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howardang last won the day on December 20 2018

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    Anything to do with boats, ships and the sea.

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    58ft semi trad Winthorpe (Share)
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    Wigrams Turn Marina

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  1. Not to mention the massive increase in cruising in the last decade or so with the massive, and some would say unnecessary, burning of fossil fuels to power the blocks of flats that pass for passenger ships these days. I think we do our bit for recycling without going overboard, but I won't, of course, mention the equally unnecessary use of diesel consumption used by canal and river boats - that's too near to home to be comfortable! At least we use Ecover products to compensate. Howard
  2. Exactly! Much nicer would be to give the family an evening of slide presentations when you get back home, just like the olden days! Howard
  3. Have a great trip but I wouldn't get too concerned about navigation - personally, I wouldn't overthink it. You could let your family know your whereabouts by a simple email each day - possibly with photos - so they could look up the position on a map - why not let them have a link to canal planner so they can see the gazetteer? As far as the dead reckoning is concerned I don't think you will need Traverse Table (or a compass for that matter). Just use the bridge numbers. Howard
  4. That's no way to speak about the Birmingham Navy! Howard
  5. Hi Paul, This subject must be among the most asked questions on this forum. This thread from last week may give you some food for thought and a look through the search facility will raise many other examples of the difficulties involved. It is not straightforward. Howard
  6. Ferry gliding in reverse but don't drop the stern line in the water while hammering the pin - it will be round the propeller and rudder quicker than a rat up a drain pipe! Howard
  7. The Warsash facility is only a few years old and replaces the previous one which was near Southampton at Marchwood. I have visited both and they are a superb addition to the more traditional methods of training, although quite expensive. This is a scale model of a 300,000m tonne tanker at Port Revel. Myself and a colleague were there in around 1989 and this is us preparing to enter a narrow channel simulating a section of the Suez Canal. The transit was entertaining to say the least but very realistic when demonstrating bank effect and other narrow channel interactions etc. The model length is approximately the same as an average narrow boat. The scale handling is quite authentic to full size using electric propulsion, however, it is much slower to respond to engine and engine orders than an average narrowboat which is very much overpowered by comparison. It is also more susceptible to wind and like the real thing, you have to plan any manoeuvres a long way ahead Howard
  8. Mike, and further to our discussion re ship handling and training if you haven't seen this before you may like to see what is available in addition to the more traditional teaching methods and these courses are supplemented by mandatory simulator training. The video gives a flavour of some aspects of modern day ship handling training. The one in the UK - Warsash - is one of a number of such facilities around the world. You may have come across a similar one which is in France - Port Revel. I hope you find it interesting. Howard
  9. I think you underestimate how frequently even large ships may have to manoeuvre in shallow and/or confined waters. I can assure you it is much more frequent than you may think. As I said earlier pilots are aware of these issues on a daily basis, and ship masters at the beginning and end of each voyage which these days can be often be very frequent indeed! Everything is relative and a confined channel for a large vessel can be just as problematical as a narrow, shallow for Victoria, believe me! Howard
  10. What that video clip shows is what I was saying. It was bad ship handling, not lack of awareness. Howard
  11. That's an interesting couple of assertions, Mike. I would certainly disagree with your generalisation that Ships Masters and Pilots don't understand close water interactions "like canal folk do". I can certainly remember the subjects being part of the syllabus at Nautical College when I first went to sea many years ago, and subsequently when being examined for various certificates. Pilots are also particularly well aware of the issues caused by such effects on a daily basis - especially on rivers such as the Humber which I think you know well - and when manoeuvring in confined waters in docks and harbours. The Royal Navy too has been well aware of ship interaction, especially when undertaking refuelling at sea from a ship close alongside - RAS. These effects are well known and have been for many years, - I have been aware of them since 1959 for example and I am certainly not alone. I joined this forum in 2004 and over the years the subject of squat has been raised by me and others on one or two occasions. However, what often causes calamities such as groundings and so on is more to do with taking risks, and cutting corners. In other words, human error, something which is not confined to sea going ships! Howard
  12. I am full of admiration for all those who took part in Operation Overlord and it is great to see those heroes still able to visit the beaches despite advancing years. May I also mention the huge support to the armed forces provided by the ships and men of the Merchant Navy of many countries - especially Great Britain - without whom it would have been difficult to mount such a complicated operation. Over the extended Overlord Operation many men from the MN paid with their lives and a large number of ships were lost. Ships involved in the operation ranged from large cargo and passengers ships to the more humble, but vital, tugs and support craft. It was a mammoth logistical operation, the likes of which we will never see again, thank goodness. Heroes all. Howard
  13. We have moored at both Overwater and Aqueduct - 3 years at each - and they are both first class. They have a different feel but both marinas offer a standard of service and facilities which are hard to beat. The only slight downside is that they are both at the expensive end of the marina price bracket but equally they both bear out the adage that you get what you pay for. I would strongly recommend either of them. Howard
  14. It does pay to have a really close look becausr sometimes they are not the easiest to see. . On all the boats I have been involved with the access panel has only been at the most a foot square and has nearly always been as near to the engine bulkhead as possible. (usually at the foot of any steps). On a couple of boats it has been hidden under carpet tiles which nee to be lifted to find it. If you have got laminate flooring, and your sure there isn't an obvious one, is there a nearby wardrobe or rear toilet which may have a small access panel? If not it would be a good plan to cut your own in a suitable place. I have found a sponge is useful to mop up any small accumulation of water - say from a leaky radiator - and for more substantial leaks a wet and dry vacuum cleaner is good. Howard
  15. In case you haven't seen it here is the CRT info on Standedge tunnel passage, including a diagram showing clearances etc. https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/places-to-visit/standedge-tunnel-and-visitor-centre/boating-through-standedge-tunnel Howard
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