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manxmike

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manxmike last won the day on September 25 2017

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About manxmike

  • Birthday 05/11/1952

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    Isle of Man
  • Interests
    Theatre, Motorcycles, Canals, Motorhome
  • Occupation
    Retired (hooray)
  • Boat Name
    No boat, motorhome instead!

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  1. Sadly it's not just narrow boats, here on the Isle of Man (no canals!) we seem to be plagued with cyclists with LED lights aimed at oncoming cars. I simply go back to main beam and watch them wobble into the hedge. When they complain I ask them to aim their lights a bit better, their response is usually "at least you can see me", when I respond, "yes, it makes you a better target for me", they usually shut up.
  2. I came across a hire boat from Anglo Welsh on the Llangollen a couple of weeks ago who decided it was a grand idea to open every paddle they could find - all at the same time. I suggested they might just want to open the bottom paddles as they were hoping to descend, an idea echoed by an employee of a different marina who was returning a boat. The "crew" of the offending boat got quite annoyed, saying "I know" repeatedly - a bit odd since they evidently didn't know. Thankfully I was going in the opposite direction so they didn't cause me any further problems. They had been instructed on the use of locks by Anglo Welsh, but that had been the previous day and they had obviously got short term memory problems, or simply didn't bother listening. A few years previously I came across a stag party, 10am and two blokes were starting to open all paddles. It transpired they were the two most sober of the party, they were not the ones who had been instructed in lock operation, and I spent half an hour running them through the procedure. Again they were going in the opposite direction to me!
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  12. Please don't take me too seriously, my wife doesn't 

  13. To be fair I wasn't complaining (much) I was commenting on the fact that hire boats seem to be listening when advised by the hire base. Slight change of direction but I am delighted that everyone is still so friendly and helpful. I have a theory that all high powered business men and women should be forced to spend at least a week on the canals to calm them down.
  14. Given that I haven't been on the canals for over five years I think "constantly" is a bit ott. If you have never experienced boats going past at speed, causing your boat to rock then I can only wonder how you moor up. Boats travelling too fast, causing breaking wakes have been a fact of life since the canals were created. There were boats towed by galloping horses in the 18th century - they were known as packet boats and were equipped with cutters to sever the tow lines of slower boats that got in the way. I wonder if they caused other boats to rock and roll. Long may you continue to live in a world of peace and tranquility.
  15. Gosh, I would never have known that going with or against the flow of water would alter the speed! My problem is the wake a speeding boat creates, that's what is causing the boats to bounce. For some reason, after 60 odd years using the canal system I do have a vague idea how to moor securely. So far I have towed one boat off a mudbank, helped a young couple get themselves unstuck, enjoyed the beautiful scenery and had a wonderful time. There will always be thoughtless people - comes with the territory, but I generally just think "prat" and go back to my beer.
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