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Mike on the Wey

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  1. Mike on the Wey

    Licensed boat as electric

    That's good, but can you stop your boat within a safe distance, cruise against a moderate current and control it in a strong crossword?
  2. Mike on the Wey

    Mooring on own land, if sssi land

    This is, I believe, a photograph of the subject land. Thanks, Wiki.
  3. Mike on the Wey

    Mooring on own land, if sssi land

    Ah, so it's just about the sluice on the edge of Rye Harbour. I'm not being pedantic for the sake of it, but the location is better described as Rye. It is around 15 miles from Dungeness.
  4. Mike on the Wey

    Mooring on own land, if sssi land

    The Brede rises south of Netherfield and flows into the Rother at Rye. Both are quite a way from Dungeness. So I don't really understand this.
  5. Mike on the Wey


    You will have capacity on your wide boat for a JCB and a rather large bucket of water. You will need both when you reach Hertford on the Lee.
  6. Mike on the Wey

    Looking for a marina nr. London

    Residential or leisure?
  7. Mike on the Wey


    In London, wind is often cited as a reason not to move on the FB group. Granted, windshear off random buildings is more of an issue in a city. But a major issue is probably the fact that many London boats are smallish GRP craft with huge DIY sheds on the back, often powered by a small/cheap outboard which is actually underpowered.
  8. Mike on the Wey

    Living on Narrowboats in London

    Estate Agent blurb always sounds good. The stunning views are available only in an arc of about 20 degrees from one end of the boat if shorter than its neighbours. And the views from the sides of residential boats are typically of other boat windows ... two feet away. Did the Estate Agent mention that the Thames goes into flood regularly (sometimes seriously) over the winter? Of course not, it's all rosy.
  9. Mike on the Wey

    Seen it all

    "Clearly planning on ‘surprising ‘ any local horses or cyclists in the little lanes" That's quite an assumption.
  10. Mike on the Wey

    wey and arun canal

    You mention winter mooring ... are you aware that the National Trust require sight of an annual mooring agreement before an annual navigation licence can be issued? A visitor licence won't be appropriate for you.
  11. Mike on the Wey

    wey and arun canal

    TLC is The Locker Company, the name of the business at Parvis Wharf (Byfleet). The Wey & Arun canal and its restoration is entirely separate from the River Wey in terms of navigation and management.
  12. Mike on the Wey

    wey and arun canal

    The Pyrford slipway is quite shallow, but the Cartbridge slipway is newly built and a good depth. TLC do have space to crane in a boat from a lorry, ask them for max length/weight. Are you aware that Farncombe is on a river section and can be in flood and inaccessible for several weeks at a time?
  13. Mike on the Wey

    Charging for towpath mooring

    See previous thread.
  14. Mike on the Wey

    Question for solo narrowboaters on the Thames

    I single-hand on the Thames regularly. Ascending is not a problem with two ropes. Stern rope on as I come to a stop, and then up onto the side with a long bow rope. Only Boulters and Sandford are too deep to climb straight up, so I use the steps. Descending, I always ask if I can use only a centre rope, and I have never been refused. I am ready to explain how it is safer for a single-hander, but have never needed to do so apart from during friendly chat.
  15. Mike on the Wey


    I agree re council tax. The system is based on registered addresses, each with a unique reference number and each assessed by the District Valuer. Surely the local council can't just issue a bill for a random area of park, which may be a slightly different area of park on the next visit.

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