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  1. Absolutely. I think she's being remarkably calm in the circumstances. She accepts that they made a couple of rookie mistakes that have come back to bite them, and is advising others not to do the same. They seem to be staying as positive as one can in this situation, and are prepared to pay the cost of getting the boat refloated, as well as the additional costs of the greater refit now required. We were all beginners once, and we have all made mistakes along they way. Just that most of us have got away with making those mistakes without the consequences this couple are facing. I wish
    8 points
  2. So you just want somewhere cheap to live, never mind blighting the canals with a very unsuitable and ugly boat, and you want to bend or break the law. You are not interested in boating. I hereby warn you that you are about to receive a lot of hate.
    8 points
  3. How much detail do you need. I did a report for BW in 2000 to look at the overall length of the canal system from 1700, with the possible length post 2000 as proposed restorations came on-line. The overview graph is below, together with an outline of the length at 10 year intervals.
    7 points
  4. This morning I saw a kingfisher, perched on top of a new blue CaRT "No Fishing" sign. The bird defecated over the sign, then flew off. Shows what it thought of the idea of not being allowed to fish. Never realised even kingfishers are grumpy. 😁 Jen
    5 points
  5. I have come across a couple of these ex oil rig lifeboats.One,moored at Sowerby bridge,and another moves around the Calder and Hebble/Aire and Calder. I helped the latter one when he ran aground at Salterhebble.Very roomy looking but,really ugly.It initially looked to me like a dead whale or like a large boat that had been turned over. When I helped to move it I cheekily asked if he needed a hand to turn it the right way up,but he wasn't amused.
    5 points
  6. No, you go and troll somewhere else. This forum is for people interested in canals and canal boating, not entitled law breaking freeloaders looking for cheap accommodation.
    5 points
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  8. Lots of new people are taking to living on boats and I suspect they get their knowledge from TV programs who say its great, or from YouTube videos which are sometimes a source of entertainment rather than education. The old method of doing research and learning from more experienced boaters is becoming less common. I have seen a few posts recently (on Facebook) from people new to boating planning to CC on the Thames over winter. My belief is that the Thames is not a good place to spend the winter unless you really know what you are doing. The Bristol Avon and to a lesser extend the River
    4 points
  9. ... plus the two 5-minute follow-ups. But I thought she is being reasonably pragmatic about the whole thing. Advising others on how to avoid a similar situation. Accepting they had made a mistake over insurance. They had been planning to moor above the lock, but it shut. No appeals for money. It would be nice to think that anyone, and particularly waterway users/staff, who saw the situation developing would have done something about it before it sank.
    4 points
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  11. They would need to be at least 2m apart, and should only be wired outdoors. Sorry, am I mixing up isolation and social distancing....
    3 points
  12. to add a bit of balance to this, here’s a comment from the latest video, DinoGirl being the young lady who posted the vids
    3 points
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  14. Of course it's judgemental, and so is your opinion of it, and mine that they should have got a proper mooring for the boat and not presumably pretended to be continuously cruising when they weren't. Any opinion is a personal judgement, and we stick it on here so that those who disagree with us can point it out and possibly even convince us - by argument, not abuse - to change those opiniions. Sometimes, some of do. Just to chuck it in, it is my long held belief that only those who actually live on their boats have any right to be called continuous cruisers, and all the towpath dump
    3 points
  15. Apart from the OP implying that it might be moored on a pound where the locks are not wide enough to take it, in what sense are you saying that it is an 'unsuitable boat'? Would you make that remark - in the same way - about a shiny new wide beam on the North Oxford? (OK, so we might be perhaps in a different way) Using that expression does tend to suggest that you feel there should be a subjective visual test (a bit like Planning Permission in a protected area) before a boat is allowed on the water. I can think of plenty of boats that I have included in my blog as 'Unusual' (and e
    3 points
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  17. There is a ton of problems to overcome. Small engine, really just to provide steerage way not built/cooled for prolonged heavy running, but it will have had regular services and testing so low hours. The things are full of built in seats which take a tremendous amount of effort to remove. There is no insulation and no heating and no lighting. No toilet but once you have removed some seats you could get as pota pottie inside. you will have a 'cheap' fibreglass shell not really designed for bashing into lock walls etc, they are built to be light and have lots of seats and not much more, they are
    3 points
  18. Sad really but to be fair nowt to do with the lockie. Leave a boat tied up anywhere and it's your responsibility and leaving one in winter during prolonged heavy rain on a river is quite simply asking for trouble. Hope she gets a good result but I very much doubt it.
    3 points
  19. Interestingly she did say that it had a few leaks before it sank, which can't have helped. Also didn't say whether it was on a proper mooring or just another dumped on the towpath - if a proper river mooring surely it should have been in risers?
    3 points
  20. She should not be expecting others to take responsiblity for her or her boyfriend's action, or failures.
    3 points
  21. I cannot understand why anyone who allegedly owns 3 properties (presumably of some capital value and/or providing substantial income) would want to blight our waterways (or even just a short length of one canal) with an unsuitable boat, clearly with no interest in cruising. I suggest you make a moveable shed from some wheelie bins fixed to a pallet on castors and park it in a residents' car park or a pleasant country road. See how long it is before the plod or the locals remove the offending object and very possibly you as well.
    3 points
  22. No point in repeating that to him, he obviously thinks that if you point out the problems you must be a troll. From his last post (has three houses) one would expect him to be in a position to afford a boat that would allow him to keep within the rules. As Nick implied, it seem he is acting like a troll.
    3 points
  23. Not that far-fetched. The Cambridge Colleges would not let the horses walk on the banks. You can still feel the stone paving stones along this stretch. An 1814 print.
    3 points
  24. To lighten the mood a little, but keep on topic ............................ Some years ago SWMBO used to 'drive' (horse and carriage) competitively (even made the National Championships) and we were discussing the possibility of using the horse to pull the NB. Daughter In Law (a real 'towny' from Stoke) asked how we would be able to get it out of the canal each evening, and I explained that there are small ramps that are used. She then asked "wouldn't its feet get all soft and wrinkly from being in the water all day" How we laughed.
    3 points
  25. Unsuitable vessel for canals. You cannot be a CCer if you never leave one canal, sailing up and down is not in accord with the licence. Go buy a caravan or a shed to live in and forget the canals please.
    3 points
  26. An unnecessarily antagonistic reply, it is entirely correct to both pass comment and condemn actions taken by those that are now part of history. Just because something occurred in antiquity does not render it free of judgement, in fact, i don't think the original post could have been more thoughtfully worded and didn't deserve such a vacuous remark.
    3 points
  27. Silverlit in Regents Canal dock in August 1986 with some friends on board 🙂
    3 points
  28. Hi all i am about to embark on restoring an old London tusher tug which i have bought off a guy that basically left it to die . I have got the engine back to good and running and have sailed her to where the work will be happening so basically i am looking for people ie welders joiners electricians etc who have experience and are wanting to give me prices for the work that i want doing I have a design of how i want her so if you would like to drop me a line or email me at Andycook63[at]gmail[dot]com i will be willing to answer any questions She is lying in Cuxton Kent Please note
    2 points
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  30. Yes comments like this are really discussion aren’t they “Don't worry, it was probably done intentionally to increase their youtube viewing numbers, and, so they can start a 'help- our boat sank and we need money' page so they can buy that brand new widebeam that they really wanted.” My opinion is that is totally judgemental and I’m happy to discuss!
    2 points
  31. It looks that way doesn't it! That's what the article said. Way to go Pete!
    2 points
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  33. what sin was the plastic boat committing?
    2 points
  34. It might make you quite unpopular on urban moorings though ...
    2 points
  35. We need to be careful with the idea that because it acts as a fertiliser it is a good thing to spread anywhere, yes I know this is not what you are saying, I agree to a degree that canal hedges should be a reasonably sensible place to dispose of it, but there are areas where the spreading of additional nitrogen can cause serious issues. I admit I am thinking of species rich habitats here which don't make up much towpath space. Ok a couple of litres of pee is unlikely to cause an issue, it's more the blanket idea that because it acts like as fertiliser is is OK to spread anywhere be
    2 points
  36. Well, one could also help ones self there by not posting it, along with the rest of ones life, on YouTube as the subject here chose to do. When you chose to do that, I think it pretty much guaranteed to solicit both positive and negative responses.
    2 points
  37. The most recent video gives more useful info. They point out a couple of boats above the lock and say they wanted to get there. Those moorings don't have risers on them either, so still could flood, especially with a poorly tied boat. I don't think this girl has really grasped what it means to leave a boat unattended in winter on a river. I just wouldn't do that ever. Even in summer I would avoid leaving my boat unattended over night on a river. I've only ever done that in summer, during a dry spell, checking my river levels app regularly, and I was on a floating pontoon. Maybe I'm too
    2 points
  38. I don't think she should attach any blame to the lockeeper. It is not emptying the lock that caused the problem. This was below Culham Lock. This part of the river is often subject to flooding. The weirs would have adjusted themselves for the flow. The river goes into flood and they tie up to steel bollards only meant for temporary mooring. Surely if they had asked advice they would have been told to go back to Clifton Lock where there are risers and it is relatively safe in the lock cut. Once the water is above the bank there is little anyone can do without taking risks. I doubt is was due t
    2 points
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  40. I tried and I tried to point out some practical things he seemed not to have considered yet still seem to have been called a troll.
    2 points
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  43. Well then I suggest you go and live in one, rather than trying to freeload on the canals with an unsuitable ugly effectively immovable thing that you have found and like solely because it is cheap.
    2 points
  44. There are enough law-breakers on the canals, we don't need another one.
    2 points
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  48. That could be applied to every snowflake today, and I wish I would The only people who can look at their actions / behaviours in the past are dead and are either upstairs or downstairs 😇 👹 It is up to us to enjoy the freedoms won and make sure history doesn't repeat itself
    2 points
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  50. No posting Gardner pictures before the 9pm watershed.
    2 points
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