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RichLech

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    Alice Springs
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    Ventnor Farm Marina

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  1. Looking forward to doing the Tardebigge locks in the next couple of weeks. I note it is difficult to moor within the flight so planning to moor after Stoke Top Lock and visit the Queens Head. Is there usually room at the Stoke Pound visitor moorings?
  2. Fair comment! I am always either cruising or in the marina with shoreline & charger so I do leave mine on all the time, just in case. As far as I know it has never operated but I test it regularly. When I bought my boat the bilge looked similar to the OPs so I spent hours de-rusting and painting. It was a filthy job so I now do all I can to ensure I never have to do that again. I keep a plastic container under the stern gland, empty it every day that I cruise and ensure the gland is greased at the end of the day as well. Any water that gets past the plastic container is mopped up at the end of the day. So the only water ever left in the bilge is a little when it rains - and there is not much of that as I have a covered semi-trad. I guess many will find my approach is a bit OTT but I am happy that when I lift my deck boards the engine space is clean and dry.
  3. I would have expected to see an automatic bilge pump in the square recess under the shaft. This should stop the water getting to the level indicated by the rust "tide mark". can't see if there is a bilge pump or not. If there is one there, the tide mark level could have been caused by faulty/switched off bilge pump or flat battery at some time.
  4. I presume your tank is under the bed. If so, removing the mattress and a board underneath it should give you access to the tank. You should see a 2" approx. pipe coming off near the top of the tank. It will probably go to a charcoal filter and then to the skin fitting to vent outside or possibly to a roof vent.
  5. Just coming to the end of a month on Oxford, Coventry, T&M, Macclesfield, Peak Forest, Shroppie, Staffs & Worcester. Encountered no problems and all crt people we met were helpful & friendly. Particularly impressed by cleanliness of most wc facilities at sanitary stations.
  6. I should have been more explicit. Nothing wrong with Tesco Whaley Bridge or anywhere else. Just that interrupting gentle cruising to endure supermarket shopping is something to be done as little as possible. When you have to do it, the Whaley Bridge store scores highly for convenience and I recommend it.
  7. Finished our brief visit to the Macclesfield and included the Peak Forest to Whaley Bridge & Bugsworth Basin. What lovely waterways! The views from the Peak Forest are magnificent. The history at Bugsworth Basin is fascinating. Managed to get away with just the one shopping stop - at Whaley Bridge Tesco. Not a very pleasant experience but must be done. Thanks for all the advice.
  8. Moored just below lock 41 as suggested. Very convenient. Many thanks.
  9. Many thanks people. What a great resource this forum is.
  10. Just cruising back down the lovely Macclesfield after the Peak Forest to Bugsworth. Where is the best place to moor for Tesco Hardings Wood? Many thanks.
  11. Does anyone have any information about the builder David Browne & Son. I have one of his boats built in 2005. It is a fairly normal semi-trad 52 ft boat. I was told it was one of two built by David Browne and sold through Tingdene. This post is the first time I have seen any other reference to David Browne as a builder.
  12. £29.00 earlier this week from Kings Bromley Marina. This could have been a special price for moorers at KB or other Castle marinas.
  13. Plans have changed. Due to Llangollen restrictions we are going to spend a bit of time on the Macclesfield instead. Can anyone please tell me of convenient supermarkets on the Macclesfield? Many thanks.
  14. Thanks a lot. Plenty to choose from.
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