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  1. Apparently CRT may be considering closing some canals which are home to a rare breed of swans? The swans are facing a bleek future after a severe drop in numbers, and are traumatised by Continuous Cruisers causing too much noise and air pollution. As it's the breeding season, CRT want to protect the baby swans, and may place a restriction on the Macclesfield, Peak District and Ashton canals for a period of 8mths. Boaters in the area are up in arms.
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  2. and here is one of my sons trying to do it behind a narrow boat (on the Wissey)
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  3. When you think about it, buying and/or developing marinas is actually a pretty good move on the part of CRT. Quite frankly, I think CRT, or whoever is in charge of maintaining whatever parts of your rivers and canals should, between fees, licenses, etc. AND tax funds from the general fund, be able to pay to keep everything in tip-top shape. Unfortunately, government is shirking its responsibility and CRT has to look for other means of an income stream. If it takes the money it is given/raises and spends it, it is gone forever. If it takes that same money and invests it, it can show a retur
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  4. OMG! Hung if you do hung if you don't ! First I'm accused of lying because I'm the only one with a complaint against the Milsons. so my fellow leisure moorers hear of my post & jump at the chance to defend my tales of woe & verify that what I have said is infact true, then we are all accused of lying because there are so many joining as new members to back up the accusations & so we must be telling untruths, because there are so many of us &we are new to the forum. (Welcome I'm sure). As you state in your own words lynalldiscovery "You couldn't make it up" so why on earth the
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  6. I am developing a new style of washing machine for boating. Without giving too much away, (patents) said machine will look something like a lobster pot into which one places one's washing. The central tunnel will have a turbine which will cause the pot to rotate as it is towed behind the boat thus washing the clothes. The unit will be fitted to hydraulic lifting arms, so, when lifted from the water it can be raised above roof level when the passing air flow will spin the turbine thereby drying the clothes. This cunning piece of equipment will be made from a solid billet of finest unobtaini
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  7. They came for the Jews, but I said nothing, because I'm not Jewish. Then they came for the gays, and I said nothing, cause I'm not gay. And when they came for me, there was nobody left to help me... Some of you may find that karma can be a real bitch.....eventually..
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  8. I get ever more intrigued by the whole BW/CaRT/BWML story. So I started to do some background reading. I started by reading some of the older press articles. I came across one article which highlighted a side of BW and cataloguing its headlong rush into acquiring marinas. It actually provides some interesting insight from around the time that the new marinas were being touted. The article of interest is entitled 'Nationalisation by Stealth: British Waterways acquisition of canal marinas, by Tim Coghlan managing director of Braunston Marina. The article was published in Boating Business on the
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  9. No stone left unturned to bring you the answer; it's in Anguilla: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stoney_Ground
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  10. We have just come down from Bulls Bridge through Little Venice to the Lee Navigation. We were astonished by the extent of mooring with almost every single possible mooring spot occupied many double and triple moored. To this extent it will be seen as successful but we were really worried by the prospects of moving these boats now that the winter concession has finished. After months of convenient mooring, how many will be willing to leave and where will they go? The retrospective on this may be more complex than initially expected.
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  11. Maybe they were a bit short of funds to do anything about it sooner...
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  12. Green arrow, bottom right hand corner!
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  13. I find that Unlimited amounts of Unobtaniam are Obtainable at Unobtaniam R US.
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  14. If you go to my web page http://www.mikeclarke.myzen.co.uk/canals.htm there is an overview of the early development of locks in pdf format. Much of what is written about canal history tends to be poorly researched, and the best general histories are either Edward Paget-Tomlinson's History, or Hadfield's The Canal Age, a much undervalued book, but high on my list of those which anyone interested in canals should read. It certainly puts the early period into perspective. I have rarely found mistakes or poor interpretation made by either of these two authors, and I only wish I could say the same
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  15. Maybe they should fix a coin-operated turnstile to the offside gates so that widebeams have to pay to go through while narrowboats can travel free.
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  16. Little wonder. Can you see the modern railway system coping with an OGLO, with all the penalty payments that would inevitably be triggered? Where's the 'don't like' button when you need it?
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  17. I think the width of the canals we have in the UK today are part of the beauty of it. Not sure i particularly liked seeing it being so wide as they have in France.
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  18. Twenty five years ago we fitted a C-Power Ford BSD3 in Wyrd. After a few initial problems owing to the inherent 3 cylinder out of balance forces, the same reason I believe that led Lister to give up on it, we bolted it down to very solid beds since when it has behaved perfectly. Why is this not a 'vintage engine' and I ask this as one who has more than most of that ilk sat in his workshop. The engine is based on the old Ford Dexta tractor engine which i believe can trace its roots back to the 1930's and has a torque rating which makes many older traditional engines look silly. It has, in our
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  19. I was speaking to a marina operator the other day. ( Not TC). At the moment he reckons demand is very patchy. One of his newer marinas is at 40 % occupancy, and is losing money another has a waiting list of over 100% of capacity. Cutting prices doesn't seem to help as much as improving facilities does. BWML have a brief to make money, and there are rumours that they are not doing so well enough to satisfy their owners. I have even heard that CRT are thinking of selling off BWML. The capital raised can apparently be better invested elsewhere. Certainly I would not like to see a CRT
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  21. Keep your 3 way fridge! Run it only on gas, service it annually and it will serve you well even though it is rather small and has an inadequate freezer compartment. If you remove it you cannot, officially, fit a gas fridge in the future and comply with BSS regulation. This subject has been discussed endlessly in previous threads. A small fridge will consume ~50Ah (600W) per day. If you are in the habit of leaving the inverter on 24/7 a 240V fridge is preferable. For either you will need to install new cables; a 12V fridge will need substantial cables to carry the compressor start-up curren
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  22. I see Miss Leotard says "something should be done because people who live on the river need to have rights" Do they? Really? Maybe it's actually the other way around and people who need to have rights shouldn't live on the river. If she wants security of tenure she has the right to buy herself a house or a flat (or a residential mooring) just like everyone else in the UK. However, she claims she cannot afford a flat in London. There is no automatic right in the UK for anyone to be able to afford a flat in London. Maybe there should be, but currently there isn't and I don't see tha
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  23. And there was me thinking it must be April 1st... MtB
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  24. Not sure what you are meaning Mike - but from my perspective as the starter of the thread which was done with the intention of publicising the coffee boats existence it quickly changed to him having allegations made about him and how he conducted his business and all I have done (and as lynalldisocvery has now done too) is point out we have consistently had only one side of what sounds like a very unpleasant story.
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  25. It seems like he's 100% answered your question. 3 nights per week ---> leisure 4 nights per week ---> accommodation (note he's not used the word "residential"). Staying on boat then going cruising ---> leisure Staying on boat but not going anywhere ---> accommodation
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  27. Just to throw in my threepennorth, as someone who has spent a number of years trying to catch the scroats who commit these sort of crime (now retired so I don't have to be politically correct anymore and CAN call them scroats!). There are misconceptions that it may be worth considering (even you Joelsanders with your paranoia about leaving your boat '....even for one night.....') which came to mind when I read the title of the thread. The question is how many of these break-in's DO actually take place at night? Think about it from the burglars perspective, he works what hours he wants (
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  29. Hi where in Rotherham? I have been here 9 years but would only know them by their first name also a few years ago a boat was evicted from Doncaster town moorings it was a widebeam he was a right pain slashed my friends ctatch cover could it be the same person? Peter
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