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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>
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  2. 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.
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  3. Maybe they could be even more radical and mothball London and transfer some of the resources to the Rochdale and Huddersfield.
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  5. From time to time people tell me “relax, it’s just a dog” or “it’s a lot of money just for a dog.” They don’t understand the distance traveled, the time invested or the costs incurred by “just a dog.” Some of my proudest moments happened with “just a dog.” Many hours passed being my only company “just a dog”, but not for a single moment I felt despised. Some of my saddest moments were for “just a dog,” and on those gray days, the gentle touch of “just a dog” gave me the comfort and reason to spend the day. If you also think “it’s just a dog,” then you’ll probably understand phrases like “just a friend,” “just a sunrise,” or “just a promise.” “Only a dog” brings into my life the very essence of friendship, trust and pure and unbridled joy. “Only a dog” brings the compassion and patience that make me a better person. For “just a dog,” I’m getting up early, going for long walks and looking forward to the future. So for me, and for people like me, it is not “just a dog,” but an embodiment of all the hopes and dreams of the future, the memories of the past and the absolute joy of the moment. “Only a dog” brings good in me and diverts my thoughts away from me and the daily worries. I hope one day you can understand that it’s not “just a dog”, but what gives me humanity and prevents me from being “just a human”. So the next time you hear the phrase “just a dog,” you just smile because you “just don’t understand.” One phrase I picked up recently: "I want to become the person my dog already thinks I am."
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  6. I think this is a case of getting off on the wrong foot, and giving an initial impression of yourself that might not be the full reality. The thing is that loud noise, engines or music, is a really, really hot button subject for many boaters, and many of us do find it very annoying and stressful, especially when they dont know how long its going to carry on for. Noise nuisance is a huge negative experience for most people, and your initial post could be interpreted as you not caring whether you might caused others to get stressed out. This is a community that probably cherishes the peace and quiet of nature more than most, so your initial statement that you will 'play your tunes whenever you want' did give the impression that you dont care if you upset and anger the people around you. I'm sure that initial impression is not the full truth- after all, you avoid playing music at the moment so as to avoid angering your neighbour- so you're clearly not as selfish as that initial post might have made you seem. It's an initial perception thing based on a couple of paragraphs, but unfortunately it was concerning one of the most sensitive issues to many boaters. What I would suggest is you try to work with what you have here. Do bear in mind that this forum is the single greatest source of information about waterways life that you will ever find. The search function will find you information and discussions about almost every aspect of boat life and equipment that you possibly need. Some of the posters are easily irritated, and some take themselves too seriously (for my own personal tastes anyway)- but they will give advice as well. And if you do get a boat, I can guarantee you are going to need the information that you can get here- if you come across in a more neutral way about the really hot topics. No offence intended, and not wishing to patronise or anything, but just a thought.
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  9. It's true that bad news spreads quicker than good news, so it's no surprise that horror stories about RCR are regularly heard. My experience is a bit mixed. Until just over a year ago I'd never needed to call them out. Then I had a couple of issues. Both times they came out quickly and got me going again. In both cases their 'fixes' were a bit of a temporary bodge, but they explained what they'd done and made me aware that I'd have to get them properly fixed at some point, which I was happy with. Having had a reasonable experience with them, I had my annual engine service done by them last winter. The guy came on time and was friendly and seemed to be doing a good job. It wasn't until a few days later, that after my engine had been running for a couple of hours, that I looked into my bilge and found around 40 litres of diesel sloshing around down there. I was horrified and called RCR straight away. They sent a different guy out who diagnosed the issue as something not reconnected properly and the diesel was pissing out when the engine was running. He spent a good while getting all the diesel out of my bilges. I queried how I would be recompensed for the lost diesel and he said the office would be in touch. 2 days later they called and were very apologetic and offered a choice of a payment based on the lost diesel or a free year's membership. I took the membership. So they did cock up but they also put things right. That counts for a fair bit in my book.
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  10. As with lots of companies with a large customer base, the odd person with a bad experience tends to make a lot of noise about it on the net while the satisfied customers just get on with life. So you posting about a good experience helpfully adds some balance. A lot also depends on the competence of the bod who turns up on the day, and RCR must just get on the fone and ring around looking for a local technician when they get a call-out, so you who you get is entirely pot-luck. You hit gold I'd suggest. It could easily have gone the other way.
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  18. I too was shocked at some of the responses on this thread. We have a new member who's joined to share a good experience she's had in a boating related matter. Disagreeing is one things but comments on here have gone well beyond that. Some members on here would do well to have a hard look at themselves and think about why this forum continues to dwindle. Welcome Glynda, and thanks for your post.
    8 points
  19. I take everything said above as further confirmation that IWA are failing and have lost their way. We don't need a cut down "Festival of Water", we need a return to campaigning for places at risk. The fact somewhere is at the periphery of the network doesn't make it at risk. Forty years ago Blisworth was hardly on the edges of anywhere, yet leaving The Grand Union truncated was without doubt an option that relied upon heavy campaigning by many different individuals and organisations to ensure that didn't happen. As for suggesting feasibility of returning to campaigning turnouts is "limited by the need for a suitable space (eg council-owned park or common) to hold the event and sufficient moorings for up to 100 boats." Demonstrates a total lack of insight into what campaigning is about or how to do it. One of the main reasons for choosing a particular location was often because lack of Waterways maintenance was endangering its future. As has already been said, lack of attraction in visiting somewhere is reason to not spend money on it. Vicious circle syndrome. Holding an event, it isn't necessary to supply a nicely coiffured park to house beer tents, food stalls a fairground and trade stands. We would warn Waterways at least a year in advance where we wanted the largest number of boats possible to turn up at . It was their problem how they adhered to their responsibilities regarding navigation and access. They didn't want to be seen nationally to have failed with a year's advance notice. We then boated/week-ended for days to get there, and if necessary moored abreast when we arrived (Think of The Braunston Strike of 1923). It all highlighted to everyone how inadequate and non conforming the situation was at that location. I have no proof but I would expect Waterways to have used the outcome to highlight to their paymasters their need for better funding to do their job (?). Whatever, it did achieve some things, saved some about to be lost locations and refocussed Waterways' approach to what it did and how it did it. Through The IWA, boaters had a voice, no power, but a voice which made things happen. Climbing into bed with Waterways only benefitted Waterways. It removed the thorn in its side (us the paying customer) it castrated The IWA and re-educated the new generation of canal enthusiasts into being boaters only interested in going to comfortable, easy to reach boat shows that provide numbered mooring spots, mud free car parking, bouncy castles and beer tents. As a result boaters started to happily accept situations that previous generations had refused to, and indeed had fought against. Increased fees for less service A boating season!? A maintenance season!? Lack of need to be accountable to paying customers. Meaningless/expensive restructuring and shifting of areas of responsibility that only confuse and confuddle (even their own people). If you want a boat show you've got your Braunstons & Crick etc. And jolly rollicking good fun they are but so far as campaigning is concerned, we are the poorer for failing to do any. Sorry for the rant, I didn't intend to, my only intent is to remind (maybe for the first time for many) what was achieved in the past and how.
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  27. I have to say, there is little point, it will be completely messed up. You might as well get on ebay and try to buy another one.
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  29. It does look like another culvert failure. It appears that these things are possibly all getting to the end of their lives and I suspect there are a lot of them. Some are done in timber. I don't know what the answer is, precautionary replacement during the stoppage season is still a huge job so if its only one or two failures each year maybe waiting for failures is the only way. Setting up a really good rapid response team could help prevent some disasters but is also expensive. I have realised this year just how many tall embankments CRT are responsible for, many right above housing. With climate change and a general post pandemic shortage of money things are going to get tough, and a really switched on, dynamic and forward looking management is required. I am very concerned that CRT has distracted itself with cycling, signage and wellbeing and rather lost its way as far as the canals themselves are concerned.
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  32. I can empathise to an extent and what I write isn't aimed at you personally, more anyone that's found themselves in the same situation. I'm pretty new to boating having only sold a small leisure boat last summer after a fairly short period of ownership. I ended up living aboard for a chunk of last year, mostly through the lockdowns, by choice and really enjoyed it. So much so, whilst I'm in my late 30s with no debts or family responsibilities or excuses, and young enough to make a potential mistake, that I finally found the courage and bollocks to press on with moving aboard full-time. Since the start of this year I've had the funds available but encountered similar upsets and issues: A few months ago I set off very early in the morning to view a boat at Rugby Boats in the knowledge that I'd be the second person to view, only to get a call when I was 5 minutes away to say it was sold to viewer number 1. That was a 200 mile round trip Same circumstances as above, except I did make it to the broker and managed to view the boat this time. The first people who viewed bought it and the broker promised me a call once he knew whether they were prepared to make an offer, and wouldn't accept mine until he'd had theirs. I never did get that call and only knew it'd gone because they did find the time to update their website a few hours later. That broker in question is a smug Cheshire-based marina I had to take to small claims court the seller the private seller of a boat post-survey result to get my deposit back after he reneged on the sale terms. I won and got it back but it was unwanted stress I've clocked up hundreds and hundreds of miles of driving to see boats, excited at the prospect, only to find it's no good for varying reasons and encountered the feeling of hopelessness I've also had the bare the expense of having boats surveyed only to find there's varying issues and the sale fall through. Note here I don't say the money was wasted; what I learned a lot more from the surveyor each time this happened, in terms of what to look for and what to do next time I find a boat even before I call him to arrange a survey has been invaluable. Knowing what I know now, I'd have never even gotten to the offer or survey stage with said boats. But the painful experience has been well worth it. With all this going on, I ended up sinking dead money into renting a house for most of this year, thinking that I'd have secured a boat well before now. And despite all this, with me coming close every now and again to giving up due to disillusionment, and coming to terms with it all being a misguided idea and flitting to wanting to pursue buying another house instead, I haven't given up. I think most in my shoes would have done so. It's very easy to focus on the negatives when it's not going your way. That's not intended criticism, more a reflection of how I've felt. But when looking at things with a clear head and objectively, I'd say that: If you really want it to happen, you'll go to the lengths necessary to make it so. I've booked 3 separate weeks of annual leave from work this year so I'm not constrained if something come to market, enabling to me to jump in the car immediately as well as the time to put the groundwork in with the brokers mentioned below. This really paid off - I got to see lots of boats, many unlisted - and not many would be willing to make this sacrifice with their holidays, I reckon You'll have to do the groundwork with the brokers. Most of the bigger ones won't be calling you when something's on its way which meets your needs. They've no need to do so in the current climate I've a list of maybe 20 brokers, from small to large, I've proactively called to ask whether they've got anything sat unlisted or on its way which meets your requirements. It's a fag packet estimate but I reckon maybe 25% of the brokers, including Rugby Boats, gave me the details of exactly just that and gave me the opportunity to view before they listed them Speaking to boatbuilders who only do a bit of brokerage on the side for boat they've usually previously built, threw up great results. One in particular, a very top end builder actually, not only spent a few hours with me in person after a viewing, chatting and giving advice but proactively got in touch several times since detailing boats they were about to broker to see if I'd be interested As above, with smaller marinas that do a bit of brokerage only for their own moorers You're dealing with people and not just companies. I've found with one broker who runs a whole load of marinas, the experience differed wildly from marina to marina. One marina couldn't be more helpful in terms of giving me details of an unlisted boat they were about to sell and invited me to view, whereas another took a smart-arsed response and generally treated me with contempt; "how do you know it's for sale then if it's not even listed!", rather than offering help Stating your position to brokers early on helps. I've seen countless sale fall through, only to speak to the broker and be told it was because the intended buyer's house sale fell through or the generally didn't have the cash, rather than it being the result of a duff survey. If you've got the cash ready, make it clear The terms of sale for buyers are so poor with some brokers you may wish to rule some brokers out altogether. It might be worth getting copies or an understanding of them, as I did, and make your mind up from there I don't hold any ill will towards those who've bought and sold boats without giving me a call. It's not their responsibility to call me. However, I will remember those who lied, acted smugly or treated me with contempt. When things inevitably go full circle in the future and it becomes a buyer's market, I'll not forget the good and the bad experiences and would be happy to share them with anyone who might ask Things are starting to change a little. Boats which would normally have gone quickly are now taking days, if not longer. Some of the prominent YouTubers have jacked it in, so perhaps it's falling out of favour slightly. We're coming into winter and the weather's turned - carrying out viewing in the lashing rain and cold won't be too appealing to many and will put off those who've have likely seen and bought had it been a lovely sunny day Maybe it was down to this approach or just pot luck but I managed to view and get an offer in on a boat last week before it made Apollo Duck, just through checking the marina's website. Subject to survey in 2 weeks, it's mine. Indeed things are so favourable with the marina that the contract doesn't even call for a deposit. Best wishes in finding a boat and to all those in the same situation. Fingers crossed I'll be living aboard very soon. Now I've got to find a mooring and a professional boat mover but you can't have it all 🙂
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  37. Actually, I suspect this is just a windup, someone dropping in to kickstart a dormant thread with stupid and provocative comments. You really can't be that silly without really trying.
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  41. When BWB wished to close the K&A a group harping on about legal niceties stopped that happening because it could be shown that someone had recently made a trip in a kayak, and the law BWB claimed as irrelevant by the passage of time meant they were unable to carry out their intended closure. For better or for worse the law is the law. I personally find the continuous moorers' actions generally unacceptable, but BW/C&RT brought that upon themselves by not nipping it in the bud when they had some chance of success. Tam
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  44. Hello Noah. Is your Ark "The Herald Angels Sing", or the pair of Arks called "The Dogs do Bark"? Tam
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  48. You need to pay attention to your attitude, really. The bit about playing music whenever and however you want to rather sums it up. On the cut, in a boat, you are not in a normal residential situation. Sound travels over water, and you don't have thick walls to cut the noise down. The trick is to have some consideration, which appears outside your remit. You want it loud, use headphones. Irritating engine and genny runners can be both livaboards and hirers, the latter usually from ignorance, the former from just being pains in the posterior. And the complaints come from both, because inconsiderate behaviour affects everyone. It sounds easy to just move on. Last year, some pratt on the Llangollen was playing karaoke and singing tunelessly at full volume on his boat, a mile back from me. I untied and moved on and two hours driving later I could still hear him. Dogs, you have to put up with. God knows why. I think they're related to fishermen.
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