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Captain Pegg

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  1. Captain Pegg

    7 Day Hire From Braunston - Suggestions for Route

    If it was many years ago you did the Warwickshire Ring it could be worth doing it again. It is an excellent ring with great variety. Did you go via North Stratford or via Knowle locks last time? Perhaps do the other route this time. You could also go the other way round the ring to make it a bit different. Market Harborough would be pretty leisurely. I got to the bottom of Foxton (i.e. down the locks and back again) on a midweek hire from Stockton top. That's further than you would do in a week. However it might make sense to do Market Harborough first with the aim of combining it with a trip to Stoke Bruerne. You'll be close to base and easily able to manage your time as you see fit knowing you will be able to get back to base. If you do the Leicester Arm do take the short trip to Welford in one direction as well. JP
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    Visitor mooring on Stourbridge & Dudley canal

    I once moored opposite the Red House glass cone overnight with a hire boat and just pushed across to their moorings in the morning. I would recommend going to Hawne Basin and Stourbridge Town Basin if visiting these canals. If you ring the Bonded Warehouse they will advise if there is space at Stourbridge, I have moored there twice but there is a cost and you will probably be abreast another boat. Quite possibly a liveaboard. I think the moorings outside the Basin are pretty much always occupied by one or more boats and I have seen boats moored along the arm. I don't think it's a problem. The path along the arm is well used. Hawne Basin is technically free for a week but they are cause worthy of a donation. It also involves a trip through Gosty Hill Tunnel which is something you should do if possible. Not for those with claustrophobia or chiroptophobia though. Jon
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    Droitwich Barge Canal

    It's less daft than all the boats that can fit through the marina entrance but never do. Isn't there a very expensive GU remake in BW blue and yellow colours and a light blue cabin there? Never seen that out on the canal. I think we said hello to each other just before you left Netherwich Basin. JP
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    Droitwich Barge Canal

    When I passed Droitwich Spa marina this afternoon there was a wide beam manoeuvring onto the service pontoon. There were three people on the back deck like some folk had come along for the ride. JP
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    Spookily quiet

    I was out on the BCN last week and took a trip from Droitwich to Dunhampstead and back today, I may have passed you. I also thought it was pretty quiet for the time of year. Certainly a few boats at Brook Line that aren't on hire currently. I walked the dog up and down the Stoke flight last week and there were three or four boats heading out on a Tuesday and not many left at base. Also four or five boats on the Queens Head moorings although that may have been daytime trade for the pub. Tardebigge can be strange, it's often very quiet and I suspect a lot of hirers choose to stay above or below the flight, I spoke to one this morning who had done exactly that with a Viking boat. Of course that means winding at Stoke Prior and missing the Queens Head moorings because you can't do the Stoke and Tardebigge flights in isolation of one another (unless you like going backwards). JP
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    How many anodes?

    Most likely candidate is high levels of chloride compounds in the water. The obvious source in a marina being waste water containing cleaning products. It still requires the breakdown of the surface coating to initiate though. It's probably the best reason I can think of to black the baseplate as well as the sides. If you wanted to put some science into it I would start by analysing water samples from a representative sample of differing environments. What I wouldn't be doing is ever mentioning 'quality' of steel; whatever that means. JP
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    2.7 mm steel plate thickness

    Oh yeah. But 99% of the folk reading this will be inland waterways folk, must cater for them rather than the 1% that have been barred from YBW. JP
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    2.7 mm steel plate thickness

    You can never test absolutely every square millimetre of the hull for pits but the failure mechanism will be a small leak not anything sudden and dramatic like you imply. It will probably be noticed before anything major happens if the boat is occupied or the boat may sink in a few feet of water on it's mooring if it's unattended. Not pleasant but no-one will die and it will be insured against losses. There are far bigger risks on the average inland waterways boat than an old or thin steel hull. JP
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    2.7 mm steel plate thickness

    You can't be that precise. You only know the nominal plate thickness not the actual thickness and the applicable tolerances could put a significant level of variance into the small numbers we are dealing with here. Then factor in the accuracy of the ultrasonic test reading. If the OP wasn't worried about the boat before the survey then they should be no more worried afterwards, and probably less so. JP
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    Vandalism on the Leeds Liverpool

    I deliberated on whether I should add to my post or even delete it as I knew it would trigger a riposte. Just dealing with the issue at hand I don't believe there is any good reason why leaving the water at the lower level on the locks in question (they are not empty) should be detrimental. The folks that built them had more than a basic grasp of forces and if they had got it fundamentally wrong the impact of that would have been felt long before now and quite probably before any water was put in the canal. The reason that Victorian (and older) structures survive and still work two centuries after construction isn't so much that they were 'built to last' as the continuous maintenance that is undertaken to keep them serviceable. A lock on an abandoned canal hasn't been subject to that or indeed any formal assessment of its soundness as is undertaken on locks on the operational network. Therefore you probably would be well advised to prop the walls before working in the chamber. JP
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    Vandalism on the Leeds Liverpool

    I see no reason why leaving a lock empty should be detrimental to the integrity of the structure. Each side wall is a gravity retaining structure that must be designed to withstand the pressure of the earth on the external side while the lock chamber is completely empty. There are thousands of such structures of contemporary design in the UK which never 'benefit' from having water pressure applied to the opposite face. All locks spend prolonged periods completely empty as part of the maintenance programme. They don't routinely suffer. JP
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    Good stopping places and pubs

    Well it's a bit of a vicious circle isn't it? There are things that can be done to help though;- 1. Join the Coventry Canal Society. Give them your time and if that's difficult give them a donation toward their work. 2. Endeavour to return to contribute to the number of boats. 3. Encourage others to visit. I cruised it about a year ago and thought it pretty par for the course for an urban canal and I am very familiar both with urban canals and the neighbourhoods this particular one passes through. I had no difficulty in cruising it and I saw no obvious problems with the state of the canal. I do wonder quite what people expect of this sort of canal. It was never picturesque, you have to find interest in other ways but if you can't do that on an urban canal it's because you don't want to. Urban canals are equally part of the network as rural ones; one makes no sense without the other. Usage is key to the health of all canals. Compared to what the generation or two before ours had to do to keep these waterways open for the benefit of boaters and the local community our task is very simple. Just use them, it's our duty. JP
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    Good stopping places and pubs

    Hi Donna, Your suggested route is probably one week of pure cruising time so you will have plenty of time to take things in. As far as Coventry goes there is the Cathedral and the Motor Museum which are the obvious places to visit and both walkable from the canal basin which is close to the city centre. I am assuming you have deliberately chosen not to do the Warwickshire Ring which would involve a lock heavy second week to your holiday but would also allow visits to Birmingham, Packwood House and Warwick Castle. I suspect you may also be thinking of visiting Stratford-on-Avon which along with Warwick Castle would be the most obvious destinations from Coventry. As far as pubs go the Greyhound at Sutton Stop (officially Hawkesbury Junction) is a famous canal pub and pretty much gets universally favourable reviews. The Globe at Snarestone right at the top of the Ashby Canal is also a pub that seems to be well regarded although I can't personally recommend it because I've never been there. Your basic route just misses the Folly Inn at Napton although it's a feasible on your last evening before returning the boat. It will mean going past the hire base before turning below Napton locks and walking a short distance to the pub. Probably best to book the pubs if you wish to eat at them. There are lots of other pubs on the route of which the Barley Mow at Newbold and Lime Kilns near Hinckley on the Ashby are a couple that spring to mind. If you find you are bit short of cruising with your chosen route you have the option of continuing on up the Coventry and turning immediately before Atherstone locks. Otherwise if you think you have been short on locks take a trip up Braunston's six locks and through the tunnel, turn at Norton Junction and head back again. This will take a few hours and allow you to see the main part of Braunston from a canal perspective and visit the Admiral Nelson, another well known canalside pub. JP
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    Restaurants near Coventry

    Aha. I was being slightly tongue in cheek in respect of Coventry's likely culinary delights. I wondered if your request for restaurants near, rather than in, Coventry was done with the same thought in mind. I haven't actually lived there for 30 years although it is my hometown (if that makes sense). You can usually trust an Indian (almost always really a Bangladeshi) in the Midlands but the one I knew best is no longer there. JP
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    Restaurants near Coventry

    There's some good restaurants in Birmingham.

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