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Philip

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  1. Looks like I might have to bite the bullet then and try and rip it all out, although this in itself might not be easy if th carpet was fitted to the mould before the windows went in. I've read about someone sticking batterns to the walls and using kingspan material to insulate and then ply and 4-way stretch carpet on top. Sounds interesting!
  2. Thanks I have tried hovering it in the past, but the problem is it isn't dirty as such, rather the fibres are falling apart so hovering hasn't made much of a difference.
  3. I'm looking at applying some new carpet 'wallpaper' in the cabin to replace the original 1980s beige carpet which is pretty dilapidated and dusty. Rather than ripping out the old stuff I'm thinking of using glue to stick the new stuff over the old, as ripping out will mean all the old carpet fibres will go everywhere (just the slightest brush against it is enough to leave a mess now!), plus it'll mean added insulation. Any recommendations for some good quality stuff? I need something that is easy to cut, as the layout is around the long rectangular windows and under the gunnel, rather than one big block.
  4. What about the Birmingham and Liverpool Junction canal? I can understand some might be a little put off by the straightness of it, but the cuttings and embankments further south (and some of the pubs!) and even the skew bridges give it a real identity of its own in my opinion. Also I don't think it gets much better than Audlem in terms of canalside villages. I would rate this as my favourite, partly because it was the one I always looked forward to cruising most when I was a child!
  5. Whilst nice boats, I find the Beetle range rather overpriced, think a new 40fter is somewhere around 60k. The above mentioned MCC Stenson boat that is for sale looks a nice boat: https://www.apolloduck.com/boat/midland-canal-centre-38-cruiser-stern/601916/3
  6. Yep that's a favourite, especially at locks, as is "stay on we'll do it for you" (sometimes when I'm already up the ladders!). I'm usually keen to get off the boat and work the lock and say so, but don't want it to sound like I'm rebuffing or ungrateful for the offer of help.
  7. So, as well as myself, who regularly goes on trips on their tod here and do you enjoy the cruising aspect as much as if with company? I occasionally get asked inevitable questions like "do you not get lonely or bored?" and I suppose there are times (mainly in the evening) when some company and socialising would be nice; eating out or drinking a beer in a pub by one's self isn't the same as with someone else and so this makes the occasions when I do have company more enjoyable. I suppose there may be a bit of a stereotype too against people single-handing cruisers especially, but this doesn't bother me too much as I'm out to enjoy the canal network and everything about it, nothing more. On the plus side, I find I can appreciate the aspects of the canal (scenery, locks etc) more when by myself, I do like steering my own boat and there's a real 'exploration' and 'getting away from normal life' when out on the boat by myself. Mobile communication means you're hardly cut off from normal life anyway when out. Working locks solo can be fun too (contrary to what a lot of other boaters seem to think), if they're single-hander friendly. What do others think? For those who currently don't do any single-handing, would you be happy to go it alone if need be?
  8. Thank you, interesting to the see the detailed profiles of the lock gates on certain canals. The BCN tail-gate design barely changed at all! Do you remember upper gate paddles on the Llangollen and when they were all removed by any chance?
  9. Thanks, will give them a try. Not for any kind of project or anything, just always been intrigued about when the lock furniture changed on specific locks; mainly gate paddles being removed from the Llangollen locks, the current modern paddle gear replacing the old on both canals, steel gates replacing wooden ones... So it's the 60s/70s/80s era to be more precise. I like the quirkier aspects of the canal!
  10. Does anyone know of a good place (online or books, museums etc) to search the archive of lock gate replacements, from the 1950s through to about 2000? Just looking really at the Shropshire Union and Llangollen canals.
  11. They could at least indicate on the website to save people wasting their time emailing or ringing up. And with what Nightwatch has also said about them above, it seems to indicate a lack of professionalism (putting it mildly), rather than which business model does and doesn't work.
  12. I can't see it being too much trouble for them to alter the design just to allow the canopy to fix into windscreen fittings! Amtrim near Preston can cater for narrowboats and cruisers, so why not these? And besides they didn't give this or any reason. It's their loss but I found it poor form from them.
  13. Is there a reason why this company don't make cockpit canopies for cruisers? I've just tried them about a new canopy after several recommendations and have to say I'm disappointed to say the least with the response - "we don't deal with cruisers like that" (they haven't seen a photo of the boat yet). Why only narrowboats? I can't see how it is such a big difference. I posted this in an old thread just further down, but felt it deserves its own thread, so could a mod delete my post in the old thread please?
  14. Is there any reason why they don't make cockpit canopies for cruisers? I've just tried them about a new canopy after several recommendations and have to say I'm disappointed to say the least with the response - "we don't deal with cruisers like that" (they haven't seen a photo of the boat yet). Why only narrowboats?
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