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  1. We became grounded a few times, even in our Springer which copes with just about any depth of water. Grounded to the point that we had to ask for help from passing cyclists, use ropes to pull and push to free the boat. That kind of thing. We were the first boat in one year after the winter, so many of the pounds were very low, but so were the several above, so not a matter of just running down some water. The Warden was very helpful. He had to follow us around anyway to "tickle" the locks to seal them. Fascinating to watch. He raised sediment up the lock gates to fill gaps, in much the same way as the old boaters used ash.
  2. We loved both, although the Basingstoke was harder work due to the low water levels. Worth the effort though!
  3. I used to visit there every summer with my lovely Uncle who passed away this year. Very happy memories with him, and cycling it with my kids. Beautiful area!
  4. Tom Keeling is surveying my boat in August. I've been very impressed with my dealings with him so far.
  5. Yes I remember this one and thought it was Cropredy Lock, as I was moored just above it at the time, and they had lots of activity at that lock, when I arrived back the following day. Horrible for the family. I've never allowed my daughter to sit on the stern rail since then. The boat the family were on did have those little seats on the corners of the stern rail, as I was moored next to it at Braunston some weeks later.
  6. Thanks. I had a full hull survey 7 years ago, but am willing to get another to get insurance. I need to get the blacking done this year, so can get both done at the same time hopefully. My insurance with Saga isn't ending until the autumn, but I thought I'd better get a head start on the situation.
  7. I just tried Newton Crum, and they don't insure 32 year old Springers. Any one got a Springer insured who can recommend their insurers please? Mary
  8. I saw Margherita Taylor interviewing Jamal Jones Thomas from CRT at City Road Lock a week or so ago. Looking forward to it!
  9. I've cruised the Soar, once in each direction, several years apart. Absolutely loved it, no problems with mooring or water etc, but used the Pearsons book, so knew where to look. Be careful though, as the river can get high quickly in wet weather. Enjoy yourselves!
  10. I do intend to return, as I was sad to about turn!
  11. Yes, the Nene gets my vote too, although we only went as far as Irthlingborough due to time constraints. Just to see where the earthlings live...... I'll get my hat.....
  12. I agree, but would add Willowbridge in Milton Keynes. They crane out though, people can stay. We did our own blacking there. Langley Mill is great though, and Dan is helpful and friendly!!! Erewash was worth the trip too!
  13. Snap, but got further than that with our V bottom. Plus the Avon and then the Severn until we could see the bottom with all the reeds and fishes. Top of the Ashby to touch the very end.
  14. I renewed as I have a 30+ year old boat with it's original engine, I cruise all year round when allowed, and they have got me out of many spots in the past! I think they're worth it.
  15. This is exactly what we have done. Before the boat is touched, hands are sanitised. Cuts on hands etc are an entry point for Weil's disease, also known as Leptospirosis. It is found in the urine of rats and cattle, so you have to be unlucky to get water containing the urine in a cut in your skin. However, it can give flu like symptoms, but it can also kill if it attacks the organs in your body. Handling ropes, splashes of water. Hand hygiene always important when boating, covid or not!
  16. 5 minutes! Just joking, but they loved it straight away. I forgot to say, they go inside at locks, as they would be a trip hazard if not. We have a Springer, and so a wide gunnel. They can just get their front paws on it for the best view and smells. They often dash from one side to the other whilst we're underway, depending on where the ducks are.... Have fun!
  17. We have cheeky cockers. They have always been attached by keeping their leads on and tying a rope through the handles which is attached to the boat. As someone said above, the combination is only long enough to keep them within the profile of the boat. They are therefore free to move about and choose whether to be with me on the back or in their bed. Again, we've never lost one. We do have doggie life jackets, but only use them when the dog gets old and infirm as an extra precaution.
  18. As far as I understand from medical friends, they are accounted for locally, so if they expect a certain number of people in a particular health authority, then they plan for those people and not any extras.
  19. I started the survey, but as soon as I put CC it was the end with a reminder to move every 14 days.
  20. I really enjoyed the last one, so will make an effort to watch. Thanks!
  21. I have had my boat craned out and blacked at both Willowbridge and Saul, and had a good experience at both, for what it's worth.
  22. We had a great experience there recently too!
  23. I agree about the Basingstoke, but also the railway bridge at Roydon on the Stort. At Roydon there was a widebeam, beautifully painted in cream. The water level was high, and he couldn't get under the bridge, so started hacking of the roof rails. I made a comment, and he said he'd just sold it, was delivering it, and if he gave it another lick of paint, the new owner would never notice!!!!!
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