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Chris T

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  1. Agreed, although along the road, it's a nice walk. It takes me about half an hour from bridge 15 to Waitrose. Unfortunately the bus only runs until 5pm ish but a taxi back is a similar price to 2 bus tickets if you have heavy shopping.
  2. If you moor near to bridges 18 or 15 you can get the little bus into Poynton (391 / 392 bus I think) where there is an Aldi, a small Morrisons and a Waitrose along with several smaller shops and some good places to eat and drink. We think it's a nice place to spend a couple of hours.
  3. Thanks both for the additional comments. Today's update, we bought a cordless drill and made a hole in the floorboards under the bed big enough to use a drill pump. We extracted several more buckets of water from there, which again looks clean and doesn't smell but seems an awful lot of water to result from rain / condensation. We've got to the point where the drill can't extract any more (realising that we will need to keep checking this as the water moves about). Will keep the vent covered and plastic over the rear portholes for good measure and are taking her to Bollington Wharf when we get up there for them to take a look. I'll need another holiday after all this....
  4. So, an update on our water leak After a few days of warm weather and things left open to dry out, we had found no new water and it was drying out nicely. After an hour of rain tonight, more water appeared under the bed, along the cabin sides. When it stopped raining, I poured some water from a watering can around the rear windows, vents and hatch and the mushroom vent. Pretty much immediately after the last of these, water appeared inside. So mushroom vent seems to be the culprit. For tonight it has a plastic bowl weighted down on top of it. We will need to investigate further in the daytime / dry. I'm not sure how easy a temporary / permanent fix this is? Or whether we will need to get someone to look at it while we are out on our travels.
  5. It's ironic that we previously had a wooden top and just accepted that things would be quite 'boaty', but now we seem to expect much less to go wrong. Thanks for all the comments. Floor is now drying out thanks to the warm weather and nappies although does still smell a bit musty. The carpet dried nicely on the roof up until the point it blew off and ended up in the canal ☹️. Will be cutting a hole in the floorboards under the bed when we get hold of some suitable tools and will check it regularly (currently checking around hourly..... ). Fixing the small water pump leak is also on the priority list although we can't see anywhere for any leaked water to go, it just sits there being damp at present. The well deck does drain straight out but we are now being careful not to let it overflow in case there is a gap that water can get into. If not that, it must be condensation / rain into window frames / vents built up over time and no doubt added to during the recent downpours so I guess we need to keep a close eye when it next rains. Fingers crossed..... Thanks again for replying.
  6. The morning after recent prolonged heavy rain, we noticed a damp patch on the carpet near to the steps up to the rear deck, which started to spread as we moved about. Further investigation revealed several inches of water in the 'box' under the steps (where we have never looked before) which seemed to very quickly result in soaking wet carpets at the back of the boat. The bit under the steps has been emptied with a scoop and sponge into a bucket, amounting to around 100 litres. Underneath the bed and cupboards at the stern end are still damp but gradually drying out now that the carpet has been lifted and the weather has improved. It is however starting to smell a bit musty. Although we have never lifted the steps before in the couple of years we have had the boat, we did find a torch hanging under there which suggests the previous owner used to do so. There are also dark patches on the wood at floor level that indicate previous damp but no musty smell has been detected before. Under the bed has definitely been dry until this incident. We can't see any evidence of leaking pipes and the floor and under the cupboards at the bow end are dry. The water pump has a slight leak but is under the well deck and the water doesn't seem to go anywhere. No evidence of leaking around the sinks / shower etc. The bilge pump in the engine bay came on several times during the rainy night but there was no excessive water down there. So, lots of questions going round in my head during the sleepless nights. Is it possible that amount of water could result from rain getting in somehow and / or condensation? If so, would this sit on top of the floorboards as it appears to have been doing, particularly in the corners, or do we need to be investigating underneath the floorboards (if water would have to go there first and seep upwards)? If so, how? On our last boat any water from the uncovered well deck (this one is covered) flowed the length of the boat and into the engine bilge where it could be emptied. There doesn't seem to be any way through from the cabin into the engine bilge on this boat. We wondered if the heavy rain was a coincidence and water could somehow have been taken in when filling up the tank as there is no overflow so when full, the water just spills over and perhaps if the inlet isn't properly sealed it gets into the cabin? It's a 2015 Liverpool boat if that helps / hinders. And the water we bailed out was quite clean, so don't think it's canal water. With thunderstorms forecast for the coming week, I'm very nervous about a repeat of this and if that happens, how we will ever prevent it and keep the boat dry. We don't have access to mains power so can't use a dehumidifier / wet vac etc. Any suggestions very welcome please. Thank you.
  7. Ha ha! We need them in this weather, have the fire going now . They are now attacking the tree with a chainsaw. The dingy has just been dragged past on the towpath, the outboard having run out of petrol....
  8. A tree is blocking the arm between bridges 7 and 8. CRT have viewed and said it has been logged as a priority.
  9. How did I not know about BT / Sky pub finder?! I now have a choice of pubs in Kidlington, thank you! From the Pearson's it looks like Thrupp will be the nicest for mooring. So, we have a plan. Best get going. Thanks all for comments.
  10. Thanks for the replies. I can see the Great Western and Nell Bridge in the Pearson's but will hopefully be further along than that by Saturday night. Perhaps as far as / no further than Kidlington. Ish.... Will definitely try calling the Bell. Thank you.
  11. Hello, we are on the Oxford canal near to Banbury headed towards Oxford and hoping to find a pub to watch the Champions League final on Saturday. Any suggestions please? Thank you.
  12. I've noticed that Phil Speight has some courses at Bollington Wharf, in case that's of any interest Sarah.
  13. Looks to be between Oakgrove and Bosley Locks: CRT closure notice
  14. That's not the story they gave me when I rang, but sounds more likely. We are pottering around the Macc this week as we can't delay taking the holiday from work any more, it's strangely quiet, one boat on the Macc pontoon moorings and none at all at Gurnett. The weather probably hasn't helped, lots of rain, naturally. We were limited also by lack of elsan and rubbish facilities at that end, it would have been nice if CRT could have put a skip next to the Macc water point as we can't use the facilites at Bosley.
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