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  3. To be fair the ribbing that other contestants give the NBT is in jest. I’d be delighted to see them back in the Challenge. As I recall - being one of the boats right behind at the time - the main problem was that Nuneaton couldn’t clear the cill on lock number 7 due to a very badly leaking bottom gate. In such circumstances the etiquette of the Challenge is to assist and not to require to pass. I’ve certainly learnt a lot from entering the Challenge with experienced boaters and I don’t see why crewing ex-working boats should be confined to those with expertise in workin
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  4. Surely it must be fake news? We all know that each and every UK business is failing as we speak!!
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  5. I don’t quite understand your point. None of the boat that passed you have moved you significantly. Which suggests that actually, whilst they may not be at tickover, they aren’t going fast. Some people like to cruise slowly and thus, depending on the nature of the canal, there may be no need to slow down further. Tickover in any case varies a lot. Tickover on our boat is still quite fast and so is the norm for passing moored boats. Tickover on some other boats makes them barely move and have no steering. There is no rule that says one must pass at tickover. Those outraged and entit
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  6. Paddle gear that will drop rapidly by lifting the pawl when the lock is level will NOT do the same thing when there's a significant level difference. The water pressure difference across the paddle massively increases the force required to move it, and gravity isn't enough: the paddle needs to be wound down. For less strong people, it needs two arms to generate enough force, which is one reason why I hate the type of pawls that need to be held up and can't be flipped out of the way. Too few hands in an emergency. Next time you open a paddle, try and close it again straight away. It
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  7. The objectives of the challenge are to get boats using the lesser used parts of the BCN, there are many ways to achieve this but many choose to try and cover as much of it as they can in the permitted time. We like to set ourselves other challenges as well like leg Dudley tunnel, attempt 100 locks, use a pair of working boats etc.
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  8. It takes careful planning to be that unsuccesful so consistently.
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  13. Thank you to all the organisation and to @Postcode and @cheshire~rose for letting us play on their boat. I'm sure we should have scored at least 207 points for our route plus the extras for the photos and questions, even if 13 locks didn't qualify. @tree monkey, I thought we'd agreed to blame @dyad for any problems ? Although, I do now admit doing Netherton tunnel was a complete waste of time, we should have done Spon Lane locks and gone along the old main line into Brum instead. Either way, I think we had a great time, the crew worked well together. I just wish I had enough stamina to s
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  14. Whilton, I think would like it best if you are sufficiently in a hurry to sell that they make you a very low offer and buy it from you themselves as a "stock" boat. You could then expect to see it offered for sale at a vastly inflated price, with no improvements having been made to it. I get the impression that maybe half the boats they offer are not being brokered, but are actually now owned by Whilton outright. (That's just a guess - could be more or less). The problem is that each gives you a difference level of security and comeback as a purchaser, but Whilton are likely to b
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  15. I was getting all flustered for a moment and then realised you meant the noodle thing not the challenge its self, phew I am starting to think Bob doesn't really exsist. Big fanfare announcing a late entry into the challenge and suspiciously he buggers off and avoids the finish. Plus no rational human/Muppet would treat the duck in the way he has recently, letting the innocent thing off to wander on its own. Forget the flat earth and NASA, the CWDF Bob conspiracy is bigger
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  16. Unless you lift your boat onto the towpath, it will move because the water it is in moves. Moored correctly the movement will be limited, but surely this movement is what we all enjoy, otherwise this would be a caravan forum. I believe it is polite and considerate to slow down passing moored boats, but in truth I mostly do it because I love gawping in other peoples boats. Rog
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  17. PM Outbox? Is that where Theresa is?
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  18. Mike, they have four feet not three.
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  19. I very much doubt that. The insulation on the other hand, tends to expand with age and bulges spontaneously occur to accommodate the increased size. I bet this is what is happening to yours. Take a small blunt screwdriver and push it through the insulation bulge until you feel the copper beneath. Mark the depth of penetration with your thumbnail then push it again through the insulation where there is no bulge. I expect you will be able to demonstrate to yourself the bulge only exists in the insulation. If so, you have a 'non-problem'. Just get on with enjoying having hot water and
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  25. That fact that the Ford driver will be using his indicators probably helps his case, though!
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  26. Following on from this thread about raising money for the Chesterfield Canal Trust: The prize noodles were won by @Dr Bob and I have been tasked with getting them to him by boat. Taking them in a taxi this afternoon is just too easy. He has also publicly stated that he is willing to donate £1.00 per boat that the noodles travel on to catch up with him, so I have set them free on their travels. Anyone taking part in the travails travels of the noodles please note that we are not obliged to get these noodles to @Dr Bob on NB Kharis until February 2020 (the B
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  28. It's called Challenge for a reason. The explorer cruises are offered for those who don't want to be challenged. Last year I reckon 4 of us had 2 bottles of malt and 2 and a half hours sleep in our 6 hour overnight break. Made day 2 interesting, especially with the thunder and lightning early Sunday morning. Down and back up including repairing Walsall locks before breakfast is not for the faint hearted. Others take the challenge in a different way, LaurieB will be along shortly to share his methods.
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  29. Hell's bells, it's even worse than Rolt made out, brutalist but derivative? I wonder what he would make of today's kids all sitting around in a 'spoons each engrossed in their social media world.
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  30. Definitely not the Navigation by that description!
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  33. Cleaning the windows on the toll house?
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  34. Wait a minute... We had to work really hard to make sure Dr Bob DIDN'T win anything on the BCN Challenge You've gone and upset the natural order, the fabric of the universe is at risk Richard
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  35. Boat 1: Good Times (That's my boat, but there was a stewards enquiry into if the organisers' boat counts last time, so no photo) passed on to Boat 2: Paws 4 Thought in the tender care of a slightly baffled Tony, who is going to have to explain to Admiral Pat why he has acquired a pot noodle! By amazing coincidence, Tony is going to be helping this weeks BCN Explorer Cruise through various flights of locks, and there are 20 boats taking part in that ...
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  37. L&L short boat Severn was moored a 1/4 mile upstream ... just before Yarwood's Basin where all the old boats are. Tim's former steamer Kennet was moored outside the basin and they were trying to work a pair back into there after the steam rally when I nearly crashed into them coming downstream ... I don't know which two boats I nearly hit, because they were reversing into the basin entrance and the cabins were in the narrow bit, but I'm fairly sure the steerer needed new underwear!
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  38. Mind you I don't think we would get the shopping trolley next year anyway - @cheshire~rose was talking about getting Python to enter next year, and they have a well practised crew and space to put stuff!
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  40. I would have agreed with you until we did the BCN Challenge last week. If you have never witnessed all the boats heading for the finish on the BCN mainline with 10 minutes to go, you have never seen boats "making motorway" (It's like "making road", but much faster!)
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  41. I'm not going to post a relevant comment as my post has to be approved by a moderator according to red type above this box. Is this a forum or a Tory whip blue sky seßion
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  42. Yup, me. Missed it this year, although I wouldn't have liked to commit and then pull out, which would have happened unfortunately. Well done Richard and Sue, and team, and all the contestants,.and treemonkey(just for being there) We might be on our boat, so Mrs Kathy has to come too, or we might jump aboard someone elses boat, if the best man takes the pee too much next week we might force him to get Ashdown up and down.
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  43. Good on them, though IMHO you should never pay cleaners by the hour...
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  46. Appearances can be deceptive. Scale is everything
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  48. Checked engine earth? Is it hand start? Remove the wire off the D+, little spade connection. Take a bit of wire from the D+ to a bulb, 5 or 6 watts or bigger, and from the other side of the bulb direct onto the battery + terminal ( assuming the battery is - earthed ) Start engine. Now does it work?
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