Anyone prepared to dump their shite in public bins and their pee in the hedge or the canal should consider what a world we'd live in if everyone did that. Lazy and selfish, it only works if hardly anyone does it. Apologies to the one in a hundred who actually compost and take their pee to the Elsan, but come on - if you do that you might as well take a cassette the the elsan. It's notable how many of the shite in the bin / pee in the hedge crowd still insist on describing their toilet as composting - you're fooling nobody. Dumping your excrement is Pre-Victorian and went out of fashion due to the associated diseases like cholera - it's backward third world behaviour, it's not even remotely green.
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  10. Sorry to be a damp squib but I think it’s a bad idea to sell your home to buy a boat. You don’t say how old you are but presumably OAP category? Hopefully you would have quite a few years happily on the boat but ill health and increasing frailty are guaranteed at some point. And you will reach a state where living on a boat becomes too hard physically, but in the same state you could easily continue to live independently in a house. Then what are you going to do?
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  12. Almost certainly 1 paid CRT employee and 5 volunteers, especially when you see the ages they look. Something similar to this appeared on Facebook a few years ago when a group of us (all volunteers) were cutting the offside vegetation. We'd moved to the towpath to stop for some lunch and a nearby moorer photographed us standing around. He wrote something derogatory like 'this is what we pay our licence fee for'. Some people seize every opportunity to have a go at CRT and I agree much of the time it's justified (especially with the erection of unnecessary signs). And I have to admit I did find this photo of the sign erection funny 🙂. But a lot of CRT haters take it seriously and really do think it's their licence fees being wasted.
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  14. Lemme guess, you've been fooled into buying a composting toilet - only to find it doesn't compost anything.
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  20. For the umpteeth time, can we all please stop obsessing about mph? It's likely that none of you have any accurate way to measure your speed anyway. Suitable speeds differ from place to place. I'm on a very deep and wide canal with big commercial boats passing. It makes little difference how fast they go. The small cruisers and kayak seems to make my boat rock more anyway. The only thing that matters is your impact on other boats and the bank. If you're travelling at a speed which is causing a soft bank to erode, or causing boats to lurch around on their moorings - then SLOW DOWN! In some places where the canal is narrow and it's shallow at the sides, and the bank is either very high or very low next to the water, you will be causing problems at 2mph, so just forget how many miles per hour you think you are doing, engage your brain, look at what's going on around you, and adjust your speed accordingly.
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  22. As above another painting by my daughter Amanda Graham
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  24. Hello all Well as promised, i'm back with updates after visiting the boat today And Mystery solved..... It turns out the valve closest to the pump, under the sink wasn't a quarter turn, it was just stuck!! And one strong chap later, it is once again loose functioning correctly and the water sysyem is restored. Mum and I would like to thank each and every one of you that took time to respond and help us. I learned a lot that I'm certain will be useful in the future. Best wishes Jayne and Hilda.
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  28. And just to round this out... New regulator fitted this morning. The alternator didn't need to come off, just slackened to slip the belt off so it could be swung to get the back off. Obviously the cables need to be disconnected, but because mine's wired to keep the BSS inspector happy, the big red one goes dead when the domestic isolator is switched to off. (Not all boats do this to protect the alternator in case of inadvertent isolation, so if your alternator cable is direct to your batteries, you'll need to disconnect there so you don't accidentally learn to arc weld!) Once that's all done, it's a two minute job (3 screws) to remove and replace the regulator. Mine had a fracture in one of the brushes, explaining the intermittent fault but confirming the diagnosis. Everything back together, belt tensioned and all is as it ought to be. Job's a good 'un. For other Beta 43 Iskra 150a owners, all part numbers, etc, are in my post above. Thank you again to those who contributed.
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  31. Reminded me of this that circulated around BW during the 2009 reorganisation, one of several initiated by Robin Evans
    6 points
  32. Isn’t a t-stud just one big centre cleat? The cleat hitch that you show is how I tie the rope to our t-stud anyway.
    6 points
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  34. What a ridiculous thread. Some birds were in a lock, sharing the lock with a boat (as is quite often the case). Nothing happened. Except that some members of your family were shouting orders to other people and your grown up daughter was in tears. You need to stop your family from ordering other people around in shouting voices, they are not in charge. Why do people these days think they can order other people around? And your daughter needs to get a life and work out what is actually worth crying about. Typical urban nouveau boaters with no idea.
    6 points
  35. Now back home..... the Avon ring is a lovely way to spend 2 weeks (or more if you can manage it!). The Avon is absolutely beautiful and was a great experience. Got some stats which some might find interesting - keep in mind we moor at Ventnor Marina so it takes us a bit to actually get to/from Lapworth to start the ring (lots more locks - Stockton/Hatton etc...!): 50 miles of narrow canals 41 miles of broad canals 42 miles of small rivers 16 miles of large rivers 110 narrow locks 105 broad locks 1 large lock. (this was quite an experience!!!) CanalPlan had it down as 88 hours, 9 minutes which is 14 days, 4 hours and 9 minutes at 6 hours per day. We actually took 87.2 hours so that is very accurate! I used 113.56 litres of diesel in that 87.2 hrs.... anyone thinking about the Avon Ring, definately do it!!!!
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  38. Great idea 🙄funds given to support health care should instead be spent on the historic waterways network. Well done NBTA for promoting awareness to mental health issues and the problems some boaters have in accessing help. My support continues ✊
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  42. Get off your high horse Ian, its only winding you up. This is a discussion forum not a soap box. We all do what suits us best, whatever the political belief.
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  43. Sometimes it's quite satisfying, although not clever. We had some new livaboards dossing up and down the canal near us, I watched as he came past my moored boat one day near enough flat out. I walked up to the next lock and had a chat with him, kind of explained that it's polite to slow down past boats, and if I came past him at that speed I'd pull his pins out. After being told to "F#$@ off" and mind my own business I did exactly what I'd mentioned I'd do. And it did.
    6 points
  44. The original engine was an Austin 7 engine and gearbox the Velocette was a later power plant and then a petter. The Kubota is my creation coupled to a reliant regal box
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