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  1. The last sentence almost seems like an invitation ... 👿
  2. From Amazon, quoted extract from Narrowbaot Dreams: Seems about right!
  3. Well it's £1960 - but I take your point. They apparently only moved there on 2 September. Given the closed / long waiting lists for residential / annual licences in Bristol, they might even be on a short term visitor mooring so have to move again soon ...
  4. Thanks - I didn't realise that True, but although I always say "No", the credit card receipt nearly always still details the VAT amount. I would still have thought it is generally in a business's interests to itemise the VAT - if only so that the buyer realises that the business isn't getting the whole payment, so the price might be more reasonable that it at first seems.
  5. Agreed. Although if a mooring provider should have been charging VAT but hasn't, it shouldn't affect boaters directly. If/when HMRC catches up with them, the provider would still have to pay the VAT - and probably the past mooring receipts would then be deemed VAT inclusive, so they would have to pay over one sixth of receipts going back some years. (Which could of course lead to bankruptcy, and some indirect disruption!) Some very small providers might not need to be VAT registered.
  6. RCR territorial limits, from their T&Cs: "All inland waterways within the borders of England, Wales and Scotland, excluding tidal estuaries (but including the tidal stretch of the River Trent from Newark to Keadby) "
  7. Safer spots might be where other boaters can spot any suspicious activity. There are sometimes a lot of boats moored between Stockton Top and Ventnor Farm marinas, so somehwhere along there might be good (although one stretch is right beside the road). If "a short while" is only a few days it might be worth asking if Kate Boats have any spare capacity on the offside or if there is space in the marina - particularly if it would be gone by their next changeover day.
  8. But it 's not difficult to get a photo of your boat somewhere on the river - that you can produce to C&RT when challenged for insufficient range
  9. Agreed but is still included in the stamp duty calculation!
  10. The hire company / boat was mentioned in the OP's previous thread.
  11. Tickets to "London International" also include tube travel across London. But I think you can only purchase them from stations, and by showing your Eurostar ticket - I have never found a way to buy them online. Tickets to "London St Pancras Interational" are just normal tickets to St Pancras (station code STP), and not the same thing as "London Inernational" (code SPX).
  12. If you run a low cost airline, then once you have paid for the purchase/lease of the aircraft, you want it to be in use every day, and to maximise the income from it. So you vary the prices according to demand: if no one is booking the price goes down until someone is prepared to pay. So in most case the flight close to full when it depart, and you have maximised the income. As with the airline, the initial purchase cost of the boat is not directly irrelevant - it has already been incurred. From then on, it makes little economic sense for hire boats to just be sitting in the yard - at any time of year. If the hire company really wanted to maximise its income, it would be flexible on price. Setting high prices for busy periods, but in slack periods reducing prices to the level that almost every boat in its fleet is booked out at all times (allowing for maintenance). As I said above, the only critieria should be to cover the marginal costs of hire (booking cost, instruction, fuel, oil, cleaning/turn-around, depreciation etc), as after that every £ is profit. If the marginal cost is £300 for a week's hire, it is better to hire out the boat for £301 for that week than leave it in the yard earning nothing. The downside is that the canals would be full of hire boats, every week of the year!
  13. Which is surely somewhat surprising? The hire companies have incurred those costs, even if the boat is not being used. Provided they cover the marginal costs of hiring (handover, fuel, cleaning, a contribution to maintenance / depreciation, etc), then any sort of hire should be better than none. Why not hire it out in the spring/autumn, even to just two people, for a substantial discount on the normal price?
  14. Not sure if I have misunderstood, but this seems to imply that the other lock crew had already left the offside gate (open) and were back on the towpath - presumably having deliberately left it open in order, in their mind, to be helpful to you. In those circumstances I really wouldn't expect them to go back around and across the top gates just to close the offside bottom gate; it would be more work for them than for you. I find it helpful if people leave (any) gates open for me when approaching a lock. And if for some reason I then decide to moor up and not go through, it is only right that I go and close the gates they left open for me.
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