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    Hi Folks, I've got another video for you guys, this time, part of the process of keeping a wooden narrowboat afloat: Enjoy, Mike
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    Well, far be it from me to enter into the argument you seem to be finding so enjoyable but as I was 'there' in Tony's story from the outset if there is any 'CaRT bashing' in Tony's case, then I'm afraid it is CaRT fair and square inviting the 'bashing'. As I see it from the start CaRT had been looking for a target, someone to make an example of as a warning to the rest of us, as they previously did with Ralph Freeman of what some refer to as 'The Dark Side'. They were proved wrong in Ralph's case, too, and furthermore were then left with no alternative other than to change the wording of their letters. CaRT's agenda appears to be to ruin the community aspect of our waterways and to turn our once peaceful canals into a battleground. Then again all of this hassle with enforcement could be covering up the lack of maintenance!
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    I disagree. I know of several Enforcement Officers who do the job extremely efficiently, but that do it politely. No-one can say it is an easy job and there are no doubt some boaters that take umbrage, however the majority of boaters I know respond to a polite approach. Being treated as if you are dirt because you live on a boat together with a general attitude that you are lying is not I'd expect the way to influence either good behaviour or a favourable response from boaters.
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    Ok. I may be naive but I enjoyed the Chilterns IWA meeting last night with Richard Parry. After his introductory talk, the question session did not degenerate into a "slanging match". Good for Chilterns IWA.
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    So you would recommend 3 coats then?
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    Surely though, the producer of 'astonishingly good web sites' would know how to mask their IP address? So troubling them would be pointless anyway, as the checks wouldn't flag the dual ID.
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    Hello all this is my first post on here. I own valiant and as the updated list shows she is indeed in Rotherham and her year of build is also correct at 1959 by Hepworth's at paul. I've read a good bit of this tread and going back to the very beginning where it talks about wey I can throw some more info on her. She was indeed section 8ed and was taken to Goole from Nottingham during spring/summer of 2013. A friend of mine has since brought her and we used my barge valiant to tow her from Goole to Rotherham in September 2013. Also on our moorings we have noe and number 9 which are also Sheffield size. I'd just like to update the list also Just to bring the list up-to-date: Number 9 1927? Rotherham Agenda London Alison mona Rotherham Amy Howson 1914 J Scarr, Beverley South Ferriby Beecliffe 1925 Rich. Dunston, Thorne Poplar Dock Charles William 1924 J. Scarr, Beverley Cowley, GUC Comrade 1923 Warrens, New Holland South Ferriby Danum Rich. Dunston, Thorne France Daybreak 1934 Rich. Dunston, Thorne Thames Drake Falmouth Dritan 1950c Hepworth, Paull Brixham? Elspeth May 1951 Rich. Dunston, Thorne London? Enterprise 1957 Hepworth, Paull Ethelwood 1950c Rich. Dunston, Thorne Shoreham? Ferncliffe 1925 Rich. Dunston, Thorne Medway Forward 1954 John Harker's Poplar Dock Guidance 1905 Stainforth Shoreham (wood construction) Goodwill Harlequin Heritage 1957/8 Waddingtons Swinton? Hope 1908 J Scarr, Beverley River Thames Kama 1903 Gainsborough GermanyGermany Lightcliffe 1927 thames or Medway? Lys 1937 Henry Scarr Ltd Belgium/Netherlands Mimo Belgium Neo 1938? Nidd 1937 Henry Scarr Ltd Belgium Noe 1938 Rotherham Onesimus 1913 Joseph Scarr, Bev. Keadby Orotan (James & Mary)1950c Hepworth, Paull Ireland Pioneer 1910 Gainsborough Stainforth Reliance Thames? Resolute 1959 Hepworth's Paull Riccall France Richard Sara Sectan 1950c Hepworth, Paull Beverley Service 1957 Hepworth, Paull Sheaf Wakefield Shirecliffe 1923 London Sobriety 1911 Joseph Scarr, Beverley Goole Southcliffe 1923 Rich. Dunston, Thorne Goole Spider T 1926 Warrens, New Holland Keadby Swift 1894 Joseph Scarr, Beverley Wakefield Syntan 1949 Hepworth, Paull Beverley Thomas H 1940 Rich. Dunston, Thorne Staines Victory Harkers Rotherham Valiant 1959 Hepworth, Paull Rotherham Wey 1937 Henry Scarr (Dunstons) Rotherham Has anybody any ideas on where resolute has ended up she's the sister to valiant and kinda step sister to enterprise and service who were both built 2 years earlier at Hepworth's paull. Cheers Goober
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    So the Master degree in "The importance of water for shipping" the lock is 25 meter X 5 meter, the depts. in the lock is 2 meter, the difference in level from low to high is 2 meter. 25x5x2 = 250 ton the boat displace 50 ton. boat going up; there is 250 m2 of water in the lock, boat goes in and press out 50 ton, so 200 ton of water and 50 ton of boat. fill the lock, it is 2 meter high 25x5 meter = 250 ton of water to fill it boat goes out of the lock, 50 ton of water goes in so we used from the upper canal 300 ton of water. the lower canal have the same level as when the boat was in there. the same boat goes down; the lock hold 250+250 ton of water boats goes in 50 ton goes back to the upper canal empty the lock 25x5 meter x 2 meter, we let 250 ton of water go into the lower canal so we used 250 ton minus the 50 that vent back to the upper canal when boat did go in so 200 ton, (but we still emptied 250 ton of water) the boat leave the lock and replace it with 50 ton from lower canal, same level. this also cancel out the boat going up. so we "used" 300 ton going up and 200 going down, from the upper canal. 500/2 = 250 average, the same as if there was no boat the water that goes in from the upper canal when boat is going into the upper canal is also cancelled with the water going back into the upper canal when going down, so simply as said by many, we fill or empty the same amount of water going up or down, and it doesn't matter if there is a boat in it or not, it is the area times height that matters. we can also see it like this: we need to see the whole picture. going up 250 ton in the lock, boat goes in, so 200 ton of water, we fill 250 ton of water going up, now 200+250 then boat goes into the upper canal, 50 ton of water goes in, so we have 200+250+50= 500 ton of water to the bottom of lock going down, 500 ton. boat go in -50 ton goes into the upper canal, so we have 450 ton, we empty 250 ton into the lower canal. we have 200 ton of water in the lock until the boat go into the lower canal and 50 ton of water goes into the lock from the lower canal. So we really have to go to the bottom of the problem filled canal to see the solution. Conclusion is that water is important for shipping.
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    This post made me smile.... I have just completed a year living on my boat. I was warned that I would make one or two mistakes, check this lot out. By the way, I live on a 70ft and cruise all year. No previous boating experience. You are in for a giggle with this lot!!! Firstly can I apologies whole heartedly to all those I have bumped into!! 1- burnt out alternator 2 - burnt out generator 3 - hit another boat 4 - sheared side hatch door off it's weld 5 - got rudder trapped in lock gates.... twice 6 - forgot to move forward off cill in the lock and boat got stuck. Up shot of this is it pushed my rudder up and it now steers properly after spending the whole summer pulling the tiller with both hands. 7 - being a single handed boater... I forgot to put my boat into neutral while preparing a lock and i didn't notice my boat going awol! 8 - back rope got wrapped around the prop shaft.... I merrily thought I was going over a shopping trolley or something in lock I was exiting. 9 - lost 2 new chimneys into the canal 10 - lost my bike in the canal as I underestimated the height of some bridges 11 - snapped a fisherman's rod..... some say that's ok 12 - didn't know I had a stern gland. I ended up with 2 inches of water to suck out... A fellow boater commented on how low my boat looked, thought it a compliment and sailed off feeling happy with my 70ft home! There is more, I can't remember them. It has cost me a fortune. So 'T' have no worries, you can't be worse than me... I certainly feel I have earned my canal stripes and cruise without incident (this week). I love living on the cut and hope to have many happy (accident free) years plodding about. Keep at it and you'll get the hang of it, no doubt quicker than me. All the above is 100% true.... You will be pleased to know that I was complimented on my boat handling skills recently getting out of sticky situation, so you could say I learnt the hard way, but loving it. Enjoy M
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    Niles, You seem to be missing an important piece of information that may be in this thread or may be in the other one about this subject. Tony references this in his post 189 above. CRT originally asked, and Tony agreed, that this case be dismissed in a procedural manner that would have left CRT responsible for costs. CRT later changed their mind and reneged on their written agreement to dismiss the case under the procedure that would have awarded costs to Tony, and then tried to have it dismissed under a different procedure that would have each party responsible for their own costs. So, this whole thing about the hearing on the costs is just a case of further CRT obfuscation in their treatment of Mr. Dunkley. He agreed to an offer from CRT and, once the case was dismissed, CRT then tried to change their offer. Considering that CRT is the one with the attorneys and the one with the power of authority, it seems that they should be held to certain high standard of performing on the agreements they make with those they have power over.
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    I am naive, maybe I should vote labour
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    "Twas on a Friday morning the painter made a start. With undercoats and overcoats he painted every part: Every nook and every cranny - but I found when he was gone He'd painted over the gas tap and I couldn't turn it on!"
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    I can't say I agree with you very often, but you are quite right this time around. Tony has every right to be as much of an in-your-face curmudgeon as he wants to be, and that particularly applies when an organization with endless resources and the authority of a quasi-government organization tries to take his home. Tony's attitude and personality determine how many friends he has, they don't determine his rights. No person should have to ask nicely to not have their rights infringed upon. As a matter of fact, it is those who are overtly confrontational with abusive authority that guarantee that the meeker amongst us do not have their rights curtailed or trampled upon. Those people who are saying that Tony is an obnoxious person are probably right. However, to say that his problems could have been avoided with an appropriate amount of arse kissing are missing the point. Tony showed CRT that they can't steamroll boaters just because of their unlimited resources and position of authority. His was a veritable David vs. Goliath scenario, and David won. In winning, it would seem that he has done a service to all those subject to CRT's whims. Anyone who thinks that a tyrant becomes more benevolent with victory hasn't paid much attention to history. If CRT had succeeded in taking Tony's home in an illegal manner, they would have felt empowered to take anyone else's boat in the same manner. Those who say they have nothing to fear because they are playing by the rules, seem to ignore the fact that Tony was playing by the rules when CRT came after him. ETA - a missing word.
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    It was established long ago that Tony Dunkley is and was boating 'within the rules'. Do keep up. Personally I think if a body with the clout of CRT starts an action that could end with the removal of your home your are at the very least likely if not justified is being a belligerent and confrontational. And you are wrong. 'In a narrow legal sense' they were not justified in seeking a court order. That much is clear whatever you think of his style. Nigel Moore's posts (and potential legal support in court) completely support and vindicate his position. It seems disingenuous that people who are so fond of saying 'play the issues, don't play the man' are themselves guilty of that very thing
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    Unless you can define 'place', which apparently nobody can, then I cannot answer this question.
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    I was shrugging at alan, not at anyone elses replies, dead on arrival was quite funny.
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    I was intrigued by the bit about twisted leading edge rudders in Dalslandia's post and was doing a bit of looking up.(incidentally thank you for an extremely interesting post) I am unsure if it is relevant to the low thrust and slow speeds of canal boats...I was also refreshing my memory about Schilling rudders, Kort nozzles and Kitchen rudders, all very interesting and excellent engineering but I wonder how easy they are to free up from the remains of an old mattress round a prop, while your head is down a weed hatch. The Schilling looks more plausible for our shallow and often rubbish laden waterways but I wonder if it is worth the extra cost / complexity for a canal boat.
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