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  1. Having to drop in and out of gear is ridiculous. Any boat should go fine at 2mph and I see no reason to go much slower past boats unless someone is actually in the process of tying up or, like here on the Caldon, the canal is barely two boats wide. Or it's six in the morning & I'm trying to be quiet, though I do wonder if they'd rather I went quicker and got further away faster... And if someone's permanently moored in the middle of a mile or two of linear moorings, tough. Set springs or buy a bungalow.
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  2. Col, tie your boat up properly, sit back and enjoy the weather.
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  4. Can we all please get past the idea of a correct speed for passing moored boats, whether it be 2mph, 1mph or anything else. Chances are you have no way to measure your speed that accurately anyway, and on shallower canals, you can't get much above 2mph even at high revs if your boat has a relatively deep draft. Problems are not just caused by speed. Canal width, canal depth, canal profile and how close you pass all have a big effect. Much better to just keep an eye on moored boats you pass. If you're throwing them around or making them heel over significantly, then slow down a bit more. It's simple courtesy. Caveat to the above: If they're not tied up securely, or are using a centre line, do whatever you want! 😂 I've been told off for speeding once this year. I was on the GU passing a line of widebeams, all of them barely moving. I was crawling past even slower than usual, but my engine was loud. That is because i had just picked up something on my prop and was have having to really rev it to keep any control, and forward propulsion. I was looking for somewhere to pull in to go down the weedhatch. The idiot guy moaning had obviously heard my loud engine but paid no attention at all to what was happening to his boat.
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  6. I've lived aboard 2015-2018 and 2020-present, as a CCer in various areas (southern GU, Macclesfield/Peak Forest, and now on the Shroppie) and I've never once had a problem. Not with vandalism, not with kids, not with drunks. I've twice had stuff nicked from outside (sledge hammer in the well deck and a chimney brush on the roof), and that was almost certainly fellow boaters both times. I once even accidentally left a rucksack with my laptop inside on the roof in Watford while on a 12 hour shift at work, and it was still there and undisturbed when I got back. Security: if you have windows, you will not be able to secure your boat (unless you go to the extent of shuttering them). But that's no different to any house, where the windows are equally breakable and the contents (/occupants) equally vulnerable. I've spent a substantial amount of time living in tents with expensive gear (climbing, not homeless!), and I've never had someone go in or take anything while I've been out or away. On the flip side, I've been on the receiving end of countless unrequested acts of kindness, including one boater donating a pin in my absence to bolster my shonky mooring. People are, generally, surprisingly nice and honest. Those who aren't will be 'heads whether you're on a boat or in the street. I have a theory that those who find trouble everywhere are good at provoking it. A friendly smile and a good attitude to all that you meet seems to go a long way towards defusing problems before they even germinate.
    10 points
  7. Saw this on a different forum but thought it applied here quite well, substitute anything you like for light bulb............. Q: How many group members does it take to change a light bulb ? 1 to change the light bulb and to post that the light bulb has been changed. 14 to share similar experiences of changing light bulbs and how the light bulb could have been changed differently. 7 to caution about the dangers of changing light bulbs. 17 purists who use candles and are offended by light bulb discussions. 6 to argue over whether it's 'lightbulb' or 'light bulb'. Another 6 to condemn those 6 as stupid. 22 to tell THOSE 6 to stop being jerks. 2 industry professionals to inform the group that the proper term is 'lamp'. 15 know-it-alls who claim they were in the industry, and that 'light bulb' is perfectly correct. 49 to post memes and gifs (several are of Michael Jackson eating popcorn with the words added, “I’m just here for the comments.”) 19 to post that this page is not about light bulbs and to please take this discussion to a light bulb page. 11 to defend the posting to this page saying that we all use light bulbs and therefore the posts are relevant here. 24 to discuss the merits of LED/swirly fluorescent light bulbs 44 to claim LED and fluorescent bulbs will kill you. 12 to post F. 8 to ask what F means. 7 to post 'Following' but there's 3 dots at the top right that means you don't have to. 3 to say "can't share" 2 to reply "can't share from a closed group" 36 People to post pics of their own light bulbs. 15 People to post "I can't see S$%^!" and use their own light bulbs. 6 to report the post or PM an admin because someone said "f÷×$" 4 to say "Didn't we go through this already a short time ago?". 13 to say "Do a search on light bulbs before posting questions about light bulbs". 1 to bring politics into the discussion by adding that (insert politician of choice) isn't the brightest bulb. This usually takes place within the first three comments. 50 more to get into personal attacks over their political views. 5 admins to ban the light bulb posters who took it all too seriously. 1 late arrival to comment on the original post 6 months later and start it all over again.
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  11. The nearest B&Q or Wickes... "Cat parking southern portal of hardware tunnel" - original title of thread just in case it gets changed...
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  13. Last Sunday we chartered the Norfolk Wherry, Albion from the Norfolk Wherry Trust. Just thought I'd share a few pictures.
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  14. Do it like big ships. Get parallel to the bank /wharf , engage all three bowthrusters and however many you've got at the stern, tell the tugs to stand by, have the crew ready at bow and stern with throwing lines and standing by to winch the thing in and cross your fingers. That's it . Otherwise do it like I do, bounce off the bank, fling ropes and lines everywhere and leap off trying not to break your ankle or land in something nasty and then realise that the boat is not out of gear as you thought but is now dragging you along the bank.
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  23. The BCM in 1978, and one of Geoff Wheat's photos of a Dudley Tunnel trip in 1964.
    7 points
  24. But we only have one city that starts with Bristol? 🙂
    7 points
  25. Springs are useful when you tie up to rings or bollards that are inevitably wrongly spaced. If the lines are coming in nearly at right angles, they can’t be expected to effectively resist the fore and aft pull which is the main and virtually only force arising from a boat passing. Boats mostly only rock when being passed because the fore and aft pull transferred onto lines nearly or at right angles attached to the boat well above the centre of gravity causes it to roll. So if we are constrained by bollards or rings at right angles, we tie the stern so that the aft line is at an angle to one bollard/ring AND to a line at the opposite angle to another bollard/ring. This locates the stern in the fore/aft direction as well as keeping it in. We then put a line from the bow to the nearest bollard/ring just to keep it against the bank, not to resist the fore/aft movement. Or could be the other way round if the main ingress/egress is at the stern. Consequently I cannot remember ever having felt the need to shout “slow down”. I would say that 50% of moored boats we pass either on pins or to piling (where you can choose your own position to attach the lines) are at or very close to 90 degrees. And quite a few tied to the roof-mounted centre line as well. No wonder their boats rock badly at the slightest hint of a passing boat. Some people, in fact many people it seems, really have absolutely no idea how to operate and tie up their boats. I have no sympathy for incompetence. So it’s interesting that both Jetzi and I are expounding the 45 degree thing, and neither of us has an issue with passing boats. Seems pretty clear to me…
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  35. When I used to be a part time steerer on the trip boat in Sheffield we used to return with a fine collection of crap off the prop most trips. It all went in the CRT bins but bigger items were left next to the bins for removal. Unbelievably we had a letter from CRT telling us that on no account should rubbish from the canal be left for collection with general waste! Not long after a full fire hose was retrieved from the prop and brought proudly back to the basin, we tied it in knots through the door handles of the CRT office.
    6 points
  36. I had assumed that the random piles of oddments by the side of the canal were Art works sponsored by C&RT or Local Authorities.
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  38. No good will come of it, its too soon. The number of boats requiring intensive care will rocket, possibly overwhelming available resources.
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  44. If he's going backwards, shouldn't he be sponsoring us?
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  48. Good decision! But of course there is plenty of other volunteering to be done, it’s not just volockies. A near neighbour at our marina volunteers with CRT but they spend their time cutting back vegetation etc, and they do a jolly good job too. And they get a work boat to play with! As you know, my head is enormous and if some small part was damaged I probably wouldn’t miss it. And anyway, who’s to say that the windlass wouldn’t have come off worse?
    6 points
  49. well I take the point to some extent, that is why I played down the fact that he hit me with his windlass, but the bottom line is that people representing an organisation you are interacting with should be identifiable. If he had been wearing his name badge as he is supposed to, or if he had given me his name when I asked politely, the camera wouldn’t have come into it. But if people try to hide behind anonymity then the camera is the only resort.
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