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  1. On the other hand we could do more to attract more boaters who are more interested in boating rather than mooring and arguing with CRT.
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  5. Your conclusion is wrong, . . . . . . they have already used the 1995 Act in conjunction with some fanciful and ridiculous interpretation of the existing T & C's to revoke the Licence of a boat with a home mooring, to see if they could get away with it. The changes now being made to the T & C's in respect of boat use are a consequence of that.
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  7. Surely you are covered by the words in red above in both the T&Cs and plain English. It is only while away from your home mooring that you are limited to 14 days in one place. So you can leave your home mooring, potter up and down the local waters, staying within the same 'place' if you wish, and returning to the HM the same day or up to 14 days later and that's fine. Having returned to the HM, you are no longer "away from the Home Mooring" and so the 14 day clock is reset. You can therefore repeat this pattern of boating ad infinitum if you wish, and it matters not if at any point you are in the same 'place' as you were 14 days previously. If CRT don't log you on your HM, then they may claim you are in breach, but if they are going to produce sighting evidence to a court showing that you always been in the same 'place' reasonably close to your HM, they are also going to have to produce some evidence that you weren't at any point actually on the HM, if they are to convince the court that you haven't complied with the T&Cs. Although some on here decry it, if you keep a log of your movements, and in particular recording the dates on which you left and returned to the HM, then as long as your movements are compliant with the new T&Cs, I can't see CRT pursuing the matter.
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  8. Yes, many chaps do if their other half is away. Not many admit it, though.
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  9. AB CD Client matrix A = High profit, Low cost of servicing account B = High Profit, High cost of servicing account C = Low profit, Low cost of servicing account D = Low profit, High cost of servicing account (Profit is possibly the wrong word, but hopefully you get my drift) No business should be interested in category D customers unless they want to go broke. The key first step in to try to move D's into one of the other categories, if you cannot then you dump them. So if you don't pay your fee's, don't comply with the rules, ignore warnings and generally are a pain in the butt, you should not be suprised when the axe falls. Businesses (or trusts) don't pick on their customer's randomly and would rather D's moved to one of the other categories. However you take out the worst offenders and word soon gets about. pour encourager les autres.BW was a nationalised institution, CRT is a different animal and cannot afford the wastage of the past The objective is not to engender fear but awareness and encourage a change in behaviour.
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  12. Hi Dan My advice would be to forget about tiling it. However good a job you do you will eventualy get water ingress between tiles and grout. I would completely line the inside of the shower cubicle with vinyl floor covering as you would use on a kitchen or bathroom floor. With care you can use one piece and therefore not even have corner joints to let water through. I have done this twice now and it works a treat some hire fleets do it which is where I got idea from. Stick the vinyl to wooden bulkheads with spray contavt adhesive. If you can do it with a hot air type blow heater in the room at time it will make vinyl more supple and easier to use. Tim
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  13. I am familiar with the recommendation for freezing pillows etc to kill dust mites, but that won't get rid of existing faeces, which are believed to be the main allergen. I use synthetic pillows and do wash them. When they get a bit lumpy I replace them.
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  14. As suggested above I think far more likely to be chemical (paint, washing powder, fabric treatment, cleaning product etc) than the fire or water. Going to a doctor is a good plan, as they do have test that can be carried out. They will ask you for a record of where you have been when symptoms develop, so it's a good idea to start filling that in now, and retrospectively as best you can... You might also start to isolate what on the boat might cause these symptoms. For example, could you quarantine all of the loose soft furnishings (bedding, cushions, even curtains) and have the OH bring from home? As you know that her bedding (and detergent, softener etc) at home does not induce symptoms, it would be a good way to establish where the source might be on board. If No symptoms present themselves you can then start to reintroduce things one by one until they return (not nice for her, but I imagine that knowing what causes the reaction will feel worth it.) Could you also move the boat to a significantly different location for a weekend, as you suspect something airborne nearby may be the cause? Moving into town might give you a nice excuse to do something different together for a weekend, and establish whether or not the location of your mooring is the source of her discomfort. I wish you the best of luck.
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  15. So, you imagine the transport costs from Newark to Chester or Northwich to Gloucester are negligible do you ? There would be no crane hire or mob. costs at Newark because there's a Boat Lift on site. You're also assuming, wrongly, that boats must be lifted out following seizure, they don't have to be, it's just a way of increasing the seizure and removal costs.
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  16. The problem could even be a nasty spider allergy. I've seen some big ones on boats, some whopping huge great hairy ones too. The most allergenic ones are the real big monster ones that look like Toupees with lots of legs runnin about. Check on their website.
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  19. You could always keep EF in mind if you'd like to borrow a boat sometime in the future. Would any members of this Forum vouch that you are house-trained?
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  21. He may get a cow dumped on him from a bridge next time.
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  22. I would like somebody to clarify things. As I interpret "right to board" coupled with what is said in the T & Cs they mean either standing on the deck or crossing the deck to get to another boat. What is there to get so hot under the collar about. While it isn't something to encourage I don't visualise every CRT employee you meet wanting to stand on your boat. As far as I can see it would only come into play if they needed to communicate with you, surely that is a good thing rather than letters going to the wrong address or being left for a couple of months while matters escalate. Or if they need to cross your boat to a breasted up boat for similar reasons. If you are going to allow boats to breast up you obviously don't mind people crossing your deck (yes I know they have asked) but you have agreed in the T & C to allowing that. I see it as being so rare that it is no worse than somebody walking up your drive to put a note through the letter box, or a traffic warden touching your car to fix the penalty notice.
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  24. I think we could do with some clarification as to EXACTLY what is meant by 'boarding' the boat. My understanding is that by 'boarding' they mean getting onto the exterior of a boat principally to attach items to it,whereas a lot on this thread seem to be interpreting it as meaning entering the inside of the boat itself. I don't think that there is any suggestion that I can see that CRT want to enter the boat unless someone can see it somewhere in the revised T & C's. If it is merely boarding the exterior of the boat then I really don't see that there is much of an issue to be made since trespass is not committed until someone (with the authority to do so) has told you that they do not want you on their property and that your are trespassing and they would like you to leave. The old 'Trespassers will be prosecuted' signs are pretty meaningless since simple trespass is not a criminal offence (unlike Trespassing with Intent or trespassing with a Firearm). Neither am I entirely sure sure why the boat master would place anyone under arrest for trespassing on their boat, surely the whole purpose of the exercise is to remove someone who is trespassing, for which the law gives the authority to use reasonable force to do so if they do not go when asked. As has been written elsewhere I think that you will find that there are a lot of agencies who, under given circumstances have a statuary right of entry to your home without a warrant (including the Police). I have been 'advised' on several occasions by wife-beaters that, "...you ain't coming in here without a warrant...", sadly they have always been lawfully proven wrong Perhaps I'm particularly ill mannered but I can, off the top of my head think of at least two occasion in recent months when I have crossed someone else's boat without asking for, or gaining their permission. One occasion was where someone had left their boat moored and unattended on a water point so I rafted up alongside and took on water and the second occasion was going up through the staircase at Chester doubled up with another boat with a large enthusiastic, but not particulalry skilled shore crew. We were failing to get out of the middle chamber over the cill into the next lock and became caught with our bows on the cill when one of the crew of the other boat went back to the lock gates behind us with a windlass in his hand. I called up NOT to open the paddles on the gate to which he replied "It's already open". I haven't moved so fast in years to get up and get the paddle shut, on the way back to my own boat afterwards I did apologise to the skipper of the other boat but it's amazing what fear will do!!
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  28. this is malcolm burge - captain cargo is the name on the boat - thats him. Confident and Incompetent. ken
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  29. I asked CaRT about this (seemed to be the logical thing to do) and they said "This just states that if you have a home mooring then you still can only stay in the same place for 14 days unless there are signs with a specific mooring time. After this you are expected to move on. This should not affect anybody who has a home mooring but is going out and doing a cruise." As far as I can see (even though their last sentence is grammatically weird and doesn't really make sense) , the new T&C makes no difference to me (home mooring, leisure boater) pootling out for a day or two to my favourite mooring spot a mile or so down the canal and then pootling home again, and doing it every weekend if I want to. It just means that if I'm out on a cruise, I can't stay in the same place for more than 14 days, and, as I've said before, if I'm out on a cruise, why on earth would I want to? I can't see any difference to the rule we have all assumed has been in place since I started boating, which is the 14 day thing. Whether that is in fact legal or not, it's certainly was what we undestood to be the case 30 years ago.
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  30. Marsworth junction is at the end of the Aylesbury Arm
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  33. Not that long ago narrowboating with John Sergeant might well have been one of Alan Partridge's desperate ideas, yet again truth proves to be stranger than fiction.
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  34. I've just watched it, before reading most of the comments on here. Yes it was very lightweight to people who know a bit about the canals, which means most of us on here. But it did show the canals in a positive light, even if they missed bits that you personally thought should have been included. As one or two others have mentioned on here, anything that shows canals in a positive manner can't be a bad thing to include in a prime time program aimed at a general audience - it is ITV after all. Having said that, I've never been on the L&L and there were some bits that I found interesting and I learnt something too. And does anyone have a link to a guide to the future programs? This is the first time I've used ITV Player or the ITV website, and it doesn't seem to be a patch on BBC iplayer.
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  35. On the point about maps, when the trial one was on the internet this year. I showed it to the local data loggers, they couldn't believe it. I don't know about nationally, but in this area it seemed to be arbitrary and bear no relation to how local boaters actually use the canal. The data loggers expressed concern at the increased work load, in there opinion a lot of boaters would come onto there radar (local moorers not just cc'ers). My concern would be where's the extra finance going to come from to pay for this. Maintenance is paired back to the bone anyway. In my opinion if CRT feel they need a map, use the parish boundaries, rather than something made up by a bod sat in an office who probably doesn't even know that stretch of the cut. I wonder with all these announcements ( what are the real issues we are be distracted from.) my money is on June for the announcement of outsourcing enforcement to private contractors. April for the new guidance and map, May for new T&C'S june for private enforcement . I hope I'm wrong Regards kris
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  36. That's the elephant in the room. Nobody is really addressing the needs of those who wish/need to stay in one particular place but can't find a suitable mooring. (Genuine CMers???) Maybe C&RT should concentrate on providing more moorings and charging a lot more for a CC licence for those who don't move. A mooring fee size surcharge rather than revoking the licence would focus non-compliers' attention on their real needs without attracting all the bad feelings and bad publicity of a boat being seized and a family made homeless. Visitor moorings would be unaffected as they have a time limit. Those who wish to stay put and pay would be less of a strain on the system and the case against those who simply don't wish to pay for what in essence is a 'free home' mooring/place would be easier for the general public to understand. They wouldn't have their boat seized for non-compliance it would be seized for non-payment - just like my house would be if I fail to pay the mortgage. In a recent case a boater had his boat seized because he claimed C&RT couldn't find him a suitable mooring yet he seemed happy enough on the same mooring I passed him on three years running - not a visitor mooring so no real problem to anyone but C&RT. Can't understand why C&RT didn't simply charge him for the place he so obviously was satisfied with. If they had offered and he had refused to pay the case would have been a lot clearer to laymen like me. I have a home mooring and regrettably only get around part of the system during my annual holiday. I don't have any issue with CMers as there are the same number of boats no matter where they are. Boats juggling for position in London won't help me find a vacant mooring there.
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  38. Boating friends of ours very kindly used to lend us their boat a few times to give us a break while we fitted out ours. One day when cruising with it we got too near an overhanging tree and when we checked their paintwork there was the evidence, a very long scratch which we then spent ages removing with Tcut the best we could. When we handed the boat back we could see our friend looking closely at the point where the scratch had been and held our breath. "I'm sure there used to be a scratch there" he said in a puzzled voice....
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