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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

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    Scholar Gypsy
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    Ely, River Great Ouse

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  1. Scholar Gypsy

    Question for solo narrowboaters on the Thames

    I've seen just this scenario happen. On many Thames locks the sides of the lock between the gates are just above the normal waterline, and much lower than the top of the gates, if you see what I mean.
  2. Scholar Gypsy

    Question for solo narrowboaters on the Thames

    Here's a picture. Also a discussion on Facebook recently https://m.facebook.com/groups/106433069697947?view=permalink&id=718699251804656
  3. Scholar Gypsy

    Question for solo narrowboaters on the Thames

    I use fairly long lines at both ends. I secure one to a bollard and adjust the other one from the bank as boat goes up or down. I find the main issue is with locks where the water comes on from the bottom of lock. That can pull the boat away from the lock wall in a rather unhelpful manner
  4. Scholar Gypsy

    Research into boating alone

    I did Northampton arm in four hours single handed, v satisfying....
  5. Scholar Gypsy

    River Great Ouse - Brownshill to Hermitage Lock

    Sorry no idea. I don't think the EA publish hydrographic data. (Some years ago I did come across a website where people could upload data from GPS and depth sounder.) In theory lock cills should define the minm depth.
  6. Scholar Gypsy

    Research into boating alone

    This is good advice... The other thing I would add is that an auto inflate lifejacket can be sensible, especially in the winter and you've got six layers on, or when there are no other boats / people around.
  7. Scholar Gypsy

    Visitor mooring on Stourbridge & Dudley canal

    I spent a quiet night moored just below the Delph, not far from a large supermarket.
  8. Scholar Gypsy

    River Great Ouse - Brownshill to Hermitage Lock

    The bridge at Hermitage is at 4.1m, to the same datum. Also shows how weak the tidal impact is. http://www.gaugemap.co.uk/#!Map/Summary/1598/1742
  9. Scholar Gypsy

    Research into boating alone

    One advantage is that your crew will do what you ask/tell them to do ....
  10. Scholar Gypsy

    River Great Ouse - Brownshill to Hermitage Lock

    As noted above the tidal effect is very weak. You might want to check the lock opening hours at Hermitage...
  11. Scholar Gypsy

    River health

    Interesting piece on R4 this morning on rivers (farming today has been on this theme all week). Included Severn, Teme, Ribble and Thames 21. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0bd6ykn
  12. Scholar Gypsy

    How to suspend bunting flags on the roof?

    Here we are near Hammersmith Bridge. I need to shorten the four poles a bit, they were too high and obstructed the view of the main flagpole!
  13. Scholar Gypsy

    How to suspend bunting flags on the roof?

    I have two poles, about 24" high, and then three light lines from the top of each. Two of them go to fender eyes at the side of the boat. The third goes (in the other direction) along the centre line, to a fixing point. That one also involves a short shock cord, to keep the whole thing under tension. Then attach the bunting to that. I also have a larger and more elaborate version, built for the 2012 Jubilee pageant but not used since then.
  14. Scholar Gypsy

    Gunthorpe....

    and Gunthorpe is not 1 mile from West Stockwith??
  15. Scholar Gypsy

    Southern Oxford Summit.

    Thank you. I had managed not to think about Watneys for quite a few years.
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