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magnetman last won the day on October 3 2016

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  1. As this was a recent post I just thought it might be worth pointing out that "at present" ie now most of the Thames is on red boards with some areas specially around islands having quite high flow levels.
  2. Yes but it is a butty not a horse boat. A boat specifically built to be paired with a motor rather than on built to be hauled by an animal.
  3. Or the boat leans over and water comes in the engine bay vents. The thing to remember about canals is tea related. Old fashioned tea cups the ones with the sloping sides. In theory this is the profile you want the canal to be but in reality it's more likely to be the shape of the china dish you put the tea cup on after sipping.
  4. All the hoardings up in the high street have pictures of boats (including a forum member's boat). But you can bet your bottom dollar the very thing they are advertising will be wiped away like chalk from a blackboard. It always happens.
  5. Looks a bit like Hunton Bridge bottom lock no.73. ETA I know this photo is from the other direction but the curve away from above the lock to the towpath is a good match. And I think the bridge immediately below the next lock up could be relatively recent. As are the bollards. Image from canalplanac
  6. Doesn't look like an English narrow boat. There were some quite narrow boats in France so I agree with the above post plus the architecture. Not really looked into it but Canal de Briare comes to mind for some reason.
  7. There are cheap freehold moorings near Beccles.
  8. Strapping the gates shut is an interesting one yes I have seen some gates somewhere with the bands you refer to. If this was used to also stop the boat they would have been sliced off regularly. You would need something a lot more substantial to slip the rope in order to actually stop the boat. Like a strapping post anchored into the ground. "Means provided" indicates that the means are already there and you may not introduce your own equipment ie a rope. Use of a rope to operate gates is not therefore allowed by the byelaw. I'm sure that's what they meant. All these rope techniques are handy but at the end of the day they risk causing damage. I think the handrail shape could be completely unrelated to thumblining. If you think about handrails you want them to be more or less continuous right to the end of the gate and almost join when gates are shut. For safety. No big gaps. How do you fix a cast iron handrail butterfly right at the mitre end of the lock gate,? It would split the wood. They are large items secured by 3 spikes or bolts with a vertical hole which the handrail sits in. Solid bit of gear as are the handrails. Solution is you mount the butterfly further in away from the end of the wood and bend the rail itself outwards to get the required continuity of grip. Otherwise it will break off when the butterfly inevitably detaches due to split wood.
  9. I suppose its open to interpretation but 25(a) from the 1965 bye laws seems to prohibit opening gates other than with the balance beams. This would also in theory prohibit breasting the gates open - something else that is/was commonplace. I agree the rails appear to be deliberately designed for this purpose but I still don't think handrails are classed as "means provided for that purpose" . An obvious problem with thumblining or breasting gates is that you have the engine power and weight of the boat to help force the gates before they are ready. Something else specifically prohibited. I reckon if you involve ropes and the boat you are not using "means provided for that purpose". It is precisely these potentially damaging maneuvers which the byelaw is seeking to prevent.
  10. Obviously against the byelaws anyway but I'd advise anyone thinking of thumblining to have a good look at the condition of the mitre post. It did occur to me that could have been what caused the balance beam on one of the bottom gates at Denham deep to break off recently. Yes the handrails are strong enough but is the actual gate up to it? Eta image posted by Tim Lewis in the Problem at Denham thread in "stoppages". I really would not wish to have been thumblining that one !!
  11. Denham deep yesterday. Lock works fine however the other mitre post does seem to have a similar rot problem obvious in the second of my photos... Of course the fact they are composite gates meant the repair was fairly straightforward.
  12. Still a pair of granny gears on the tail gates on one of the Hanwell locks GU. Not sure why as all the others are normal rack and pinion type. Never tried it but I reckon a decent cordless drill with correct size socket would be the thing for these.
  13. The long pound is down about 6 inches A lot of water missing. Obviously not a problem for a well maintained canal but... I was last boat through top lock yesterday afternoon after which all top paddles and gates chained up.
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