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Sally Grim

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  1. Perhaps something heavy was added to the stern or removed from the bow, after it was built? That would affect the trim.
  2. Long Itchington be my choice as well. According to Canalplan, Napton Junction to Two Boats are 3 hours 47 minutes,
  3. They're set to pick up the boat at 2.30, sunset is about 7 pm. That's 4,5 hours, and you might also have to deduct time for the handover. So getting to Cape might be a bit ambitious. I would expect that would cause a a trail of "speeding hire boaters" shouts?! 😉
  4. From memory; no 3, Birmingham and the heart of England would cover it.
  5. I would not plan to go further than Long Itchington on the first night. You need time to familiarise yourselves with the boat and the locks, and you might not have the boat till late. And remember you're not supposed to cruise after sunset (or before sunrise) - most hire companies don't allow it. We have done Long Itchington to the top of Hatton in one day, and there's only two of us. Had great help from the lockies at Hatton, though! My preference then would be for Lapworth locks into Birmingham. And on the way back - Polesworth, Hawkesbury, Braunston. There is a great route planner at www.canalplan.eu which might help you.
  6. We share locking and steering about 50/50. I must say that I've mostly had comments about "women doing all the hard work" when I'm locking, I can hardly remember any comments about me doing the steering. Maybe those were said out of my hearing, to my husband! 😂 And we both use the engine to control the boat in the locks, so no turning it off for me.
  7. Both, but if I had to choose one, Nicholson. I think it is confusing the way north can be up, down, left or right in the Pearson ones. So Nicholson for planning, underpays, and to see how far it is from one place to another. But Pearson is good for a bit of local colour.
  8. That sounds odd, giving a signal just before hitting, if it was intentional. To me that sounds more like the OP did something unexpected, and the following boat couldn´t avoid hitting.
  9. Lapworth is very nice and easy - one of my favorite flight s- but some narrow locks pull, as others have mentioned. Napton, for instance. Going up Napton I find it helps working the paddles "in parallell": a few turns on one side, then a few turns on the other, helps keeping the boat still. But then we're only 50 ft - maybe it's otherwise with a longer and heavier boat. I'm not strong enough to hold the boat back with ropes if the lock really pulls hard, hence the carefulness and using the engine to keep the boat still.
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  12. This evening, Braunston. And btw, thank you to DandV for starting a lovely thread! 😀
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  18. May I fill in the "However..." for you? 😉 Because - if you take matter of the EU away from your comment, your observation is a pertinent one. No problem getting together a collection of countries which haven't been as hard hit as the UK. But there are so many unknown parametres which must be considered before the collection should be deemed as relevant. Criteria for whether a death is a corona one, and the country's stage in the pandemic, are two. So I really see your point! 😀
  19. Where does it say that it's supposed to be the EU? Probably just a collection of countries with low death rates. For example, Norway with 235 deaths and Iceland with 10 deaths are both in there.
  20. We often use the local pubs, but the food tend get a bit monotonous. So when we get to a place with a choice, like Berkhamsted, we often go somewhere other than the pub. We're probably not the only ones, so that might be part of the explanation for some locations.
  21. I sure hope it was canal water, and not mixed with anything else. But I didn't care to try and taste it. But you try to be hit in the head with a kilo or so of water, thrown from 8-10 feet above you. My head and neck stille hurts. It's not very fun on the receiving end.
  22. Well, Carl. They were aiming for and hitting my head. To an elderly or otherwise frail person that could potentially be dangerous.
  23. Take care - children are throwing water balloons or similar from bridge 39.
  24. Normally you return the boat at the base where you rented it. To take it to another base I think is the exception to the rule. You are in full command of the boat, and it is up to you whether you use your days sailing, or stopping and exploring. You are allowed to moor along the canalside almost everywhere, on the towpath side (but several long boats kan be hard to find room for in popular places!) But remember it is never just to "sail along" - there are locks, they are manual, and you operate them yourself. Remember to check the hiring company's T&C. There ARE age restrictions, as to the skipper needs to be above a certain age. I don't know how that works with more boats hired by a group. But just ask them - the hiring companies we used was very serviceminded. But of course the teenagers are allowed to try their hand at steering. Here's a link to a map I often use myself. https://www.centralwaterways.co.uk/guides-and-maps/lockmaster-maps/lockmaster-holiday-planner-flat-5th-edition.html Best of luck with your venture - a great idea!
  25. Some rather illustrative photos in this link. They also show how close the ship was to land. https://ksu.no/artikler/ksu-no/96187-bilder-fra-den-dramatiske-situasjonen-pa-hustadvika
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