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  1. You still shouldn't leave the gates open, river fed or not, they are mainly piddling small chalk streams towards the summit so not that much of a feed to keep the levels up. Also some of the gates leak badly. Rising Sun is particularly bad at the moment. If you don't close the top gates the short pound between Rising Sun and Raven's Lane is empty in no time. Don't know yet when the Trust is going to fix it.
  2. I think you'll find that Jessie is a properly licensed hire boat! Whereas most of the other ads for boats on airnb aren't so legit - see previous threads about dodgy boat rentals in London.
  3. Seconded. Great work and I've donated Edited as donation complete
  4. Mod alert to merge topics http://www.canalworld.net/forums/index.php?showtopic=69090 is the original followed by http://www.canalworld.net/forums/index.php?showtopic=69168 Do keep up at the back ;-) For the full story of how it went viral go to http://www.buzzfeed.com/alanwhite/everyones-losing-their-minds-over-this-map-of-berkhamsted-th
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  8. 3 abreast or any combination of 1 x fat boat and 1 x nb or 2 x fat boat generally bad idea. Try and tie direct to the land not to the next door boat so they are not trapped. Never moor anywhere you will cause an obstruction to the navigation. Think sight lines as well as actual width sticking out into the cut. I'm not going to go on about lock landings, tunnel waiting areas and service areas as in London they've had to paint the bollards yellow and blue respectively to prevent the common sense challenged from using them for 14 day moorings Check out http://canalrivertrust.org.uk/boating-in-london/london-boating-bulletin for more handy hints and news and also the London Boaters FB page. Oh, always worth knocking before breasting up, you never know if you've just moored against someone you don't want to moor against for all sorts of reasons starting with anti-social behaviour, rabid dogs, super loud gennies, unsilenced engine, someone who believes it's ok to burn their rubbish in their stove or the local rave boat with monster speakers and they are all zombies or vampires who come out only at night. Ok, I'll get my hat and coat now and run out to get some popcorn, ;-) D
  9. Really sorry to hear your sad news. I used to live on Ravens Lane and walked past Sam's lock every day on my way to the station when I did the commute into London. Another link with the past gone. Rest in peace Sam, finally re-united with Gladys. Debbi
  10. I'm really sorry but I don't, there were lots and lots of people from all sorts of backgrounds involved in the Save Our Waterways protest movement of 2006/07 across the whole country. I don't know if the original SOW website is still somewhere on the web as all the events were on there, often with pictures. The late and much missed Mike Steven's also had lots of reports on his website along with pictures if anyone has a lnk to that. I thought his website had been preserved somewhere but I'm not sure if it's the whole site which was very extensive, informative and great reading. Debbi
  11. One of my close friends at Uni in the same politics lectures as me always said "among the first to be strung up from a lamp post" rather than "first up against the wall". I remember him fondly and even if he was probably one of the most rabid members of Militant in Bristol. anyhow, getting back on topic, anyone bother today to go and see what was happening/disrupt the party/join the protest/whatever? From the photos on the MKnews website it certainly didn't look like more than 20 peeps, in fact probably less. Nothing like the old Save Our Waterways protest days when we got hundreds of people and a large number of boats for the very temporary blockade at Marsworth. Ricky was big too (thanks Clive and Sue and all) and lots of other places organised by lots of other people. We only moved boats at Marsworth into position for the blockade for long enough to give the press a good picture (same when we did Bulbourne) so didn't cause problems for anyone who needed to move. We all had a great time, boat banter then to the pub with live music. Happy days. Debbi
  12. It did't happen. Well done CRT, Met police, LB's Hackney & Islington and most of all local boaters and residents who love the Regents Canal. Thank you. PS The cygnets, young coots, moorhens and ducklings also very glad to be alive. Much love and peace. https://twitter.com/MPSHackney?original_referer=http%3A%2F%2Fdebeauvoircouncillors.blogspot.com%2F2014%2F05%2Fcanalival-2014.html&tw_i=471267145427738624&tw_p=tweetembed Debbi If you want to know why it was such a big issue check out Ytube Canalival 2013 and other similar links.
  13. It never was a rubbish barge, I believe it belonged to the gravel people and I heard that they got really fed up with people dumping their rubbish in it. It got so full it nearly sank a few times. That would have caused a major problem with rubbish in the canal. If you see a work boat/open hopper, don't assume it's there for you to dump your rubbish in it. You should only get rid of your rubbish at proper rubbish disposal points and if it's not domestic rubbish you do need to find a way of getting it to an authorised tip. Debbi
  14. If the location of the boat whilst on brokerage is a licence required area (lots of marinas are) then the answer is yes unless it is on trade plates or removed from the water. On other hand it might be one of those odd places like Whilton where you don't need a licence whilst in the marina. Check first and if you are not sure call CRT on 03030 404040 Debbi
  15. I would direct that question to one of the Trust's Trade Team managers. Their contact details are available on the Trust's website business boating pages. The company I was thinking of in my original post was the one operated by "john the duck" who used to post on here some year's ago. You'll find more snippits on the Granny Buttons blog. Debbi
  16. Sunday 27th & Monday 28th April in Berkhamsted - Friends of the Rising Sun and Lock 55 Grand Union Canal Timings still to be finalised but likely to be 10am - 2pm on Sunday and 3 - 7pm on Monday. Sunday involves a litter pick from the pub down to Bank Mill Bridge along with some light vegetation management and prepping the lock gates and furniture for painting and hopefully painting the offside bollards and some of the lock furniture and gates. Monday will be finishining off painting including the towpath side gates and furniture. I don't see why we can't plant wild flower seeds in the verges too below the lock too but I'll check with the Trust first. All welcome. Senisible clothing that you don't find getting dirty or getting covered in paint advised. Gloves and small gardening hand tools such as hand forks, trowels and secatures a good idea for gardening type tasks.
  17. Be very careful and use the search facility on this site. If you are in London on CRT run waters the following applies to all boats used for residential lettings. Residential LettingThese are boats let out for long term residential use. In order to let a boat out for long term residential use the boat must be on a mooring that has consent for residential use. Key ConsiderationsIn addition to a home mooring with planning consent for residential use, you will need to demonstrate that you have the right to access facilities such as fresh water, sewage disposal, rubbish disposal and fuel. If you are on a secure mooring site where access to the site is via a code or key system, you must provide evidence that the other moorers on the site are happy for you to offer the boat for residential letting. RegulationsYou will need: a commercial insurance policy giving third party and public liability cover for tenants. a Non-private boat safety scheme certificate. a full handover document clearly describing how to operate the boat and all of the equipment on board safely. This must include a 24 hour emergency call out service. A copy of the regulations that apply to each sector can be found here Insurance You will need a commercial insurance policy that provides third party and public liability cover to a value of £2m. Boat LicenceResidential boats will require a Business Licence. A price list can be found here Other regulations Other regulations may apply to your business. For example, boats let out for hire must have a Gas Safe Certificate. Please read our General Guidance section and make your own independent enquiries to ensure that you understand and comply with all the regulations relevant to your proposed operation. Please submit an Operating Proposal if you wish to set up a new residential let. Also read this Renting a boat to live on, or hiring out your own boatHaving a boat as a home is an increasingly popular choice for some people, creating tempting opportunities for owners to offset costs. Our important message to both groups is to do careful homework first. Renting out a boat isn’t just a simple matter of agreeing the terms and showing your tenant around the boat. There are important legal and safety issues involved that, if they’ve been ignored, could land you and/or the tenant in real difficulties, even ending in tragedy. First of all, as a landlord, you have a duty of care to the tenant. Regardless of any written or verbal agreement, if the boat catches fire, or the tenant dies of carbon monoxide poisoning, it’ll be the owner or licence holder in the Coroner’s Court Dock. If you can’t demonstrate that you’ve met all the legal requirements, including having the right type of boat safety certification (the requirements are higher for rented out boats) and proof that you’ve gone through the handover procedure correctly, you may end up with a serious criminal conviction. If you’re thinking of letting out your boat for any reason at all, you need to talk to The Trust's business boating team who’ll help you get to grips with the requirements to ensure your boat is safe and your tenant is protected. If you’re thinking of renting a boat to live on (or for any other purpose) make sure you do your research thoroughly before you start. The Residential Boat Owners’ Association (rboa.org.uk) is a great place to begin – they have chapter and verse on all the cons as well as the pros of living afloat. If you go to inspect a possible boat, make sure that it’s displaying a valid navigation authority licence – for boats on Canal & River Trust waterways, a square licence should be in the window facing outwards that clearly says ‘Business Licence’. If you have any doubts, drop an email to our customer services team at customer.services@canalrivertrust.org.uk (tel. 03030 404040) with the boat’s name and index number, explain that you’re thinking of renting the boat and ask them to confirm that it has the right kind of licence. Check that, if the boat has a home mooring, the owner of the mooring site has granted consent for the boat to be lived on by someone different. There have been quite a few people in London who've ended up having very very bad experiences by renting "unofficially". I'm sure Lady Muck will be along shortly to share some tales of woe and I'm not going to say anything further about a cetain "company" that tried to do unofficial renting in London not that long ago. Debbi
  18. I think you will find that the moorings at Perivale at Horsenden Hill aren't CRT moorings at all which is why they never come up on the auction list. Thanks for sharing your trip :-) Debbi
  19. No, it was a 50HP Perkins. I know as I used to skipper that boat. I loved that little boat to bits. Best bit of working for BW that was. Debbi
  20. Sorry, I couldn't resist and rose to take the bait. http://canalrivertrust.org.uk/boating/mooring Debbi
  21. No I don't think it is but just a bit further south by the road bridge near the Swan and Bottle there is a winding hole by the office block just north of the road bridge. HTH Debbi
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  23. Really interesting to see this. Thanks so much for sharing. Through work I got to know Robin, Raven and Eagle, sadly in not looking their best, the first two having sunk after quite a few years neglect. As far as I know neither Raven or Robin exist any more but Eagle was sold for restoration to a private owner. Debbi
  24. Yep, fitted the side grate inserts like you (cheeks) and they work fine. Can't remember now if it was the baffle plate or flue hood, will have to have another read. It does say in the manual you can burn smokeless fuels but it then goes on to say somewhere that it's not recommended and something to do with English regs (possibly to do with air pollution or smokeless zones? I'll have to have read of the green insert to the manual again). Also the guarantee is not valid if burn anything other than wood and also not valid unless fitted by a Morso approved installer! We've got the 4130 model with the airwash that only seems to work to keep the glass door clear if you burn wood. :-)
  25. We recently replaced our old Squirrel with a new one. The new Squirrel seems to be a much lower spec that the old one (which was 27 years old!) and we were suprised to read in the offical Morso bumpf that Squirrel's are intended only for use with wood and that in the UK only wood should be used. Also if using a short flue (as on most boats) the baffle plate must be removed. We've got a back boiler so the baffle plate had to be removed anyhow. We also bought some "cheeks" as this means the bottom grate is more protected from burning out and the air flow is improved as we generally only burn Taybright. Over the years this has become our preferred fuel as it is easy to control and on our old stove we could keep the fire in for up to 36 hrs without too much trouble. Still getting used to the new stove but hopefully we'll have it sussed soon. We are also considering getting some logs for early evening and weekend burning. Debbi
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