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DRP

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  1. Very nice pictures! Perhaps it's just me, but everything looks in much tidier order than it does now. Must have been before BW completely lost the plot.
  2. Pity they didn't think of the lagoon idea before the put the main road from Europe through the middle of the town; but they didn't, and now they're trying to improve matters. Highways England did an impressive time-lapse of how they put the new pedestrian bridge in place: https://www.hulldailymail.co.uk/news/castle-street-bridge-in-place-3499515?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=sharebar&fbclid=IwAR0o2p3qusXrAfaSQhyqecdsRBPKapWJ91LQORiZW6rZA_oS4DdQ3B7U-2A It's part of a multi-million scheme to improve traffic flow to and from the docks.There is a nice simulation of how it will all look when it's finished: https://youtu.be/IVvX14tzr5M It should improve the town enormously, even if we don't get the lagoon. As for "rough", we've encountered more drink-fuelled worrying behaviour in picturesque market towns than we have in cities that we've boated through. Hull is no rougher than anywhere else, and better than many. Hope the links work, but in case they don't, here is our new bridge the morning after it was put in place.
  3. Three pages so far! Some people just don't have enough to do. Sad.
  4. . . . and those who don't like running into things ?.
  5. At least have a look at the website of Osborne Restorations (sorry don't know how to post a link). This chap restores,rebuilds and remanufactures old portable ranges such as the Belle, the Larbert, and the Nipper, all of which come in sizes small enough for a motor boat cabin, and are vastly better than an Epping. I have to say, your nose (and even your ears) may begin to bleed when you learn the prices, but an Epping isn't cheap any more! I'm saving up!.
  6. It's hard not to get exasperated by all the combinations of ". . . Dreams" there seem to be. Funnily enough, you never seem to see the wet variety. Although the title is worst boat names, can't resist one of the best which used to be a tiny fibreglass cruiser on the Macclesfield; "Shy Tot".
  7. My dear sir, I wouldn't dream of calling you a fool. I don't even know you. However, if you insist on doing foolish things, you mustn't be disappointed if people draw their own conclusions.
  8. Travelling in the damp is the normal state of affairs in this country, and you can have a long wait for the sun to come out and dry everything. Boating single handed and leaving boats unattended and moving in locks is just foolish. I imagine even the debaters in this forum, addicted to reductio ad absurdum arguments, can probably understand that(although I wouldn't put money on it).
  9. Getting back to the original question. . . Macerated shit is still shit. It may be an Englishman's inalienable right to spray his excreta anywhere he likes, but for the sake of those of us with delicate sensibilities, if you're on inland waterways, please at the very least(and you can't hold it in 'til you get to the pub), do it in a bucket and dispose of it in a land-based sewage system.
  10. Surely most of us are simply boating for pleasure, not boating against the clock to eke out a living? In that case, whilst agreeing with the aim to travel as efficiently as possible, is any risk worth taking, just to "save time"?
  11. Perhaps CRT is missing a trick here. The earlier canal companies were worried about people simply walking on the towpaths. Modern towpath activities range from simply walking and cycling to angling, magnet fishing, selling and even administering drugs,and the provision of sexual services. Selling permits for all these things could be a huge source of revenue. And there is no need to put volunteers at risk,collecting the money. In Hull marina,which they own, they already employ a firm of parking enforcement heavies who demand cash on the spot, and march people to ATM's to get cash if they are carrying none.( I know this to be true from the account of the wife of a friend, who was so intimidated by being told to get into a van with strange men that she called the Police and insisted that an officer accompany her). There must be plenty of such agencies in the larger cities.
  12. Sad pictures of what many will remember as Geoff Wheat's boat.
  13. Wouldn't it be interesting to review all the horrors CRT inherited from the most recent incarnation of British Waterways ;and for which they are left to take the blame? Jolly nice pictures,Biscuits. What a missed opportunity!
  14. Probably not, but the tunnel didn't have rubbing boards then; and my point is :How much so called safety margin is there in the current restrictions enough to meet the CYA needs of CRT management. It is a matter of record that GUCCC boats were by no means confined to the Grand Union Canal in the thirties and forties.Are you suggesting they should be now?
  15. But, regrettably, frequently wildly inadequate amounts of water in the pounds. Also, update and thanks to all who answered my original question. I measured Bellatrix today, and she is 7ft 01/4ins over the guard irons at the engine hole bulkhead, so that's the tunnel out for us. We specifically wanted to get the boat to Marsden for a wedding at the end of September. If that's not going to be on, we can enjoy the scenery from the train. If anyone from CRT reads this, perhaps they could favour us with the real minimum dimensions in the tunnel, before their "expert" set the "safety margin"? We have experienced CRT "experts" before, when one of them tried to prevent our commemorative carrying trip across the Leeds & Liverpool Canal with the Ribble in 2016. Fortunately, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency had a firmer grasp of the rules than he did. It seems ridiculous that the limits that currently exist preclude the passage of most of the historic narrow boats still in existence, even if they haven't spread beyond their original dimensions.
  16. Maybe they could suggest to those who make the decisions - get the lock at Uppermill fixed. In fact we would have been going west to east, so the Uppermill lock would probably have screened us out.
  17. Thanks,that's helpful. Sadly,it sounds as though CRT aren't. I wonder what "margin of safety" their measurements include,and who advised them to set those limits. Whatever,it's looking as though the trip will be off.
  18. Yeah!? Missed this when I read it earlier.
  19. We've got some IBC's in there just now,so we can put 31/2 tons of water in if necessary. Also we can take the cratch down. We've had the grease out often enough with Ribble.Not that she's oversized - It's just that L&L gates don't go back far enough! Bellatrix is remarkably straight, and almost certainly less than 7 feet - and we only want to go to Marsden for a wedding, the turn round and go back again.
  20. Has anyone had a historic boat through the Standedge tunnel in recent times? We're hoping to take Bellatrix (small Northwich) through at the end of September. Anticipating a lot of arm wrestling with CRT. Ability to quote the previous experience of others would be helpful.
  21. DRP

    Jp3m prop

    Ignore all the technical pontification (sorry, advice). Where choice of engine is concerned, it's a matter of what you want it to sound like. If you want "narrow-boaty" sound, you want a two cylinder engine - JP2,RussellNewbery,or even Armstrong Siddeley - unless you're an absolute masochist and incline to a single cylinder semi-diesel. I have experience of 3 cylinder JP and ArmstrongSiddeley;they sound like sewing machines.Very loud sewing machines! Why not consider a modern engine and save yourself all that expense and heartache, trying to find spare parts when it breaks? And you can silence it to your heart's content for enjoyable peaceful cruising.
  22. I think the pontoon you mention is something to do with being hospitable to canoes - unless they've installed another one! The pound with the coal tippler that they wrongly label "Wigan Pier" is just a very exposed and uncomfortable place to tie up, and there's nowhere even remotely ok after that, but you can get stuck in the middle of nowhere if it's afternoon and you miss the locking the locks deadline.But I'd say it was more miserable than threatening or dangerous.
  23. . . . and getting back to Harland and Wolff, Maybe Boris could get them to build some of the frigates we've just realised we need?
  24. Oh come on,chaps, get a grip! Alright, it may not be Solihull, or the Home Counties, but Wigan is OK. As has been said, tie up in the dry dock pound; you can cross the bridge at the end of the lock and walk about 100yds to the end of the street where there is a handy convenience store and a nice local pub called the Honeysuckle. If you like a huge selection of real ales, walk up to Wigan Central as suggested by The Biscuits. You could even visit the Uncle Joe's factory and buy some mint balls. Granted it's not a destination for a fortnight's holiday, but a perfectly pleasant overnight stop.
  25. Leave him alone! he'll only have to read a few threads to realise he'll soon get nonsense like talking sense knocked out of him.
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