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Mike on the Wey

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    Pyrford Marina

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  1. Mike on the Wey

    Looking for a marina nr. London

    Residential or leisure?
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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?
  8. Mike on the Wey

    Charging for towpath mooring

    See previous thread.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. Mike on the Wey

    Southern Oxford Summit.

    A narrow lock with a 6' drop uses 85 cu m (85,000 litres) of water. Something about that news story isn't quite right.
  12. Mike on the Wey

    Cropredy 2018: Where do I aim to moor?

    We passed through Cropredy today heading north. There are a few spaces, and no huge issues squeezing through the busy part. More boats heading south than heading north. The worst we experienced was one boat waiting for a lock as we arrived behind it.
  13. Mike on the Wey

    Unlicensed boat?

    I have just bought a CRT one month visitor licence, with no requirement to print or even display it. Since it is in A4 format and I only have portholes, it will not be displayed. If any curtain-twitchers wish to assert that my boat is unlicensed, feel free. But I really won't care. It is between CRT and me, and nobody else's business.
  14. Mike on the Wey

    Thames Rules for Continuous Cruising?

    There are a couple of widebeams that are based on the Thames that seem to cruise when they can and then take a winter mooring in a marina. But that's precisely what they do - cruise. Probably every day. I have seen them from Lechlade to Teddington and up the Wey. There are few options on the Thames around Oxford. And not that many public mooring locations.
  15. Mike on the Wey

    Tidal boating - new RYA safety application

    I have used this. It is very useful when single-handing in the winter, as in the event of a major incident they will be able to find my body quickly.

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