Posts posted by TheBiscuits
4 minutes ago, M_JG said:
Tell me you didnt Google that? And be honest.
I looked up Haddiscoe cut on google maps to see where it was, and spotted a suspiciously straight waterway to the east of it. Then I googled it to check if it was man made, being called a dyke.
2 minutes ago, IanD said:
In a contest between a bike and a 44t artic there's only ever going to be one loser... 😞
Round two: "Pick up your chosen form of transport with one hand."
5 minutes ago, M_JG said:
For an actual 'canal' I raise you Haddiscoe cut.
does this qualify as a canal?20 minutes ago, Loddon said:
South: Exeter canal
1 hour ago, magpie patrick said:
I realise this depends on the geographical unit.
The British Isles?
Its a fair bet England has the Eastern and Southern contenders. But where would the northern and western outliers be by each definition?
I'd offer these
Connected system - Lancaster Canal
England - Ulverston Canal if the Tees Navigation doesn't count
Great Britain - Dingwall Canal as per OP
The British Isles - Dingwall Canal as per OP
Connected system - Llangollen Canal
England - Bude Canal
Great Britain - Crinan Canal
The British Isles - Cong Canal
2 minutes ago, Iain_S said:
I am a volunteer locky on the East side of the Forth and Clyde canal.
The locks divide into two flights. One is 14 locks on a three mile stretch. The other is 4 locks over about two miles and is about 5 miles from the first flight. We use bikes. What would you suggest as an alternative, bearing in mind that boats travel a bit faster than walking pace?
3 hours ago, Neil TNC said:
We specifically booked Standedge a month after reopening, the idea being any start up problems would be ironed out and there would still be water.
"The best laid schemes o' mice an' men gang aft agley ..."
37 minutes ago, Goliath said:
people walking with coffee is wrong. Surprised it’s not an health and safety issue. Why can’t they wait til they get home for a coffee. And where do they buy them? You can be out in the sticks and a couple will walk by with coffees.
Off the roving trader coffee boats, obviously. Should be encouraged ...
23 minutes ago, PeterScott said:
Take the towline round the pulpit rail uprights and tie off on the cleat. Works well unless the deck is so rotten the pulpit separates from the boat ...
7 hours ago, magnetman said:
So if your boat is a grand you pay £100.
I think my boat is grand. Suits me anyway ...
33 minutes ago, IanD said:
If the signs were edge-on -- and sharpened -- instead of upright -- that would soon solve the speeding cyclist problem... 😉
Funny you should say that ....
That's a handlebar/infrastructure aftermath 😁
6 hours ago, MtB said:
Kriss88 opposes this because I suspect, he has a very wide, short boat.
Nah, it's normal width for a Short Boat ... 14 feet.
I have always found cyclists on the Calder & Hebble to be far and away the most polite and courteous on the network.
Maybe being a six foot hairy bloke helps, but I think my usual practice of twirling the handspike like a quarterstaff is the main reason.
21 hours ago, Captain Pegg said:
Droitwich’s premier visitor attraction - Waitrose
I visit Sterling Power Products far more often!
20 minutes ago, Alan de Enfield said:
you should be able to jury-rig the necessary equipment - that could simply mean lashing a spade or pole to the stern and making a 'steering board'.
Not disagreeing, but you probably know better than I do that a bodge-it-and-scarper jury rigged rudder might work acceptably offshore to get you back towards land but would be a lot less useful in a restricted channel.
Better than nothing, but not as good as a tow to the boatyard!
1 hour ago, Alan de Enfield said:
- improvisation of jury rigs following gear failure
(which requires a modicum of ability to actually 'do stuff', ie rig a temporary rudder)
Her rudder was considerably heavier than a gas bottle. You might choose to criticise her approach with dealing with the issue, but she wasn't so stupid as to try and lift it off on her own.
I didn't ask the lady her weight - I was taught that's considered rude - but I suspect the rudder and tiller together were more than her bodyweight.
3 hours ago, Naughty Cal said:
Something doesn't sit right there. RYA yachtmaster fails to change gas bottle on canal boat 🙄
In fairness to Jo, I know several Yachtmasters who are no longer physically capable of swapping a 13 kilo propane bottle into a gas locker.
Us whippersnappers should remember it might be us one day if we make it that far.
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18 hours ago, LadyG said:
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A few days ago the milk boiled over.
Since then that ring has not worked, but all the others have!
So this whole thread is just crying over spilt milk? 😁
Although the midnight run through was different - no light at the end of the tunnel, so a sudden pleasant surprise when the tunnel walls become trees.
Just now, Wanderer Vagabond said:
How can you say it's boring?
Easily, I've been through it quite a few times. If you want a good moan about it ask @tree monkey for his opinion.
1 minute ago, MtB said:
Dammit I was saving cheese on toast for later in the debate!!
It's probably my most frequently cooked toast, either as a two-slice toastie for simplicity or with another pan inverted over it to melt the cheese. You don't get the brown/black bubbly bits though unless you use a blowlamp...
Just now, MtB said:
I reckon it would just dry out the bread.
Do you know otherwise then?!
Cast iron skillet, works a treat.
Obviously you're toasting upside down so open cheese toasties require more care ...
3 minutes ago, MtB said:
Life without toast would be slumming it indeed. And a step too far for me!!
Why do you think you can't make toast on an induction hob?
1 minute ago, Captain Pegg said:
I wouldn't be surprised if nobody has ever taken 56 minutes to transit the tunnel. At takes about 35 minutes.
It just feels like an hour because it's so boring!
Extreme Canals - north south east west
in History & Heritage
As the most Eastern canal in England?