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  1. True, but the"good enough" bit is important. With modern sealants and epoxies, there's a lot more chemistry involved than the old "white spirit or water" paint thinner choices. It's probably better to not wipe the surface than to wipe with something that will negatively affect the product being used. All else has failed: read the instructions!
  2. It's more that the "CCers" on the Lancaster all seem to only shuffle between Garstang and Bilsborrow or only hang around Lancaster and Hest Bank. We did about 9 months on there without any problems, but we did go Preston - Glasson - Tewitfield quite a few times. The trouble with long bits of the Lancaster for CCing is access - a lot of it is a long way from civilization, so there's only about a dozen places you can sensibly get on public transport, and there's not that many sensible parking spots near the canal. You need to like walking a long way or really enjoy stocking the boat up and staying right out in the sticks for a week or more.
  3. I thought just the £25 sounded expensive for decades ago...
  4. No, it doesn't. The optional extra three days for return was only added because we whined a lot! The first draft agreement was maximum 7 days as one visit in any 28 day period, no exceptions. Which meant that you couldn't eg take a boat up from the T&M, pop into Liverpool for a week then return. You'd have to stay on the L&L until the 28 days was up. Which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but plays hob with 2 week holidays/hires/shares!
  5. Ambiguous. Do you mean "use it for the final wipe" or do you mean "don't use it at all?" 😁
  6. The agreement doesn't give ten days. It gives seven days plus three days for exactly what you want to do! You book your outbound days first, then add your return days to the same booking. If you know your travel dates in advance you can book them all at once Add a bit: For clarity, you need to select "return" not "single" on the booking form. This gives you two calendars instead of one, and you put the first day of each trip as the date.
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  9. There's a full recycling point up the hill a bit. From the offside moorings walk up the hill towards the trees and there's a fenced off recycling compound in that car park. No Elsan, nearest is at Oughtrington Wharf.
  10. Apart from the several billion litres of cryptosporidium infected water that United Utilities helpfully provided across the North West a few years ago. Obviously.
  11. You probably don't want to know how tap water gets processed and where from then ...
  12. Was it the truck carrying the blue signs that broke the bridge?
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  14. Yes, but that's not a potential problem. Once you are across the sea lock cill you are either on your way on a flooding tide or you are moored between two locks and putting the kettle on. I know a few people who have had to wait 24 hours on the pontoon as weather conditions prevented their scheduled passages. Yeah, if you miss the timing to get into Preston Docks it's quite important to moor over the deep water channel on the Bullnose. There's an alarming slant on the drying mud by the river bank. Tie to the floats/risers please - tying to the ladder is a very bad idea on a 25 foot tidal range ... Oh, and if you have a dog, it had better be either very small or very good at climbing ladders!
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  16. Nah. You put the bread on the gunwales and the swans come and eat it and the algae ...
  17. I've not been towed, but I have seen boats be towed past me on the Ribble. At waterskiing speeds - it looks fun! You're very unlikely to divert to Preston on the way back off the Lancaster (unless you deliberately want to go there.) The timing limit for the Ribble Link is actually the depth of water over the cill at the rotating sea lock, so if you're taking too long coming from Tarleton the tide ebbs too low to navigate that bit. On the way back to Tarleton it's the first thing you cross - you'll be held on the pontoon until it's deep enough, then off you go.
  18. Because of the shape of the rivers and the water flows, your hardest bit is going to be coming out of Tarleton lock and heading downriver against the incoming tide towards Douglas boatyard. Which helpfully is where the tug boat moors! If you fancy booking a tow, it was under a hundred quid last year. I'd recommend having the tug pilots number in your phone just in case you have difficulty out on the wide bit but just try it under your own power. CRT keep an eye on your progress during the crossing and will tell you if you need to divert to Preston.
  19. Try the dark mild at the Market Tavern. It's very good!
  20. Nah, Rochdale summit. There's sometimes as many as two boats a month moving ...
  21. Not yet. All the whining is about future increases over 5 years starting this month. April 2024-March 2025, 57 foot boat, CC surcharges applied. Beam < 2.16m (narrow), £1352 2.16 - 3.24m (medium wide), £1519 >3.24m (fatty), £1687 Non-CC surcharged for the same bands: £1287 £1455 £1622 Now just try to find a residential mooring in that London for fifty quid a year.
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