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tehmarks last won the day on March 3

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    Vertical misadventure.

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  1. I try to mitigate this by ensuring, as far as possible, that the boat doesn't catch fire or sink 😉
  2. I have a fold-out bench extension, but it still doesn't leave much space and it also leaves you ducking under it constantly to get to the saloon, if you're cooking something a bit longer or more involved. That said, both my boats have had a fold-out bench and I think they're brilliant.
  3. I have a similar galley currently, but with a touch more bench space, and it does my nut in. There's nowhere to chop, nowhere to put pans other than on the stove, nowhere to do anything that leads up to food being cooked - only space to do the actual cooking. It's a nightmare.
  4. About the only reason that I can see for wearing clothes in bed is so you don't have to madly search for something - anything - to put on when the postman wakes you up in the morning, before he gets bored and takes your parcel back to the sorting office.
  5. I suspect it's been relisted. I'm nigh on certain (though I could be wrong, of course) that I saw it listed when I first started looking in June last year. ABNB have certainly had it for longer than three months as the copyright notice on their PDF brochure for the boat is 2019. https://www.abnb.co.uk/boat_pages/3462web/3462abnb.php?BoatID=3462
  6. One thing to note - though it's not necessarily a bad thing, but an observation from having spent the past eleven months looking mostly at tugs - it has been on the market, I'm reasonably certain, coming up to a year at least. It might suggest that there's more to it than meets the eye. It could be worth asking a few gentle questions about its history on brokerage to see whether the answers throw up any cautions. On the bright side, ABNB are a fantastic broker. I bought my current boat from them a few months ago, and I have nothing but praise.
  7. As an aside, to avoid accidental surprises ilke your wire-fumbling, the first thing I always do is disconnect the negative at the battery itself before doing anything other than minor fiddling. The very last thing is to reconnect it. Voila - no more accidentally shorting positive cables against anything bonded to the negative (ie the hull), and no need to think about which wires you need to connect first to avoid any sparking.
  8. CWDF comes through again, than you all! That would be perfect - that's exactly where I want to be in an ideal world. I'll give TW Marine a call tomorrow morning and see if they can help with contact details. I'll look into the others you've suggested - if it makes any difference to yours I'm very likely to spend more time aboard and off the mooring than living on the mooring?
  9. I don't suppose anyone is aware of any, or has any tips how to find any, offside farmer's field type moorings 'up North'? Preferably anywhere on the Macclesfield or Peak Forest, but I suspect that might be unrealistic so I'm happy looking anywhere north of Stoke. Rural and quiet would be most appreciated. No facilities needed beyond water and ideally parking/vehicle access, though a teeny bit of space 'ashore' to have maybe a small solar array and grow some herbs would be appreciated - but isn't essential. It seems that there's no good way of discovering these sorts of moorings other than happening upon them as you cruise past. As that isn't currently an option...is anyone aware if many such moorings even exist, let alone about vacancies? Have I got more chance of winning the lottery than finding one?
  10. There's a big community of boats moored on the visitor moorings by the water point, mostly older people, and the towpath is much busier all the way from town to where I am now above the lock. Where I was yesterday is much quieter; though there are still walkers and cyclists frequently coming past, it makes far more sense as a place to moor. I'm struggling to see any consequences of an extra twenty minutes boating, and I'd argue it's probably a better course of action than staying around town both for me and for my neighbours. What I'm not doing is progressing further. Heading up the flight immediately after the water point very much seems unreasonable.
  11. I really don't like how judgemental many of the population seem to have become overnight. I sat on top of a grassy hill in Stoke today reading a book - because Autoglass were replacing three of my car windows which some cretin decided to gratuitously brick. No waiting facilities, so no choice. It made for an uncomfortable few hours of being obviously judged by those out walking their dogs. The boater in the OP may well have been moving to take on water, or buy gas, or have the toilet pumped out, or anything. Later today I'm going to move up a lock to moor next to a road and residential address, to see if Royal Mail will be able to deliver a couple of important items to 'this boat, on the canal next to this house'. On Monday I'm going to motor to the water point and do my fortnightly grocery shopping at the store next to the water point while it fills. Then I'm going to motor back to where I am now, which is in the middle of rural nowhere, isolated from all and sundry. Some of us - especially those who were continuously cruising at the outset of the crisis - can't just stay in one place for the next however many months. Don't be so quick to judge.
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  13. On my old boat, the rear hatch was locked from the inside with a deadbolt through a hole in the hatch side and through the slide. The doors weren't able to e opened without lifting the hatch over them but were also locked with one of those flimsy brass bolts each into the steerer's step. I personally feel that locking from inside is the only secure sort of arrangement - it removes the ability of troublemakers to interfere directly with the lock, and only leaves them the possibility of vandalising the steelwork. My current boat has a tiny external padlock hasp - but both the doors and hatch are wooden and flimsy anyway, in addition to wooden side doors and hatch with no locking method whatsoever, and wooden bow doors with an equally flimsy hasp. It's an arrangement which desperately needs altering - thank God for the lockdown and being permanently at home?
  14. I think the police have in the midst of crisis forgotten some of the fundamental tenets of policing in the UK - those of policing by consent. I don't think anyone could successfully argue that checking people's shopping trolleys in Tesco and publicly shaming people on social media with drone footage is done with the implicit consent of society. The worry, I feel, is that this shift lingers long after coronavirus becomes a footnote in history. It's a difficult line to draw, but they lost me as soon as they drone-shamed walkers going about their legitimate exercise in the Peak District, not disobeying the letter of the law and before an official lockown was implemented.
  15. I've found boaters, alongside climbers, to be the most friendly and social community I've encountered. It's not uncommon to find that a complete stranger has gone out of their way to help you (as shown by the gentleman who donated a mooring pin to secure my boat in my absence recently), and it's not hard to start a conversation, share a beer and make friends with your new neighbours when you moor up in a new place. Granted, they may only be your neighbours for a few days or a few weeks - but the process repeats at the next mooring with new faces. It can be very communal - but the other advantage is that if you do want some time alone, there's nothing stopping you mooring in the middle of rural nowhere, away from everyone and everything. On the flip side, and especially over winter, you do still need to be somewhat comfortable in your own company because you will occasionally be isolated - physically or socially - and you will spend a lot of time by yourself if you're living aboard alone. For me personally, I love that, but it's not for everyone.
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