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  1. I would really recommend cruising up the Lee and Stort! I'm a liveaboard, my office is near Liverpool Street and although I don't go there all the time, I have enough times to experience the journey. The railway all the way up the Lee to Hertford and the Stort to Bishop's Stortford follows the rivers, goes directly to Liverpool Street and there are plenty of stations, so the journey is really easy. I've basically moved from one station to the next over the last year or so which is plenty to satisfy CRT (our local CRT checker commented "You actually move like you're supposed to!"). You'll find it easier for parking the car as you get out of London too, the East end of the Regents Canal and the very lower end of the Lee is increasingly covered by Resident Permit Zones. The only limitation might be the cost of train tickets. Additionally, the top of the Lee and the Stort just offer some really lovely places to be... far better for the soul than trying stick to the minimum on the Regents and lower Lee. The Lee and Stort Boaters group on Facebook is a helpful community
  2. I quite enjoyed our BSS exam. As a newbie who had only been on the boat for a few months, the examiner took the time to explain what he was checking and why, so I learnt a good deal. I can understand that someone with years of skill and experience could be frustrated when they feel they are competent to DIY check it, but I suspect those who are genuinely competent are in the minority (I reckon this forum probably has a disproportionately high average competence compared to the general boat-owning population). There's probably no cheaper way to verify an owner's competence (and that they have then carried out sufficient checks) so I think the BSS is generally a good idea... but I have heard that it's a lottery as to whether your examiner is sensible and competent or just comes up with their own questionable standards.
  3. Intriguing - was that an article online?
  4. Hmm, that bow shackle is about as chunky as will fit through that chain, it's a half-inch one...
  5. Blimey, I leave for a few hours 😅 Some of my terminology is probably not correct, apologies. I'm pretty sure @LadyG is describing my system accurately... There is a big D shackle attached to the strong point on the bow (not T-stud). There is a short length of chain attached to that shackle which is really just to bring the strong point within easier reach, so to speak, as the strong point on the bow isn't as easy to get to as I'd like (a longer length would be better here, I just had that length available - I may try to improve). The blue rope (probably misnamed as a snubber) is not involved in taking any weight - it's only there to hold the end of that chain within reach, otherwise the chain dangles down and is of no use. It can be quick-released once I've attached the paid-out anchor line with an anchor hitch, but at that point it is long enough to just hang slack between the bow shackle and the T-stud, not holding any weight, ready to make it easier to start recovery. Does make any more sense? I don't think I'm doing silly things...
  6. Just to be clear, is it this one we're talking about?
  7. It's about the same as the existing chain so I'm not sure it's worth doing that without going the whole hog. Again, I know this isn't the perfect solution but there's only so far my budget can stretch at the moment.
  8. Thanks to all for the requested and bonus advice. Here's what I've settled on. I won't pretend it's perfect but it's a good deal better than what we had before (chain and anchor as original): New 30m of 20mm 3-strand nylon (manky old polyprop retired) Secured to solid part of boat not T-stud Red scribble is where the rope will be tied. Blue is a snubber for ease of deployment/retrieval (on a quick release knot). I might try and get my hands on a longer chain for the first part so that we can do it from standing in the well deck.
  9. You weren't being given a hard time for that, people were telling you that there's a lack of space in London so a widebeam might not be the best choice. You were, however, being given a hard time for suggesting that CRT should be removing boats that don't look good on the outside, the owners of which you suggest are just lazy for not just giving the boat a fresh coat of paint.
  10. Might be worth asking on a Facebook group, there might be a professional willing to donate their time (or possibly amateurs that might be willing but be careful!)
  11. That's Pete Wakeham with the pump out - I think both his boats Lynx and Baron do pump out but they've not got a reputation for being very regular! I think they get plenty of custom but you would need to use the canal-side pump outs too (since you'll be cruising beyond their working range). I think it's fair to say that cassettes are a fairly frequent faff but pump-outs are a more occasional big faff (that you have to pay for too)...
  12. I didn't check all the replies so apologies if it's a repetition - the Facebook group 'TIMEA Public to Engineer Forum' has a list of reputable/vetted engineers, most of which cover London.
  13. The dry/outside storage space does come in rather handy though. I've considered ditching ours to show off the paint job better but there's no where as handy for storing our favoured stove fuel (hardwood briquettes) which is somewhat vulnerable to getting wet.
  14. I can't recall the specific name but I know there's at least one group on Facebook (it can be useful for boating communities if not much else!) dedicated to families who liveaboard. If you can't find the specific one, join one of the many others and ask - there's a good chance someone can point you in the direction. You'll find people who have direct experience to share
  15. I've seen quite a few Dutch barges where the wheelhouse is collapsible (with varying degrees of effort depending on design). I know some that habitually collapse it for each cruise - perhaps this one can too?
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