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PeterCr

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  1. How did you contact them? I've had no luck, not even had a reply to an email asking them the best way to contact them. We saw some interesting night time boaters last year. 3 hire boats, all together, each with about 20 Irish students (and I hope some supervisor) on board, at around midnight, trying to navigate with someone sitting on the bow with the torch from a mobile phone. We were very glad when they got past us!
  2. We do exactly what you've suggested, we're from Australia. So we do summer in Australia then summer in the UK, in fact I've just got back on the boat now to dewinterise it for the season. So we put the boat on hardstanding for the winter as do a few other Aussies and NZ's here, seems to work fine, has to be properly winterised though. One of the advantages of being on hardstanding is that for the time it's on land you don't need to pay licence fees, and it's a little cheaper as well, though you've got fees for lifting out and in etc. But it works for us, at least it has so far. 6 months is a good amount of time and you can do 6 months on a tourist visa. In our case we wouldn't want to be on the boat in winter anyway.
  3. That's what I found strange, after reading the policy itself there wasn't a word about single handing. I wonder how much force the "summary" has if something appears in the summary but not in the policy. I've been reading this which discusses the single handing a little. I'm beginning to think that the single handing restriction is 24 hours all in one go, ie 24 hours uninterupted. http://www.ybw.com/forums/showthread.php?230059-CraftInsure-did-I-really-expect-them-to-do-what-they-promised However this is a bit discouraging. I've rung them on their customer contact number about half a dozen times this morning. All I can get is a beeping sound. Perhaps it's an engaged noise but it seems unlikely they'd be engaged for the whole morning. I tried their claims number too, same. Very hard to get in contact with anyone.
  4. Perhaps that's it and it is in a salt water policy, but not in narrowboat policies. I might give them a ring tomorrow just to clarify it a bit more.
  5. Yes it's not in the policy document but it is in the summary they sent out to me.
  6. I have just had my craftinsure renewal. On the plus side the premium has gone down a bit. Unusual for insurance. However I thought I'd have a browse through the insurance summary for a little light reading. But I was surprised to see under "Are there any restrictions on cover?", - "single handed use for a period of over 24 hours." So I went to take a look at the policy and cannot see any reference to single handing. As I'll certainly be single handed for over 24 hours I thought I should see if anyone knows anything about this. Cheers
  7. I spoke to them today. They said they're closing at the end of June.
  8. I was single handed going through Stoke last year and was warned by a local not to leave the boat out of sight and unmanned when working the locks, that there was the risk of locals jumping on the boat as soon as it was left on a landing on it's own. Don't know how real a risk that was but I was careful. I moored at Westport lake and loved it. Going west though I got there mid afternoon and there were no moorings left beside the lake, I had to take a spot before the road bridge and that was all that was left. Got a lovely mooring on my way back but earlier in the day. Probably fine now though, that was later in the season.
  9. I used masking tape around the line I wanted. Worked for me.
  10. It's 57 feet. We actually quite liked a 61 footer when we were buying but passed it by for this exact reason, after reading here. Yes I see the Manchester Road bridge to the 23rd. We'll be June some time at the earliest, though you know how these things are, 23rd May might change! Maybe we should head to Littleborough then back again and do the Huddersfield, and Standedge. We were thinking of leaving this for another year when we could do the Trent, Keadby etc and come down the Huddersfield. Doesn't matter though if we do it twice in 2 years.
  11. Sounds like it's worth going into Liverpool. We do have the time. Hopefully we will be going that way anyway if we get a Ribble booking, we can take a short detour and see Liverpool at the same time. Ah yes, the Standedge tunnel. We've had a bad experience with tunnels, lost quite a bit of paint. Whilst we've got over 10 tunnels on our trip I did wonder about doing the Standedge, quite narrow and low from what I can see. Mind you I prefer single to double tunnels, no oncoming boats. But we have the time so we could do that, though it means going back up and redoing either the Huddersfield or Rochdale. We're saving the canals to the east, and the Trent, for another year. Got a couple of wheelbarrow wheels, thanks Goliath. We got them for the Shropshire, we were warned about shallow banks. Love a good bakery and pie, great suggestion. I often see if they have large pies and buy a couple and freeze them for dinners. I had some lovely pies, and bacon, from the Alrewas bakery, filled the freezer. Sounds like it will be a nice trip overall, though we've never been there we've had a few people recommend it to us. Hard work but worth it for the scenery. Looking forward to the Caldon too, haven't done that one and from what I read that's nice too.
  12. The problem booking is 2 fold. We don't currently have a licence (on hardstanding) and I've tried to look and it seems we need to be licenced to do so. And it's very difficult at this stage to have any good idea when we'll be there. Mid May we might be better placed to pick a date, and so I'll look again then, once we're licenced. Hope we get a booking as it seems like the Lancaster would be worth doing and we've got the time.
  13. Me too just now, in Australia. So it's not just local.
  14. Hi all, this season we are planning a trip up the T&M, (and Caldon), then up the Bridgewater to Manchester, left to the Leeds and Liverpool, up the L&L then around and down the Rochdale. Along the Peak Forest and the Macclesfield if Marple opens up. We've never been anywhere around there before, (though we have done the T&M often). So I'm looking for suggestions from the experienced people here for those canals we haven't done. Firstly, is it worth heading into Liverpool? Is there much worth seeing there and is the canal in worth doing? We would like to head that way anyway to do the Lancaster but don't have a booking for the Ribble and probably won't get a booking as we can't book yet. So wondering if it's worth heading that way just for Liverpool. Secondly, what suggestions do you have for such things as great places to moor, things that are a must see (or must avoid) and so on. Any suggestions or ideas that might help maximise the value of our trip are welcome. I've read quite a bit here about all those canals and am expecting shallow water, not much traffic, lots of locks, difficult gates and paddles and so on. Sounds like that comes with the territory. But some advice from people who've done it all before would be much appreciated. Hopefully water levels are ok, I know much of this was closed last year, but from what I can see the reservoirs are looking better now. Hopefully it rains a bit more this summer than last, but not too much!
  15. Hi Ken, sorry it's a bit late, away on holidays. And I hope those fires aren't coming too close to you too. We've done exactly what you're planning, and have no regrets. We're country Vic. We bought a boat in about May of last year and spent about 5 months on it, and already have our tickets booked for this year. We arrive in April and my wife is spending 5 months on board and me 6 months. You asked about keeping the boat there. We've done what Ditchcrawler mentioned. Our boat is currently on hardstanding at Debdale. As already observed one advantage of this is that you don't need to pay licence fees when the boat is out of the water. Though I had been warned that hardstanding can accelerate rusting, especially if the bottom of the boat isn't blacked, so I had it taken out beforehand and blacked it, including the bottom. Better to be sure. We hired for a number of years. I figured that for about a month a year hiring made sense. The costs of hiring for a month were roughly what I thought it would cost to have a boat sitting over there, and there's no maintenance responsibility to go with it. But for 6 months hiring becomes a little less attractive if you plan to use a boat for a few years. There's a few advantages to hiring too. You get to learn more about boaty type things, from both the boat you hire and ones you see along the way. So what type of layout suits you for example. Reverse layout? Traditional layout? What type of stern, trad, semi trad or cruiser? All of these things are useful to know before you buy so you can narrow down what you're wanting. Whilst Roland (Hi Roland) seems to have had a bad experience with HSBC we've been happy with them. I did quite a bit of research on opening a bank account in the UK, but everything we heard said forget it nowadays, even with a British wife. They now require clear evidence of a local address and without that it's almost impossible to open an account from what I hear. Things like gas bills, water bills etc to prove you live there. It's all about anti money laundering legislation apparently. We ended up getting a Global account from HSBC. You can add Aus$ to it then change the money into pounds (and other currencies) when you want to take advantage of a better exchange rate. And you get a card that you can use in the UK to spend your pounds when you want. I had opened other accounts here in pounds but none of them allowed me to spend the pounds in the UK, so all except the HSBC account were effectively useless. But the HSBC card worked just fine, though strangely I always had to sign rather than use a pin, no idea why. But it worked every time. I originally looked at the option that HarleyJ spoke of, getting some HSBC guy in India to open an account, paying $200 and then having minimum transaction requirements. The Global account does away with all that and can be opened online in 10 minutes, we did it last week to get an account for my daughter who is going to the US. No fees. Buying from Oz isn't easy though, there's some obvious problems, for example it's not all that easy inspecting a boat when you're half a world away. If the market is anything like when we bought it's difficult as a buyer, and doubly so from here. Boats were selling very fast. You've got a number of options for buying. You could move there for a while and then be there to look at boats for sale. The problem with this for me was that it would be expensive on accommodation and car hire and you have no idea how long it will take so hard to know when to book your return ticket. Some people have bought a boat from here without ever setting foot on it, just on photos. I did it roughly like that. I fixed a price from here and paid a deposit then flew over there for the survey. Lucky as it was roughly at the time we'd get cruising anyway, so I just stayed and started cruising. Also it was a relatively new boat so shouldn't have had any real problems, as the surveyor confirmed. So you'll have to find a way of buying that suits you, not easy. Some have suggested hiring and cruising and stopping along the way to hire a car to look at boats for sale. Others have friends over there who can look at a boat for you. It's whatever works for you. And browse here as much as you can, there's plenty of stuff to learn. Good luck buying, it's not easy but well worth it once you have your boat.
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