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  1. Cowley has a bridge just above the lock, so these pictures must be elsewhere. The photo I posted is a mish mash of periods, but the cottages and the lock both look too 'real' for the entire scene to be fictional. The lockside steps look very 'Grand Unionesque'
  2. Does anyone have an idea which lock and canal scene this jigsaw picture depicts please, if a real place at all? I thought possibly Cowley lock on the Grand Union, but maybe not.
  3. I can see the point on how sitting on a stern rail or any kind of seat within the arc of the tiller, with no protection behind, is potentially a hazard. I can't understand why you think it is still dangerous even in the latter picture I showed, clearly there is no danger of the tiller knocking you overboard when you have a foot or so of protection behind you from the stern rail and supports up against your back whilst sat down. Where is the hazard here?
  4. I've seen some cruiser-stern boats with a bench/plank seat located a foot or so below the stern rail, fixed to the stern rail supports. Is this a safer option? Like this example:
  5. Doing a lot of single-handed boating, it is nice to have something comfy to sit on for a bit, whilst navigating long pounds.
  6. Isn't that the case even if sat on the stern rail though? The swinging tiller could knock a person in sat on that and if anything is more likely because it is narrower and you're sat closer to the edge. Are some storable fold-up chairs better, positioned so that they're forward of the tiller slightly?
  7. https://www.midwayboats.co.uk/boatsforsale-332.html I'm just on about something like this, you can see the wider plank screwed to the taff rail.
  8. It isn't a tractor seat I'm after, it is just a wider plank to drill onto the top of the stern taff rail, to make sitting down a bit comfier. Many boats have them in some form, it is a cruiser stern I should add.
  9. I'm planning on sitting on it for at least part of the normal 10-12 hour cruising days I'll be doing! Standing/resting on the narrow stern rail after a while will be a bit uncomfortable.
  10. I'm looking for a water-resistant plank/bench to fit to the stern rail to make for a bit comfier seating. I'll look to add some waterproof cushion padding afterwards. Does anyone know a good material and website to use for ordering please? I've seen some that appear to be made of wood, with a black plastic/rubber coating around the outside. I'd like to specify my own dimensions because if it is too wide then it'll get in the way of the throttle lever; too deep it'll get in the way of the tiller etc.
  11. The canals as we use them are a niche, which is a major part of their charm. You could argue it's a wonder that so many are still navigable and in good condition at all, considering they could be thought of and treated as nature reserves or parkland, rather than waterways to go boating on. The majority of people haven't and are unlikely to go on a canal holiday, never mind make a habit of it. We think of them and their good navigable condition as essential, but many do not and you can probably include most government ministers in the latter category. Perhaps the 'stayca
  12. Do you remember if the old gate had top gate paddles?
  13. How recently did stoppages for repairs happen in May regularly?
  14. Does anyone know how the Shropshire Union has been in recent days (south of Nantwich)?
  15. I have seen photos of locks on the Regents Canal, from the mid-20th century, showing them fitted with top gate paddles. None of the Regents Canal locks have them fitted now. Marsworth top lock is interesting; it currently has only top ground paddles, but this was also the case as long ago as 1963 (going off footage of 'the Bargee'), I'd have thought this was before the mass removal of gate paddles as there was still cargo carrying at this point.
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