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Dave_P

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  1. You made some quick progress then, considering where I saw Vulpes at the weekend!
  2. Maybe they'll learn when they sink a boat?
  3. I can completely believe that CRT lockies can overlook basic safety. Here's my experience from last year: Locking out onto the Thames at Brentford. 2 lockies had arrived to see boats through. I took Beau into the lock first. There was another fairly wide boat coming in with me so I loosely tied my stern line on to a bollard to give them plenty of space to aim at. I knew that once on the tideway I'd have no opportunity to pee so took the chance to nip inside for a pee. I was quick, but by the time I'd got back onto the deck, the other boat was in, the gates were shut and the lock was emptying, quickly. No communication to see if skippers or crew were ready, or even visible. Nothing. My boat was already hanging up at the stern as I came out of the hatch. I screamed at the lockies to stop emptying the lock and and they just stood there staring at me like gormless idiots. By the time they realised what was happening the rope had snapped and the boat crashed down into the lock. Luckily the only damage was to the rope. I got the impression that the 2 lockies had no idea about safety or anything. They just turned up in a van when a passage was booked, pressed a few buttons and then went on their way.
  4. Having previously worked for BBC TV I can confirm that editing can be pretty time consuming, but I suspect CTC has a decent set up and his vlogs are typically long-take talking head type things which don't take that long to edit. CTC's videos are typically about 15 minutes long and I'd guess they take about 5-8 hours to edit each one. Add the filming time on and you're looking at one longish day's work a week. But then he has to interact with his fans, run his website, attend boat shows etc, so it will add up to a bit. It's still an attractive life option for those looking to escape the rat-race.
  5. I don't think anyone has got super-rich from canal vlogging but a small number have probably made a modest income for a few years and it's a bit enviable (if you don't mind talking on screen) to earn your living pottering about on the canals, making a video once a week, no boss, no ties etc. It's no wonder lots of other boaters have tried their luck at the same thing. I follow a few hiking/backpacking channels from around the world and again, it must be pretty sweet to earn a decent income from doing the thing you love. Equally, only the best ones will be making much money from it. I do notice the Foxes have a website selling merch and a patreon page with the top membership at £38.50 a month. I wonder how many top members they have? The patreon offers a private 20 minute video chat with the Foxes (the mind boggles what might be going on there, but I don't think they have an Only Fans page yet!). This personalised experience does seem to draw people in very closely, which I think is what Dora was getting at when she started this thread.
  6. I have 7 subscribers, although why anyone would want to subscribe to my channel escapes me.
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  18. The pub is now an Italian restaurant
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  20. If I did that I'd have no chance of the tackling the rest of the flight. Better to moor in the little arm just below the top lock.
  21. And IMO, a nicer place to moor than Braunston. Better phone signal too.
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  23. “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So, throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” - attributed to Mark Twain. 14 years is quite long enough to wait.
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  25. It's utterly tragic and senseless. Can I just thank the forum members, who along with the site staff team, came forward to help the police with their investigation. You know who you are. These sort of enquiries need every blind alley exploring, even if just to rule them out.
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