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  1. 3 points
    And I though that the loop was to pass the rope through so that when the pin pulled out from the ground you didn't lose it in the cut
  2. 3 points
    Long story short. My old Land Rover got nicked, got found half trashed, written off, bought back from insurance, so was looking for a cheap running tow car. Went all over looking for an old but running Discovery and kept missing some good ones. Yesterday, saw one on gumtree, turned out to be maybe 100 yards from my parents' house, a guy who's lived there for probably 3 decades and my parents' age. My dad knows him to say hello on the dog walk. Chatting away while we're looking over the car, another one of their neighbours stops, starts talking about the canals and it turned out that the guy selling the car was brought up in a canal worker's cottage on the Rochdale. His dad worked on the stretch all his life. Bought the car. I think the word for today is serendipitous!
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    Yes we do or they will continue to be “cycling like an idiot”. That said, we have laws about zebra crossings and traffic lights which too many cyclists ignore.
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  7. 2 points
    I can boil an egg without burning it. AND been on several vacuum cleaner courses. Glad you've learnt how to spell Hoover correctly.
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  9. 1 point
    Extracts - full article https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2019/jul/27/on-roads-cyclists-are-vulnerable-but-on-towpaths-theyre-the-menace On roads, cyclists are vulnerable – but on towpaths they're the menace The use of Britain’s narrow canal towpaths as cycling commuter routes is not sustainable. It’s time to ban bikes at peak timesA tipping point has been reached, the volume of cyclists exceeding the capacity of paths built during the industrial revolution for horses to slowly tow boats laden with goods. The issue now requires political intervention, a recognition that using canals as key cycling commuter routes is not sustainable. Many of the UK’s towpaths are narrow and cannot be widened; separating cyclists from pedestrians is not possible. Proposals such as speed gates and painting 3D “sleeping policemen” on the towpath, infrastructure modifications borrowed from roads, are not long term solutions. Nor is distributing leaflets enforcing cycling etiquette which, although well meaning, offers no evidence that it will influence mass behaviour. The Canal & River Trust’s messaging that cyclists should give way to pedestrians as the more vulnerable party is only selectively obeyed. Prohibiting cycling on canals during peak times should be trialled and enforced with on-the-spot fines. The move would be easily policed, as the structure of canals means cyclists cannot avoid checkpoints. Fines should be invested directly into fundraising alternative, safe cycling routes on the road network. Fundamentally, canals need to be reclaimed as places of contemplation – greenways that are quickly accessible to huge tracts of the UK’s urban population. Not long ago canals served a purpose for cyclists, a traffic-free route through cities still in thrall to the internal combustion engine. But the rise in numbers and demands of a cleaner city mean their purpose for cycling has been outgrown. Their value needs to be reappraised. These ancient routes, a retreat from the frantic hubbub of the streets above, are too important to sacrifice.
  10. 1 point
    There's nothing like a reliable and accurate newspaper article, and that's nothing like one.
  11. 1 point
    You're not moored next to @LadyG by any chance? ?
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    No the context is irrelevant to the OP's question. It's not up to you or me to decide whether the OP's perception of the service they received from RCR was correct or incorrect, just as it's not up to us to decide whether Athy's perception of his experience was right or wrong. They were the customers and it was their money so it's their perception that counts. I don't like shopping in Tescos or the taste of Mars Bars but lots of other people do. Who's right? The OP asked for alternatives, it's as simple as that. If those options are limited then the OP can decide for him/herself what to do.
  15. 1 point
    I can't help but feel calling something a cycle track or cycle way makes some cyclists think it is for them alone.
  16. 1 point
    For a bit of balance, I have been hit by a cyclist on the towpath. Was pushing my own bike through Woodley tunnel, with its light flashing. MAMIL on expensive bike comes ploughing through in the darkness. Bit of a tangled mess. His other half comes through at a much more sedate pace and bollocked him in the darkness. Quite surreal. Nobody hurt. But this is the kind of person who would pay any licence, any insurance to cycle like an idiot. In the same way that lots would choose to ignore any licence requirement or towpath ban. The scumbags at both ends will ignore all the rules and make the decent people suffer.
  17. 1 point
    On a towpath, a cyclist should be down to no more than walking speed before passing, unless say someone has stopped to let them past, and everyone is quite clear about things, Holding cyclists to account for their actions is perfectly correct but banning them from the towpath isn't the answer. It is one of the few places that offers gentle cycling for mixed ages along good stretches.
  18. 1 point
    The loop is there to stop the tennis ball going too far down.
  19. 1 point
    Probably the one who is fed up with cyclists coming towards them at speed ringing their bell for you to get out of their way.
  20. 1 point
    Classic quote from Dick Whittington: Alice (at the ball): 10 o’clock and still no sign of Dick!
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  24. 1 point
    So what exactly is the right way to take... On second thoughts...
  25. 1 point
    A bit personal Mike, a bit personal. I've met a few Dicks that could take that the wrong way!!
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  28. 1 point
    and if you are correct then the contact rating may make switching an immersion heater "interesting".......... as in the contacts may now be cinders.
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  31. 1 point
    Or - even worse, some might consider that 7 foot width is a 'normal' boat !!
  32. 1 point
    I need to file off the burrs that have been created over the years.
  33. 1 point
    Ya have to bring a bit of serious boating in to the discussion every now and then else people might think a " Big woolwich " is actualy a big boat
  34. 1 point
    Another possibilty, I have often see people tied to just the welded eye near the top of the mooring pin, without passing the rope around the pin. This weld can easily break (especially if it has been hit with a hammer on a few occasions) with just the gentlest of pulls on the rope. In fact most of my pins are old ones that people have thrown away after they have broken in this way, because they can't use them any more.
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    I don't think the OP is under any obligation to justify exactly why they aren't satisfied with RCR or relate details of their experience to this forum. If you're all happy with the service you've received from RCR that's all well and good, but it almost sounds like some people here are telling the OP that they should be satisfied when clearly they're not. The OP was simply asking if there are any alternatives. Personally I don't bother with RCR. I carry lots of spares and will attempt any repairs myself, but I guess it depends on your abilities and your boat; how old and what sort of condition it's in, access to the engine, etc. But that's my alternative.
  37. 1 point
    I have called RCR twice in my 10 years or so of boat ownership. The first time it was an unmitigated disaster but they did compensate me, to my complete satisfaction, for that. The second time they came out it was a brilliant success and experience. As said it depends on who comes out to you. They do have their problems I suppose, especially considering where their mechanics have to go and work, the conditions they they might have to put up with and the, normally, complete inaccessability of some of the stuff they have to work on but anyone else would have those same problems where boats are concerned. I'm still with them and likely to stay with them for the foreseeable future.
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  39. 1 point
    In appreciation of the bread you gave them earlier they are surveying the hull for you. Don't forget to ask thrm for a written condition report. ?
  40. 1 point
    Called them out twice brilliant service of them both times ?
  41. 1 point
    The first national census was taken in 1801 no names purely numerical to ascertain what the population was. The 1811,1821 and 1831 were also just numerical 1841 did give names ages and occupation and if born in the county enumerated in and no family connections ie husband , wife and so on. The 1795 Boat Registers where taken in counties where there were canals these are held in local county record offices if they have survived.
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  44. 1 point
    Ive ridden and boated it. I found the natives friendly but virtually impossible to understand ( and i went to school for seven years only 2 miles away) we rode the towpath on the tandem, as part of a ride taking in the erewash the nottingham and the cranfleet cut. We expected abuse but instead the locals were great helping lift the bloody great thing round the anti motorbike barriers. we were wearing australian tops that may have helped , and i said crikey and strewth a lot.
  45. 1 point
    No connection with this thread at all. But can I just say, great isn't it. All those years have passed and memory can be dug out from the archives with a simple comment.
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  47. 1 point
    A few years ago we arrived at the canal swing bridge to find it open for the ship canal. No big ships in sight and then the hi vis mob swarmed and the bridge started to close but didn’t quite. Lots of hi vis guys scratching heads then two appeared with big sledge hammers brayed the Life out of something. Bridge then swung to open to the ship canal and back again this time all the way so we dashed across whilst the going was good. Seemed to be a fairly practiced operation but I didn’t fancy being stuck so didn’t wait to see what happened next... also didn’t want swmbo going back into the Trafford centre with the credit card - won’t make that mistake again....
  48. 1 point
    Please bare with this, I think it is relevant. A little example of so called marine engineer's/fitters on the cut. My Bukh has always smoked a bit at low speed like when passing moored boats and is much worse after a prolonged period of idling. When I first got the boat I had the injectors overhauled and it made no difference. Then I changed the valve stem oil seals and checked the stems for wear. Again no difference so I had a chat with TW Marine, the Bukh inland specialists who told me that when the DV36 started to be fitted in canal boats the smoking became apparent and Bukh had spent a long time in the UK trying various injection pressures and injection timing to cure it, all without success. They/Viking afloat also converted the water jacketed exhaust manifold to a dry one to try to raise the exhaust temperature. Again without success. Now I have known for far too long that despite their advant6ages direct injection engines can smoke a bit at low speed and power because of lack of turbulence in the cylinders. Modern designs are far better because of computer modelling of air flow and combustion. This is why most of our marinised engines use indirect injection. As the engine has all but zero oil consumption and starts very easily from cold (as a direct injected engine should) I took TW Marine's advice and happily live with it. On Thursday a walker on the towpath started coughing loudly and told me the engine was smoking badly, it was not, it was more of a haze and he was very insistent it was smoking badly so I started to explain that for the DV36 such smoke was to be expected. He denied this, told me he was a marine engineer (which I very much doubt because proper marine engineers would normally have a degree and work on real ships) and I needed the injectors done. I told him they had been and not made no difference, he countered that it needed valve stem oil seals so I again told him they had been done and it made no difference. The he said it needed the head off to grind the valves. At that I gave up. I believe he was touting for business trying to scare gullible boaters and I very much doubt he held any qualifications in small diesel engine maintenance. Now the point of this post is that 70 liveboard is totally relying upon unknown third parties to ensure a safe installation of said frame generator and if the OP happened to pick the chap above I have the gravest of doubts the installation would be anything but a bodge and there for likely unsafe. I still think the poster has and keeps giving very poor advice that is best ignored.
  49. 0 points
    ? It would in effect be an ( Old Boris ) he is a fair bit younger than me and a hell of a lot younger than you
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