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  1. 1 hour ago, ditchcrawler said:

    Almost exactly the same happened when I went out, the other boat was in first, tied in and decided to check his weed hatch, I came in and gates shut paddles opened. I saw what was happening and sat on the horn to attract the lockies attention. The rope was tight but not snapped

    Maybe they'll learn when they sink a boat?

  2. 18 hours ago, jpcdriver said:

    My take on the Minimalist Bingley video was after the event what they were most concerned about the way the local lockies behaved, being very dismissive about the level of danger involved.



    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.

  3. 1 minute ago, MtB said:



    My own limited experience of making videos for youtube is that is takes around an hour to edit about a minute of running time, and that's just a home-made video of me talking to my phone plus some stills inserted illustrating what I'm droning on about. And that's without any of the time spent planning the video or setting up/looking after the gear that the more professional vloggers use.


    I reckon producing a half hour video to the standard of CTC once a week adds up to more or less a full time job. 



    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.

  4. 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.

  5. 2 hours ago, The Happy Nomad said:


    Indeed. The last time we passed was a long time ago now, it was a nice spot back then and the pub was OK too. Nice beer garden.


    I do recall it being quite tight past the water park itself what with boats moored and pretty dense offside growth though.

    The pub is now an Italian restaurant

  6. 22 minutes ago, IanD said:

    Of course if you're going up the Delph locks, it would be a crime not to moor in the little arm just above the bottom lock and walk up to the Bull and Bladder... 😉


     🙂 🙂 🙂

    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.

  7. “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.

  8. 27 minutes ago, RLWP said:


    Personally I prefer: https://maps.nls.uk/geo/explore/#zoom=16&lat=52.59680&lon=-2.08730&layers=6&b=1




    It's a similar problem with canoeists, maybe there could be 'campsites' e.g. Ocker Hill



    Campsites could work, but obviously the moorers would have to agree and they may well not, due to security concerns.  And the walkers would need letting in.  Possible places with a bit of grass other than Ocker Hill:  Withymoor, Hawne, Hockley Port, Longwood, Sneyd, Grove Colliery.


    I like Monkey's idea.

  9. 8 minutes ago, RLWP said:


    Awww, your belief in us is touching - if misguided....


    We're at the 'wouldn't it be a good idea to include walkers!' stage. Nikki and John informally walked part of the challenge a few years back, so we counted them in as competitors.


    That's as far as we have got - it needs a proper think if walkers are to be competitive in some overall BCN Challenge Winner thing. Clearly having a walking category with it's own Golden Boot is possible


    There's another can-o-worms I'd like to open at some point which is canoeists. Equally as difficult to work out



     I would think the main barrier to non-boaters taking part is where do they sleep overnight?  If I walk it, I shall probably leave my boat at my intended overnight stop.


    Also,  I remember there being an online mapping website, where you could overlay old maps onto current maps (so you could see both sets at once).  Does anyone have a link?  I'm pondering whether the Bentley Canal is walkable.

  10. 17 hours ago, TheBiscuits said:




    Yes, it's in the rules Dave.



    The event is open to everyone with a boat licensed for use on Canal and River Trust waterways.
    Other users, e.g. anglers, bird watchers, canoeists, cyclists, naturalists and walkers etc are very
    welcome to participate in any way which enhances the spirit of the event and the organisers
    would be very pleased to receive constructive suggestions from such groups on how this may be


    Walkers will receive 1.5 points for each full mile walked.

    I know it's not all about the winning, but that's a rather low level, and fails to take into account the cumulative effect of racking up some miles and the lack of opportunity to increase the score by doing locks etc.  Imagine I was able to do 25 miles on day 1 and 15 miles on day 2.  I think most people would agree that would be a fairly substantial undertaking, yet it would score a measly 60 points.  In fact I would bet that it would be nigh on impossible for a walker to even finish in the top half of the table.  If participation of other groups is desired, I doubt 1.5 points per mile with no bonus sections (for disused canals for example) is likely to achieve that. 


    2.5 points per mile for disused sections would be an idea.


    And what about bonus points for helping boat crews if they get stuck or something like that?  Or bonus points for collecting litter?  I'll be honest, I'm not sure how any of that would work in practice!!


    I assume walkers can still score points for solving clues and taking the required photos?  Although I'm not sure how that works when the scores are based on boat length?


    Of course, Sue and Richard are a very clever pair, so I'm sure they've got this all in hand.


    If I do it, I'll probably take the BCN Challenge twitter account out of retirement as it's been quite a useful way of keeping abreast of all the excitement as it unfolds.

  11. 20 hours ago, DanielnDorothy said:

    You can't go to Mornington Cresent on a diagonal

    You can if you're playing under Standard Birmingham Protocols with the Black Country Variation.  But only with the prior permission of the chair.


    I thought everyone knew that.

  12. On 04/10/2021 at 12:14, Dave_P said:

    Will there be points for walking/cycling/paddleboarding etc this time?

    I'm still waiting for a response to this.  Having boated the challenge 3 times and cycled it once, I rather fancy walking it this time.  I'd been keener if I knew I could be a 'proper' entrant with points awarded etc.

  13. 18 hours ago, ditchcrawler said:

    Have you found somewhere secure to tuck away until its fixed.

    Hawne Basin could be an option

    Once I'd swept up the glass and covered the window with bubble wrap, the very next thing I did was head down to Hawne Basin.  I was planning on coming on Friday, but shifted forwards a few days. 


    It helps that it's my home mooring.

  14. 25 minutes ago, MtB said:


    Do beware of all them vlogs, they present an idealised view of the waterways and generally avoid mentioning any of the sh1tty bits about canal life. 


    E.G. like when you get home late, it's dark, freezing cold and slashing with rain, you've tramped through half a mile of towpath mud and you find the stove's gone out, the bog is full and needs emptying, the gas bottle is empty, the batts are flat and there's no water in your tank. 



    And some scrote has smashed your window in.

  15. Thanks again for the responses and ideas.  I've been in touch with channelglaze and they're putting together a quote for me to reglaze the window.  I'm reluctant to try and do it myself as I have a long and ignominious track record of trying to fix things without really knowing how, and royally buggering it up.

  16. 7 minutes ago, Stilllearning said:

    If you have other windows the same size, couldn’t you swap one so that you have a smoked glass one in, say, the bathroom?

    Good idea but my bathroom window is smaller and already smoked. 


    I've gone back to my mooring at Hawne Basin and there's a guy here who might have a matching window lying around somewhere.  Fingers crossed.  Otherwise I think I'll give channelglaze a call.

  17. 2 hours ago, Grassman said:

    Channelglaze the boat window manufacturers are based in Birmingham so it may be worth speaking to them, even if just for some advice.




    Out of interest, where in Brum were you moored when you have your window broken?

    Someone else has just mentioned channelglaze.  Thanks.


    I was moored at Windmill End, on the opposite side to the cafe.  I wasn't on the boat overnight and returned to find it this morning.

    2 hours ago, matty40s said:

    125, and 80 x 65 and 95 x 59 if any good to you


    I just measured it to the outside of the frame and it's 95 x 57.5cm?  Seems oddly close to one of yours, but not quite.

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