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  2. I had a bow thruster when I first got the boat, and I thought it was great being able to get the bow away from the many weedy, reedy banks that I inadvertently got stuck on. Then my wonderful bow thruster broke. Then I realised that bow thrusters are the work of the devil, and used only by villainous cowards who should all be shot. For the religious folks, I would remind you of the old psalm about it being easier for a camel to get through the eye of a needle than it is for a boater with a bow thruster to get into Heaven.
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  3. As a barge handling school we always told trainees that bow thrusters were potentally very useful, BUT they should not be used until the they could steer the boat witout one. If you use a bow thruster all the time when the tiller could do a better job then you are never going to learn to handle your boat, and the day the thruster fails you are up shyt creek. Tam
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  7. Well, it made me smile! - “ extensively restored by Brinklow Boats in 1990 with a full traditional back cabin by Simon and Rex Wain” Simon, Rex and I didn’t form Brinklow Boat Services until 1997, Kestrel was restored by the Warwickshire Flyboat Company, when the three of us still worked there. The steelwork was done by myself, and unless I am very much mistaken, the cabin was fitted out by Don Donnelly, subsequently grained and decorated by myself. The work was done for a chap called Mike Samson who actually bought the boat from Willow Wren, but did nothing with it for several years. Once we had done the work he bought the Hyperion and paired it with that. It was actually my first attempt at replacing a Northwich riveted cabin, the old one was way past restoring, but at least we had it for a pattern Here are a few pictures from the archive:-
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  12. Surely the main use for a bow thruster is when reversing a mile to the water point.
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  14. We moved aboard full time in 1989. The old boat we bought was licensed, we have licensed every boat ever since. The only major change since then was the addition of the poxy BSS which we have also always complied with. There are always those in life that try to get round paying their way, evading paying for anything but still using resources/infrastructure. They are to be treated with the contempt they deserve.
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  26. We all know that there is no "need" for a bow thruster, but then there is no need for lots of things on boats or even in many cases for the boat itself. It's not really the point. People should have whatever equipment they want to have on their own boats without others judging them. Well said.
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  28. Why is it so unreasonable for CRT to make some spaces available for genuine continuous cruisers passing through and wanting to stop for a day? I'm very pleased to hear about this improvement.
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  34. What do you mean by pretty recently? I've been living full time on the waterways since 1998 and I can assure you that everyone living on boats thought about their licenses 25 years ago, especially the minority of liveaboards who tried to evade them. There are people on this forum who've been living on boats for a lot longer than me. Clearly in asking whether a licence in necessary and whether there are people walking around checking you have demonstrated that it's you who is new or at least completely unaware of living on the canals. Yes there certainly are people walking around checking licences but not all of them are paid to do that job. Plenty of your fellow boaters will willingly report your boat if they see that you aren't contributing to the maintenance of waterways facilities which we all use.. There's nothing wrong with asking forthright questions, but in doing so please remember that's there's also nothing wrong with people posting equally forthright responses.
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  42. This is Jedi level stuff. Personally I read the body language of oncoming boaters- if their head twitches slightly to the left, it means they're about steer left. If they raise a G+T, pull in and get out of their way. They taught us this sort of thing in the CIA, but I'm not allowed to talk about it unless I kill you- and I couldn't kill a hound.
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  43. Ours was 6mm, we know that cos that's what it was replaced with when it rotted out a couple of years ago! We don't use our thruster from one month to the next, we usually forget it's there, but very occasionally it comes in handy, for example when turning the boat 180 degrees and then backing into the pontoon on the marina when there's a strong crosswind blowing and we need to keep the bow pushed up into the wind. The alternative of course would be to just go into our berth forwards on those days. We generally treat ours as a 'get out of jail' card in case something's gone wrong and we've cocked up.
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  49. What is sad is that our licence fees and government grant goes in part to paying the salary of Lyn Pegler, whose role it is to create fake news and spin on behalf of CRT. Noticeable by its absence is mention that the Macc was closed long before there was significant drought, due to CRT’s failure to maintain the Todbrook reservoir in a safe state.
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