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    This boat was converted to paddle propulsion by my step father in law. He lived at Pewsey before the K&A was restored and the pound suffered badly from weed growth because there was so little boat movement. The paddie overcame the problem of weed clogging the prop
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    Thank you for your advice......I'm sure we will manage just fine
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    Speaking as someone who did a 5 year engineering apprenticeship and went to college and night school,to get my city&guilds, funded by my employer ofcourse,back in the early '80's now 30 years ago, I've just about spent my entire working life in overalls on the shop floor. This is how it is, take It from me. Bluecollar /whitecollar jobs; only us English could come up with this, If you wear overalls and work in a factory you are perceived as a thick oily rag hand clanky,who probably lives in a terraced house and keeps coal in the bath,drinks too much and may be a closet communist and therefore needs to be kept in his place. White collar workers, well, you're the man! Middle England it's best. People ought to respect you because you wear a shirt and tie to work and look important.the very fact you were given an office job to get you off the shop floor where you couldn't scrap any more expensive components, as you lacked the mental capacity and manual dexterity to operate a machine seems irrelevant now.shuffle bits of paper. I've known a few. Sad fact Is, British are inveterate snobs. Tradesmans entrance? That's about sums us up. What other countries had that? That's why we are light years behind Germany now, we don't respect our engineers. Who really won the second world war then? Germany got the last laugh, MAN,krupps,AEG,SIEMENS,ABB,are still going, and are world leaders. Where are we in comparison? Deliberately weakened so the rest of Europe can use us as an offshore dumping ground for economic migrants. That's where we're going.
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    The trouble is, most of us don't want to score any points at all, either off each other or for / against CRT. Boating is a fairly individual hobby/lifestyle and so attracts individualistic people, who tend not to clump together to do stuff but exist on the anarchistic end of the spectrum. Most of us just want to go boating, and the majority of us are of an age when we can heave a sigh, accept that the system will just about outlast us, but that it can't possibly survive in its present state much longer. ETA I could say the same is true for a lot of things in this country we used to value, and that the fact that hardly any of the people I know who are in their twenties are registered to vote, or if they are, can be bothered to do so, explains why. You can't leave it all to the old farts...
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    Obviously it is CRT's responsibility to issue the notes from meetings I'm involved in, not mine personally - they quickly issued the ones I pointed out to them had not gone on the web-site. The issue of visibility of meeting notes seems to be something that is not unique to partnership meetings though, doesn't it? You for example used an FOIA request to gain information about meetings between NABO and CRT Linky Likewise NBTA have in the past used FOIA requests to see what you and NABO and other associations were up to. Linky If some of the associations feel they need to raise FOIA requests to find out what the others are up to, that suggests the relevant meeting notes were never freely in the public domain, for the benefit of all, (or if they were, they were not easy to find!). If boaters want to present a united front to CRT, (so far as we are able!), then associations conducting business on private web-sites, or in closed Facebook groups does nothing to facilitate that, in my view.
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    In fact the Perkins 4-10x range were a direct competitor to BMC 1.5s and the problems they had with cracked pre-combustion chambers were well known. The air cooled Listers were also direct competitors as were the dieselified Ford push-rod engines of the time.How successful were they? I have admitted that BMCs are old engines and spares are not the easiest to obtain but to compare engines that may be 50 years old with those that are perhaps 10 years old and concluding the older engine designs are unreliable is not very convincing. I suspect when those Jap units hit 20, 30, 40 years old they will be just as unreliable. Engines need maintaining in a timely manner, not running until they stop. I would very much like to know the FULL history of the engines you talk about because some may be "reconditioned" units that were then marinised and we should all know what "reconditioned" could mean. The 1.5 was not a failed car/van engine although most were used in that application. There were also many used in diverse "plant" rolls and some that I know about were put in jungle clearings where they ran 24/7 and only had an engineer fly in once or twice a month to service them. Personally I would rather have an old BMC than an old Lister, at least I would not be annually annealing the internal fuel pipes to keep it reliable. I agree about a old slow speed engine but the OP says she was not interested is a trad engine. I can not agree that with your views on BMCs. BMC 1.5s and 2.2s could take the abuse in a hire fleet. Lister SL4s could not, I suspect much like the comparison between a Vetus with Technodrive box and a Beta/Nanni.
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    Nope. That's a complete and utter waste of time. Nope. That's just a lazy answer. We should be constantly on his back. Sitting back and simply being "prudent" shows nothing but perhaps apathy.
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    If everyone buried their head in the sand without questioning the authorities or organisations we'd end up with no alternatives. Is that what you want?
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    What you mean is fighting to try to change it for your advantage, not necessarily for the better. Your proposal would make licence evasion for marina users a simple matter. To counter the massive loss in revenue CRT would suffer if marina users only had to pay if/when they come out of the marina all other boaters would have to make up the difference since it ain't going to come from government anytime soon. Any suggestion of 'spending more wisely' is exactly what I would expect a politician to say as they cut the DEFRA grant. If your proposal came to fruition it would probably be the quickest way to bring about the total destruction of the canals due to loss of revenue both from licenceholders and Government who wouldn't feel inclined to pay the DEFRA grant if CRT can't be bothered to collect from user/boaters in whatever way that they can. I hope that your proposal fails.
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    I meet two, three and often four new people every day in my job. In chatting it often emerges I live on mebote. People are almost invariably fascinated and loving the idea, and feeling faintly 'edgy', saying they wished they could live on a bote too. Which of course they could, if they took the trouble. Even so, I can't remember ever getting a negative response. I'd definitely go out of my way to broach the subject at an interview, if only as a way of soaking up interview time and averting such cringing questions such as "what do you see as your biggest weakness?" Which are usually only asked when the interviewer has run out of ideas for interesting stuff to ask the victim, in my limited experience. Make their job easier and get yerself noticed!
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    You may find this chart (from WW about 40 years ago, courtesy of another forum member I think) helpful:
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    If the contract signed by the marina dweller has it as a condition that the boat has to have a CaRT licence, then there is no "menace". If a marina wanted to it could insist quite legitimately that all boats have to be painted pink if they want to moor there, as long as it in the contract. This is just another case of the usual suspects using this forum to have a go at CaRT.
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    True and it appears in all walks of life, you see exactly the same attitudes in other non boating forums. 'Why can't I just stop here with my caravan for as long as I like'? 'Why can't I just drive my Land Rover off road where I like'? 'Why do I have check before taking photographs in potentially security sensitive areas'? Me, me, me and sod anyone else.....
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    This whole thread seems to be along the lines of various others such as 'Why can't I stay moored where I like for as long as I like?' The point is that no-one has concealed the terms and conditions of anything from people wishing to put a boat either in a marina or on the canal. Did you take your marina place and only then were told by the marina owner, "Oh, by the way you'll need to get yourself a licence"? Much the same as those who put their boat on the canal then whinge because they are required to periodically move, was this condition of the licence withheld from them until they'd bought it? I would suggest that in both instances the answer is 'no'. These were the conditions you signed up to, if you didn't like them them complain before you signed up, or even more radically don't sign up to them at all and do something else.
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    No I did! The town may be Ffestiniog, but the railway company is Festiniog, with one F.
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    A point in general pertaining to the phrase above and not specific to anyone on this forum The critical issue is that if challenged in court, would a jury, after weighing up any evidence presented conclude that the boat was or was not used primarily as a place of residence and that, it was or was not, a reasonable judgement expected to be made by the examiner. Anybody assisting him or creating evidence to support or lead the other person breaking the law could also face an interview under caution and potential prosecution as an accessory. We always say to examiners to consider the 12 people sitting on the Clapham omnibus who will be judging the circumstances, especially if the boat blows up after the examination and fairly heavy book starts flying in your direction. It's not just the 3 months in jail andor/ £5k fine per offence, its the after affects on employment, insurance cover, credit rating etc that will extend the misery. Some examinations are not worth it. The Gas Safe Register and HSE are very proactive in pursuing illegal activities. The BSS certification is not affected and it can run its course to the stated expiry date if the boat is owner occupied i.e. private. But if the boat is to be let, a non-private BSS certificate will likely be needed to support the registration/licence application.
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    Re the title for this thread: league tables necessarily mean that kids are taught how to pass the tests - clearly it's not really working; although to be fair tests imply a measure of passing and failing being taught to the test means understanding is not a necessity my older grandson started learning to read here in NZ where there is a rounded method for teaching reading, i.e. teachers use all methods available (sight words, context, working it out from what the picture tells, discussing and predicting what might come next in the story, phonics, reading, being read to, writing stories and reading them). He moved to UK aged 6 and was already pretty much an independent reader. His brother started school at 4.5 years (way too early) in the UK, is now nearly 6 and is learning to read only by sounding words out - what a mad method given the vagaries of English where c, g, gh have two or more different sounds or are silent in the last case, where vowels have two or three different sounds ... Think rough, through, thought, trough, weight; who, go, do; cat, cill, call. So the younger grandson gets no pleasure out of reading because he has no fluency at it - each word has to be worked out and meaning gets lost. I worry about the apparent low levels of critical thinking and low levels of literacy and numeracy - not knowing by rote that 6+8=14 or that 7 8s are 56 without having to stop and work it out, makes all calculations arduous, and lessens the enjoyment of solving mathematical problems. Learning by rote does not preclude understanding why 7 8s are 56, it just makes using it easier. Good teaching does both. and to the person who said they've never used algebra since leaving school - do you ever do anything that requires you to work out ratios or adjust the size of something where you need to get all 3 dimensions right? That's algebra you use to do that. My mum told me she didn't understand algebra - what a laugh: she was amazing at taking a knitting pattern and saying I'm going to make this cardigan using the stitch from this other one and I'll add a collar and change the sleeves. She did that using algebraic thinking, just without using x and y ... I am an escaped teacher and this stuff still winds me up, obviously!!
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    Unless there's a bankfull of fresh on 29 May, you'll make Newark, or further, in daylight. Flood at Keadby that day, on small tides should be around 2 hours before HW at Hull, so you'll be away from Keadby probably around 1030 'ish, or 1100 at the latest, if it's a poor tide and C&RT have left as much mud in the lock tail as they like to do these days.
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    I agree that this is pragmatic, and most likely what I would have done....but.......if you explode your insurers may not agree when they realise that you live aboard and enquire as to what basis the gas test was carried out! Just a thought. People moored adjacent may not be too happy either when their (and your) claims on your insurer fail. Just saying, like.....
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    A triumph for common sense...
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    This forum definitely needs a sub forum/section entitled - 'How to evade your responsibilities as a boater'. ..
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    Apparently I do. My boat is in a privately owned marina and I have to pay...
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    In simple terms a civil partnership is just that, a contract between 2 individuals similar to marriage but without the religious/historic baggage that goes with it. No husband, no wife. Just partners.
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    Right. Here's what I think,...... Oh I can't be bothered.
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    Evening all, Just wanted to say a quick hello as I imagine you'll see a number of posts from myself over the coming months. Myself and the girlfriend are seriously considering buying a boat to live on. We've never owned a boat so will be spending the next few months reading up. From what I've learnt thus far, acting too quickly could end in disaster and buying a total money pit. The forum appears crammed full of helpful topics I look forward to digesting. Best wishes to you all for the coming year. Gareth
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