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Paul C

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  1. https://seeek.co/?v=79cba1185463 Sure, they're dodgy - look at this thread https://www.ispreview.co.uk/talk/threads/seeek-esim-discussion.41261/page-5 on tech issues, but its FREE so may be worth a try for some as a second network (or to allow access to all 4 networks, when their main is patchy).
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    I don't understand why a moorings operator would leave usable berths unoccupied, even if they did rent them out at reduced cost. Surely it would make sense to rent them at the going rate?
  3. Is it a hire boat? If not, then you can plan your trip to avoid busy periods, for example (several times) we went up Grindley Brook at sunset and had a straight run through. Or New Marton. Those are the worst congestion areas, although TBH I like the bustle of meeting lots of other boaters. If you are restricting yourself to 8h/day in June then from Nantwich you'll probably only get to Trevor and back - which is good, but misses out the best (IMHO) section which is Trevor - Llangollen Basin. Sure, there's the Ponty aqueduct but also there is the Chirk aqueduct, I don't like heights so prefer Chirk (or none at all). If you've never done it, Llangollen Canal is well worth doing, much better than Shroppie southbound out-back. But Nantwich offers decent cruising opportunities, there's Anderton-rtn and Chester-rtn too. I would rate them: 1. Trevor-rtn 2. Chester-rtn 3. Aldersley Jn - rtn (the trip if you go down the Shroppie, then go a little along the Staffs & Worcs then turn at that junction - you could moor then walk up a lock or two of the BCN). 4. Anderton-rtn If you can extend 4 days to a week; or are okay with longer days, each route could be meaningfully extended to Llangollen; Ellesmere Port; Stourton Jn; going on the Weaver respectively. I have lived and have a boat moored in the local area for 10+ years, so have done those trips dozens of times so its coming from (recent) experience.
  4. Seeek looks interesting. 3gb/month for free, funded by SMS advertising. I think it’s eSIM only though.
  5. Perhaps a better suggestion would be to make wanted/for sale posts, "post once" style (ie nobody can respond to them). That way, genuine respondents could PM the OP (I know there's a minimum post limit for sending messages) rather than making it an area of general debate on the public internet, which it needn't be.
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  18. Anyone trying to claim it for a boat over about 2.7 tons would face an uphill struggle, since the maximum gross weight of a trailer with overrun brakes, towed by any car, is 3.5 tons (allowing for the weight of the trailer itself). To tow over 3.5t, you'd need to have at least C1+E licence (with no 107 endorsement) then your GCW can be 12t - so "about" 6 tons max towing (MAM of trailer can't exceed MAM of truck). You could squeak a 7.5t without O licence for private use only. Anything more than 6t towing, you're into C+E licences and O licence required.
  19. It depends how you define the colloquial term of "ghost mooring". The above scenario could be two different things - with the distinction being critical. It could be an "unused" mooring but that exists, ie the farmer has space for 10 boats, has 10 moorers but one of them is never seen at that mooring. Or it could be what I'd call a "ghost mooring" in that the farmer still takes the money - perhaps a lower amount (or even none at all) - but that customer which never visits is the 11th (or 20th, or 200th). Of course, this would show up as a pattern in CRT's checks, since they check moored boats at online moorings and most marinas. It would show that 10 are predominantly occupying their mooring with occasional trips out, and the 11th is never there. So the claim of having a mooring there would be brought into question. The farmer may well say the boater moors there (in return for the money), and might even do it innocently, in some kind of multi-occupancy scheme where he maximises his business income. At the end of the day the law is written such that the boater needs to satisfy CRT, not the other way round. And never using a mooring is going to be something of a hurdle to cross if CRT have the sightings.
  20. Which case was this? Your thought process seems to be entrenched in the (bizarre IMHO) mindset of having a boat but not boating. Are you "bona fide" a boater? No need to answer, just something to think over before purchasing your boat.
  21. Ag tie = Agricultural Tie. (slang) One of the very few ways to build a house on agricultural land is to prove that accommodation is needed for a farm worker - for this, you would need a business plan showing that the land is capable of generating a net income (£26000 I believe). Of course, if the land IS capable of that, and its being done already, but there isn't a property there (ie whoever is farming it lives elsewhere, comes to work and does the work then goes home), that in itself doesn't prove the need for the occupation. But I suspect you either have an existing job/career, or you cannot prove you are going to farm the land. You forgot to mention the £/acre.......which is okay. I am guessing, that's the motivation of the landowner in selling the land to you, that he'll get £££ and you will have the PP issues not him. If it is in fact land which has a viable chance of getting PP for a change of use to housing, you'll be about 300th in the queue and he won't be looking at a rusty end-of-life boat being dragged onto it.
  22. As a wild guess, is this registered as agricultural land? And if so, how much (ie area and £ price)? There's a route with an ag tie but its going to need MUCH more evidence than I think you have - for example, it would need to be a big area and you'd need to demonstrate a viable business plan and the need for a permanent dwelling there. If its just a case of its ag land but he's offering it on the downlow, then you're going to be limited to 28 days/year use.
  23. One of these is a far more sensible idea, and I can't see a narrowboat being treated differently than this, for PP etc:
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