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Stewart Kirby

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  1. I don’t fall either side of the line that seems to being drawn here. There are different types of boating/living lifestyles and I don’t feel strongly that one is right or wrong. But maybe it’s time for another type of licence for those who are not Continuous Cruisers under whatever terms you want to apply. If people want to move very little compared to the current “rules” or “guidelines” perhaps a premium could be applied to their licence to recognise this and provide investment to maintain or improve facilities. Stick a GPS tracker on every boat and use that to determine which category the boat falls into. Nah, I don’t think there’s an answer that will satisfy everyone.
  2. As has been said previously there are all sorts of claims for batteries. better to split your batteries into one dedicated “starter” battery and two “domestic” batteries. Some kind of battery monitoring/managing system is also desirable. Various claims are made for different systems, take professional advice.
  3. It may not be a major issue. On my first boat, a semi trad stern where rainwater that had got past the cover drained down the steps to the cabin and entered the bilge, I turned up after having left the boat for a couple of months. I found water half way up the engine, the battery for the auto bilge pump had run flat. I got a bucket and chucked out the water from the engine ole. A check of the dipstick showed water in the engine sump so I drained it and changed the oil filter. I filled with flushing oil and ran the engine for a while. Then I drained the flushing oil and filled up with regular oil. The engine ran fine for a further five years until I sold the boat.
  4. The second boat has had some money spent on it in the last year and the paint job looks reasonable. My first question for the owners would be “Why are you selling it after owning it for only a year and spending all that money on it?”. Could there be a problem that they are not advertising? Personally I would want a hull survey even if they have a good answer to the question I posed.
  5. Whilst th Leeds end of the canal has its own charms for me the section from Skipton heading West has the best scenery and places of interest. Yes, the locks can be hard work but with two weeks you have plenty of time to take it steady. Probably enough time to go to Bingley and Saltaire as well. The railway line runs alongside the canal from Skipton to Leeds so you could always use the train to visit some places if you don’t fancy taking the boat. Some of the swing bridges are mechanised so it’s just a case of putting in your key and pressing a button but others can be tough to move. Have the strongest member of the crew do the non mechanised bridges. Make sure both of you can steer the boat. One thing to bear in mind is that it a dry summer the canal can suffer from water shortages leading to closure of the locks. There is a handy hire base at Silsden which is good for this area.
  6. £4 a pint? Is it ambrosia? It’s enough to make you think of drinking water, although tats probably £2 a pint.
  7. It depends entirely what the criteria used in this is. If it’s about how our kids do in tests then everyone with an interest in education knows that our schools are teaching kids to pass the tests because that is how success is measured these days for schools. The education system is not necessarily better or worse than in the past, it’s just different. I’m not saying that’s a good thing, but that is how it is.
  8. All we ever did was open all the taps and leave an oil filled radiator on frost setting whilst connected to shore power. May have been lucky but it worked for 17 years. If you are visiting every weekend I dont see any problems unless the weather is very severe.
  9. Oh! I just remembered something it might be worth mentioning to newcomers to the Calder and Hebble. Many of the bottom gates have a wide walkway on the inside of the gates. It’s very easy to have someone distract you and end up catching your tiller arm under the gate with serious results. It almost happened to me once.
  10. The first lock where there are handspike paddles is Broadcut Bottom Lock. You can get through without a handspike but if any of the other paddles are inoperable it will slow you down. You should be able to buy a handspike at Stanley Ferry, or you can make your own with a 3”x2” length of harwood with a slight taper at the business end. The first lock where you absolutely have to have a handspike is Kirklees Lock but there are plenty of others where it’s good to have one. IIRC there are quite a few locks where the ground paddles are windlass operated and the gate paddles handspike operated.
  11. Which direction are you coming from?
  12. There is nothing about this supposed data breach on the ASAP website. My first acting n would be to phone the company to check if the email really is from them Second, download Malwarebytes for the Mac and run a scan to see if you do have malware and get rid of it. Malwarebytes is free. Check the email headers to see where the email originated.
  13. All of you are wrong. The answer is that MtB needs to go on a diet. It’s his huge bulk that’s lowering the stern.
  14. I used to indulge in the odd bit of magnet fishing with my sea-searcher after stopping for the day. But in concentrated on locks and their surrounding looking for windlasses. I don’t see any strong reasons for licensing and in any case it would be unenforceable. How many towpath gnomes do you think have licenses?
  15. Is that some variation on soixante neuf?
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