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Graham Davis

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  1. On 04/06/2022 at 18:11, jacko264 said:


    did you go on the seven if so how is it behaving  we will be on it in about  three weeks 


    We've had hardly any rain up here at the first town on the Severn, and the same applies to the main other feeder, so unless we get a few monsoons over the next 3 weeks I wouldn't worry about it.

  2. "Leaky dams" are quite common around here, especially where NRW are tree felling, so leading to additional run off that in this area not only contains silt but lead ore infused silt. Basically they are dams of stone and/or tree brash that slows the run-off and causes the sediment to sink, gradually filling the pond which can then be dug out if further damming is required.

  3. I suggest that the best thing you can do is get in the car and visit all the mooring spots mentioned above and talk to them. That way you will get a proper answer.

    As for using solar along the M & B in the winer, forget it! Much is in shade either from the mountains to the west or the trees that line the canal. And I think the mains hook-up points are for the hire boats only.

  4. 1 hour ago, PabloC said:

    I appreciate the replies - they're really helping work through the possibilities. 


    I guess what it comes down to is, is a move onto the water more or less expensive than what I'm currently paying on mortgage, council tax and utilities? - the costs directly associated with the property. As MtB says, car costs etc stay the same. 


    Even if a move didn't give me any significant financial gains, the lifestyle is one I'd enjoy - or at least like give a go. Obviously, I have no first hand experience of the expected costs, but taking energy bills alone - surely they can't be more than the 5K I paid on the flat last year?


    And do you know what that lifestyle will include?
    Are you willing to carry and empty your PortaPotti every couple of days?
    Are you willing to carry a gas bottle down to your boat?
    Are you willing to carry several sacks of coal to your boat quite often?
    What actual experience do you have of living or even being on a boat?
    Perhaps your first step should be hiring a boat for a week or two.

  5. I've been surprised how quiet it has been here in Mid Wales, although I have been told that parking on the A470 at the bottom of Pen y Fan was crazy, as usual. Biggest surprise has been the lack of screaming motorbikes along the by-pass. That has made it even more peaceful.

  6. Going down to the Oil Dock takes you into the slack on the approach to the locks, and I seem to remember that keeping close to the wall that side the water was fairly slack as well.

  7. 23 minutes ago, Loddon said:

    If there is a reasonable amount of fresh on the Severn when coming out of Diglis lock from the canal its best to reverse out onto the river as you wont get round because of the flow and coukd end up on the weir :(


    Or you go down towards the Oil Dock and turn there.


    8 minutes ago, Alan de Enfield said:


    Presumably it helps to reverse into the lock.

    Atleast can "just" wind in the pool between the two locks.

  8. 2 hours ago, Mike Todd said:

    The catchment for the Severn starts back in Wales and water levels at Worcester are reasonably predictable (by experts with the right model!) and you should have a pretty good idea of what to expect before you set off on a week's cruise although if it buckets down in Wales just as you start and you end at Worcester then you may have a problem. 

    I live very near the source of the Severn and the general consensus from the experts is that a flood here takes between 2 and 3 days to reach Shrewsbury, and between 3 and 4 days to reach Worcester. So if it has been raining heavily here I would not go onto the river at Stourport or below 3 days after seeing high levels here.

    And this year they recorded the highest levels since the 60's here, at over 3 metres above norm.

  9. 1 minute ago, jdoe said:

    Aye, I’m not too sure as to why it won’t get going maybe just need fuel but even then I can’t get to it as I can’t understand how to open up the fuel cap hence the picture.

    You stick a large 6 sided "thing" in the shape in the middle and unscrew it!!

  10. So the OP thinks he can CC along the River Severn and "perhaps" charge his batteries by plugging in to the mains on the way. 
    Perhaps he would like to tell us how he is going to do that when the only sensible mooring points between Stourport and Gloucester are:
    Worcester, Diglis Basin. 
    Upton on Severn, either 24 hours on the Wal,l or in the Marina.
    Tewkesbury, along the old Town Quay, which I think are 24 hour only.
    Gloucester Dock.

    And I see no negativity from anyone. What I do see is facts that don't fit the OP's ideas, so not the answers he is wanting.

  11. I see no-one has asked the question, so...........

    You have checked that you can get your river crusier to the marina, haven't you?
    We have had new members who have bought a crusier wider than 7' and then found they can't get it along a narrow canal to get there.

  12. Monbiot currently has a bit of a downer on this area, and many here who know about these things don't hold him in very high regard.

    As far as I can see the problem, especially with the Severn at the moment, is that we have had an extended period of rain, prior to last week, and this has left the ground waterlogged. This can be seen on nearly every country lane where there are run-offs from fields, streams running more than normal, and even springs showing that have been dormant for years. All this shows that the water table is higher than normal. (*) Then we got a rain storm on the weekend the like of which I have nver seen before around here; you couldn't even see across the road at the front of our house at one stage and that is less than 20 metres to the hedge opposite. That water had no-where to go other than downhill into the already swollen river. Result the river level rose very quickly.

    People locally are complaining that the Clywedog Dam should have stopped this, but they have been running water out of there continuously for the last month, and the level was some 2 metres down, but by Sunday morning the Dam had been overtopped and was most spectacular.  One of the lcal engineers from STW thought it was overtopping by more than 300cm.

    (*) Another example is a friend's bore hole, where the water was actually coming out of the top of the hole, something he had never seen before.

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