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Dave_P

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  1. Phones are also just a PITA in this scenario, having to dial a number and wait for a reply. They can't be used when wearing thick winter gloves either. Seems as though those people who have walkie talkies and don't use them, simply haven't got used to using them. At first, we always used to forget to take them out, or to charge them. Now I make a point of keeping them charged and, as soon as we get to a lock flight, out they come. They aren't necessary but they do make things easier and far more civilised.
  2. We use walkie talkies and I don't care if people think we're plonkers. I do a lot of single handing so where there's the two of us and we get to a flight, my OH goes ahead to set locks while I work up or down the flight. Often we are out of sight of each other. She can warn me when a boat is coming the other way and I can leave locks ready for them. She can also warn if there is some kind of issue/hold-up/obstruction ahead, and I can let her know if I've been delayed, or want to have a cup of tea and does she want one? Far more plonkerish are those crews who work up flights screaming, shouting and waving their arms around at each other. Just use a walkie talkie - far more civilised.
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  5. Just seen a post on facebook about Valley Cruises in Stratford. They are moving their base to Bidford and the long term moorers there have been given 6 weeks to leave. It seems CRT own the land. Nobody is telling the moorers anything. Just wondering if anyone here knows what the future for the site is? I would have thought that any new operator would be happy to keep the existing moorers on.
  6. And CRT, to be fair, promoted the event more than BCNS. They advertised it on their website and were tweeting about it in the week preceding and over the weekend. The @bcnchallenge twitter account picked up quite a few new followers, which may well have been down to CRT retweeting. Any of those new followers may decide to join the BCNS or take part in the challenge in future.
  7. I just tried but failed. I’ll try later when I have WiFi. Here’s two. The top one is disused Bradley Locks. The second is team Firefly on the Walsall flight.
  8. I'm claiming it! It's a bit like when, aged 7, my rabbit won best in breed at a local pet show. It took 25 years for my parents to tell me that he was the only entrant. My plan was just to pedal round the BCN, with a friend, taking pictures of boats for the twitter. Along the way, Richard suggested he might be able to give me a score. I really enjoyed it and may cycle again next year with a proper plan. I have a load of pictures which I'll post here when I can be bothered.
  9. Hello forum folk. I have emerged from a self-imposed forum retirement to let you all know that the bcn challenge twitter account is still very much a thing. Find it at @bcnchallenge and use the hashtag #bcnchallenge to keep up with all the exciting events of the weekend. Unfortunately I'm unable to take part by boat this year, but I do expect to be out and about on the bcn on a bike, snapping some photos of participants.
  10. Dave_P

    Boat safety

    Question out of curiosity: If the gas bottles were simply removed prior to the inspection - would it pass?
  11. Dave_P

    Boat safety

    I believe there are more fires caused on boats which start from solid fuel stoves, than from gas appliances.
  12. They're not called Enforcement Officers anymore. They're now Licence Support Officers! I promise I'm not making this up!
  13. I think I agree with you on the pump-outs. I'd want that tank to be very well sealed!!!
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  15. Mod hat on: Please remember that this is first and foremost a personal tragedy. Please bear that in mind when you post. Friends / family could read what you have said.
  16. Cooper Bridge is where the C&H meets the Huddersfield Broad Canal, so could be classed as Cooper Bridge and be on the canal, just.
  17. Still ugh! And your full ones, when you're not near an Elsan?
  18. If you don't have a front cratch, where do you keep your spare cassettes? Inside the boat???
  19. Will be interesting to see if you get better answers on here or on facebook ;-)
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