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Everything posted by TheBiscuits

  1. Lack of ambition - I Frances was fitted with a removable keel and a mast and sailed the Atlantic from Canada. Not very well admittedly, but it got here!
  2. I'll give you a tenner for it, no survey, cash paid ... 😉🤣
  3. No, it's the one where you had a broken rudder. I seem to recall you were there for a little bit longer than half an hour! 😁
  4. As a rough rule of thumb, if a magnet sticks to the bottom of the pan it will work. It's not the whole tale, but it's a very quick and easy check on your existing pans.
  5. Yeah, and they've even improved it to a survey every 7 years (up from the previous 5 years) fairly recently. Provided the boat has been insured with Craftinsure for those 7 years - always worth checking the small print! I needed a 5 year survey during one of the lockdowns, and couldn't get one, so I paid an additional waiver on my insurance for year 6. At renewal in year 7 they offered me the same waiver again, but they'd just introduced the 7 years thing (new underwriter) so I queried it ... and didn't pay it!
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  7. Which is between locks 2 and 3 , on the long pound that contains Aqueduct Marina. I'd not take a fatty there, but it is technically possible. I've no idea if there are any there though, I've not been that way for a few years.
  8. Ooh, I beg to differ. My favourite photo from the 2019 BCN Challenge: Wednesbury Arm winding hole in the dark on a crap phone camera - I had to show Sue the GPS location tag to get the points!
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  10. Is it? I thought it was a civil breach rather than a criminal offence. There is quite a significant difference! I was wondering about that when @MtB decided his (other) boat was more than 25 years old...
  11. Does that rule apply at Barrowford top lock services/water point? Just asking ...
  12. I once dropped a mobile phone in the canal if that counts. Having it on the boat would have been much safer! Ah, wrong TLA 🤣
  13. So it was definitely your fault then 😁
  14. It's pretty obvious if they have one of those lay-flat hoses though. And yes, I have seen it. I just breasted up and disconnected their hose from the turned-off tap and coupled mine up instead. Caused a right flurry of curtain twitching but nobody came out to say anything.
  15. Yes, exactly this. In my experience it's only brand new lock mechanisms that they don't work in, although I seem to recall a CRT bod telling me that 8 in 10 of the call outs to the "broken" guillotine lock at Todmorden were "fixed" by removing the clone key from the control box and inserting a real one!
  16. At least three. Don't forget the replica that David Lowe commissioned in the 1970s that's now eligible for the Historic Ships Register in it's own right!
  17. Use the offside line in broad locks to get a better pull angle. Serious suggestion. Yup, I was once nearly hit by a flying one. Not on my boat I hasten to add! On CWDF, obviously. This place is populated by paragons of the boating world. Some of whom still have a boat and some of those even move their boats ... 😉
  18. I think the plaque was correctly dated, but Mike was having an issue with "recently" being 10 years ago ...
  19. 6 hour limit last time I was there. Signposted on lovely blue signs. They'd also added mooring rings a bit further along, but dumped so much stone against the piling I couldn't get within three feet of the towpath. I'm not complaining though - just the other side of the next swingbridge heading for Leeds is Saltaire Brewery who have a tap room onsite ...
  20. You'd rather hope they'd throw in £12 of keys on a quarter of a million quid boat!
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  22. Either or. They do sell the keys online, or you can usually buy them direct from a regional office. I've done both in the past, but they closed the Wigan office (my local one) a few years ago. If you say roughly where you are, someone will know where your nearest office is, or the online shop is available via the online licencing portal. https://licensing.canalrivertrust.org.uk/BoatingShop/AddItem £7.28 and £5.20 currently - there's inflation for you since last time I bought some! 😁
  23. Fully agree. CRT sell "proper" ones for £5 and £7 each last time I checked. Do not buy the knock-off eBay ones - the aluminium handcuff keys are slightly the wrong size, and the unofficial Watermate Yale keys don't have the correct number of slots, so they usually work on worn, tired lock mechanisms but don't work on brand new ones. We once nearly hung a boat in a lock because MrsBiscuits' handcuff key wouldn't turn the spindle to let her operate the lock. That one went in the bin, and was replaced with an official CRT one an hour later. We discovered the issue with eBay Yale keys when they replaced a tired lock on the Elsan point at one of the services. That key would open the toilet and the shower but not the Elsan, which was the only thing we actually needed to use. That's gone in the emergency spare drawer, on the thinking there's a 50:50 chance it will work if we both lose our official ones. Don't mess about for £12 a set, and get one per person and a spare set of both.
  24. That's far too sensible for here Brian! You'll need to hand in your CWDF membership card 😁
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