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  1. I don't remember voting either Canalboat Magazine or Stephanie Horton, Director of RCR to be in charge.
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  3. I remember Arthur Bray saying, as he climbed off Raymond for the last time ....... "That's me finished, the day The Company refuses to fit my bulkhead with Portuguese Moss is the day I go!"
  4. Well that can't be right, we all know the sea level is rising. Apparently high tide a week next Thursday could see Nelson getting his toes wet what with the icebergs having smashed into an island.
  5. I'm always pleased to learn of this boat's progress. Although in my thoughts she will always be sans fore cabin, RF1 powered and steered by Peter in a black Crombie overcoat and French beret.
  6. What does this 10 bedroomed bote look like? I can't find any picturegraphs.
  7. Is it possible anyone has checked there isn't a person under that lot? I wonder how many will end up in the cut because it's impossible to get a dumper truck down to move them. If only there were other ways of loading them up in one go and transporting them out of there!
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  11. I've negotiated my way around the network with a boat a tad wider than that. Be aware it's not only the width that causes pinch points in locks. A boat can be measured at 6' 10" at all points on the hull, yet if it's not perfectly parallel it'll jam in a tight one. A tight one = Chamber with a bulge Movement like Rodbaston in the 80s Lack of maintenance like the extra "narrow" one half way down Cheshire locks. Rubbish behind a gate. I learnt how to flush in and out of locks and always carried a Tirfor. It's just part and parcel of old
  12. So, it is like I said 8 posts back (we don't seem to number posts anymore?) Having a procedure or instruction to follow means it is allowed. So CRT will not/should not refuse to renew a licence. The owners refusal to comply is a totally different issue and should most certainly result in a prop clamp.
  13. Why do you assume that? They've not been barred from the N. Oxford, in fact they've been given a procedure to follow in order to use it. How to arrange movement of wide-beam craft on the north Oxford canal Boaters should notify enquiries.westmidlands@canalrivertrust.org.uknot less than two weeks ahead of the boat movement with the following information: - Boat index and name - Planned date and time of movement - Direction of movement - Contact number for the person who will be navigating the boat Creating a set of instructions on how to do something a
  14. In the 90s I had responsibilities for for staff at Derby, Doncaster, Crewe, Reading, Paddington and Nottingham. So I had offices at all of those sites. One year on 3 March I was in my office at Doncaster Works which looked out over at the station when a powerful whistle and a cloud of steam rose up obscuring the windows. Mallard had toddled down from York museum to to spend her birthday with us, where she was born. Our offices were above the shed where they were built. Not a lot of work got done that lunchtime due to everyone hanging out of the windows. Stirring
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  16. I moored my second boat (Dolphin 20) at the original Valley Cruisers yard at Atherstone. This must have been about 1980. There was a small hire boat fleet, moorings, slip way and a boat shed in which the two Brothers who ran it were able to knock up a basic steel narrow boat in very quick time. The site still looks the same, and now seems to be some sort of Community Garden arrangement. I never see anyone when I pass, and couldn't understand why nobody snapped it up if only to operate moorings. Delving a bit it seems a local woman objected to commercial operations occurrin
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  18. I recall in the 80s, Alan (can't remember last name) who owned ex FMC Jaguar spent his time in the original cabin with his three GSDs. This was before he swapped the HA2 for a Bolinder and added a short lived fore cabin. I think Flo will be fine in a narrow boat.
  19. Everything is made down to a price. The cheaper something is to buy the lower it costs to make. It's not difficult to achieve a standard when something is new and fresh out of the box, what's important is how it holds up X-teen hours down the line. Chap down the market in Ayr used to sell cheap engine consumables, the biggest known issue was his air filters were known to feed bits of perforated paper element into the inlet manifold. So you knew when it needed changing as it was empty or your inlet valves were fouled and compression was down. Listers taught m
  20. Keep your ear to the ground, network with other boaters, visit boaters hang outs and spread the word. Use your feet to pound the towpath/bank see what you can find and make enquiries in the first person rather than by phone or email. Have you any photos of Flo?
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  22. They're just the ones that get caught. Still we demand to know why the numbers are so high. I know it's not the only reason, but it's not helping.
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