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  1. Actually Arthur, you probably make good sense. We have both realised we were a bit out of order Saturday night, blame lockdown boredom, wine, parent illness problems etc, it all builds up and occasionally you need a blow out. Unfortunately, it happened and it wasnt pretty. Our apologies to the boat opposite for having to move.
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  2. Dear LadyG, I have this morning collared the previous owner of your boat, who by the way is one of the kindest most helpful gents in the marina. First of all I asked him about the bow batteries. They used to drive the bow thruster but when the bow thruster was removed they were connected to the inverter situated by them, and cabin 12v circuits, and could also be charged from the stern with solar and engine. There was a fuse adjacent to the bow batteries and also an isolator. There was also a small mains charger there as well. There are hefty welding cables going from th
    12 points
  3. Hi Debbie. I am from the region, currently live aboard and am on the Ouse. However I only bought the boat last year with no family history of living on boats, and will be travelling to other parts of the country soon, so I'm not sure I'm exactly the sort of person you're looking to interview. Some relevant background detail to hopefully help your article Most of the UK's canal network was built specifically for carrying goods directly between industrial regions, which was undertaken by liveaboard boaters/bargees. In East Anglia, however it' mostly natural rivers (slight
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  7. After 10 years paying reasonable premiums for comprehensive boat insurance cover, I can at last genuinely recommend Craftinsure from personal experience. I have always responded to the regular questions here about "Who is a good insurer?" by saying Craftinsure seem good, but only a claim will confirm if that is the case. Well, I've now had my very first claim, and they have indeed paid out! With all the Covid lockdowns from Nov last year, I was unable to visit my boat for almost 6 months. When I finally could visit in April, I found my engine hole about 2 ft deep in
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  8. Not sure I follow. YouTube is a video broadcast platform, Facebook is more designed for sharing to people you know, and Friends Reunited was more about connecting to old school friends. I never used MySpace. The best way to learn is to ask questions. Try things and remember, usually through practice and repetition. This video tries to answer at least some of the questions people might have about this subject. I've seen many careful boaters who 'have been boating for years' not understand these principles because they haven't been aware of the issues or know
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  10. I wouldn't worry. No-one will legislate these things away because nobody wants to lose the votes of the majority who think like you. In the meantime kids who live in city centres will carry on dying from air pollution, wars will be fought over dried up water supplies, rivers will be poisoned by runoff from the fields, glaciers will carry on melting and California will just catch fire. None if which matters so long as you can, unlike the millions who came before you on this planet, fly somewhere hot for a fortnight. Doesn't bother me, I've only got a few years left!
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  11. When its clear somebody has a problem why do people feel the need to pile on the agony? Just dont respond, which ironically is what people are suggesting LadyG does. Perhaps heed your own advice people?
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  12. First come, first served has worked for over 200 years so far, why complicate it?
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  13. Last time we went through Foxton we had the same problem with an officious Voluntary Lock Keeper, who had no understanding of how to manage the flight. He said that, despite me having waited more than two hours, I had to wait anoher hour as they had allowed another a boat to descend. I suggested that I could go half way up and wait in the centre pound, but he clearly had no idea what I was talking about and said I had to wait at the bottom of the flight. I informed him that as a volunteer he had no authority over me, and I was going to ascend the flight, which resulted in him phoning his super
    8 points
  14. As we all know, absence makes the heart grow fonder, and after nearly three years not being able to enjoy this remarkable system we are back and loving it.
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  16. Hi all, I am the previous manager of Welsh and South West Ambulance Control rooms. I have to say that W3W is a very good idea and easy to use/compatible to computer systems. You have to remember that in an emergency the caller is not normally calm and collected so anything which makes location finding easier is a very good idea
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  21. Last year I moored up on the Llangollen and a guy sat on top of his boat with a karaoke machine and sang until gone 10pm. I moved about 5 miles down and could still hear him, doors and windows all shut. The sound gets carried through the water, comes up through the hull and if you're trying to sleep, into your ear via the pillow. Playing loud music late at night is just antisocial, end. In fact, playing loud music is antisocial. You can hear a band in a pub miles away, and I'm damn sure either marina people can hear your noise or it isn't as loud as you say it is. It's a total lack
    8 points
  22. Here we go character assassination by the forum when it appears that it was really someone blasting music out at an unreasonable time.
    8 points
  23. Perhaps, just perhaps, wot with climate change and all, we might have to accept that looking to go on a holiday jaunt the other side of the planet is just well, stupid?
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  27. after having a little springer ive now got my first big boat..52ft... been sat unloved in a marina for many years and today a boat mover is starting the 6 day trip to bring her home.. fingers crossed she makes it ok... shes no oil painting but i cant wait... being disabled and unable to travel by road for any distance ive not been able to see her in real life... thanks for helping with the questions guys and look forward to giving her a new lease of life....
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  31. My friend Robert Shopland, who has died aged 80, did much for inland waterways. With Don Collinson, way back in the 1960s, he persuaded Bath Corporation to fund restoration of the locks there, a turning point in civic attitudes nationwide. As a founder of Waterways World magazine he edited it through its perilous early years, providing a forum for campaigners, a genial, unforbidding welcome to newcomers and a platform for an inland boating industry that, until then, was lost within the folds of yachting. An appreciation by myself is scheduled for the forthcoming issue o
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  39. They moored opposite late evening Saturday, and then their friends on a new narrowboat tried to moor across the marina entrance. We advised that would not be wise as boats need to get in and out of the marina. So narrowboat "Polly" then moved forward nearer the marina entrance and the other boat which for now will remain anonymous moved back behind "Polly". Normally on Friday and Saturday we listen to music and concerts as we cant during to Covid, Kathy's Birthday treat of Bryan Adam's has been cancelled 2 weeks ago. We have a very good sound system, which cant be heard by
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  41. Huge respect to @matty40s for this.
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  42. LadyG has messaged me with thanks and will pass on info to the electrician on Wednesday.
    7 points
  43. Two thoughts. The first is I don't know that anybody has suggested to rush out and change your vehicle or take out your stove merely that people need to accept that change is coming and when they replace things consider the environmental impact. The more that do that the sooner things will get better. If everyone say "sod this for a game of soldiers let future generations cope with the problem" then there may not be any future generations. I assume you have no children/ grandchildren or you thing climate change is some conspiracy or other the alternative is you don'
    7 points
  44. I feel deeply uncomfortable about the bullying that has taken place. Lady G may not help her cause but it does feel that there's a feeding frenzy on a vulnerable old lady. If you're happy to do that carry on. It is noticeable that certain posters follow Lady G, ridicule her at every opportunity. Is kindness so difficult,? For crying out loud did that lady kill someone? Did she hurt someone? No she pissed you off, that's all. It'd be good if the feeding frenzy stopped Hey and the lady named T - stop it
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  48. SORTED problem identified. In the deepest recesses of the boat lurked two f****** batteries linked by hidden passages to my nice new agms. They boiled, they heated, they expelled hydrogen sulphide, and they were determined not to give in. My new batteries are on overnight charge, time will tell, are they dead or alive 🤣 Thank you to those who kept the faith, and who contributed positively, you know who you are. Jo
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