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  1. Coronavirus and boating update Hello Jane, Following the most recent announcement from the Prime Minister regarding the UK’s response to the coronavirus crisis, we are asking leisure boaters to stop all non-essential travel. As a result, and to help those who live-aboard (along with those who would need to travel to their boat in order to move it) we are suspending the requirement to move every 14 days. The suspension will be kept under review in line with revised government guidance, applying initially until 14 April. We ask everyone to be considerate and make sure at least a minimal amount of essential movement is maintained to keep vital boater facilities and services accessible to those that need them. We will continue to maintain boater facilities and pump out cards are available from our online shop. (We will be urgently reviewing the implications for face-to-face sale of pump out cards and facilities keys from our public offices). Please click here for the latest updates to our Frequently Asked Questions and up to date advice on where to get support. Colleagues whose roles are critical to the safe management of the waterways, for example those managing water levels, those carrying out statutory inspections of canal structures, ensuring essential facilities for boaters are available etc will continue their day to day work. We will be doing whatever we can to support our customers and protect the waterways so we can return to enjoying them fully when the crisis is over. We will keep the situation under active review and update you in line with changing circumstances and guidance. If you subscribe to Boaters' Update you already received this email yesterday evening but technical difficulties prevented us from adding all boat licence holders that we have a valid email address for. These have now been added so we apologise if you're receiving this email for the second time. Thank you for your patience and forbearance and please stay safe during these unprecedented times. Richard Parry Chief Executive Canal & River Trust
  2. I have the broads one and the Midlands one, bought ages ago and have had exactly the same problem! May give RCR a ring tomorrow and add a little bit of pressure to fix them, they have been pretty useful tbh... And anyway - I paid out for them and I jolly well expect them to work! ? Glad it’s not just me...
  3. Exactamundo! (As the Fonz would say...) ?
  4. Quite right too! take one of those plastic hula hoops available at most pound shops, split in the obvious place. Make sure plastic is warm (leave inside, near ISH the wood burner or lean against a radiator to maximise flexibility). Fit to inside of porthole. Wrap with fabric of your choice - et voila! For extra thermal quality use the hoop as a template and cut a circle of that silver thermal stuff (pound shop windscreen ice cover stuff I had spare..) I used some mega-big wooden buttons to cover the untidy bit where all the material gathers together in the middle.. rather proud of them!
  5. Wow - 27 pages of bile and vitriol; folks need to get a life. So what if SH made a boo boo, I suppose nobody on here ever has. Sorry, but this all smells like bullying to me...
  6. They did! We got to cruise.. the guy at Beta Marine was really helpful and it did indeed arrive the next day.. with a lovely beta float on a keyring. ?????
  7. Think so - but all I have left is the remains pictured in #1 ? ordered one anyway... ??
  8. Looks like we SHALL go to the ball after all.. ???
  9. Start work at 6.30 am on a loooooong day shift - will look up Kubota dealers tho.. ? Thanks so much for all the help tho guys... ?
  10. Ok, thanks Wotever - I shall try and be brave on Saturday... eek... ?
  11. Tried that but it does seem to have something resisting that I don’t want to force! Or should I? ?
  12. Bugg*r it! As title - key broke off in ignition, of course I’ve been “meaning” to get a spare cut but never got “a round tuit”. Of course OH managed to extract and then lose the bit wot got left inside.. Any ideas? We really wanted to take my best mate on a little jolly this weekend, she lives in London and this is the first time in four years she’s made it up here to visit! ? Anyone local to us (Ashby canal, Br 5) with a spare? Even just to borrow.. Bugg*r....
  13. We have a little 600w Nikkai, but it is only on when we go out cruising, the rest of the time we’re on our home moorings shoreline. We don’t use much leccy anyway - we don’t have (or want!) a telly and then it’s just laptop and phone charging and the occasional power tool. All lighting is led. The fridge is the biggest energy user by a mile!
  14. Sounds about right - when it clicks in while running off our inverter it shows as drawing 7-8a, we r lucky and our inverter only takes about 1/2a to run itself..
  15. We have one too! Is it worth plumbing it in to the 12v then? I was given the impression that it wouldn’t save much power as on 12v the fridge is on max - sort of bypasses the “1-7” control.. we inherited it with the boat and without a manual. The previous owner had it plumbed into the 240 shoreline/inverter system and we just left it like that.. He also had some awesome Chinese leisure batteries (really really heavy to remove) that he got from a mate who was setting up a solar farm. They lasted for years, but I had to replace them with ordinary sealed leisure batteries last year. Big difference! So so if I can save some amps by running it from 12v I’d be grateful! Sorry to hijack the thread.. ? Eta - nope, I found a pdf manual - don’t think I’ll be saving much if anything by running it on 12v.. As you were!
  16. This may be of assistance, https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/media/original/32433-waterway-dimensions.pdf
  17. Makes for some lovely eye-candy from the pub over a bowl o chips and a pint!
  18. Came past a couple of days ago, it was gently filling up then. Met some very interesting boats going down the Atherstone locks.. work beckons, sadly tho. May nip over by car if we get time. does one have to pay for car parking does anyone know?
  19. It would have a big “public perception “ effect if the bigwigs did put their salaries in! But it’s not the canal wot failed, did someone say earlier that the canal could be fed by means other than the reservoir? Im seeing it all over; when maintenance gets farmed out to contractors, and then re-farmed our to yet another contractor, all that seems to be happening is that yet more layers of bureaucracy and large “admin” costs are inserted and more funding disappears into this black hole. Have seen it happen with other charities; utility companies, bus companies, building projects... profit becomes the over-arching motivation. And yes, from first hand knowledge, safety considerations come a very poor second.. there is a whole new industry for “H&S consultants”, who’s only real remit is that they find “a way past” actual safety, and increase the fat cats profits. Those who are a bit “old school” and actually care about the safety of say; the folks living below the dam, the passengers on the bus, the folks using the gas, the people needing to get out of that building on fire; those h&s types, those engineers etc, will find themselves not asked back... In other words, these companies tend to contract those who are “yes men”, for want of a better phrase.. Bring back the Tony Dunkleys of this world! ?
  20. Agree with what you say - however, the figures for the eye-wateringly large salaries/bonuses/expense accounts of the upper echelons of CRT; plus the expensive re-branding exercise that went on, makes me feel it shouldn’t be OUR pockets! Surely the preservation and proper maintenance of the reservoir should be partly funded by local or indeed national government? For the greater good, sort of thing..
  21. My uncle used to run the Bridge Pub; we used to visit occasionally but by car. sadly I’ve now missed the opportunity as he’s retired! Think a lady took over that want to make it an eatery of some sort, but sadly that didn’t do well so the leaseholders has enough... so flats it is... sasly it seemed to be a pub that was very hard work to make a go of, for some reason. but I do still have a “bridge inn” mug, one of few...!
  22. Indeed, my post was pre-edit.. what an awful shame for her poor family..
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