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    I live very close to a canal and I often meet the CRT guys on the CUT working when I am out for a walk, almost all the folks I have met are friendly and have a "can do will do" attitude to fixing problems and maintenance. What I do hear a lot is frustration because they are severely understaffed, they know very well what work should be done, but they don't have the resources /manpower to carry out the work. I was talking to a CRT employee a couple of weeks ago (yep, stopping him from working) and he listed around 12 priority jobs that needed doing on the 4.5 mile stretch he was working on, of those listed, the time he had been allocated for the work would allow him to fix less than a quarter of the problems, he predicted that of the problems that he couldn't fix, several could easily lead to closure and emergency repair in the very near future. so he knew full well what work needs to be done and also that he can't do it. Despite this, he was clearly trying to do the best job he could, to the point that he was waiting for a work group to turn up on their way back from another job to help him fix a problem on a lock gate he couldn't manage on his own, this was at around 5 PM, when I got back 1/2 hour later, the other gang had turned up and they were still working on the fix. The guy I spoke was chuffed he been made a permanent employee after the winter and clearly determined to do the best job he could. I only speak as I find, my thoughts are, great guys, doing the best they can in a no win situation. Whilst I have been out cruising I have come across CRT workers with contrary behaviour and attitudes, we all have good days, bad days, what I also know, is many of the CRT workers do follow the canal forums, I would not like to think we are criticizing CRT employees without proper cause, coz it' wouldn't be helping to improve attitude/motivation.
  4. 2 points
    Little Bump - How's the research going? Yes, The Caley is beautiful and unique and makes everything better; but I can't say that I'm biased in any way at all. Inverness is a little different from London but we also have quite wide locks and a huge variety of boats. https://www.scottishcanals.co.uk/canals/caledonian-canal/ https://www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/inverness/caledoniancanal/index.html
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    I float on the surface and do the duck thing - I call that swimming I do the fish thing and people call that sinking.
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    Point of Order M'Lud... Ducks don't 'swim', they float on the surface and paddle. Fish swim. Hope that clarifies things....
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    And if you lot keep whinging and whining about them they will get even worse, not that I have noticed any change in their attitude. I have noticed a change in boater's attitudes towards CRT staff though. Oh and now that the Canal and River Trust is a charity, whether you like it or not, chuggers do an important job in as much as they keep the money flowing in. If they don't do their thing the cowboy building companies will buy up the canals, fill them in and build build cardboard housing estates with garages that cannot accomodate a car on them then we will have nowhere to sail our boats. So I suggest that instead of whining about CRT staff on here give them a smile and a cheery wave even if they have got a scowl on their faces. Believe me they have every right to be scowly the way they have been shafted. Oh yeah, I am not employed by the Canal and River Trust.
  13. 1 point
    HMRC have indicated that if you make a 60/40 claim they will be unlikely to query it. Many suppliers will only take a 60/40 split because working out the different tax rates for different 'splits' appears to be too hard for them. When you buy fuel if you have no idea on 'real split' just fill the paperwork in as 60/40.
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    The Chris you are thinking of owns a boat called Bunny, or Rabbit, or something
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    It was not a fun trip on the whole for any of us, it's fair to say. I won't be discussing details, it wouldn't be right, not least because Stephen is not on the forum and Lingy told me he's been banned. Lingy did appreciate me staying on to operate the locks (and do some steering) after Stephen went home from Saddleworth, but he was angry with me over various things, and in the end dropped me off by a bridge where there was a bus stop, which turned out to have a bus 30 minutes later into Lichfield, from where I got a train to Euston, so my journey home wasn't too bad. I think I've learned a few things from my part in this trip which I'll apply in the future (plus a basic understanding of the BMC 1800 raw water cooling system!), and I won't let all the trouble put me off doing other trips as crew for strangers off the forum, it's been my first bad experience. As for the boat, it's a project boat which he's now done enough to to get it near to home where he can easily work on it, but I get the impression he has the knowledge needed to do it up and make it pretty good. I won't identify it because he may not want me to.
  16. 1 point
    It can take a lot of false starts before it locates, be patient and keep persevering.
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    So is he visiting the Vactan? Didnt now he was religious 😁
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    Sorry to hear that Peter. You give your assistance free of charge and in good faith. Like "The Biscuits , I am Happy to recommend your services. I hope Lingy gets to appreciate all that you and Steve did for him. I expect all three of you found this trip very stressful.
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    The marina is finished and lots more houses have been built. The Nevison pub is on the same side of the canal as the marina and is a 5 minute walk.
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    Five minute walk to the pub (along the road, north to Leigh). And yes, the marina is finally finished (utility block opened last month).
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    This may (or may not!) be part of the kit....
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    No, but 99 others will. Bona fide navigation is (to quote a learned friend) is temporal and not geographic, if you are having to stay around a point, (for work, or whatever) your reason for moving is simply to comply with the 'law', given the choice 'you' (not necessarily YOU) would probably prefer to not move and have an easy life. In my opinion : Those that have no geographical tie to an area can CC, those that have a geographical tie cannot - If one is prepared to cruise (lets say) 50 miles and commute into town then they could CC. This of course is not what the law states and hence the thousands of threads and millions of words on the subject.
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    no doubt some expensive QC would argue that point to distraction, rather like some of the CMers hiding behind their polemic on this thread. I will always revert to remembering those selfless folk who restored many of our best canals; that seems a reasonable test of issues like this. They certainly didn't do it to facilitate the provision of convenient housing for some, subject to compliance with 'rules' that will always be disputed by the spongers. Would they be turning in their graves when they read some of the b******x written by spongers who are trying to define and justify 'minimum requirements' in threads like this? Just out of interest, what do such folk bring to the party? Do they do voluntary work to help maintain their favourite part of the network? In my experience the only thing they are interested in is finding, and then sitting on a convenient place somewhere on the bank of the canal. We have a similar situation with camper vans and other wheeled residences continuously parked on residential streets and parks in our city, to the detriment of the otherwise pleasant environment and the amenities enjoyed by tax-paying residents. If these situations are the consequence of the so-called 'housing shortage' then so be it, but that does not justify these actions. On the other hand, I would observe that most of the folk involved do it because they believe that they enjoy the lifestyle, like the hippies of the 60/70's.
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    Firstly the old carpet is probably falling to bits due to UV stabilisation no longer working from age, so the disintegration is only gonna get worse, sealed or not. Secondly, the sheer volume of paint/pva/whatever needed to soak all the way in/through to saturate and lock up the fibres in the carpet backing makes it a non starter in my opinion. Best is to bite the bullet and remove it but if you cant face that, encapuslate it to contain all future disintegration by covering it with new plywood screwed in place through the old carpet into the original backing board at about 8” centres all over. Then finish the new ply in paint, carpet or whatever you think looks good
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    Whilst wiring a 96 pin DPD connector I also forgot to put the backshell on , slid it down 100m of multicore cable. Did other end, I did the same again, what to do? Needed tails for monitor desk so cut 5m off end and sorted it all out. Company never noticed that one of their multicores was 5m short! Age was not an excuse I was only 30!
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    I agree with the above. However nasty a job I really think you need to remove the old carpet first. Painting it with a really dilute PVA solution first (and letting that dry) might help to stabilise it somewhat and make the job a little less messy and dusty.
  32. 1 point
    Yes!, for the sake of historic correctness the aqueduct should be replaced with a wide one, and at the same time all those wide locks on Hatton flight need to be demolished and the old narrow locks re-instated. ...............Dave
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    I don't think that coordinated CMing is impossible, I just think it is unlikely and unnecessary to ensure a mooring, and it doesn't fit with what I've personally observed. There are many things that are possible that don't happen. The premise is that a significant enough portion of the boaters in London are doing coordinated CMing that it changes the character of boating in London. I'm not claiming that it doesn't happen at all, just that it doesn't happen at nearly the scale boaters who avoid London entirely are claiming. Like @Dave123 says, these are different issues. There are many occassions where such a boat moving service would be legitimate. Does CCing imply that you can never be off your boat? Indeed I myself had a boat sitter when we went on holiday, who moved our boat and stayed on it to ensure security. Though having a permanent arrangement where you have someone move your boat so you can live undisturbed by any actual BOATING is pretty ridiculous. The comments on that "boater"'s facebook post are mostly of disgust, I doubt this is an acceptable or common thing that people do long term in London. Clearly it happens, but I don't think this person represents anywhere near the majority of CCers. I'm a little confused by this. When you say "a certain range" what do you mean? What, in your view, is an acceptable cruising pattern, or an acceptable range and how does it differ from the common interpretation of CaRT's acceptable cruising pattern? You mention that you "regret the many extra restrictions and stricter enforcement". Are you saying that you'd like to occassionally cruise less than the stipulated minimum? Or simply that you regret that CaRT has to waste money monitoring this? As I understand it, CCers are expected to move at least a mile every fortnight, which works out to be at least 26 miles a year. If all boaters are moving randomly (i.e. not coordinating) I'm not sure that this is a small enough range to form a "thriving community". So really any thriving community is likely to be in breach of their licenses. Personally I think the current rules are sufficient and reasonable to allow boaters fair access to the waterways, and if anything, CaRT should come down harder on those that don't follow them. I also regret that people don't follow the rules and that we have to waste our license money policing them, but it's not fair to blame CCers in general for this rather than the ones who don't abide by the simple and minimal rules.
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    Not of interest to many, but it will be for those with outboard or 'drive-legs' on their boats. No connection, but having had said boats I do understand the problems of canal-speed handling with an outboard. The theory looks good and better than a huge 'flap' attached to the outboard leg. Improved low speed handling & steering : Outboard Steering Improved.pdf
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    Ha! You're hooked. But shush! Don't want it to become Kennet and Roch up here. T'wolves feed Boilermen to their whelps, alive and wriggling. You're OK, you have a wolf of your own.
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    I’m amazed you stuck it out that long. You may have been well advised not to even start once it was clear you weren’t going to be directly assisting the owner as per the invitation. JP
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    So . . . let's make horses compulsory and introduce a new set of rules that restrict the amount of waste output. Oh, I forgot, animals are one of the greatest sources of pollution. Perhaps we will have to go back to bow hauling, that should fix the obesity problem. I put my faith in the power of road transport lobbies - if electric traction is made possible for trucks that routinely cover several hundred miles a day, I bet (as with the existing marinised truck engines in most canal boats) there will be a solution for us as well. But I doubt that it will involve solar panels on truck roofs . . .
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    Did he expect that? I don’t know and I don’t think it’s the relevant point. The navigation authority identified a failure to maintain the canal to the required dimensions and put it right. That’s what should happen. This wasn’t the only, or the first, boat to be restricted by this particular bridge. If this boat is 14’ wide at the gunwale then it navigates at the owners risk and should it get stuck on a piece of infrastructure that complies with the minimum craft dimensions then there will be no obligation on the part of CRT to take action and I very much doubt that they would. JP
  41. 1 point
    Thanks for all the positive responses. You've made me feel a lot better. Not sure though that I'm entirely happy that its just me!!
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    Like many others it seems, my impression of CRT staff has been very positive (nine times out of ten, anyway). Somebody has mentioned a 'can do' attitude, which sounds about right to me. Over the years I've not only had all sorts of timely help from staff in terms of letting water down, operating a problematic lock etc., but several instances of 'above and beyond' assistance such as fetching us a can of petrol when we ran out, a bottle of gas another time, even an area manager driving to our boat to return a set of keys left in the services block.
  43. 1 point
    The CRT chap that came out to us at about 8.30 pm on Monday evening when we were stuck half way down the Rochdale 9 was very helpful, and got us on our way again. We liked his cheerful manner and his willingness to get the problem sorted. We also appreciate that CRT have such people available to help out and solve problems, and not just during normal working hours.
  44. 1 point
    I've never encountered a rude BW/CRT employee in 18 years & I don't think I've ever been aware of an obviously lazy one either. Has something happened to provoke the OPs feelings I wonder?
  45. 1 point
    When I reported the knackered stop lock on the Macc (damaged by a boater, mind you, not a CRT employee) it was fixed within hours by a cheerful couple of guys, who also checked and improved various other bits of it. Last one I saw down there had just walked a mile down from the workboat (with tools) as someone had said the byewash was blocked. Generally I've always found them, and BW before, to be pretty dedicated. The problems are higher up, not with yer actual workers, and always have been. And, anyone doing hard physical work out of doors needs the odd break and a cup tea and a chat. I guess the OP has never done any (assuming that he was trying to denigrate CRT employees, which as has been pointed out, he actually failed to do).
  46. 1 point
    Getting an organic adhesive (polyurethane is typically used for bonding windscreens in cars) to stick to a smooth glossy glassy surface really needs an activator/primer for a long life bond. If you don’t use the activator/primer then you will get a good bond for a few years and then it will get progressively weaker. Having done some work with a car sunroof manufacturer I would recommend a pu system including the activator/primer if you want more than 10 years life. The glass primer is not the same as the metal primer, they do different jobs, and you do need both for the best bond.
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    Not all of them - some are doing a cruise, they just can't get away much. But I suspect they're in a minority. It's only annoying, as I said, if they pick the best or only spots to leave the boat. Otherwise, no, it isn't that prevalent and, like most of the stuff that people get hot under the collar about, it really isn't very important. I don't understand how anyone could abandon the tub and only check it fortnightly either. I'd at last leave a number in the window where I could be contacted if someone spotted a problem - unless of course one wouldn't want to be contacted by someone, such as CRT. And the only reason I now live in a house rather than the boat still is because I play (and have earned money for most of my life from) thirteen different instruments and own twenty thousand books, and I can't fit them all on a forty foot tub. And my wife won;t live on it because she can't work out how to play the double bass on it either.
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    I'm not sure how you can possibly get the impression of how often or how far they were going from seeing them once. This is a clear example of the bias against anyone boating in London, whether CCing or not. For all @Tony Brooks knows, these boaters in these "convoys" may have never met each other, and may be heading back to their home mooring. Besides, so what? As long as they weren't overstaying their 14 day mooring (again, whether this is the case you have absolutely no idea) and as long as they were ranging far enough over the course of the year, why do you have a problem with their changing places? Can you please explain what nuisance continuous cruisers are causing you? You have paid mooring fees (of your own free will, I presume) and had the benefit of a shore hookup, etc. You also had the option to CC available to you, but I imagine you wanted the comfort of a marina or to not have to cruise throughout every month of the year or wanted to be close to a place of residence, work or home, apart from cruising holidays. Why you are resenting people for making the choice you did not? Personally I have absolutely no interest in a home mooring. I bought a boat precisely because I don't want to live in the same place all the time. As much as I love the waterways, a large part of the joy of continous cruising is being able to stop in a new area and explore it for a week or two. I'd not want to cruise every day even if I had all the time and money in the world (which I certainly don't). I'd also not want a home mooring regardless of how cheap it was, because I have no use for one. However, if CaRT were to take away CC licenses, I'd rent the cheapest mooring in the country and never, ever go there. I'd still cruise weekly(ish) for a couple of hours at a time, staying in visitors moorings for less than the 7 or 14 day maximum that is specified. Would this still cause you the nuisance? Which is the more disingenuous option for my cruising pattern - a CC license or a mooring I never visit? Or am I not welcome on the cut at all with my cruising pattern, no matter what or how I pay for it? Is there a problem with abandoned old boats? I have seen one or two sunken (and some floating) wrecks but it isn't my impression that removal of these boats is a significant cost to CaRT. The CC license has been around for many, many years, and if boats ended up abandoned we'd surely see a lot of this around already. Do CaRT publicise what they end up spending our license/mooring fees on? My impression is that the primary problem with Continuous Moorers is that they occupy visitor mooring spots that then cannot be used by those genuinely visiting an area. What other issues are there? I am not aware of other issues like abandoned boats. I'm confused by this - showing that you have a "proper mooring" (presumably, a rented permanent mooring) is already a license option, so you are actually just suggesting doing away with the CC license entirely, or am I misunderstanding you? Or, are you suggesting a month-to-month license until you have built up a years' worth of acceptable continuous cruising before you're allowed an annual CC license? If so, I'm not sure how much this will help unless the requirements are also changed, as most CCers have no problem getting their annual licenses renewed. I'm also confused by this. Let's say I am exploring the country, going from Bristol to York (around 400 miles). I do 15 miles every two weeks over the course of 12 months, but for 13 days of the fortnight I'm moored up and seeing the local sights. This doesn't constitute "cruising" in your view? Someone on a voyage like this would have clearly no use for a home mooring. Would renting a home mooring in Bristol, say, make this journey more acceptable to you? Or is this cruising pattern unacceptable no matter how much the person pays nor what they pay it for? People who rent a mooring still go cruising and still have to abide by the 14/7/2 day (or whatever) mooring limitations. People who are continuously cruising are exactly the same, except they do this year round and don't ever return to a "home mooring". Those that pay for a home mooring resent those who don't, based on the fact that a small proportion of continuous cruisers don't abide by the requirements OR because they feel that the requirements are not strict enough. It seems to me to really come down to the haves looking down on the have nots.
  49. 1 point
    Everything should involve Biscuits
  50. 1 point
    Lol very true. Can be summarised in the following universal boating rule: "The ease of any given manoeuvre is inversely proportional to the number of people watching."
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