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Tom Morgan

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    ERAN
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    Staffs & Worcs

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  1. I agree. We see this in lots of ways in many aspects of life. People overstay just a little bit. Say, one day. It's only a small transgression, so nobody does anything about it. So lots of people do it and it becomes the (tolerated) norm. So more major transgressions become the new minor transgressions (which nobody does anything about) and people begin to overstay by a lot. Then some people clear a bit of towpath and store their belongings there. Then sheds appear. Many people don't care to police themselves any more. Those in charge ignore breaches of the little rules and get swamped later.
  2. Valid point. (Being dependent on two hearing-aids, I don't notice things like that!)
  3. I would see if you think you have time to get down to Dimmingsdale Lock Moorings. This is a little over 5 miles from Autherley Junction, and there are three locks (not counting Dimmingdale Lock as the moorings are above the lock.) Should take less than 3 hours, I would say. Further than you ask for, boatsandsteam, but the moorings have rings, and they are on the offside of the canal. It's rather remote, so very quiet.
  4. So many mistakes,there in your file, Alan! Buying overplated on the strength of a seller's survey, without a survey of their own, taking an unfamiliar boat out onto the Thames as a first trip, no lifejackets, no insurance. It was a tregedy waiting to happen and they were lucky that they all survived it.
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  6. And one other thing from someone who has had a dose of CO poisoning - trust your CO alarm and don't wonder it it might be faulty if it goes off. They simply don't go off if there isn't any CO around. CO is colourless, odourless and tasteless, so you can't detect it yourself.
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  8. I have a centre line on mine. It's a line running up from the bow cleat, up onto the roof and over the windscreen into the cockpit. I have a fairlead screwed into each handrail and can step off, drop the rope into the fairlead on whichever side I want, and tie up on lock bollards, etc. When tying up properly, the center line reverts to being the bow line.
  9. I just checked mine! 50 year-old GRP cruiser, third party insurance includes "Wreck removal costs up to £ 50,000 (if you are legally liable for these costs)" Tom
  10. Thanks, Lee! I grew up in Friar Park and went to the school shown in your second map. The canal was a bit of a playground for us, but I don't remember Friar Park Bridge at all. I now live near Hateley Heath Aqueduct, so haven't gone far. They say that nobody in the Black Country lives more than 1.5 miles from a canal but my boat's a bit further away, on the Staffs and Worcs.
  11. Here's another mystery, then! The 1914 25-inch maps shows Crankhall Lane Bridge and Friar Park Farm Bridge (beside what used to be Worley's coal wharf) but with another bridge between them! This bridge isn't there today.
  12. Tony - I'm a leisure boater and on the boat I have a 12-litre demountable tank with carrying handle, and two 5-litre plastic petrol cans. These are manageable enough for two of them to be carried full, and there are two supermarket filling stations within a 10 minute walk of the towpath. One is 7 hours cruise from the marina. The other is four hours in the opposite direction. So far, I've managed to do all my cruising within the range that these two filling stations allow. But now that my ancient outboard is being replaced with a brand new one (tomorrow) I expect to be covering greater distances and will have to be prepared to walk for longer to get petrol. I'm thinking of getting one of those lightweight, folding sack trucks.
  13. I have a GRP cruiser which I love, as it's ideal for the type of boating I do - days out on canals, with the occasional few nights away. It's 23 long which is an advantage when boating expenses like mooring and licence fees are calculated according to the length of the boat. The boat has a petrol outboard motor which is miserly in its use of fuel. This is a good thing as petrol is basically unobtainable from canal-side fuel suppliers and the amount of petrol you are allowed to carry on the boat is 30 litres only, in a maximum of two approved containers. (My home canal is about 45 miles long, and there are no canalside petrol supplies anywhere along it.) You have to plan where you're going to get fuel from filling stations/supermarkets near enough to your route to actually go and buy the petrol and carry it back to your boat. A minor inconvenience for me, but one that doesn't worry narrowboaters, with their much larger tanks which can be filled from canalside suppliers.
  14. I bet I'm not alone in having been there only once, a few years ago now. I found it really interesting, but not interesting enough to want to go again! Foxes are inviting expressions of interest in buying their boat as their new build starts soon. They describe it as "one of the most famous narrowboats in the world!"
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