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    Honeystreet (Share)
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  1. A near miss

    however by having the windlass hooked on means you have both hands free to climb ladders and to hold on to rails as you cross the gates....
  2. A near miss

    Having been brought up around boats from an early age I have been taught 'one hand for you and one for the ship'! Most of the time I walk to be the lock gates and 100% if it has been raining or that little voice in the back of your head tells me so!! Slight aside i have a dog a dog lead which with clips you can extend or make shorter, find this very useful as a sling to hang a windlass
  3. A near miss

    I always wear my walking boots when boating, particularly after a simular incident a couple of years ago, except was mooring up at the time so was a risk of swimming rather than getting crushed. However an incident this this summer really brought it home. Coming down Wooton Rivers flight on the K&A, I was just holding the boat on lock landing whilst Mrs Dharl was helping a fellow boater who was coming up. I heard a splash and a cry from the lock, I dashed down as Mrs Dharl said the other boater had fallen in the filling lock, the other boaters wife was just standing on the other side as I shouted to drop the paddles whilst I grabbed our windlass and did the same on the towpath side. Meantime a passerby had jumped on to their boat which I also did to help the guy out of the water (looking back I am not 100% sure how I managed this as it was a single boat and had drifted to the middle of the lock!). After helping the chap out nad checking he was ok the first thing he said was 'oh well perhaps I shouldn't be wearing these sandals!" Apparently he had fallen in a lock before (slipped off the side deck) whilst wearing these foot
  4. New livery

    Looks a great job, very smart! Last couple of of weeks I touched up some of the paint on Honeystreet, just the hatch over the water tank and the main hatch and touching up a few of the seasons bumps and scratches, which as said choosing the right weather was fun! However did it attempt any change of colour!
  5. Facebook, yobs canal boats and a lock

    sort of, maybe a compulsory community service rather than national serveice (ok picking hols) but a chance to give back to the coimmunity as well as learn new life skills and how to interact with people and that life is not always about me me me....
  6. Ting ting...

    oh very good sir! I completly missed out on the NB connection, brain must be slipping!
  7. Facebook, yobs canal boats and a lock

    HAve heard this rumour on a couple of occasions but on the occasions that I have passed through never had an issue, though would admit that the locals where possible not middle class, middle aged, tory voters! Had some of the 'yoofs' help out with pushing gates and stuff whilst one or two asked some intrested questions about being on the canals. I am in big support of some form of National Service, not necessarry in the armed forces, but something that would hope to give structure and direction to younger people.
  8. Ting ting...

    i believe that the police had completed tests which showed that if he had a bike fitted with front brake he could have stopped in time. HOWEVER it when tests take place where you know you need to do a certain action they are slightly biased in the result as the action will take palce sooner then it could have done if un-planned. An example, if you watch the film Miricle on the Hudson, where at the end during a number of tests are shown that if Capt "Sully" and his crew turned back as soon as they knew that they had engine failour then they would have landed safely, however when they added in just 20secs of "thinking time" then the aircraft crashed everytime which proved that in the end the safesty action was what happened, ie landing their aircraft on the Hudson.
  9. Ting ting...

    I have a slight theory about using motorways ( which are still considered the safest form of driving!). For each lane you should have a 'speed range' this would help in keeping the traffic flowing. Eg Lane 1: 55-65 mph ( allow for joining traffic as well as slow moving lorries etc) Lane 2: 60-70 Mph ( allow for overtaking lorries) Lane 3: 65-75 mph. Plenty of putfalls i am I am sure as well as how to enforce, allow for merging lanes etc.
  10. Rubbish disposal marsworth area

    Seems like a fair request! However strange that CaRT allowed them to be built so close, annoying both homeowner AND boater in one go!
  11. Rubbish disposal marsworth area

    Great pics Col, thanks for sharing. Looks better then when I passed a couple of summers ago and it was just a building site!
  12. Ting ting...

    irritating, however gives other towpath users good advance warning of a bike coming and then they can decided what action they want to take without a 'ting-ting' from two feet behind them!
  13. Ting ting...

    Mrs Dharl always asks 'what are they moaning about now on the forum....'. She is usually right, however you can find some good nuggets of info on other pages away from the general topics! Can get equal good info / moaning when talking to people on the towpath anyway!
  14. Size Matters

    I have family in Exeter so am down that way fairly often, whilst there is a range of different boats moored there, I dont remember seeing any live aboards, if any they keep they well below the radar! Another possibility would be to get a canal suitable boat and find a suitable residential mooring on the K&A and you could commute from there if you wish to live on a boat and 'do' the K&A?
  15. weight

    Yes thats the whole purpose of the Plimsol Mark in order to stop over loading of the vessel. Prior to 1830's there was no hard and fast rule as to how much cargo a sea going vessel could carry and so there was a number of ships sinking due to being overloaded! Lloyds of London (not the bank :-) ) formulated a rule for the calulation of a safe freeboard of vessels, as they are marine insurerers they wanted to stop paying out! During the 1860-1870's Samual Plimsol, MP headed the Royal Commison in to this matter and from that the Merchant Shipping Act (1876) which included offical Load Line Marks (ie Plimsol Lines) was forumlated. Inland waterways where not covered by this act and certainly the risk of total loss was much less, so you often see canal boats with much lower freeboard! As stated you are more likely to meet the bottom of the canal before your gunnel meets the top of the water these days.....