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  2. I hate to say this but on technical boating matters CRT are not the best people to talk to. If you want a semi static floating home then a widebeam is good, but if you plan to spend six months continuous cruising, especially in the South, then a narrowboat is the obvious choice, maybe a nice big 70 footer if you feel that you need a lot of space. A narrowboat will give you access to the Thames and K&A, (and the K&A is much easier in a narrowboat), but will also let you cruise up the South Oxford canal and venture into the midlands if you wish. The midlands has some of the best canals and they are narrow.
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  4. Hey Alan, Yeah he is a certified boat electrician and works solely on boats and vans. We are not using solid core wires, we are using 2.5mm multi strand and will all be terminated with bootlace ferules. Obviously I am just researching for my own knowledge and understanding. The electrician will be doing all the install and follow the relevant code along with sign off of the system.
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  5. New to Boat life - already unhappy happy with the CRT
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  7. "Apologises for the delay in responding to your query about the 3 month licence issue. There appears to have ben some confusion between the last licensee end date and the start date for your self. In lieu of this, an extra month has been added toy our current 3 month licence. " Result!
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  13. The problem will compound up. I never boat in London as I find the situation absurd and untenable. My decision to stay away is invisible along with the same decision by many others. I'd welcome a massive change in the law to get rid of the 'cheap housing' brigade I read about infesting the London navigations.
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  14. Fair play to you, always worth asking. Glad you got sorted
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  15. New to Boat life - and CRT are not that bad after all.
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  16. Was worth enquiring then 👍 Nice one.
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  17. The best use I saw for a tug foredeck was for a pet goat to lounge on and motorcycle storage. The bed must be a nightmare. I think you could probably arrange for a sliding mechanism perhaps with linear actuators. Other than that even as a fit young lithe thing it would just be a nuisance. They do look good though.
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  18. Errr, tumble drier, obviously! Something to use up some of that excess solar power with. Line dried clothes are harsh on my delicate skin and pick up all sorts of pollution from birdy-poop to pollen to dust to Putin’s nuclear fallout. Plus, it always rains just before the clothes are fully dry. Whereas tumble dried clothes are super soft and smell nice. No brainier!
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  19. Yes, local knowledge helps The Ordnance Factory connected with the Foleshill Light Railway which served a brickworks, a scrapyard and Courtaulds Ltd. The Peckett KITCHENER appears to be the locomotive in the image. Later the sidings were extended to join up with the Coventry Loop Line, which then provided the main rail access to the site.
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  20. 1977. I'm not sure he's not got his politics confused though, but there is a general agreement on this forum that everything is definitely Labour's fault, even though they haven't been in power for what, twelve years?
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  21. We met up with a couple on a boat drawing 36” who’d made it to the end of the canal but admitted it was hard work in places but okay for the final 3-4 miles. We draw 30” and it was reasonably ok to Stoke Golding and horrible through the Babbington bends. We turned around and headed for an easier life. Now on the Coventry…where it’s almost as bad in spots!
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  22. You can say all sorts when you're in opposition with a whacking great majority against you. When you have to run the country, though, things may change. He almost certainly has more integrity than anyone in the cabinet, but that really isn't saying much, is it? You know how to tell when a politician's lying, surely... Anyway, I don't mind fifteen quid for a callout. If it's per visit, and the bloke has to go away for a part a couple of times, though, I might quibble a bit. And if the guy turns up like one did, says "I don't know nuffink about Listers" and buggers off, when I've stressed it's a Lister problem, they can whistle!
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  23. So does Johnson.
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  24. He's a politician. That means the first thing he'll do after being elected is apply to join the single market and the customs union. You really should stop this rather naive faith of yours in politicians. Or is it only Conservatives who are allowed to lie through their teeth and break their promises, manifesto commitments, laws and treaties?
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  26. I understand that Oldbury reservoir was a source of water for the Coventry canal - but it doesn't seem to exist anymore..........
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  28. I guessed that would be one of your overnight locations but I'm still puzzled as to your Ryde overnight stop. If you were there, Bembridge not Ryde, for the Fort Walk you would witness something akin to Moses crossing the Red Sea!
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  29. Hi, We have just started on the Ashby, moored at Hinckley - does this mean that CRT might possibly close the canal ? To be honest, it was rather hard going, and the water levels look very low Thanks Andrew
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  30. I am surprised the Coventry Canal has not been affected by the stoppage as that was awfully low on water 2 days ago.
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  32. Many of us use the brolly mate and have drilled an extra hole through the horizontal tube for the tiller pin. Been using mine like this for years.
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  33. They've been about for years. https://www.miracleleisureproducts.co.uk/brolly-mate.html
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  35. You'll pay through the nose for Shell branded oil. Over the years I've used fuel company oils (got staff discount...), Motor factor in house branded, motor factor supplied and lastly folks sellimg lubes on ebay. I've used the oils on PVT cars when I had them and all manner of other cars. The only magic is the lube business is the prose... There are industry standards published in the blend mix - otherwise its effectively the same stuff grade for grade Morris' is a good brand -they supply the trade and are respected. I think they do mail order.
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  36. I think the owners of widebeams never think what might happen if they met themselves coming the other way….they seem to think they operate in isolation.
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  37. So a gas oven or hob in a boat is not permitted? Here is a picture of my diesel heater which has been accepted by BSS - the last examination being in 2020.
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  38. Yes of course I am, and so does everybody else. You too, almost certainly, unless you have never exceeded the speed limit on the roads. Only an idiot adheres to a law they believe is immoral (not that speed limits are!) - I think that excuse got dumped at Nuremberg. You wouldn't have the vote if people hadn't broken the law back in the day. Mostly, the law is irrelevant - we don't even know what most of them are (politicians pass them by the hundred) and nor do judges or policemen. The one about licences is, according to CRT, who really ought to know, outdated, unnecessary for their purposes, and not insisted on. I can't see it's worth all this fuss and getting heated about. Mine are in the window because, why not? P S I think you have just called our Prime Minister an anarchist, which is interesting, and possibly correct...
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  39. I think a clearer situation for customers would have been to simply increase the membership prices to cover the increased costs. Adding a vague “fuel levy” to call outs just adds uncertainty for customers as to what they will need to pay in the event of a call out. I’ve had silver membership for four years and never needed to make a call out. If they are going to add an unknown fee then on renewal I may as well drop down to retainer and just pay on an on use basis.
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  40. Do RCR have people dotted about the country like AA/RAC etc? if so these costs may be quite low, but they may now always say they were 50 miles away and nobody could know?
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  41. It depends if you break down. If you never get a breakdown then the RCR seems expensive. The day you get a breakdown then the annual fee, the call out charge and the fuel levy will suddenly seem like a bargain! Provided they do actually fix it....
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  42. But you're not looking at the bigger picture... If the supermarkets deliver more goods in vans (especially from centralised depots like the automated one Ocado use) they sell less in stores, so need less space and fewer shelf-stackers and cashiers and tills and deliveries *to* the supermarkets...
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  43. The reason is that the costs (fuel and wages) are shared over a large number of deliveries. It's far more eco-friendly for an Ocado/Asda/whatever van to drive round a circuit and deliver shopping to perhaps 50 people than it is for each of those people to drive to the nearest supermarket.
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  44. It still suprises me that Asda can pick, pack and deliver my shopping for the grand sum of £1. It would cost me £12 in fuel alone to go to my nearest Asda. It still surprises me that Hermes will come and collect my parcels (for delivery) for £1 when it would cost me £3 or £4 in fuel to take them to the drop-off point
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  45. Depends how shiny your boat is and therefore how much they reckon you can afford! 😀
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  47. Look for fore and aft play at the prop, as well as port/starboard and up/down. Check the Universal Joint on each end of the cardan shaft for play between the central spider and the two yokes. There are usually needle roller bearings in the yokes and these may be expiring. Check the thrust bearing for play up/down and sideways. Ball type thrust bearings do ot last forever, especially if they are not lubricated. N
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  48. Mission accomplished. The winding hole is extremely silted. Managed to turn by reversing into the hole so the stern was pretty much sat on the bottom, then using the pole and the flow to bring the bow around anticlockwise. Reversing back to Cobblers lock now to see how close we can get. Wouldn't have like to attempt this in a much longer boat. Worth the trip though. D'oh reversing back we can see the proper winding hole is on the left as you approach Cobblers. We winded in a steam/drain confluence on the right. The winding point proper is much larger but equally silted.
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