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  1. 6 points
    I've seen it so many times. A young person joins, hoping for a bit of help and advice and then is shot down in flames, accused of being a snowflake, eating quinoa, spending all their money on Starbucks coffee rather than working for a living. It's dreadful to see youngsters chased off again and again. Yes they may be naive, but that's what's being older should be about, teaching rather than deriding and alienating. I applaud the OP - if you can find a way of living the canal life without waiting till you retire - well done you. Go for it and ignore the nastiness please. There are some good folk on here that will help and support you, you just have to shut out the vitriole, a lot of which is born of jealousy - wouldn't we all love to be young again xxx
  2. 5 points
    Give the lads a chance. This I made in the 1960's when I was a wee lad. Ended up getting 30 million viewers a week. Bet YouTuberds would like those hits.
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  4. 4 points
    You're not keeping up. Its the presumption that the aggro generated in that section spills over into the other 'main stream' parts of the forum and that drives valued peeps away. I originally voted for a political section as I thought it would focus all the nasty stuff in there and I could ignore it. It hasnt quite worked that way. The vote was also at the height of the Brexit debate and there was no getting away from that discussion so I think most peeps thought it would be a good idea to have a political section. Brexit is now over but unfortunately the 'left' and the 'right' are now well known and thus the ongoing sniping from either side. I am not sure how you will ever get round that now other than individuals learning to control how they respond to others.
  5. 4 points
    Oh dear... we both have jobs, i'm a freelance web designer and Jack is an accountant, we are very self sufficient thank you very much. We own our narrowboat out right and didn't take out a loan or finance. So that is about the best reply you will possibly get, don't judge a book by the cover in the future.
  6. 4 points
    Then don’t look then it won’t matter 😎
  7. 4 points
    Some people just cannot help themselves. Well thats probably another potential member dispatched. Well done guys. Feel proud.
  8. 3 points
    Theres no lesser and greater with those two, the entrenched views of both sides are as bad as each other and absolutely awful for the country and society as a whole.
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  10. 3 points
    I won't comment on price. However, you say you want to make it more 'open plan, removing cupboards...'. Before you do that, I suggest that you pack up everything you need for a few weeks aboard (I'm guess you aren't intending to live aboard). Clothes, food, tools, bedding, towels, toilet paper, cleaning stuff; everything you would want. Everything. Now put it all away in the boat. If there is spare storage, then think about removing it.
  11. 3 points
    Good luck with your venture. some of the sour replies are from people with masses of experience, such as my self with over thirty years living and cruising the system so people with no idea coming on the forum sometimes raises the hackles. you tube is full of newbie boaters producing very poor and often incorrect content so please get someone on board who has some experience and it may even be worth watching
  12. 2 points
    Following an incensed outburst of mine last night which has rightly been removed by the moderators, I thought I'd post my reply in the hope that this might prompt a calmer discussion about what I feel is becoming an increasing problem on CWDF. This used to be a friendly place for boaters new and old to ask questions and get answers, and a mine of knowledge about the history of the canals and the boats on them. It's moving towards somewhere much less friendly, where anything that challenges the entrenched views of some results in a shower of criticism which often rapidly descends into schadenfreude and personal abuse -- playing the man, not the ball. And I'm not going to mince words here, it's also clear that most of this comes from a few people who are effectively poisoning the atmosphere on the forum. I'm not so concerned about myself -- I'm a big boy, I can normally take robust argument and even insults without throwing a hissy fit, though recent events explain why I finally blew my top this time. I can deal with this trend by blocking people I find obnoxious, and of course they can do the same to me if they want to. My worry is about the loss to CWDF of both experienced posters and new members due to the way that discussions and in particular personal comments on posts seem to be going. Am I the only one who thinks this is a problem? If not, it would be a shame to see CWDF go the way some other forums have done and die slowly while becoming an angry echo chamber 😞 Dear Athy I do apologise for this, I was just incensed at some of the personal comments on the thread and boiled over after a couple of beers. There seem to be more and more cases recently of people using personal abuse rather than reasoned discussion to try and "win" what they see as an argument (on many subjects) where they're in the right, and where anyone daring to disagree is obviously morally corrupt and therefore ripe for abuse -- and having spent some time looking back over various threads where this has happened, it's obvious that this mostly comes from a small number of people, I'm sure you know who they are as well as I do (because I've blocked many of them). I can't help feeling that this has not only driven some knowledgeable and experienced posters away from CWDF but is putting off new people joining when their first post is shot down on flames for one reason or another -- and there's even sometimes crowing on the lines of "hah, we taught them a lesson, we've had the last word", which I suspect sadly means they've given up in disgust and gone elsewhere. Which is a shame because there's still a huge amount of knowledge and experience which helpful people on the forum are happy to impart, and people leaving reduce this pool (if they're experienced) or lose access to it (if they're new). CWDF didn't use to be like this when I joined back in 2012, it was friendlier and less combative and abusive. Things seemed to take a turn for the worse before/during/after the Brexit referendum, and have done so again since Covid-19 hit -- maybe the first is a symptom of increased "us and them" division in the country, maybe the second is because some people have more time on their hands to angrily hammer away at a keyboard and tell other people how wrong they are. It would be a shame if this continues, because it could be the start of a long slippery slope with CWDF ending up as a small number of angry people shouting into an otherwise empty echo chamber, who think they've "won" because nobody answers back. I've seen this happen with other Internet forums and discussion groups over the years, and I really hope it doesn't happen to CWDF. Best wishes Ian
  13. 2 points
    And I think that is a major mistake. It may not look like it from my previous posts but I would like if you could succeed however I do still have a general issue with the notion of requesting subscribers to channels which have yet to produce content. Once content is available then, and only then, would I consider subscribing.
  14. 2 points
    A woolly photo shows our hotel-barge Luciole heading northwards down the Canal du Nivernais in the vicinity of Cravant. In the background, LH side, may be glimpsed one of the caverns in the hillside, limestone quarries cut centuries ago. In one, today, fine sparkling wine is produced. In the cave that is pictured, a French aviation company set up in business, only to find the premises taken over by the German forces of occupation. Here, safe from Allied bombing, Focke-Wolfe 190 fighter aircraft were repaired by a workforce of prisoners, local employees and, at one stage, 200 Russian women - there was an extensive White Russian contingent in the German army units hereabouts. Damaged aircraft arrived by rail and, three times a month by barge, unloading at a quayside nearby. Restored planes took off from the grass airstrip that still survives beside the canal on the western side. This was a large-scale business - when the Germans left 20 fuselages and 150 wing sets remained.
  15. 2 points
    Yes, but how do you get work? You do a bit of publicity, just like wot the OP has done, and hope you catch some interest. Entertainment isn't like plumbing, however. As a musician, I might cold call a hundred pubs to see if anyone wants my kind of band. If they do, off I go. I'll get paid for the job even if the pub's empty. But no audience, no second gig, which is what you want, because then it's an income stream instead of a one off. So as an entertainer it's important to get your audience lined up first, before you produce your content. No audience, no second gig, however good your content. So that's what, I think, the OP is doing. .
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  17. 2 points
    I'm getting the impression you're not a fan of this sort of thing? But why don't you tell us what you really think? 😂
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  19. 2 points
    Please read some of the first boat or first time boater threads here. Then buy a used boat, not a new one. Plenty of time to buy your ideal new boat after you learn what you want on an older one. Just a comment from experience, not a criticism.
  20. 2 points
    i dont see what harm floating abt britain will do any one. good luck too you both they have put it out there thats all ,eithier follow it or dont wheres the problem welcome to canalworld .you will soon get the jist of it .thats if you ever come back
  21. 2 points
    Jack is an accountant and can work from home or at his mums office if he wishes to do so, im a freelance web designer so I also can work from the boat or the middle of a field. Don't worry, we are not put off at all, we only listen to wise people with half a decent thing to say!
  22. 2 points
    I think some people do not realise that 'subscribe' in YouTube' parlance does not mean spending anything or sending anybody any money. It's essentially the same as following somebody on Twitter. You just get notified when they post something. The OP is not seeking any funds.
  23. 2 points
    So, in the hope that the OP is still around, despite some of the responses: You appear to be two people fairly new to living on the canals and are intending to document your experiences in a way that may be of interest to others. At the present, there is growing interest in this subject, as can be seen from the number of different approaches taken by others - it is still a fairly new market and you will do well if you can create good quality material in an innovative way. Over time, the market will mature and some approaches will survive better than others. The only way to find out is to put your toe into the water (as it were) and be prepared to be honest about the reactions you receive. As I am sure you have already discovered, the canal market is desperately seeking (notably CaRT) to make itself relevant to a younger customer base, one which the older generation, that currently tend to inhabit in places such as this, may not fully understand. The present community element of the canals is now very different from what it was only a couple of decades ago (perhaps even shorter timescale in places where a non-moving liveaboard lifestyle has developed). We need to reinvent ourselves in every generation and those prepared to put their best efforts into enabling that are to be wholeheartedly welcomed. Of course, this market is no different from many others in that quality and economics will drive success but both of those have to be developed and learned the hard way. Also, sometimes niches arise just because someone has had an idea that is new and which catches particular imaginations. If you are still listening to this thread then congratulations! You have at least passed the first test of persistence when the naysayers come out of the woodwork. You may well succeed - some do and some don't but unless we are all prepared to give things a go then life will never move on, more often than not becoming a better place in the process. As with any business, do your homework. If you aim to make money, even a living, then be ruthless with your business plan, always assuming that disaster (eg COVID-19) lives unexpectedly around the corner but yet still believing in what you want to do. Accept criticism - it may well help you towards a better product/service - but don't let it control you. (Some of them are just jealous of your enthusiasm, having lost theirs a long time ago) Best wishes and do drop in here, especially when you have something for us to see.
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  25. 2 points
    Having a bit of a hard time is good training. If they can be put off by a few adverse comments from here, I'm not sure they'll survive what they want to do.
  26. 2 points
    Perhaps we should have another referendum? :tonguefirmlyincheek:
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  28. 2 points
    Hope you got it sorted, sorry I can’t offer any practical advice. But let me say that it was a pleasure encountering you and your family on t’cut. Jeff (who has been a bit up and down with his mood recently) repeatedly commented on how nice everyone was.
  29. 2 points
    In my experience, the interestingness of short conversations at locks is wholly uncorrelated to the quality of the boat - people in the least sophisticated vessels can have at least as much to offer as those in the most sophisticated, and sometimes much more! (Or may be in need of my conversation) To me, that levelling aspect of the canal life is one of its major attractions. In then, we are all just boaters!
  30. 2 points
    This will be our 13th year on the Fossdyke and Witham and I can't say that we have really noticed that much has changed with the condition of the waterway and infrastructure. It is shallow and weedy, but nothing has changed there. Stamp End Lock is temperamental but it has been since we started boating there, same for the leaky lock gates at Bardney, they still leak. The one thing that has changed and really needs nipping in the bud is the sheer number of non compliant CCers. Moorings are in short supply on the Witham at the best of times so to have them littered with the same boats week in week out is particularly galling.
  31. 2 points
    And the trouble with the temp jobs was that you did a couple of weeks labouring or whatever and then spent six weeks trying to sort your benefits out again, without any money. Those days, the queue at the Labour in York was out of the building and down the street. With zero hours jobs and Universal Credit, I don't think anything's improved much, and applaud anyone trying to make a living for themselves by carving out their own little niche. You don't get rich, but maybe you get happy instead, and get to eat as well.
  32. 2 points
    Strewth. What was it the other day that was being said about cwdf being welcoming to new posters? Oh yes it welcomes them.......joke. The title of the thread is 'Support if you can'. If you for whatever reason you freel you cannot then dont. Simple.
  33. 2 points
    Very few of us were deliberately off work. I had a lovely time in York living on the dole and playing music, but there was no work available. Same for years in Lincoln till I conned my way into a job that didn't really want me as I was overqualified for it. But when you are stuck in a place for one reason or another and unable to find work you might as well do something creative at the same time. If you deliberately avoid jobs, the dole tends to stop rather abruptly. And YTS was a crap system for employers to get work done on the cheap. Rarely any training and the kids got treated like dirt.
  34. 2 points
    And if this one does work and the minister hauls CRT over the coals we might end up with Serco or Capita running the system instead! The specific remedy for failure to perform is to sack all the trustees and senior management and appoint new ones of the minister's choice. Be careful what you wish for ...
  35. 2 points
    Never said I was posh. Middle class, I am, slap in the middle. But the people reading petitions are, or think they are. And I no there was a speeling mistook, I hate writing on tablets, but then I'm not trying to get a Government to listen to me, to think I might actually know what I'm talking about, and care enough to bother about presentation. There are a million petitions out there. If a single one has had any effect apart from soothing the ego of them wot wrote it, I'll be much surprised. They're just a slightly louder way of doing nothing, that's all.
  36. 2 points
    Can't see the point. The problem isn't CRT, it's the lack of government funding. And if anyone thinks there's a few billion quid going spare to fix up the canals they're barmy. We're heading for a whacking great recession. Being picky, it's always advisable, if you're trying to get posh people to read your petition, to get the grammar and the spelling right,cos, like it or not, thry won't pay you any attention otherwise.
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  39. 1 point
    That vote was, I think, when we didn't have a political section and I don't suppose many of us realised how having politics allowed would affect the tone of CWDF . I wonder if a vote was taken now what the result would be? haggis
  40. 1 point
    You've seen Arthur's boat too, then? Only "probably"?
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  42. 1 point
    It’s marginally better than whinging here and doing bugger all though. To be fair, I suspect some of the old boys (and girls) on here did take an active interest and played their part in the past, however being negative isn’t exactly going to inspire the youngsters here is it?
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  45. 1 point
    You seem to be 'backed up into corner' and there is a lot of rubbish (grass, weeds, slime) around the back of the boat and your 'water pick-up', can you pull it forward a bit and / or clear some of the rubbish out of the water. If your filter gets blocked and you are running 'dry' you'll be back to fitting a new impeller.
  46. 1 point
    The dole is/was for people trying hard and being unable to find a job, not for lazy boat building scammers. Your time should have been spent looking for work, its nowt to bragg about. Nowt wrong with living off saved money but drawing dole and tossing it off is not cricket.
  47. 1 point
    Not another sponging poncing boater who thinks they are going to make a living doing nothing like a lot of young kids on narrowboats. “I’ll start a Youtube channel and be an overnight sensation” Go and get a job and work until you have earned enough money to be self sufficient . What’s next Patreon donations? Far too many young kids and couples basically begging to support their lifestyle on the canals through Youtube. Go and get a job and support yourself. Another pair of the Snowflake generation who do not want to work and want everyone to do everything for them. How old are you two and what have you done to support your self’s?
  48. 1 point
    But they are handed ............................................................ depending which way up you hold them
  49. 1 point
    Some years ago with our first boat a Chrighton narrow 32ft cruiser we exited onto the Trent from Keadby taking it steady as it was our first time on the Trent a Gin palace shot past us digging a big hole in the water and causing us to bob and sway about violently depite turning accross their wake. Not very impressed we arrived at Torksey just in time to see him go through the lock. on our way to Lincon we saw them havinf a BBQ at Saxilby going past at low revs I made a loud remark about hurry up merchants causing fear and inconvieiance to other craft on the river. Some time later I had a nice letter from him saying he was very sorry and as a member of the Stawbury island boat club they tried to be considerate of other boaters.
  50. 1 point
    I used to fill my rainwater butt at home via a vertical length of small gauge plastic water pipe - forever blocking at the top with cr@p! Too high to reach without stepladders. Pop to your friendly neighbourhood curtain shop and get yourself a suitable length of plastic covered curtain wire and keep it coiled up in your oddments box. Most of the time you should be able to clear blockages with a bit of aggressive poking. Maybe leave one end of the wire fairly rough and you can screw that end into an obstruction (assuming it is just leaves or general crud) by turning the free end. Also useful for clearing blocked sinks and similar.
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