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  1. 8 points
    Best list of old boater answers I could think of are listed in bold below:- I felt like this forum needed some newbie snark to go with all the old-timer salt pouring from the heavens. Feel free to post more or answer some of these pertinent questions i have about narrow boating. Why arent all boats cruisers? Cos some people have more taste for aesthetics than others. Can i eat the fish in the canal? No, it is recommended that you get them out of the canal before you eat them. Can i swim in the canal? Can you swim?If you can, then yes. Can i pull boat with rope down towpath with self/horse/children? No, but you maybe able to pull it down the canal depending how strong you are. What is the ideal boat length for turning around in narrowboat. It depends how fat you are,If you are fatter than 6 foot, you may require a widebeam boat.The length doesn't matter. What happens if i leave all the locks open and drain everything into lowest lock or other accidental horrible destruction of canal resources. You get a slap off the old farts on the canal system. Can I airbnb my boat while im away. Its a boat, not an airplane. Can i lease a residential mooring and then spend most my time living abroad? Why would you want to?There are hire companies you know! Besides, that would make you a liveabroad liveaboard. Can i build my own marina on land near the canal. Yes,if you are as rich as Croesus.Land is probably cheaper away from the canal. You may get fewer customers though. Can i make a new canal on land i own next to canal. Doubtful.Besides,It would be a very short canal, unless you own a lot of land. Are all experienced boaters amazing nice people who love to answer the same questions over and over? No.I am the exception. Will solar power work during the winter if i stay moored at the same spot for 15 days and dont want to run engine? Yes, but maybe not enough to cover your demands. Are their pirates on canals? Does anyone steal boats? Only on Thunderboat. Do i really even own a boat that i buy? No. A boat always owns you. Why is there no titles on narrowboats? Giving boats titles like Sir Boaty McBoatface didn't catch on. Why cant i dump shit into the canal but i can wash shit off my ass in the shower and dump that into canal? Cos no one is looking when you are in the shower (hopefully).Besides washing a small donkey is better done elsewhere. Can i just omit the toilet and shit into my shower? Depends if anyone else is taking a shower. Why dont more people rent canal boats to their friends and family for very low cost? Cos they wouldn't be friends and family if they had to pay....they would be customers. Why are their almost no 50% syndicates avail? Cos you need a third person to act as an adjudicator. How many family members can sleep on a narrow boat together? What is murder rate? It depends how friendly they are. When will i stop posting dumb questions? When we run out of dumb answers?
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  3. 6 points
    I have to wonder why the corporate lot feel the need to eradicate foxes but as unpleasant as their method of control is, it still allows the fox population to regroup outside of their boundaries, unlike the red coated inbreds chasing them over property they don't own or have permission to be on, not to forget the many pets and other unfortunate animals the pack encounter. Animal cruelty is animal cruelty, even if carried out on horseback with cartloads of entitlement. Most chicken coup attacks are down to poor security, or forgetfulness - why blame the fox?
  4. 6 points
    Yesterday I visited a local marina to take a look at the mooring I’m going to reserve for my boat once house has sold . A chap from marina showed me the mooring which is perfect for what I want as it’s next to the security gate leading onto the pontoon so not far for my arthritic dog to get to grass for a wee. Within a minute of being there a lady in the next berth who would be my new neighbour popped out of her boat with a barrage of questions what boat? How big? When? Etc it transpires their boat had moved up one from the mooring I’m looking at. You will never get your boat in there she said despite it being same beam but 8 feet shorter than hers. you will never get it out in the summer as no water far too shallow..,but you managed? Its really noisy as everyone stands on bank side chatting..... really You will have to reverse all the way out? But you reversed in ? I somehow think that this boat owner doesn’t want neighbours and is hell bent on trying to put anyone wanting their vacant spot off moving in. If that lady is on her Thank you for your warm welcome and encouragement to enjoy a life afloat. Have your words put me off???? Hell no. See you soon neighbour.😂😂😂
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  6. 6 points
    Well here's my reaction: When you move outside conventional thinking, you need to accept that there'll be some whacky ideas, some stuck in the mud criticism, some downright rude reactions, and probably a bit if humour getting thrown in. If you really think outside the box, you'll be aware that the germ of an idea which informs your future direction might well come from any of those sources, often the most unexpected. Its counterproductive to attempt to box in the type of responses you would like when you ask for outside the box thoughts.
  7. 5 points
    Hope he is ok and it's just a temporary absence
  8. 5 points
    Maybe so, but I see a self-entitled idiot trying to do something he shouldn't.
  9. 5 points
    As the law will require commercial boats to empty their tanks on a Friday night (before the 'leisure' use kicks in over the weekend) our marina is ahead of the game offering this service. The 'Red' can then be sold back to them on Monday morning at a discounted rate. Everyone is happy !!
  10. 4 points
    I felt like this forum needed some newbie snark to go with all the old-timer salt pouring from the heavens. Feel free to post more or answer some of these pertinent questions i have about narrow boating. Why arent all boats cruisers? Can i eat the fish in the canal? Can i swim in the canal? Can i pull boat with rope down towpath with self/horse/children? What is the ideal boat length for turning around in narrowboat. What happens if i leave all the locks open and drain everything into lowest lock or other accidental horrible destruction of canal resources. Can I airbnb my boat while im away. Can i lease a residential mooring and then spend most my time living abroad? Can i build my own marina on land near the canal. Can i make a new canal on land i own next to canal. Are all experienced boaters amazing nice people who love to answer the same questions over and over? Will solar power work during the winter if i stay moored at the same spot for 15 days and dont want to run engine? Are their pirates on canals? Does anyone steal boats? Do i really even own a boat that i buy? Why is there no titles on narrowboats? Why cant i dump shit into the canal but i can wash shit off my ass in the shower and dump that into canal? Can i just omit the toilet and shit into my shower? Why dont more people rent canal boats to their friends and family for very low cost? Why are their almost no 50% syndicates avail? How many family members can sleep on a narrow boat together? What is murder rate? When will i stop posting dumb questions?
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  14. 3 points
    You’re right, it is all about aesthetics. The sound of an old engine and the way a heavy deep draughted boat handles is all part of the whole package. Try it before dismissing it, it’s the only way to make your mind up. I’d agree that a lot of “tug style” boats have very little resemblance to a real one, mine is however pretty close, being a measured replica by arguably the best builder at the time. Yes it has some creature comforts but the main layout is the same including a 9’ central engine room. I’ve also never heard of a Kelvin being fitted to a working narrowboat, but I’m sure if there was one lying around in a Birmingham yard when a tug was being re-engined it would. I’d guess looking at what got fitted at the time reliability and power were the main criteria, not whether it was an inland marine engine. I’ll admit to occasional brass buffing but I’m not a real Concrete Head ( I slow down passed moored boats, talk to people at the lockside, talk to people in the pub even if they have a springer, use a windlass that actually fits rather than a rusty relic found in the bilges.. etc etc)
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  16. 3 points
    No, you are entirely correct. Covered in leaves, branches, a trunk , some angry squirrels and a mad woodpecker.
  17. 3 points
    The height difference between either side of the gates is what matters. The length of the pound does not affect the forces on the gate, although it will affect how long it takes for the levels yo equalise once the gates are open.
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  19. 3 points
    Justin, No one here is saying they are so risk averse that they’d choose to explicitly travel in a train with specific features such as smaller windows on safety grounds. What they expect is that when they put their personal safety into the hands of a third party all reasonable endeavours to ensure their safety have been taken by that party. The law sees it that way too. Hence an average passenger might be pleased to know the vehicle in which they are sat is state of the art and incorporates the lessons learned from past accidents, and that’s notwithstanding the risk of it happening is very low. A key distinction between activities in your list of statistics is that only rail travel and flying (by commercial airliner) are activities where the risk is essentially completely controlled by a third party. That makes a difference. No one is arguing against Mr Duckworth’s statistics but it’s absurd to suggest that because we can undertake one very safe activity - and be thankful that it is safe - it then predicates that all things we do of our own volition must be equally safe. Is it right that we should stop improving rail safety because it’s already comparatively safe? Are you the judge of how safe everyone else needs to be? If so, at what point in time while rail safety was improving should we have stopped? I’d suggest we should actually be thankful that people who really know their stuff strive to improve public safety. To me that’s a better use of public (or indeed private) money than propping up dying technology. JP
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  21. 3 points
    I actually think that most of the comments and advice on this thread, certainly the first tranche, are very helpful, realistic and honest. Only Phylis shows her normal colours...but if you are on the canals, you probably wont have to experience her. The waterways(yes, not just CRT, ) are still one of the few places you can pretty mu h escape much of present lifes impositions. You dont get daily junk mail, piles of fast food advertising flyers, doorstep salespeople, you dont even get much in the way of spam telephone calls if you are sensible. It's not rules, its terms and conditions you sign up to, boat owners who get into problems now have generally signed agreeing to T&C and then try to ignore it or beat it.(sometimes encouraged by the Norty Barging non-Travelling Alliance. It's a wonderful place, can be hard work in Winter if you are not ready for it or expect services on a Deliveroo style basis, but is fill of smashing, super people who will help you out and welcome you in if you come in with the right attitude and willingness to take part.
  22. 3 points
    you wont see too many Coal Tits soon, they’re all being replaced with Nuclear, Biomass & Solar Tits (Renewablidae to give them their latin family name)
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  24. 3 points
    We had one of the toy expensive types ONCE. We now always have full sized. Our present LG is fantastic at £700. The small amount of extra space needed to fit it is neither here nor there. Even a cheapo full size is a better bet than the little ones. They use less water per pound weight of washed clothes. Get the space altered and go for it.
  25. 3 points
    Thanks Rich, for a scary moment I thought I might have to interact with the real world
  26. 3 points
    When I needed a new flue I happened to have some offcuts of 1 mm stainless welded tube going spare and made it out of that just to see how long it would last, that was 3 years ago and its still the same thickness, and as soon as I got the stove back working I noticed a huge difference in that the thin flue was radiating tons of heat into the cabin instead of wasting it out of the chimney, it also largely cleans itself as it expands and contracts all the crud flakes off inside. I wouldn't fit a heavy mild steel flue again .
  27. 3 points
    My father in law always insisted he would dance on Maggie's grave when she died. She died a few days after he had a knee replaced and couldn't stand on it for weeks. "She f**ked me one more time the b**ch!" is his take on the timing ...
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  29. 3 points
    Boaters and Steam Railways are an easy fix/political win. We produce a lot of visible smoke but are not a big part of the economy (or even a big producer of pollution). Tackling air travel is more economically and politically difficult so best avoided. ...............Dave
  30. 2 points
    Surely the issue is not whether or not foxes need to be controlled nor how, but that a hunt has invaded the towpath in violation of the law
  31. 2 points
    Dear cksantos85, please ignore this nasty spiteful post from PD1964. I'm sure you realise this crosses the line between the friendly ribbing you were getting earlier and this type of abuse. PD is noted for this sort of unprovoked unpleasantness and it will hopefully be deleted shortly by Team Mod.
  32. 2 points
    Thank you all for your input. Found ourselves at John the lock mooring opposite the Fountain Inn pub. Just been Mad O'Rourke for pie and chips and a pint of lump hammer. Thanks again everyone for your time and input.👍
  33. 2 points
    There is, and most farmers will eiither use their sheepdog to chase a fox off, or deploy a shotgun. They are definitely a pest on sheep farms, my son looses quite a few lambs each year to foxes.
  34. 2 points
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  36. 2 points
    I think that there is always too much jumping the gun with technology..that puts a damper on it. Nuclear was rushed...and brought problems. Solar wasn't very efficient for years and so didn't get the reputation it should. They rushed out the smart meter and gave them bad press...and then rushed out the EV which initially had poor range and charging problems. Nothing is ever carefully thought through...and that leads to reluctance at some later point. That is just my opinion...which I rushed out without much thought. 😳
  37. 2 points
    Trouble is the trade bodies have coerced the government to legislate to stop perfectly competent householders doing their own work so now have to rely on what are far too often cowboys.
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  39. 2 points
    How clever, traps that catch a specific coloured mouse. 😁
  40. 2 points
    Not served on a plate. With side sallad? I'm probably 'speaking' out of turn but.... It would seem some folk, and not just on this forum, seem to hope/expect people to magic up solutios for them with minimum input on their part. Rant Rant, mutter mutter.......
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  42. 2 points
    That doesn't really follow. Air getting in = air getting in. Fumes only come out through a gap or crack only happens if air is NOT getting in. There is a lot of hysterical nonsense written about stoves and flues.
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  44. 2 points
    I would probably be murdered in my sleep if the gas ran out during the night so that the central heating stopped working and the boat was cold when my other half woke up. That's why I have always had an auto change-over valve. No I don't think they leave much gas in the empty bottle - as long as there is some tiny bit of liquified gas left there will be the pressure to keep the valve the right way. On mine a big indicator triangle changes from white to red when it changes over, so as long as I check it occasionally and buy a new bottle after it has changed over there is no problem.
  45. 2 points
    Or there's the cheap ''stand up bath'' method. Don a very loose fitting, very oversize wet suit. Heat a kettle of water to bath temperature. Pour into wet suit at the neck, squirt in some washing up liquid. Jump about and up and down for ten minutes to mix the liquid and water, to wash you thoroughly. Either lever apart a wet suit ankle or stand on head for five mins to drain. Remove wet suit, towel, talc and relax.
  46. 2 points
    To be honest it would have been far better to explain WHY most narrow boats are not correctly protected instead of all the, above, gobble de gook that 99.999999% of boaters, including me, will not understand.
  47. 2 points
    Lots of hirers assume they will do 4mph so your 3mph estimate was not too bad. I reckon on 2.5 mph most of the time but we are big and deep. The K&A from Bradford to Bath is very slow, maybe 1.5mph much of the way, and getting stuck behind a widebeam is a real possibility. Its not a good canal for widebeams but there are a lot down there. I think the hire companies should take some of the blame as you may well have enjoyed it a lot more if you had been given more realistic expectations. Arriving in Bath and finding nowhere to moor is also always a realistic possibility. I also wish some of the locals would keep their boats a bit smarter with a bit less roof clutter, but then last week we shared a few locks with a boat with spectacular clutter and it was an enjoyable day with a pleasant and competent boater, and some of the roof clutter was actually quite interesting, in fact many of the Western Enders are creative and entertaining people and a canal boat holiday should be a chance to get away from the drabness of 9 to 5 life.. .............Dave
  48. 2 points
    Resurrecting this thread for a bit, I have acquired more and different batteries for my big boat it will have 30 x 36 volt LifePo4s, they will be 2 x 15 in parallel then in series to make a 72 volt and 36KWH [nominal] for drive, it will increase the range and power available. I am adding another 3 solar panels to take me up to 4.5 KW. The only other thing to do is fit the new controller when it arrives, which should help with power as well
  49. 2 points
    I did ! As a roving trader we are probably allowed to continue to use red, and as we almost always have stuff on display we are always potentially trading. However if we have a day when we have no intention of trading, maybe due to very bad weather, then we are required to ditch our entire tank of red and fill up with white at a moments notice, its just daft, I was a marginal Bexiteer, but stuff like this makes me 100% pro Brexit. ...............Dave
  50. 2 points
    That's right. I bought a narrowboat first time. Realised my mistake eventually.
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