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  1. This may help to clarify the situation about fishing on canals. Howard https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/enjoy-the-waterways/fishing/places-to-fish/coarse-fishing-close-season#:~:text=The traditional close season for coarse fishing runs,open. What stays open during the closed season%3F
  2. The Op does actually contradict himself on a few occasions. He frequently emphasises that he has a permanent mooring, but then says that he will go cruising occasionally - either solo or with friends. A log cabin on wheels perhaps? This appears to be yet another post about a "bee in a bonnet" from a poster who doesn't like to hear the realities. I would like to know a couple of straightforward things like how he will dispose of toilet and other waste, and how he intends to fill water tanks. Certainly this is a popcorn thread to be followed with interest Howard
  3. That would be a good campaign to join..."Eat more fish and chips and save the planet! Where do I sign up?" Howard
  4. Here are a couple to be going on with. Both can paint and do repairs etc https://selbyboatcentre.co.uk https://thorneboatservices.co.uk/index.html Howard
  5. It would be useful to know the dimensions of the boat. A barge suggests a wide beam vessel of some sort which may limit options whereas a narrowboat would offer more opportunities. Additionally, would you need any other work doing at the same visit? Howard
  6. We have moored a few times at Christleton over the years and I don’t have any memories of any issues with the local youth, although it is at least thre years since we last did it. I would say, however, that the moorings each side of the pub - The Cheshire Cat? - seem to fill up very quickly so sometimes it is pot luck whether you can get moored where you want to. Howard
  7. The link doesn't work because it is only visible to Facebook users.. Please bear in mind that not everyone does Facebook. Howard
  8. Ebay has many brass nav lights of all types; I would think you could find a suitable one there. Howard
  9. I agree about the Four Counties and if you follow the advice of a three or four weeks trip you could have a look at one or two hire companies and use combine their suggested weekly or two weekly holiday routes into a slightly extended cruise. Another diversion off the Four Counties ring would be the Llangollen which will not be quite as busy in September once the children go back to school and the run up to Llangollen is very scenic with not too many locks. Enjoy your search. Howard
  10. The latest in the Ever Given saga; she arrived at Qingdao a few weeks ago and since then remained at anchor off the port awaiting a berth. She has now last berthed alongside the shipyard and will undoubtedly be drydocked in the next few days to undergo any repairs that are needed. I have seen an report that the bulbous bow is damaged and she may well have other hull damage, and there is some speculation that there may also be work needed on the main engine. The hull damage and possible engine work may well explain why she had been steaming at a reduced speed since the original incident - possibly a condition imposed by her classification society. The total work may take around 1 month or so before she resumes trading normally. Howard
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  12. This listing from Wikipedia has many details about Kigoma including WW1 service. https://de.zxc.wiki/wiki/Kigoma_(Schiff) Howard
  13. True. However, up to quite recently it was part of the BWML group of marinas and as Alan points out it is accessible by by both narrow and wide beam boats. As the OP is aiming to draw up a comprehensive list I think it should certainly be included. This may be debatable, but compare ease of access with the Ribble link/Lancaster, or indeed the Trent or Yorkshire Ouse and the Severy, and they also have their issues but are accessed by the more adventurous boaters. Howard
  14. Hull Marina, boatyard and chandlery is around 0.5 miles from a mainline rail terminus (Hull Paragon).The marina is located in a city centre location with access to all the facilities of a large city. Howard
  15. Certainly, Goole should be included in this list. Howard
  16. You would be even worse if you tried to use a bow thrust for steering..They are not intended to be used as a steering substitute, getting progressively more ineffective the faster you go and virtually useless around 2 mph or so. They are really there to provide a push to get out of a tricky situation if required. Howard
  17. Have a look through Peter Scotts many photographs on the "Whats Nice on the Waterways" thread". He features many views of Sheffield - especially Victoria Quays and the Warehouse - and indeed is very familiar with the area. I think the same perception about canals is felt about other towns and cities in the region including Leeds, Bradford and Wakefield, but the reality is that in many ways the waterways around Yorkshire have been at the heart of canal development and some still carry on the traditions of carrying freight where others gave up years ago. Howard Howard
  18. Vic 99 was built in 1945 by Harkers of Knottingley. Sold in the 1960's for breaking but saved and converted to a floating restaurant. Howard
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  21. True, unless the thrusters were - like my boat - hydraulic.😊 Howard
  22. We had a shared boat which was fitted with a dishwasher which was supposed to be a great plus point for all the owners. Out of 12 owners, only one actually used it- the rest used it for extra storage - and as soon as we could we got rid of it. To a slightly lesser extent the same thing also happened with the electric bread bin, (otherwise known as the microwave!). On the other hand, I would definitely vote for a washing machine . Howard
  23. I agree with Hudds Lad. I would suggest that you learn how to handle a boat properly using conventional engine, rudder and ropes and you will almost certainly find that you manage perfectly well. However, if you still feel the need to develop your system, before you do pursue this idea, remember that at times you may need to hug a lock wall rather than keeping away from it. Sharing a double lock with another boat is an example. If your automatic system is working to keep you clear of a lock wall you're possibly diminishing the space available for the second boat, with a possible increase in contact between your two boats. Additionally, Murphy's law says that as the second boat approaches to enter the lock the thrusters will give a squirt at just the wrong moment and push him away from his approach with possible contact damage/scraping of paintwork etc.. I would suggest that this might make you quite unpopular! This is a common experience with similarly equipped ships in the offshore exploration industry when anchor handling/supply vessels are attempting to come alongside at sea. I speak from personal experience😮 However, if you do feel the need to continue with your ideas you may like to research Dynamic Positioning systems which are extensively used offshore - the following link may help. https://www.offshoreengineering.com/education/dynamic-positioning-dp/dp-system-suppliers Howard
  24. I agree that these ships may well be getting way too large, but it is also worth giving some thought to the present generation of cruise ships and the consequences if one of them has a major problem - a collision or serious grounding in heavy weather, never mind the unthinkable consequences of a major fire in a remote location. Emergency evacuation of many thousand passengers and crew will be extremely difficult to carry out safely and in a timely manner. It doesn’t bear thinking about. Howard
  25. I understand that Lloyds List today reported that she is bound for Qingdao in China, and then the ultimate destination may well be Singapore for repairs. I believe she may have a part cargo on board. There have been a number of rumours over the last few weeks that bercause of some bottom damage she has had a speed restriction imposed on her- I assume by her classification society - and I see that she has seldom exceeded 12.5 knots since she left the Canal heading for Europe. Howard
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