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pete.i last won the day on June 4 2018

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  1. Of course it is. But some on this forum just like to complain even when something is being done to clean up the crap that some boaters, (are they really "proper boaters" or just pee takers leaving all their shite all over the towpath?) insist on leaving behind. More often than not not even leaving it behind but actually living in amongst their own crap. As said some are their own worst enemy.
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    A Horn

    Klaxon?.................https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Car-Or-Van-Air-Horn-Ahoooogah-Vintage-12v-Classic-Sound-Dog-Klaxon-Boat-Claxon/401623857444?hash=item5d82a5b924:g:hc4AAOSwr4Zb0wEd I use one of these........https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Electric-Bull-Horn-Red-Air-Horn-Loud12v-Raging-Sound-For-Car-Truck-Van/164428008056?_trkparms=aid%3D1110012%26algo%3DSPLICE.SOIPOST%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20200420083544%26meid%3D75c7b1ebcd8e409ebc6d74646237f766%26pid%3D100008%26rk%3D6%26rkt%3D12%26mehot%3Dpp%26sd%3D401623857444%26itm%3D164428008056%26pmt%3D1%26noa%3D0%26pg%3D2047675%26algv%3DPromotedSellersOtherItemsV2&_trksid=p2047675.c100008.m2219 No idea why those links haven't workied. Search 12 volt klaxon or 12 volt bull horn on Ebay.
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    The IWA, of which I was a member for a year or so a while back, "lost it's mojo" a long time ago. I know nothing about NABO or the NBTA but if they are doing anything, as said, they are very quiet about it. As for galvanising the rest of the boating fraternity to do anything with one voice or even be concerned about the possible demise of the canal system, um only when pigs fly. I no longer have a boat of my own although I do have a half share in a narrowboat. I got disillusioned with BW and then CRT a good while back even though I am an educational volunteer for CRT. I and my colleagues talk to children about water safety and canal history. It was. and still is, my hope that talking to kids about the inland waterway system would make, at least some of them, interested in taking responsibility for the canals when us lot of curmudgeonlies pop our clogs, as we inevitably will. This was something the IWA used to do when I joined them but the IWA's involvement in a lot of things canal seems to have waned dramatically in the last few years. My take on the subject is that the CRT would love to get rid of boaters but they cannot just kick everybody off the canals because there are thousands living on the waterways. I get the impression that boaters generally are a pain to deal with from the CRT point of view. I do hope I am wrong but that is the way I see it.
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    I'll keep saying this, CRT do not want boats on the canals. If they could get rid of boats without having to worry (do crt worry about anything?) about the 15,000 or so people who live on the canals they would do it tomorrow IMO. I'm off the canals now but was only ever a liesure boater. I look after someone else's boat and I get the use of that occasionally but she pays. I had an enjoyable 10 years but I'm so so glad that I am in bricks and mortar.
  5. Good grief a "spanish windlass"? What era do you live in? Use one of these. Dirt cheap if you can find the right place. My two cost a tenner each in Aldi.
  6. As Bengo says the bladders do fold and can crack. The one we originally had on the boat, long before we bought the boat, was nearly twenty years old. There were no leaks in that one BUT the inside was nearly completely covered in algae. I bought a new bladder from Thorne chandlery and promptly punctured it on a protruding screw when I was pushing it back in and that was through the canvas cover. The internal bladder cost around £40 back in early 2019. I didn't need to replace the canvas but the canvas does significantly add to the cost. I have put wooden battens around mine to try to reduce the folding effect when it empties but to be honest if it lasts another 20 years it will outlast me and probably CRT......Oh and I certainly wouldn't entertain joining bladders. A rigid plastic or stainless tank is a much better option if you have the room and the money.
  7. We have a 200 litre Plastimo water bladder with canvas cover on our boat. It does stuff in quite well into confined spaces. They are not stupidly priced although the canvas cover is more expensive than the bladder. We got ours through Thorne chandlery who are distributors for Aquafax. We have the long thin one but there are other shapes but with less capacity. https://www.aquafax.co.uk/products/plastimo-water-tank-spare-inner-bladder-for-p16656-p16663 If you do decide to get one make absolutely sure that there are no errant screws projecting into the compartment that is going to house the bladder. We are not livaboard and our boat is purely for leisure. I don't think the bladders have enough capacity for a livaboard. I do not know whether bigger ones are available but hard plastic tanks do come in bigger sizes.
  8. Yet another web site I will not be using. Soon there wont be any I can use because of their cookie policies and I can finally dump my computer along with my telly.
  9. Yes it should be glued in and, usually the rope comes with the glue or at least the place you bought the rope from should have given you choice of buying the glue with the rope. Whichever it needs to be glued in with the correct glue otherwise it WILL fall out.
  10. I cannot see why any of you think it's any uglier than every other narrow or wide beam boat on the system ESPECIALLY those with all the junk in the world stored on top. The only difference is the extra high bow which I will admit doesn't do it any favours but that is easily removed. All narrow boats are just a box on a hull. Absolutely nothing about any of them that is particulary pretty or out of the ordinary. They are designed to travel on narrow waterways and the term "sewer tube" is appropriately apt for ALL narrowboat style boats. Now this IS a pretty boat................. and no it isn't mine, unfortunately.
  11. They are called thrips and they are a pain. They get behind computer screens and when they land on you they irritate something orrible. They are on corn and other crops and when the crops get harvested they fly all the place. Sometimes up ere in rural Yorkshire there is a dust like layer on our window sills inside the house.. https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=876
  12. Don't forget that a BMC 1.5 is a big old heavy lump. It might be a good idea to have some sort of compensatory ballast handy to replace the weight loss when the engine comes out. Barrels, those big blue ones, have been used by others. Depending on what ballast weight you have in the bow and what ballast weight is adjusting the sideways list it could have a detrimental effect when the lump comes out. Probably nothing to worry about but better to be prepared just in case.
  13. I thought the reason was because that is where the vast majority of the controversial posts were argued out. Some members didn't want to see the thread titles and/or didn't want the temptation to look at the argumentative threads. So it was made a members only place which means that you would need so mant posts before you could view the content and the thread title wasn't shown on the main page unless you were logged in. Make of that what you will. As said it all seems a bit pointless but there ya go.
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