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  1. A snotty shiny boater just gave me and my boat the right stink eye, then came over with a look on his face like someone was holding a turd under his nose and asked if I was staying long. I told him I'll stay as long as I like. If you're one of these types, I hope your area gets invaded by a horde of real hardcore water gyppos from London who are A LOT less polite and quiet than I am! Thanks for reading. Isobel.
    7 points
  2. I don't think I have - I don't even know where she lives.
    5 points
  3. After years of hearing about all these unlicensed boats.....on our trip North along the Leicester Line and River Soar, taking in the Market Harborough Arm as well, we just enjoyed our boating, laughed at lots, said hello to lots, and had a jolly good time. CRT have licence checkers, License Support Officers, Waterways Chaplains...and probably Free Licence Giver-Outer Managers to deal with the 4% nationally that dont have one for whatever reason.
    5 points
  4. Years ago I was riding my old 650 Triumph Thunderbird along a country lane, a lane I knew well, summer, shirt sleaves, no helmet, breezing along, approaching at high speed a very sharp left hand bend which I'd forgotten about. No chance of braking for it in time. luckily there was only a ditch between the road and a cabbage field, so I braced myself, kept straight on, jumped the ditch and crashed in amongst the cabbages, a cabbage amongst the cabbages. No injury, bike had a bent clutch lever, rode it home taking a nice cabbage for mum.
    4 points
  5. I'd like to know a bit more before conclusion jumping. Where this happened, and why some bloke thought they had the right to ask how long someone was staying somewhere - assuming that person A is on an ordinary mooring and within the usual time limits. If you're on a water point, or a service station, then it's a valid question, though there are ways of asking... same on a short shopping mooring. I've asked a few at full visitor moorings who looked as if they might be moving on, in case it was worth waiting. I've also been asked to move a ring or two to make space, though I usually notice
    3 points
  6. I guess it depends on where you are moored. It would be interesting what he has to say about you and your attitude.
    3 points
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  9. Its to stop the captive electrons running out, because then they will be non conducting and useless. If you take only one end off they will be semiconductors.
    3 points
  10. Or pootle down river from Hawford a short distance and moor overnight on the lock mooring above Bevere Lock. From there it is a short walk to the Camp House Inn below the lock.
    3 points
  11. How arrogant that you think you can dictate how other people should use the canals. May I remind you that canals were built for rapid transport of goods and that not everyone wants to waste their life away doing everything as slowly as possible. There is no virtue in sluggishness. How arrogant to presume that no-one may be on a deadline, especially when the majority of canal users, except perhaps those using the canals for cheap housing, are probably on some sort of deadline. End of hire period, end of holiday, booked public transport, meeting up with other people, getting to a shop or busines
    3 points
  12. imagine all the fun you could have had with that time you wasted pointlessly checking licenses? if we guesstimate at 5mins per boat, to note number, fire up the webpage & check details = 1490 minutes thats just shy of 25 hours. you wasted an entire day of your trip
    3 points
  13. I hung around Gas St in the 60s, helping out with the newly formed Birmingham & Midland carrying Co. One evening I was in the cabin of Ash with Eddie Hambridge and Dave Hogg. Things were not always going well for the company and consequently their boatmen. We put the following together, a parody of “ Bloody Orkney “ a song composed by a disgruntled soldier from WW2. I’ve just discovered it in an old notebook... The bloody pay is bloody bad The bloody boss is bloody mad It makes the brightest bloody sad In bloody Gas Street. The bloody folks are bloody poor
    2 points
  14. After many years of seeing an increasing number of unlicenced boats we decided to do a survey on our trip in September up the Macclesfield, Upper Peak Forest & Caldon canals. These are the findings :- No. of boats checked not showing a valid licence was 298, running these through Cart's licence checker 90 were unlicenced. A lot were showing licences that were 3 to 5 years out of date. 90 unlicenced boats in 50 miles of canal seems an awful lot to me. As CaRT is short of funds they need to get out and about more and catch these licence evaders or all the legitimate licence h
    2 points
  15. No.. Merely interested in the facts!! Think we often can judge people/situations from first appearances.. I would not automatically assume anything about another boater from how shiny or not their boat is.. Very sad if you fall into that trap!
    2 points
  16. Snotty. Judgmental opinion. Shiny boater. Judgmental opinion ”right stink eye”. Judgemental opinion ”Look on his face (etc)”. Judgemental opinion ”I told him I’ll stay as long as I like”. Rude and obnoxious ”hope your area gets invaded (etc etc). Plain nasty.
    2 points
  17. I was logged four times in an hour one day. A harassed spotter fighting his way through Skipton towpath carnage on a sunny summer day. He logged me where I was moored, then the other side of the junction as he'd been up the branch while I was moving, then again on the water point and finally after I'd winded and was coming back the other way. I asked him if he wanted to go for five sightings and he laughed.
    2 points
  18. Perhaps Higgs should get a mooring like this one, probably no need for a licence then.
    2 points
  19. I was clocked on the move Just the once as far as I’m aware Probably going so slow I looked static
    2 points
  20. I've sunk, been burgled, been shouted at... didn't spend tons originally but made up for it later. Thirty years later, still love the old tub, the sound of rain on the roof and those odd days sitting on the back in the sun with a good book...
    2 points
  21. Love the idea that in a crisis someone doesnt help but just waves a phone filming the crisis rather than being useful.
    2 points
  22. Im surprised no body has mention the licence expired in Feb this year........🤔🤔
    2 points
  23. Whilst I have a bit of sympathy with this, there are many good anglers who love fish and take great care with them. Sadly, there are also plenty of muppets - that comes with it being the biggest participation sport in the country, I suppose. However, again to maintain a balanced view, it is worth bearing I'm mind that, if it wasn't for the angling lobby raising the issue, there'd have been no fish left in our ever more polluted rivers and canals a few years ago. The environmental lobby is a much more recent force for fishy goodness.
    2 points
  24. Good luck with it, very difficult to see what is happening as it happens so quickly, I would suggest putting the carboard under the 2nd contact trick first to see what happens, then try without, you really need a slow motion video to see when it starts turning 'vigorously'
    2 points
  25. Thankfully I cannot see anything when I click on the pix.
    2 points
  26. That's what we do as well although would add that we never move to left or right when requested but stay in mid canal. On the Trent a couple of years ago the anglers were out in force. Many of them have really long lines stretching far into the river. OK when they stay by their rods but when they sit in their cars up on the bank and suddenly see you appear round the corner, boy can they run!
    2 points
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  28. And some want you to pass close to them, others further away. They have to take "misery pills" to get them in the mood for fishing. Best to pass at a slowish speed, bang in the centre of the cut , say "hello" to them and enjoy being ignored.
    2 points
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  30. When working a swim to catch fish most anglers will bait 2 or 3 areas with either ground bait (fine ground bread) bits of the hook bait or a combination of both, this has the effect of keeping the fish feeding in a localised area and encouraging competition amongst the fish, which makes them less skittish of the hook. All of this can take time and careful attention to build the swim to enable a good catch, boats moving through can/will disturbe these baited areas and can bugger up some hours work, so the request for slow and steady. Obviously fishing on the canal brings boats as part
    2 points
  31. I'm going absolutely nowhere and certainly not rushing - covering miles is not vital or even an aim. We only ever do a few miles and a few hours a day (I'd wager much fewer than most). We did four miles in four hours today - in effect a mile and an hour are about the same thing, considering locks and passing moored boats. I'd consider 1mph a rather leisurely pace on a motorway. Less than that and you start blurring the lines between cruising and mooring!
    2 points
  32. From the CaRT boaters handbook :- "If you’re passing an angler, keep to the centre of the channel unless they ask otherwise. Reduce your wash, but keep a steady pace".
    2 points
  33. Could you send your request as a PM. I might read it, then again, I'm not forced to.
    1 point
  34. I think one or two are taking the original post a little too seriously. Possibly understandable give our average age on here must be around 70.😜
    1 point
  35. Ther's nothing against having a shiny boat- doesn't it just show pride in ownership? It would be interesting to hear more details., because you seem to have reacted strongly to his question so had something else happened to bring on his bad attitude? Howard
    1 point
  36. I'm not a great fan of the Cristian "love your enemy" stuff but the world is a better place if you can avoid dishing out as much as you get in. Ideally, just thinking your reaction rather than saying it, or, as here, publishing it, would be nice.
    1 point
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  38. Sorry its in a tank in my daughters back garden at the bottom of Northmptonshire.
    1 point
  39. I would think Gas Street was a bit different in those days and Graham was getting the business into shape, it was a hidden place in those days with former warehouses on one side and old canal buildings on the other. There was enough inspiration for Night Clubs, though and Broad Street had a longer tunnel. I wonder if the gates were still on the Bar Lock then.
    1 point
  40. Thanks Mike. I now have the motor back together. I noticed before, and again now that there is a thickish 'washer' between the trip disc and the end casing. This is a piece of bent wire, so obviously not OE. The effect is to hold the armature disc slightly nearer to the trip lever. Only about 1/16". As I have said, the motor has worked fine for 49+ years, but I wonder if I should try replacing this with a normal washer. I have not tried operating it yet, but I can see that it will be difficult to get a true idea of the 'full-power' moment. Ok thanks. I'll try with the cardboard first.
    1 point
  41. I had one of these that did exactly the same....I ended up using a cold chisel/ bolster and large hammer...totally destroying it in the process...I wasn't happy given that it wasn't a cheap unit...I think the plastic reacts with diesel...the threads on the cap are plastic...shame because brass locking caps are really hard to find unless someone knows different. I should have complained to the supplier as I hadn't had it long but I never did.
    1 point
  42. Putting aside the issue of whether the Severn will be open I think there’s a danger of over complicating things by worrying too much about locations for the overnight stops. The Stourport Ring is a comfortable one week cruise via Worcester but given it’s a novice two person crew then going via Droitwich is sensible. Note that CanalPlan default times for Tardebigge/Stoke locks and for the River Severn are conservative. Hanbury Junction to Hawford Junction via Droitwich is about six hours cruising and the trip up the river to Stourport from Hawford is about two hours so t
    1 point
  43. I see no need for anything to feel sorry for me. What a pathetic comment. I asked a simple question and you just couldn't resist coming back with some sort of smart Alec answer.
    1 point
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  45. Correct yet the same cranial capacity keeps tricking me into thinking my cratch board is 1ft higher than it is. My brain must be a masochist
    1 point
  46. The Little Union Canal at Batchworth, now gone I think. Photo by Peter Scott
    1 point
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  48. I also slow as I would for passing moored boat and keep to the centre of the canal. The anglers that know what they're doing will appreciate that, as they'll mostly be fishing the margins either on the near side or the far side, whilst in the centre the water deeper and less affected anyway. I rarely experience anything other than a pleasant or no interaction, with the rare exception being an odd grumpy numpty who knows no better. I suspect the majority of thinking anglers have a similar experience with passing boaters.
    1 point
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  50. Get one in the Fountain then...
    1 point
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