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tehmarks last won the day on March 3

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  1. Thank you all for the great advice. Unfortunately fate has conspired against me - I winded and moved on, and now I'm on a mooring with the towpath on the other side of the cut - so the bloody thing is still on the off side. I'll take a loo at it in the next few days, and report back in the unlikely event that I discover something useful for future persons with the same problem. I'll give hammer-tapping a go, else I'm afraid I'll probably move straight to taking a cold chisel to the lock. Boats! Who would buy one? 🙄😁
  2. As you've done your survey in my neck of the woods, I'd like to quickly jump in to acknowledge that I'm not showing a valid licence. I do, however, actually have a valid licence. What I don't have is a printer or a postal address! But, of course, if you've used the online checker then you've already worked past this small hiccup of data collection. 🙂
  3. I've given all of the common sense solutions a go (well as best as I could while perched between my gunwale and NB Alton!) - pulling and screwing, pushing and screwing, kicking in, pulling, both permutations of key positions - nada. I'll see if I can get any further once I'm pointing the other way - but at the minute I'm waiting for post on a visitor mooring, and winding will put the solar at the shady end. 😂 Mine unscrews too - or rather, it should, leaving you with the whole shiny cap in your hand when it's undone. I don't fully understand how the locking mechanism works - which is a definite disadvantage when trying to remove it!
  4. I have a locking filler cap on the diesel filler, and discovered on Saturday that I wasn't able to undo it. Locked or unlocked, the cap just spins freely without unscrewing. In the past there was always a fair amount of resistance when screwing or unscrewing it - it now turns freely and continuously in both directions. I haven't had a chance to take a proper look yet - hoping someone here might have some previous experience? Is there likely to be an 'external' solution, or am I going to need to need to gain access to the filler pipe from the inside? I've tried to upload a photo of the type but my Internet is shocking at the minute, so no joy. It's a similar type to this, but not an exact match.
  5. I've posted a link to this thread on the London Boaters Facebook group. Kudos for going out of your way to try and reunite it with its owner 🙂
  6. Yes - as clarified I'm not at all worried about cilling myself traditionall in a lock, more the possibility of what is being described. I decided it sounded more sensible to keep it as a canal to do with crew rather than one to relax on myself (though I do appreciate the advice on how to minimise the risk on my own). And of course, there wouldn't be much relaxing by oneself regardless of sinking potential! So many locks, so few miles... Leeds & Liverpool wins, and then I'll decide at some point in the future whether to come back across the Pennines by either of the Rochdale or Huddersfield Narrow, or whether to continue on the eastern side.
  7. Various previous threads on here, such as this one. Admittedly that isn't even close to current, but it made me a bit reticent to verify the accuracy for myself! That said, if it's actually not a well-known problem, I may have to reconsider.
  8. The Huddersfield Narrow seems to have a reputation for boats haging up on the cill when leaving full locks (as opposed to hanging up when emptying the lock), because the pounds are so short and the locks often quite leaky. As it's me, myself and I, I don't fancy tempting fate. I'm pretty quick on my feet, but...
  9. I did think about heading east across the Huddersfield Narrow, but I decided I didn't fancy flirting with the risk of getting stuck on the cill of a leaky lock and watching my home sink before I can get uphill to let water down. Small point of clarification - I've never been based in London, and have no intention of ever being so 😉 I think the Leeds & Liverpool is the winning idea. I've taken a look at the winter stoppages and they shouldn't be a major problem to work around.
  10. Yes - I briefly ran my plans through Canalplan with dates to check for stoppages, but haven't been that thorough yet, still at the concept ('daydreaming') stage. At least the Leeds & Liverpool has two ends... I'm hoping someone is going to pop up and tell me just how lovely either of those options are, and how I must do such and such because there's an abundance of quite, idyllic moorings in the middle of nowhere and really pretty canal villages with really pretty architecture and really friendly locals. At the minute, I'm leaning slighty towards the Leeds & Liverpool - but only because it's nice being closer to 'home' than at any time in the past ten years. I've missed this end of the country!
  11. Let's remove that as an option then - I have no idea when work will become possible again, but when it does I suspect it will come back with a bang. I'm hoping for March, and I don't fancy having to commute to London from Lancaster for over a month if it works out like that...
  12. Ooh, bugger, that I did not know, thank you! If there's a possibility of being stuck up there once up there due to lack of crossings, that seems a bit limiting. Edit Just found and had a look at the 2020 timetable - thanks for the heads-up. No sign of a 2021 timetable - do you know roughly when passages begin again in the new year? Around spring, I presume?
  13. I'm self-employed in a London-centric industry, and am usually based somewhere north of London. I'm also a climber, northerner and massive fan of the Peak District, so just before the beginning of lockdown I realised that I would be very quiet on the work front for some time and pointed the boat north. I'm now on the Upper Peak Forest but feeling restless again. I probably need to head back south by spring next year - but I'm not sure what to do in-between. The most appealing options I think are: Head to the Lancaster Canal and spend winter up there near the Lake District and Bowland Forest, before coming back south via the Weaver and Trent & Mersey. Head on to the Leeds & Liverpool and take my time around the section around Gargrave, before heading back down the Trent and Soar at the end of winter. Explore Shropshire and the Llangollen and spend winter somewhere around there, before either heading onto the Grand Union or Oxford via the BCN. From the end of any of those, the eventual plan will be to meander on to the Kennet & Avon and in the direction of Bristol and my partner, who is moving to Torquay*. I'm not planning on doing any of this rapidly - I want to leisurely explore the area over a few months, spending 1-2 weeks on quiet moorings rather than upping sticks every other day. What would people recommend? I'm single-crewed but am young and fit, have no aversion to locks, bridges, amusing single-handing problems or other challenges. I have crew available for the obvious bits that will need crew - tidal stretches like the Ribble Link, etc. No prior experience of rivers, but I'm confident in my ability to handle a boat, reasonably astute and pretty sure I'd be alright (and there's a suitable anchor in the bow locker that's just begging to be made ready to be deployed 😉). I have a car, but I've never yet failed to find parking in a few years of trying. * - yes, I know I can't get to Torquay on the inland waterways...!
  14. 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.
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