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  1. Cheese

    Horse boating

    For Iona, see: http://www.horseboat.org.uk/
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    Really don't know what to say

    If a paddleboard tips you are likely to go into the water down either directly beneath or adjacent to the board. So if keeping to the middle of the canal it isn't that likely you would be thrown over the edge. Ray T's photo, with the possibility of the rudder catching on something, looks far more dangerous - perhaps C&RT should have a campaign to deter boaters from acting inappropriately?
  3. Cheese

    How to value a boat...?

    For the interior fit-out there are two elements. Original quality of build, fittings etc, and how well they have been maintained - so how soon you may have to replace / repair parts (and that includes technical parts, such as batteries). And a more subjective "design" element, which depends a lot on how well it will fit someone's intended lifestyle. Some people will happily pay more for say, an awkward / inaccessible engine bay if it gives more living space - because they plan to sit in a marina all year and rarely move. With two of you, and fully intending to cruise around the network, you may be prepared to pay more for something that works better for that purpose, e.g. the ease of delivering the steerer a cup of tea!
  4. Cheese

    Lack of platforms at locks

    I think the lesson to be learned from here is that there is no "one size fits all" policy. Some boaters, such as hire boaters and MtB, relish the challenge of operating locks, and don't want any help. Others, perhaps working single-handed through a flight, would be happy to have some knowledgeable assistance, perhaps particularly setting in advance or closing up afterwards. The worst sort of volunteers, whether CRT trained or not, are those who just do stuff without asking. The best are those who offer assistance, making it clear at outset that they will always be looking at the boater and working to their command, but who are equally happy to step back if that offer is declined.
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    Lack of platforms at locks

    "A small consideration" might mean you are getting into more risky territory, as it is possibly creating a form of contract, and if anything goes wrong some liability on you. If you are just setting the lock before his arrival, and doing nothing when his boat is in the lock, then the risk is probably minimal. But if you are operating the lock with the trip boat in it, in exchange for money, you really ought to get some insurance. Unless you can afford to lose a few million (or even tens of millions if there are lots of passengers).
  6. Cheese

    Continuous Cruising in Reading/Oxford

    24 hours-a-day traffic from a near-motorway almost overhead. No thanks.
  7. Agreed your way was fairer. But if we want C&RT to maximise their available income in order to maintain the rest of the network, then ultimately such a premium licence, or similar, may be the way to go. If people want to treat certain canals effectively as a housing resource, then with a limited supply and an excess demand for space why shouldn't mooring / licencing work in the same way as house prices?
  8. Cheese

    Barnton Tunnel

    Are you sure that the boat that went in front of you had it's tunnel light on?
  9. Cheese

    District enforcement mooring fine Reading

    Regrettably I think that may be understandable, given the 'shanty town' developing on the river in that area. Slumboat etc owners have ignored previous requests / court orders, so EA and riparian owners are having to use DE and similar to have any effect.
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    Its never where you expect

    Unfortunately perhaps more likely to be an issue with a share-boat, particularly if it has many owners. Even locals to it's usual mooring, who 'know' the boat, may get so used to seeing many different people on board that they don't think twice about someone they haven't seen before.
  11. Cheese

    District enforcement mooring fine Reading

    My guess would be that Reading doesn't want anyone to continuously moor anywhere in their patch. Which DE currently seem to be having some success in achieving, even if by a slightly aggressive approach. Perhaps once Reading are satisfied that the CMs have moved off permanently they will cautiously reopen some areas to short-term or 24/48-hour moorings, retaining DE to deal with anyone who overstays. This is what we ought to push for.
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    Basingstoke canal Stoppage

    Think the stoppage will be from lock 12, by the A322 bridge. You should be able to wind at Brookwood Lye about half a mile short of this, just after the A324 bridge.
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    Wot about 12 ?
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    Only if you were working on a different calendar to the rest of us !
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