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enigmatic

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  2. Parts of the Soar were unnavigable as recently as last week (although only for a day or two). Parts of it can actually be closed off when they open sluices to let floodwaters through, although I'm told it doesn't tend to stay closed for long. They both have mostly rural moorings: the Coventry canal passes mostly through quiet countryside and barely touches Coventry (unless you take a side trip down the city arm) and is better than much of the Soar for stopping wherever you want (there are long stretches of the Soar with soft reedy banks you can't really more up against, though still a lot more choice of moorings than the Nene). As well as being mostly single locks, there are a lot less of them (hardly any bar one nice single lock flight at Atherstone, and relatively easy doubles at Braunston where you're likely to have company anyway) The Leicester route probably has the better highlights (especially since you can take a side trip to Braunston from Gayton Junction anyway). The inclined plane in its current condition isn't actually that exciting to look at (and some of the viewpoints and the museum are closed at the moment) but Foxton Locks themselves are fantastic, though probably easier to enjoy the view going in the opposite direction. I didn't find the restricted hours that bad, because it's a nice place to wait. The big open spaces of the Trent are an interesting change from the canals, there are a lot of country parks north of Leicester (which has nice secure city centre moorings itself) and bits of the GU further south are higher than most of the surrounding countryside so you get views But the stretch of the Oxford canal between Rugby and Braunston on the Coventry route is absolutely fantastic, and that route doesn't have anything anywhere near as annoying for single handed boaters as the wide gates that constantly swing open on the GU just south of Leicester.
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  11. A very useful service. I should probably send you some updates.
  12. Poster O: posts something related to some longstanding grievance with Poster N which nobody else on the forum remembers Poster P: changes the subject by starting a debate about composting toilets Poster Q: tries to calm down the debate about composting toilets by posting about Brexit Poster R : tries to liven up the debate by posting a vlog Poster S: posts how much they hate vlogs and vloggers, and especially this vlog and these vloggers. And especially vlogs about composting toilets Poster T: posts something about how it's the CRTs fault for letting things slide really. Everybody else: Posts their agreement with Poster T, and the forum is a happier, more united place again The rest of the thread is just puns
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  14. I remember a time when I thought the guy who moored on a lock landing after passing Nene visitor moorings with loads of quarter of a mile away was being antisocial, until I heard the distant sound of his genny kicking in and thought "thank god that's not next to my boat". Normal engines aren't so bad including the guy who politely explained to me he'd like to run it after 8 if I didn't mind as his batteries were dead and not being replaced until tomorrow
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  16. FWIW turned out to be neither the fuel mix nor the lift pump, but a small air leak in the fuel lines (union connection next to the lift pump hadn't been tightened properly) The clue was the fuel leak, although since it was slowly leaking fuel right under where I bled it and checked filters when stalling, it wasn't obvious where it was coming from until I cleaned everything up. There's a lot to be said for having a dry bilge and drip tray again.
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  18. FWIW, I put in an offer for my boat from Venetian just over a year ago, and picked it up in late October without issue. Same contract with the same mysterious "BMW" reference. Similar market conditions, although my boat was not such a bargain (on paper at least) and the boat was a trade in owned by Venetian. Bought for less than asking price subject to survey, which took a while due to limited slipway availability, but there were no issues with this despite Venetian knowing they'd have to spend their own time and money to put things right. In the case of BCVL where the boat is not owned by the broker, the survey lift-out and any works carried out after is more revenue for the broker, so I would imagine it is generally not in the interests of Venetian or any other middleman to facilitate "no survey" gazumping when they've got a deposit and a slipway fee in their bank account). My understanding of the contract as written is that the vendor whoin this case is the boat owner, not Venetian, can "default" for any reason (including believing Venetian's account of alleged "disgusting behaviour", or not agreeing to pay for things a survey highlights, and probably deciding they still want the boat too!), all you get back is the deposit plus applicable interest (probably nil at current rates). Is that a bit unfair when most brokers keep your deposit if you change your mind except in the rare case of the survey turning up something nasty? Probably, but they're the terms you agree to when you buy the boat. Don't see an arbitration body changing that, even if they think it's a case where the customer service was at fault for any disputes that may have happened.
  19. Is there an easy way for a layman to gauge the condition of a BV1305 lift pump. I'm aware that I do have more crud in my tank than ideal, but starting to stall on half a tank would also be consistent with relying on gravity to feed the engine?
  20. Might suit the people who think they want a sailaway but then realise just how much work it needs to be habitable. A bed, seating, batteries/inverter/solar and getting a stove installed and working on the blandness of the decor is a more manageable "project". I guess you'd need an expert to assess the validity of the RCD conformity it's claiming...
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  25. Well I've had good and bad experiences with RCR recently. First call out for what turned out to be a broken driveplate sent out a local engineer who carried out basic diagnostic checks an that I'd already done and confirmed there was an issue with either the gearbox or drive plate, probably the former based on context. A sensible course of action would have been to take the gearbox off (invoicing me for an extra hour or so's work if it took more than their initial callout time limit; I'd have happily paid) to investigate further. Instead, RCR sent me a plan of work which involved ordering a new gearbox, investigating the situation after this had arrived, then if necessary ordering a drive plate and returning again, I reluctantly accepted their quote after breaking a gearbox component carrying out an investigative check they wouldn't let the engineer do, assuming at least they'd probably be able to sort a gearbox replacement quickly and get me out of a remote fenland 48hr mooring and moving again. Two weeks later, when I chased them for the third time a gearbox had finally arrived, and I was advised the engineer would come out in a week or so's time. Engineer came quicker than that after hearing from nearby boatyards that I was ringing around for alternatives, identified the issue was actually a wrecked drive plate and suggested I speed things up by ordering a drive plate myself and using a spare part to fix the damage I'd inflicted on the gearbox. So problem finally solved 23 days later, but I'd have had it done within a week at less expense if I'd called the nearby boatyard and been recommended the same engineer in a private capacity! Then again, RCR still haven't invoiced me for his labour, despite me asking for it when they rang me up to carry out a satisfaction survey! The good: a few days later, a fuse on the starter motor circuit blew whilst I was repeatedly bleeding/restarting the engine. A different engineer arrived within an hour and replaced the fuse and filters with parts in his van and sold me a couple of spares (charged without any obvious markup). He also spotted evidence of diesel bug in the filters as well as obvious sludge and suggested I contact a third party about getting my tank cleaned. An excellent service.... except the filters he replaced were only 50 hours old, and the reason they were a lot more full of sludge than the last lot probably had something to do with being stuck in a fen for three weeks with low fuel levels (I'd intended to fill up the day it failed).
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