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  1. 9 hours ago, Alan de Enfield said:

    A boat salesman was jailed for four years after netting £480,000 by cheating customers out of their vessels.


    Did he keep the money?  2 years inside for twenty grand a month if he only serves half the time....

  2. 5 minutes ago, alan_fincher said:

    Froghall is ridiculously tight...


    ... though I have no idea why we decided to attempt it, despite the height gauge indicating we were several inches too tall.


    If you let some water down the lock into the basin you become lower ;)


    5 hours ago, Ange said:

    It was the only place we had to take the tiller pin off to fit under.


    I had to pull mine for Froghall.  I attempted it, then removed all the stuff off the roof - including the solar panels which nearly removed themselves on the first go.  On the second attempt I had to reverse a few inches and remove the tillerpin too!

  3. 5 minutes ago, David Mack said:

    Not so. It runs directly under Tuel Lane and then crosses beneath Wharf Street, and does not pass under any buildings. The tunnel is on the original line of the canal. While the canal was closed Tuel Lane was extended over the canal line to a new junction with Wharf Street where the original Wharf Street Bridge was. Tuel Lane used to connect to Tower Hill further west.


    Ah, ok.  I'll pay more attention from the top next time I'm over in Sowerby Bridge.

  4. Just now, Captain Pegg said:


    I think it probably does. I know by my vast knowledge from never having been there that you can't enter until instructed by CRT staff.


    Cue debate as to whether it's a tunnel...


    Oh it's definitely a tunnel, it's just that the deepest lock on the system comes through the roof at one end!


    It was cut under the buildings when the restoration took place, and although it's not very long you really wouldn't want to be in it when the lock gets emptied.

    1 minute ago, Alan de Enfield said:


    You can never win - if you make a comment than you get told to provide documentary proof, if you the give written evidence you get criticised for posting Pdfs and / or cutting and pasting. 


    You could always just post the link and a short summary ...

  5. 5 hours ago, ditchcrawler said:

    I thought it said whistle, I wonder how many canal boats other than steam have them? 🙂


    Emily Anne has a nice sounding steam whistle.  Problem is, I didn't recognise it as a boat signal so carried on round the bend and very nearly literally bumped into @DHutch ...

  6. 2 hours ago, jonathanA said:

    Just awful on Leeds Liverpool in West Lancashire..... 


    Bloody plastic boats hogging the better mooring.  I'll have words with the owner next time I see him.


    Take it you didn't go very far for your Easter cruise then ... 😁

  7. 1 hour ago, enigmatic said:

    I wonder whether that gap narrows or widens when licensed boats per mile is taken into account


    The only figures for ANT boats I can find are the 2008 AINA report.




    That gives ~30,000 (15 per mile) for BW and ~1600 (34 per mile) for ANT.


    I suspect there are now more than this on the Warwickshire Avon, because new marinas have been built since then.


    Anyone got more recent numbers?



  8. On 29/03/2023 at 21:18, Dav and Pen said:

    the upper Avon is still an independent waterway.


    While we are discussing the Avon Navigation Trust - who I like immensely having met most of their senior management team out on the river on boats! - it's interesting to compare licence fees.


    12 month licence for a 57 ft narrowboat, prepay discount applied.


    ANT : 47 Miles of waterway : £654 : £13.91 / mile. 

    Residential boats attract an extra fee.


    CRT : ~2000 Miles of waterway : £1184 : £0.59 / mile.

    No extra charge for residential.


    I wonder if this makes it easier or harder for ANT to fund things ...


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  9. 14 minutes ago, Goliath said:

    IF it’s quiet and not many boats moving yet, it was always ok to moor on a lock landing overnight if you can’t get in to the bank otherwise


    I've had people doing this being very apologetic when I'm using the lock, most of whom looked baffled when I told them it was fine because I can't get close to the side at most of the lock landings on the Hudd anyway.

  10. 1 hour ago, rusty69 said:

    I can see them introducing, at the very least, stipulations based on the so called 'long cable' method, and approriate cable support,and fusing


    I suspect this is exactly it.  I've seen too many numpties posting their setups using dangerously thin cables (10mm² or less!) because it's cheaper and you don't need as much of it.  Directly to a lithium battery bank, unfused.


    Handy as a hot wire for cutting polystyrene, not great as your main electrical charging circuit!

  11. 11 minutes ago, magnetman said:

    "Reasonable in the circumstances" is probably the phrase which torpedoed the ability of navigation authority to deal with things effectively. 


    Of course the correct but rarely used rejoinder to that is "satisfy the Board"

    If the Board (CRT now) are not satisfied they can revoke the licence and see if the boater in question is prepared to get a court ruling on whether their "reasonable" was or not.



  12. 48 minutes ago, Athy said:

    Why bother about all those narrow winding country lanes which lead only to some village that no one's ever heard of. There must be thousands of them, they're little used and their maintenance must be a drain on the finances of many councils. Shut 'em down, I say, after all, roads are there to connect big towns and cities.

    Aren't they>


    So if I understand correctly you don't wish to keep these examples of  Norfolk in use?





    (Now read it aloud 😁)


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  13. 6 minutes ago, Rob-M said:

    Or on a lock landing with their table and chairs out sipping their champagne from champagne flutes whilst having their lunch as I witnessed on the Napton flight.  Problem was the guy didn't see the issue even though there were several boats hovering in the channel.


    I don't see an issue with that either.  Clumsily breast up to them, step across their boat - preferably by way of a muddy puddle on the way back - work the lock and carry on.


    When they object, tell them you'd usually use the lock landing because that's what it's for.

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  14. 9 hours ago, Tracy D'arth said:

    I have never felt any help from a deity when boat fitting.


    I have, but sadly it was Loki the Trickster ...


    The last screw removed from the porthole being the impossibly stuck one.


    The perfect alignment of the new flue collar position with the roof supports.


    The one final plumbing fitting required to complete the job going mysteriously missing at 4pm on a Sunday.


    Mind you it wasn't only him. 


    When I skinned my knuckles on the gearbox nuts they were very Thor! 😁


    Still, Valhalla sounds an interesting place - it's full of hairy boaters who like beer.




  15. 7 hours ago, Hudds Lad said:

    Just seen these whilst browsing google images, anybody used one?




    I wouldn't use one as a mooring pin!


    Twisty bits, sharp bits, sticky out bits that stab you in the back of the neck and pig ugly to boot.


    Apart from that, they might work as paperweights...


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