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tehmarks last won the day on March 3

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  1. Yes, sorry, I meant to say the value of the new, uncut steel, yet to be formed into a boat. I amended my post to add that just after posting, then decided it was irrelevant and deleted it again! I've always been interested in how barely-floating boats still go for good sums of money despite probably needing more spent to make them habitable than you would spend to buy a sensible boat which doesn't need significant work. Obviously a big part of that is the cost of the steel itself - but I was curious for an actual figure. Just to more fully understand the value of things.
  2. No, I'm not thinking of scrapping my hull 😉 Just curious as to the value of the raw steel of a narrowboat hull. Let's assume a sensible length of ~50' as an example.
  3. A day boat has just come past with some gusto while I'm sitting on the front deck. No rocking, no crashing, no banging - actually no noticeable effect. No exaggeration. It then continued past the boat in front - crash, bang, creak, crash as it was rocked against the Armco. Just an observation on the effect of mooring well... 🙂
  4. Shore power is straightforwrd to fit on a boat that already has a 12V-driven 240V system - it's just a case of adding a 16A plug mounted somewhere appropriate, and cabling it and the inverter output to a changeover switch or similar. If it doesn't have any form of 240V already, then it's obviously a case of running cable in and installing sockets where you want them too as well. None of it is difficult if you have some basic electrical knowledge. I wouldn't discount a boat over it, because it's easily rectified post-purchase.
  5. On the gas front, I don't think two bottles a year is overly unrealistic. I've yet to run out on this boat since I got it - I swapped one bottle at the very beginning of lockdown as both were low (inherited from the previous owner), and over four months later it's still plodding on. And I've been home every single day, mostly all day. That's a lot of tea and cheese toasties! On the previous boat gas would last 3-4 months, but the only source of hot water was a gas instant water heater so consumption would have been a bit higher. Another obvious saving to make is getting handy with a set of spanners. The more running maintenance you can do yourself, the less running the boat will cost.
  6. Or a floating cannabis farm 😉
  7. Overall, I think it's a complicated problem that doesn't have an easy or optimal solution. I certainly agree with little that the government has done to now, and I disagree with some of the measures put in place, but I also disagree that we've overblown it. It's an unprecedented situation in living memory; there are very few people on Earth who have direct experience of living through a pandemic - and one of those who did had some sage words of advice. They weren't along the lines of 'ignore it, it'll be fine'. My girlfriend is a biologist working in publishing a well-respected science journal, so she regularly gives me an insight which reminds me it's simply not comparable to existing illnesses and existing public health problems. There is very little known about the virus, and the human population is arguably one act of God away from being decimated; we're incredibly fortunate that coronavirus has turned out to be highly contagious but not particularly virulent. Were it to mutate into a form that is both highly contagious and highly virulent - well we'd be 'cked, wouldn't we? I can guarantee that I have no meaningful income until 2021 thanks to the effects of our new socially-distant world, so I have a vested interest in the world returning to some variety of normal sooner rather than later.
  8. The problem is that it's irrelevant how dangerous it is to the average person - the problem is that is seems to be incredibly contagious. A small percentage of a very large number is still a large number; the number who need hospitalisation may be very small in percentage terms, but it's still a huge number of people in absolute terms. What do you think is going to happen if left to spread unchecked? What do you think is going to happen to your prognosis when you arrive in intensive care having suffered a heart attack, or a stroke, or some other grievous illness - and there's no space for you? I could say I dont give a flying ' because I'm a very fit and active 31 year old - but that's not right, is it? The great mistake is the government not understanding the mathematics of exponential growth and being criminally slow to act to begin with. If Boris Johnson had been listening in GCSE maths, we wouldn't be in anything like the situation we are now. Of course it's in the news still, because it's still news. It's affecting a huge number of people's lives on a daily basis - if that isn't newsworthy, we may as well give up on journalism. Maybe tell your daughter to stop watching the news with her young children?
  9. Alternatively, if you're able to walk uphill for ten minutes and back, you can park for free near the bottom of the lock flight.
  10. I second that, and their courier (Fedex) has managed to deliver four separate orders to two different random towpath moorings without any drama. Flawless service.
  11. I have a Canaline in this boat, and so far I can't fault it. Did a full service on it a few weeks ago and it's incredibly straightforward to work on. Nothing's in an awkward place or difficult to access (subject to installation, of course), nothing's difficult to do or replace.
  12. I'm sure they could, but I anticipate that there are probably a reasonable number of nervous people aboard who have been self-isolating for the past two months and might not appreciate being moved closer to people, or having their mooring lines handled by persons with potentialy questionable personal hygiene, or... It seems like a good way to start an entirely preventable argument.
  13. I'm all for sensible mooring normally - but in light of the current pandemic, can we maybe leave this idea alone for a few more months?
  14. But how abut someone who spends six weeks on the BCN, then cruises south and spends a month around Milton Keynes, and then heads leisurely towards London before going on to the Thames and back up to the Oxford Canal - but does all of that by moving on to a new place every fortnight? Setting arbitrary figures which are incompatible with remaining moored for 14 days is patently against the letter and spirit of the law. I've never strayed further into London than Southall - not my cup of tea. I like open spaces and small communities. Rickmansworth though - I could easily spend some time around Rickmansworth and Watford.
  15. I agree. The solution though isn't to introduce draconian rules which will stop a significant number of legitimate continuous cruisers in their tracks. People should have every right to tie up and stay put for two weeks* - not all of us want to do significant mileage every week. I'm sef-employed with an often insane work schedule, and all my work is in London. In the past I've spent most of my time cruising leisurely between Watford and Milton Keynes, because it's a beautiful stretch of canal, it's convenient and there are plentiful train stations to be able to get in to work without driving. Is that against the spirit of the licence? * - where signage doesn't prohibit it, obviously...
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