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  1. It is very sad that this chap lost his life and I think it shows up the forum in a bad light that the thread has degenerated into a discussion on his status and pension income . The guy has lost his life let's show some respect Haggis
    25 points
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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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  6. After 30 years as a Police officer he would have a decent pension, so more then likely doing it voluntary just to get out the house and keep active and not for the money as HMRC quickly take it off you when you make extra. I don’t know why people are going on about PAYE or Employee, does it make any difference to the senseless murder of a decant man?
    18 points
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  8. 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
  9. Good luck with that then. I once gave a mate a hand to do the same (40 years ago) the mental scars are still evident. First he had it pumped out at a yard. Then we filled it up with water and a cocktail of chemicals that "Bloke in Pub" told him in an all knowing way would definitely dislodge any "ooh nasty" that was lingering. Returning to the yard we had it pumped out again. Convinced it must now be clean and empty, we now proceeded to a mate's mooring as he'd offered to buy it for his boat. On arrival the outlet pipe was opened and the buyer suggested we shove a dipstick down it as he wanted to confirm he was indeed buying it empty. We didn't get that far as the evil stench that visibly emerged from the opened pipe not only clashed badly with the yellow paintwork, but confirmed something potent still lingered inside. All three of us suffered physical wounds as well as blunt force trauma as we each battered the other two in an attempt to exit the bog at the same time. We retired to the pub where medicine was administered to calm our heaving stomachs. "Bloke" was there, so we updated him on the lack of efficacy we had encountered having embraced his suggestion as to which chemicals to shove in it. He accepted a drink in return for advising we needed to agitate it to slosh the cleaner around inside. With a knowing look we all said "Ah, that makes sense" And had another pint each. An hour later we had refilled it with water and emptied in what was left of " Blokes' " chemicals and everything else we found in the cleaning cupboard on board. Personally I was putting my money on the lavender Radox. Now we'd chucked 20 gallons in and shoved a tea towel down the spout it occurred to us that nearly 2cwt of liquid goo wasn't going to be easy to slosh about with gay abandon. It was at this point that one of us pointed out that due to the shape of the tank it wasn't going to exit the boat doors let alone allow itself to be contorted around bulkheads etc without being tipped up on end. Clearly it would have to be emptied again, properly this time, but sans agitation. Fed up with wasting money on pump outs our friend was determined this was to be the last attempt. "I wonder if pumping air into it would stir it all up enough?" He pondered. It was decided to give that a try until it transpired that the only electric pump on board was a bilge pump which was superb at pumping water, but hopeless at pumping air. Luckily it was at this point that one of us misremembered an experiment at school and became totally confused about the frothy results of mixing the kind of ingredients everybody has in their kitchen. "I'll be back in a minute ...." He confidently departed in the direction of the corner "Spar Shop". On return he proceeded to empty a 5lb box of Baking Powder down the toilet, closely followed by a gallon of Pickling Vinegar. "Well, that ought to d ......" was as far as he got. I won't go into all of the sordid details of what transpired or how long it took to clean everything off the ceiling and out of the bilges, and the engine or off the fenders. But suffice it to say we never found the tea towel. Like I said Good Luck!!!!
    16 points
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  11. 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
  12. Actually Arthur, you probably make good sense. We have both realised we were a bit out of order Saturday night, blame lockdown boredom, wine, parent illness problems etc, it all builds up and occasionally you need a blow out. Unfortunately, it happened and it wasnt pretty. Our apologies to the boat opposite for having to move.
    15 points
  13. 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
  14. Col, tie your boat up properly, sit back and enjoy the weather.
    14 points
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  16. I don't really take either side in this. David Yule is a tad naiive to think that he could live as a bona fide CCer on a converted lifeboat. I've seen quite a few of these vessels on the waterways and he would probably soon realise it's unsuitable and he needed a mooring. However, on the other hand there are much more pleasant ways of talking to people and there's really is no need for the hate which was promised and then delivered by some on this forum. Once again it highlights a rather blinkered view of boating. As usual anything out of the ordinary that's suggested is chastised and castigated. Is this how you talk to people in real life? Actually, boating in a broader context is not the humdrum mono-cultural activity that some of you seem to think it is. It's different for different people. Personally I enjoy living on bigger rivers where one sees a diversity of craft of all shapes and sizes. So what if David Yule isn't interested in the waterways in exactly the same way as you are? I know people with narrowboats who haven't got a clue and aren't really interested either! Should they be denied access too? Boating is for everyone in whatever way they wish to do it (within the rules) and someone else who has a different type of boating interest has just as much right to enjoy it in their own way as you do. It's fine to criticise someone's suggestion if you think it's a bad idea or they suggest breaking the rules, but there's really no excuse for hate.
    14 points
  17. 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
  18. "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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. Everywhere I go I see piles and piles of ash dumped along the hedgerow, Even in Braunston, where the towpath is narrow in places, lazy itinerant boaters dump their ash. Ash is two of three things. If its coal based ash it is TOXIC waste! and fly-tipping. Nothing grows through it. If it is wood based ash it is rubbish and constitutes fly-tipping. Yes I know wood ash is good for the garden and in your own garden you can do what you like. Either way all ash should be disposed of properly, that is to say cooled, bagged, and binned. Last Sunday as we walked across the main road bridge, in Braunston to the car, we saw flames and palls of smoke coming out of the hedgerow at the back of Vegas Racing. This will be the third time I have witnessed a fire in that short line of trees, and a lazy itinerant boater is to blame. I am sure it has happened more times than that. Fortunately another boater was arriving on the scene to deal with it. I wonder how many small creatures get baked alive in these circumstances. There are those who suggest putting it in the puddles on the tow path, stupid idea, fine ash and water mixed together makes gooey sludge! What is so hard about bagging it an binning it? There is no reason to dump your ash. When using coal, at the end of a 25 kg bag of coal, you have an empty bag and its FREE! Put your ash in that! You will bin the bags anyway. Now I know some here will talk about hot ash in plastic bags and they are almost right, but you can alleviate that problem. Try one of these Clarke CHT848 12 Litre Stainless Steel Bucket With Lid - Machine Mart - Machine Mart £19.19 is nice shiney Stainless Steel and will last for ever, ( there is a 16 litre size) If you cant afford one of these you could try one of these Draper 12L Galvanised Steel Bucket - Machine Mart - Machine Mart £7.98. it's Galvanised so not so shiney, and should last 6/7 years or more. I have one on my roof. It stands on an old piece or Hexboard to stop it damaging the paint work. I burn solid fuel from September to May so there is always a plentiful supply of bags. Place ash into the bucket to cool and when cool empty into the plastic bag. If you are not sure its cool put some water in it, it will soon tell you. (mind your eyes). Fly-tipping is a despicable thing to do. It damages the environment. and kills wildlife. We as boaters should be looking after the environment we live in not burning it down! Word of warning, if you do get a bucket please do not store hot ash on your front/rear decks. Until the heat is gone the ashes will still be producing Carbon gasses that could get in through your ventilators. I leave mine on the tow path!
    13 points
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  23. Unless you have been on a different planet to the rest of us, over 100k UK human beings have now lost their lives to this horrible virus. On a daily basis, my sister watches many people die in front of her(QEII Birmigham), holds their hands and talks to them as their relatives cant come near. She talks to me when she can, when she feels able to, and cries because people will not follow the rules or guidance. Does this make me angry, yes, more careful , yes. You say..Going to lengths to justify their movements...and even then you question why they went up Napton for water... STAY HOME-SAVE LIVES-PROTECT THE NHS That's all it was for 99% of people during the first lockdown. ....not working out how far they could cruise knowing that MrPlod wouldnt have a car on the corner of the canal to turn them back. Even on 23rd May, this was the official guidance.. Key boating milestones This week you can: Undertake short boating trips only– avoiding using locks and any staff-operated structures if possible If you also remember, most media stopped along with all sport, including Countryfile outside broadcasts, Eastenders filming, even the bloody Archers...until safe practices were put in place and Government restrictions were softened. This thread had died until the Foxes complained to the Forum that apparently there were inaccuracies and falsehoods. With your kids both being in the NHS, I cant understand your attitude, other than you being the permanent devils advocate you love to be. The Covid caught up with the Foxes eventually hospitalising one , did they deserve it, NO, nobody deserved it, but how many people caught it from them on the towpaths local shops and maybe boatyards whilst they were moving before they knew they had it??? How many people could they have transferred it to up and down the canal if they had it asymptomatically the first lockdown??? Sorry for a bit of a rant, but yes, this IS about Covid19 and 2 Vloggers that just dont get it, even after having suffered it. https://twitter.com/BylineTV/status/1354124849053052930?s=20
    13 points
  24. 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
  25. Maybe they could be even more radical and mothball London and transfer some of the resources to the Rochdale and Huddersfield.
    12 points
  26. 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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  28. Dear LadyG, I have this morning collared the previous owner of your boat, who by the way is one of the kindest most helpful gents in the marina. First of all I asked him about the bow batteries. They used to drive the bow thruster but when the bow thruster was removed they were connected to the inverter situated by them, and cabin 12v circuits, and could also be charged from the stern with solar and engine. There was a fuse adjacent to the bow batteries and also an isolator. There was also a small mains charger there as well. There are hefty welding cables going from the stern to the bow for charging those bow batteries. There is also a massive earth cable ringing the entire cabin to "t" into if needed (his words). He also had a small 300watt inverter to just run the telly to save using the big inverter and so saving power. There was a voltage meter up by the bow batteries. In the galley somewhere near the fridge was a white unit and in it was an automatic switching relay. As soon as you unplugged shore power the fridge was on 12v cabin batteries. When on shore power it powered the fridge without using the 12v batteries. That way the fridge didn't use the cabin batteries when on land-line. Now the stern. You have mentioned 3 isolators in a line. 1 - Engine Starter Battery. 2 - Domestic Batteries 3 - Bow Batteries ALL batteries could be charged via solar or engine if necessary by using the isolators. Or prioritising the charging of the different batteries using the isolators if necessary. Once again there are hefty cables going from stern to bow for charging. By the way he said everything was labelled. That's about as much as I can remember. It is unfortunate that you couldn't get a better, more direct explanation from him when you were both living in the marina. I am aware that you have had umpteen electricians on the boat so alot of this info might be a waste of time. Hope this helps. Joe
    12 points
  29. A little late but we have made it so that users with less than 10 posts can't send PMs at least for now. Can't be having this as not only is it unwanted from a user perspective, it also has implications on the site as a whole. Appreciate the mods have done a great job keeping on top of this as always. Just as a FYI though - if enough people report a spammer, the forum system will take corrective action automatically, in most cases. Obviously we can't give full details as to how this works exactly but please bear this in mind. That said, the risk of this attack happening again in this particular form is now reduced. Apologies for any inconvenience caused by this
    12 points
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  32. What is needed now is a movable width restriction at the A45 bridge just north of Braunston Junction, which is only unlocked when a wide boat passage is scheduled.
    12 points
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  34. I finally took up the challenge and watched their latest Vlog. Until now I never thought there could be anything worse than Gregg Wallace or Mrs Brown's Boys, I was wrong. It was awful, not only was it less than informative, it was all about themselves, with half the footage showing them talking, and looking at each other, accompanied by a very poor attempt at humor. If this is an example of "above average quality" vlogs, it confirms my original assessment of such presentations.
    12 points
  35. So you just want somewhere cheap to live, never mind blighting the canals with a very unsuitable and ugly boat, and you want to bend or break the law. You are not interested in boating. I hereby warn you that you are about to receive a lot of hate.
    12 points
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  37. 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.
    11 points
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  41. 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
  42. Hi Debbie. I am from the region, currently live aboard and am on the Ouse. However I only bought the boat last year with no family history of living on boats, and will be travelling to other parts of the country soon, so I'm not sure I'm exactly the sort of person you're looking to interview. Some relevant background detail to hopefully help your article Most of the UK's canal network was built specifically for carrying goods directly between industrial regions, which was undertaken by liveaboard boaters/bargees. In East Anglia, however it' mostly natural rivers (slightly altered for navigation as well as flood control) and drainage channels, so boat and barge traffic was never as important to it as other canals and it probably never had as many working boaters. Northampton is close to some of the most historically important canal routes, but getting there by boat from Bedford or St Neots is a journey of over 150 miles along winding rivers via Ely, Downham Market and Peterborough taking several days, instead of 30 miles up the road! The Norfolk Broads are connected only by sea. Related local issues for boaters are: - Unlike most of the UK's canal network, there is no automatic right to moor nearly anywhere along a towpath. The rivers and Middle Level are lined mostly by private land, and there are only a few designated mooring spots where itinerant travellers (and the many people taking their boat out of the marina for the weekend) have the right to moor. Also, the banks simply aren't as easy to moor up against, and there are fewer facilities like water points outside privately-run marinas. - The Cambridgeshire rivers are maintained by three different organizations (the Environment Agency, the Middle Level Commission and the Cam Conservancy) instead of the Canal and River Trust that maintains most of the UK's canal network. Each has their own rules and licenses, and the licensing situations have changed recently in ways which are complicated but basically increase costs for many boaters inside and visiting boaters outside the region (other people understand and are passionate about these details more than me!) - The rivers and Middle Levels are also much more involved in flood defence than most canals, and often aren't actually safe to navigate after heavy rainfall. - the traditional style of narrowboat common across most of the UK is not actually native to this region except parts of Northamptonshire (although people actually living aboard are likely to prefer modern variants of this design to the ubiquitous white plastic leisure cruiser) I suspect this will mean that finding multigenerational liveaboards who move around mostly or exclusively in this region more difficult, although obviously the river is very popular with leisure boaters and many people have in more recent decades chosen to live in Cambridgeshire marinas. The Great Ouse Boaters Association - goba.org.uk - might be able to help you too, Some more general points about boaters - although cost is often cited as a reason for living in boats, it's a bit of a myth that it's a cheap lifestyle. If you want to live somewhere expensive like Cambridge your only real option on a boat is join a years-long waiting list for very expensive rented moorings. Marina berths elsewhere might be more available and affordable, but once you've added maintenance/licence costs not necessarily cheaper overall than renting a [bigger] flat in say Peterborough. Moving around saves marina costs but has rules that you actually have to keep moving and not keep going back to the same place which are easier to follow in much of the rest of the country - Most people choose the nomadic lifestyle as an interesting way to spend their life rather than because of family history. Most boaters make a choice to live this way in their adult lives, without any background of itinerant travelling like gypsies or circus folk. Remote working and retirement obviously makes this easier, and more and more people are doing it everywhere - we're vastly outnumbered by the leisure boaters enjoying the sun on their boats or paddleboards at the moment, especially in Cambs Also, parts of the Cambridgeshire waterways are very nice indeed. Happy to answer further questions and chat if you want to message me (you can even visit me if you like- I'll probably be in St Neots for the next few days)
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  47. That adds a new dimension to the question 'How much crap can you store on the roof?' Not only that, you will need to date stamp it with a best after date.
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