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Scholar Gypsy

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  1. As far as I can see, from various news items over several years: IWA have been working hard on this over the last ten years They with other partners have achieved some significant improvements to the route There's still more to do They have taken the view that it is not right for IWA to either campaign for or against the project as a whole, I believe.
  2. My favourite story (from the marina at Braunston) was about a boat that had a bus ticket in the tank. Every now and again it got stuck across the end of the pipe leading to the pump. Engine stopped. Bus ticket dropped off. Engine started fine and worked well for months. Repeat.
  3. Thanks for this, I was just about to add something (out of date!) about Memory Lane moorings. Like most river navigations you need to plan ahead a bit for moorings, but there are lots of nice places to stop (not least as quite a bit of the waterways is canal rather than river eg the long section through Loughborough. I was under time pressure so did Leicester to Kegworth in a day. You could easily take two or three (including a bit of a walk along the Melton Mowbray navigation). There's a nice mooring at Kegworth here, where I learnt that the flights into East Midlands airport (you are under the flightpath ...) start at 0330. So I had a very early start the following day. I should have stopped a bit further south, at the Devil's Elbow. Some photos here if that helps you with spotting some nice moorings... I did find Loughborough basin a bit concrety.
  4. The arsenal at Weedon is worth an explore. http://blisworth.org.uk/images/Canal/rumbold.htm The stretch from Braunston to Cosgrove is pretty isolated, tbh.
  5. Stupid me, I should have checked. https://www.orchardmoorings.co.uk/about-us This website is (c) 2023 !
  6. I'm not quite clear what you mean by "beyond", nor what sort of moorings (short term, permanent, residential). What follows covers the EA waterways to the north of Bottisham, as there is very little south of Bottisham (at the lock itself, and then Horningsea). There are some 48 hour moorings operated by the EA, and some 48 hour moorings operated by the Great Ouse Boating Association. Ely Council are not managing the moorings in Ely quite tightly. Outside these it all depends on the landowner, really. There are some places where people seem to moor "wild" for quite a while. And then there are a number of official moorings, some run by the EA (Upware), and some by various boatyards (Upware, Fish and Duck, Lazy Otter, Ely Bridge, Ely Cathedral, Littleport etc etc). One co-op that I am aware of (Upware, very friendly) And finally a number of "farm" moorings which are very isolated and rural eg Stretham, two just south of Upware, several on the Lark approaching Isleham. Not much in the way of facilities, although some have electricity. I found I learnt most by looking at Google Earth, and then doing some exploring. Lots of the moorings are not advertised (eg I don't think you will find those at Horningsea on the Cam, south of Baitsbite, advertised anywhere on the internet) so shanks pony and chatting to local moorers is almost essential. Hope that is of some use, I've kept my boat at Cathedral marina in Ely since 2014. Oh are there are some reasonably active FB groups eg if you wanted to find out the telephone number for a given farm.
  7. Here's my tunnel light - still a bit Heath Robinson but it works. It illuminates the roof nicely, and I can point the light to the side (or turn it off) when passing another boat. I also have a low power and diffuse light on the front bulkhead so that there is no confusion about where the bows are.
  8. I think @Alastair means Baits Bite, headroom is ample there. But any sort of mooring is hard to find on the Cam, and most of those that exist are pretty isolated (south of Upware, Horningsea, etc). I think the waiting list in Cambridge is about to be reopened, I think it was 12 years for widebeams....
  9. Yes, no way you would get through the Middle Level. Low bridges at Upwell.
  10. No, that photograph was of Tring reservoir...
  11. Anybody recognize this location (lifted from Facebook)
  12. Sorry for any confusion. Here's a photo of some rowers in November.
  13. I agree with Alan. A tunnel light is normally quite a narrow beam. A steaming light much wider (normally 225 degrees, with a 135 degree light at the stern if you want one). Here's mine on a mast near the front of the boat. You can see the green nav light underneath it, the red is the other side of course. It's a bit too close to the white one, but I didn't want to make the mast too tall. [Photo courtesy Darren Green] And here is my tunnel light contraption. I find it more useful at the back of the boat, as it illuminates the roof and you can see exactly where you are ....
  14. Strictly speaking a steaming light is not the same as a tunnel light. The former is so you can be seen, the latter is to help you see. But I wouldn't bother too much about that - just beware of dazzling oncoming skippers (and keep a cabin light on?). When I do night time cruising (mostly on isolated and very dark rivers) most of the time I just have nav lights, and let my eyes adjust to the dark. I have a hand held searchlight for the odd occasion when I need to work out if a clump of something ahead is a) weed b) a duck c) a fishing boat with no lights d) something else.
  15. There were a few spots of shoaling (and there may be more after this winter), where you need to be quite careful which side of the river you are on. They are not always in the most obvious places. You might want to ask the Q on one of the Nene facebook groups, where I think you would get more advice. Maybe even good advice. Beam is no problem to Northampton, but no further of course.
  16. I do my own maintenance, after training by a qualified RYA instructor. There are some clear and helpful videos on this site, and I also get the relevant spare parts from them. All I need is a set of electronic kitchen scales (to weigh the gas bottle), and a handpump to inflate the lifejacket. (I then leave it for 24 hours to check it hasn't got a leak). Oh and you need a 20p piece for the Hammar type (which are rather more fiddly and with more scope to damage the lifejacket during maintenance, which is why I have only got one of them). The other point my instructor makes is that you should check them between annual services, eg to make sure the bottle and cartridge are still tight. He reckons about 30% of the lifejackets he sees (eg at sailing clubs) are defective in one way or another. Good DIY maintenance is the best response to that. https://www.lifejackets.co.uk/videos
  17. I guess this video is targetted on walkers, and focusses on the impact of cold water shock. See first video below, which we show at some of our tideway safety briefings. For boaters, worth thinking about wearing a lifejacket, particularly for single handing, or in the winter, or on isolated waterways with nobody around. And if you do please fit and wear a crotch strap. The second video explains why.
  18. I am sure your scanning skills are excellent. I can download just the article required.
  19. All good stuff. I couldn't even get a consistently wrong compass bearing. If I moved the compass by a foot then I got a completely different number! In the end I didn't use any navigational aids, beyond the Mark I eyeball to fix a transit line from the next buoy to a landmark on the horizon. I only expected to use the GPS in the event of heavy fog - in which case something would have gone seriously wrong with the planning ... Here's the sun compass, pretty accurate. But you do need some sun ...
  20. And I can download a copy directly from their website - as I have an online subscription. Would be less work and better quality !
  21. I could well be interested in crewing, particularly for a trip to or from Spalding. On towing your dog: we had a hand held compass on board - unnecessary and useless. It only worked if you got a decent distance away from the boat. My plan for that was to tow a crew member on the end of a long line. They got a bit mutinous at this point, even when I said they could have a lifejacket, so we used the sun compass instead - that worked well.
  22. Here are some photos posted by Farndon marina, they say it has damaged their pontoon on the river front.
  23. Yes, I have been getting a bit of stick for this contraption. I have been building up a collection of flags and pennants over the years, and wanted to find a way to fly them all. This is Mark IB, which didn't survive contact with a low bridge on the Witham. Here's Mark 2, in a bit of wind just north of Boston, also with the main flagpole (Fenland flag). I like flags...
  24. This photo shows the pusher on the front of the tug, just before she overtook me. Second one sharing Newark Nether lock with EXETER,
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