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  1. Just completed our first boating break. We used Silsden Boats (Richards Drum) and we absolutly loved it and will do it again. Apart from a Micklethwaitw Swing Bridge failing on us and having to call the emergency helpline (apparently this bridge is notorious), itnwas a great exeperience. Silsden Boats are also a great company to use.
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  3. It used to be said of certain shops (think Bond Street) that if you have to ask the price the you cannot afford it. Much the same, it seems to me, to apply to cruising/mooring rules (aka expectations): if you have to ask if your hoped-for pattern is acceptable then you already know that it is not. This is made even more likely since CaRT are only able to pursue the most egregious cases and anything that even begins to look like an acceptable pattern will be accepted. Those who seek to have a legal rule on how much they have to travel are more often than not those who want it to be as small as possible - there are a few calls from those who want to set it much higher, more consistent with an actual cruising pattern. However, as things stand at the moment there is little chance of there being new legislation and therefore we are all stuck(?) with what exists which pretty much comes down to: (a) maximum stay of 14 days in one 'place' (and remember that no satisfactory definition of place has been found) (b) boaters without a home mooring must engage at all times in a bona fide navigation, making progress around the navigable system. (c) apart from the 14 day (or less if signed) rule, everything else is dependent on the boater convincing The Board (ie CaRT) that they are compliant. Originally, the Board was the last level of appeal on the matter but today there are generally more opportunities to challenge such bodies, but the principle remains the same: the Board's decision if the effective one, subject to them complying with any other more general legislation (human rights, equality and diversity, reasonable admin etc) In other words, if you have any doubt in your mind that your cruising pattern is or is not compliant then you had best assume that it is not. If you cannot convince yourself, what chance do you think you have of convincing The Board? As others have discovered, once you come onto the Enforcement Radar, life can become quite difficult if you do not accept that you are wrong.
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  14. Sadly I am old enough to have bought mine when it first came out ☹️ What people did then was buy two copies, one copy for best and one for the boat with the canals coloured in ?
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  21. It keeps getting repeated that a past civil court verdict by a judge meant that a boat with a home mooring wasn't bound to use it, and that though they still had to go by the "14 days in one place" ruling like CCers, unlike CCers they didn't have to meet the "bona fide navigation" rule and could therefore shuttle backwards and forwards between two places rather that having to go on a journey round multiple places of a length sufficient to "satisfy the board" that they were cruising. This case has been posted many times, usually by the same person ? CART recently updated their rules to close this loophole and apply the same "bona fide cruising" requirements to boats with a home mooring. I'm sure somebody will be along to say that they can't legally do this because of the judge's finding, and then somebody else will point out that a civil case does not form UK case law and could be decided differently if a similar case ever came up again -- but the upshot is, the new CART rules say you have to follow pretty much the same rules as CCers, except you can stay at your home mooring as long as you like. As Mike says, people asking this question are not usually doing it because they want to cruise the canals and are worried about being unfairly accused of breaking the rules, they're usually wanting to cruise in one small area -- clearly against the spirit and letter of the rules -- and are trying to find out how far they can push this and still get away with it, often without even having a home mooring. Most boaters not trying to bend the rules don't like people doing this, because if too many do it the likely consequence is that CART will tighten up the rules further, and more "honest" cruisers will be impacted as well as the rule-benders. If the OP is genuinely wanting to know what the limits are with the intention of staying safely outside the limits rather than seeing how far they can push inside them, Mike's advice is good -- if you're worried about whether you're meeting the rules, you're probably not...
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  22. Theres no OR Athy, one and the same.
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  29. Better to tell CaRT that the overhanging trees are interfering with people cycling and walking. Much more chance of seeing some action. Or tell them that getting your hat knocked in to the water by branches is bad for your well being.?
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  34. From Jem Bates website A number of projects are usually run side by side. On site at the moment you will see a 1912 Ice Boat, Star Class Butty Sirius, Star Class Motor Mira,Big Ricky Butty Hagley, Motor Boat Dart. On the water you will see Prototype Motor Boat Venus, BCN Joey Boat Blackthorn Rose, Motor Boat Arcturus, Motor Dove and Severn, the Tug Carp and the motor Dragonfly. There are few other collections of boats that represent such a cross section of the wooden boat building era on our inland waterways and certainly fewer still that are being restored with such pace and efficiency.
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  36. It's catch 22. You sign for the T&C when you get your licence. It isn't law.
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  38. Try Primrose Engineering. https://www.primrose-engineering.co.uk/
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  42. The OP sates that they will have 4 x 325 Watts panels giving theoretical max of 1300 Watts or about 90 Amp at 14.6V. The Victron 100/30 is rated for max charging power of 440 Watts (30 Amp at 14.65 Volt). The installed panel power is 3 times the rated duty of the controller, in this case I would consider the 100/50 version which is rated at 50A charging current. On a sunny day with this set up you would be able to fully power the 500W inverter during the daytime and have power left over to charge the batteries at the same time.
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  43. You are so right, its a fantastic system that costs absolutely peanuts to be on. Full length licence works out at less than 25 quid a week, immensely good VFM in any reasoning.
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  45. This afternoon 2021 Ladybower reservoir Compare 4Feb1996 9Feb2014
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  48. I did that once. Ended up floating on the ceiling, very unamused. MP.
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  50. It seems to me that while CaRT may think they are trying to protect you from verbal and maybe actual abuse and violence they are in fact taking the easy way out. Whilst it is clear that it is not our place t argue with the moorers you must have a local paid supervisory CaRT employee and it if the vegetation needs cutting back then his job is to ensure its done, including taking on those moorers in whatever way is appropriate. Maybe notice of refusal to renew their licence would be one way. there is too much of taking the easy option nowadays (not you - CaRT in this case).
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