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  1. 22 points
    Using a horn at every bridge or blind bend would be, pardon me for saying it, ridiculous. The noise would be endless , and if anyone expect me to hear somebody's horn over a Lister thundering away six feet from my ears they're just daft. You just bear in mind you may meet people at these places, though you rarely do, and are prepared to whack the thing into backwards. At a sensible speed you've got all the time in the world without making a great din about it. And sometimes (usually, in fact) the correct side of the canal is in the middle, so you're bound to be fairly close to a moored boat. If you've got a problem with passing boats, you're probably moored up too close to a bridge or a bend yourself (not you personally - generic you). And sometimes, if someone is moored up in the middle of a three mile line of boats (eg Golden Nook on the Shroppie), you lose the will to live at tickover and think that anyone who is daft enough to moor in that kind of place should expect people to pass at a normal cruising speed!
  2. 20 points
    I mark mine by tying a narrowboat to them with thick ropes. It really helps to draw attention to the small bits of metal if you have a colourful boat, with obvious decoration on it, left near the path in the wet bit ...
  3. 11 points
    Just a reminder to all you folks, myself included re the dangers of Co and possibly waking up Dead!! Alarm went off on boat next to mine late last evening, proves the worth of alarms. They had left their ash bucket full of hot ashes inside the boat!! Dont do it, they smoulder as we all know for a couple of days even if freezing cold outside. So ashes outside every time please. Thanks and sleep safely.
  4. 10 points
    Hi everyone, new and old :) Just wanted to pop in and say hello, Emma and I got married this weekend and were having a boating mini-moon. We've hired hector and we are going from falls Bridge to crick and back. We are currently moored South of Hillmorton locks for the night and will be going through Braunston tomorrow. So if any of you see a couple on a small boat with a tug deck and a just married sign on the rear fender please stop us and say hello! Happy Easter everyone x
  5. 10 points
    I've noticed several quite readable threads recently infected by the B word. Now apart from a few contributions early in the first B**x*t thread, I have for health reasons (sanity, blood pressure, etc.) studiously avoided the subject. Is anyone going to join me in an appeal against this pollution of otherwise informative/amusing topics?
  6. 10 points
  7. 9 points
    From the Daily Mash: The bluff Northerner’s guide to ignoring six-foot floods 1st August 2019 HARDY Northern folk aren’t scared of a few feet of cold water and collapsing bridges. Here Northerner Roy Hobbs explains how to carry on as normal. Count yourself lucky Northerners – particularly grans – are extremely good at making irrelevant comparisons to worse situations. So even though your home is a waterlogged wreck, reflect on the fact that at least you’re not in a wheelchair, or prison, or both. Remember you don’t feel the cold If you’re up to your chest in cold water, don’t fret because Northerners are genetically impervious to low temperatures. If you’re starting to go numb from hypothermia, you are not a true Northerner, so bugger off somewhere posh, Southern and la-di-da, like Wolverhampton. Under no circumstances change your daily routine Show some Northern pride and make no concessions to the floods. Take your dog for a walk to the newsagent’s as usual, even it means wading through four feet of water towing the terrified hound behind you in a washing-up bowl. Have a Northern flood survival kit ready This should contain: Eccles cakes; 120,000 tea bags (not Earl Grey); a sh*t, parochial local newspaper for reading matter; some nice lamb chops for tea; and a car battery to power the telly so you won’t miss ‘Corrie’, even if you’re stuck on the roof of your house. Rely on the famous Northern sense of community In an emergency, Northerners will immediately visit their neighbours with hot meals, flasks of tea and bottles of ale, although this may just be an excuse to sneer at the cleanliness of their net curtains. Stop being so bl**dy soft So you’re trapped in rising flood waters with a rapidly decreasing chance of survival? Get the kettle on, you big daft apeth.
  8. 9 points
    Hi all, I’m one of the Monday VLK team at Watford and we share your frustration of waiting and queues however 2 hours + isn’t unusual at this time of year. Part of the current problem is that boats are ‘locked out’ of the flight from the previous day which means a queue from the start which has to be cleared first. There’s no policy on the number of boats up/down which is generally based on the time of arriving at the top/bottom. For example, on Monday we started the day with 4 going down and then 7 going up (using the pounds between locks 1 and 3 to ‘stack’ two boats). Luckily few boats were going down that day. Wouldn’t it be great if 3 boats arrived at 1 hour intervals alternating between top and bottom 😀 One of our key roles is to manage the queue and be as fair as possible to all with the aim of getting everyone through by the end of our shift. Currently though it isn’t unusual for boats arriving at say 1.30pm to not get through. This is regrettable and none of us want to refuse entry but it happens. As was mentioned by johnmck there does seem to be a reluctance on the part of some boaters to help others in emptying/filling locks to smooth/speed the passage of others (perhaps that is a reflection of the society of today) but for those that do assist it it most welcome. As luck would have it we cleared all boats through the flight on Monday with none ‘locked out’. Long may it continue and we hope that rain comes so we can extend the hours again. I’ll put my tin hat on now 😀
  9. 9 points
    So this week we had the first trip on Joyce under electric power, for the technical mined-ed I have used a 48 volt DC series motor its 12 inch in diameter and about 14 inches long, it has a cooling fan, it used to live in a large forklift truck as the drive motor I am running it at 70 volts with a curtis controller, reverse is achieved by using a reverse contacter by albright [it reverses the field windings] these motors have huge torque from 1 rpm upwards, for safety it has a 300 amp cutoff if something goes wrong with wiring or my propeller gets fouled it trips. The first trip was about 2 miles with maneuvering at each end, its very easy to drive the boat as the motor which is direct drive can spin at 30 rpm or right up to 1800 rpm. The boat is very quick off the mark and slows very well as well, at 3 MPH its drawing 50 amps ish 3.3KW on the meter which on its 280 AH batter bank gives it 5 hours ish on batteries. I also have 3.6 KW of solar so on sunny days it will run from the sun. The run lasted about an hour and was deemed a success, however I have to take it all to pieces to make it BSS proof and the rectify a couple of issues. The motor was at 72 degrees after an hour so I am also adding a blower to force more air through the motor for cooling, and the flange I turned is a fraction off center which causes a slight vibration, the mounts and center flex take these out, but I would rather sort it out properly. As yet I am still having problems with CRT over the license because it 25% cheaper but that should be sorted soon, a CRT lockie who saw me on the run was amazed, and thought because of the lack of noise and smoke that I had an engine problem., a quick gander in the motor bay made him smile. Remember my boat weighs 30 odd tons and used to be pushed along by 50 hp now its done by 7.5 hp but lots of torque and is lovely and quiet perfik
  10. 9 points
    The big announcement. Team Tawny Owl will not be taking part in the challenge this year. This is because Richard and I are now the organisers, so it might be a bit of a conflict of interest! Tug was intending to tale over the organisation from John and Roy, but due to a change in personal circumstances he is no longer able to, so last Friday Richard and I were asked if we could step in and get things organised for this year. We are just getting our heads round what needs to be done and how to go about it, so for the moment, if you'd like to take part please email [email protected], and I'll get the entry forms out to you as soon as I've finalised all the details. Sue
  11. 9 points
    Sent PM but don't know if it has gone. When do you want to go? Am moored 4 boats up from you and live locally.
  12. 9 points
    I wasn't being sarcastic! You have started or contributed to several threads doing nothing but complain about how CaRT aren't doing something that YOU think should be done or done in a particular way, and do not seem to accept that they obviously know better than you, since they have the experts to deal with these things. I would suggest that the ugliness is more in your negativity.
  13. 8 points
  14. 8 points
    Not aware I did post a map location pin? Anyway - look guys sorry. I went off on one and it is unforgivable. So unreserved apologies from me to you all. It was a particularly bad time here and whilst I do not intend to dig into personal issues it was wrong of me to behave the way I did.
  15. 8 points
    As there are often threads berating CRT for not doing things boaters think they should be doing I thought I would redress the balance. We used to boat on the Trent and Mersey a lot, particularly the North bit and I was impressed with the off side tree cutting they did which greatly improved the boaters line of sight and reduced the close encounters with overhanging trees. We have been on the shroppie for the last week and what a difference in woodseaves cutting! They are not quite finished yet but the difference is amazing. You no longer boat through there thinking that one of the overhanging trees which cut a lot of light would come down on top of you. Well done CRT! Haggis
  16. 8 points
    Well done LadyG (Jo) It takes something to stand up and say you are sorry. I'm sure every one of us has at sometime got wound-up and said or done something we regret - admitting it clears the air and lets everyone 'move on'. You like the 'one-liners' so just remember "The man who never made a mistake, never made anything" Stick with it Jo !!
  17. 7 points
    Let's not forget though we are reading an article written by someone who likely has no knowledge of the canals and then edited by someone else who is also likely to be unfamiliar with the issues involved. No one here knows any of the back story that's led them to this point and tbh it's not really our business. I would just be a bit cautious making a judgment based on the information in that article. Not saying I support them, just saying some caution should be taken before judgement is made
  18. 7 points
    Unfortunately, I see this more and more. One weekend out on our own boat this year... Waiting mid channel at Stoke Bruerne top as trip boat on towpath and the boat in front moored across the bollards - the bloke shouts "Oy, you gonna come and help my missus, shes on her own" - being 140 feet away from lock and the lock being surrounded by a multitude of tourists and boaters, we aren't even sure that no-one is coming up the lock, never mind being in a position to assist. Waiting at bottom lock for two boats to go up, Kathy goes up to help. As the boats leave, some woman with a walky talky round neck tells Kathy to close the gates. Kathy points out that theres a boat coming down. "well you have to shut the gates anyway - and I cant see that far" - Kathy leaves the gates open for boat to enter...Woman with Walkytalky walks off in disgust. coming through tunnel, Trip boat behind, the boat in front is going tickover even when the oncoming boat has passed. Reaches the end of the tunnel and the boat in front continues to do tickover after a swift look behind and a discussion with his wifey. He swings across the navigation channel, blocking the few passing chances. This is a boat known for going quite fast past moored boats locally(he has previous!!). Still thwarting progress up to Blisworth, having to take the boat out of gear every few yards, the trip boat and me are arms in the air - whatatwat kind of feeling. thought we had a chance after the winding hole, but moored boats..up to the sluice and bridge50, yes, chance....but he slews across in front of us- in the whole distance from the tunnel, he has refused to glance back once. So, coming along to the end of the straight after bridge 50, moored boat (the container boat) just after corner, I do a Michael Schumacher move, take the inside left, after I am halfway past he realises that I havnt lost momentum like he has, ....and he sticks full throttle on!! Fatal mistake, he joins his front end to my middle and a subtle right steer of the boat ensures his front ends up on the towpath whilst Kathy explains the stupidity of his actions in quite fruity but polite English. Narrowboat Kala, Gardner 2LW, well done, arse of the weekend.
  19. 7 points
    It’s good round left hand bends
  20. 7 points
    Perhaps it hasnt been tied up very well and will just drift away?
  21. 7 points
    Why? Let me explain. We have brought up two pups on Nightwatch from justseven weeks old. Both at sometime have taken a plunge. As they were pups you don't leave them unattended. They have an inbuilt survival instinct. My personal view is that buoyancy aids are/can be hindrance. Others will disagree I'm sure. We have seen many boats with lurched type dogs onboard. They get into small places and appear to be enjoying the lifestyle. To me it doesn't matter a jot whether a mansion, house or boat where the pups are brought up. It's down to the owners. As previous dog owners ten to one, they're be okay. It is sometimes better for a dog to be introduced to a life afloat from an early age than as an adult hound. we 'house' trained them with puppy mats many to start with then reducing them over time and moving them towards the 'exit' as time passed. Once they were allowed on terra firma lots of praise when duty is done ashore, and, not too much, a reprimand when an accident occurs. There WILL be accidents. Puppies love routine. Feed in the same place, at regulars times. Chewing can be a problem if they get a bit bored. (I know where to buy cheap phone charger cables), lots of toys, cardboard boxes etc. I will Post some photos. 1. First meal onboard. 2. Playtime. 3. Time for a kip.
  22. 7 points
    It is this sort of behaviour on canals that results in empty pounds in the morning, causing problems and delays for others whilst the perpetrator sails blissfully on oblivious and uncaring of the disruption left behind. Very selfish. And contrary to CRT’s (and BW before them) boater’s guide and good and common practice for almost everyone else (certainly anyone not extremely lazy and selfish).
  23. 7 points
    Just another example of a small (but increasing) number of newcomers to our waterways arriving for all the wrong reasons mucking it up for the rest of us - nothing will be done except they will tell their like minded mates how great it is and the mooring will end up overpopulated by breasting up - they will end up being kicked off and will move on with a huge chip on their shoulders about their "rights" being ignored and cause problems elsewhere...…………..
  24. 7 points
    No No No. There are sharks in the water up here, and bandits on the towpath. It's grim up north, so you are much better sticking with the Cheshire ring or points south. Ignore @dmr with his tales of it being like the K&A but friendlier people and better, cheaper beer. And many choices of places to moor, and shower blocks at the services, and some of the best canal scenery in the country. (Not like we try and dissuade people from hogging our chunk of the canal network )
  25. 7 points
  26. 7 points
    Of course we can. The question is, should we be made to? The nature of the human bean is that when you try to restrict what it can say, it gets all irate and desperate to say that which is not allowed to be said. But when allowed, it gets bored fairly quickly. Just like naughty teenagers really (and for the avoidance of doubt, I am a teenager. Base 40). I think the point is, does it actually matter? Will the sky fall in? Will there be a catastrophe? Or is in fact the greatest risk to the wellbeing of this forum, a desire or need to control what other people are allowed to talk about?.
  27. 7 points
    I'm intrigued to once again hear the accusation that those who are not full time live-aboards do not have the knowledge to get involved in sensible debate with or about those who are. I'm definitely not a full time live-aboard, (though I do spend a lot of time living aboard), but probably more than 50% of other boaters I know well are live-aboards, being a good mix of those with home moorings, and those without. The boats they own range from the totally immaculate to the totally scruffy, though most sit somewhere in the middle ground, by most people's measure of "immaculate"or "scruffy". As for the "do some research before you can comment" approach to things, I have actually done just that over any years, and have regularly engaged with people on both sides of a big divide, from IWA stalwarts right through to those representing the NBTA, both face to face, and via email and social media. Trust me, both can be equally ridiculous in the extremeness of their views - by the time you have talked to say Marcus Trower or Panda Smith on the one hand, and Ivor Caplan or Vaughan Welch on the other you have heard most of the extremes, (and an awful lot of untruths!). Also despite what has been said about such debate being suppressed on CWDF, it can easily be demonstrated that time and time again it does take place with both extremes of attitudes getting a fairly free venting. I still don't understand why if some people believe debate on this site to be so crap, they keep creating new identities to come back here to have yet another say. Better to concentrate their efforts elsewhere surely, if must of us are beyond education?
  28. 7 points
    From Bella the Collie. My master said I could answer this. Us dogs would never have got into this mess in the first place. People are really stupid. Any dog knows that being in a pack is a good thing and a few scrawny dogs fighting over scraps on a little island is a really bad idea especially if there's an American eagle in one direction and a big Russian bear and a great big Chinese dragon in the other. I would like a wooferendum. Its your mess, you get yourself out of it. I'm going to chase some squirrels.
  29. 7 points
    Are we in the 21 st century or the 19th, we had massive epidemics of disease killing thousands in our major cities in the early 1800's and this was solved by building sewers, installing flushing toilets and building public toilets. We now seem to be heading back to the early 19th century toilet arrangements that led to such epidemics, OK our drinking water is still better, but there are many other ways for bacteria to travel, the best prevention is to shift our waste well away from other people and to treat it properly, land fill plastic bags and local dustbins may not always achieve this.
  30. 7 points
    Snowflake is such a silly term. It is nothing more than a dehumanising term used to create a 'them and us' rift. This isn't a judgment just an observation but you apply it to me because you think I'm perhaps weak and I apply it to you because [I think] your emotional and illogical. All rather pointless really. People have been taking that stance for as long as there have been people to take it and it hasn't worked so far. If somebody is so inclined to be a criminal then consequences don't deter them because they commit crime with the full confidence that they won't get caught or if the do they think they're too smart for the police to be able to pin it on them. If you look back through history at what we've done to criminals in the past if harsh punishment worked then we'd all be good little automatons by now. And no I don't think that hand holding and kumbaya are the answers either but Dr Brenè Brown of the university of Huston Texas, has done some very good research about how/why people end up committing violent crime and I think she's onto something. Having said that some people are just wired wrong but they're a whole nother discussion. ?
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  32. 6 points
    Goddam experts...coming here and stealing all our conspiracy theories.
  33. 6 points
    Had some long walks along here last week in the February summer! I hope that this part of the beautiful Montgomery becomes navigable within my lifetime.
  34. 6 points
    OK, you are going about this the wrong way. First off, you don't need a boat. We don't need a boat. Most people here don't need a boat - we are not fishermen or delivering bulk cargo. So owning a boat is not a logical thing What's going to happen is, you are going to end up with a comprehensive list of wants and needs and things to avoid. You'll find boats that match that list, and you won't like them Then you'll visit a boat that is well off your list, and you'll love it. You'll make allowances because it's got the 'wrong' engine/inverter/windows/toilet/whatever because you love it Forget the do's and don't, go and look at boats. That way your boat will find you This is not the first (or probably the hundredth) time we have been through this here Get in the car, go and look at boats Richard
  35. 6 points
    I personally think that for an individual to be happy on a forum, the 'style' or attitude of the forum has to match the aspirations of the individual. If a forum is tolerant of stupidity or abuse, then it will attract members of that persuasion. Conversely if a forum is opposed to abusive comments from individuals, then those individuals will not last long. I dont believe a forum changes that quickly as members come and go but if you are upset by lots of personal abuse then it is likely that that will not change. If the latter is the case then maybe the forum is no longer for you. I have been the target from a number of peeps who dont like the humour side but not to the point of personal abuse (well maybe from one) but as I never respond in kind then no individual disagreements escalate to the abuse level. If you want to stay away from personal abuse then steer clear of the argument threads and bask in the comfort of a great forum with loads of technical information on how to fix things that go wrong with the odd fish joke thrown in.
  36. 6 points
    Following on from the Beta resistance question I wonder if this may help anyone: Typical Values Typical values for guidance only. Readings will vary from boat to boat ALL VOLTDROP TESTS Acceptable except charging systems 0.5V Ideal 0.3V Charging systems 0.3 Max but as low as possible GLOWPLUG CURRENT – per plug BMC1.5 type 6 amps steady but some now start high Modern Types Very high dropping to 12 amps when hot PRE-ENGAGE STARTER SOLENOID Small connection to case 2 to 3 Ohms Small connection to motor terminal 1 to 2 Ohms “PETROL TYPE” SOLENOID Small connection to case 2 to 3 Ohms ALTERNATOR ROTOR From slip ring to slip ring 3 to 4 Ohms RELAY COILS Small relays 60 to 150 Ohms Lucas split charge 50 to 60 Ohms Durite split charge 30 to 40 Ohms Albright split charge 10 to 15 Ohms INSTRUMENT SENDERS Oil pressure US standard 240 Ohms @ 0 psi > 33 Ohms @ max pressure Oil pressure European 10 Ohms @ 0 psi > 180 ohms @ max pressure NOTE: The above only applies to modern senders – some older ones “pulse” the signal Temperature US Standard 450 Ohms @ 100F > 30 Ohms @ 250F Temperature European 280 Ohms @ 40C > 22 Ohms @ 120C
  37. 6 points
    The odd thing is that that the Hull was originally built as a 72 foot livaboard with full length cabin which against the builders advise had a vertical sides, and once complete the buyer cancelled the order. She was then reworked by said builder with topsides removed and purchased by David and Brioni for the eventual working Boat Stokie No1to come to life. It had been a dream of his to work commercially, but it was not to be. We lost Dave my best friend, in 1995. I then with Brioni made it happen. We with help of Brian Greeves, " Blacksmith Afloat" and the late Brian House fitted tanks and a pump donated by the late Sir John Knill and his son Jenkyn, we started selling fuels as an RDCO (registered dealer of controlled oil) in 1996. So in effect, she has gone full circle. We won the IWA Cressy Award (Best Live aboard) three times and the AJ Ritchi Cockeral for best working boat once. There are other notable things that Stokie achieved, as well. A long time ago, Granada tv did a documentary on her revealing that she was the only working boat with " Mobile links to the Internet", ( I'd built an office under the sheets complete with pc and 20 " monitor, printer and scanner....) When we lost David, the hold was full of sawn trees, we were the first working boat to unload at Bradford on Avon wharf since the war, . Discovery channel used Stokie in a tourism documentary. An episode of the antiques trail was filmed at Dundas with her. We faught the demise of low tax diesel by forming the Red Alert campaign. Lots of other things too. Yes, she made us proud. If only she could talk.
  38. 6 points
    Why hasn't this thread been pulled, it's clearly an ad for the site and to get search results for it.
  39. 6 points
    I can only echo what Dave Mayall has so meaningfully said. I lost my first wife to cancer in 1998, age 47. I was left with three children aged 10, 12 and 18 so I had to carry on for their sake. Be gentle with yourself and have courage to face the future. Inadequate though it may seem, best wishes.
  40. 6 points
    The thing is, the way words are used affects the way you think and then act. We use "gay" for example, rather than poofter or shirtlifter because it's nonjudgemental. We don't call people Pakis or niggers any more because it implies they are of lesser worth than them what use the word. That's why racist and sexist language is against the rules. It may be a right laugh to the user, but they tend to be higher up the power pole than the object of the exercise . That's why it isn't really funny any more. It never was to the underdog. Nothing to do with being snowflakes - that's just another example of the same kind of language used as meaningless denigration of people you disagree with.
  41. 6 points
    Ere no that was my first ever membership of this forum and the reply you gave me was quite arrogant and offensive. I have always stated who I am to the forum at all times after getting upset by not only your posts but bullying from other members on here. I have just returned after a year stating who I am to the forum mods who know my circumstances more clearly than yourself. Now if you wish to proceed to bully or post towards passive aggressive post towards me then I sujjest you put your concerns to the forum instead of trying to manipulate me into a rebellious posting. You've already upset a friend of mine tonight. I sujjest you contact the forum for direction. Have a think about this Martin. I loose nothing by leaving but I think I can add to this forum in a relaxed jovial manner. I won't be rude because I think that's us what you seek. Nice try though......... Seen it so many times on here........
  42. 6 points
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  44. 6 points
    I think the builder has shown remarkable foresight in putting one door in upside down so that he/she can escape when it eventually capsizes. ?
  45. 6 points
    Hi Folks, I've had the chance to edit together some video recorded from the 1995 Jam Ole run. It's proper Bolinder porn as Captain Ron Whithey gives it plenty of beans, and of course Trevor Maggs can be seen with Corona. It's two hours long, but worth watching through as you can really see how the canal has changed over the last years. Watch here: YouTube Link Cheers, Mike
  46. 6 points
    fit a cat flap in the sliding door if the flap is being held open or flapping in the wind the ecofan is running (and therefore the fire is lit) if the cats have curled up on the bed and the flap isn't flapping the fire has probably gone out. for better results I suggest shaving one cat, the shaved cat gets colder quicker (and will therefore arrive on your bed before the fire has died completely) then it's a case of count the cats on the bed 0 cats : fire burning nicely 1 cat : Fire burning but cooling down 2 cats : Fire has gone out
  47. 6 points
    A small town in Italy twinned with a similar town in Greece. The Mayor of the Greek town visited the Italian town. When he saw the palatial mansion belonging to the Italian mayor he wondered how he could afford such a house. The Italian said; "You see that bridge over there? The EU gave us a grant to build a two-lane bridge, but by building a single lane bridge with traffic lights at either end this house could be built". Soon after, the Italian visited the Greek town. He was simply amazed at the Greek Mayor's house, gold taps, marble floors, it was marvellous. When he asked how this could be afforded the Greek said; "You see that bridge over there?" The Italian replied; "No."
  48. 5 points
    It's a shame if you are dissuaded from posting something heartfelt by pedants looking to promote their own prejudices.
  49. 5 points
    Yes I find that too, even on the engine ...
  50. 5 points
    Ex dread head here, when I cut them off I found an old spliff amongst them that had worked it’s way from behind my ear..
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