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  1. We have a 3.5kw Dometic Travel Power onboard, i've no idea how or if it works or what to do with it?!?


    Have only ever run the washing machine once on shorepower to give it a clean and make sure it worked.

    I'd rather swap it out for a dishwasher :D but J would rather it was replaced with a cupboard.

    As we're at an impasse the washing machine remains.

  2. 42 minutes ago, springy said:

    Just been a piece in BBC news at one, approx £50 a head



    "Places, which cost £100 for two people in a tandem canoe or £55 for a solo paddler in a canoe, are limited due to the nature of the experience, and are bookable our website."


    from the (boat)horse's mouth, as it were ;) 

  3. 4 minutes ago, David Mack said:

    Something seems not right here. If canoes are to be permitted in the tunnel shouldn't they do so on the same basis as other craft, I.e. free passage, but booked in advance? Or is this the thin end of the wedge for more charges to use certain facilities, particularly those which are staffed?

    It's C&RT's own canoes you'd be using hence the charge, not just pole up on the day with your own craft, so in theory that limits it.

  4. The better half has seen this and is threatening to book it for my birthday, I asked if she meant the two seater and we'd both do it, she said no chance :D 

    Now she's threatening to book it for myself and the offspring (who since finishing her A levels last week has become a nocturnal room dweller).

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  5. Give my regards to Elland Basin, i half drowned in there doing my canoeing badge with Scouts back in the day :( 

    Also spaffed half my wages in the local hostelries when i had a summer job between college and Uni at a print finishers there :D 

  6. Surely all this OTT security will just lead miscreants into believing there's something REALLY worthwhile stealing from your boat, and rather than than deter them have the opposite effect?


    Have you considered burying your pirate booty onshore instead? Nice bit of secluded woodland, X marks the spot on a hidden map type of deal?

    You could then go full-Rambo with deadfalls, trip wires, poison arrows, tiger pits etc. Possibly even an Indiana Jones-style giant boulder to chase would-be treasure hunters ;) 

  7. On this day in 2023, about to go up Watford staircase.

    Was coming down here a couple of weeks ago and a super eager chap with a boat behind us decided to start cracking the red paddle as i started to leave the first lock in the staircase whilst the vollockie stood next to him gobsmacked, unsure what would have happened if J hadn't shouted at him to stop. Luckily a boat coming up at the bottom put some distance between us (we were going to wait at the bottom until he'd gone by) and we didn't see him again until moored at Norton Junction as he charged by to moor a few boats in front. It's just a race to some folk these days :( 




  8. Apart from right by the services, which i think are private moorings, isn't it mostly the back of industrial units you're moored next to?

    Memory may be flawed, it's been a while and we only ever stopped there for water (and left the tap adapter that i had to reverse back for to the amusement of a couple of moorers).

    I've heard a few folk praising the breakfast from the café though, so must be good.

  9. On 01/06/2024 at 23:53, Stroudwater1 said:

    how have they sealed all the portholes?

    Sorry, didn't see this. Unsure what's been used but it was black, i really wasn't paying too much attention if i'm honest :( 


    The insides between window and trim still need doing once i find a suitable caulk. At fitout with Mr Hudson it was done with Geocel 201 in Teak colour. I had some on order, but after a month of either "the chap dealing with your order is on annual leave, we'll get back to you next week" or  "we're chasing the suppliers, it'll be here tomorrow and dispatched next day" they finally admitted they'd got in touch with Geocel and that Teak was a now discontinued colour. I got a full refund, but a wasted month and no sealant.

    Unsure if we should just get some in black, or try to find a different product in Teak colour 🤷‍♂️

    5 minutes ago, Mike Todd said:

    But there are VMs opposite


    Oh, don't know the area. Still seems odd though.

  10. The craft is licensed, not the operator. As said above, as long as his insurance allows it you're fine to be the operator.

    If he has RCR cover (a little like AA/RAC etc. for boats) you may need to look into who that covers, depending on level taken out it can cover the boat for any operator or the policy holder for any vessel.


    A good starting point would be https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/boating/go-boating/a-guide-to-boating/boaters-handbook

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