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  1. We've had a pretty crap time with fishermen on our journey from Great Haywood to Rufford. One guy screaming and shouting opposite Oakwood Marina, telling me to stop when his line got snagged. Everyone else in the area had pulled their lines in. We had at least three lots fishing off of lock landings. Lots of lifting the rod out of the way at the last possible second. General surliness and moaning from a load of them around Parbold, one of whom asked me if there were any more boats behind us. We always make a point of saying thank-you, but generally they just mutter into their maggots.
  2. Good ideas here, thanks all. I don't think it's hollow, so I was thinking along the same lines as this, but I hadn't considered a thumb screw, so was worrying about drilling for the tiller pin. This sounds like a great solution. Failing that find a piece of tube that will slip over the outside. Steel can be painted fancy, brass can be polished. You can secure the extension with a thumbs crew as it will be easy to get somewhere suitable drill and tap.
  3. Ohana's tiller is pretty short and quite heavy as a result. It's not got the usual smaller diameter end for an extension or a hole for a tiller pin. Is there a simple and safe way to extend this by a foot or so without having to take the whole thing to an engineering shop for drilling? Thanks, Stuart.
  4. Back home and no fine. Still very quiet, I would say we passed 5 moving boats all weekend, if that.
  5. We're moving our boat out of a marina tomorrow and we're going to stay overnight and move it again on Sunday. If it costs me a £100 fine, then frankly that's not much more than keeping it in the marina is going to cost me.
  6. https://canalplan.org.uk/cgi-bin/canal.cgi Does anyone know how long this has been down? I haven't used it for a while, for obvious reasons. It looks like a simple one to fix, so hopefully it'll be back soon...
  7. I'm planning a week on the boat from 28th March, to move from Great Haywood to Rufford. I'm concerned that if the UK is in a France/Spain style lockdown at that point, the canals will be closed somehow, but I've read through this whole thread and the consensus seems to be that that won't happen - even in a lockdown, the canals will remain open. Is that the general view?
  8. I'm going to interrupt to ask, what's propwalk?
  9. It looked precarious on the bank, I suppose it just toppled in eventually. ?
  10. http://www.reps.fi/datasheetsandmanuals/outback-datasheet-international_gtfx_gvfx_series_spec_sheet.pdf My boat came with one of these and I'm struggling to work out if I should keep it or replace it. From what I can tell from internet searches it's designed to allow you to sell power you've generated back to the grid. Our boat has no solar so this seems pointless. It does run the 230v sockets we have on board, and I suppose it would automatically switch and charge the batteries if we were ever on shore power, but it seems to me to be overly-complex, difficult to understand, and it's very big and extremely heavy. Does anyone here use one of these on a boat? Would I be better (as a non-expert) to just junk it and get something more simple? Thanks, Stuart.
  11. Aiming to come through there at the end of March. Fingers crossed it's sorted by then.
  12. My local, it must be a contender for the worst canal in the UK, horrific pictures. https://www.sthelensstar.co.uk/news/18246390.canal-clean-way-plastic-highway-caused-litter-affects-wildlife/
  13. Totally buggered our plans to bring our new boat home to Rufford. What with these storms and the closures on the Bridgewater, we have now given up and arranged to leave her in Great Haywood until the end of March. I guess that planning a 10-day cruise across 5 weekends in February was always stupidly optimistic. First world problems, I know, but still disappointing.
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