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enigmatic

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  4. Canalplan has the road bridge as the pinch point at 10ft 6, in which case you could wind just upstream of it at Stanlow arriving from Nantwich. Rest of the canal is given as 13'6, which is a bit of allowance for the Iron Lock. (I've seen paired working boats go through there; skipper said the narrowing was really only a problem for full length boats but I wouldn't risk it myself) But if your boat was based at Nantwich you wouldn't be able to go anywhere else, and if it was coming from the Ship Canal you wouldn't get beyond the port itself...
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  9. If they flooded a road, then I don't think the lock they sank in was the first lock they badly screwed up...
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  14. I'm trying to imagine a stupider place to moor overnight than a full lock, and then I remembered the next bit of the Droitwich in that direction is the tunnel under the motorway with no airdraft to spare on a bit which is river navigation...
  15. Reckon the main problem is that whilst all of it's likely to be technically solvable, I can't see people spending millions mapping the quirks inland waterways in great detail and training ML algorithms to handle bank effect and wind conditions and weird hand gesture signals for a tiny UK market dominated by the sort of people who actually like steering their boats and are generally more interested in paying money for 1930s engines than the latest tech! Can't imagine redoing Foxton with automatic guillotine gates to allow boats to be fully autonomous being a cheap or popular move either! That said, an amount of automation as limited as operating the Morse lever from a phone app so the boat could exit the lock whilst I shut the gates could be handy to me as a single hander
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  20. Sounds about right, but you're missing the efficiency generated by adding in private sector incentives (the NHS fires the rower before hiring him back via a newly-formed private contracting agency specialising in rowers with NHS experience that's run by the Director of Steering's old schoolfriend at twice the previous annual cost) "Creating a market for canal service innovation" consisting of paying inflated fees to contractors with good relations with government ministers might be the best hope of the CRT keeping its grant though...
  21. If you're continuing onto the Great Ouse via Ely, you'll probably end up locking UP onto a tidal river at Hermitage Lock too after many miles of river that's below high tide levels Think Ashline/Marmont must be lower than the Old West River and downstream Great Ouse though Surrounding land was marshy and the saturated parts of the fens resource-rich so they would have been the main transport routes of the immediate area. When William the Conqueror tried to get his army to Ely on foot, his causeway sank...
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  23. Whenever my boat passes some ducklings, they seem to invariably try to escape by darting in precisely the wrong direction, heading away from the mother urgently quacking at them (and sometimes actually towards where my boat is heading). So if quacking is directional, the kids haven't figured out left and right yet 🙂
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