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Scholar Gypsy

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  1. The ML leaflet says 68' , so you should be fine, especially with a bit of diagonality. I have been through this lock three times now (well six really but you know what I mean). The first two the water was level: on the most recent occasion there was a 15cm difference in level. https://3rwzrk3imltm11ru71g1sxd1-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Navigation-Notes-2021-Web-Version.pdf
  2. Francis Pryor's book is well worth a read. I quite enjoyed the film, it doesn't pretend to be a documentary about waterways. I agree Denver is very interesting, but every time I try to explain to someone how the system works their eyes seem to glaze over. The continuity errors were a bit annoying (eg the mooring "south of Ely" where they had the discussion about religion was actually near Brandon Creek, well north of Ely.
  3. A few photos. This is handy for tide planning https://nbsg.wordpress.com/2019/06/06/spring-cruise-4-trent-lock-to-cromwell-lock/
  4. This reminds me how I once drilled a hole in a bulkhead, and the drill bit just managed to unscrew one of these fittings that was hidden behind, on the main water circuit. Cue the water pump starting and a bit of water in the cabin bilges. The joint was completely inaccessible so I had to cut a section out and add a trombone shaped piece of plumbing to join it all up again....
  5. On occasion (with a strong wind blowing the boat off) I step off at the stern with the stern rope, hammer and two pins (or chuck them) and a long (light) line that lies on the roof and is connected to the bow line. Then I tie the stern off, and using the light line get the bow line to the bank and then pull the bows in. I can think of several instances where it's much harder to pull the boat in using the centre line rather than the bow line. [I also use this system when going uphill in broad locks].
  6. Downstream of Irthlingborough. Islip is fine, just come through it...
  7. Today's bulletin: * Yarwell lock closed. Gearbox removed for repair. * I had a really helpful conversation with the team leader at EA, who knows what is going on. * Yarwell should be fixed later today. * Gearbox is being reinstalled at Irthlingborough today. The rumour reported above about the contractor is not correct. * Main outstanding risk is that some idiot has been locking boats through at Irthlingborough (some sort of manual DIY operation of a rather large guillotine - what could possibly go wrong?). EA not sure if they have done more than cosmetic damage (still criminal damage in my book!). They should know later today.
  8. The latest intel I have (from a local boatyard) is that the contractor pulled out all the stops for the Wadenhoe repair, but has not been able/willing to do the same this time, given the other work they have on at the moment. Not helped by EA not carrying any spare motors or gearboxes. I have commented to EA that CRT seem to me to be doing a better job of communicating, eg sending out notices and updates saying "X has happened, an engineer is visiting on Thursday" and then on Thursday "We have now inspected the problem, and will solve it by doing Y. This requires mobilisation of ABC" and then "we hope to reopen on date Z, with supervised operation between the hours of D and E". etc etc. Sadly we are not getting any of that transparency from the EA.
  9. The EA issued this revised notice yesterday re Irthlingborough. There is an added sentence that says "closed means closed". I wonder if someone has tried DIY manual operation? In an email exchange with the EA, they confirm that they have no timescale for when the gearbox is to be repaired. Looks like I will need to hand over the boat to my sister somewhere this side of Northampton (Blackthorn were very helpful when I spoke to them yesterday) and abandon any plans to get to CRT waterways this year. Still, the Nene is really rather beautiful at the moment.
  10. One can sort of see how that might happen. It's easier to design IT systems that work if the customer and supplier behave perfectly. It's a bit more work to allow some flexibility - eg to put two letters in the same envelope, or to change order rather than cancel and start again, or to fulfill an order a day early (as here!). In this case it means adding a field for the actual date of transit when this is different from the booked date (at some locations eg Boston you can be several days late due to the weather). I am also lobbying CRT to upgrade the site to allow transits between Limehouse and Brentford. Last time I looked you were only offered slots between Brentford and Teddington. But Hammersmith is now open again (see article in the September canalboat magazine, if I am allowed a puff).
  11. Yes, rather odd. I can see he might need proof that you have a valid booking for tomorrow (or some other future date), that you have a CRT licence etc. Maybe the info has not yet arrived with him? But I can't really see why it would then be a problem to go a day early (or a day early, come to that).
  12. Basically you now need to book a slot online (using your CRT licencing account). The main contact is via the customer services number. There is a mobile, but it is not always in the hands of whoever is on duty for that slot. Here's the current system: https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/about-us/where-we-work/london-and-south-east/boating-facilities/locks-to-the-river-thames https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/enjoy-the-waterways/boating/planning-your-boat-trip/booking-your-passage-online
  13. That is correct - after a 15 min delay the lock resets, normally with both gates partially open. Though I am sure pressing the up button would stop it moving....
  14. Andy H did say it would be quick once the part is back from Leeds . I spoke to him on Friday lunchtime.
  15. It's normally not too weedy. If you can get through the lock, you can wind at the end of all three Lodes.
  16. 65' would be very tight, but you might make it with fenders up and at an angle. The interlocking system on the guillotines prevents you opening both gates at once, even if the water is level. Fall is normally 6-12". If the river Cam rises too much then the pumping station ķicks in and the lock is not useable.
  17. I just spoke to Andy Hall, one of the river inspectors. No promises as they are in the hands of the specialist contractor in Leeds. But he hopes will be one day towards end next week. That matches Wadenhoe which was nine days.
  18. I have just popped in to Foxes at March. They knew no more than what is in the published EA notices. I may try calling or texting one of the inspectors.
  19. I designed my own to hold all the key data. There is also a hardback exercise book inside (currently on volume 14) for a more discursive record, poems, sketches, the occasional pressed flower etc etc.
  20. When a group of boats stayed in Dartford lock for a week or so (back in 2018) we always had a skipper on duty to make sure the boats floated off on each rising tide. The latter third of this blog gives a bit more detail (I was rather pleased with the inclinometer...) https://scholargypsy.org.uk/2018/05/29/fc3-dartford/
  21. Interesting. I can understand that if one end of the gearbox is going around (connected to the motor) and the other end is not (a seized guide etc) then something is going to fail.
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