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  1. We stayed there with Largo a couple or three years ago. I can't remember having any problems mooring up alongside a finger and Largo is 70ft. There was a lot of building work going one all around the basin, but the, I think it was a Travel lodge, was completed. You couldn't moor up that side, but why would you want to, with all the commings and goings 24 hours a day! I actually repainted Largo's bow while there as i could sit right at the front on the decking and do it. Perhaps whatever i tied too has been unscrewed, but i remember i had no problems mooring. I liked the security at the time i was there, a nice piece of string that looped over the top of the security gate! A nice place to moor and a nice town. Mary has a recolection it was rings we moored too! Nipper
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  4. Well, if someone is coming down behind, you may have more water than you bargained for! A wall of water will be teaming straight over the top gates heading straight towards your back cabin! Don't ask me how i know this! Nipper PS, You may have to help the crew to close the gates as they were big tough old sods when i went through last!
  5. Well, maybe if they had used Oak instead of Notty pine they would of stood up better to a bit of bashing. Most of the bashing is done to get the badley fitting top gates open, or trying to get two boats out with all the lock gates sealing compound the Basingstoke canal use that gets behind the lower gates and grows daily after they reseal the gates when the last boat of the day goes through! So if you have two boats going down, there is a tendancy to have to refill the lock and back one boat out. The answer given to me by a basingstoke Canal Ranger was," well, thats the way it is!" I also think that the rules to empty every lock after use, wether going up or down goes a long way in subjecting the pine to premiture aging! Nipper
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  10. There are moorings for the Stadium, but not Tesco end, loads of rings have been provided, but sadly nobody uses them, or perhaps don't see them! I think it's a mistake not to go on into the basin, i saw very little debris there the last time i was there in December and indeed, most of the canal side uni flats nearer the basin have cleared up there frontages from what it was like a few years ago!
  11. I was wondering if these people from the council have ever stayed a night in the Basin. Largo is quite a regular in there and the only problems that I have seen arise from the square that is well lit and has seating! The square is immediately adxsjacent the old swing bridge. The fact that it has good lighting makes it a meeting place for the foreign students from the flats above. Sometimes there is loud music played from a ghetto blaster but not much because the lady in the flats immediately above the square has a very commanding laud voice that seems to control and excess noise! Putting more lighting wont make it any safer because in my mind there is quite enough already. As for the boarded up shops, then maybe the council could help there and lower the council taxes for them so as to make them more attractive to shop keepers. To my mind, it seems to me that Coventry is now run by the university and the council are perhaps trying to justify there worth by talking about, what is a very small area of the city.
  12. Oh drat! You can't even get a proper spell cheker nowadays!? Nipper
  13. Well, I for one won't be stopping there again. Blisworth marina was a pretty good place to get your fuel, coal and bits of chandlery at that top end of the canal especially during the winter months as The Ashby is not a place with plenty of opportunities to stock up from! Indeed it was a handy stop to pick up a bus to Blisworth for a bit of shopping and Hinkley too! Never mind, we seem to be getting less and less for our licence fees nowadays! A grumpy Nipper
  14. It seems that Bosworth Marina are charging boats to moor up on the tow path outside their Marina. This is not on the off side, but on the actual towpath. Is this right? I though that the canal towpaths belong to Cart! Any views? Nipper
  15. I would ask myself a question "when was the last time my engine stopped without me telling it to?" If the answer is never in he last few years, then I just get on with doing that circular route from Isis to Dukes cut! Lifes too short to worry about little things, If however you was doing the whole Thames, then that's a different matter! Nipper
  16. I saw that sign yesterday. I found it a strange place to put that sort of sign on the perminant moorings side of the canal and not on the visitors side before the water point! But, no signs would ever have prevented the gentleman on his Narrow boat who was supposed to be filling his water tank from doing his washing and than climbing onto his roof armed with a broom and the end of the water hose and starting to clean his roof of winter detritus! I had been waiting for at least 20 mins with another boat behind me! After a few choice words from me, he reluctantly moved up a boat length so we could both get water. Sorry i'm winging! Nipper
  17. I used to have a share in a Carefree boat many years ago! My take on the Carefree share boat, or any other share boats, is that the majority of syndicate members are just playing boating and really know very little about the running of the vessel and leave it up to the company to do very expensive maintenace! Just to give you an indication, our Carefree syndicate boat had three propellors fitted one year!, it was said that we kept bending them! At the syndicate meeting, I got shouted down, because I asked why they fitted cheap propelors and not a decent brand. At that meeting the syndicate wanted to replace the carpet in the lounge with a cream one, bearing in mind these boats are out on the cut 24/7., in all weathers and also wanted to score how well the boat was cleaned by the previous crew! I then bought into a private share boat with an older boat and a an experianced syndicate!! After a couple of years I then decided that it was time to get my own boat! Nipper
  18. Have a read on this site and you will choose the one thats best! http://www.aerialsandtv.com/onlineaerials.html#DMlog You can even get spare parts from them, just in case the wind takes off a fin or two! Nipper
  19. Well said that man! An England day seems very reasonable to me! Now that the UK will be on our own from next year, hopefully. we wont have any body else saying we can't have one, and indeed, our Irish, Welsh and Scots buddies should have their day as well. Lets face it, It may very well rekindle a little of our British pride that has seems to be dwindling as the years go by! Cheers all! Nipper
  20. The Paddy's have their St Patricks Day, The Scots have their St Andrew, The welsh have there St David. Are the English are forgetting thier Saint, St George? Today is St Georges Day! I raise you a glass to England and St George! Nipper
  21. Yep! You spend money getting over the trashed property, sell the property later for a small profi, not taking into accound the hundreds or thousands you spend every time it was trashed, then the government take about 20% of that profit as Capital Gains Tax! Been there, done that and never, ever again! Nipper
  22. I'm an old pensioner and I get about £500 ish a month! It is said, the man is a pensioner, i wonder what he did with his? Nipper
  23. Well, the wash walls on that valley side, down towards the bridge of that part of the canal are in a very poor state now, and have been for for the last few years. If the problem isn't addressed, it will happen again, quite soon! Again, where is the maintenance? Nipper
  24. Largo's rear port hole was also smashed last spring, by two yuvs in that pound at about 9-45 one night in Feb. I actually heard them laughing outside the boat, so I pricked up my ears and had a listen. Then there was an almighty crash that frightened the life out of me! By the time I got out of the boat and gave chase, they were down by the next bridge legging it far faster than my old legs could ever go! 9i often wondered what would of happened if i had caught em! I reported it immediately to the police and to Cart and got the local Cart officer's phone number. I phoned her a number of times and left messages, but never did I get a reply! It's cost me £180 to get the double glazed window repaired, my insurance company wanted separate estimates to take out the window, replace the glass, and refit. and gave me reams of paperwork to fill out! I did it myself in the end well, myself and Channel Glaze! That insurance company did not get my renewal this year! It's not the cost of replacing that is the problem, it's all the taking out, boarding securely up and getting the port hole to the glazers and then picking it up again that is the problem, especially if your a CC'r that cruises and has no other transport! Lets hope the breach will be completed by the next cruising season, Autumn! Nipper
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