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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
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  3. About half past six this evening, my dog started barking madly, and my wife thought she had heard someone shouting loudly. I went into the garden and saw that a man was in the canal, directly under the bridge. I ran through the house and over the bridge and arrived under the bridge just as my neighbour from across the canal got there. We pulled the man from the canal, who was obviously suffering from shock. It turmed out he was a cyclist and had collided with the bridge and bounced into the canal. We checked him put and he had cut his head and nose, my first aid training from years ago came in handy! He was worrying about his bike, so I returned home to get the boat hook and successfully retrieved his bike from the canal. He then took a turn for the worse and slumped to the ground, occasionally drifting into unconsciousness. We called an ambulance, got blankets to make him as comfortable as possible. Tried to get details from him, he gave his name and date of birth but when asked were he lived he said "Bedworth" but couldnt remeber the rest of his address. When the ambulance arrived they checked him out and took him off to hospital. Just goes to show how easy it is to have an accident. If he had knocked himself out he would have drowned and in the evening very few people walk that stretch of canal.
    19 points
  4. 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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  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. Heavily raining. Started engine, fitted tiller extension, ran up to untie front end, ran back to let go back rope, pushed back end out before stepping onto counter. So far ok. About to select astern to reverse out from mooring when I spotted cat smiling at me from towpath. Swore, leapt ashore, scooped up cat, ran to the front end as back had drifted too far for further heroic straddling. Climbed onto gunnel and edged my way back with struggling cat. Employed one free hand to alternatively fumble for hand rail, and then wipe the blood out of my eyes inflicted by cat enthusiastically wind milling his razor sharp scythes at me. Due to restricted eye sight and concentrating on restricting the squirming cat who was displaying not only a deep hatred for me but also a remarkable similarity to a dozen eels, I reached the engine 'ole where the hand rail finishes. Imagine my blind (literally) panic when I realised I was holding on to nothing. I reached out frantically to clutch onto a handhold and with short lived glee encountered boat pole. Couple walking by on towpath applauded my skills at tightrope'ish, cat juggling and enquired if there would be an encore? Laughing heartily through gritted teeth I achieved the counter while alternatively waving cat and then boat pole above my head, thus equilibrium was maintained. I peeled the cat off me like Velcro and unceremoniously projected him towards his bed opposite the stove ......... in which was casually watching me, our own cat. Upon arrival of the doppelgänger levels of activity and noise were accelerated to levels mere imagination would never have anticipated. After about 2 minutes of identical cats screaming at each other and bouncing of hanging plates I stopped in a bridge hole and ordered one of them to go ashore toot sweet and without ceremony. I never knew which one it was that slinked off without a backward glance, but the one that remained glowered at me all the way to Hemel Hempstead.
    16 points
  10. 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
  11. I had a small success today and thought I'd share it here in case it proves useful to others. When shutting down the boat before lockdown last month, I managed to snap the key of the front locker. For a month I have read about ways of extracting a broken key from its lock; the articles all dismissed my first thought of "How about using superglue" by observing that this usually ends up with you gluing the broken key section irrevocably into the lock. All recommended using some sort of a hook to pull it out, but the big question was "how?" My wife had left a packet of "TePe" interdental brushes on the bathroom shelf, and these caught my attention. In case you don't know what they are, they are small brushes for cleaning between your teeth (see here if you want full details) that look like this: The brush part is about 1.5 cm long, and has 2 stiff twisted wires about the thickness of a hair. I cut the wires at the very tip and then separated and untwisted them; the bristles simply fell out. After folding one of the two wires back out of the way, I flattened out the spiral of the other and bent the tip back by about 1mm as a hook. There was just enough room to insert this probe into the lock, next to the broken key, and then rotate it by 90 degrees. On my third attempt the end of the hook engaged in the key, and I was able to pull out the offending item and leave the lock clear. Even better, the key had its maker's name (Lowe and Fletcher) and a pattern number stamped into the side, and I was able to order a replacement key from them on line. SUCCESS!
    15 points
  12. 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
  13. Col, tie your boat up properly, sit back and enjoy the weather.
    14 points
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  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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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  20. 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
  21. Oh god no. The ones who call themselves "real boaters" are the worst. Usually Midlanders in their late '60s, called Keith, with a beard. They inevitably have a 1990s NABO sticker saying "CANALS were built for BOATS" in the window and a sarcastic sign about "Which bit of SLOW DOWN don't you understand?". The signwriting used to say "Keith & Mary Pillock", but Mary had the good sense to up sticks as soon as the kids left home and so the "& Mary" bit has been inexpertly painted out. I generally like pretty much everyone I meet on the waterways, from first-time hire-boaters to the Broom-Broom brigade, but there is a particular breed of supercilious, know-it-all old fart that brings me out in hives. (With apologies to any 60-something Brummie Keiths on here.)
    13 points
  22. The whole concept of judging a person by whether or not their boat is newish, well painted and maintained, or not, is ludicrous and just demonstrates prejudice and snobbery (inverted, or not). Our boat is called Telemachus, named after the son of Odysseus in Greek mythology. We came across a moored shiny boat one day, by the name of Odysseus. The chap was standing on the back. As we passed I called out “Hello daddy!”. The chap gave me a horrified look like I was some deviant paedo or something, and scuttled inside without answering. The next day we passed a moored skanky dirty black rat-boat. Up popped the head of a young man whose hair had reached equilibrium having not been washed for many months, is scruff clothes. He gave us a cheery wave and said with a grin “Ah, Telemachus, the son of Odysseus!” which I will admit, slightly surprised me. Moral being you can’t judge a book by its cover.
    13 points
  23. 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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  25. 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
  26. 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
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  28. I hung around Gas St in the 60s, helping out with the newly formed Birmingham & Midland carrying Co. One evening I was in the cabin of Ash with Eddie Hambridge and Dave Hogg. Things were not always going well for the company and consequently their boatmen. We put the following together, a parody of “ Bloody Orkney “ a song composed by a disgruntled soldier from WW2. I’ve just discovered it in an old notebook... The bloody pay is bloody bad The bloody boss is bloody mad It makes the brightest bloody sad In bloody Gas Street. The bloody folks are bloody poor They throw their crap out on the shore We’ll slide about for evermore In bloody Gas Street. The bloody water’s full of muck And Waterways don’t give a fuck There ain’t enough to float a duck In bloody Gas Street. The bloody gaffer’s on the drink Goes down him like a bloody sink Bank statements they are all dark pink In bloody Gas Street No bloody cash, they’ve stopped the dole We’ll starve to death in this dark hole We’ve burnt up all our bloody coal In bloody Gas Street. No bloody sun, no bloody sky The stench is getting somewhat high We’ll rot here till we bloody die In bloody Gas Street.
    12 points
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  30. 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.
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  32. 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
  33. 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
  34. A snotty shiny boater just gave me and my boat the right stink eye, then came over with a look on his face like someone was holding a turd under his nose and asked if I was staying long. I told him I'll stay as long as I like. If you're one of these types, I hope your area gets invaded by a horde of real hardcore water gyppos from London who are A LOT less polite and quiet than I am! Thanks for reading. Isobel.
    12 points
  35. Well, mine was kindly repainted by the previous owner when I bought it. Unfortunately in lumpy hammerite which took an entire summer to get off. As I have been on an income of (usually considerably) less than 12 grand all my life, I can't afford to have it professionally painted, so I do the best I can with a couple of cans of Weathershield. The boat's hit a few bridges and been hit by a few boats in its time, so it's a bit dented here and there. I've done my best with what I've got, which is a much loved unshiny old boat that has been either my home or leisure activity for thirty years. I don't polish the brass because life's too short. I do the best I can with what I can afford. I also appreciate that some lucky people can afford professional care for their boats, and as long as they do it for the same reasons as me, and have an inclusive attitude to others pottering about, I'm all in favour. Almost all boats are interesting to look at, though sometimes the slightly more battered ones have more character, rather than looking like something out of Homes &Gardens - but the latter are nice too. Gives you something to aspire to! What matters is the attitude of the person (usually a bloke) at the tiller. There is certainly a higher proportion who refuse to make eye contact, wave or say hello as they go past you than there used to be, and I'm afraid they are, in fact, usually on shiny boats. Still a minority though, and they do make me laugh. What upset the OP wasn't, as far as I can see, the question, which was fair enough, nor the bloke's shiny boat, but the attitude. And also, in my opinion, she can justifiably get snotty about some of the attitudes shown by some in this thread, who, on the evidence of their willingness to go on the attack, would probably have responded to the approach even less charitably, assuming they had the nerve to act in person as they have online.
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  37. 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.
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  39. 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
  40. 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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  42. That may depend on what one thinks the purpose of CRT actually is. Many boaters mistakenly think it's to fix our private playground using other people's money ...
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  47. Don't know if this has appeared before but it landed on my FB feed this morning. Made me smile
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  48. Snotty. Judgmental opinion. Shiny boater. Judgmental opinion ”right stink eye”. Judgemental opinion ”Look on his face (etc)”. Judgemental opinion ”I told him I’ll stay as long as I like”. Rude and obnoxious ”hope your area gets invaded (etc etc). Plain nasty.
    11 points
  49. This is really a point of information that I'm passing on on behalf of the sand barge skippers. John Branford and his son Jonathan have been thrilled to see the positive reaction from leisure boaters as we passed up the canal and river sections of the Aire & Calder navigations from Goole to Leeds. The clapping, cheering and positive messages over the radio have been really heart-warming and a vindication of nearly five years hard work to get the show on the road. The last thing they want to do is undermine all this good will so have asked me to share a wee detail re mooring: Several of the bridges on both the top (Lemonroyd to Leeds) and bottom (Goole to Ferrybridge) canal sections are low for a barge returning empty in ballast, meaning that to get the wheel box through unscathed, skippers are having to open the throttle wide 50 yds or so before the bridge hole. This brings the stern down and reduces air draught (yes that word again!) by approx 6". It's therefore a bad thing for boats to be mooring close to bridge holes where there is little headroom. So please don't think this is a case of bad boatmanship .......... it's just a harsh necessity, especially as the headroom in several instances appears to be actually reducing due to mining subsidence. If a rumoured backload comes to fruition it will be both a lot more profitable than carrying 200 tons of water ballast and will also reduce the need to use the engine power to pull the stern down for bridge holes.
    11 points
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