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Jim Batty

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Jim Batty last won the day on October 30 2017

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    Photographing the inland waterways.

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    Little Wing
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    Continually cruising

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  1. This bumping up the price massively for exactly the same coverage is common even amongst some one time excellent marine insurers. It's too easy to value new over loyal customers. FWIW, we're with A-Plan and they haven't tried to gouge us yet - 3rd party and full liveaboard possessions coverage. Michael Stimpson was a pioneer in developing and writing liveaboard boating insurance, and although semi-retired, he may be open to a query by email if you could track him down.
  2. We got up that way twice last year. (So pre-covid info). Beautiful winding cruising, but drive as if there's a dutch barge coming downstream just round the blind bend ahead .. because there could be! Public moorings at Lechlade plentiful with lots of open space. (Mind said cows). Excellent fish and chip shop - eat in or take away - and an equally excellent hand made sourdough shop ... that also does exotic pizzas in evening. Usual Co-op shop and good butcher/deli up street. Regular buses to Cirencester, where we stocked up with 2 weeks worth of groceries. We also like mooring on the curvy bits below Kelmscott. Watch out for the occasional wasps nest in the bank. William Morris's country house there is fascinating if you like classic countryside design - fabrics, wallpapers - design history ... or insight into the love triangle going on involving Dante Gabriel Rossetti
  3. Here's today's update, which also shows where public power has been reinstated: Yes, the EA and CRT are only reinforcing Government requirements. It seems to me that, normally, leisure cruisers tying up in the 'middle of nowhere' overnight (of which there is lots of scope on the Thames, especially the upper Thames) ... or even on many public moorings ... means they are out of the way and regaining some precious sanity after weeks of lockdown. BUT, I can see the argument that IF they were to become ill in the 'middle of nowhere' it might put unreasonable pressure on local health services. And the present balance seems to be drawn in favour of taking no chances. St John’s, Buscot, Grafton, Radcot, Rushey, Shifford Surveys planned for Friday 22 May Northmoor Survey completed - all forms of boating can resume Pinkhill, Eynsham Surveys planned for Friday 22 May Kings Survey completed - all forms of boating can resume Godstow, Osney Surveys completed – all forms of boating can resume. Public power system in operation at both locks Iffley Survey completed - all forms of boating can resume. Public power system in operation Please be aware: a van has sunk mid-channel approximately 150 metres upstream of Folly Bridge. No attempt to navigate should be made in this area Sandford, Abingdon, Culham, Clifton, Days, Benson, Cleeve Surveys planned for Friday 22 May Goring, Whitchurch, Mapledurham, Caversham Surveys completed – all forms of boating can resume. Public power system in operation at all locks Blakes, Sonning, Shiplake, Marsh Surveys completed - all forms of boating can resume. Public power system in operation at all locks (except Blakes, which is a manually operated beam lock) Hambleden*, Hurley, Temple, Marlow, Cookham*, Boulters, Bray Surveys planned for Friday 22 May Please be aware: a fallen tree is restricting the downstream lock cut at Temple Lock which should therefore be navigated with great care Boveney, Romney, Old Windsor, Bell Weir*, Penton Hook, Chertsey Surveys completed – all forms of boating can resume. Public power system to be reinstated from 12pm on Friday 22 May Shepperton, Sunbury Surveys planned for Friday 22 May. Please be aware: Sunbury Lock has a sunken boat in the main channel above the upstream lock cut. No attempt should be made to navigate in this area. We are currently reviewing the safe removal of this boat and will update with a time frame on Tuesday 26 May Molesey, Teddington* Surveys completed - all forms of boating can resume. Public power system NOT currently in operation at Molesey Lock due to a fault. We are working on this
  4. Also, 3 won't deliver to a poste restante address or box number ... and as we're CCing we too must wait until their shops open if we want to do business with them. Great network though. But, yes, website is labyrinthine.
  5. The EA has been under pressure from a number of boating groups to respond more quickly to opening up the Thames to cruising while respecting present government guidance and social distancing. There appears to be some movement in surveying individual reaches ... and opening up those reaches to cruising by all vessels. I picked this up on the DBA forum and thought others might find the EA's proposed timetable useful. Issues resulting from government coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions Wednesday 20 May 2020 until further notice In response to and in line with revised government coronavirus guidance, we are working hard to ensure that the non-tidal River Thames is safe for navigation, and that lock breakdowns and obstructions to navigation are now dealt with, as quickly as possible. The pace at which we are able to do this will, in some cases, depend on the availability of specialist contractors. We are carrying out surveys of each individual reach, to replace hazard marker buoys which were dragged out of position by the winter’s flood flows, and to install marker buoys where we find new hazards in the main navigation channel. We are doing this as quickly as we can and as soon as we are satisfied that each reach can again be navigated by all forms of vessel, we will confirm this via an update to this notice. We will also reinstate the public power facility at locks, as each reach survey is completed. The current status of each reach (upstream of the lock) is set out below. Where reach surveys are shown as completed, we aim restore the public power facility at the lock by 12pm on Thursday 21 May, once appropriate system checks have been carried out. Dates of planned surveys may change based on the availability of launches and crews. St John’s, Buscot Surveys planned for Friday 22 May Grafton, Radcot, Rushey, Shifford Surveys planned for Thursday 21 May Northmoor Survey completed - all forms of boating can resume Pinkhill, Eynsham Surveys planned for Friday 22 May Kings Survey completed - all forms of boating can resume Godstow, Osney Surveys planned for Thursday 21 May Iffley Survey completed - all forms of boating can resume Please be aware: a van has sunk mid-channel approximately 150 metres upstream of Folly Bridge. No attempt to navigate should be made in this area. Sandford Survey planned for Thursday 21 May Abingdon, Culham, Clifton Surveys planned for Friday 22 May Days, Benson, Cleeve Surveys planned for Saturday 23 May Goring, Whitchurch, Mapledurham, Caversham Surveys planned for Thursday 21 May Blakes, Sonning, Shiplake, Marsh Surveys completed - all forms of boating can resume The fallen tree that was obstructing the tail cut and preventing use of Marsh Lock has now been removed. Hambleden*, Hurley, Temple, Marlow Surveys planned for Sunday 24 May Please be aware: a fallen tree is restricting the downstream lock cut at Temple Lock which should therefore be navigated with great care Cookham*, Boulters, Bray, Boveney, Romney Surveys planned for Monday 25 May Old Windsor, Bell Weir*, Penton Hook Surveys planned for Friday 22 May Chertsey, Shepperton, Sunbury Surveys planned for Thursday 21 May Please be aware: Sunbury Lock has a sunken boat in the main channel above the upstream lock cut. No attempt should be made to navigate in these areas. Molesey, Teddington* Surveys completed - all forms of boating can resume *Passage through these locks is currently by prior arrangement only and availability is limited. If you need to use these locks please email us at WaterwaysThames@environment-agency.gov.uk or telephone 03708 506 506 during normal business hours from Monday to Friday. We are working to deal with all outstanding issues and to restore navigation for all vessels across the entire river as soon as we can. Thank you for your continued patience and understanding. John Dutson Acting Harbour Master 20 May 2020 From: https://barges.org/media/kunena/attachments/826/Lockandriverrestrictionsduetocoronavirus20May2020.pdf
  6. ... ho ho ... stuff that's worth its weight in gold these days ...
  7. I Went to do the 250hr oil and oil filter change on our Beta 38 ... and discover I have no oil filters. (I have two fuel filters, an air filter but not the usual couple of oil filters aboard.) We're just leaving Newbury on the K&A, and both the usually well-stocked Greenham Island Marina and main motor factor place are closed until further notice, and fuel boat Ozzie doesn't stock filters (too many different types) - so no oil filters available. I have enough fresh oil, and reasoned I could just drain out the old and replace with the new and re-use the old oil filter. Then I wondered about cleaning the old oil filter with white spirit, dry it well, and re-use it. Is this daft, or a good idea? Anybody else done this?
  8. I had a couple of Rolsons to start. On the type you show, the wheels sort of 'flibbety-jibbed' back and forth along the tow path if it had any real weight on it. The thin loading foot cracked on another. Another Rolson had 'foam' tyres that shredded almost immediately on hauling a 25kg sack of coal over a stoney path. I think that one must of been for indoor use on marble floors or similar ... although it didn't specify this on the packaging. Maplin (remember them?) refunded the cost without a quibble.
  9. Did you sort this out? Just before Christmas we had a Victron Multi Plus 12/1600/70 installed. Before we turned it on I was warned it would make a loud hummm for the first 4 to 6 hours while it brought the charge of the battery bank up (from about 12.2v). After about 3 or 4 hours it went much quieter and stays quiet. If we go away for a long weekend and turn everything off, when we get back and turn it on, it humms quite loudly for an hour or two as it puts 14.6v into the batteries to fully charge them, then the sound dies down again.
  10. Sounds a bit like my commuting bike. I can leave it at the rail station overnight, over weekends or over holidays ... and there's always better bikes around more worth stealing. Knock on wood.
  11. After bumping numerous handtrucks along towpaths over the years - and finding many of them just not up to the job - a couple of years ago I settled on a well-made box aluminium and steel model made by Einhell that has stood the test of time ... and abuse ... lugging multiple sacks of coal and containers of water from oddball places to the boat. I paid £35 for ours, and consider that a good deal. For anyone interested, I've just seen what seems to be almost exactly the same handtruck (except for different coloured wheels and a cushier handle) for sale at Aldi for £14.99. https://www.aldi.co.uk/aluminium-handtruck/p/099453325981800 My one tip is to keep the wheel bearings well-greased and it will last for years. Just sayin' ...
  12. I have to admit I didn't understand what was so offensive with the name 'Isis' for a narrowboat. Overthinking the thing, I suspected there was some obscure characteristic of the God that had become politically incorrect. Given that 'Isis' is the alternative name for the upper Thames from source to that curious outflow of the River Thame at Dorchester, it seems quite fitting. Would anyone change the name of their boat 'Meander' / 'Me and 'er' if some extremist group suddenly adopted that name? Speaking of politically incorrect, a GRP cruiser near Wallingford named 'Minced Moorhen' usually makes me chuckle when we cruise by. That said, I can't imagine naming my own boat that!
  13. We hired a post box ten years ago which has stood as our address for everything, including various bank accounts. These are available in cities and large university towns, as they are popular with students. You can hire a small, medium or large box, have a key to it, and usually have the office staff forward your post anywhere you wish, sign for parcels, even open an important letter/scan it/email it to you. If, for example, you have post box 218, the first line of your address is 'Flat 218', 'Studio 218', 'Suite 218' (whatever you like) ... followed by the ordinary street address of the post service business. Obviously you need to pick up post on a regular basis -- we do it about once or twice a month -- or have everything forwarded somewhere: post restante, friends, a business, marina. It depends how widely you are CCing or how often you happen to visit your post box.
  14. Hmmmm, I'm thinking I'll leave the Search Mode turned off. We CC most of the year and when the inverter is on it's usually for a reason -- to get stuff charged up. Otherwise it's turned off (with the battery bank charged via solar separately for about 7 months of the year).
  15. Ah well, research is everything isn't it? I think there's a couple of threads on this forum discussing who's the best boat builder!
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