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howardang last won the day on December 20 2018

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  1. It sounds like he is not letting his disability get in the way of his enjoyment of the waterways, and it!s good to hear. No special case with me, however, rather I just liked the boat and it was already fitted with two thrusters when we decided to buy a share, and we never regretted it. I can assure the naysayers that I can modestly say that I can handle a boat as well as anybody ,and without thrusters, but I use them to make boat handling even easier. Those who think it is wimpish are missing out on an extra boating experience:- their loss. Howard
  2. We have recently sold our share in a 57 ft narrow boat boat built in 2008 which was fitted with both bow and stern hydraulic bow thrusters. I suppose that will bring out the comments.😊 Howard Howard
  3. It's the nature of this forum, I'm afraid. Occasionally, I have made a similar comment about thread drift but others have suggested that this is what they like about the forum so I now go with the flow. Regarding the "tedious" nature of the bow thrust debate, I'm afraid there will always be Luddites, and it is a hard job persuading them otherwise but I try without much success!😒 Howard
  4. I agree. There are some people, including some contributors to this esteemed forum, who seem to assume that everyone who uses a bow thrust is a poor boat handler. While they are, of course, entitled to their views, in my view this is a legitimate case where the expression "total twaddle " is fully justified! Quite often, those who have the most to say about every subject and experience under the sun are usually the ones whose views can often be taken with a huge pinch of salt. Of course there are boaters who overuse bow thrusts or use them instead of using the rudder, but I wish the know-it-all's for once would live and let live, and think back to the days when they were just starting to use the waterways and think about the mistakes they made before they became the experts in all things boating.😉 Howard
  5. Very occasionally, a bow thrust can come in very useful. Some years ago, I had a colleague who was master of an anchor handling supply vessel working offshore Nova Scotia fairly near to Sable Island. Unfortunately, he fouled both propellers and was unable to clear them. However, luckily the ship was fitted with an omni-directional gill jet bow thrust with a diesel prime mover, and so he was able to steam slowly back to base in Mulgrave, N.S which took him over 24 hours, averaging around 3-4 knots. I suppose the purists would have rather had him rig a jury mast and sail!😮 Howard
  6. For heavens sake, I was trying to be helpful. Nit picking is not needed. Howard
  7. Can we assume that are talking about a narrow boat rather than a barge? It is much more likely the brass badge on the engine is the engine manufacturer rather than boat builder. A little more detail, including a photo might be helpful. Howard
  8. I don't care a jot whether you think it is twaddle to mention VHF requirements on the Trent, Ouse etc. I do care when people give wrong advice to boaters asking genuine questions. I am sure you know as well as I do that carriage of VHF is compulsory under the ABP Bye Laws on the Trent up to Gainsborough, and the Ouse as far as Skelton Bridge. Carriage of VHF these waters is there for the safety of boaters, and although it may be used very infrequently, it is needed it may help to get someone out of trouble. You may wish to pick and choose what rules you take seriously and which you ignore but at least give those who ask for advice the full information so that they too can make their own decisions. Howard
  9. With great respect, it is a legal requirement, not a personal preference matter. Howard
  10. As you say, it is a legal requirement to have the correct certificate (which includes training) to operate a marine VHF. In my view it is not a sensible idea to encourage people to use a VHF without the appropriate certification. It is a requirement as part of the boat's safety equipment in certain waters, and for the sake of a small one off inconvenience it is not a big deal to do a course and pass the certificate. As far as anyone being fined it is rare I agree but I was at Hull Marina many years ago when the local DTI radio surveyor visited to check VHF installations and certification on the boats moored there, and I am reasonably sure that this included operators certification. Whether any non-compliance led to a fine I am not aware but why run the risk, and having the appropriate training and certification may help to cut down some of the misuses of VHF in some of the busier boating locations. Howard. Howard
  11. I agree and an occasional glance at the prop wash will tell you the angle at which the water flow splits which indicates the point at which the rudder stalls and where the turning effect starts to decrease. Find that point and reduce the rudder angle until the prop wash doesn't split and you have found the angle at which maximum turning effect occurs. Howard
  12. Also handy when coiling a hose. I use it every time I water the garden. I also cringe when i see people trying to coil a rope from the free end rather starting from where it is secured so that any turns which build up work their way along the rope. I am surprised no-one has spoken about anotherr of my pet hates - the "round the elbow, or housewives washing line method". 🙂 Howard
  13. Great Scott - that's a nice boat! Howard
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