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Morat

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Morat last won the day on August 21 2013

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    The People's Republic of Yorkshire

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    IT Geek
  • Boat Name
    Madeleine
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    Stockton Top Marina

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  1. The gitty gappers annoy me, especially when I can't get in to the pub! I think we should re-discover an old canal custom that boats would be moved a few feet either way (and securely re-tied) in the name of neatness, efficiency and shorter walks back home.
  2. It's a pretty bridge, but so is the Humber Bridge and that's a white elephant too
  3. Direct and Boat are not well matched in my experience
  4. I've never boated through London but I think it's time to get it in before diesel boats are banned. This is what Khan is planning http://www.itv.com/news/london/2017-06-21/londoners-urged-to-abandon-cars-and-take-up-walking-and-cycling/ the timescales are not exactly tight, but he did specifically mention diesel powered boats when interviewed on R4
  5. TOO BLOODY FAST, YOU "£$%"£$ "£$"£$"£$$£ apparently. :bothered:
  6. It'd probably be wading - it's all pretty shallow...
  7. Thanks for all your replies. We've had the filters changed and the boiler is running fine (for now). I'll dip the tank and see if there's anything horrible in there. It's a plastic tank, but un-bunded. If a replacement is necessary then I guess it'll have to be moved because it's next to the coal/wood shed and also very close to our neighbours kitchen - separated by 5ft, 4 of which are vertical! fun fun fun.
  8. I guess this isn't really boating, but.... Our home boiler is clogging up on "dirty oil" which is a first for us. The boiler guy hasn't heard of Diesel Bug, but is it a possibility? The tank hasn't been filled since July so anything stirred up by the delivery should have settled long ago. Cheers, Morat
  9. This year, even the Viking Centre flooded which is a first (since 1984). No one quite knows how, yet, since it's a sealed concrete box under street level....
  10. http://road.cc/content/news/172242-crowdfunding-launched-floating-london-bike-workshop-bicycle-barge Seeing as I don't live in London, or cycle on towpaths I'm rather unsure what to make of this. Good idea?
  11. Morat

    C B Radio

    Hourses for courses. Most people who criticise CB are not CB users, same for Amateur, VHF or PMR. Then you get people who just hate radio full stop. I have a VHF ready should I ever need it, but we tend to take CBs on the boat because I have a couple of handhelds with autosquelch. I've never heard anyone else on CB who was on a narrowboat, but I've normally been sitting on one obscure channel talking to my wife at locks or when one of us has gone ahead to look for a mooring spot. Whatever radio you use, they're extremely useful in those situations, or just for asking for a cup of tea if you can't be bothered to shout. I guess in my ideal world there'd be a common channel for narrowboats that any canal based CBers could monitor, but getting people to agree on one would probably be impossible. At least in the 4x4 community they've got 16 as a pretty logical number to use. If anyone can think of a number between 1-40 (apart from 9 and 19) that would appeal to narrowboaters, feel free to chime in! CB has a bit more range than PMR especially over open countryside but they're all limited when you're in close proximity to walls, bridges, locks, trees etc. The good news is that you can't really get a better ground plane than the roof of a steel narrowboat. Sadly it's true that a lot of what you hear on 19 these days is a small local clique talking to each other day in and out about nothing. That doesn't mean that if you've got something to say and someone to say it to, CB can't be used as a perfectly good means of comms. PMR is definitely cheaper, though. And for anyone still talking in 80s slang, no one waffles on about convoys or rubber ducks any more than they wear red specs and braces with their leather filofax - you're just showing your age. One day I'll get round to doing my amateur license and then I'll think about some handhelds on a higher frequency but they'll never be commonly used because they cost and they're restricted to licensed operators. edit: Don't forget that CB can now use SSB and AM legally so there's a bit more capability over the standard UK FM that we've had since the 80s Here are some radios http://www.kcb.co.uk/shop2/contents/en-uk/d151_Multimode_%28AM_FM_SSB%29.html
  12. Move the Government to Leeds. The House of Commons is facing a £3bn repair bill so we could offset the cost against that. I'm sure we could lay on a train to get Her Majesty to the opening of Parliament on time. Also, there's a serious problem with the housing bubble in London which is distorting the market. When foreign investors are snapping up the new builds off the plans and UK residents are therefore forced to be tenants to overseas landlords, we're justified (IMO) to start charging some punitive taxes on non-dom owners of UK property. Of course, sucessive governments are scared that they'll overcook it and push property prices down, which would destroy their chances at the next election even though property prices are (IMO) far too high.
  13. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-33762806 Seems strange for the Dutch to mess up this sort of thing, but I guess it can happen to anyone. I hope no one was hurt.
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