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  2. I dont think there are any stats. I tried to compile stats some time ago but I faced the attitude of people who 'control' the hierarchy of the waterways. It was clear they did not want change. I could go deeper than this but then I will risk the ire of some at the expense of their misunderstanding of how the equations work. As for the other question, I dont think it is a issue of what we would like to see, because much of it actually comes to an extent from fairly simple common sense and observation. There is one big issue, and that is there is a difference in opinion as to what should be provided because one kind of provision can easily be another person's barrier. But if we can see that there is an effort to make some sensible provisions, we can also help to ensure that it is the most sensible approach that is used, thus lessening any potential conflicts for users. I think there is a massive historical misperception that encourages an idea of not wanting changes to the waterways. But the utterly, most ironic leverage, in this matter is that the waterways end up shooting themselves in the foot. For the waterways were made quite wholly accessible from the very beginning. Even later canals had beautifully level towpaths, innnovative bridge designs, the lot. Why is this? Look at ramps, turnover bridges, etc. The canal engineers built comprehensive accessibility across the canal system. Their graceful structures and innovative designs were amazing. It was an amazing project that was conceived by the canal engineers, for a different type of mobility. That was the boat horse. Of course it was to help waterways operations work smoother, which is the point most people tend to look at. But if we discount that perspective then we are looking at an amazing design that was incredibly innovative. This has been lost to quite an extent through historical destruction and historical ignorance. If it had been people bow-hauling the canal boats, I do not think there would have been such comprehensive provision, because for example where bow-hauling existed the towpaths were usually not of such good design. The paradox is that people seem to think that there shouldnt be any changes to the waterways for disabled users. One of my arguments, which has been lost on a lot of people, is that we are simply taking the waterways back to what they were before. Which is what I thought was what people wanted. Ah, the problem is, when 'disability' comes into the factors, people dont really want to know. They'd rather not see changes. But its so prelapsarian because it harks back to an age that in fact doesnt exist, whilst denying an age that actually existed, but wiped off canal history. Its just the old attitude towards disability, the more hidden it is, the better.
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  3. Hi Dave, We were near Bells Mill overlooking New Wood, not any longer though! Have winded (literally!!) in the junction & gone back out nearer Stewponey, hope this weather soon blows itself out then we can continue our journey towards the North Stratford. At the moment it's blowing a hooley Thank you for your generous offer, as Wandering Snail comments this really is a friendly forum! We'd only just had the coal delivered to Newtown Bridge on Thursday by Corbetts coal merchants so I will ring him 1st thing tomorrow & get the order repeated, at least he will get some benefit from our misfortune . I think the next lot will be stashed somewhere in the cratch,at least until we're out of town. One thing we wondered is how 'they' managed to carry it, it's a good 1/2mile to a road unless they had spotted it during the day & then come back with a wheelbarrow. At least they left our mushrooms alone - unless they are planning to come back for them, well tough, we've moved
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  4. There is no such description as "Registered Disabled" any longer. It's all about being defined by wether you come within the DDA (Disibility Discrimination Act). A very high percentage of people with Disabilities do not use wheelchairs & have hidden disabilities. Whenever we are moored up & see people struggling to moor we always come out & ask if they want any assistance. It can be something as simple as it's a tight mooring space, a windy day or being an inexperienced boater or bad edging to the bank. I do hope people adopt this method at any time even if the reply is a polite "no i'm ok thanks & don't need assistance".
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  6. Do we need to formalise disabled moorings? If we are considerate and are aware that a boater, disabled or otherwise needs to moor, would we not offer to let them breast up on the outside, or swap places?
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  7. As it looks as though BW are heading for 'breathing spaces' or no mooring areas, anglers areas, hire boat areas as well as the various short term moorings, why not disabled moorings as well? Sue
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  8. No disrespect to anyone here, but if I were even more of a cynical old so-and-so, I'd be thinking it was something to do with some RCR members relying on the service to rescue them instead of attending to proper servicing and maintenance in the first place - and having enough spares to be able to replace anything reasonably capable of being replaced. Example - I had a Morse cable break on me, but having a spare, I was able to replace it myself canalside. (OK - I was only half a mile from our home mooring, so I limped back at idle speed then fixed it, but the point remains...) I appreciate that there are quite a few boaters with little mechanical aptitude, but I do wonder how may of us could but won't get our hands dirty? More callouts = higher premiums and/or less comprehensive cover.
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  10. join the inner circle if not happy or make views known to the inner circle rather than winge here Sue
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  11. Thank you to all the people who responded about my plan to put a Recording studio on my boat following on from that. I have a question about power conversions and batteries life. For example One piece of equipment runs at 400W at 240 v which equates to 1.66A Using the same formula A=W/V this would give me 33.33 A Is there any loss when you step up voltages through a inverter? Using the example in the last posts 550Ah running to 1/2 would give me 225Ah at 12V and at 33.3 A this would equate to 6.7 hrs. of life Am I on the right track or have I missed something? Regards Bob B
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  12. Thank you I will take this into account. The Honda gen will give me about 900W when out moored the cut. I have taken on board the comments about noise so I can only work during the day which isn't too bad. So divide by 10 works for me for thanks Bob B
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  13. Any more info available on the boat? Interesting to watch the video, includes Preston Brook tunel Charles
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  14. Blimey! Will she travel to do boats elsewhere !! I can imagine a lot of people would show interest at that kind of figure. Obviously it depends on exactly what's included, and what degree of preparation, but from anything I've heard that quote sounds highly competitive! Good luck with it.
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  15. That's spoilt it for those who didn't see what it was in the first place!.....
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