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  1. In my opinion the big increase in cillings and boats sinking in locks is due to two main things which need addressing. One is to do away with the silly cill markers and two is to ban the use off all mobile phones, i pads, walkie talkies and the like whilst working locks. Time and again I see the person on the helm of boats and their lock wheelers playing about with these devices whilst locks are filling or emptying and not concentrating on what's going on and I'm almost certain that these two factors have contributed to some or many of the recent sinkings.
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  2. As long as you have a regular 9-5 one-location job or kids in school, anything that makes you fixed and largely immovable - then you cannot possibly claim to be a genuine CCer.
    2 points
  3. OK, big can of worms and possible popcorn infestation possible but.... So many people are buying boats as a housing solution...fact. CRT doesn't know what to do with it's guidlelines and moorings issues(or non issues in certain locations - look at the money spent/wasted in Stoke Bruerne and Foxton in relation to London) It possibly faces legal action or losing multitides of cases in court if it takes action in some areas. CRT is trying to use a reactionary attempt to stem the tide. So...boat licence period ends if the boat is sold. Ex owner receives a full rebate.non negotiable on day of sale. As part of the boat sale process, new owners have to state their cruising intentions or home mooring place in waiting. If the "no home mooring" option is wanted, the sale must include the new owners signing a declaration of intent. whether this is to see the whole world on a boat, whether to continuously cruise round the system, whether to cruise in a defined area, but follow the guidleines set out on the sheet given to them on this admission, whether to CC in a small area but still stick to limits as known by Jenlyn and others in the inner circle, or just go and moor up and go to work until someone comes along with a big dog and says I need to use that waterpoint. This would give Brokerages the nudge that they cannot keep stating "buy a new home for £25k - Springer"etc. The brokerages have NOT been approached by CRT to change their sales methods, or look out for people just wanting to go to London and live. CRT did state this as an objective, but failed to follow up. Doing something like this is not exceeding their present legal authority, it is just altering the way they sell their licence to cruise and be on CRT waters. It forces Marinas and brokerages to take a responsible stance. Private sellers on Appalling duck and elsewhere must also follow suit. I actually can't believe someone from CRT hasn't tried to do this before. I look forward to posts from Nigel Moore, Tony Dunkerly, Sir Nibble, CarlT and other knowledgeable people, and everyone else , Dave Mayall, don't bore us too much. go on then, shoot me down.
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  4. I absolutedly, wholeheartedly and passionately take issue with this statement. You are wrong - if you work in an area surrounded by canals of course you can. It's hard and inconvenient (we've done it in various places on the system) but you can do it and stay very comfortably within the rules. Whether it remains within your perception of ccing is a very different issue, but I'm sorry mate you don't make the rules This year we decided to park ourselves in a marina - I'm working in Stoke on Trent and we could have kept very easily within the cc guidelines. We have the Trent & Mersey, Middlewich Branch and Shroppie within an hour of my work - we could have done it and considered it not because we're freeloaders looking for something for nothing but because we absolutely love being out on the cut. As it happens we decided we didn't feel up to the aggro this year, so parked ourselves in a marina close to my work. Ccing and working is not an easy option - nor is it cheap - for us it's done because we passionately love living on the cut but haven't reached a point in our lives where we don't need to work. I am utterly fed up with this perception that the only "genuine" ccers must be grey haired retired folk setting off into the sunset. Some of us don't meet this blinkered criteria but still keep within the rules. Bugger - it's my birthday - why am I posting on a cc thread when I promised myself I never would again! Good night folks
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  5. Cheque or cash only for now please.
    1 point
  6. It's really not hard to work this one out mike. Just think on it a little.
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  7. We moored just where you are a couple of weeks ago. There is a great pub called The Knott nearby. Good food (which finishes at 8PM) and even greater beer. They do a good Sunday roast. We spent a good five hours at the MoSI, very interesting and well worth a visit. I don't know about the car park, it did sort of empty out overnight apart from the odd dodgy white BMW turning up, meeting people and going away again. The gay bars are no problem if you end up in them by mistake. I and my girlfriend were very welcome.
    1 point
  8. Good grief. Dave talking sense... What ever next? No requirement to paint boats lime green? Boaters did wear bowler hats? NC will suddenly find the document that explains how to operate a lift bridge?
    1 point
  9. The Hydronic will require new pump, loom, and controller so a bit more involved, they are both about the same as far as reliability and performance go but the Webasto has a better voltage tolerance (on the proper narrow boat version anyway) at one year old if you want to send it to me and it is a genuine registered for warranty unit I will sort it FOC except return postage.
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  10. There's certainly merit in what you say - pay attention when working a bloody lock.
    1 point
  11. A question - So as a private seller, I've had my boat up for sale for sale for some months, at last a buyer comes along, with a bag of cash and wants my boat. I now say that he has got to start filling forms in, explaining why he wants it and what he plans to do with it, and that he agrees to licence it within one month - he refuses, saying it is non of my business (with which I agree) and if I want him to do that I can forget the sale there are plenty more boats out there. What do I do ? 1) Lose the sale ? 2) Don't bother with the forms ? It is not the sellers responsibility to determine the buyer's planned use of the boat.
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  12. surely as the largest provider of moorings CRT must have some idea of market value. Did you have to bid for your marina mooring?
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  13. All I can say is I've had my (2004) boat 8 ish years in fresh and salt water (Mainly Salt) as a full time CCr Livaboard, had 3 Full Surveys done in different parts of the country, by 3 different surveyors, I've got No Anodes on the Hull at all, and all is fine with mine. (Don't forget, it's an Alloy, maybe that makes a difference). I can't speak for other Aluminum boats.
    1 point
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  15. As Alan said if you're sure there isnt a vent (there wasnt on mine !) then a vacuum will develop - unless it is able to draw air slowly around a poorly sealed cover plate - which may draw other crud in with it if the cover plate is exposed to the weather. Is the filler flush with deck ? if not then you could remove the cap and drill it to take a suitable vent - I used the same type as on my diesel tank. springy
    1 point
  16. Are you sure ? If you didn't have one, I'd have thought, by the time your tank was half-empty the vaccum would be such that either the pump didn't work or your bow would have taken a very peculiar shape
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  17. Most parts are but not the ECU and some wiring, though 90s often have bespoke wiring anyway, especially the OEM ones. If you let me have an email address I can send you the parts list with exploded diagrams so you can compare part numbers and the workshop manuals for both too.
    1 point
  18. Just a thought but what if CRT spent it's logging time by concentrating solely on the mooring areas that have a time restriction. Forget about who has and hasn't cruised far enough but ensure the designated time moorings are used correctly with a time limit as to when you can return. The parking wardens do it round our streets so can't be that hard. This way the people who are using their boat for living on and have to pretend to be CCers can tow path moor after all they contribute in the licence fee just as much as the rest of us and I agree their boat takes up space somewhere. If there is a particular problem in any one area then put a time limit along that tow path.
    1 point
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