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  1. 31 points
    Sorry to be harsh but this proposal is utterly selfish, I would have thought better from the OP. Lots of us would love to go cruising but we aren't. Non-essential travel has been ruled out by the government - this is quite clearly non-essential travel. This is a classic case of entitlement and 'the rules don't apply to me'. And you say you're an expert in disease control??? So let presume you already have the virus but don't know it - how do you propose to get yourself from Goole to Ripon without touching anything on the way or once you get there? Using the excuse that we've been told to stay at home and therefore you can move about like this because your boat is your home is appaling pedantry. You know damn well that's not what the advice means and you're using a technicality to try and dodge round the rules. The 14 day rule has been relaxed for a reason - it's to try and prevent all non-essential boat movements, but allow boaters to still access vital services. People are dying because of selfish attitudes like yours. I'm frankly disgusted.
  2. 27 points
    LONG AND SHORT OF IT, FREE REPAIRS. After the worst of storm Ciara, many elderly, physically impaired, students or low income people, can't afford to replace their covers when they are storm damaged, leaving their boat less secure and colder. So for the rest of this week we are offering FREE small cover repairs, to anyone in this demographic who may be struggling, and have to decide between bills or safety/warmth. This shouldn't be happening, so we will try and get as many covers repaired this week as possible. All we ask is you call us to arrange and then bring the cover to us. Our company is at a size where we can just afford to give a little back, and that's what we intend to do. Please spread the word as we will financially and physically only be able to do this for about a week, while we are unable to get out onto the boats due to the conditions. After that the bad weather should start to decline and we can get back out on the road making new covers. Would also like to thank Midland fencing and aggregates who initially gave us the idea. If you like our page on facebook then more people will also see this post. SHARE, SHARE, SHARE LIKE, LIKE, LIKE. www.kinvercanopies.co.uk 01384 394469
  3. 24 points
    And most profuse apologies to the person who retied the grey/red/black boat near Brinklow, presumably after it came adrift while I was away last week, leaving one of their own pins to cross-pin my bow line. It's a fairly new boat to me and I hadn't got round to buying another couple of pins to supplement the mooring hardware that it was sold with. No excuses, I knew it was iffy mooring on such a shit bit of towpath, and I shouldn't have on just two lines and two pins. It was stupid of me to chance it. If you're on here and read this, can I: Give you your pin back? Offer you a beer/whisky by way of apology? Little things like these are one of the things which make the boating community so special, in my humble opinion. Thanks again.
  4. 21 points
    Would it help if I drove to you tomorrow A.M. FOC and tried to help? I will need to know if you have a jump lead or a pair of them aboard. Ring 01189874285 today if you want to accept.
  5. 19 points
    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.
  6. 19 points
    To be honest if someone can't afford a mooring and are staying in one place then they shouldn't be on a boat. We all have to comply with the very few very relaxed easy rules, I have managed full time for over 30 years. I can't afford a bugatti vayron so I don't have one. Having children has been happening since day one but today is sometimes used as some sort of specialist excuse to flout the rules. No I am not having a go but as Matty says at present we are faced with too many new liveaboards flouting too many rules rather than playing the game and staying under the radar, this in the fullness of time will ruin many peoples way of life as further rules will be weeded in. 👍
  7. 18 points
    A quick rundown of events, yesterday afternoon when it became obvious that we were going over we went through the moorings releasing boats and putting them on long lines, only one sank due to being chained down! We had to cut loads of lines because people insist on using crap polyprop rope which the then knot so that it cant be undone, they also have centerlines on why? the river broke its bank opposite me it was also over the locks at Rotherham so we had a very substantial current running past us. At about 2 ish in the morning we hit the top and were floating well over the bank, I had a scaffolding pole tied to the rear stantion on the boat and a step ladder at the bow, both these stopped the boat going onto the bank, at 5 ish I went out as the water was receding Carolyne a neighbour came out as well [we did this in 2007 as well] and started pushing boat of the bank back into the canal, it was freezing and to be honest foolhardy as the bank was full of debris! At about half 6 we had all the boats sorted out and retired to have a shower as we were filthy and stank [sewage station up river from us] now its a glorious day washing machine is on mug of tea and breakfast gone, and all is well in my world.
  8. 17 points
    I had a composting toilet fitted in January 2019 and at the time, promised to let the forum know, after the first year, how I had got on with it. There is a fair bit to say so I will copy Sir Nibble and post it in sections. (No I won't - it won't let me!) Views on toilets are very mixed and several bits of this will not meet with complete agreement. All I can say is that I did not go the composting route entirely by choice, it was a decision partly driven by circumstances. This is an honest description of my experience in the last twelve months. I have absolutely no axe to grind here and have no connection with Nature’s Head nor with any toilet supplier. Background I have a 70’ Orion tug, built in 2003 and which I have owned since 2013. My wife and I are retired, we don’t live aboard but spend about 7 months of each year on the boat. Our time aboard is split into roughly 6 week spells. When I bought the boat it had a macerating pump-out toilet and as there was space, I added a 365 Cube porta-potti for emergencies. This arrangement was OK for five years though I never really trusted the pump-out, for one thing, the ‘full’ indicator never worked properly. Late last year I had a lot of work done on the boat to re-position the engine. As a result I had to get rid of the pump-out toilet, as the holding tank was removed to accommodate the repositioned drive-shaft. I could have replaced it with a cassette but decided to experiment with composting instead. We bought a new Nature’s Head composting toilet at Crick, Debdale installed it for me as part of the engine move and other work which they did on the boat. The company from which I bought the toilet is no longer in business and I am not sure if Nature’s Head have a UK distributor at present. You can certainly view the toilet on the net and may have to if you want to completely follow what I have to say. Installation and use Installation was exactly as per the manufacturers instructions except that the ‘screw down brackets’ which fix the unit to the floor were not used by Debdale and I have not fitted them since. The old porta-potti was not fixed to the floor and I have found no reason to fix the Nature’s Head, in fact it’s simpler to use if not fixed. A small 12v computer fan extracts air from the toilet and pumps it out through a skin fitting. The fan runs 24/7 when we are on the boat and not at all when we are not. I had planned to use one of the old pump-out exits for this but Debdale preferred to cut a new hole and skin fitting instead. The manufacture says some substrate should be used and we selected coconut coir. This comes dehydrated in blocks (20cm x 10cm x 5cm) which I buy in bulk from Amazon. I also purchased a number of 30 litre clear polythene boxes from Wilko. These had lids and I cut a large hole in two of the lids, hot-gluing nylon fly screen over the holes. The boxes were intended to hold first the reconstituted coir and ultimately, the ‘product’ while it finished composting. The boat has an enormous (1700 litre) front deck locker which is of limited use (you can’t easily reach the bottom of it from the deck). It may have been constructed partly for a bow thruster which was never fitted (but who knows, Richard at Orion had some eccentric design ideas). Anyway, my original plan was that I could use part of this locker to stack some of the Wilko boxes - those with fly screen lids - while the ‘compost’ matured. The Nature’s Head has a horizontal stirring bar about half way up the solid waste container. The manufacturer’s guidance is to start by filling to this level with coir. I prepared the coir by placing two of the blocks in a Wilco box and adding 7 litres of very hot water, putting a (solid) lid on and leaving it for 24 hours. The next day the coir had expanded to about 10 litres and become crumbly, it was slightly moist but not wet. It takes about 70% of the prepared coir to fill the toilet to the recommended level, I left the remaining coir in the Wilko box which was stored in the engine room. In use the Nature’s Head requires a little practise, it is very important to keep liquid and solid “deposits” completely separate. So you need to be careful where you are seated on the toilet but it doesn’t take long to get the hang of it. Urine goes into a removable bottle which can be easily changed, we had 3 spare bottles and needed to change one every day. Obviously they are straightforward to empty in an Elsan or even in a public toilet, as there is no mess involved. The nitty gritty We find that with only two users we need to empty the solids box every three weeks. Not because the container is full (in fact the level does not change much) but the material becomes denser and the stirrer gets difficult to move. Here we depart from the manufacturer’s instructions. We decided to do this because the stuff does not smell unpleasant and does not look like a box of turds. The appearance is rather like garden leaf mould and the smell is similar. So we proceed as follows:- Move the toilet out into the centre of the bathroom Remove the liquid container Have an empty Wilco box ready Trowel out the material using two garden trowels and put it in the Wilco box (*1) Put new choir in the solids container plus a sprinkling over the solids in the Wilco box Put the liquids container back, close and replace the toilet Cover the Wilco box with a fly screen lid and put it in the engine room (*2) The whole operation takes 10 minutes. *1 Emptying after 3 weeks results in about 15 litres of waste so you can just fit 6 weeks worth into a single Wilco box. *2 The original plan was to put the box in the front locker but as there was no smell, we experimented with storing it in the engine room to see if the heat would speed composting. As we go home roughly every six weeks and only produce a single Wilco box of waste in that time, we just take it home with us and add it to our existing garden composting arrangements. This was a major departure from our original plan but I think we could have managed with the locker. The difficulty for anyone without ‘hands on’ experience is believing that the quantity of product is so small and that my claims about smell are true. I know, I was surprised myself. Also, of course the system might be unworkable for live-aboard’s with limited locker space - in that respect we have an advantage. But neither of us would go back to the old toilet arrangements and would recommend composting to anyone with the necessary space and an unfussy attitude to getting familiar with their waste.
  9. 17 points
    Just back from Iver and the problem is sort of sorted for now. There was enough fuel in the tank but the OP had been told the Mikuni take off was T'd from the engine feed but unless there was a T hidden somewhere and the upper fuel take off was blanked off this is not the case. The Mikuni take off is about 4" above the engine take off. Showed OP how to setup and use his multimeter. Engine battery rested voltage about 11.7, starting voltage 2.3 volts - no wonder it would not start. Took OP through the bleeding process for future reference and then changed the engine battery for a new one. Engine started first time and easily. New engine battery at about 12.57 volts before starting (rested I assume). but when started and revved the alternator output was only about 6 amps. I fear the alternator (A127) is faulty and the Sterling advanced regulator was flashing all its LEDs. I advised the OP to check what the flashing LEDs mean and suggested that he get the alternator off and Tested because the ways things are set up I could not load it to try to push the output up. Also showed how to pull the lever out to allow revving out of gear and advised on optimum revs for charging. I could find no evidence of charge splitting but that does not mean it is not present. Not possible to check with meters because of the mains battery charger and low alternator output. The OP said the boat had been a livabor5d in a marine so I suspect the domestic bank is only charged by the mains charger. I feel a 13V float on the Xantrek is rather low and suspect its absorption charge voltage may be lower than optimum nowadays. Found the Mikuni fuse laying on top of the batteries had a bad connection on one blade so cleaned the blade and squashed its female half and refitted. Mikuni now running as it should but did notice gurgling from its header tank so advised to top up and suggest a leak (i think a leak was supposed to have been fixed but that water went some where. Demoed hydrometer used and readings on domestic bank (two cells both about 2/3 charged and clear) and advised on doing a full hydrometer check - left hydrometer with the OP. Advised on power audit, the unsuitability of ammeter and voltmeter for assessing battery state of charge. Advised the engine will need several hours run once a week to keep engine bank fully charged and explained sulphation. Suggested that apart from getting the alternator tested some form of charge splitting is needed for CCing away from the mains and suggested a VSR would do the job as long as the charging system is suitably rewired. This woudl also allow the mains charger to charge the engine battery and solar if/when its fitted. I did not tell the OP for fear of memory overload but The alternator main lead wiring suggests a moving iron ammeter and it looks too thin for my liking.I fear that when CCing this may give problems apart from the fact the Sterling controller should convert the alternator to battery sensing and thus hide any voltdrop. The boat should now remain liveable until after the holidays.
  10. 17 points
    I think someone tried to help a friend by posting something concerning a narrowboat on a narrowboat forum. As Emma isn't the prime mover, she won't know everything there is to know about everything - she just asked a favour, gave the info she had and got a lot of grief back. If it were me, I'd have been a lot ruder to some people by now... give it a rest, if you do spot what you think is the relevant boat, pass the info to the police - any more information about who, what or why is none of our business. And at least she had the bottle to post under her name, not a pseudonym.
  11. 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
  12. 15 points
    For the record, we had five boats out prior to this weekend, all sent out before any boating restrictions or even pub closures were in place. Two of those have now returned. A third (out since the beginning of February) was at Cropredy this morning and will be back by Thursday evening. The remaining two are crewed by entirely unrelated couples from New Zealand who currently have nowhere else to go. As of this morning they are mulling over whether to return to base and live here for the next few months or hunker down where they are (one of which is a fair way north having already been out for a while), which will depend on the likelihood of continued availability of essential services where they are vs. how much grief they will get from people jumping to conclusions if they boat back. I note that here today there are still a number of private boats moving too but no one complaining about that, and forgive me if this sounds bitter, but I expect there'll be a thread on here soon complaining that all the boatyards are shut and how dare we as we're an essential service, probably started by the same people who normally post advice on avoiding boatyards at all costs as they're too expensive. Rant over Incidentally, if anyone needs fuel round here, I spoke with Rue at Armada Boat Hire this morning and he's going to stay open for fuel for the foreseeable, and if it gets to a point where he's unable to continue we'll pick up the baton.
  13. 15 points
    Years ago a mate of mine bought a sunken boat, for £20, an ex naval pinnace about 45' long and was sunk in the Bow backwaers at Bow east London. Its coach roof was a couple of inches below the surface. I was invited to watch the performance of raising it as my mate was a total nutcase and wouldn't have miss his performance of the operation for the whole world. It all began with sending his Mrs down in her bathing costume to inspect the vessel, after which she arose, sufaced and spluttered a declaration that she was frightened to open her eyes because the water was all muddy. My mate was a Firestone tyre store manager and had brought along hundreds of old inner tubes as well as an petrol air compressor to pump them up for floatation, plus two small water pumps from hire shops. Again his Mrs who sat shivering in my Land Rover to keep warm was called on again for the 2nd operation, and that was to dive in and stuff blown up inner tubes through the broken windows in and attempt to raise it. Now thats a big struggle forcing inflated innertubes under water and into windows and poor old, ''we'll call her Dunkella'' in case they're reading ths. Now Dunkella was a big powerful lass, she even once carried my mate home in her arms like a baby from the pub when he got legless, this is true, I witnessed it. It really warmed poor old Dunkella up stuffing those inner tubes in even with her eyes shut. And then after about a dozen were stuffed in suddenenly CRASH, CRACK RUMBLE, Tinkle the whole coach roof broke away and along with all the innertubes floated off down the river. Dunkella was ordered to swim, chase and retrieve it all, but she refused, despite her size and strength declared that she had swallowed some water and had mud in her eyes which was itchy and retired back into my L/Rover to rest and recooperate. The boat hadn;t budged an inch, still reposeing on the bottom. In the end my old series 2A Land Rover did the job. We managed to draped two large weighted rope strops under and around bow and stern and bring them together above the surface and then connected them with another bit of rope to my large rope double pulley wheel reduction tackle. The tackle I tied to the front bumper of my L/Rover with a thick longish stick stuck vertically at an angle under the rope to give a better upward lift. And then , hold onto yer hats, in low transfer, revere gear the old L/Rover took the strain, the ropes stretched thinner and thinner with the strain and looked aggressive so I and Dunkella who was still sitting next to me getting dry both ducked down below the windscreen in case the rope snapped and came whipping back. But it didn't and slowly but surely up popped the Naval Pinnace minus coach roof. I held its gunnels above water with my brakes hard on while my mate jumped in it with the pump suction hose and started the pump and gradually the vessel rose up. Dunkella was ordered to jump in and do this but she refused saying she didn't want to get wet anymore and and gave my mate, her hubby a thick ear which must have hurt him cos she's mighty powerful. Anyway the boat was finally emptied of water. An internal inspection revealed a Perkins 4/107 engine and several small holes drilled through the double diagonal wooden hull which we blocked up by shoving matchsticks into them, we wish we hadn't as we used them all up and had no light to light our cigarettes. I don't think the holes were bored by tormented Toredo worm. However my mate sold it on to another mate who got it to Bill Blakes yard in Barking creek, Last I heard was that he never ever found those holes and matchsticks again. After the raising operation we all retired to the Globe pub in the Mile End road to recover. Dunkella strait away down half a pint of brandy demanded off her husband at great expense, or else!! We then all drove off home, all nice and happy. THE END.
  14. 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.
  15. 14 points
    Firstly, many thanks for the many PM's and Emails, I've only just gone 'back onto the computer and seen them. It has been a weird couple of weeks with all sorts of 'ailments' rolled into one - I'm still very short of breath just walking 50yards, but it is getting better - so - stand by for the old 'me'. You'll all be boating soon.
  16. 14 points
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  17. 14 points
    I have put this in general boating so more will see it. In the present climate many people are finding it hard to buy basic provisions due to eejuts that are bulk buying. If you are one of these idiots please read no further. For sensible human beans who havnt bought everybody elses food up this is for you. The Pig Place shop at the moment has stuff you may need. The muppets are generaly supermarket shoppers so this place although busier than normal still has stuff. NOTHING has been overpriced and is precisely its normal price. At present there are plenty of proper free range eggs, bacon, pork etc though much is frozen due to time of year. There is pasta at normal prices, beans BOG ROLLS and other stuff. If you need owt and dont want to risk the drive/boat down and find there isnt what you want please message me and I will check and hold if we have it. I know this looks commercial but in the present climate please take it on the true value its meant as its of assistance to forum members. Taa Tim
  18. 14 points
    Right! That should now be fixed. I never expected people to be printing that particular page, so when I made it change between small and big screen versions I didn't realise that it would affect printing. Adding a few @media print statements to the stylesheets was all that was needed, as I expected. I've now made it so that it expands all the sections when printing. I've also suppressed the menus and banners from the print-out, but added a simple title instead. I'll think about making the mini photos and maps optional in various places - I'm viewing that more as a feature request, while I viewed the inability to print as a bug that needed fixing. As a note for you all for the future: I don't visit here regularly. A kind user messaged me about it so I nipped in to follow the thread. Generally you're more likely to get action if you put something in one of CanalPlan's forums, or on the bug tracker for definite problems or requests for new features.
  19. 14 points
    Is there a Smelly's Law similar to Godwin's Law? (he'll turn any topic round to Brexit and abuse of Remoaners, Johny Foreigners and the EU within a few posts, regardless of what the subject started out as)
  20. 14 points
    Successfully moved, no problems.
  21. 14 points
    I know there’s quite a bit of negativity around volockies. But today I had a first class experience with 3 volockies on the Tardebigge flight. Id been stuck at the bottom of the flight due to aggravating a long standing back problem. Caused by very poorly maintained lockgear, with paddles almost impossible to move. I’m a burly 15st Builder but really struggled to shift some of the paddles. Any how there was no way I could tackle the flight in my present condition. As the flight is closing I had to get through before I became trapped. I mentioned it to a couple of passing volockies yesterday afternoon and they said they’d arrange help for 9.30 am this morning. True to their word 3 people turned up on time this morning to help me. All ex boaters, they worked me up the flight perfectly. No fuss no bossiness and all in three and a half hours. Id like to give a special thanks to Bill for seeing me all the way to the top lock. I’m moored up now and will have a few days of recuperation. So a big thumbs lads, I’ll be eternally grateful.
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  23. 13 points
    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.)
  24. 13 points
    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.
  25. 13 points
    I’m bloody sick and tired of Birmingham being vilified by boaters who in all probability have never visited, instead just heeded the advice of others. I live in the Black Country, I’ve been boating since the early 60s and the only issue I’ve ever had in that time was being untied by morons while near the Sea Life Centre at 2:00 am, a situation quickly remedied. OK , if you want rural niceness stay away, but if you crave an insight in to what the canals were built to do, then head over. Rant over!
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  27. 13 points
    What the hell has gone wrong with this place? It's turning into an utter bloody joke. Why not just answer the question instead of getting your richards out and waving them around.
  28. 13 points
    “Oooh mustn’t rush”... “it’s not a race”... this sort of attitude really pisses me off. You do not get to decide about whether other people have an agenda / need to get somewhere at a specific time. You have no idea about other people’s issues, and nor do you care it seems. You do not get to decide how fast everyone else must go at. Or if you do, you are likely to get rammed. The only pity is that it wasn’t harder. If you want to enjoy a peaceful time on the canals you need to learn that it is not all about you.
  29. 12 points
    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.
  30. 12 points
    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.
  31. 12 points
    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.
  32. 12 points
    Seen some awful vandalism on the system over the last few years. Bits of poetry carved in to lock gates. A fence bolted on to the off side of the Marple Aqueduct. Disgusting. Jen
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  35. 12 points
    Thanks to @cheshire~rose and @Capt Ahab for putting this together plus the judges and all the teams.
  36. 12 points
    A message to all our Negative UK Press - including Laura Kuenssberg of the BBC, Robert Peston of ITV, Beth Rigby of Sky, Piers Morgan of ITV, BBC News in general and all the other negative UK press. Journalism is missing the "mood" in this great country of ours - the United Kingdom. We do not want or need blame. We do not want constant criticism of our Government who are doing their very best in a very difficult and unprecedented global emergency. We want and need a constructive contribution to the national effort to help us out of this crisis. We need hope, optimism and faith, with less negativity and more positive support from these journalists. It is time you all changed your negative and political rhetoric for the health of this nation and start supporting our Government. 🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧 Let's get this message VIRAL and they might just take note.
  37. 12 points
    I dont think I would concern myself with the views of the unofficially appointed covid police in your circumstances. You are moving for legitimate health reasons IMHO.
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  39. 12 points
    Surely if you're told a load of boats have been broken into at the place you moor your boat you're going to go and check on it. I'm all for calling out unnecessary travel, but this seems totally justified to me.
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  42. 12 points
    Well I just have to say having bought my boat yesterday and worked late loading boxes of cloths etc about I returned to Mercia Marina where she’s moored and can honestly say everyone I came in contact with were/are extremely friendly. The marina office staff were very friendly and helpful but what stuck me most was as I was driving to my mooring everyone walking towards me waved smiled and said hello. Going down the pontoon with the biggest smile on my face a fellow boater popped out his side hatch and shouted “ are you the new boy? Welcome to Mercia “ I think the big daft smile gave me away. Having spent all day unboxing and sorting I decided to make my way back to my business here in Sutton in Ashfield but stopped at the super clean toilet block for a Jimmy before the drive back and within seconds of washing my hands ( several times ) I found myself in conversation with a lovely fella in his 80’s who was happy to share some tips and advice as he too lives on a Widebeam. Now yes it was only my first day at Mercia and I’m sure there is bound to be some grumpy old fart I’ll not get on with but hey it’s a promising start to my brand new adventure. Thank you Mercia for making me feel welcome.
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  44. 11 points
    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.
  45. 11 points
    It is indeed very sad indeed to hear of Nigel's death. I wasn't even aware that he was unwell. I am glad that we both stuck at it from initial butting of heads on issues upon which we would never agree to the point where we still disagreed about most things, but we had moved past the fact that we disagreed. Our arguing about the detail turned heat into light, and although we continued to disagree, we were both intellectually challenged by the fine detail of the argument. In some cases, we each came to understand that the world wasn't as we would want it, and that in some cases the other was right as to the law. I would have loved to hear his views on the use of the term "houseboat" in the Coronavirus Regulations. He managed to argue well, and with courtesy, and I will very much miss that.
  46. 11 points
    Without naming names or going into specifics, there was a time some 3-4 years back when a couple former members were receiving a lot of abuse on a third party site which was being referenced here. I vaguely recall putting a check/filter in place so that these links were first reviewed by the Moderator team to ensure that the content was not abusive or otherwise inappropriate for a family forum such as this. Most members act in a civil & respectful manner and as such the use of this functionality is extremely limited/virtually non-existent in comparison to other sites, simply because it's not really necessary here. All I'm going to say is that there's absolutely no animosity here and appreciate that the now defunct filter in question may have seemed somewhat inappropriate on this occasion though it was originally set with the best of intentions to help protect those in question at that time.
  47. 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.
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  49. 11 points
    I don't know who's photo this is Frangar, but they need to get themselves a proper horse! That poor little fella isn't built for towing - they'll work him into the ground!
  50. 11 points
    N.B. Elizabeth Hello, I’m Jim’s wife and after reading some of these comments on here I thought I had better put the record straight. Elizabeth is on the market because Jim has Alzheimer’s, and is now unable to lavish the care on her he once did. How do you put a price on the oldest surviving conversion of a narrowboat? we asked many people, some who worked with historic boats and some who owned them, everyone gave vastly different answers! we originally priced her at 60k to try to avoid her becoming a cheap live aboard, (Jim lived on her full time for 32 years, so nothing against live aboards) the price was always negotiable. We included the fact that she needs to be regularly maintained because with 83 year old wooden cabin she does! Foolishly we waited a year for a certain boat museum to get funding together to purchase her for their collection, as she is such an important boat, due to certain issues within their hierarchy we are still waiting and have frankly given up. Elizabeth has just been surveyed and the hull and engine are in very good order, her top is showing wear and tear but nothing that a little tlc can’t put right. We really hope that whoever purchases her will carry on caring for her the way Jim has over the last 53 years, she really is the most incredible vessel and I can guarantee the new custodians will never be short of conversation, because Elizabeth attracts attention wherever she goes. Annie
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