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  1. One way to do it would be like they do with council homes. Find out if people are genuinely in poverty and if they are then allow them subsidised housing. CRT is currently subsidising housing. You could easily find that there are very many people "living" on boats while renting out their house or flat. If the subsidy (cc option for boat license) was removed this would not result in them being homeless as they are a property owner. Not everyone is in this position, obviously. It's basically just squatters and freeloaders who seem to not understand the market economy who are moaning. Charging for something that is in demand is normal. If you can't afford it you don't have it. It's not complicated. Also I think in the CRT transfer order somewhere there is a bit where CRT are obliged to make profit from their assets and must not allow anyone to gain from their assets. So if someone is living on a boat while renting out their property then they are directly gaining because living on a boat cheaply and remaining in one general area is only available due to the 1995 act and the 14 day rule. You are bound to get parasites in this situation.
  2. This was not a ride-on type just a self -propelling gravel mower which goes in front of the operator.
  3. A few days ago on Limehouse cut there was a self propelled lawn mower being used to mow the gravel towpath / cycle superhighway and a bloke with a strimmer knocking down the occasional valerian plant at the edge (thankfully not the canal edge side as the plants are rather pretty). They came back, mower still propelling itself but this time the geyser with the strimmer had a noisy leaf blower for creating huge clouds of dust. Nice work if you can get it !
  4. You get the person painting the name to measure it and put the lettering in the middle. It will be 1ft7 and 3/4 inch from the side deck upwards.
  5. My younger daughter who is in the Rabbit Protection League says that the pictured device may contravene the Rabbit Rights Act section R8.
  6. Quite a few years ago, around 2011, I ratchet strapped the front of the boat (30 tonne barge) to a buddleia plant growing out of the side of the towpath because it was right at the end of the mooring and only one ring available. A BW enforcer (or someone else with a sticky documents enclosed envelope) did attach a notice and quoted something about not damagjng the plants. It could have been some nutter but I think it was genuine. The buddleia was bloody handy as a mooring attachment point. Very durable. No issues.
  7. I'm not sure what a "mooring pin rabbit hole" is but this also brings into the equation the potential for interfering with animals. If you did hammer a mooring pin into a rabbit hole and someone who was in the Rabbit Protection League spotted you it could end up in the hands of the RSPCA . They have quite a lot of powers. I have on more than one occasion hammered a pin into wasp nests but it seems they don't need a protection league as quite capable of defending themselves from such intrusions. Maybe the CRT need to introduce some bats and newts in strategic areas. ETA and wasps. Use the wasps !
  8. At some point this thread is going to have to satisfy the bored.
  9. Or drill across the nut and thread and knock a roll pin in there. That would lock it open nicely but be convertible back to closeable if needed in future by punching out the pin.
  10. Another factor is that CRT does often allow people to remain in place or have limited movement under the Equality Act 2010. Reasonable adjustments. It might come as a surprise to some what can make people eligible. As with all things it depends on how well people can do the applications. CRT do publish the numbers. I'm not sure where it is but I think it's in the hundreds not the dozens. ETA with the general situation about living on boats "by choice" being a fairly recent phenomenon, chaos in mental health services, everyone getting older and silly housing costs it seems likely these numbers will increase. https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/enjoy-the-waterways/boating/do-you-know-a-vulnerable-boater/disabled-boaters-information
  11. You'd need a water pump for a solar hot water system anyway unless using the excess electric and an immersion heater. I don't think a thermosyphon system will send the heated water downhill. Unfortunately. Also a solar collector would take extra space on top of the boat. It does make sense to an extent to combine the two (PV and water heating) using a thermostat of some sort attached to the solar panel to switch the pump on at the required temperature. Possible side effect is keeping the panels clear of debris. This can be filtered out before adding water to the beer keg hot water tank.. ETA unless you are a very high consumer with a large and efficient battery bank it's likely you will be getting surplus power so the immersion heater is probably the better option overall but it doesn't cool or clean the solar panels .
  12. I reckon circulating cold water around either under or on top of solar panels would be worth doing. Route the water to a storage tank. If the panel was slightly angled it would be quite easy to put a soaker hose on a timer from the main domestic water tank along the top edge and a drain pipe at the bottom.. Could be quite an interesting way to do energy efficiency. I use a soaker hose for the bucket garden. They are quite clever in that they do distribute water evenly and at low flow rates. Ideal for cooling a solar panel. Must try it.
  13. Yes he does go on TB and is very ranty and occasionally quite abusive. It's amusing for a while but also somewhat tiresome. He won't be getting the boat back as CRT will have sold it by now. I agree Tony is good for knowledge but he has some significant issues which need to be addressed moving forwards.
  14. Agreed Make of panel can be interesting as well. I've got a couple of Canadian Solar 415w poly panels on one of the boats mounted flat. Hot and dirty they don't chuck out the full power but I'm not that worried. Will clean them in the winter when I need the power.
  15. It's a shame Tony Dunkley isn't on here. He's great at doing extensive ranting about how the boat he once owned was subjected to a S8 then sold by them to a new owner but is still technically his boat. It seems a valid argument but there are times when what actually happens in the real world takes precedence over what an individual may think is right or wrong. The London situation is interesting as there are a lot of people with plenty of money (those new widebeams are not free) so in theory a group funded court case against CRT could be done. Problem being that nobody is really that interested in living on a boat unless it is super cheap so most do toe the line. There will always be alternatives for most people. Annoyingly it can be those who have no other options who get screwed by the CRT.
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  17. It would make sense overall for a canal network to be provided with mooring places and places where you can not moor without anything to tie up to should be mooring prohibited. Obviously it won't happen but it would be a very logical way to run a network. If there happened to be too much demand then charging for services is not an unknown approach.
  18. There was a time when CRT were attaching notices to railings and egress ladders because idiots were using these to secure boats. I think they did quote a byelaw but not sure which one it was. The cut in London is full of squatters. Their parties were closed down squatting private residences so they turned up on boats. No rocket science.
  19. BW general canal byelaw no.29. "29. No mooring rope shall be affixed to any sluice lockgate, bridge or other work of the Board not provided for the purpose of mooring." --- I reckon a canal bank structure is an "other work of the board" and is not provided for the purpose of mooring. Banging mooring pins into cracks in concrete is definitely liable to cause damage. Banging mooring pins into grass which is laid over stone canal bank structures is liable to cause damage. The Board will clearly need to be able to enforce against these sorts of things if they need to otherwise damage will be done to the works. Technically interesting when it comes to Armco type campshedding / piling. It's just a fluke that the horizontal rail is easy to attach to with chains or hooks. It is not provided for mooring. It is probably a byelaw infringement to secure vessels to the piling unless there are rings or bollards provided for the purpose of mooring.
  20. Have you asked the boat builder? It sort of looks like it might be an East West marine boat. Someone on here did find a source for the window clips but I think they are different from the porthole clips. There was a thread about it. Of course it's probably a different boat builder anyway. The thread was here And there was one comment which was a good one I thought and would work regardless of who the original builder or fitter was: "Hi all , Email some narrow boat window companies to see if they were taking or have taken any out. Worked for me 👍"
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