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  1. Which I guess is why the Foxes are not using a broker themselves.
  2. I think they will get the £140k. It will be a vlog follower who has never even hired before, let alone owned a boat. They will then discover boating is nothing like they expected. Sell when the current market bubble has burst and lose around £70K on the deal.
  3. Our 50ft Peter Nichols was built in 1985. When out of the water for blacking this year (£600), I had a hull survey for peace of mind. Original base plate is 6mm. Worst pitting was measured at 0.4mm depth. I think there's a lot to be said for the better quality steel used 30+ years ago.
  4. You are quite right. And these days, whenever we leave the marina, theres an increasing chance we'll not get back again due to failing canal infrastructure anyway!
  5. I always question whether or not I should renew my RCR membership. I have the "parts cover" option. I do the majority of maintenance and repairs myself and carry a decent stock of spares. Over the years I have probably fixed stuff that was covered by my RCR membership, but I enjoy doing it myself and know exactly whats been done then. But each year I end up renewing. Mainly to cover myself in case the gearbox / drive plate / starter motor etc fails on me whilst 150 miles from home. I guess it is peace of mind that something like that would get sorted if required. Or would it?
  6. Also I noticed on my GJW renewal, their requirement for a survey is every 10 years. I am sure previously it was 5. (1985 build NB)
  7. I just can not comprehend why anyone would go through the hassle and expense of having one of these monstrosities craned into a canal that they can not cruise! Whats the point?
  8. It will be interesting to see how they prioritise the hire boats through the flight now!
  9. I agree. Frustrates me when you look at the boat at the front of the queue and no-one from it at the lockside. I frequently lose my partner as she disappears up the flight with her windless!
  10. I have heard similar stories about hire-boats being given priority at Watford. I don't know what's happened there. The lockies at Watford are normally well organised and efficient. We went through the flight during the last week in May, not long after the restrictions were put in place to facilitate the works on Sulby reservoir. We arrived at the bottom of the flight soon after 9 to ensure we got through once they were unlocked. They let 11 boats down before we moved. It was after 1 before we cleared the locks. What annoyed me was when we were cruising the summit pound, the levels were very high with water pouring over all the spill-weirs. They must have been in the process of draining down the reservoirs. So water was being dumped in to local streams when it could have been used in the locks had they been allowed to open longer. What is the sense in that? Surely CRT could have applied some flexibility. I also question the timing of the works. Here we are just coming out of lockdown and a very popular route has to be put in to restricted lock times. I am glad I don't moor in Crick, Yelvertoft or Kilworth. Options are very limited for short breaks if you are based on that pound. I appreciate the logic behind doing the work during the dry season but I would have thought it could have been planned better to lessen impact on boaters. Surely major work like this had been planned well in advance? If I recall, just a couple of weeks notice was given. July and August is going to be interesting!
  11. I am sure a flock of geese once guarded a distillery in Scotland. Found it! Scotch Watch: the Ballantine’s geese | Scotch Whisky
  12. So we can see if you're a local!
  13. Nen No argument. Have lived within a couple of miles of it most of my life. Always has been, always will be Nen.
  14. I have never heard of these people, but what the hell, I thought I would take a look at one of their videos. What an ignorant, obnoxious, arrogant bloke the guy is! Why would anyone subscribe to that rubbish?
  15. Previously, I spent a season helping with handovers on a hire fleet. The hire companies have an obligation to ensure the crews have training on boat handling, locks, safety etc. The handover guys have to sign off paperwork confirming they have done this and the hirers also sign to confirm they have received this training and accept their obligations. In our case, the hirers received a handbook and DVD after booking, they watched a video again on arrival at the base, had instruction using a model of a lock (not ideal, but no locks close to the base) and then a trial run up to a winding hole and back. Personally, I would never sign off on anyone who I thought was not safe. On the trial run I would again go over locking procedures etc to make sure they knew what to expect. The ones who were still apprehensive, I would suggest they moor up before their first lock and take a walk up to observe first. One memorable couple just could not get the hang of steering and were terrified with the boat movement!! I spent several hours trying to help them, but they had no confidence whatsoever. They were actually quite relieved when we suggested they stay put in the marina for the week and used the boat as a holiday cottage! There were then the customers who were quite competent, but I knew damn well as soon as they were out of sight, all the kids would be on the roof and the boat will be going full pelt to the nearest pub where it will moor up on the lock landing for the night. I was never comfortable with this, but what can you do. I fear this summer there will be a new breed of hirers out there. The ones who have no real interest in boating and are just doing it as its one of the few options for a holiday right now. I did consider going back to help with handovers again. I met some great people and enjoyed introducing them to the canals. However I don't think I would have the patience to deal with this new breed!
  16. I discovered this one last autumn. We were moored just north of Welton Haven near the narrows (Bridge 4?). From the towpath, the brickwork looks like a culvert, but if you climb down the embankment, its quite a well preserved tunnel. Its probably only about 5ft high. I wonder what its purpose was? Cattle creep?
  17. A few years ago I did a job for a northern brewery. In the canning department, there were several different products getting filled ranging from cheap supermarket "own-brand" to the premium brands. All got filled with the exactly the same beer. I guess this applies to loads of products. Despite that I always use Comma Classic 20w50 in my BMC 1.5 - maybe I should save a few quid and go to Halfords!
  18. We've just come down from Nether Heyford, through Stoke Bruerne, to Grafton Regis. Only seen 4 other boats on the move.
  19. This is exactly what I am thinking. The last 12 months provided CRT a perfect opportunity to get on top of maintenance with very little activity on the waterways. I hope I am wrong, but I suspect the next couple of weeks are going to result in multiple stoppages as the system is suddenly populated with owners and hirers out boating again on the clapped out infrastructure.
  20. Now there’s one appeared at Heyford Fields!
  21. Plenty of good moorings at Zouch. Loughborough has moorings in the basin - also water/elsan there. Its a lovely river. Yes you could get to Leicester in a day, but I would take your time and enjoy.
  22. Other than the crime reference number, that's all that was in the Rozzer's email bulletin! Not even a boat name. I wonder if anyone has probed the mooring with a long shaft just in case its on the bottom?
  23. Had this from Northants Police this morning. Another one? Northamptonshire Police are appealing for information regarding a theft of a Narrow Boat from Cosgrove Marina where unknown persons have taken the vessel by unknown means. This happened on or around the 8th December 2020
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