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  1. 15 points
    Following an incensed outburst of mine last night which has rightly been removed by the moderators, I thought I'd post my reply in the hope that this might prompt a calmer discussion about what I feel is becoming an increasing problem on CWDF. This used to be a friendly place for boaters new and old to ask questions and get answers, and a mine of knowledge about the history of the canals and the boats on them. It's moving towards somewhere much less friendly, where anything that challenges the entrenched views of some results in a shower of criticism which often rapidly descends into schadenfreude and personal abuse -- playing the man, not the ball. And I'm not going to mince words here, it's also clear that most of this comes from a few people who are effectively poisoning the atmosphere on the forum. I'm not so concerned about myself -- I'm a big boy, I can normally take robust argument and even insults without throwing a hissy fit, though recent events explain why I finally blew my top this time. I can deal with this trend by blocking people I find obnoxious, and of course they can do the same to me if they want to. My worry is about the loss to CWDF of both experienced posters and new members due to the way that discussions and in particular personal comments on posts seem to be going. Am I the only one who thinks this is a problem? If not, it would be a shame to see CWDF go the way some other forums have done and die slowly while becoming an angry echo chamber 😞 Dear Athy I do apologise for this, I was just incensed at some of the personal comments on the thread and boiled over after a couple of beers. There seem to be more and more cases recently of people using personal abuse rather than reasoned discussion to try and "win" what they see as an argument (on many subjects) where they're in the right, and where anyone daring to disagree is obviously morally corrupt and therefore ripe for abuse -- and having spent some time looking back over various threads where this has happened, it's obvious that this mostly comes from a small number of people, I'm sure you know who they are as well as I do (because I've blocked many of them). I can't help feeling that this has not only driven some knowledgeable and experienced posters away from CWDF but is putting off new people joining when their first post is shot down on flames for one reason or another -- and there's even sometimes crowing on the lines of "hah, we taught them a lesson, we've had the last word", which I suspect sadly means they've given up in disgust and gone elsewhere. Which is a shame because there's still a huge amount of knowledge and experience which helpful people on the forum are happy to impart, and people leaving reduce this pool (if they're experienced) or lose access to it (if they're new). CWDF didn't use to be like this when I joined back in 2012, it was friendlier and less combative and abusive. Things seemed to take a turn for the worse before/during/after the Brexit referendum, and have done so again since Covid-19 hit -- maybe the first is a symptom of increased "us and them" division in the country, maybe the second is because some people have more time on their hands to angrily hammer away at a keyboard and tell other people how wrong they are. It would be a shame if this continues, because it could be the start of a long slippery slope with CWDF ending up as a small number of angry people shouting into an otherwise empty echo chamber, who think they've "won" because nobody answers back. I've seen this happen with other Internet forums and discussion groups over the years, and I really hope it doesn't happen to CWDF. Best wishes Ian
  2. 14 points
    We have a washing machine and a tumble drier. The washing machine doesn’t use a huge amount of power but the drier is 2kw. It runs from the Travelpower. Although the TravelPower will produce 2kw at idle, it is a known issue that running a Beta 43 at idle with a big electrical load rapidly accumulates damage the crankshaft. We therefore try to avoid it and, although we normally pass moored boats at idle (850rpm) with the drier on we slow down earlier but pass at 1000rpm which is still fairly slow but not that slow. Of course on the Shroppie, unless one is in a cutting or embankment there is a virtually continuous line of moored boats that never move and resent moving boats. After the first 20 miles of being at idle it one starts to lose patience with it. You don’t make it clear whether you were temporarily moored or a permanent moorer on the Shroppie. If the latter I suppose it isn’t surprising that you don’t understand the issues that moving boats have. Having cruised the Shroppie for the last few days and seen numerous permanently moored boats whose owners have no idea how to tie up their boats, I am starting to think that one should just pass these linear housing estates at normal speed. Those linear moorers (they aren’t boaters) who don’t like moving boats could either learn to tie their boats up properly, move into a marina or preferably buy a caravan.
  3. 11 points
    Get a decent battery bank, solar and a better charging regime. Someone running a genny for 9 hours a day in the countryside would pi$$ most people within earshot off.
  4. 10 points
    Mission accomplished! Top half painted (that's the blue, light blue, and white). Leaving the bottom half to see what's under the flaking paint. Hopefully some nice gelcoat. Even cleaned the fenders and put new ropes on them!
  5. 10 points
    The best one I've seen was a boat we could hear 1/2 a mile away, as he came past, with a large wash, we shouted "c♤☆t, wa♧^&◇r, etc"...and he shouted "I'm really sorry but I'm sinking and have to go this speed" Next day we found out that it was true. He had bought a 45ft cruiser stern boat for £5k, upgrading from a plastic, and had taken it for blacking at a place near Gayton. They had pressure washed it, revealing lots of holes. They quoted £12k for overplating. He rang around, and Tim at Dodford quoted less than half the price. On finding out he was thinking of going elsewhere place near Gayton put the boat back in so he had no choice other than to get to Tim's and lifted out before the boat sank. 😃
  6. 9 points
    The best thing the hire company could do is send £20 to canalboat for cleaning up after them and tell the hirers that it's been knocked off their deposit as a cleaning fee.
  7. 9 points
    I have just looked in unbelieving horror as a boy aged about 12 got off a hire boat that was coming up through Hillmorton bottom lock carrying two bags of rubbish and ignoring the bins, threw them both into an attractive flowerbed on private property and ran back to what I guessed were his parents. All looked well dressed respectable intelligent people. I carefully picked the bags out of the flowers and put them in the Biffa skip provided by CRT. I then telephoned the Hire Company whose management promised to speak to them harshly. It's getting worse isn't it? Or is it just me getting old?
  8. 9 points
    Masks are not used to protect the person wearing them. Masks are worn to protect others from you. I have been wearing a mask in shops since March its not difficult and should have been mandatory months ago.
  9. 8 points
    Let's just get rid of the political threads. They have just made the situation worse by splitting the left and right. Politics will creep into other threads but should be discouraged. Our focus should be on canals surely.
  10. 8 points
    I'm a relatively new member. When I joined I was quite shocked at the level of vitriol shown in some posts and the bad tempered attitude of some. The old regularly comment on the lack of manners in the young but here it often appears to be the other way round - some members who have obviously been cruising many years appear to have forgotten they once did not know everything and delight in being grumpy old folks. It took me awhile to realise there was another side of the coin, namely the huge amount of high quality practical help some members are willing to provide day after day. Every forum lives or dies dependent on its ability to recruit and retain new members. It would be good if some could remember this and be a little less argumentative for the sake of it.
  11. 8 points
    I think it depends on which aspects of the forum you frequent. Personally I tend to stick to technical subjects, and in those I haven’t really noticed a deterioration. There has always been an element of lack of patience with new posters, I don’t think this has got worse. What has perhaps got worse is the prevalence of new posters whose first post might be something like “I’ve just bought a boat to live on but the engine isn’t working, what is wrong with it?” and they then get a bit grumpy when asked for details. In other words, an increase in “entitlement” from new posters. IMO it is completely pointless visiting the political threads unless one’s sole aim is to have an argument for the sake of it. Political views are entrenched, and yes increasingly so since Brexit. You ain’t going to get anyone to change their views so it is pointless to try.
  12. 8 points
    “Rushing” is an emotive word used mostly by live aboards who rarely if ever move their boats. Firstly, passing a moored boat at 2mph could hardly be called rushing. “Rushing” I suspect, really means travelling at 0.1mph faster than I would (even if I’m a permanent moorer), taking 2 seconds less to traverse a lock than I would etc. But unless you are a permanent moorer with no need to move your boat, we all from time to time have a schedule to keep to. Hirers does of course, for if they are back late it costs them dear and upsets the next group of holidayers. People might need to get to the shops /boat yard before closing, medical appointments, get back to the marina to return to work, and in our case, to catch flights. And let us remember that originally, the canals were absolutely and totally about actual rushing. In the freight carrying business, time is money. With the demise of that, the canals fell into decline and risked abandonment but were rescued by a dedicated and hard working group whose aim was to restore navigation, not to create a linear housing estate. The permanent moorers have hijacked this asset and want to turn it into said linear housing estate untroubled by the nuisance of passing boats. We will resist them!
  13. 8 points
    To be sure you need two adjustable spanners. One imperial,and one metric.😆
  14. 8 points
    I note that the removal of red diesel is the one, single, thing done to us by the EU that's unequivocally not in boater's interests and , irony of ironies, it's now being taken away anyway by the British government. Can anybody explain, now the "we" can make "our own" laws why "we" are not listening to ourselves? A suitable rendition of Won't get fooled again by The Who, may be accepted as an answer. Meet the new boss, same as the old boss. An admission that you're all mugs, and you've been done over again by the Old Etonians and psychopaths in the Tory party would be good too, when you have a moment away from practising your forelock-tugging. MP.
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  16. 7 points
    I never leave a boat in a lock going up or down without anyone at the paddles. If the boat hooks up the steerer cant do anything
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  18. 7 points
  19. 7 points
    Changing the direction this thread is taking at the moment. Whilst I appreciate its easy to drive new members away the Warning lamp not working topic is a prime example of something that really makes my blood boil. I think starting a new topic with no more information than was in the old one, not answering relevant questions , not providing photos when requested and only asserting things have been tested and are working but not giving any data or method of such tests. Also no explaining why the things requested can not be provided. Then after many members have tried to help decides to slip in the vital information that may well explain it all. Even when I try to point out that in my view this sort of conduct is not really acceptable in the politest way I can it so often results in a nasty reply and a flounce so the question is just how can we get the information we need to answer questions and when its not forthcoming point out that its not polite or acceptable. Maybe the general consensus is it is acceptable so anyone who tries to help should just "suck it up" rather than complain. What's the members' views?
  20. 7 points
    I've seen it so many times. A young person joins, hoping for a bit of help and advice and then is shot down in flames, accused of being a snowflake, eating quinoa, spending all their money on Starbucks coffee rather than working for a living. It's dreadful to see youngsters chased off again and again. Yes they may be naive, but that's what's being older should be about, teaching rather than deriding and alienating. I applaud the OP - if you can find a way of living the canal life without waiting till you retire - well done you. Go for it and ignore the nastiness please. There are some good folk on here that will help and support you, you just have to shut out the vitriole, a lot of which is born of jealousy - wouldn't we all love to be young again xxx
  21. 7 points
    Can't see the point. The problem isn't CRT, it's the lack of government funding. And if anyone thinks there's a few billion quid going spare to fix up the canals they're barmy. We're heading for a whacking great recession. Being picky, it's always advisable, if you're trying to get posh people to read your petition, to get the grammar and the spelling right,cos, like it or not, thry won't pay you any attention otherwise.
  22. 7 points
    Oh, how I agree with you! I hate the way some members are using the forum now. Members on both sides of political divides seem to take delight in making posts which they know will encourage the "other side" to respond and I just fail to understand why people who are presumably adults keep doing this. Ok we don't all always agree with what is said but what is to be gained on a canal forum by shouting the odds, over and over again. Would it be too much to ask for members to back of a bit and remind themselves that this is a CANAL forum and not a political soap box? We have lost so many members who were willing and able to give others the benefit of their experience and what have we got in return? A forum which has just become a playground where the big kids feel they have to shout louder than anyone else haggis
  23. 7 points
    I have no intention of taking part in a discussion/argument about the merits of wide or narrow beams as they both have pros and cons and it is up to folk to decide what suits them best. A bit like different types of loos 😃 Haggis no
  24. 7 points
    Slowing past moored boats seems to be a lost art these days, likewise slowing before entering bridgeholes. I’m afraid that the old courtesies, in the main, are long gone, though in the little boating I do these days I still maintain them. On many parts of the narrow system, I think you’d be hard put to reach 4mph anyway. I won’t go on.......
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  28. 6 points
    Then don’t look then it won’t matter 😎
  29. 6 points
    This thread has made me pause for thought. In my time as a member here, only one poster has truly irritated me. Quite irrational really, because I am sure that in person, we had much in common. But his posting style was combatative, his presence constant. An experten on All... Last heard he moved to the other place and bought a caravan. 🙈😂
  30. 6 points
    Shoving the political stuff into its own little enclave was a great relief to me, as I, being a fairly political person for the last sixty years, tend to rise to the bait and feel I should get involved. Now I simply don't see it unless I occasionally visit for the hell of it - it's been obvious from the start that no-one goes on there to have their opinions challenged so everyone gets cross and upset and it gets either insulting or abusive. It's a democracy and everyone is entitled to their own opinions, though why social media should be expected to be a place for sensible discussions is beyond me. We should have learnt better by now. In this country, anyway, no-one's politics has the slightest effect on anything unless you live in a marginal constituency or are a member of the Cabinet. It's not worth getting upset about, it's not worth talking about. The rest of the site is concerned with either people's legitimate queries about why their engines aren't going bang or their lights have gone out, how nice/nasty it is in various bits of the canal system or what CRT have done right or wrong today. Some people are impatient with newbies, most aren't. I've had my boat for thirty years and still ask daft questions because there's a lot i don't know, and half of what I did I've forgotten, and I've learned a huge amount from the patience of the responders, some of whom have had to put things into very simple language for me. Some of them are people whose politics I simply don't understand, but so what? In real life, people's politics (or religion, for that matter) has very little effect on what they do or how they treat other people. Most people try to be kind when they can, and follow the consensus of the rules or the law when they think it's reasonable. A lot of the odd psuedo-political spats that spread over onto the general bit of the site is due to misplaced or misread sense of humour - jokes don't always work. The only thing that really matters about this site is that it's a place for boaters to meet and chat, ask questions and learn. A sort of on-line version of my old mooring which had a mixture of friendly engineers, long-time boaters of occasionally variable gender and refugees from broken marriages! Never cared about their politics, and don't about anyone's on here now.
  31. 6 points
  32. 6 points
    That picture wasn't taken on the beam of lock 11 was it...?
  33. 6 points
    I like my music loud. That is why I listen to it on earphones when it might upset others, such as when on the boat or late at night when at home. My pet hate is people who listen to loud music whilst travelling on the boat. Why,?They cant hear their music properly and they annoy everyone else.
  34. 6 points
    I think it’s a matter of courtesy to respond if others have tried to assist.
  35. 6 points
    i don't see what all the fuss is, we are tied to school weeks due to having a 14yr old daughter and can't say we've ever been really bothered by it. Just plan to hit bottlenecks at off-peak times of the day if possible, or get in the queue and help others if wanted and have a nice chat.
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  37. 6 points
    I really struggle to understand how anybody with a couple of brain cells to rub together and half a grain of common decency can object to wearing something to try to protect others. Even if that is only a might protect others. It is akin to saying I am not going to try to protect that pedestrian (where there is no pavement) by driving a good distance away from them as you pass. Many of the naysayers are continually saying we must get the economy going again. If wearing a mask makes a larger proportion of the population feel safe and be prepared to go out and spend what's not to like. IMO the way it should work is those who think it is unnecessary should sigh and say it might help the economy so I will do it. Those who agree it will be no problem and those who up to now have felt unsafe will feel more likely to go out and spend. Just what the naysayers want.
  38. 5 points
    If you buy your wood from B&Q it's all bent. Just need to select one with the right bend.
  39. 5 points
    And how much does it cost for someone to respond to them, maybe wasting some of the limited funds available that could be better spent on dredging or repairing a bit of infrastructure.
  40. 5 points
    Hi everyone, Sorry for the delayed response but I left work early as I panicked over possibly having left the immersion on! Thank you to everyone for their advice and suggestions and I'm pleased to say the problem is now resolved. As advised I managed to get into the engine bay, undid the mounting bolts and tipped the calorifier towards me enough to see on the mixer a few embossed letters indicating which spigot was H-hot, C-cold and M-mixer and it became apparent that the previous owner had indeed connected the hot water pipes to the PRV connection and the cold pipes to the mixer feed! (Having looked at the above image/instructions I can see why he did this and can only assume the calorifier was in situ when he plumbed it and didnt see the lettering on the mixer. Quick trip to local plumbers merchant for some speedfit parts and reconnected everything to where it should be and I now have hot water to the taps and PRV plumbed to the bilge. For a non techie I'm so pleased I could fix it without the expense and hassle of an engineer! (Especially as the last 3 that I booked to look at it failed to turn up!) Anyway, thank you all so much for your help and advice it has been very much appreciated! Sarah. Xxx Ps: the installation instructions i found earlier on the surecal website for this calorifier are not the instructions for this calorifier so anyone fitting these please beware!
  41. 5 points
    Only solution is to mount a big mirror square on at the front. If their light blinds you then it also blinds them.
  42. 5 points
    too f*#king right!
  43. 5 points
    My incensed post last night was rightly deleted by the moderators -- here's what I wrote in reply. I'm also posting this to the main forum because I hope it might start a sensible discussion about postings on CWDF -- though I'm sure some of the people referred to will post the usual responses 😞 Dear Athy I do apologise for this, I was just incensed at some of the personal comments on the thread and boiled over after a couple of beers. There seem to be more and more cases recently of people using personal abuse rather than reasoned discussion to try and "win" what they see as an argument (on many subjects) where they're in the right, and where anyone daring to disagree is obviously morally corrupt and therefore ripe for abuse -- and having spent some time looking back over various threads where this has happened, it's obvious that this mostly comes from a small number of people, I'm sure you know who they are as well as I do (because I've blocked many of them). I can't help feeling that this has not only driven some knowledgeable and experienced posters away from CWDF but is putting off new people joining when their first post is shot down on flames for one reason or another -- and there's even sometimes crowing on the lines of "hah, we taught them a lesson, we've had the last word", which I suspect sadly means they've given up in disgust and gone elsewhere. Which is a shame because there's still a huge amount of knowledge and experience which helpful people on the forum are happy to impart, and people leaving reduce this pool (if they're experienced) or lose access to it (if they're new). CWDF didn't use to be like this when I joined back in 2012, it was friendlier and less combative and abusive. Things seemed to take a turn for the worse before/during/after the Brexit referendum, and have done so again since Covid-19 hit -- maybe the first is a symptom of increased "us and them" division in the country, maybe the second is because some people have more time on their hands to angrily hammer away at a keyboard and tell other people how wrong they are. It would be a shame if this continues, because it could be the start of a long slippery slope with CWDF ending up as a small number of angry people shouting into an otherwise empty echo chamber, who think they've "won" because nobody answers back. I've seen this happen with other Internet forums and discussion groups over the years, and I really hope it doesn't happen to CWDF. Best wishes Ian
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  47. 5 points
    If me passing your boat at 1000rpm is an issue perhaps you should learn to tie your boat up properly as your mooring technique clearly isn’t fit for purpose? Or get a caravan. After all, it isn’t an issue for 99% of the occupied moored boats we pass, and the other 1% are just miserable inadequate people desperately trying to compensate for their sad pointless lives by shouting at random passers-by. Which of those two categories are you in?
  48. 5 points
    Bloody widebeams It's a shame there are not more of these on the move on the A&C these days.
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  50. 5 points
    Dav and Pen showed these locks some time ago, a staircase on the Loire side of the Nivernais Canal. I used the second chamber as a drydock(?) once when we bust the propellor on our previous barge Secunda. This was outside navigation hours, working from a Sportyak dinghy, since the sluices leaked so badly. On the plus side Monsieur Cretier, who ran the tripping boat Aster, and who had been born on a barge, lent me his propellor extractor, a family heirloom without which we would be in there still. To work it you get the shaft nut off (remembering, in our case, it has a left-hand thread), then put the disc over the shaft end with the claws gripping whatever is left of the blades. Then, when all is tight, you whack the central thing with a heavy hammer. This, when working from dinghy, can be a life-threatening experience. My pal Edward Bonel, who helped, is pictured when the job was completed, around 4 am. We had passengers arriving that day, a healthy motivation to keeping the job on track.
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