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  1. I'm looking for a reputable company to install a Morso Squirrel in my NB please. I'm prepared to travel but would ideally like one within about 40 miles radius of Fradley Junction or anywhere on or near to the Trent & Mersey, Shroppie, or Bridgewater canals (my chosen cruising route this summer depending on stoppages). The boat already has the roof chimney collar and the appropriately tiled wall surround, so I need a hearth installed to mount it on and a flue up to the roof. If any of you can recommend a reputable and reasonably priced person or company I'd be very
  2. Me too. Their chimneys are very good quality and they can be made to measure if you give them your dimensions. Or if you want to visit them they usually moor on the Coventry canal in various places between the Ashby Canal junction and Fradley. https://www.facebook.com/littlechimneycompany/
  3. We did the trip from Manchester to Ellesmere Port Boat Museum in our 62ft Nb in 2019 without navigation lights. The surveyor said they are only required when travelling in darkness or poor visibility. I think the Peel Ports Induction Pack terms say this too.
  4. It was £30 to get through Pomona Lock in July 2019 when we did it so I guess it wouldn't be much more than that now.
  5. I have a Nextbase dash cam in the car which I take with us when we go away on the boat. I mount it on the glass window of the cratch and it has a very long lead which easily reaches the 12v TV socket in the saloon. The main reason I use it is to extract clips of various parts of the journey to save, but it could be useful as evidence in the event of a collision from the front I suppose.
  6. Thanks for the replies and it makes sense now. Being a continuous cruiser it doesn't affect me, and when I use the canalside CRT taps I try to be as vigilant as possible regarding contamination, and particularly so since Covid.
  7. The main reason I started this thread was because of the the potential contamination caused by the sharing of hosepipes, and to a lesser extent the hassle factor. I cannot understand why marina dwellers have to do this when it wouldn't take much for the marina's to insulate the taps especially with the revenue they get from boaters. I'm alright because I fill up from CRT's taps along the way, but I always wipe the tap spout and since Covid I disinfect the tap handle. A little obsessive of me probably.
  8. When I asked last year, the charge for a pilot between Portishead and Bristol was about £140. Whether my insurers required it or not I would have one for the reasons mrsmelly says.
  9. I gather that some marina's disable most of the pontoon taps during the winter so they don't freeze up, and just leave a few insulated ones working. This means a lot of moorers have to join up each others hoses in order to reach a tap. Is this common practice? Given the fact that marina dwellers have to pay such high mooring fees I was shocked to hear this, and I was wondering if this common practice amongst marinas?
  10. A couple of years ago we were in a well known reputable marina having some work done. We watched them pull a narrowboat out for blacking on the Sunday and spoke to the liveaboard owners who were just leaving to stay 5 nights in a hotel until the boat was ready the following Saturday. At 8am the next day (Monday) the hull was jet washed, they applied the first coat of blacking a couple of hours later, and the second coat at about 4pm. First thing the next morning (Tuesday) it was back in the water and the next boat was pulled out to be done. I was shocked, as prior to se
  11. Thanks for your answers to my question about the Mersey Pilot. I have spoken to Stuart Wood and he has retired from his full time job but is still offering the piloting service for leisure boaters. His email address is stuart.wood@danieladamson.co.uk
  12. I'm planning (hoping) to do the Mersey from Liverpool to Ellesmere Port this year. I want to do it with a pilot but I'm having difficulty finding one. Yesterday I phoned the Pilotage number that was on the Peel Ports Mersey Crossing PDF and was passed from person to person before finally being told that Stuart Wood was the only pilot they knew of who would accompany leisure boats. They didn't have a phone number for him and thought he had now retired but said that 'he might be persuaded'. I then tried Trevor at Eastham Control who I'd found very helpful when I did the MSC in 2019 but he didn't
  13. I had a similar experience. There was a couple of days work needed on my boat but I was in there for two weeks purely because they were trying to fit my work in with all their other stuff so kept popping and doing a bit and then disappearing.
  14. I am having the same issues as the OP (Steve). I've been trying for 3 weeks to get hold of a local 'boat engineer' and none of my phone messages or emails are being answered. I've used him for a few years now and I've never haggled over prices and always pay him straight away. It's the same with a boat electrician I use. They're obviously so busy they aren't bothered about getting the work, but there's no excuse for not getting back to people. I was a sole trader for years and was very busy most of the time, but I always had the courtesy to return people's messages even if it mean
  15. 😛 I wouldn't like to be a moorer there.
  16. Be careful if you ever call in there. I had a pump out there recently and noticed how poorly maintained the entrance from the canal is. The edges had previously been protected by black recycled plastic batons but most of them had fallen off, leaving bolts sticking out a few inches on each side of the narrow entrance. Thankfully I managed to avoid them but even the most experienced of boaters might not always manage to, especially if it's windy. It wouldn't be much of a job to re-instate the batons or even just remove the protruding bolts, but I was told it had been like that for y
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  18. We've been considering the Nene and the Levels this year, but might leave it for now because if finding moorings can be a problem normally, it will probably be even worse this year because of the expected increase in people going boating rather than holidaying abroad.
  19. Venice has far more canals than Birmingham, but Birmingham has more miles of canal than Venice 😉
  20. I wanted to do the Thames Tideway this year but with these ongoing issues at Hammersmith I think it will be too much of a hassle to bother. I have enough of a problem getting my head round the tide times without this to contend with as well
  21. Are you using Paypal? If so then please be aware that I was nearly scammed in this way when I sold a van a few years ago. Hopefully they have tightened up on it by now so that it doesn't happen these days, but it would be prudent to check. If you are not then my experience might at least be useful to any others who are selling a large item this way. I advertised the van on Autotrader and after no interest for a few days, I suddenly had an enquiry by email which quickly turned into a sale. The buyer said he wasn't able to come and look at the van because he was houseboun
  22. I never bother reading them because I will never be able to afford those eye watering prices. I'm perfectly happy with my 20 year old boat and don't want to read about something I might be missing out on.
  23. In answer to one of the original questions - Now we live on a boat (for the last 8 years) I do miss looking forward to our hire boat holidays or one of our 4 weeks a year with a shared boat, but this is more than made up for by the fact that we can spontaneously just untie the ropes and go cruising whenever we fancy. We decided to buy a 20 year old boat which enabled us to keep the house and rent it out, which in turn enabled us to retire a few years early. We much prefer living on a boat to in a house and we make use of it by travelling extensively for 5+ months a year. A win win situation.
  24. These errors began after the previous editor Nick Wall retired a few years ago and they didn't replace him. Many of the mistakes are so basic, and not confined to spelling or grammatical errors. For example, a frequent occurrence is photos where they have forgotten to write the caption, and instead reads xxxxxx. You don't need a thorough proof read to spot that surely!!! Other than that I think it's generally a good read, but I prefer WW. Both are prone to duplicating stuff over a period of time though, but as somebody else said, there's only so much one can write about. Despite
  25. Perhaps it's because it's a SSSI area that they aren't allowed to dump the silt next to the canal? The silt may only be slightly contaminated, probably from a build up of diesel and oil from boats, but at a level which in other non SSSI areas would be acceptable being spread on adjacent fields. I'm guessing that the level of contamination was worse that they'd anticipated.
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