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  1. Captain Pegg


    It's zinc, not magnesium.
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    An anode 'dissolving' is a self fulfilling inevitability irrespective of whether it is protecting against any other form of galvanic corrosion. That's because by fitting one you have created a galvanic cell that otherwise doesn't exist and therefore you will get depletion of the more reactive metal (the anode) to the less reactive metal (usually the steel hull or in your case the zinc in the coating system). That's galvanic corrosion and that's what you fit the anode to do - but normally to override the reaction between the steel of your hull with a less reactive metal (such as your bronze propellor) that would otherwise occur. The anode will also react with any steel piling you moor up against, galvanised or otherwise. Having thought about it a bit more it's illogical to fit a magnesium anode over a zinc coating if you genuinely believe that zinc is the right material for the job. JP
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    There's no compelling scientific reason to fit anodes to a canal boat at all, nonetheless it's standard practice. Anodes on canal boats are magnesium rather than zinc because canal water is a poor electrolyte so the additional reactivity of magnesium is required to create an effective galvanic cell. Your zinc coating will act in a similar way but be less effective than a magnesium anode. Since the only place that true galvanic corrosion can occur in isolation on a canal boat is around the propellor then I would still suggest you fit magnesium anodes toward the rear of the swim. JP
  4. The Severn will still be on winter opening hours that week. They are 0800-1600 Thurs - Mon and booking ahead is required. Assuming you are hiring from Starline in the upper basin that means you would have to leave the hire base, traverse the two staircases down to the river, and then get through Lincomb and Holt Fleet locks before 1600 on the first day and moor up at Hawford. I don't think that's realistically possible and the Staffs & Worcs is your only option. That's not a problem since the southern Staffs & Worcs is a beautiful stretch of canal. Even with relatively relaxed cruising you should be able to do something like;- 1st night - Wolverley (Lock inn) 2nd night - Swindon (pubs in village) or below Bumblehole lock (Round Oak) 3rd night - Greensforge (Navigation Inn) having turned somewhere above Bratch locks 4th night - Stourport above York St lock near Black Star pub and Namaste indian restaurant (book ahead!) JP
  5. Is it the last week in March? Before then may be difficult for using the Severn because of restricted opening hours and days.
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    Vacation: Kid's Safety Question

    If you start from Rugby you will have to pass through Warwick to get to the Avon Ring. A hire of three weeks gives you the time to combine the Avon and Warwickshire Rings. Your itinerary would be Rugby - Braunston - Napton - Warwick - Lapworth - Stratford - Evesham - Tewkesbury - Worcester - King's Norton - Birmingham - Fazeley Jn - Hawkesbury Jn (Coventry) - Rugby. From King's Norton you will otherwise have to head back to Lapworth and retrace your steps. Note that although the canal crosses the River Avon in both Rugby and Warwick there is no connection. The Avon is only effectively navigable below Stratford for your purposes. I see no reason why you should change your plans to just canals if you particularly wish to do the Avon rather than just any canal holiday. JP
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    avon /severn

    Ah yes, flat out wasn't the best description on my part. One reason why you don't necessarily need higher revs on a river. I find with the bigger channel, broader horizons and effects of flow it isn't necessarily obvious how fast you are moving over the ground until you enter a lock cut. JP
  8. Captain Pegg

    Atherstone top lock mooring.

    Long line of good moorings above the top lock. They stretch all the way between the first two bridges above the locks. I can't imagine they will be full in February. I have moored twice on them during the day recently. Moorings five locks down are closer to town and station but are close to road and railway. There isn't that much in the distance from town either. The lower moorings weren't full when I moored there in October half term week last. JP That's a long walk back to town. On the subject of rumours of vandalism that would rule out mooring on the entire BCN. I wouldn't be too concerned with mooring on either of the official moorings at Atherstone and certainly not if I was staying on the boat. JP
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    Must eat (and drink) pubs on the Stourport ring

    I suspect you are thinking of the Round Oak below Bumblehole lock. I stopped there once with the extended family while on a hire trip (Stourport ring with extension from Stourton up to the winding hole below the Bratch). It was the best stop of the trip despite the fact it's a standard Marston's offering which you wouldn't go out of your way to recommend. It just goes to show that the recipe for a good stopping place is more complex than the style of pub or the absolute quality of food and drink. It has a lot to do with the company, getting a good spot and the frame of mind you arrive in. Note that most of the latter suggestions including this, the Bell at Trysull and the facilities on offer at Compton are probably not on the route that will be taken. JP
  10. Captain Pegg

    avon /severn

    The straight answer is 'yes'. How often on a canal do you cruise flat out for more than a mile without winding back? You naturally take the engine revs down regularly for things like moored boats, bridges, locks and blind bends. On a river - and certainly on the Severn as asked by the OP - without deliberately reducing revs you will run the engine longer at full cruising speed than you ever do on a canal. Roland's experience certainly makes sense to me based on what I find and my engine is water cooled. JP
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    Must eat (and drink) pubs on the Stourport ring

    I can't say I have ever picked up that the folk of Droitwich collectively don't rate the Gardener's Arms, although I am aware it's not a universal favourite. It had a resurgence 10 or more years ago when it started focussing on food. It would probably have died otherwise. I assume it's location is a throwback to when Vines Park was a salt works as it's a bit of a strange place to find the sort of pub it aspires to be. Before that the Old Cock was the most popular for eating and I actually had my first date with my now wife in there but that was 20 years ago. It went downhill in the 2000s after a change of landlord or two. There does appear to be a revolving door for proprietors in Droitwich. I seem to recall that the guys who run - or ran - Portofino, the Italian restaurant in town, once had the Gardeners Arms or the Old Cock or maybe even both. JP
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  13. You've ground to halt on the homeward stretch and that's despite being a day short (10 nights not days). Diglis to Alvechurch is 12 hours cruising for a good crew. That's why I'd go the other way; coupled with the fact the OP has stated a preference to do the locks first. JP
  14. So, as promised, whether you like or not, or can be ars*d to read it, here is a plan for 10 nights of Stourport Ring with added detractions;- Day 1 - Alvechurch to Tardebigge Visitor Moorings as discussed at length already. Day 2 - Head down Tardebigge locks. Have break at Queen's Head then continue down Stoke locks, take on water at Stoke Works then moor up. Visit Boat & Railway. If particularly hot or wet you may just want to stop at Queen's Head or five locks further down at Stoke Wharf for the Navigation Inn. Day 3 - Continue on through Astwood locks in the morning and moor up immediately below bottom lock. Walk across footpath from bottom lock to Hanbury Hall. Visit the house if you wish but you can just admire the outside and the walk around gardens and have a tea or coffee or maybe lunch in the tea room. Continue on to Worcester in the afternoon. There are moorings above lock 3 and between locks 3 and 2 but you may have to spread out to find the gaps. Water point is also between locks 3 and 2. You will definitely find space on the river. There is a small charge for mooring on the river. You can fill with water at the end of the morning between locks 3 and 2. The two locks down onto the river are broad and will take two boats at a time. Alternatively forget Hanbury Hall and take a look at Worcester when you get there. Day 4 - Head up the river and lock up through Stourport basins to moorings above York Street lock. Depending on where in Worcester you start it should be mid to late afternoon by the time you get there and have cleared the five locks onto the canal which can be a bottleneck. It's a picturesque spot though so not a problem if it's busy. Keep going if you can't immediately find moorings. The canal winds it way through the town and there will be somewhere to tie up. Day 5 - Cruise up to Kidderminster early on and moor above Town lock by Sainsbury's supermarket. Walk to Severn Valley Railway and have a trip on a steam train. You can spend hours here. Some would say it's the best of its kind. Later on cruise up to Wolverley and eat at the Lock Inn. Day 6 - Head on to Kinver the next morning. This is one of the most scenic parts of the canal network winding it's way along and occasionally through a ridge of sandstone. Moor at Kinver visitor moorings and walk up through the village to Kinver Rock Houses. These are houses cut into the sandstone. Take lunch there or in the village. In the afternoon continue up to Stourton Junction and onto the Stourbridge Canal up a flight of four locks. Either moor at Stourton (no pub) or continue to the Stourbridge Arm and moor in Stourbridge itself. Day 7 - A day of locking up to Merry Hill or Netherton. There are 16 locks at Stourbridge and 8 at Delph which are quite a sight from below. The Vine/Bull & Bladder is closest to Delph bottom lock but you will be too early there for overnight so carry on up the flight then either moor at Merry Hill and walk to the Vine (no food but superb beer) or carry on to Windmill End from where you can walk to the Old Swan at Netherton which is perhaps the most traditional pub you will find on the route. It brews it's own beer and has a dining room. Day 8 - Through Netherton tunnel and on to the Black Country Museum. There are moorings right outside but not all of you may find spaces, that doesn't matter as it's fine to moor just the other side of the last bridge on the approach. You will sense that you have arrived somewhere different even from the outside and it's a great place to moor overnight. Even if you can't all initially moor up right outside you might be able to shuffle in later. The museum is a recreation of the Black Country of a century and more ago spread across many acres with working buses and trams, a beam engine, houses, shops, school, canal wharf, mine, and most importantly the fish and chip shop and pub. On the opposite side of the canal to the museum is the Dudley Canal Trust visitor centre. They run trips into the Dudley Tunnel which is an old canal tunnel - now bypassed by Netherton tunnel for powered boats - with a connected network of caverns that were mined along which the trip takes you. You could do both the museum and tunnel in one day or leave the tunnel trip until the next morning. Maybe eat aboard for a change. Alternatively you could brave Tipton of an evening. Day 9 - It's half a day from the museum to Birmingham direct along the Old Main Line so depending on when you set off you could take a detour via some of the lock flights that link the levels of the Birmingham canal - Brades, Spon Lane and Smethwick - to add some interest on the trip into Birmingham. Moor up when you arrive in central Birmingham. The canals are the central feature of that part of the city. It's a short walk to the city centre but there's actually plenty centred around the canal. If you haven't had your fill of heritage visit the back to back houses or maybe just go shopping. Day 10 - When you've seen enough of Birmingham (hard to imagine I know ) do the last leg of the trip of 3 or 4 hours either to Hopwood or perhaps back to Alvechurch where you can moor opposite the marina and walk round to the Weighbridge. If you want to do more boating on this day maybe take in a few miles of the Stratford canal or head on past Alvechurch and turn at Tardebigge. Alvechurch to Tardebigge is a lovely stretch worth doing again. Day 11 - Return the boats The best thing about buying a boat is that you never have to do this again. JP

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