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howardang last won the day on December 20 2018

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    East Yorkshire
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    Anything to do with boats, ships and the sea.

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  • Boat Name
    58ft semi trad Winthorpe (Share)
  • Boat Location
    Aqueduct Marina

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  1. It's good o hear that you had a great holiday and it sounds very much like we have another canal convert to the world of boating! We first hired a boat on the canals from Silsden Boats for a couple of holidays and like you were very pleased with them. We enjoyed it so much that we are still boating 43 years later so you have many years of enjoyment to come. Happy cruising Howard
  2. I fully endorse Alan's comments. The Estuary can be a very challenging place at times, especially for someone who has little or no experience, and please don't underestimate what can be involved in boating offshore. With some training and experience it can be a marvellous experience but without those two things it can quickly turn round and bite you. Howard
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  4. Unfortunately not many salvage operations are "easy", and it is very often that the weather has the final say in whether there is success or failure. Howard
  5. That's right - a large proportion of her superstructure was Aluminium, mainly for weight saving reasons. Howard
  6. I agree. In the 1980's was involved in the salvage of a small passenger vessel constructed totally from aluminium, which was taken to Djibouti after running aground on extensive reefs on the Horn of Africa.. After temporary repairs to the bottom, which was extensively damaged I towed her from Djibouti to Singapore via Columbo - around 3000 miles - which she survived with no issues, and she was eventually repaired. She certainly "dented" but that was no real problem and she was built like the proverbial "brick pagoda". Rather the difficulty in repairing her was in the shipyard in Djibouti be
  7. Some marinas have restrictions on what work can take place which may be annissue with both your boats. I presume you have looked at the marina Terms & Conditions? Howard
  8. ...or indeed! Readers of this forum who ask for advice and sometimes take what is offered at face value may like to take note. Sometimes bull manure does baffle brains. Howard
  9. Unfortunately am not able to access this link because I do not subscribe to Facebook. 😒 Howard
  10. The trouble is that the boat may have been chartered by personnel who may not have been on a ship in their life, or maybe they are from a branch of the service where they have no need to learn such things. Best not to assume anything and behave defensively when in doubt! Howard
  11. I heard a story from an experienced and well qualified boater who was sitting on a bench near a lock which was not too far from a hire base. A hire boat appeared and two crew members got off and went to set the lock. After opening both paddles at one end they then went to the other end and opened both paddles at that end as well, and then stood waiting for something. My colleague went to them and put them straight about the correct procedure. It seems that they had been briefed very well by the hire company about all the facilities on board, but less so when it came to operating a
  12. I agree that there may well be no agreement about this subject but I can only speak from my own practical experience which is reasonably extensive both professionally and in recreational sailing and boating, inland and offshore. I can only say that although I do respect the fact that you hold strongly held views you do express your opinion as if there is no room for any alternative views. I have no particular brief for or against Danforth anchors, and undoubtedly there are many others on the market which can offer superior performance, but having used Danforths and some of their derivatives
  13. I was Interested in your comment about a “high quality anchor “ in that, despite the disparaging comments made on this forum about Danforth anchors, a Fortress, which you cite as an example of a “high quality anchor”is very well regarded as an anchor despite it being a variant of the basic Danforth design. I have used a number of versions of Danforths over many years and if deployed correctly they can be very effective. Anchor reliability and efficiency does not always rely on just deep pockets. Howard
  14. I think you are absolutely right about lack of practise. I am cynical enough to believe that a large proportion of boaters would not be capable of properly deploying an anchor in a situation of impending disaster such as approaching a weir. I am of the opinion that the type of anchor carried on an typical narrowboat would make very little difference to the outcome. because I would suspect that in many, if not the majority of incidents, the boater would take far too long to think things through and get organised, for it to change the outcome. It is sad but I think realistic! Havin
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