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OldGoat

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  1. OldGoat

    First Cruise - Help and advice!

    Remember that the OP is unaccustomed to tides and water flowing stuff - that's why he should contact Teddington Lock and ask their advice for a range of dates that will work best for you. Another advantage is that they generally 'pool' folks going downstream - so there's a little convoy (TL is a big lock with an even bigger one next to the usual one) - tha boosts confidence!
  2. OldGoat

    Which toilet to get?

    You won't get much capacity with a tank completely under the floor. In a NB the distance between the baseplate and floor is six inches or thereabouts. There should be steel bearers every two feet or so. Again not much cubic space.... If the tank is completely under the floor you'll need one with a tall pedestal - but that's no problem. FWIW our tank sits under a the wash basin with shelves under it and the exposed bit has the loo on it - so it's not intrusive. I found an ex-welder who made tanks to measure in WW. Some years ago so most likely no longer around. IIRC each tank is 4 ft by 1 ft.
  3. OldGoat

    River Nene electrified (Guillotine) locks

    I'll go and mangle a screwdriver before we go. If I come across the river inspector - I'll 'have a word' about his incorrect info. We're on the Thames so working locks with fierce gate paddles is the norm. That's why you should use two lines. It used to be good practice on the canals to open the near side paddles first when going up in a broad lock, that seems to have been forgotten My Management doesn't like / wont do ladders (on a more civilised river 'One' has steps with a hand rail.... A further question - where do folks moor overnight - in the rough, or only on official moorings? Looking through videos and Google Earth, the banks look quite soft?
  4. OldGoat

    Which toilet to get?

    A metre tank plus 1/2 metre (?) for the bowl and seat will not be very comfortable to sit on. You need your feet on the floor... Can only sink the tank into the floor if there are no bearers in the way. OTOH that's I did and it works very well. The tank is thick plastic.
  5. OldGoat

    First Cruise - Help and advice!

    Crew - good Anchor a bit light (mine is 25Kgs for a 60 foot boat but it's a pain to deploy and retrieve. Better than nothing... chain and line - can't remember the exact lengths 10 of chain and 15 of rope may be sufficient. You don't have to pay a Kings Ransom to moor overnight There are EA moorings where the first night is free - you just have to ring TVM to register arrival and departure (thamesvisitormoorings.co.uk) You've continuous moorers to thank for the difficulty in finding other moorings Spring tides are higher and lower than most and the channel to Brentford is shallow and has a sand bar near the entrance Moorings in Reading are expensive (£9.50 per night) and you have to ring a separate company to pay and book. CMers again
  6. Not dumb questions - the Thames is different. To try and answer you- All the 'landings' - Laybys in Thames speak, are all just by the lock and have bollards that you can lasoo (try it - you'll get brownie points) If the lock keeper is on duty you'll see a sign on the board 'service' or 'unattended' can't remember the exact words. If other boats are coming up, you'll obviously have to wait - but pop up and offer help - the lockie will explain. This is the last lock with manual gates, but if you chat he / she may give you some valuable info. When you enter the lock you should flick a line over the bollard at the bow and another at the stern. Those are the Thames rules. Going downhill the locks are very gently, but the boat will tend to move forward - hence the two lines. When the lock is empty switch the engine on - wait for both gates to open and proceed - you don't need to help at the bottom gate if you don't want to. Your next lock is Godstow, before that there's a skew bridge, quite narrow, so line the boat up in advance so that you follow the skew rather than the track (not essential but more comfortable). The pub over the bridge is one of Morse's favourite so popular... Be careful at the layby - if the lock is filling as the stream will tend to drag you away, so get those lines on quickly (many boats get caught there - but no real danger). It's the first electric lock - so if it's unattended read the instructions on both the head and tail consoles before you push any buttons. Most people don't. If you do, you'll wonder why folks make a mess of it. Note that for the sluices (= paddle button) just press it until you hear a click Do Not Hold it. raising the sluices are automatic in stages with a pause between each. Enjoy the view over the meadow.
  7. If they're reading this thread, have a care as you round the S-bend just after King's Lock there's a port-hand buoy near the corner. Pass it leaving it to your RIGHT (port hand is when going upstream). I got stuck there two weeks ago, but it may have been moved. Plenty of lovely clear deeper water to your left. Don't panic the S-bends between King's and Godstow (the next lock) are the last sharp one's you see. There will be 'lots' of marker buoys as you go further downstream, but they're normally placed for deeper draughted boats so you can safely pass them quite close. Ask the Lockie and the lovely lady at the next lock if you have any questions - they're both lovely and very informative if you show any interest.
  8. OldGoat

    Black liquid in air filter

    No dishonour, it's not immediately obvious. You do get brownie points, though, for checking the filter in the first place!!
  9. OldGoat

    New number old logo

    Or a left one. Either way I agree absolutely. If it ain't broke.....
  10. OldGoat

    First Cruise - Help and advice!

    It seems a long trip, so I did a canalplan search. It suggests:- This is calculated based on 4 full days travelling starting at Monkey Marsh Lock No 90. Each full day will be approximately 8 hours and 40 minutes travelling. First full day of trip On the River Kennet, at County Lock No 106 (two thirds of the way between Winding Hole above Fobney Lock and Cooks Bridge). This is 14 miles, 4 furlongs and 14 locks of small rivers and will take 8 hours 40 minutes. Today's journey involves at least 9 moveable bridges. Second full day of trip On the River Thames (below Oxford), at Headpile Eyot (half way between Boulter's Lock and Racecourse Yacht Basin Entrance). This is 1 mile, 1½ furlongs and 2 locks of small rivers, and 24 miles, 5½ furlongs and 9 locks of large rivers; a total of 25 miles, 7 furlongs and 11 locks and will take 8 hours 41 minutes.. Third full day of trip On the River Thames (below Oxford), at Kingston Moorings. This is 26 miles, 2½ furlongs and 10 locks of large rivers and will take 8 hours 41 minutes.. Last day of trip On the Grand Union Canal (Grand Junction Canal - Main Line - Gayton to Brentford), at Uxbridge Boat Centre. This is 11 miles, ¾ furlongs and 13 locks of broad canals, 2 miles, 3½ furlongs and 2 locks of large rivers, and 5 miles, ¾ furlongs and 1 lock of tidal rivers; a total of 18 miles, 5 furlongs and 16 locks and will take 8 hours 41 minutes. Today's journey involves at least 3 small aqueducts or underbridges. You will pass through Hanwell Locks. Perhaps quite no so horrendous, especially if you're a masochist However it completely ignores the issue of tidal transit window from Teddington to Brentford. On some days it's not really possible / practicable
  11. OldGoat

    First Cruise - Help and advice!

    You'll need a licence for the Thames - purchase from the first lock you go through. I think three days is pushing it - you'd need two on the Thames plus an allowance (waiting) for the optimum tide time. As a beginner you MUST follow the Teddington Lock keeper's suggestion as the best time to leave and the opening times for Brentford Lock. Otherwise you'd need a powerful engine to punch the flow at Brentford. You need longer lines (fore and aft) for Thames locks - even when going downhill. That'll do for a start
  12. OldGoat

    The Long Good Thursday

    To me that's a contradiction in terms.
  13. OldGoat

    Painting around mushroom vents

    Wot he says... I'm assuming from your description that they are not really 'mushroom' shaped but more like 'cow pat' - flatish and chrome plated - in which case you should be careful when removing them, 'cos they're quite delicate.
  14. OldGoat

    River Nene electrified (Guillotine) locks

    I may be a bit dense - but what picky, where? - I assumed it was a chide to me for not looking. I had a look (quite a long one - 'cos I discovered you interest are similar to ours, even from a different angle, I'm interested in organs and The Management - geology and architecture), but I found nowt.
  15. OldGoat

    River Nene electrified (Guillotine) locks

    On my list as well - except for Elton Some times (!) people in authority have to be somewhat PC to I took the EA's feedback with a pinch of salt. I will definitely emasculate a tatty old screwdriver anyway! The list now appears to be:- 18 Upper Ringstead 20 Woodford 21 Denford 28 Ashton 30 Perio 31 Warmington I have 11 Earl's Barton which appeared as a manual in CanalPlan's photo and which was not commented upon in my Imray. I found an IWA listing that has it as electric - so probably correct. Thank you all for your responses to date. The Nene has got quite a following after all.
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