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  1. I want to altert users on this site in relation to posts earlier this week regarding theft of a boat from Oxford: We are the owners of the boat Ruby, reg nr 506091 (though the name has now been painted over as below). I’m not going to get into a dispute here, it’s clearly not a forum for that, but I want to put the story straight from our perspective & hope it serves as a cautionary tale for others. So, we have some questions: If you’d just spent £42,000 on a beautiful boat would you drive like a maniac (sometimes during the night) through flood locks and ice and smash the bow as you clearly have (clearly shown on pictures taken taken yesterday at Ratcliffe Lock on the River Soar). Why were you in such a hurry anyway? In one post you claimed you had a hospital appointment to get to….hmmm… wouldn’t most people just moor up and take a train? On another you claimed to have actually been in hospital last weekend when there is clear evidence that you were on the move and that someone attempted to steal the boat!! Why, especially if you were in such a hurry, would you stop and take the time to very carefully paint over the name of the boat? Why would you cover the reg number when going through Foxton (CCTV footage) unless you needed to disguise the identity of the boat? Why on earth, if this was your first boat, would you set off to travel during a national lockdown in the wettest January for years with the waterways in flood, sometime travelling at night time? You say you were learning the ropes! You told us that you’d lived on boats for most of your life, had worked for the RCR in the past and reiterated in several texts how confident you were with servicing engines etc. So which story is it? Why did you cancel an appointment with us in late January, saying you had Covid, but actually we can now see that you were travelling as fast as you could away from Oxford, well beyond our agreed cruising range. You should at least have been quarantining… there are fines for that. You then put us off again, because the towpaths were flooded on the stretch of river where you claimed to be and when we eventually insisted on a meeting and you texted to confirm your location on the Cherwell, just north of Oxford, and we walked the towpath looking for you and realised you’d gone, did you block your phone and email so that we lost contact with you? Who actually are you? On all correspondence you claimed to be Granger Harper, but on the bank transfer for the security deposit of £1000 (the only money that has every exchanged hands between us) you appeared for the first time as Granger Egan? on this site you are registered under at least 2 different names: "Granger" & "ghe" (granger harper eagan). What are you hiding? Why can’t we find any trace of you? Even the address you gave us turns out to be false… And the false references you provided who we also can’t now trace? One of those, Sarah Wood (email name Stacey Wood), is she the woman now travelling with you on our boat? We are very sorry for any ill health you might be experiencing, but you have given several different versions of this to different people along the way…so, we’re not quite sure how any of this adds up either...ptsd, dementia, Parkinson's... The police are saying that as this is a “breach of agreement” it is a civil matter.. It seems to be clear theft and fraud to us… if these aren’t crimes, then what are they?? Perhaps trusting someone is now counted as criminal negligence? How is it possible to register a boat without proper paperwork, a log book or legal proof of ownership? This has got to change… We’ve heard too many stories of similar things happening to other boaters. We’re talking about people’s homes here and often huge sums of money… We will pursue this And for anyone reading here, please don’t be duped as we have been.. at least ask for photo ID before doing any work with or for this man, whoever he really is or for that matter before entrusting your precious home to anyone however charming they appear to be.. hindsight is a great thing… Thank you to everyone who has tried so hard these last few days to help us get our boat back
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  2. Well I’ve never had any complaints but if name calling keeps you happy..... id like to see you get a widebeam through hillmorton or up to Llangollen...I’ve no issue with widebeams on the right navigation...the north Oxford isn’t the right navigation.
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  6. A compost heap (or the required three) doesn't really take much space, construction or maintenance (mine get almost none and work just fine). Most marinas these days are landscaped and have flower beds. If they have people living on their boats, it's going to save them money in emptying cesspits, or wear and tear on the pumpouts, if their residents use composting toilets, and the same for passing boaters. And CRT could make it a condition of the T&Cs that the marinas have to agree to that they add these facilities.
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  10. I happily give way to any other boat, its often easier, quicker and more pleasant than trying to prove you have right of way.
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  12. Which I think is what I said, whatever anyone says the dry peaty output from the collection bucket isn't compost it's dehydrated poo. I have my doubts about how composted dehydrated waste stored in a bucket would be as well, although I do know some people do manage it somehow, it takes a lot of time and effort. I do agree though if someone is actually properly composting their waste and then binning it, well that is just insanity, although I do remember Dad showing me the green waste bins at his allotment and his disbelief at the stupidity of it, so maybe people do properly compost and then throw it away
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  13. What is being bagged and binned most of the time is not compost, its dehydrated poo mixed with some type of bulking product that helps with the drying process
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  16. Agreed. I have a 14 foot beam and 'know my place'. Used where it is 'suitable' it is far better than any NB, used in the 'wrong places' it is a nightmare.
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  19. Shit happens!
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  20. I would love to see my boat never mind sleep over. I'm 70 very fit (I think) no known underlying conditions. I believe if I caught covid I would survive although I don't wish to test the theory. I comply with the rules quite happily because I would be mortified if I was the cause of infecting someone else. I suppose it all boils down to two types. Those with a social conscience and those who don't give a toss about anyone else.
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  24. No, I didnt say we need to see the detail. Only they can work this out for the reasons you say on business information. They obviously havent done this as there is no final solution, just the output from Damien which may or may not be CRT policy. They may seek input from boaters but they should make their minds up based on factual data, not the musings of this forum where there is little solid information. Its their business not ours.......erm maybe!
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  25. Like I said on Page one, the CRT need to look at all the inputs and work out a way they can respond. No one on here knows the full details of the CRT position and their deal they have with Biffa and exactly what rules are and arent being broken with what happens today. Only when you get all the details can you work out where to go. We are all just guessing here. This is about the whole waste handling system. You then need to look at the legal position between the CRT and its customers and work out the way forward. I guess at the end of the day that composting all this waste is the optimum for the environment (far less CO2) produced - ie none from the urea in the urine - and most marinas are set up to do it as most have gardens. They could easily charge £10 for a boater dump a months worth (20Kg) and have beautiful gardens. Very little outlay in providing the service. The CRT providing composting facilities just wont work as it would be abused by all those who abuse the network now. Lets wait until the CRT come out and tell us whats going on.
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  26. A very wise business decision old boy. No children allowed on the camping fields here either and always busy and fully booked every weekend unlike some that allow children, Rocket science it isnt. ( covid allowing )
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  27. They have said that they are thinking of putting in composting bins Ian so they are taking it seriously
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  28. Do you not think that the law applies solely to commercial operations is relevant ? Irrespective of it ending up on the same picking line it s illegal for a business to put more than 7kgs in a bin per collection cycle. It is not illegal for 'little Bobs output' to go into a domestic bin. Really - 20x 660 litre dumpster per caravan ? We do not have children on the site (except for those visiting) - we are a 'static caravan' site, not having 100's of touring vans a week with screaming kids) All our owners are 'retired' and the 'peace and quiet' is what they look foward to. All of the caravans are 'fully plumbed in' with flush toilets going into our sewage treatment plant. The solids are removed once or twice per year and are taken to an approved sewage works for treatment. Liquids are 'treated' in plant and run into a dyke (we used to need a discharge licence but the EA did away with it a few years ago). It is supposed to be of a drinkable quality, but I've never fancied trying it.
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  29. What a ridiculous thing to come out with. ...and it is totally misleading. We are talking offensive waste here not just faecal matter. A quarter of a ton!!!!?????? Get real. A baby in the first 6 months drinks circa 1 kg of milk per 24 hours. After than it moves to eating more solids but similar quantities. Some of this weight will go into body weight or into CO2 but likely 80% of it is excreted. So lets be conservative and say 0.75Kg goes into the nappies in 24 hours. That is 5Kgs of offensive waste in nappies per child per week. Note that this is very offensive - a very mobilel slurry of very smelly waste that stinks after a week in a bin before it is collected. This amount ties in quite well with the 7Kg the government allowance off disposal of offensive waste. So a family with one child will produce a similar weight of 'orrible stuff compared with the same weight of dried non smelly stuff from a dry toilet. There are over 5 million of these putting them in black bins which end up on Biffa's picking line (and others). Even if 30,000 boaters did it, it would pale into insigificance (<1% who find maths challenging). ......and Alan, stop banging on about commercial versus domestic waste. It all ends up on the same picking line. Ive asked you twice about your caravan site. I dont know how many dumpsters you have per caravan but lets assume 20. If you have half of those with kids in nappies and you empty them once per week then you will be shipping 50Kg of offensive waste with each shippment. How do you deal with this? If Biffa are upset with the odd bag of solid poo in CRT bins then they are not going to like you. Do you ban babies from your site? Note - whilst I am relaxed about dried poo going into waste bins (which by the way I do not do) as it is much safer than nappies (of which there are far more), I am totally against mixed human waste as that is smelly, 'orrible and can contaminate every thing else.
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  34. Repeating myself for the umpeenth time. The issue is not about the poo being produced. The issue is that last thursday and for years up to that point, CRT say it was ok. Then, out of the blue on friday, they say it's not ok. When people have bought loos costing nearly £1000 because it's deemed 'ok'. That's not acceptable and I predict the usually CRT fudge over the next few years.
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  35. goose would do just fine - it's time those ear-shattering Canadians did summat useful
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  37. They agreed it. I would say its quite sensible having a wide an entrance as possible especially on a narrow canal. Have you ever examined marina entrances, lots of people have problems getting through them.
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  39. But you're not ploughing the mud of the Oxford Canal, Peter.
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  40. No, definitely not advisable. Getting across the channel on a good day with lots of planning might be do-able (but risky), but a much longer journey on the North Sea on a RCD Cat D boat is not. For both journeys it's recommended to put your boat on the back of a truck. And likewise if you decide to go abroad please take your narrowboat and a thousand others with you please on a one way cruise.
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  42. It is now! Sorry couldn't resist, I'll get my coat.
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  44. If you do decide to go to Calais with your wide beam boat, take a thousand others with you please on a one way cruise.
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  49. No, Bylaw 18 doesn't seem to cover right of way due to any dimensions. You are correct if we were talking about Colregs where a vessel constrained by its draft has right of way. But this is not in the Inland Waterways Laws Law 18 in its entirity 17 Navigation, a vessel which is proceeding against the tide or stream shall give way to a vessel which is proceeding with the tide or stream. ...... Course of Vessel when passing or overtaking 18. Without prejudice to the generality of Bye-law No. 16 the following Bye-law shall apply to vessels passing or overtaking other vessels on any canal:- (1) Except as hereinafter mentioned where two vessels proceeding in opposite directions meet the master of each vessel shall steer his vessel to its starboard side in such a manner that such vessels pass freely with the port side of each vessel nearest to the port side of the other vessel; Provided always that (a) where one but not both of such vessels is a hauled vessel the masters of such vessels shall steer the vessels in such a manner that the vessels pass freely with the hauled vessel between the towing path and the other vessel; (b) on the Aire and Calder Navigation, the Sheffield and South Yorkshire Navigation, the Trent Navigation and the Weaver Navigation, where both of such vessels are hauled vessels such vessels shall be steered and navigated in such a manner that the vessel which is proceeding against the flow of the stream shall be between the towing path and the other vessel; (c) on the Aire and Calder Navigation, the Sheffield and South Yorkshire Navigation, the Trent Navigation and the Weaver Navigation, where circumstances render it impracticable for vessels to pass port side to port side a power-driven vessel proceeding with the tide or stream shall have the right of way and must indicate to the other vessel by two short blasts on her whistle in ample time to prevent collision, her intention to pass starboard to starboard. The approaching vessel shall immediately reply by a similar sound signal and pass accordingly, stopping, if necessary, until the other vessel has passed clear. (2) Except as hereinafter mentioned the master of a vessel overtaking another vessel proceeding in the same direction shall steer his vessel in such a manner that his vessel shall pass with her starboard side nearest to the vessel overtaken and the master of the vessel overtaken shall steer his vessel to her starboard side so as to permit the overtaking vessel to pass in safety on the port side of the vessel overtaken: Provided that (a) where a vessel which is not a hauled vessel is overtaking a hauled vessel the masters of such vessels shall steer their vessels in such a manner that the vessels pass with the vessel overtaken between the towing path and the overtaking vessel and the master of the vessel overtaken shall slacken his hauling line and keep his vessel as near as possible to the towing path whilst the other vessel is passing: (b) where a hauled vessel is overtaking another hauled vessel the master of the vessel overtaken shall slacken his hauling line and steer his vessel away from the towing path in such a manner as to permit the overtaking vessel to pass freely between the towing path and the vessel overtaken and the master of the overtaking vessel shall keep his vessel as close as possible to the towing path whilst passing the other vessel. Navigation of Pleasure boats 19. (1) A pleasure boat when meeting, overtaking or being overtaken by a power-driven vessel other than a pleasure boat shall as far as possible keep out of the main navigable channel..........
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