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  1. That would be quite interesting yes. We did cc a bit when first had the kids then got a mooring in London ten years ago. Council tax etc etc. I had been cc ing for 15 years prior to that myself but traveling widely as not constrained by work or children. Also my choice to live on a boat is not related to financial issues I would still live on a boat full time if I had ten million quid. No interest in owning property at all. Nil. A lot of people have turned up on boats in London specifically because it is a cheap way to live. It's obvious. This will at some point change and while the changes take place (slum clearance) people will start squealing about it. It's interesting to observe it. People living on boats are a minority group. That's a fact. If you wind up too many of the majority groups it will come back and bite you. Of course squatters don't care they just move on to the next thing if their activity gets outlawed. Never mind worse things happen at sea.
  2. Just get a proper bowsaw. This one is lovely. It's in Tewkesbury so too far for me to collect it otherwise I would have it in a heartbeat. I already have one the same and the bigger one and the smaller one but they are such nice saws! https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/324652830806 It is an EIA frame. Edsbyns Industri AB. One of the best swede saws you will ever find. Ok so it needs a new blade but these are available albeit getting worse over time. sand ok, bahco and Jack seem to be the best ones. bow saw with a decent not a rusty blade goes through wood fast. I mean really fast most people are surprised to see it. I want that saw ! what I really want is an EIA or Sandvik 42" frame. That is the holy grail. I do have the blades for one of these but never managed to get the frame. They did make them but they are very rare.
  3. The boat list has it down as a Yeoman 22. I think this is probably correct. Has obviously had some modifications. https://canalplan.org.uk/boats/boats.php
  4. We used to moor by Grove bridge Quite regularly before they converted it. Late 90s and early 00s. There was a police dog training unit based there. I used to park car half way down the lane before the bridge. It was reported as being abandoned and I had a call from the rozzzers. Happy days. Interesting area I particularly like the large waterwheel powered pumps (derelict) one of them by the sharp bend Watford side of Grove bridge the other one is further up in the bushes between M25 spur bridge and Hunton bridge. Great big iron wheels quite impressive really. I think they were to do with the watercress beds. The Grove is actually not the stately home connected to Cassiobury park. There was another one there but it's gone. Not investigated but as far as I know there is nothing left of it. There are some impressive trees around in the woods there including some very large old sweet chestnut trees which I guess may have been part of the grounds when it was a private dwelling. The image in Wikipedia shows a house which is considerably more impressive than the Grove. Demolished in 1927 apparently.
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  7. I've always towed dinghies with a variety of boats including narrow boats and wide barges. Not had any problems just put two lines on one to each dolly. Problems can occur with dinghies behind narrow boats when existing from a wide lock using a single gate but other than that not a problem. Davits as suggested would be nicer for a square stern wide beam although if you catch the dinghy when on davits it is likely to be more of a problem than if it was caught up while towing. I like to put sensible sized cable ties into the towing lines so if it gets caught the cable ties break off. A third long thin line works as a way to avoid completely losing the dinghy if both cable ties break.
  8. That passed me up near Henley the other day. I thought it was very displeasing to look at. That step in the side deck really doesn't do it any aesthetic favours !! It just looks "wrong" to me anyway. 4L2 is nice but a bit big even for a heavy NB.
  9. It seems to me to be an advantage if nobody else sounds a horn as long as you have a proper loud one do a single blast and voilâ ! Sorted. Other person having a horn just complicates matters.. ETA perhaps just five loud blasts would be better. To make a point and request that other vessels 'keep clear'
  10. If your aim was to create conflict then complain about the nackered engine yes but if you simply wanted to make a non technical point about the smoke then the prop foul comment works better in that scenario
  11. Maybe he had a bladeful. Prop fouling not at all unusual in that area and yes it does increase loading and is liable to cause smoky exhaust. I would have suggested this when passing.
  12. Emma Smith bridge is Bookable for essential journeys. Turks boat coming back to Kingston after docking at their Chatham yard probably does count as essential to be fair. What with being the queen's swan keeper or whatever.
  13. As a Thames resident I will be filtering River water for my washing requirements from now on. Plenty of others do it. If done right it's actually quite a sensible option made all the more sensible by the senseless rearrangement of the "bulk" fresh water supply provision. My plan is a sand and gravel filled box followed by three filters and a UV lamp. should be ok for the washing side of the system but not sure I'd like to drink it.. ETA probably chuck some sterilising tablets in as well for good measure.
  14. Not tried it myself as it's not my bag but have been told you can just go under the bridge and carry on with your day. I would guess that if you did it regularly you may find problems but if you are not intending to return then perhaps the "do I look bovvered" clause kicks in. It does not seem to be rigourously enforced by the PLA. Not sure how the insurance would react if the bridge suddenly fell down and you, as boat master, were horribly injured by shrapnel leading to catastrophic loss of control of your vessel which in turn causes a cyclist on an adjacent Riverside towpath to turn and look across at your boat resulting in them failing to maintain a proper lookout and performing an emergency collision avoidance manoover which results in in the cyclist striking a 7 year old child at speed causing a fatality. The cyclist survives. You would not want this on your conscience.
  15. I reckon it's people hoarding bottles and filling them up at petrol station LPG point for onward sale. Let's face it that's a lot cheaper than getting involved in the Calor gas cartel. Or fill them from one of those big land based bulk tanks. Other theories exist including massive increase in popularity of caravanning due to foreign travel restrictions.. One of the London coal boats apparently pays £15 each for empty bottles.
  16. ETA I see they moved it up to the next bollard. Boat and associated equipment is presumably not part of the crime scene then. I was getting carried away and wondering if the assailant had hurled the outboard motor powerhead forcefully at the victim. I think this is where it is appropriate to stop commenting.
  17. It also seems to be unrelated to overstaying on a mooring. Maybe just a random nutter objecting to someone recording boat details ? Must say I always thought of the data collector job as rather high risk and "you would want to know how to swim". Or it might be unrelated to boats but me thinks it is related to boats. Edit so they have to seperate the two halves of the unit to lift it? Oh yes good point about the electric boat but does anyone actually police that sort of thing ? What I was getting at was that the powerhead had been removed from the towpath and placed in the well deck area during the police operation on site.
  18. From the MJG post earlier on What's going on here with the outboard motor powerhead? Did it get used as a mooring land anchor? Very bizarre set of pictures. It looks like it's the whole top half of the outboard not just the lid which goes over it. At some stage someone put it back on the boat for some reason. It must be quite heavy . Other boat looks a bit like a Fairline 19 with an imaginative addition to the topsides.
  19. My mum's narrow boat had the pump out tank on one side, under the bed. We put a large (50kg) crane weight in the front well and moved it across to help a bit with the trim. Those water tanks look like a very nice solution. Any idea who built the boat?
  20. As Mike said earlier they could be ballast trim tanks. Seems likely. Only thing is if it's 8ft X 10 inches X 4 inch deep? That would be 240x25x10 in centimetres so about 60 -65 litres per tank. Not all that much weight really. Enough to get boat level though probably. If it was someone who was really agitated about having the boat exactly level they might even have had a clinometer on the boat. Any clinometers around?
  21. Does it take water from the canal directly ie below waterline. Other possibility could be a way of overboard discharging a toilet at a chosen time not immediately after use. A sort of holding tank but not in the pump out sense. ETA if it were drawing water in close to the surface that would work well for the filtration idea. One of my boats has a small inlet and a sediment tank (not similar to that one) but filters were never fitted. I believe the intention was to fit an RO plant but until recently these have been very expensive.
  22. Could it be a sediment tank for some sort of filtration plant? Take water from canal, leave it in tank to settle then draw contents through your filters.
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  24. I didn't realise Viking funerals were carried out while the person was still alive. Interesting approach I suppose. One usually does this after the person has stopped breathing for a certain amount of time.
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