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noddyboater

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  1. I'm guessing then that the speeding boat on Wednesday moors near a winding hole next to a pub. That's usually shut.
  2. The only time I've ever paid anything like that for a stationary, it was shiny, had electric start and a box of unused spares.
  3. £1800 is exactly a grand too much!
  4. My mistake, I was half asleep. I wouldn't have thought either number was still in use.
  5. R Tinker Welding Engineer. Baytree lane, Middleton, Manchester M242EL 01827 311317 From the Inland Boat Owners Book, late 90s I'd guess. A fully fitted 45' was 36k, the next entry was SM Hudson at 38k!
  6. Used to build boats in a yard shared with G.Pikey but there was issues with steel going missing apparently.
  7. Tony Dunkley? I think he's running the Plank & Leggit at Sawley Marina, two for one family fun pub.
  8. And a cafe. And unlike most of the other properties mentioned here the inside doesn't look like it's come from the IKEA rejects bin.
  9. You're not wrong with that one. Not many of you will remember that a few years back charging points were actually installed on the Chesterfield canal for a future electric hire boat that never happened. If it did happen though it would never have been successful as dossers soon discovered the posts were permanently on! The signs said something like " Please leave moorings clear for hire boat" Yeah right.
  10. I believe that if there was already a T&M canal there and the new one was being built to shave 30 minutes off a journey time they would have felt about the same as I do.
  11. I'm certainly no green warrior myself but I can't agree that any amount of jobs created makes up for the environmental devastation.
  12. "The biggest dig" on iplayer is interesting viewing. Hundreds of archeologists exhuming 50,000 bodies from a London cemetery and a mere 6,500 from one in Birmingham. All to make space for the hs2 of course, they actually started in 2017. Every skeleton carefully removed, cleaned and recorded before reburial hopefully somewhere safe. Quite fascinating but imagine the cost involved?
  13. I managed to get stuck on the crap below Stoke a few years ago, I think I was the first boat through after the floods. Eventually I got the stern close enough to jump off, and having secured a rope to a tree went up to the control panel and started filling and emptying the lock in an attempt to flush the boat off the shoal. A bloke moored above the lock watched me fannying around between the pedestals for half an hour before announcing that his wife on the boat was a volunteer and had the keys for the control tower! Priceless.
  14. Has any dredging been done at Hazleford lock or is the new "island" still there?
  15. I'm sure many of you will have seen Martin Zero exploring various stuff from the industrial revolution on YouTube. His latest video, Canals wharehouses and tunnels from the 18th century, is probably his most interesting yet. Filmed around Castlefields Basin in Manchester he covers the route of the diverted river Medlock, the disused Hume lock (which looks like a breach waiting to happen), and the fascinating Grocers Wharehouse and tunnel. There's also plenty of black and white photographs showing various working boats to keep the rivet counters busy.
  16. I'm not saying it's a physical weight thing, but the feel of the boat is definitely different with the lump in the arse end. I'm sure plenty are put there, but it doesn't do anything for me.
  17. I don't agree with this. Having steered a few boats with traditional engines in the rear cabin it doesn't seem to work as well. They somehow don't feel as balanced and the noise however pleasant is always better after a few days several feet away. Definitely try both before buying.
  18. One of the problems with the boat yard that hasn't changed since I left is people can't be bothered to lock the gates behind them!
  19. I'm not saying things were run any better in the old days, it depended who you knew at BW! There was a posh new barge in there from day one after reopening, taking up a prominent spot that could easily take 2 narrow boats, it was 9' wide. It was there years and ended up looking a right state, it was never used. Turned out it had never had a licence or paid for the mooring, eventually got towed down to Tinsley and dumped there when there was a change in local management at BW. I realised it wasn't worth putting up with everything just so I could walk to work, after a Christmas break on the Chesterfield I swapped my mooring for one at Stockwith basin, and what a refreshing change! I did return to Sheffield years later and moored at J Wilson's Yard, at least there the thieves and scrotes were more often on the other side of the canal.
  20. 2000 to 2005, I don't believe you were in Sheffield then but I may be wrong. In those days the moorings were controlled by CRT, not someone selling boats and offering moorings as a perk.
  21. Before moving to the boat yard I used to moor on the first CRT long term, towpath side approaching the basin. The plan was always to reinstate the gate to stop scrotes wandering up at night from the gloom under the bridges but it never happened. Apart from numerous thefts from boats, cars being vandalised, drug dealing/taking and prostitution we had three dead uns - two in the water and one down the lane.
  22. As you're aware there's absolutely zero security in Sheffield basin so I had to be careful as the boat was left unattended for 12 hours a day. I sent him off on his own bike with a warning that we don't do that kind of thing around these parts, with bikes, boats, cars or anything else. Actually to say there was no security at that time wasn't strictly true, there were cameras and 24 hour guards in an office on site supposedly watching them. And patrolling every 30 minutes. Of course they did neither. I've never paid so much for a mooring and had so many sleepless nights.
  23. I was sat in the back cabin once when moored in Sheffield, about 6pm. Heard a clanging noise and felt the boat rock so I climbed out and walked up to the bow where a young man was wrestling my bike from the front deck. "What the f#$k are you doing?" I enquired, "I'm taking the bike and leaving mine as this is better " he replied, in an Eastern European accent.
  24. I remember them well! Most ended up in mangled piles on Pitsmoor street corners. What a splendid waste of tax payers money.
  25. The higher end of the market maybe, but the type stolen in urban areas from boats usually end up on the canal bed a few yards away, especially if like Lady G's they can't even be ridden. I get pestered by scum trying to sell stolen bikes where I work in Sheffield, sometimes for as little as £10. I'll often see the bike left leaning on a wall somewhere nearby when they've got bored of wheeling it around with the sales pitch "do you want a mountain bike pal? It's 500 quids worth but you can have it for 20" One of the regular shits turned up with a set of triple aluminium ladders once which I could have for £25. There was probably some poor bugger stuck on a roof up the road!
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