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  3. A wig-wag is the traffic signal with the soild amber warning light and then alternate flashing red lights used to denote a location where you must stop because to pass puts you in immediate peril, railway level crossings being the most common usage, but also moving bridges and fire station exits.
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  4. Good luck to all this weekend, cracking weather for it. Well done to Captain Pegg for jumping in at the deep end. Sad we cant be there, but work, ailing parents and Kathy's illness has made us take the time off we get to slow down at present.
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  6. At least some path improvements do prioritise trees and nature.
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  7. That is the really frustrating bit when you have to keep going out of gear or bursting reverse to try to stop catching them up, then when they get even slower at a bridge 'ole it is even more annoying.
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  11. I am the OP and was impressed the way my first post was going!
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  12. I’ve been up to Titford this morning and the level is recovering. The boats are now afloat and the pumps are still running. All looks good for the weekend.
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  13. It is not about rushing, it is about going along at a normal pace and not seeing virtue in going as slow as possible and holding up people as much as possible. Yes there can of course be unforseen events such as trees down and other stoppages, but these are not within the power of boaters. Holding people up unnecessarily, and causing frustration, is within the power of other boaters and I just think it is a shame that some people relish wielding that power to control how other people conduct themselves. As I said, I don't want to force other people to go faster than they want, I just don't want them to force me to go slower when they could let me pass. As to your final sentence, well thank you for your opinion on whether or not the canals are suitable for me. That is a phenomenal display of arrogance and it is easy to see why you think it quite OK to force other people to go along at your pace.
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  14. Regardless of whether it contravenes the BSS, I think it would be foolhardy to run a diesel heater exhaust through a locker storing petrol.
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  15. Absolutely fine unless we see a Noah like deluge which really doesnt look like happening for a while yet. It's a doddle.
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  16. Team England currently getting in some practice in the pub.
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  19. Worst thing I've ever had to remove was an old rucksack - loads of tightly wrapped nylon webbing and straps, much of it with steel reinforcement wires running through. Sometimes, rather than just cutting, it works better to grab some of the offending material with some grips and then manually rotate the prop to unwind stuff. Ditto previous suggestion of junior hacksaw, but a regular hacksaw blade wrapped with a bit of rag to improvise a handle makes a pretty useful tool.
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  20. Are there any boaters nearby willing to help? I have seen a mattress successfully removed by tying a rope to it and pulling with another boat.
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  21. You'll probably need to get in unfortunately, to really get to grips with it. Complete bastards to remove, seems to take for ever. Have you got a junior hacksaw and a supply of spare blades? Better than nothing. When shit like this happens, I'm just resigned to going in rather trying lean over the counter. Best of luck. Been there, done that.
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  22. It certainly was - it was the year of my first canal holiday, although my grandparents had taken me on the Rivers Cam and Great Ouse in the early 60's, but I was too young to appreciate much of those holidays.
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  23. It is, it's where the footballers wives stay when glamping
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  28. I've used Vactan on the welds to my roof handrail Didn't overcoat for two years and it didn't rust anymore. I also coated the galvanised chains holding the button and rear fender. These had started to go rusty. Again, no further rust. Funny how some of these materials work for some and not others!
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  31. Are you really trying hard to be obnoxious or does it just come naturally? I've never done any boasting about "my boat is considerably more expensive than yours", I've generally avoided mentioning cost to avoid exactly this accusation from people like you, with two exceptions. The first was a thread last year about cost increases on new boats due to material cost rises where I said this had put the cost up by about £50k so people's ideas about new boat costs were now out of date. The second was to reply to @MtB claiming that the new owner of Time of Life would claim they were happy even if they weren't because they'd spent £250k on it, where I pointed out that this figure was *far* too low since my much smaller/simpler/less lavish electric/hybrid narrowboat from the same boatbuilder cost more than that. Which may horrify people who think that £150k is a lot for a new boat, but that's the reality if you want a boat like this, and are lucky enough to be able to afford it. I've also said many times that my electric/hybrid boat is an expensive silent-cruising indulgence and my personal choice which won't suit many people, and that I don't consider this makes me in any way better than people with different boats and different needs who don't want to or can't afford to spend this much on what certain people like to call a "rich man's toy". Regardless of what you think about engineers, a great deal of considered thought and discussion has gone into the design because that's what I do for a job, and Ricky was happy to try out new things that he agrees might improve the breed because that's his job. Nothing to do with appearance or fitout or how it looks which you seem to be focusing on, but the nuts and bolts about how the boat actually works because this is a developing field for boats like this -- and if you don't think electrical (or other) engineering is heavily involved in this process, then frankly you don't have a clue... 😞 And I'm still not going to say what the actual cost was, because that's my business (and Ricky's) not yours, which kind of blows your boasting theory out of the water... 😉 Tim did build the shell, but there are various other cutty/weldy things which need doing to the hull during installation of the boat systems like stern tube installation, welded internal equipment frames, aperture cutting for things like side door windows and ventilation -- a lot more work than just welding the anodes on... 😉
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  33. Lost bet 1 just seen a cart member of staff who told me what has happened. There are four pounds all of half a mile or more so even getting enough water into this one is going to be an effort. Cart are doing it. If it was shorter I would have done it but I'm not walking that far.
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  34. Yes it's a wonder that there are any steel boats floating in the canals at all, given how prevalent Alan would have us believe microbial corrosion is.
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  35. That I think is because one of the anti-vandal locks isn't working. Probably won't fix it but they might put a blue sign there saying "Better with water"
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  39. Originally made from hemp fibres reclaimed from the sealing gaskets in old gasometers.
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  40. The hydrodynamics don't quite work that way . . . overtaking is not the same as passing (time to do it, for one - hence need greater length free of anything else)
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  41. Well you are in luck young sir. Just last year I qualified as a narrowboat hydrodynamics engineer (specialising in mooring) from the University of the Whitchurch Arm. I can tell you quite categorically that if you tie your ropes at anything other than a 45 degree angle, a pack of flying monkeys will attack you during the night. Cynics will say its not really a CRT issue, but you'd think they would at least keep an eye on the flying blighters. And what is my license money really going towards, if not the monkeys? We need answers.
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  42. Agreed. It's odd when those....who think it is not a race/why the hurry/take the train if you're in a rush... are themselves sufficiently short of time to preclude letting me by
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  44. There are loads of reason why a boat following a slow boat might have time constraints. Most of which are none of the business of the boat in front unreasonably holding up progress and refusing to allow overtaking, but for example a hire boat needing to make the return time, a private boat with a medical or other appointment, a need to make a flight or train home etc etc. If you are someone who never has any time constraints in your life then you are lucky but equally someone who probably doesn’t have much going on in their life and is not using their one life to its fullest extent. I do of course agree that one should only encourage overtaking when it is sensible to do so, no moored boats, blind corners, narrow bits etc. That is an obvious concept that didn’t really need mentioning and is not a justification for generally resenting and disallowing overtaking anywhere.
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  45. It's a plan, not a great plan but it is a plan.
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  46. CRT don't have the power to close it, hence the current situation. Although there should be a stoppage notice. I don't know the official BCNS position and what if any discussions they may have had with CRT but as you know the BCNS is an organisation that works hard to improve the canal environment so I don't think they'd want to be complicit in creating a pollution incident that killed a lot of fish (which is allegedly what would happen if navigation were allowed). The real damage was done when the Black Country spine road was allowed to sever the Wednesbury Old Canal rendering the stub fairly pointless. Although I suspect even that wouldn't have happened if there was appreciable usage. It's one reason that usage of what is available is encouraged and the whole point of the Challenge.
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  47. The competitors for this year's Challenge are already aware that the event is being filmed for an episode of Cruising the Cut. I've taken David - who makes the series - through the activities that might be of interest such as the opening of the envelope with the questions just before 0800 on Saturday, the energy that goes into the first locks, the hunt for the clues that give the answers to questions, the night time cruising on the northern reaches, the horribly early start on Sunday and the attempts to nurse tiredness and hangovers while fighting with low pounds as boats converge on the flights of locks that lead to the finish, and then the finish activities themselves. I shall also be asking David to assist with the award of the Trolley Trophy and assigning points to all those crews that make an effort to decorate their boats. Other than that we're pretty much all set. Vulpes is currently loaded up with the kit to set up a mobile bar at Tipton, it's just the beer that is still to be collected. I shall be in Birmingham on Saturday morning to meet David and do a short piece for his episode before he heads off with some of the boats and I head for Tipton. We've even booked six boats worth of participants in for a curry on Sunday evening.
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  48. Blimey! How many people are you expecting?
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