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  1. Poster A: I'm thinking about getting a narrowboat, and I was wondering- will it be ok if I do <X> thing? Poster B: What? You want to do <X>?? What a ridiculous idea! Ridiculous and stupid. You're such a newb that you dont even know how stupid and ridiculous you are. Bah. Poster C: Well we've been doing <X> for the last 5 years, and we saved a fortune on llama food- we wouldn't do it any other way. Poster B: Then you're as ridiculous and stupid as him, and its literally a miracle that you're even alive. Bah. Poster D: Now look here, I've been boating since 1825, and my old skipper made us do <X> twice every day- never did us any harm, I can tell you. Poster E: What nonsense. We've been boating since before they invented boats. We only thought about trying <X>, and the boat sank immediately. Poster F: I can guarantee if you dont do X twice a day, you will be kidnapped by aliens and probed in all sorts of places. It definitely happened to an old mate of mine on his way back from a New Years party. Poster B: Bah. Poster G: Look at the typical entitled newbie, coming here telling us he wants to do <X>. How bloody dare he. Poster H: OMG, he only wants to go and do <X>. Poster G: Look here sonny, I've been living on narrowboats since the Cretaceous period, and I never heard of anyone who did X without having major problems afterwards. But no, you know better dont you? Well you just go ahead. You do <X>. Go on. I dare you Poster I: <X> is for losers. You should try doing <Y> instead, it will be much cheaper and easier, and you wont end up on an alien mothership. Poster L : I think you'll find <X> is no longer permitted under the Official Regulatory Regulations Act, section 75 para 403 (Oct 2021 edition), since the precedent set by Squiff vs Terrapin in 1707, thus: Any boater who does <X> will be liable for a fine of twenty squillion pounds and horrible painful death by alien torture. Poster M : Well I'm not stopping doing <X>, sod what the rules say. Poster N: Well then you're no better than the rule breaking newbie, coming here posting your fancy posts, thinking you can flout the rules that we've all followed since the birth of the Universe. Poster A: Did you say Llamas? <End of thread>
    24 points
  2. As many of you know my 7 year old rescue GSD died unexpectedly early last month. Having tried unsuccessfully to get another rescue dog from various rehoming centres, always because they are unhappy that my garden backs onto a canal without a 6 foot plus high fence, we bought a 9 week old red fox Labrador pup. Welcome to the wonderful world of boating Sam, you have BIG pawprints to fill.
    21 points
  3. Woke is a term used in an attempt to denigrate anyone who has any empathy or sympathy with those in less favourable circumstances than oneself. It had to be invented after the term "political correctness" became correctly understood to be an attempt to slander anyone who tried to speak or behave with concern for others, rather than behaving as if the only worth any person had was equivalent to their economic function, or the advantage that could be gained from using them as a thing, rather than a person.. Such mealy mouthed euphemisms are used by those who are so ashamed of their own attitudes that they need to find incomprehensible language to cloak them in, realising that should they actually voice these views, they would be correctly subject to universal condemnation. You normally find them used on the internet by those hiding, quite understandably, behind pseudonyms.
    21 points
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  5. Corruption is a serious allegation, and on the basis of what you have said here you don't appear to be able to substantiate it. On the first point, the parking of the van in apparent breach of lease conditions is not a matter for CRT, neither is the verbal assault by a CRT employee in his own time. The former you should take up with whoever manages the roads and parking round your apartment, and the latter is a police matter. On your second point you have no idea what action CRT may (or may not) be taking against the owner of the now sunken boat. It may have been abandoned, in which case CRT could be having difficulty tracing the owner. In any event they have procedures to follow, and if the owner does not reclaim it, CRT will eventually remove it from the water. An admin charge to refund the balance of your licence is normal, and no way fraudulent. CRT incur admin costs in refunding which they wouldn't have incurred if your licence had run its term, and it is reasonable for them to recover these. If you had bought a shorter duration licence in the first place, knowing you were going to sell the boat, you would have paid a higher unit cost anyway.
    20 points
  6. Pencil, ink and watercolour
    19 points
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  8. Point of Order.... Don't be too hard on these expensive local corner shops. They will be buying their stock at virtually the same price as the likes of Tesco et al flog it direct to the general public, and your perceived overprice will be their gross profit margin. If you begrudge them scratching a living by adding 10p to the price of their beans or 70p to a packet of bacon, then go directly to a Tesco superstore and buy it there. Yes I know that is inconvenient or impossible much of the time, and therein lies the value of overpriced corner shops. Rant over
    17 points
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  10. We had one try it on a couple of years ago on the boat in front of us. "Working boats have priority at locks ..." The boater they were telling it to accepted it, so I stole the lock from the ex-working boat. Furiously marched up to me and said "I know you heard me tell the other chap that working boats have priority" I smiled sweetly and agreed I'd heard him say that. Then I pointed out politely that he had a pleasure boat licence and I have a roving traders licence. By definition only one of us is a working boat ...
    16 points
  11. 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.
    16 points
  12. There is no priority for anyone, I suppose it could be considered polite to let a fuel boat get a head if they wanted, and I probably would, but beyond that nope. What you have encountered is a species called idiotus foolious, they exist everywhere in relatively small numbers, unfortunately their impact on those around them can be out of proportion to any real authority they have (which is generally none), best ignored. Occasionally one can encounter idiotus foolious spp.clipbordiois these generally have a much higher opinion of themselves and feel they do have some authority, again best ignored occasionally a wave and a gentle smile helps, as a last resort cup your ear and shout loudly "sorry I'm a little deaf, but I think it's half 2" this seems to clear most problems
    15 points
  13. Waterworks seems to be gagging for battles with CRT. Normal people just pay CRT's reasonable changes and get on with their lives, rather than prattling on about how recovering them is civil matter and CRT can't add them to the license fee or withhold a license. Such an idea would not even occur to most boaters who are happy to comply with reasonable rules in order to get well controlled and available moorings.
    15 points
  14. Yes, Jo is now safely at the boatyard. Massive thanks to @Chagall who very kindly lent me a boat to just tow Jo without having to mess about with a temporary rudder. And for the infinite coffee supply, the breakfast and most of all the company. It was a real pleasure to meet you in person.
    15 points
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  17. I've been a member for years now. I've had one callout when the bloke just shrugged and walked away, another who did his best but failed to sort a broken fuel pipe, one who replaced a bust starter, another who sorted out a gearbox problem in half an hour. On top of that, they've contributed £2000 to gearbox repairs and their service engineer had a fallout with the owner of my mooring site which got RCR banned from the farm and for which they never apologised. So a mixed bunch, but as a person of a certain age and inflexibility with no expertise in engines, I wouldn't be without them as a safety net. When disaster strikes, panic sets in and an expert on the end of a phone call is very reassuring. And to know they'll always get you to a boatyard if necessary is also handy. And to slag off a new poster, who in good faith put a useful report on here, as some members have done, is a disgrace and they should be ashamed of themselves. Sadly, it's typical of some, but luckily not the majority.
    15 points
  18. CRT PRESS RELEASE 1st April 2022 IMPROVING LOCK BALANCE BEAMS ON THE CANALS Over the next 12 months, the waterways and wellbeing charity will worked with dozens of volunteers, community organisations and youth groups to deliver a major improvement to the canal and river infrastructure of our waterways. The biggest improvement in recent years that the Trust has made has been to change the many signs on its property from black and white to shades of blue. This has lead to increased wellbeing of all visitors to the waterways. The next phase of the project will take things still further and remove some inconsistent branding from the built environment of the waterways. Most lock balance beams are still either painted black and white, in the old British Waterways brand colours, or worse, in bare wood, with white ends. To maintain a consistent image across the Trusts environment, a major program will repaint all lock beams in the Trusts dark blue, with pale blue ends. The pale blue on the ends of the beams are an important health and safety feature, allowing visitors to spot them in reduced light conditions. To this end, we will be diverting all navigation staff from other maintenance tasks to working with volunteer groups on painting while the project is going on. We believe that consistent branding will be more beneficial to boaters and other users and visitors to our waterways. Considerable work has gone on by our engineers to select a paint for lock beams that will adhere well to rotting wood. A feature of many lock beams on our 200 year old canal system. Unfortunately, this paint is very expensive and we have decided to cancel next winters program of lock gate replacement as the best use of the Trusts funds. April Blague, community engagement coordinator at the Canal & River Trust, said: “We are really proud of this new plan to improve our Waterways. This continuation of our rebranding to a Wellbeing Charity will improve the waterways experience for all our customers." “Research shows that being by the water makes you happier, and it’s satisfying to make a difference. The volunteers are doing an amazing job and their hard work will pay dividends this spring and beyond as visitors appreciate all the newly repainted locks. They will rightly feel very proud with what they have achieved. For more information about how to volunteer or donate to the Canal & River Trust, please visit www.canalrivertrust.org.uk. -ends-
    14 points
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  20. Easy, focus on canals, navigation, boats, wildlife and history like wot you should, forget about wellbeens and cycle racing. "there are 1000's of miles of roads for cycle racing, but only one canal system, and that was built for boats, look after it" Watching a boat going through a lock makes people feel well, jumping out of the way of an abusive cyclist does not.
    14 points
  21. Col, tie your boat up properly, sit back and enjoy the weather.
    14 points
  22. Thanks for the welcome guys! I've been lurking for a while - finally made myself sign up this morning. Didn't mean to start by posting something a bit antagonistic! What I meant by gatekeeping - and this is something you see in all, especially online, communities - is the artificial placing of boundaries to entry to the community to keep away "outsiders". People who define their sense of self by something tend to be defensive of that thing - if suddenly everyone is doing it, then what they defined as their identity has disappeared. In this case it was the implied denial of David as a "boater" because he'd "only" done it for six years "didn't have it in his blood" etc etc, and had made a sensible decision for his future. Plus the usual grumblings of social media. I suspect my sensitivity in this case - as hopeful boater - is I see a bit of myself in David. But I digress! David's move away from cruising to more documentary style videos really sets him apart, and makes full use of his professional history. I hope he can continue to effectively document a rich part of our national history, making it more accessible to everyone.
    13 points
  23. A bit of art my daughter has done I hope you like it Graham
    13 points
  24. As a single-hander- and a rather lazy one- I have become quite shameless in cajoling both civilians and other boaters into helping at locks. Anybody standing nearby and watching is generally given my most charming smile (which to be fair is still not very charming. I start with a wave, and an uber-friendly "Hello there! Yes, nice day/awful day <insert banal weather comment as appropriate>" If they are civilians and they start asking questions, their fate is sealed. After a few minutes of small talk, I start my pitch: "You know, I hate to be a bother, but I don't suppose I could ask a bit of a favour? The thing is that when I drive the boat out, I normally have to tie it up over there, and come back to close these gates. Yes I know, dreadful system... Cant think how it caught on... Now if only there was somebody around who could perhaps close these gates for me, I could just drive away..." At this point I look wistfully back and forth along the canal, as if searching for assistants. "Yes, all on my own. Yes, I know. It's quite tragic really... Oh, you'll close them for me? How very kind of you! Oh, and you're walking along to the next lock, you say? Well, that's very lucky, I must say...." By a mixture of bombast, slick sales talk, and a downcast expression that Gollum would be proud of, I usually secure the services of a gate-closer, as a minimum. On occasion I will have a whole team of gongoozlers working away with windlasses under my supervision, all as keen as mustard. My greatest success came just a few weeks ago, when a group of about 40 walkers were roped into helping me down through the lock at middlewich, where it joins the T+M. The ringleader was an outspoken gentleman of uncertain vintage, who clearly fancied himself to be the group comedian. He became a tad unruly, but I kept the mob in check and sailed through the lock with the minimum of effort- which as any lazy boater knows, is what its all about. A bit later on, as luck would have it, one of the gates on the big double lock wouldn't close after I went through it. The first family group of gongoozlers I roped in were unable to close it, despite some very vigorous efforts. I struggled to hide my disgust at this poor show, and the subsequent treason of leaving me alone with a jammed lock gate. There were only a few hours of light left, and I needed to make progress, but I couldn't leave an open gate. I was trying to look up the CRT phone number when who should happen by, but the 40-strong gaggle of hikers from earlier on. I waved them down as one might a cab, explained the problem, and stressed that I needed the strongest and most able-bodied of them for this job. These were specimens of advanced years, it must be said- but all were hale and hearty, and in not time the gate was shut, and I was on my way again. The price of their help was a fair bit of ribbing about them being my ground crew, and them needing to follow me around the canal system. I took their banter with typical good grace (i.e. secretly hoping that one or two of the louder and more jovial characters might fall in). I am starting to view civilians as essentially an unpaid volunteer force, who just don't realise it yet.
    13 points
  25. Many forum members will remember Alan, a magnificent example of the Scottish race who came to join us on the canals in 2013 and brought laughter, fun and good banter along with a willingness to learn as much as he could whilst guffawing at his and everyone elses mistakes. He didnt just do the canals, he also travelled the world with his love from America, Dona, sending updates from places that are well outside the Continuous Cruising guidelines! He was recently diagnosed with lung cancer, but was hitting it head on, however, yesterday he passed away suddenly even though all stops were pulled out to keep him from visiting somewhere new. Alan was a massively good friend, one of those that you dont have to see every week, a year could pass, meet up and it was like you hadn't been apart for more than a couple of days. His enthusiasm for trying new things and going it alone in 2012 after his wife passed away were unboundless, but carefully investigated as well. He also gave a home on the boat to the mad, boisterous collie James, who certainly made Alan's fitness regime start up again. Alan will be sadly missed, warmly remembered, and I'm damn sure an few glasses of some decent malt will be downed in his memory if a banter ever happens again.
    13 points
  26. "Woke", "politically correct", "playing the race card", "white lives matter".... all examples of what's sometimes called "playing the shell game". It allows people to dismiss the serious concerns of others about the systematic racism, sexism, homophobia etc that other people encounter in their day-to-day lives. Anybody who expresses empathy with the less fortunate or the oppressed; anybody who expresses concern with the state of the world, whether it be about climate, refugees, poverty etc; anybody who speaks up for the downtrodden, marginalised, dispossessed and exploited can be dismissed and their concerns ignored by using one of the above phrases.
    13 points
  27. Can i just say... What a great site this is, I've been a member for a few years now. Any questions or worries re boating are answered with enthusiasm and quickly too. Theres nothing that can't be addressed here. Stark contrast to a certain boat owners club I've just joined 'at cost' ;-( Thank you Canal World 😅
    13 points
  28. To answer your question, I think it is the 'state of mind' of the boater that differs. Supposed "genuine boaters" like boats and boating, and live aboard specifically because they like boats and boating. People who are perceived as not "genuine boaters" are those who bought a boat because they see it as accommodation cheaper than a house or flat, who avoid boating whenever possible, who prefer to stay put in one place in perpetuity, and who only move their boat under duress.
    13 points
  29. Summary: "Boat enters lock and geese and goslings avoid the boat. Observer very upset even though nothing happened, and posts angrily on discussion forum." This strikes me as similar to 20 tonne lumbering narrowboat skippers panicking they are going to hit a fast and nimble canoe. The canoeists are totally confident the NB could never hit or squash them even if they tried.
    12 points
  30. "I have a Raspbery Pi (size of a fag packet single board computer with MANY uses) running Kodi (software multi-media player with pretty user interface) connected to either Freeview (digital terrestrial television) or Freesat (digital satellite television) receivers as needed. Kodi runs a PVR (personal video recorder) for recording on-air programmes as needed. It can also do an iplayer/sounds interface through the wifi although not itv/4/5. There's also a torrenting (peer-2-peer protocol for decentralised file sharing usually of questionably copyrighted material) module and soundcloud (website for sharing, streaming and distributing audio) for music. It also indexes/classifies/plays (fettles) locally stored files. For emergency (a serious, unexpected, and often dangerous situation requiring immediate action but absolutely not the viewing of Strictly/DoI/Bake Off/anything with the word "celebrity" in it) watching of 'Dancing on Ice' (terrible program, think Strictly with accidents) there's a Roku Express (remote-sized HDMI plug-in media player, Linux-based) to stream 3/4/5 from the internet." obviously, other explanations are available
    12 points
  31. The OP is the highest bidder on the boats eBay listing and hasn't seen it yet. I won't be taking any money off anyone until they have viewed the boat and understand the works required. I quite enjoy sleeping at night... 😉
    12 points
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  33. I suspect most old boaters with many years experience would not see a crisis at all but be impressed by how well maintained the canals are. Last summer we went from the Rochdale summit to Lechlade and back. We had two minor delays on the South Oxford whilst CRT came to sort out lock problems, and a really grim couple of days coming up the Rochdale due to lack of water. Only once did I have to dive into my toolbox (to get through a stubborn swingbridge). Its 200 years old, its not a theme park (yet), its full of boaters who are no longer self sufficient and have unrealistic expectations of customer service, it could be much better, but it works.
    12 points
  34. Scruffy boats are one thing, but when the scruffiness spills onto the towpath it is unacceptable. The same scruffiness often goes hand- in-hand with breaches of the rules and antisocial behaviour. It's hardly surprising that this creates resentment from not only the general public but responsible boaters too.
    12 points
  35. Not quite, the owner has owned the boat for 8 years, she has known that it is in need of hull works for some time and her move to land has prompted her to sell the boat. With this in mind she approached me about doing the works on the boat to get it ready for sale. I suggested she had the boat surveyed to understand the extent of the works required, which she did. The works needed are extensive and I advised the owner that the cost would be in the region of £12-15k. Based on this she made to the decision to sell. Both the owner and I have tried to be as upfront and honest about the condition of the boat as we can, which is why we have made the full hull survey available online so that potential purchasers can make a decision with a clear idea of what works are needed.
    12 points
  36. Did you actually read this post before you pressed “submit reply”? Whilst I will freely admit Lady G and I have frequently seen opposite sides of an argument, posting such a negative post to a female of a certain age, alone, singlehanded, with a broken boat (which is her home) is beyond the pale. If she was stressed, frightened and not sure where to turn this could have tipped her over the edge. I hope you’re proud of yourself. Alternatively you could apologise and offer some advice.
    12 points
  37. Maybe they could be even more radical and mothball London and transfer some of the resources to the Rochdale and Huddersfield.
    12 points
  38. Most people on this forum appear to have voted, several times, for a type of government that is committed to low taxes and a small state. As a result, the once nationalised waterways have in effect been privatised and government support is diminishing every year with the aim of getting it to zero (unlikely). There is no profit, not even a social profit, in maintaining navigation for a few well off individuals so they can have a couple of weeks playing on a boat. There is a social argument for recreational use for fifty times the number of runners, walkers, fishermen and a green argument for maintaining it for cyclists. You get what you pay for, you've got your boat, you've obviously managed to navigate the Leicester chunk, even if you whinge about it. Bits of the system are three hundred years old. Let's see what state you're in after that time...
    12 points
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  40. Thats what you get for Peking .....................
    11 points
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  44. Wow bringing up an old thread from 9 years ago but still very relevant in todays times In the end we went with option D and that was to do nothing and continue building the pot I then paid off the mortgage and got another mortgage a month later and at that moment the dream of 20 years seemed to have gone. Then came covid and the property I purchased had gained in equity so it had to go I have now downsized and we have just purchased our narrowboat and we are thrilled So in 6 months we will give up work and become CCs Rent the house as back up Dreams can come true but sometimes they take a little longer than expected
    11 points
  45. Just in case you didn't quite believe it Ange 😃
    11 points
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  47. 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.
    11 points
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  49. The biggest issue is that with the slow speed that boats can travel on the inland waterways you can't get far enough away while they are at school to guarantee that the children won't find you again.
    11 points
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