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Peter Thornton

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  1. Interesting comments. It would seem that a weeks rest between owners/hirers would be enough to let the virus die? But if taking over the same day then extra cleaning might be advisable. The real game changer will be when the new test is made widely available and we will all get little red or green badges to indicate whether we are immune or potential carriers. I suppose there's also a potential risk in the infrastructure which is touched along the way. Locks etc. I suspect that the canal system has a greater proportion of vulnerable people than the rest of the country and do wonder what would happen if the virus begins to take hold here? I suspect that banning hire and share boats would be quite high up the measures taken? So it's up to us to stay safe and keep out of trouble!
  2. Does anyone have any thoughts about how the hire and share boat industry will be handling changeovers in the current situation?
  3. Hi Allan Did you work for Ownerships, or one of the boatyards?
  4. Yes, its pretty obvious that if you're dealing with the boating community then you are going to get a much higher proportion of mobile devices. The multiple boats point is a bit trickier, it will depend upon what rules were set and I can see both sides of this. But whatever is decided should be clearly stated and followed. The real worry is the small turnout compared to previous years. That should provoke some thought.
  5. Yes, I think we will be able to make a case for existing boats but it may be a bit tricky to build new ones on the current pattern.
  6. I suspect the problem will be that there are thousands of special cases to be made. i.e. If you take the total number of Ferrari's on the road then it is a tiny proportion etc.
  7. There are a number of routes onto Council. I’ve been appointed from the Local Government Association and am looking forward to my first meeting in March. My initial interests will be: 1. The elections. It doesn’t sound as if they were well run, if what I’ve read here is correct. I’ve stood for lots of elections, some online, and never known of one where you have to cast a minimum number of votes. 2. Climate change issues. I’m not at all convinced that CRT appreciates what is heading our way in that canal boats are almost entirely dependent upon fossil fuels. Potentially a huge challenge. 3. Council tax questions along with social care and health. We’ve all seen Tim and Pru and my wife and I sometimes refer to the canal system as a linear care home. We are both pensioners by the way........ Plus issues I see coming up on this forum. I’ve been a member for a number of years. We are shareboaters on an ex ownership boat Sunseeker and spend 4-6 weeks a year cruising. I’ll keep in touch. Peter Thornton Cumbria County Council
  8. Just been reading through this thread and would comment that there are two different issues which will impact boaters. Pollution and climate change. This legislation, ref wet wood and coal, is driven by the need to reduce pollution. It can be argued that a boat in open countryside is not really harming anyone but a boat at the end of my garden, or in a town centre, is a different matter. It won’t be long before this, and the running of engines when stationary in built up areas is made very difficult and we need to be pressing for electric hook ups on town moorings. Climate change is a much more difficult issue, whether or not you believe in it. The belief is that there is a cumulative effect and eventually someone is going to notice that canal boats have relatively inefficient diesel engines. This could potentially get very difficult for those of us who rely upon a big tank of diesel, a large bottle of gas and a dozen sacks of coal on the roof!
  9. You are probably right. Most complex enforcement costs more than it yields in fines, the profit comes from the people who then pay their bills because of the example set.
  10. As a local, I can see this sort of thing working on Windermere, but Grasmere seems too small and unspoilt for something like this.
  11. I suppose it has an echo of a “Gentleman’s Club” which is usually nothing but........
  12. “Gentleman’s Yacht” sounds sort of seedy somehow......... interestingly, this doesn’t seem to have hit the local media, I imagine it will cause quite a storm!
  13. Safest mooring is Gas Street at party conference time. Last time we had a policeman with a sub machine gun looking after us. No bother that night!
  14. At our recent Owners AGM we discussed the question of the capacity of the Diesel tank. Our boat, Sunseeker, is one of the S class Pat Buckle built Ownership boats from the late 90’s. Does anyone have any idea of the approx capacity? We are thinking around 200 litres.
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