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Hartlebury lad

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    Llangollen Canal

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  1. Alan.... 1. At least i said "deployed" 2. You will note, i did say "fit for purpose" 3. I suggested it is not an exact science- perfect anchor set ups don't exist- and sometimes "shit happens" oh, and 4. with nearly 30,000 posts on here, you will of course be aware the Anchor/Rope blah de blah debates have raged on and on here many times! Worth a separate thread if you want to rekindle....😉
  2. My assumption is based on a possible engine failure on a river, and after deploying a decent anchor with a rope (both fit for purpose) failing to bite on the river bed and not arresting a moving boat. My understanding is it's not unknown.....shit happens.
  3. Well......that was a hornets nest! On balance i have made a decision to renew. I think you can buy some peace of mind. Insurance is a complete waste of money, until you need it. On the subject of supporting local businesses, i have used RCR 3 times in the last 7 years, and each time it was a subbed out local contractor. On two of those occasions, i reckon i would not need to have called them out if i knew then what i know now. However, i can't easily repair or replace a starter, gearbox, or injector, and i certainly couldn't rescue my own boat off a weir in the event of
  4. I have had a renewal notice this morning from RCR. Although i have reasonable ability to deal with boat problems, I find the bit of peace of mind for longer distance cruising, especially on rivers, worth it should disaster strike! Maybe not this year though. Standard email asks if we have had peace of mind whilst cruising, blah de blah, and to do the same again this year. We have barely done any cruising since last March, and this year is still uncertain to say the least. It's funny how they seem not to have noticed or mentioned this, in what must have been a very profitable yea
  5. I have had these on top of the roof and also in the gas locker. In truth, after a while the pimples break down and they gather or hold even more moisture anyway. So who is going to plasma cut the gas locker top off the boat then and make it good? Still looking for someone trustworthy near Nantwich area?
  6. Well, i don't feel so good now! The boat is going nowhere for a while (lockdown) but when it does, it is going straight off to be welded up, after i have put a temporary sealed cover over the hole. it will have a low water tank, and nothing in the locker! Thank you for all these contributions so far everyone. The stainless steel water tank is behind the hole in that bulkhead under the deck below the cratch. I will be looking at getting the gas locker floor and bulkhead plated. If my regular welder chap can't do it easily, i am open to suggestions from anyone on
  7. Thanks chaps... That already makes me feel better and makes a lot of sense. I am particularly glad there is a void under the floor! No escaping the fact that the top bow area will need cutting open. Temporary patch over the hole, and i will get onto my welder contact. I always thought those rubber mats cause more problems than they solve too ......
  8. Well, after not inspecting the gas locker properly for about 4-5 years, i am now paying the price for my neglect. A complete clear out, and removal of rubber mats reveals this nightmare. The white spot is the "drain" hole, and the floor is pretty poor. Most worrying is the gaping hole - which didn't need much prodding with a screwdriver to make itself known. Its on a bulkhead, with the water tank a couple of inches behind it. It isn't great in the other corner either. Meltdown! A few questions .... 1. Is the floor of the gas locker likely to be below t
  9. After a number of years with no complaints about going too fast past moored boats, a recent trip from Nantwich up to the Peak Forest yielded 3 critics - Marple ( slow down, idiot, hooligan!) Hardings Wood (Wanker!) and a withering sarcastic shake of the head from some miserable sod near Ettily Heath as i passed by at close quarters as i mouthed "hello". All looked like permanent/long stayers, and were extremely senior citizens, and were in narrow sections as i passed window to window. I was told by another boater who tracked our route that he had had similar. I am convinced there ar
  10. Brownie points to Richard and Ruth. Mountbatten.
  11. I always try to use the fuel boats whenever possible. If the fuel, "coal", gas, even Elsan is a few pence dearer, i want to see these hardworking folk continue to make an honest living in increasingy difficult times. Having said that, i am now only going to hail one out of the four i have used over the years. Their keen but careless approach when coming alongside had cost me a telly, a fairlead, and numerous external dinks and damaged items inside the boat. They seem to forget they weigh in tonnes more than me. Mrs HL has given me enough earache. I cant afford a second divorce.
  12. My friends had a similar boat. They suggest Canal and River Craft of Sowerby Bridge, who apparently ceased trading around 1982. the Shells were made by someone called GM in the midlands. Look for number welded on the stempost in the front cockpit. Hope this helps ......
  13. Greetings knowledgeable ones... I have a 1996 Evans and Son Trad, and it had a full repaint 8 years ago. Due to personal circumstances, i have been unable to lavish much tlc and most of the windows need attention. Hopper windows, with a tilting top pane. Leaks and bubbling paintwork.I cant afford to replace them yet. 4 of the 7 badly need sorting. I have already taken one out, thankfully it came out easily, with long ss screws going through the hull into the wooden frame behind. There was compressed neoprene gasket behind the frame, which brought off the rust and da
  14. We moored our 55 footer there easily a couple of years ago. It was all very much overgrown on the path to the old basin, a secluded short amble away. The little bridge very much stuck fast. Keep it our dirty little secret. It is fair to say that there are not a lot of good mooring opportunities on the Monty. Half a mile or so after Queens Head is doable and àlmost out of earshot of the A5, between the first two locks. Decent Armco piling about a mile before Maesbury Marsh and very quiet - as there is just before and also about a half mile after Maesbury Bridge. Its
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