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  1. Yeah she's probably a little too mobile.
  2. So it's been 8 good years as a cruising liveaboard on Valhalla, but everything comes to an end. My mind has turned to sailing (probably a Westerly on the Orwell somewhere), and my partner's to plumbing and it's near impossible to do both without bricks & mortar. Out boat is ..quite unique https://www.kateboats.co.uk/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/valhalla.pdf (with various improvements). Can anyone suggest a reputable broker? Or would a private sale be better? I was thinking the London market might be better (other than their desire for massive widebeams), as you get more than a
  3. Hang around near a lock and ask? We once towed a narrowboat from Teddington to the K&A, cruiser shouldn't be a problem.
  4. Most of the long term moorings round there are probably vacant, as nobody seems to be around in winter at least. Opposite Tesco on the entrance to the basin often has spaces. I wouldn't worry too much around there.
  5. We have a DC/DC to step down our 12v sockets, it's bloody inefficient though - maybe 80%
  6. Might have been hallucinating, but I definitely saw it. Hard to miss. Shame I didn't take a picture. Maybe it sprouted legs to get past foxton
  7. Don't stop until Littleborough. We do it early in the morning if possible when the locals will warn you about the ..other locals. Generally the people who will give you shit are not going to be up at 9am on a Sunday - just nice African Ladies on their way to church (they asked us if we were cleaning the canal and gave us some Jesus stuff). Never had an incident there (unlike the Rochdale 9) but it is basically Shameless: The Canal Trip, so good to be cautious.
  8. I saw this beast going down the Nottingham and Beeston canal towards Trent bridge a few weeks back. I guess they must have turned round and gone back down the GU. Thing is much more appropriate for the river. Moorhen nests seemed to be intact. If you are going to splurge that much cash on a new dutch barge, why not one with a nice chined hull so you can play on the lumpy stuff a bit?
  9. If you want to actually move while CCing to places with public transport it was a pain too, we were basically stuck on the bridgewater at one point
  10. The state of the north west canals was partially the reason we moved cruising location to around Nottingham, legit CC in the region was getting difficult. I'm assuming the winter trick around Notts is to get accidentally stuck on the Beeston canal while the Trent is in a bad mood.
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    The boat dwelling version of Well-B would be more like if Marvin the Paranoid Android were worryingly obsessed by dredging.
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    You can tell Well-B is not a boater as its well-being meter did not drop upon seeing the centre line mooring
  13. Anybody know a good one? Have an issue with our charging setup that I can't figure out at all.
  14. Bridgewater license needed paperwork via post last time, is a call enough for Pomona?
  15. Last time I tied up on the Runcorn branch he was there in minutes. It's a 'shame' Peel make it such a faff to just pay up. Would happily cough up the cash for a few weeks a year and would love to use Pomona lock.
  16. Ah.. ok. So hopefully they sort it before Sunny sinks our boat
  17. Both block & tackles padlocked with non watermate locks. Does anyone know why, there's no signage or stoppage notice. Don't really like being at the 7 day limit with a notoriously over eager lengthsman on the prowl.
  18. Anyone know / is a gas safe BSS engineer in the northwest? They seem to be few and far between. We er, lapsed a couple of weeks ago and now the Rochdale appears to be running out of water we are going to get a temp license from Peel.
  19. Stalybridge mooring is fine just a bit out of town by the wooden boatyard, otherwise it can get a bit Stalybridgey. We made the mistake of mooring opposite the chinese restaurant. Many many drunken people curious about boat
  20. So according to the GMP police twitter they nicked a bunch of 13-15 year old kids for 'robbery and other offences in the Village area'. That was almost certainly them. And yeah, it's not all bad at all. Going down the Ashton on the way plenty of people were trying to be helpful when we picked up a metal strap lined suitcase on the prop. Also last year going through Rochdale early on a Sunday morning it was mostly nice African ladies on their way to church, one of whom asked us if we were cleaning the canal.
  21. Well that was the plan, but the lock by rain bar was out of order. Should get down there this evening. Yeah, it's often a timing thing. Thought it would be low harassment due to having a bunch of friends helping out.
  22. I would advise early morning transits of the Rochdale 9 through Piccadilly basin and Canal street. Had probably the worst harassment we have experienced on the system - thrown bottles & stones, spitting, jumping on the boat etc. 2 separate groups. There were 5 of us on the boat (and two of us are gym rats), I pity some poor old sod trying to single hand through that. Informed the police, but if you have seen the state of Manchester recently they are unlikely to actually do anything.
  23. Yes, normal in London honeypots due to congestion and on rivers with limited or no casual mooring for safety reasons. Difficult to hang around trying to get permission on a river with any flow
  24. The pounds are often so short and shallow that the only practical moorings are Visitor Moorings with 48 hour restrictions. On a canal with very few boats (at least last year when we were there). As working Genuine Continuous Cruisers™ we had to creatively interpret the rules. Lovely canal in places and the tunnel should be on every boater's bucket list.
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