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Scholar Gypsy

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Scholar Gypsy last won the day on April 1 2014

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    Ely, River Great Ouse

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  1. On a similar theme, the latest annual safety report from the Port of London Authority. http://www.pla.co.uk/assets/2020annualsmsreportandmarinesafetyplanreview.pdf Some of this information underpins the advice for narrowboaters going on the tideway, for example "The Breakdowns was a focus of the PLA’s social media during Maritime Safety Week. • 40% of Inland Waterways breakdowns are caused by debris in the water – mainly ropes. ‘bin it’, • 18% are caused by electrical faults (wiring and switch faults). ‘check it’, • 10% by overheating (largely failed water pumps) ‘cool it’, • 8% by fuel problems (for example blocked filters and contamination) ‘clean it’. • A fresh campaign will be introduced in 2020 focussing on near miss reporting.?" If you are short of things to do, there are some alarming websites, with pictures from around the world, of dodgy pilot ladders.
  2. My boat agrees. The hour meter works fine but the tachometer only very intermittently over the last 25 years. I suppose it might be useful for new crew, to give them a (rough) idea of the sort of speed they should be going in normal cruising, going past moored boats etc, to supplement the Mark I eyeball.
  3. It doesn't allow you to have the paddles open at both ends of the lock; nor to moor up while in the lock!
  4. I suspect they will if you ask nicely ... Report yourself ??
  5. Perhaps should have followed the advice and stayed at home:
  6. I think a message has now been passed on to the hire boaters, asking them to talk to the boatyard.
  7. It's a reasonable point. I must confess I never read the boat reviews, as I am not thinking of buying a new boat. Maybe it's a bit like wedding magazines, I can't imagine most people subscribing to those for more than a year or two. I do enjoy the gadget column though, and getting some of my photos published (eg the one of the slacker at Ashline Lock in the April edition).
  8. The Imrays guide to Great Ouse has a turn of more than 180 degrees approaching St Ives....
  9. A good clear map, though a pedant like me would note one small error, namely the relief channel is connected to the Great Ouse not the tidal Ouse.....
  10. ? My photo. Portage, Wisconsin. https://scholargypsy.org.uk/2020/01/06/wisconsin-new-year-2020/
  11. Very good, you win the prize. The local we met was rather surprised that anyone knew there was a canal at all! https://scholargypsy.org.uk/2020/01/06/wisconsin-new-year-2020/
  12. Clue 1: And no longer in use -- the floodbank in the distance blocks off the canal. Clue 2: The town this lock is in has the same name as the canal itself. And it also describes its function.
  13. Here's the detail: https://www.facebook.com/groups/245230539499326/permalink/505741306781580/
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