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    Wow, who told you my story ? Theres a new term for western blokes MGTOW. Men GoingTheir Own Way. I,m currently partnering a new model female, a simple and lovely indonesian lady. I treat her like a lady and she treats me like a man (she washes, I dry ). When she swears at me, I,ve no idea what she,s saying. Hope springs eternal.
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    Hey,Mrsmelly was Noahs second in command, he knows whats what. We had a pump out originally. Binned it after the first year onboard! As Forest Gump said "Shit happens!", oh, and something about a box of chocolates too.
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    There is so much around the BCN to learn: http://bcnsociety.co.uk/?archive=1&fn=4&id=42 Richard
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    There was a canal house at Bloomfield. The junction was there till the 1990's, but forget when it was removed. This line to Coseley tunnel was initially the Bloomfield Cut and was spanned by the trough that carried water over this arm to an isolated part of the Foxyards Canal, once the Bloomfield Cut had been made. The Bloomfield cut was part of the authorised 1794 scheme to make a tunnel at Coseley, which was began by the contractor Jacob Twigg but abandoned. Bloomfield Cut served the Wallbrook Furnaces. Later when Thomas Telford's scheme was adopted the Bloomfield Cut became part of the line from Bloomfield to Deepfields at Coseley. Mining subsidence had altered levels what remained of the isolated Foxyards Canal became part of the altered canals at Bloomfield. There were basins and later a railway interchange basin. Bloomfield Junction became the junction with the New Main Line and the Old Main line to Bradley once Coseley Tunnel opened. i show the junction on p 44 of the Tempus book, Birmingham Canal Navigations.
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    It doesn't, does it. Ignore that bit then!
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    "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." ☺️
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    If you are planning to take the Manchester Ship Canal (MSC) from Ellesmere Port to Salford Quays to avoid the Middlewich breach (June, 2018) and the damaged Marsh Lock onto the Weaver, this is what you need to know. I travelled this route on Friday 15/06/2018 on my narrowboat with one adult, a 13 year old and a dog. Another boater cruised solo on his narrowboat at the same time. This guide is aimed at those who have not transited the MSC before and who have limited experience on larger waterways. I'm very happy to hear your comments, experiences and suggestions and add them in. What you need: An anchor and sufficient chain (try to borrow one, as they are expensive and it is unlikely to be used). Tie to the front of the boat and make ready to deploy before setting off. Ropes for tying off in locks. The staff will dangle down ropes for you to tie yours onto, so don't worry too much about the length. Your surveyor will probably want to see that they're at least 15m long. Fire extinguishers. If you've passed your BSS, you'll have these already. A working horn. Personal floatation devices / life jackets for everyone on board. You're not going to fall in, but if you do, there's alot of water between you and the bank. Contrary to the Peel Ports Pleasure Craft Induction Pack, according to my surveyor, you do not need most of what they list. You are not permitted to transit during the night, or stop over, so lights are not necessary - especially colreg navigation lights. If you don't have them and don't want them, you don't need them. You do not even need a headlight. You do not need a VHF. Its actually easier to phone Eastham Control. Their number is: 0151 3274638. You do not need an admiralty chart or tidal almanac or a copy of the byelaws (although you will have a copy of that in the Induction Pack) Making Preparations: Download the Induction Pack Check out the map I made. Check stoppages. Remember the MSC is not operated by CRT. There's been a lot of long term stoppages recently. Check the Shropshire Union, Ellemere Port, MSC, Marsh Lock, Bridgewater (also non CRT) and Rochdale (if that's where you're heading). Your surveyor cannot be relied upon to know what is going on. I found out about the damage to Marsh Lock after I'd had my survey - the surveyor not only didn't know, but wasn't really interested in knowing. Organise your Certificate of Seaworthiness survey. Mine cost £50, plus £25 travel from a surveyor who lives in Middlewich - I found him listed in the induction pack. I've heard of people paying much more - but you don't have to. Frankly, £75 for a man to sign a piece of paper to say your boat will float and that you have an anchor etc is already a massive rip off. Fill in page 2 and 4 of the induction pack and send it with page 3 (completed by your surveyor) and a copy of your insurance policy to Paul Kirby msc-pleasurecraft@peelports.com 48 hours before you intend to travel. It will cost you £167 at the time of writing. Note that Paul almost never picks up the phone. Email is best. If you are planning to get onto the Bridgewater at Pomona Lock you will then need to contact BridgeWaterCanal@peel.co.uk stating the time/date you need it the lock opening. My suggestion (and the lock keeper's preference) is to overnight on Surrey Quays and go through Pomona at 8am the following morning. Include Owner/skipper name, Owner/skipper mobile tel, Owner/skipper email, Craft Name, CRT Index, Craft Length, Craft Width in your email. While entirely unnecessary to have 2 lock keepers to open a basic lock for you, Peel Ports not only insist on it, but will want £30 more for this "service". Captive market. At Ellesmere Port, there is a swing bridge going right over the lock you need to pass through to get onto the MSC. If you are planning to get onto the MSC at 8am, you'll need to arrange to get the bridge opened at 7:30am. Contact Cheshire West & Chester Council with 48 hrs notice on 07799 658814 or 07825 865944 during office hours. To berth in Ellesmere Port the night before you transit the MSC casts £4 per night. You can pay in the museum. The day before you transit contact Eastham Control (01513274638) to let them know that you're in position for transit the following morning. Follow their advise on what time you might leave. On The Day: Do your regular engine checks. Have you got enough fuel / oil / coolant? Cruising solo? Think about how you're going to manage ropes in the locks. How are you going to use the toilet if you need to? How are you going to eat? How will you deploy the anchor if you need to? You're not allowed to stop (unless its an emergency). Not that there's really anyone about to check. To save water in the locks and for safety, Peel Ports prefer to get narrowboats to transit at the same time. You might have to be flexible as to which day you're intending to travel. For example, if you're planning to travel on the Monday, but there's another boat coming in on Tuesday, they may ask you to wait another day. In this case, you can stop stressing and enjoy the museum which is full of interesting things. Peel Ports suggests breasting up with another boat for the transit for stability. Frankly I wouldn't bother unless you know the other boat and have lashed yours to theirs before. Contact Eastham Control to ask them if you're good to go. They do seem to try to not have you meet other traffic, especially huge ships. In our trip, there was gale force winds, so we had to wait until the following morning. Have a look at the map I made for a spot to moor in the lower basin. When you've got the go ahead, head out of the lower basin at Ellesmere Port and turn east (right). You're off! Cruising: Its pretty straightforward. Stick to the right of centre. I didn't meet any oncoming boats, but give them plenty of room if you do. My surveyor advised that after an oncoming boat has passed you, steer into its wake. Helps with stability. He also suggested that if a boat is coming up behind you and wants to overtake, turn your boat 180˚ to face it and then steer into its wake after it's passed you. Then turn again 180˚ so you're following it. The whole trip will take 8+ hours, depending on your speed and other traffic on the MSC. I found it useful to print out the map section of the Induction Pack to see what was coming up. There did seem to be a few pages missing from that document though, not that it mattered. I used google maps too to check my position. The signal was pretty good throughout for phone and 4g (O2). Locks: Are massive. Prepare to be overwhelmed. The lock keepers should be visible and on hand to advise. Follow their instructions. The lock keepers are not used to small boats. They will try to shout instructions at you from afar. Indicate if you cannot hear. They also do not understand how fragile small boats are in comparison to ships. There are big forces at play in these locks. Some of the lock keepers will be clear and give good instructions, others will stand around not paying attention while they smoke a cig. In all cases, we cruised through the lock almost to the top gates and moored on the left. This gets you out of the way of turbulence coming into the lock behind you. The lock keepers then dangled a rope down. We tied off our centre line, which for the most part was fine. Bear in mind that the infrastructure of these locks is not designed for narrowboats, but massive ships. Keep your wits about you. Keep your eyes open because frankly, you cannot rely on the lock keepers for the safety of your vessel. See troubleshooting below. Learn how to tie a sheet bend, or a similarly useful knot for connecting the dangled rope in the lock with your boat's rope. A reef knot can spill when pulled, which will set your boat loose in the lock. The locks take a fair while to fill. Plenty of time for a cuppa. Also plenty of time for you to start losing focus - you'll have already been cruising many hours by this point. Stay frosty. Trouble: Situations can happen faster than you can think. Make sensible preparations and keep sharp on the day. There's no great cause for preemptive alarm and panic, but let the following two stories give you a sense of how things can go wrong. Tying up in the lock. In the first lock, the guy on the other boat went in first. He tied off onto a ladder, as suggested by the lock keeper. This was a really bad move. The water rose fast enough to pull the knots tight and he ended up having to cut his new ropes off with a stanley knife. The lock keepers said that the rising water could not be reversed once the rise is in progress. If you're going to use a ladder to keep your boat in, pass your centre line round a rung and hold onto it. That way you can pull it out as the water rises. It is better to tie off to their dangled rope and hold onto that. Just keep an eye on where your bow is going. Lesson - DO NOT TIE! The top lock gates. In the last lock, the lock keepers were nowhere to be seen. They were busy smoking and chatting and throughout the process were not paying any attention. They casually told us to bring our boats right onto the top lock gates. This was a really bad move. A very small protruding piece of metal on the bow of my boat (which I could not see, as I was in the middle holding the centre line) got caught under one of the horizontal cross beams of the lock gate ahead. My stern rose out of the water. Water began rushing into the front of my boat. I had to pick up the dog and throw him to the other boater. Very very scary. I tried to pry my boat out from its snag with my barge pole, but only succeeded in shattering the pole. These are forces that are beyond our power to control. I was faced with a sunk boat, but finally, the lock keepers recognised the gravity of the situation and let some water out. The boat was freed. The piece of metal on my boat that had snagged is about the size of an pebble. Yes, I take responsibility for not paying enough attention. But please, do not rely on the lock keepers to look out for you, they are just not used to small boats and they're evidently not that interested in engaing with what's going on before them. Lesson - KEEP WELL AWAY FROM THE TOP LOCK GATES! At the end of day 1: We did a victory doughnut in the big water at Salford Quays, relieved to have made it without the boat sinking. There's plenty of do not moor signs initially, but eventually we found a spot (see my map). A man told me he'd lived there for 15 years and never seen anyone more there. It was quite nice. The other boater found a different spot. Salford Quays are not MSC waters. Day 2: Make your way to Pomona lock at the agreed time (8am for us). The lock keepers were a little early. They let us up onto the Bridgewater and we then cruised to Castleford where we moored for a few nights. Conclusion In the end, it was not hard cruising and not as scary as I'd imagined, especially once I was on the calmer waters the day after the high winds. It is a fascinating and remarkable work of engineering and history, with loads to see - incredible long vistas, bridges, massive locks and the decaying remnants of industrial past. In total the costs for me were as follows: £35 - Purchase and installation of horn (which will be useful in the future) £75 - Certificate of Seaworthiness survey (lasts a year btw) £4 - Overnight in Ellesmere Port £167 - MSC transit - Ellesmere Port > Manchester £30 - Pomona Lock Total - £311 The other boater spent over £500 because he purchased, rather than borrowed an anchor, fitted colreg nav lights, and his survey cost more. Total distance (according to my map) 51.9km / 32.2 miles I hope this document can help you with your preparations, but please note that you are responsible for yourself, your boat and all the people on it. Stay safe. Have fun. It is for sure a most epic adventure... Graeme Walker, June, 2018
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    No running engines to charge batteries unless you have at least 200w of solar
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    What is the problem with the HoL? As I understand it the HoL whether hereditary or elected can't stop a bill they can only scrutinise and make suggestions as to alterations and amendments. Ultimately the House of Commons will pass the bill whatever the HoL says. Surely scrutinising by somebody must be an advantage plenty of poor/bad laws get through how much worse would it be if they weren't there. If the HoL is to be changed/tinkered with because of its scrutineering role the members should not be and never have been politicians.
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    We've got the capacity for a 100 gallons of Sh1t on board but we are never that full of it.......normally.
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    100 gallons of sh@t, i think you have a problem, or pee overboard perhaps
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    I'm pleased to see they've lifted the restriction on rushall locks now. Water level is currently stable here at the grove.
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    After 65 + years of sitting on the things may I suggest a comfortable one. ?
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    That's FIVE posters all agreeing within a 2-hour window. Might be a first for this forum!
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    I only see them in black and white. ? ? even when I go back and look after they are published
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    Proud to be black? Why? Should I be proud of my blue eyes? If so, what does that say about my attitude towards people who's eyes are some other colour? We have a new duchess who proclaims herself proud to be a woman, ludicrous! A 50-50 genetic accident, what's to be proud of? If someone is proud of their race because they think it's better than another that's racism. If they would be equally proud of any racial identity then it would condense to "proud to be" which is silly.
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    Have you considered using Celotex/Kingspan? You can stick it on and seal any gaps with fire-rared aerosol expanding foam. Best to invest in a foam gun and use gun-grade foam. Considerably cheaper than getting it sprayed.
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    I do have a home mooring but I am never on it. Well not since october 10th last year anyway
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    I have no dog in this fight, not because I don't have a preference or reasons for it, but because it's somehow like criticising someone's driving and the argument simply never ends! However, to make a balanced judgement for yourself, you should recognise that there is no need for chemicals in a modern pump out. Older 'dump through' type - perhaps.
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    The use of the present continuous tense ('he complies') was meant to indicate that he consults the surveyor along the way. I can only testify to what I picked up as we were not (I confess) monitoring the project to that level of detail - there comes a time when you do have to rely on truest and over-arching duties of your builder. Takes long enough to get a boat built as it is . . .
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    This one always makes me giggle. Why does anyone have to lug several kilograms of waste to an Elsan point? Do you lug your boat under your arm to the pumpout point? You park the boat at the elsan and carry the cassettes a few feet and have it emptied quicker than messing around with sewage pipes. The main difference I have found over the years is when canal is frozen up I could carry on a wheeled trolley a cassette to an elsan point/car to take to an elsan point for disposal but couldnt carry twenty five tons of boats to a pumpout machine. On more than one winter we have been frozen in solid for well in excess of a month at a time, nearly two months in 2009/10
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    I'm somewhat staggered to read he was younger than I am. There have been so many canal related deaths recently, often in those of no great age - it certainly makes you think about life's priorities. RIP Laurence
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    The difference being you know where the next fuel station is and know that it will be 'working'
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    I know what you are saying but there are potential circumstances that might lead to a crime where none was intended . I can think of one example where you are taking a picture of your beloved on holiday (clothed) and as you press the shutter a gust of wind lifts the skirt of a young lady walking by on the walkway above you and you catch the incident on your camera taking a photo of her underwear in the top of your photo. The young lady in question accuses you of "up-skirting" and calls the Police. It would be useful in your own defence to be able to say your original intentions which was not to take a photo of her. If there was no "intent" wording in the law you may be judged to be guilty or at least charged. This is where though that the multiple stages a bill goes through before it can become law is useful to test the law and wording of it, scenarios thought of and the proposed law tested against it and whether it can be improved by amendment or not.
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    I had my first and only crash as an inexperienced 21 year old hitting flood water in the dark. I'm 64, driven many vehicles all over the world, touchwood no more accidents to date. I put it down to good luck, good training, and intelligence when driving. Cars are not aircraft, though automation in the cockpit has been blamed for pilot's complacency and lack of experience when automation fails. More automation means more dummies can get behind the wheel, and we can also reduce the driving age to allow 10 year olds to drive themselves to school. Cars become more expensive, more difficult to repair, and more dangerous as their complex systems get older and begin to fail. There was a sound principal once - KISS. Keep It Simple, Stupid ! ( the car, not the population !)
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    It tells me that it's much easier to convert a pump-out to a cassette than the other way round.
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    I would suggest that there are more boaters who remove their toilets with a pump-out tank and replace it with a cassette, than the other way around. That may tell you something. It sounds as if you may be working within fairly tight financial constraints so it will come down to what you can afford. If the boat already has a holding tank then that will probably be the cheapest way to go - just buy a toilet. You can always change to the 'proper' system (cassettes) in the future when funds allow. You say you are aware of the pros & cons of each system so now you know that you can get a cassette system with a porcelain toilet - that's surely the decision made ?
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    Sadie, I think we all understand the feeling that the summer is slipping away and you want to get on the water NOW. But beware those rose coloured glasses that tend to magically appear when we see a boat that seems to tick some of the boxes. The advice offered in this forum is excellent - whilst there are some first class Springers out there that the owners love and cherish, the fact is that they were built to a budget of lower grade thin steel. Overplating can provide a fresh lease of life but can bring its own problems - apart from anything else the design of the Springer never allowed for the extra weight of a second hull with all the ballast problems that can bring. The right boat is out there for you, it's just a case of biting your lip and being patient. Winter is actually a good time to look at boats, all sort of problems that you won't notice in the summer become apparent, you can also negotiate a better price in winter as the buyer generally wants someone else to have the problems that can occur in colder, wetter weather. Good luck, take your time and take a friend with you who doesn't have a vested interest.
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    Just been on Look North, 4 gates are going in today, that's another lock which will hold water soon. I noticed for the first time, the new Nocholson guide has the Grantham canal listed. They've a long way to go, but a big heads up to the volunteers working hard there.
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    Snap. I have an ea one and a CART as you say for if the boatyards are closed. I have to say that when I went to use one on the Thames a couple of weeks or so ago at the lock before the one I intended using a blackboard pronounced it was out of order. This is one of my reasons for not liking pumpout bogs as in reality you can never empty them when needed. I was ok as mine wasnt full ( thats the point ) and I did it a couple of days later elsewhere had it been full I could of course have used the proper boat bog that I keep on board
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    The paddles on the Hatton flight are not hydraulic (except to the extent that all paddles could be regarded as hydraulic devices in that their function is to control the flow of water).
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    All this waffle is of course 'self-certified', so there is no actual scrutiny by anyone in authority of the boat this guff purports to describe, or verification it is correct and not a total fairy story.
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    Ok I've connected up the new one and it is reading about 0.05v high. Close enough to be useful straight from the box. WAY better than my other two which are 0.4V high and 0.3V low. Well done Merlin!!!!
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    Now I don't really mind what lavatorial arrangements anyone prefers unless they use little black plastic bags and hang it in trees to take advantage of the poor overworked dog poo fairy. However, I do I find this commonly cited negative issue against pump outs a very odd one: unwarranted, possibly a bit fatuous and certainly a little paranoid. We're happy that we can store fresh water in a tank that doesn't leak, we're happy that we can store diesel in a tank that doesn't leak, but somehow we think the one with effluent in it is inevitably going to do something outrageous, particularly if it's anywhere near a bed. I would have thought that personal contact with effluent is far more likely when changing the cassette every day or two, storing full spare cassettes, carting it around in a plastic suitcase , or when having to pour it down a drain in a 'sanitary' station of dubious hygiene status. Still, eh?
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    Same one trick pony. Thing is, when I wake up in the morning and the fridge is warm because the (new) batteries are flat (again), I want a gauge to look at to tell me what I already know. Oh and WotEver made an offer I couldn't refuse. He will join me in condemning Smartgauges if my third purchase turns out to be wrongly factory calibrated like the previous two!!
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    May I suggest it isn't Tim giving to the various charities but those who have paid the car parking fee.
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    Agree, The first company I insured with wanted a valuation and fit out survey on a self fit out but nothing on the hull, since then other companies have just wanted my bank card details
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    sounds like you've got a Millennial round your prop
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    Out of the mouth of babes. You were a baby then and you should know better than believing crap you have read in books. I was there as an adult with enough bottle to wear two uniforms for seventeen years in the seventies and eighties protecting soft lads that can talk the talk but not walk the walk. It was a great era of change and no one I knew routinely or otherwise beat any blacks or assaulted women. Please stick to what you know and understand.
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