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  1. Logically if you can’t do either of those you’re really going to struggle with a boat anyway. JP
  2. Yeah, but you were talking about what happens when you can’t do the drive.
  3. Did nobody tell you about Prince? Get the train.
  4. Well Custard was a particularly thick cat.
  5. You’ve simply rearranged the equation, Arthur. It would of course be difficult to displace anything other than the volume of the submerged bit. What’s important is the factor that determines how much of a vessel is submerged, and that’s the weight (and it really is the weight and not the mass in this case). For a fully submerged object the volume of the vessel is key - but the same physics still applies - since that is directly the volume of water it displaces. Should a vessel carrying a heavy cargo sink on an aqueduct designed only to carry the weight of water it can hold there could be trouble. I wasn’t being entirely flippant with my earlier comment. It’s not unforeseeable. JP
  6. They’ve played a Super Rugby season in that time but then again the Japanese franchise and the national team are very closely linked. Argentina have a similar relationship but you could argue it’s not that far removed from the set up of the Celtic nations or even New Zealand. I note that the Sunwolves won’t be in Super Rugby after next season which could lead to the conclusion they existed as part of Japan’s strategy for their home World Cup. Maybe those wingers will pitch up in the Premiership after all. Although Matsushima is a South African and has previously payed Super Rugby there. JP
  7. They already play Super Rugby, that’s a level above the Premiership. However it’s not generally as lucrative in terms of salaries but I suspect it might jeopardise their prospects with the national team to pitch up in one of Europe’s professional leagues. Plenty of good wingers in the Premiership, many of whom are at the World Cup. Some not so good ones too. Japan has a strong league structure, has had for many years. It’s probably a reason why they have overtaken the Pacific Island nations. JP
  8. Don’t know why they do that. They had 5 match points in the bag; there’s nothing to be gained by playing on. The Wales squad is devoid of one of its senior players due to a serious injury sustained by playing on needlessly at the end of an autumn international. It may ultimately affect his future career. The risk of injury is highest when tired players who have already played a full match go up against impact players who play 20 minutes from the bench. Anyway, it’s time for Japan to hopefully knock Scotland out. JP
  9. What that survey shows is that the boat has had a period of poor maintenance during it’s life. That isn’t a show stopper given the inference that the current owner has addressed the immediate issues. It may though have implications as the boat ages. As for the comment on the rudder stops if you look at the extreme right hand side of the photograph of the rear of the hull you can see where the rudder has been galled by bearing against the baseplate (it looks like a small cut has been made into the steel at the root of the upstand). There will be a corresponding eroded area on the baseplate although it’s not identifiable on the photo. It could however be on the opposite side as a result of the rudder being held hard over on one side for some reason; it’s probably a result of how it’s been moored at some stage. It’s unlikely to be significant but as it’s observable the surveyor probably felt compelled to comment. If you’re worried you really should get your own survey. JP
  10. Why do the terms have to be mutually exclusive? No reason it can’t be both. It carries water making it an aqueduct; and it carries a transport route making it a viaduct. Does ‘via’ refer to a specific mode of transport - or two - rather than just a route? I’d have thought not. More importantly though we all knew what was meant by the word Alan used. JP
  11. It’s all a bit arbitrary though isn’t it? You can cut the statistics in various ways and in any case the only ‘continuous’ locks are those in staircases. Caen Hill and Tardebigge have discrete locks that are consecutive. A flight was only really defined by the way the canal company managed the locks. Some individual locks are not considered part of a flight with those in near proximity whereas other’s are, hence distance isn’t the defining factor. Tardebigge is recognised as a flight of 30 locks yet it’s bottom lock is closer to Stoke’s top lock than it’s top own lock is to it’s second top lock - hence you’ve described it as 29 continuous locks. You’ve made your own rules up for what constitutes a flight, but that’s all anyone ever does. It’s just that some are more obvious than others. At least we’re agreed the statement was inaccurate, it wasn’t necessarily incorrect though. JP
  12. Quite. Although I suspect someone might try and claim that you can technically operate it with less winding of paddles but I’d have thought it would take longer overall and it’s certainly risky. The exception is perhaps the lower staircase at Stourport narrow locks which does not have an invert between the chambers. The lower level is of course whatever the Severn happens to be doing at that point in time and is I guess the reason the lock is different. There are days when the fall of the lower chamber is negative. I did once suggest on here that both Stourport staircases were the same - which is what I believe I was told - but I’ve since checked and the upper staircase is of conventional design. As for the Droitwich incident I can’t see that it would have been a factor even if true. JP
  13. That is a worrying incident but I don’t think it’s a comparable incident with the accident in 2016. I have seen nor heard any suggestion that the accident in 2016 had anything to do with attempting the use the staircase as a single chamber. JP
  14. Or maybe it just hasn’t spread. It’s logical that the problem when some boats get stuck but others don’t that the boat is at least partially to blame. Old locks move inward and old boats move outward. That’s just the nature of the beasts. As for the OP’s boat the responses largely make an assumption that the boat has spread and can be pulled in. However it could be an old day boat conversion or even a historic that was always on the wide side of 7’. It would be useful to know it’s provenance. JP
  15. Evidently someone must or the bridge would never have been built. Starting with the person that shot the video and all the people in the foreground since the video is shot on the south side of the river. I once lodged in Gateshead for a year and crossed the Tyne to get to work and back each day. Usually over the QE2 (Metro) bridge. That wouldn’t win any awards for aesthetics but it is at least better looking than it’s ugly namesake over the Thames. JP
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