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Captain Pegg

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Captain Pegg last won the day on May 25 2019

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  1. They didn’t have time to stop the boat to get off and a portable ladder or gangplank would be way too dangerous in any case. There is a British Transport Film that shows an ex-GU motor and butty pair being worked double handed (i.e. one person on each boat) where the steerer of the motor aligns it into one side of the lock - a wide one on the GU - and shins up the bottom gate via the cabin slide as the boat enters the lock. Working boats were not braked to a stand before the steerer got off. They stayed in forward gear and a combination of drawing a top paddle and impact of the boat on the cill stops it. This seems to excite commenters on YouTube videos recreating such practices but such folk often fail to think about how unpowered boats (constituting by far the majority of working boats through history) were worked. The alternative is to step off immediately below the lock and head up the steps, which I suspect is what the butty steerer in that film does, while taking a line with them to strap the boat to a stand. Of course you can’t stop a horse boat or butty unless you’ve first alighted from it. Many single handers - myself included - prefer to avoid the use of lock ladders wherever practical. Their purpose is not as an aid to boaters. JP
  2. There are similar issues here to those I have encountered with my own boat so some points to note: It appears that the original structural timber cabin was removed in favour of a full steel cabin rather than it being skimmed in steel with the timber remaining in situ. It states the supporting mahogany beams for the original cabin have been retained for aesthetic rather than structural purposes. It’s unclear as to whether the new baseplate is a replacement for the original or whether it is overplated. The former would be very unusual on a pleasure boat since it would need the cabin fit out to be gutted but looking at the photos it’s possible this was the case. If it was overplated then it’s almost certain the lower hull sides are also overplated. I won’t advocate not buying an overplated boat since I’ve got one but do get your surveyor to thoroughly inspect it and confirm the overplating has been done properly (or if indeed it was a new baseplate to which some of the same issues probably still apply). I think it’s debatable that the instantaneous water heater will deliver enough hot water at sufficient pressure to that shower to the satisfaction of the whole family. A calorifier would be a good addition. JP
  3. The risk was theirs and they didn’t seem concerned. Originally they were behind as they caught us up at Fradley but were struggling to maintain steerage through Alrewas so I let them pass and they chose to enter the next locks first. I held my boat on a line to ensure it stayed clear of the cill and of their boat before stepping back on board to drive out of the lock.
  4. Like I say I don’t think there’s any convention or particular logic to names of inland waterways. There’s too many evident variances. You referenced the BCN yourself. Anyway it’s a bit of a red herring in relatIon to the topic which was kind of the point of my initial post on this thread.
  5. It doesn’t hold. I technically moor my boat on the Droitwich Canal Navigation as that is how it was titled in the enabling act. My guess would be it was to deliberately distinguish it from the river navigation which it joined.
  6. The 1794 Act of Parliament to authorise a navigation between the already existing River Kennet navigation between Reading and Newbury and the River Avon navigation between Bristol and Bath was titled the Kennet and Avon Canal Act. I don’t know whether it also covered additional works on the earlier sections but like many other navigations there are both legal names and names in common usage. There are no absolute conventions in naming modern day canals. We shouldn’t get too precious about it. JP
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  8. The choice may be limited by where there a suitable boat available but given you state it will be Grand Union I would concur with the recommendations for the section between Linslade and Braunston from either Wyvern or Union Canal Cruisers and make Stoke Bruerne/Blisworth the minimum aim. There are though others such as ABC at Gayton or even Market Harborough who offer a different type of boat to the above and are pretty accessible from Norfolk. JP
  9. Sounds a bit like KEW. A big blue thing with a cabin made out of egg boxes?
  10. That first one sounds like Rob and my encounter with the NBT at Ryders Green four years ago.
  11. It was you that decided to go the long way round last time and remember what happened? 😂😂 Sometimes it’s better the devil you know.
  12. To be fair even Challenge regulars can’t necessarily be described as keen on the Walsall. ‘Willing’ is a good enough criterion.
  13. The rear deck itself would never be big enough to be able to swing the tiller through it’s full arc on a trad but it must always be possible if standing on the step. Otherwise you wouldn’t be able to steer it at all. The problem only arises on trads when the steerer steps back from the step. In reality it shouldn’t be much different but of course if you aren’t on the step you have far fewer options for avoiding a swinging tiller on a trad than a cruiser stern.
  14. To be fair Rob to complete that lot inside a single calendar day you’d have to set off before the Challenge’s official 0800 start time. You’d do well to complete it in 18 hours and that’s with crew. I believe you. I think. 😂😂😂
  15. Did you single hand that lot? That’s quite a task for your first trip. I’m not sure I’d ever choose to single hand Walsall rather than go the long way round. Point of order, Walsall Town Wharf is the original terminus of the Walsall Canal. The Walsall Junction Canal is the bit through the locks which joins the original Walsall Canal to what was a branch of the Wyrley & Essington at the wharf above the locks. But you did correctly identify that the canal above Ryders Green locks is the Wednesbury and not the Walsall. Great to hear of a new boater (or at least new boat owner) getting to grips with the nether reaches of the BCN. Well done. JP
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