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Mike on the Wey

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    Shottermill
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    Pyrford Marina

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  1. And to genuinely "continuously cruise" as defined by doing the minimum required to keep CRT happy, it won't just be the Regents Canal. Add the Grand Union either down to Brentford or up to Cowley Peachey, plus at the other end the River Lee to Tottenham. This boat will not provide cheap accommodation - it will be a money pit. And it doesn't currently have an engine.
  2. Your setup is typical. Some engine/calorifier circuits also heat a bathroom towel rail, but if linked to the full heating circuit there is a risk of over-cooling the engine.
  3. It varies, I think. Someone estimated that up to 80% of "continuously cruising" London boats are not lived on, but that probably depends on the time of year and the weather. A couple of years ago a boat buyer/seller operated in London, and "continuously cruised" his entire stock of 10-12 boats, moving them 1 mile every fortnight (if not sold).
  4. ... and the narrowboat went down whilst trying to lift the sunken GRP boat. That was never going to work.
  5. The centre cockpit Viking 32 is quite popular.
  6. Apart from drastic unexpected water loss, they are able to give sufficient notice to allow visiting boats to leave. They monitor water levels diligently, and with the experience they have are able to predict (fairly accurately and with several days' notice) the day on which - in the absence of significant rain - they will have to close the Deepcut and Brookwood flights. (The Woodham flight has back-pumping, possibly the St John's flight too.)
  7. The Basy is lovely. Spring would be best I think - more water, and fewer leaves around the prop. The first part up to Woking is like boating through porridge in some pounds, but the reward is the upper section. Mytchett and above is the best part, with only one lock, one manual bridge and one electric bridge in 15 miles. Last time we were there the ranger set all the locks for us, and let us leave locks full with exit gates open - very easy. (They caulk the gates after passage to prevent water loss.) We did it in a week, but two weeks would be really nice.
  8. Sorry, but I have to do this. *grammar ?
  9. There should be no problem staying on lock landings when the Thames is red-boarded and properly in flood, as often there is literally nowhere else to go. And they are particularly safe places, with practically no flow in most lock cuts. Most offer a degree of protection against high river levels, some more than others. But be aware that some people on the Thames exercise their right to navigation in all conditions and will wish to use the locks.
  10. Heating a boat using a 230V electric heater via an inverter would be less efficient than the inefficiency of using a 12V electric heater, because the inverter itself consumes and wastes power. The classic theory - particularly on the London Boaters Facebook group - is to put a tea light or a candle under a terracotta flowerpot. The flame heats the flowerpot, which then radiates heat around the boat. Except that it doesn't.
  11. "Our water management team has also recorded that water is frequently being run through locks ..." That is something I have heard via Facebook groups - (generally) liveaboard boats sit on the bottom in a low pound, so they run water through from the pound above. It just moves the problem elsewhere. But I'm surprised that the long pound is low - that is a huge amount of water in a 25 mile pound.
  12. In simple terms, fraud is a misrepresentation or deception which results in personal gain. If you are resident in a qualifying property or on a qualifying piece of land, then the basic premise is that you are liable for council tax. Not admitting such residence would be the misrepresentation. They look for "financial footprints" at an address to which you are linked - e.g. bank accounts, credit cards, council tax, utilities etc in conjunction with electoral roll registration. Credit scoring varies from lender to lender, but they do like an identifiable residential history with no gaps.
  13. You would not be paying council tax, which should be charged on most residential moorings. You would probably be in breach of planning regulations. If you don't declare your true residential address for car insurance then you won't be covered. If the marina has full residential berths then will technically be underpaying mooring fees. I'm not judging, just answering the question.
  14. I am sure that all itinerant residents of boroughs would be charged council tax if there was a mechanism to so charge them. That includes continuous cruisers both "full system" and "20.5 miles", sofa surfers, caravanners (of all ethnic/minority/cultural backgrounds), people who live in vans, squatters and possibly even short-term visitors such as holidaymakers. They all use the aforementioned amenities and services, but don't pay CT because the legislation is based on linking people to specific patches of land - usually with a fixed dwelling built on it, sometimes not.
  15. Yes, I have read the entire thread and the idea of electric towpath tractors (possibly self-propelled) becomes all the more unfeasible the more I think about it.
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