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Bewildered

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    Lower Heyford
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    Aikido

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    Full time loafer
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    Karieanna
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    Lower Heyford

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  1. Ironically most burgalars get convicted of going equipped for theft, when it comes to boats the boat owner actually provides the perfect equipment.
  2. Bewildered

    Trolley?

    I've seen plenty of boats with the 4 wheel garden trollies rusting away on the roofs they look sturdy enough but not very practically getting up and down some of the steps (or mud banks that pretend to be steps) from the towpath to the road that is quite often the only access from the cut to shops whilst out cruising. A basic shopping trolley is all I really need as most of the time shopping is all it will be used for, it's just that they fall apart or the wheels brake so easily. I was just hoping a more rugged one was on the market, a shopping trolley with the build quality and strength of a sack barrow.
  3. Bewildered

    Trolley?

    Can anyone recommend a good quality shopping trolley? Ideally I want a trolley with a removeable basket so the frame can be used for toilet cassettes, bags of coal or even gas bottles if necessary. Unfortunately most of the trollies on the market have pathetic plastic wheels and just aren't up to towpath use. The obvious robust choice for the towpath is a wheelbarrow, I just can't see me pushing one around Aldi. if it exists I want a trolley that is foldaway, off road capable, sturdy enough to handle quite heavy weight (50-60kg) and still practical enough to do the weekly shop. any recommendations or links would be appiciated
  4. Bewildered

    Wi fit on board

    Unless it's changed since I last bothered to look less data is used to download a movie than to stream one. And if you download in a pub it doesn't use your own data at all; this also comes with the advantage of readily available beer. I download to an apple phone and then connect it to the TV with an AV adapter and hdmi lead.
  5. Bewildered

    Cassette

    At last a solution to the boat toilet question, don't bother with cassette, pump out or composting toilets just import some of this from Australia does exactly what it says on the bottle. This does, however, come with its own set of problems, increased laudery bill etc.
  6. Thrupp can get busy for moorings, best to arrive by midday
  7. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-wiltshire-45644814 boat supposedly sunk by stag party going past to fast?
  8. That doesn't surprise me from Rosemary, she has now left the company. She wasn't here that long after I started working here but I found her to be a bit abrupt almost to the point of being rude. The first time I filled up with diesel I told her I wanted it at 0% she told me I couldn't as it went into a boat and the best split they could do was 90-10 I explained that I was now living on site and as it is a self declaration I was declaring that I had no intention of going anywhere. This fell on deaf ears; an argument ensued until she finally agreed to do it at 0% but told me that I was wrong. A few days later after she had obviously complained to the general manager the Genral manager mentioned to me in passing that all boats must pay duty unless they are registered as mooring on site, therefore confirming that I was in fact correct. After that Rosemary only ever spoke to me when she had too, I don't think she liked being proven wrong.
  9. That is easier said than done. The weekend boats go out on a Friday afternoon and are due back on a Monday morning, most of the stag and hen parties opt to come back on the Sunday afternoon (always a few in each group need to work on the Monday) complaints about noise late at night tend to come in the next day. If a boat is being rowdy on a Friday we get the call Saturday and call the hirers to tell them to behave more responsibly. If they then do the same on the Saturday we won't know about it until Sunday. There would be no point in kicking them off the boat on the day they are bringing it back as we would then have to provide staff to bring back a boat that was on its way back anyway. Complaints are taken seriously, however we can't just kick people off a boat after one noise complaint, let's face it their are people out there who would complain if someone on the next boat farted to loudly at night. each complaint is or should be taken on its own merit
  10. I do sympathise with you Nick, unfortunately Oxfordshire Narrowboats still cater for stag and hen parties. I wish they wouldn't because they can sometimes be a real pain in the arse, unfortunately the boss loves them as they are a good source of revenue. On occasion groups causing to much trouble have been turfed off the boat, problem is we usually don't get to hear about it until the next day by which time it's too late as the boat is on its way back to us as it was only hired out for the weekend.
  11. Oxfordshire Narrowboats are particularly well situated between locks, about a mile one way and a mile and a quarter the other way. Whoever does the first show out north, goes to the lock to do lock demos for all the northbound boats and whoever does the first show out south does the same for boats in that direction. They rest of the show outs are given steering tuition to the first bridge and then sent on their merry way to the lock, the guy doing the show out then walks back to base to do another show out. all customers are sent by email a copy of our hand book and a link to the CRT boating video. On check in they are asked if they have read and understood the hand book and sign in to say that they have, or asked to read it then sign. they are then shown through how every thing on the boat works, given a demos on how to tie up etc and boat handling tuition whilst underway. whilst 70-80% of customers do what is told to them the rest seem to think they know better. Many boats come back to Heyford for their last night, as they are due back at 8:30-9:00am; when I walk the dog of an evening it is quite unbelievable how many of them are using bow, stern and centre lines to moor up; with ropes at 90% to the boat instead of the 45% they were instructed to do and with ropes tied to the mooring pins instead of going around the pin and tying to the boat, again as instructed. Often this is done next to Armco railing with the nappy pins left in the lockers. So whilst some may say certain hire boat companies don't do enough training you also need to realise that some people don't or won't listen and a vast proportion of people are so terminally thick that is a miracle we ever managed to climb out of the Stone Age
  12. So when you buy diesel what split (if any) do you declare? Can of worms opened!
  13. I don't quite understand why the mooring is listed as 41' 12", why not just put up 42 foot?
  14. Bewildered

    Bewildered

  15. Receptionist wanted with good administration, computer and customer service skills for busy boatyard and shop. Temporary part time position until the end of the season at the end of October. Two days per week and every other weekend. Training will be given. Pay according to experience. Please apply to Phil Holman, Oxfordshire Narrowboats, 01869 340348 or by email to [email protected]
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