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  3. Evening, The people who develop the forum software (Invision) released a critical security patch which needed to be applied. This was applied and there is no security risk. However, we got a little more than we bargained for in that the upgrade script updated Invision to the next major release... This was obviously not intentional or planned and explains the differences you see on the site. I had a choice of keeping the site offline for an extended period while we work to fix this, or bringing it back online in its current state so that members have some functionality a
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  5. Animal haulage, again. On the upper Loire sand barges float down on the current from a dredger, then with a finely-judged tweak, alter course for the lock giving access to a branch of the Lateral Canal. For years the tweak was delivered by Rene Guichard, who tapped on the towline with his stick, then tapped again for his charges to stop pulling. It all worked like magic. When Rene passed away a tractor had to be used instead and it was never quite the same.
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  6. I think that I am qualified and experienced enough but do not consider my skill level as particularly high compared with some here. To be totally open I did used to run courses for boaters, RCR staff, and even a large hire company as a contractor, not as an employee. I ran many courses inside RCR's headquarters and have witnessed them dealing with customers and directing staff engineers and contractors to the jobs plus the availability of advice to their staff. It has been a number of years since I stopped training so things might have changed but my impression was that they were t
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  7. Completely agree. as someone who has cruised extensively between Ripon and Bristol and all points between I find for the peanuts cost they are invaluable for peace of mind alone. My drive plate failed with zero prior warning just after coming through a lock off a fast flowing river onto a canal cutting. It was early afternoon on XMAS eve so I rang the number knowing full well I would get no reply. It rang for a few seconds and a lady replied!! I gave symptoms and she said I would be contacted by mechanic later, yeah right I thought. Thirty minutes later he rang and agreed it was drive plate an
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  8. Good luck with that when you're stuck in the middle of "nowhere" on a wet Sunday afternoon.
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  10. I would guess putting the animals side by side is far easier to arrange- provided the towing path is wide enough. The French system used a yolk, which provided a kind of gearing. On difficult stretches, or when starting from a standstill, one animal stayed still, providing a pivot for the other. The loads they had to pull were up to ten times the weight of a loaded narrow boat. Hence the preference of many bateliers for larger mules or, sometimes, horses.
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  27. OK as far as it goes but RCR do cover more than just the call outs. However, if your resources are such that you feel happy to cover any of the part replacements yourself, both cost and supply, then it is a reasonable decision. But that is not the position of nearly all other boaters who do not have the comprehensive skill set that you believe that you have. In which case you should make it clear that your opinion of RCR is only valid for someone who is boater and a skilled mechanic. You should also indicate what methods of business you consider to be underhand, again so that other
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  33. This was an issue raised last year, when there was little opportunity for much cruising. But if people don’t renew, they may not be there when cruising does get going again. For this reason we renewed last year, and will do so again this year. Look on it as supporting a local business, and with a bit of luck as things improve, they may return that loyalty with an extra 5% increase on the no claims discount.
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  37. I'm sorry, you are right and I apologise Alan. I realise that giving out advice here might make it sound like you're endorsing the idea that novices go out into dangerous boating situations with little training, and that could be potentially deadly.
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  38. Save the money, use a local fitter if and when you need one and have less aggravation from RCR telling you that you need a new engine/gearbox/alternator/starter motor/heat exchanger/prop shaft/kerfuffle unit/howitzer bearing etc. when its just a flat battery.
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  39. I did try Ice-fishing once, but never again. I cut a hole in the ice and dropped the line in, a few seconds later this ghostly voice said "there are no fish here", I looked around and there was no one around, reeled in and rebaited the hook, dropped it back in and again the ghostly voice said "there are no fish here", I looked skywards with trepidation and said "Lord, is that you sending the message" to which the reply came .............................
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  41. That's a bit unfair on Alan for his comment. After all, he is a lumpy water enthusiast. What he was saying, I guess, is that pre-trip research is a necessity but is not sufficient and on the spot advice as you make the trip is very different, not least on a passage that is noted for the speed at which things change.
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  42. That's the beauty of electric drive, max torque & silence from zero revs so just choose your speed, add a speaker to give a comforting old world steady thump if you want.
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  43. If you look at the foot of the main it has no conventional boom. The foot brushes the deck and follows its contour. This I believe is so no wind power is lost round the foot. The outhaul is attached to the track and it appears it is not possible for the main to be released further than the width of the boat or less. Also if you watch the points of sailing there is never a run. It all appears to be close hauled or close reaches. One particularly blowey race at Bala, sailing a Fireball, I made much better progress reaching up the beat rather than luffing all the time, sailing close hauled
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